HEAD Graphene Radical 160 RB Racquet
HEAD Graphene Radical 160 RB Racquet

Get Radical with the lightest racquet in HEAD's new Graphene Radical Series. This ultra-light powerhouse frame features HEAD's long-standing Internal Grommet System, Power Channels, and introduces Graphene; a super-lightweight material that has allowed HEAD to maneuver the balance point and create a lightning fast swingweight. Caressing the scale at 183 grams strung and sporting a blazing 144 swing weight, the Radical 160 combines power, flexibility, and maneuverability. Overpower and outmaneuver your opponents with the lightest offering in HEAD's 2014-15 line. 

Unstrung Weight: 160g
Strung Weight: 182.9g
Strung Balance: 4 pts Head-Heavy
Strung Swingweight: 144
Factory String: HEAD MegaBlast 16 Black @ 34 lbs
Factory Grip: HEAD HydroSorb Wrap Grip Black
Cover: Not included by manufacturer
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 16 Crosses
Mains skip: 8H
Two Piece
Shared Holes: 5H, 6H, 7H, 9H
Head Size: 106 sq. in.
Head Shape: Teardrop
Racquet Length: 22 in.
Composition: Graphite

Comments: I just demo'd this racquet and it's very nice however, it didn't surpass my GB MAX1 165T performance. I'll stick with GB for now, but I'll keep trying demos.
From: Britt, Spring, TX, USA, 12/14
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: I like the balance and power of this racquet but its not quite good enough to displace my GB MX1 165T. When both racquets are fully dressed (grommets, tether, grip, strings, dampner) I found that the Head 160 and the GB 165 are pretty much identical in weight and my GB 165 packs a bit more punch, at least in my opinion.
From: Britt, Spring, TX, USA, 11/14
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Amazing racquet... very well balanced, and feels longer than a normal racquet.  Seems to have a lot more natural "pop" than most 160 gram racquets that I have ever played.  Just got this one last night, then went and played 5 games last night with it.  Gives you an awesome feeling of confidence. Going to buy another today as my tournament back up!  Fantastic racquet, period.  FYI, this is the first racquet review that I have ever felt strongly enough about to actually give a review :)
From: Tommy, Indianapolis, IN, USA, 10/14
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: standard 

Comments: This is an amazing racquet, is perfect balanced, the power is amazing and my game has definitely improved big time with this racquet. Two thumbs up to Head for this nice product. Definitely recommend it. I also recommend upgrading your grip for a better feel. I use the python and it gets the job done.
From: Alex, Las Cruces, NM, USA, 09/14
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Stock 

Comments: This racquet surprised me.  I typically don't like a racquet lighter than 170 grams, but this 160 gram fly swatter can absolutely crush the ball.  Mass x Acceleration = Force, so it worried me that this racquet would not have enough mass @ 160 grams to produce suitable power, without an unrealistic superhero swing speed.  No worries...this racquet hits the ball harder than any racquet I have played.  I have a fast but not blazing fast "Sudsy Monchik" swing, and this racquet consistently launches missles for me.  Ceiling balls and control also improved without effort, possibly because of the maneuverability.  Another plus is the factory string is high quality and tight.  After a few games the multifilament string soften just enough and yields, in my opinion, a perfectly strung racquet.  This saves time and money from not having to cut out and restring a brand new racquet.  I can't say enough good things about this one.
From: Scott, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 09/14
Skill-level: Open
String type and tension: Any quality multifilament @ 36 lbs 

Comments: I picked this stick up a couple of weeks ago, after demo'ing from RbW. I fell in love the second i played the first game. I usually prefer 175-185, for a more solid and less jarring feel, but this one plays smooth. Swapped over to this from the numerous Ektelons I've played with. Very light, forgiving, and plays perfectly for me. I did replace the Head wrap grip on the stick I bought, because it unraveled not even 5 minutes after my first game, but RbW took care of it with their awesome customer service!  You should definitely demo this monster.
From: Dustin, Tallulah, LA, USA, 07/14
Skill-level: B-A
String type and tension: Stock 

Comments: This racquet has the same great feel as the Black Widow (which is what I switched from). The quality seems better already!  I will be continuing with HEAD in the future.  Great job guys, and looking forward to getting my back up as well.  I will say that I tend to prefer the tacki mac serrated grip better than this wrap grip.
From: Matthew, Phoenix, AZ, USA, 07/14
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Head 16g at 34 lbs