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Head Radical Motion

8.1

Based on 3 Expert Reviews

Best Suited For
Intermediate players seeking a comfortable, versatile teardrop
Pros
  • Good sweet spot
  • Versatile
  • Long, comfortable handle
Cons
  • No roughness
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Scorecard

Power
The amount of force imprinted on a ball from the racket
6.8
Control
The amount of precision in placement that a padel racket allows a player to exert on a ball.

9.0
Sweet spot
The zone of the racket face where the highest percent of force is applied to the ball.

8.0
Maneuverability
How easy a racket is to maneuver. Inversely correlated to racket weight and balance.

8.7
Soft
Touch refers to the hardness or softness of the racket.

Hard
Smooth
The application of a rough surface on a padel racket's face in order to assist the player in generating spin on their shots.

Rough

Specifications

Suggested Price

€240

Weight (g)
355
Shape
Teardrop
Surface
3K Carbon fiber
Core
Soft EVA
Released
2024

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Best for
Intermediate players seeking a comfortable, versatile teardrop
Upper intermediate power players
Players seeking a lightweight, agile racket that will help them in the defense
Score
Overall
8.1
Power
6.8
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
8.7
Overall
7.6
Power
8.3
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
7.3
Overall
8.1
Power
7.3
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
8.5

How Does the Head Radical Motion perform?

Head's racket stable

Head unveiled the Radical line in 2024 to suit the "Tacticians" of padel - the defenders and the controlled point laborers who set up easy lobs for their partners to smash. Head has released the Radical line for a player that doesn't suit its most successful lines of padel rackets, the diamond-shaped Delta line (replaced with the Extreme line), the hard teardrop Speed line, and the low-balanced Gravity line. 
With each of these lines being composed of at least 3 rackets, this is quite a large stable of rackets that Head has built. We will see if it makes sense, but it seems to be the dominant strategy of padel racket brands. I wonder if that is because padel players still eventually choose their rackets based on aesthetics.

The Radical Line

The Radical line is composed of three rackets:
- The Radical Pro - the heaviest model
- The Radical Motion - same as the Pro with 15g less weight (this model)
- The Radical Elite - a mid-weight, soft version
Head's Radical rackets are teardrop-shaped with Head's new "Control Foam," which is a soft, low-density EVA. The Radical Pro and Radical Motion are composed of 3K carbon fiber surface - softer, fiberglass in the Radical Elite. Reviewers are enamored with the Soft Butt Cap that Head has introduced in its new rackets. This rubber bit on the end of the racket handle increases comfort by reducing vibrations.

The Radical Motion

As always the Motion is the lightweight version of the Pro, according to Head's standard nomenclature. The Radical Motion is oriented around control and comfort. It's a solid racket that won't leave you uncomfortable in defense because its agility gives you time to react and use your wrist. Moving to the middle of the court, it is not built for performance here, but more for comfort. It suits blocking the ball back over the net with its easy-to-access ball output. Some reviewers remarked on its suitability for slow viboras as it caresses the ball upon impact. At the net, it is quick for volley duels, but many reviewers struggled to apply the slice they desired. When you have an easy ball to smash here, though, they remarked, it's nice to use your arm. Though, beware, you need to ensure you have the timing perfect - it's easy to mess up timing while smashing with a light racket. Flat smashes, of course, are not amazing, but on a hot day, you can smash the right ball. 

Our test of the Head Radical Motion

Expert Reviews of the Head Radical Motion

8.0
Simone Mazzola Padel

Adapted for players seeking comfort and control to labor the point with regularity and a good ball output.

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7.6
Padel Review

Truthfully, we didn't like this racket very much, but it's not made for us. It's a great option for intermediate or beginner players seeking an easy, comfortable racket. Designed to be 355g with a balance of 26.5cm. It has a medium hardness and a lot ball output.

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8.6
Padelzoom

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Head

Radical Motion

Intermediate players seeking a comfortable, versatile teardrop
8.1

rating based on 3 expert reviews

Hardness
Medium
Core
Soft EVA
Shape
Teardrop
Release Year
January 1, 2024
Surface
3K Carbon fiber
MSRP
€
240