We found the best reviews of the Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize tennis racket at Tennis-Warehouse.com. Tennis Magazine's reviews are credible and based on significant testing, but the capsule reports are quite brief. We also found some helpful information in a review of tennis rackets by the British consumer magazine Which?
The Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize is an advanced tennis racket favored by all-court volleyers (Andre Agassi uses one) who want a lot of control with good power; its technology increases the amount of time the ball will be in contact with the racket. Reviewers say this oversized racket is better for heavier topspin shots than flat shots. At 11.3 ounces, though, you're going to need some muscle and probably a USTA skill level rating of no less than 4.0. If you're lacking in either, the intermediate racket with the best reviews is the Prince O3 Speedport Red (*est. $220). For advanced baseliners, reviewers recommend the Babolat AeroPro Drive (*est. $180).
1. Tennis Warehouse
Even though Tennis-Warehouse.com is primarily a retailer, it conducts in-house racket testing. The write-ups here are critical, based on the opinions of multiple staffers. Numerical ratings are supplemented by informed customer comments. Tennis Warehouse says the Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize is a good racket for advanced players who want to maximize the time of contact between the racket and the ball.
Review: Head Flexpoint Radical OS Racquets, Staff and contributors to Tennis-Warehouse.com, Apr. 2007
2. Tennis Magazine
Tennis Magazine's reviews are brief but based on thorough testing. Editors say the Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize is fine on "heavier topspin ground strokes and lobs" but less effective on flat shots.
Review: Head Flexpoint Radical, Editors of Tennis Magazine
This British consumer magazine praises the Head Flexpoint Radical for volleyers, but warns that it's not appropriate for beginners.
Review: Tennis Rackets, Editors of Which.co.uk, June 1, 2006
Inside Tennis doesn't rank the 18 rackets it reviews and there aren't any negative comments. Reviewer Richard Osborn says the Head Flexpoint Radical is the Holy Grail of rackets, offering control and power, and he notes that Andre Agassi likes the oversize version because the larger sweet spot allows him to dictate play from almost anywhere on the court.
Review: Racket Review '05, Richard Osborn, May 2005