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Head Radical Elite (Review 2024): Is This Paddle Worth The Money?

This is the ultimate Head Radical Elite paddle review.

For this review my team and I spent weeks playing and testing the paddle’s performance thoroughly. 

Head Radical Elite review

Also, we included other players’ opinions who have already played with this paddle. 

If you want to know…

  • How the Paddle Actually Perform 
  • What people don’t like about this paddle
  • The Pros & Cons
  • How it compares to similar paddles
  • Where to find the best deal for the paddle

Then you have come to the right place.

Let’s get started…

In A Hurry? Here’s The Verdict

✅  Skill level      Beginners to Intermediate

💰  Pricing             Around 70 $ range (see the price)

😍  Pros                  Highly rated (1600+) on amazon, recommended by Pro players                                           (Like Eric Lange, & Sarah Ansboury), Solid comfortable grip,                                                    great control, decent power, and a large Sweet Spot. Also, USA                                              pickleball  approved.

😩  Cons              No cover included, Smooth surface may impact spin

🏅  Verdict          One of the top pickleball paddle in this price range, Highly                                                     Recommended…


Head Radical Elite – Specification

Paddle Weight8.1 oz
Paddle Length16”
Paddle Width7⅞”
Handle Length5”
Grip Circumference4¼”
Face MaterialFiberglass
Core MaterialPolymer Honeycomb
Core Thickness0.51(13mm)
Sweet SpotLarge

Pros and Cons:



Performance of Head Radical Elite:

Power 75%
Control 85%
Forgiveness 90%
Spin 70%
Durability 80%
Weight 70%
Grip 80%

Power: 7.5/10

Although Head Radical Elite is not a power paddle, but it has a decent power to it. As I am not a very aggressive player, I find it quite powerful to play. It is a middleweight paddle, so it can generate enough power. Also, the paddle has high-quality fiberglass face, which contributes to its power too. 

Control: 8.5/10

Head Radical Elite is much of a Control paddle than power. Cause this paddle is a single piece construction paddle, so much more stable and secure overall.

Forgiveness: 9/10

The best part of this paddle is its Forgiveness. Head Radical Elite has a large sweet spot and a nice pop. Because of its large sweet spot, my mishit still lands on well. The forgiveness of this paddle is perfect for beginners and also intermediate players. 

Spin: 7/10

Head Radical Elite doesn’t have a very good spin. Because of its smooth fiberglass surface, the paddle can’t generate much spin. If you are a beginner learning the game, its spin wouldn’t be that much of a prob. But if you are an advanced player then the spin wouldn’t be enough. So if you want a paddle with great spin, you need to go for more expensive paddle

Durability: 8/10

Head Radical Elite has quite a good longevity record. The paddle also gives you i year warranty with it. Some players said, they played for 6 months and still the condition is quite good, except some scratches on the edge.

Weight: 7/10

The weight of head radical elite is 8.1 oz. So it’s somewhere in the middleweight range paddle.

As it has a single piece construction, overall weight distribution is quite good. This gives me easy maneuverability and play fast at the kitchen.

Grip: 8/10 

This Head paddle has a solid, Ergonomic Grip. The grip is comfortable and good quality. Despite playing in hot weather outdoor, it didn’t get much slippery with sweat.

Return & Refund policy

If you buy from Pickleball Central:

  • Pickleball Central has 30 day return policy for this pickleball paddle.
    They said “You can return paddles and other merchandise within 30 days of date of purchase. If you are not 100% happy, ship the item back to us and we will refund your money. We ask you to cover the cost of shipping the paddle back to us, to include your order number and name inside the package, and we recommend sending your item by a traceable method such as via UPS, FedEx, or USPS with tracking. “
    For more details visit the Return Policy page. 

But keep in mind that you can’t exchange the product. Also, Return is not applicable for customized products. 

If you buy it from Amazon:

Bottom Line ( Head Radical Elite Review )

Before using the paddle I didn’t realize that a budget paddle can be that good. Head Radical Elite is truly a high performance paddle.
If you are looking for a beginner paddle I recommend you to put it high on your list. It has also been featured in Forbes, Money and Men’s Health Like big media too.

In summary, it has all the making of a top paddle but at a budget friendly price.

Highly Recommended… 


Sample Buyer Review:

I signed up for Pickleball lessons and wanted my own paddle instead of the wood based paddles offered with the class. I did quite a bit of research and found this paddle had solid ratings on several Pickleball forums. I like it a lot. It seems to be built well with a large sweet spot that is pretty forgiving. The elongated shape is nice for hitting balls close to the ground or stretching out for a ball farther away than you expect. I have a decently large hand and the paddle fits well in it. I don’t see….Read more.