This is a throwback to the flyweight racquets that were all the rage earlier in the decade, but with two big exceptions: First, the YouTek Radical OS Lite is significantly less head heavy than its predecessors. That means the frame flies through the air with the greatest of ease but has less inherent power, so you need at least a medium swing for depth and pop. Second, it’s more comfortable and stable than Head’s titanium superlights of the late 1990s. The OS Lite is a great tweener stick for young players who can’t yet handle the heavier Radical OS, and ideal for their parents who play recreational doubles. We didn’t find Head’s new YouTek on-demand technology (designed to increase stiffness to turn back bullet shots or loosen up the string bed when you’re hitting floaters) to be nearly as pronounced in this version as it is in its big brother, the YouTek Radical OS.
Bottom Line: A light, exceptionally maneuverable starter stick, it will appeal to young athletes who don’t mind having to swing fairly fast to generate giddyup.