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AdeAce
12-06-2006, 05:42 AM
Thanks to all of you that have replied and assisted me over the last couple of days.

I have just ordered a Yonex RDS 003 (Changing from B'Lat Drive Z Max), I can't wait to try it, especially as I am now coming back from TE rehab.

Is it fair to say that this stick will be easier on my elbow that the Bab? I do tend to hit with a big swing, perhaps using my wrist more than I should, but hey I'm over 40 and I ain't going change to easy.

Ripper
12-06-2006, 06:19 AM
Is it fair to say that this stick will be easier on my elbow that the Bab? I do tend to hit with a big swing, perhaps using my wrist more than I should, but hey I'm over 40 and I ain't going change to easy.

Yes, I believe the RDS 003 would be easier on the elbow than any Babolat (except, maybe, the Pure Storm).

coolblue123
12-06-2006, 07:48 AM
RDS003 is really nice.. Lots of Pop and good control... Remember not to leave your topspin home...

Noveson
12-06-2006, 06:19 PM
I tried the RDS 003 along with the 001. I really thought the 003 felt nothing like the 001, which is not a good thing. There was too much pop, no plow through, and just felt cheap. Right now I own a PD cortex, and am currently hoping for a RDS001 for Christmas. I don't think it is going to happen:(

str33t
12-06-2006, 06:20 PM
babolat = stiff
yonex = flexible

Borat
12-06-2006, 06:22 PM
babolat = stiff
yonex = flexible

not really......

Bogie
12-06-2006, 06:26 PM
i send that borat. yonex isn't all that flexy. fischer, for instance, is loads more flexy and arm friendly.

Borat
12-06-2006, 06:26 PM
babolat = stiff
yonex = flexible

Pure Storm: 64RA
RDS001:65Ra
APD:67RA
RDS003: 65RA
I dunno.....looks pretty close to me

Borat
12-06-2006, 06:27 PM
I know first hand, yonex felt too stiff, I eventually went with the Fischer M-speed 98

dl125
12-06-2006, 07:13 PM
I tried the RDS 003 along with the 001. I really thought the 003 felt nothing like the 001, which is not a good thing. There was too much pop, no plow through, and just felt cheap. Right now I own a PD cortex, and am currently hoping for a RDS001 for Christmas. I don't think it is going to happen:(

I agree, RDS 003 too much tweener feeling. Like a re-painted sporting good racquet. Just my opinion. I've been sucessful with RDS 001 mid.

Noveson
12-06-2006, 07:17 PM
I agree, RDS 003 too much tweener feeling. Like a re-painted sporting good racquet. Just my opinion. I've been sucessful with RDS 001 mid.

Yes I really want to get away from my PD and get to an RDS001. Unfortunetly my PD is pretty new(about 6 months old) and I don't think a PD would be a good backup for an RDS during tournament play:(

jace112
12-06-2006, 10:32 PM
Pure Storm: 64RA
RDS001:65Ra
APD:67RA
RDS003: 65RA
I dunno.....looks pretty close to me
You're right but the APD plays a lot stiffer than expected.

Bottle Rocket
12-06-2006, 11:35 PM
I think stiffness is a secondary issue to overall weight, which is much more important.

There are strings between the ball and the frame... If you hit every ball on the frame, you're going to feel it regardless.

For some reason everyone feels the need to string their Babolat's extremely tight, we need to stop doing that.

I think if you are recovering from TE you should use something that at the very least weighs 12 ounces, a big reason I use something other than my Babolat. It has nothing to do with stiffness, the Pure Storm has a below average stiffness rating, it is a weight issue. I recently recovered from golfers elbow. I used a almost 13 ounce POG for a month and now try my bset to avoid anything less than 12 ounces. Mass... It's all about mass.

I would bet on Marius chiming in here...

alu16L
12-06-2006, 11:46 PM
Pure Storm: 64RA
RDS001:65Ra
APD:67RA
RDS003: 65RA
I dunno.....looks pretty close to me

Remeber that these numbers are recorded on a stationary racket. The racket's handle is clamped during the testing process, while a hook pulls the tip of the racket with a given force. This process only measures racket's ability to flex from butt cap to the tip and doesn't give you an idea of how the racket will feel during impact with the ball. When you hit the node sweetspot, the racket flexes less than when you hit off-center. On off-center hits the racket flexes backwards and sideways, and that when most people actually get a feel for how stiff the frame is. The stiffer the frame, the more shock you feel, the stiffer the racket feels.
Babolat rackets play stiffer than Yonex rackets, although there are some exceptions.

alu16L
12-06-2006, 11:47 PM
Thanks to all of you that have replied and assisted me over the last couple of days.

I have just ordered a Yonex RDS 003 (Changing from B'Lat Drive Z Max), I can't wait to try it, especially as I am now coming back from TE rehab.

Is it fair to say that this stick will be easier on my elbow that the Bab? I do tend to hit with a big swing, perhaps using my wrist more than I should, but hey I'm over 40 and I ain't going change to easy.

Good choice!!! Your arm loves you very much........Yes