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Tenny
01-07-2005, 03:36 PM
It seems Yonex RDX500 is the one discussed pretty often here. Was the Puredrive a hype too when it came out? What about prostaff6.0 95, Prestiges, twin tubes, original hammer6.2-the skunk, RD-7 or even earlier classics such as PS85 or POG or max200G when they were released, were they very popular and discussed a lot among tennis players? Of course, I don't think TW board has that long history tough. History of hype anyone?

python
01-08-2005, 08:29 AM
The Pure Drive and Pure Control along with the Volkl C10 / C10 Tour both received a lot of discussion. I can also remember the Head Intelligence Prestige getting a lot of play.

Gaines Hillix
01-08-2005, 09:16 AM
The history of hype, huh? About some snake oil or kava kava or herbal viagra? Seriously, tennis racquet hype is all about perspecitive, IMO. The discussion about the PD and PD+ was the classic one on here, IMO. The Roddick fans and baseline bashers and big servers loved it and talked them up huge! Ask any of them and they'd say the PD is "sick" or "rediculous"(as they say these days). To them it signaled a sea change in racquets. A new era, if you will. Lots of people ordered them or demoed them and particularly the old schoolers like me couldn't figure out what all of the buzz was about. I thought the PD+ was the most over-rated frame on the planet. It was just another stiff, widebody with gaudy graphics to me. I think there are some frames out there that deserve their reputation of being great frames. They've stood the test of time, but again it's personal. It's all good fun though. Keeps the board lively!

ferrari_827
01-08-2005, 09:37 AM
I'm sure the frame that is most talked about over time is the *Wilson 6.0 Prostaff*. I still have mine, and it reminds me of the old days as a teenager when I would practice for hours in blistering heat.

Overall, Yonex frames haven't really been talked as much as Wilson and Head, about the same level of attention as Dunlop and Fischer. It seems like Yonex draws out the best and the worst, people either love them, or can't stand them.

The problem with Yonex is that the models are discontinued too soon to develop a loyal following. Although the RD7 is already considered a "classic", other potential classics are the MP Tour 1 (meant for 5.0+), RD Ti70 long, RD Ti50, RD Ti80, although two have been discontinued.

So I feel Yonex is overdue for the merit of its frames, and it looks like it is getting it with the RDX500. As far as frame design, the RDX is the best I've seen from Yonex, and the cosmetics are drop dead gorgeous. This one is destined to be a classic.

As for the Pure Drive, you couldn't pay me to use it.

SocalTennis
01-08-2005, 10:49 AM
I think the RDX success partly due to their color schemes. Somehow it looks a lot better then the previous generation. I not trying to undermine the technology behind it because I do think that it's a very potent frame. It's just that for so long people categorized it as a women frame and being endorse by mainly WTA players. Until recently they put it in the hands of ATP players and the following success was phenomenal.

But no doubt that PS 6.0 and POG are all time Classics. IMO

Steve Huff
01-08-2005, 11:06 AM
The hyped up rackets I remember from being on this board were:
ProStaff St. Vincent--seems it developed quite a following

Volkl C10 -- a lot of people seemed to think this was the best racket ever made. Even the OS model got a lot of kudo's, which is unusual on this board.

Slazenger ProBraided--the older, black & white model, got popular for a while, and everyone was talking about it. Lots were being bought and sold on the "used" market too.

Dunlop 200g MW--this was short-lived. Came out when Dunlop introduced the HotMelt line. All the sudden, people really liked the MW version.

Dunlop 300g--when Blake made a run toward the top 20, the 300g became the new popular stick that everyone wanted to try.

ProKennex 5g--when Michael McCrory had a live discussion on the boards, people began to realize that ProKennex were serious about making quality players frames. PK was the talk of the boards for a while.

Head Prestige--most of the discussion began when the Ti models arrived. Lots of people thought all the Ti models were too light, and the old Prestige was perfect again.

Prince Orig Graphite--like the PS 85, the POG frequently is the "grail", especially when every 3rd post was made by Triple B, and that's what he was using.

I may have missed some, but these are the ones that I remember there being and inordinate amount of posts on.

b.
01-08-2005, 12:09 PM
SocalTennis,

RDX paintjob is a great improvement over my previous R7. I think (and have thought then) that R7 is one of the ugliest racquets produced (but I liked how it plays). On the other hand RDX painjob is a bit trendy. I'm not shure it will look that "hot" in a few years - and I intend to use it longer than one season.


On the side note - I would like more if Yonex racquets were named Yoneyama. Sounds more serious to me. "Yonex" is a bit like an artificial name for one-time usage. Or the "Cleanex".

SocalTennis
01-08-2005, 03:12 PM
You do have a point there b.

Ronaldo
01-08-2005, 03:43 PM
IMHO the PC is/was discussed the most, but it deserves it. No hype

LafayetteHitter
01-08-2005, 03:50 PM
Ferrari don't forget the SRD Tour 90 when talking about great Yonex racquet, it is a special racquet indeed.

Scott