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Graeme100
11-07-2008, 09:13 AM
What's your opinion on these two rackets? How do they compare?

I am an intermediate player and in theory the stats are good for me - around 300g weight and 98sqin head size.

Also which of the two is more "forgiving"?

Grateful to receive any response!

gorhamtennis
11-08-2008, 02:27 PM
It will be different for each player as far as which is more forgiving. Have you demoed either? I played with the AG 300 yesterday. I had a lot of shots which would usually go long w. my o3 that stayed in. I would say the AG300 is more forgiving.

wilfreb
11-08-2008, 04:29 PM
i sed the rds003 for 2 years [now upgraded to rds001] and i was excellent all around. good weight and headsize.

kelz
11-08-2008, 05:20 PM
I would take the yonex.

kungfusmkim
11-08-2008, 05:40 PM
I currently own a rds002, i love it really i do. i would have to say that the rds002 is more forgiving

LPShanet
11-08-2008, 09:07 PM
What's your opinion on these two rackets? How do they compare?

I am an intermediate player and in theory the stats are good for me - around 300g weight and 98sqin head size.

Also which of the two is more "forgiving"?

Grateful to receive any response!

The two are VERY different on court even though they're similar on paper. The only real course is to demo both. For example, I found the 300 to play very light and quite stiff, while the RDS002 seemed heavier and more solid, but maybe a bit softer. However, the actual data the manufacturers supply about the frames suggests exactly the opposite if anything. So clearly a demo is in order. It also depends on your needs and taste.

Staiger
11-09-2008, 03:00 AM
I would think that The Yonex RD002 is more forgiven and it is more suitable for intermediate players with slower /shorter swings. I got the tour version and it is a pretty good stick , (still wondering if the Elastic Ti is nessasary in a tennis racquet and probably better without !)

ac3111
11-09-2008, 05:20 AM
I decided to go for the Aerogel 300 (16x19) and the RDS 003 since I am a beginner to intermediate before I go to the RDS 002 standard. Should it be the other way round?

Yonex Dude
11-09-2008, 12:04 PM
The Rds 002 is my main racquet at the moment. I find it pretty forgiving. It has ample pop and spin. String it up with some SPPP and i doubt you will regret it. However, this is just my opinion. Try them both out if you can.

ac3111
11-09-2008, 12:07 PM
I can't try any of them. I will have to buy both of them. When you write SPPP you mean a specific kind of string?

Graeme100
11-10-2008, 08:09 AM
I can't demo where I live unfortunately.

I like the look and feel of the rds 002 (standard) - the only issue is that the beam (profile of the racket) is quite wide 23-24mm.

Has anyone else found this to be an issue with this racket?

LPShanet
11-10-2008, 11:19 AM
I can't demo where I live unfortunately.

I like the look and feel of the rds 002 (standard) - the only issue is that the beam (profile of the racket) is quite wide 23-24mm.

Has anyone else found this to be an issue with this racket?

It's more like 22. And the Aerogel is 21.5. If you notice a huge difference between half a millimeter of beam width at your level, the racquet industry is in for a big overhaul.

Bagdatis toy hippo
11-10-2008, 02:52 PM
I used to play with a Yonex RDS 002, but stopped because it was too stiff. I almost bought the AG 300 I loved it so much, but it just wasn't stable enough.

Overall i'd take the Dunlop.

Yonex Dude
11-10-2008, 05:58 PM
SPPP is Signum Pro Poly Plasma. Its a really good poly string, and is my current favorite.

ac3111
11-10-2008, 06:48 PM
SPPP is Signum Pro Poly Plasma. Its a really good poly string, and is my current favorite.

Thanks a lot. Poly must be Polyester, right? Quite stiff it must be, if I am not mistaken.

LPShanet
11-11-2008, 01:08 AM
Thanks a lot. Poly must be Polyester, right? Quite stiff it must be, if I am not mistaken.

It's a second generation poly (i.e. co-poly), so not the stiffest of the polys, but still much stiffer than the average string. If you don't like stiff strings, you'd be better off with a syn gut or multi (or gut, of course).