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Paul Murphy
03-09-2009, 02:44 AM
Hi guys.

Are there enough of us out there who loved the R22 to form a society of our own?

I think it was a terrific racquet for its time and was wielded superbly by Martina Navratilova (among others).

Does anyone else share my love of the R22?

tandayu
03-09-2009, 07:47 AM
Yes, I am also a R22er

jetlee2k
03-09-2009, 09:35 AM
I don't know about the society but it's one of the best racquet Yonex made.. R22 seems shake alittle at the head after you play with it for a few years so I added alittle lead around the hoop to stabilize it.. it's great racquet.. !!

Virginia
03-09-2009, 10:34 AM
I just took mine out the other day for a hit and yes, it felt very good.

plasma
03-09-2009, 11:15 AM
R22 is ps 85 level, top level high class racquet, see? highest performance avialable. r22 limits pop like the ps 85, or pc600. I still see them floating on the bay for pennies. Like bars of japanese gold floating freely in the ocean. 22 has flex, feel, no extra pop, and superb control and precise Japanese ninja like manufacturing. the R22 is Katana, after 300 years it will still slice humbly and accurately, only the true fluid grasshopper plasma child may know quiet secrets of humble Katana. It is like water, form less, shapeless. For agressive shots, it doesn't hit the ball out, it becomes the stroke. For flawless consistency and reliable professional performance, it becomes the perfect stroke, target and tactic.
http://i40.tinypic.com/hs6seg.jpg
I personally know that r22 is the one tennis racquet which was not made in a factory, but grew organically from the ground, in the blood laden, dark rich moist atomic soil of the land of the most ancient righteous and pure.
This is proprietary info, but I will share it on this blessed lunar celebration to mark this occasion of the 22 moon secret socie- uh I mean the r22 appreciation society, yes:
once there was a road owned by the Yoenyama family. Soemone attempted to cross it, he was said to be the blind swordsman. Yoneyama could not loose face and had to challenge the master for clearly the road was only big enough for one and niether samurai would back down. Using the way of the sparrow, the peach blossom, and the wind monkey argyle god itself, yoneyama cleverly distracted the blind master, besting him with a fatal nerve strike of his R7.

jetlee2k
03-09-2009, 02:13 PM
R22 is ps 85 level, top level high class racquet, see? highest performance avialable. r22 limits pop like the ps 85, or pc600. I still see them floating on the bay for pennies. Like bars of japanese gold floating freely in the ocean. 22 has flex, feel, no extra pop, and superb control and precise Japanese ninja like manufacturing. the R22 is Katana, after 300 years it will still slice humbly and accurately, only the true fluid grasshopper plasma child may know quiet secrets of humble Katana. It is like water, form less, shapeless. For agressive shots, it doesn't hit the ball out, it becomes the stroke. For flawless consistency and reliable professional performance, it becomes the perfect stroke, target and tactic.
http://i40.tinypic.com/hs6seg.jpg
I personally know that r22 is the one tennis racquet which was not made in a factory, but grew organically from the ground, in the blood laden, dark rich moist atomic soil of the land of the most ancient righteous and pure.
This is proprietary info, but I will share it on this blessed lunar celebration to mark this occasion of the 22 moon secret socie- uh I mean the r22 appreciation society, yes:
once there was a road owned by the Yoenyama family. Soemone attempted to cross it, he was said to be the blind swordsman. Yoneyama could not loose face and had to challenge the master for clearly the road was only big enough for one and niether samurai would back down. Using the way of the sparrow, the peach blossom, and the wind monkey argyle god itself, yoneyama cleverly distracted the blind master, besting him with a fatal nerve strike of his R7.

man, you should be a fiction or comic writer.. nice description.. !!

galain
03-09-2009, 02:53 PM
The R22 was a beauty for sure - did everything sooo smoothly.

But the RX32 - that was the frame that people should worship Yonex for. Everything the 22 did, the 32 did better.

Everything.

jimbo333
03-09-2009, 04:23 PM
I personally know that r22 is the one tennis racquet which was not made in a factory, but grew organically from the ground, in the blood laden, dark rich moist atomic soil of the land of the most ancient righteous and pure.
This is proprietary info, but I will share it on this blessed lunar celebration to mark this occasion of the 22 moon secret socie- uh I mean the r22 appreciation society, yes:

I almost fell off my chair laughing at this:)

Are you as good at performing as writing? You could tour the tennis clubs of the land (or maybe the world), giving lectures, doing comedy routines, showing off a few dozen "classics", giving "classic" demos!!!! The possibilities are endless, do you need a manager/agent?:):)

Paul Murphy
03-09-2009, 09:07 PM
Thanks for the response guys.

Anyone have a view on the R27?

I found it to be a tough and unforgiving frame to use in comparison with the R22.

Any views?

Paul Murphy
03-09-2009, 09:31 PM
Guys,

Also just wondering whether anyone has any good pics of the R22 that they could post.

Cheers.

tandayu
03-09-2009, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the response guys.

Anyone have a view on the R27?

I found it to be a tough and unforgiving frame to use in comparison with the R22.

Any views?


It is been a while since I used R22 and R27, but I surely remember R27 is much stiffer and more powerful dan R22.

R27: Krickstein

R22: Navratilova, Yzaga,Gomez

plasma
03-09-2009, 10:06 PM
befrore Yoneyama-san copywrighted the r7 and 22 Warren "the wizard of Boz" Bozworth created the Snauwaert Dyno. Both great racquets but the 84.5 sq. in. Dyno had a swingweight and stiffness that only pros could handle, wheras the 90 sq. in yonex r 22 was more than forgiving enough for club players as well as pros.
http://i39.tinypic.com/35lhz4j.jpg

Paul Murphy
03-10-2009, 12:08 AM
Thanks to plasma and other contributors.
More pics/comments would be welcome.

Cheers

aussie
03-10-2009, 02:24 AM
Had an R22 but somehow it never payed as well as the R7 which I bought in Hong Kong in 1982 (along with the legendary PK Silver Ace for my younger sister). The R7 was a beautiful racquet to play with -very flexible with a huge sweet spot. As for the Silver Ace, my sister still plays with it, and damn well I might add.

roundiesee
03-10-2009, 02:40 AM
I was just wondering- how does the R22 compare with the likes of PS85 and the PC600? Thanks!

Kirko
03-10-2009, 02:48 AM
Hi guys.

Are there enough of us out there who loved the R22 to form a society of our own?

I think it was a terrific racquet for its time and was wielded superbly by Martina Navratilova (among others).

Does anyone else share my love of the R22?

Sammy Giammalva jr. used the R-22 also, the R-22 was a terrific frame !!! nice power & a lush feeling melded together, played "bigger" than 90 sq.in. also I thought.

plasma
03-10-2009, 03:57 PM
ps 85 is stiff but has flex and excellent feel, r22 has excellent feel yet cannot be categorized as stiff or flexible...I would use the r22 if it came out in 85, like buttah!!! r22 out perfroms anything tw currently sells by 200%...

Paul Murphy
03-10-2009, 08:43 PM
Kinda agree with you plasma although we'll be accused of living in the past!

For it's time though I thought it was one of the very best racquets of the 1980s.

A true classic that you could play any style with.

plasma
03-14-2009, 04:06 AM
r22 had the perfect flex

Ronaldo
03-14-2009, 04:34 AM
Used the R22 20 yrs ago. Great racquet, seemed to get played out quickly. Both light and medium weights. Was so popular locally even stores like Wal-mart carried them. IMHO weak response in the upper-hoop compared to the latest Yonex racquets.

pshulam
03-14-2009, 08:51 PM
Used the R22 20 yrs ago. Great racquet, seemed to get played out quickly. Both light and medium weights. Was so popular locally even stores like Wal-mart carried them. IMHO weak response in the upper-hoop compared to the latest Yonex racquets.

I did not know that Walmart is that old.

Kirko
03-14-2009, 09:50 PM
I did not know that Walmart is that old.

way older than the R-22.

SFrazeur
03-14-2009, 09:54 PM
I did not know that Walmart is that old.

Founded in '62 incorporated in '69.

-SF

FastFreddy
03-15-2009, 08:37 PM
I see you had a r-18 behind the r-22. I played in college with a r-18 it was a great racquet. How does the r-22 compare to the r-18? I never got a chance to hit with one, my friend had one I pick it up it felt heavier.

plasma
03-15-2009, 09:46 PM
"Heavy is good, heavy is reliable"
http://i41.tinypic.com/2hya0j5.jpg
Boris the Bullet Dodger (uzbekistani arms dealer from "SNATCH")

Steve Huff
03-15-2009, 09:50 PM
I used the r22 for a while. Great hitting frame. I broke several though. Yonex was good about replacing them, but I finally got tired of sending them off. Went back to Pro Kennex at that time.

plasma
03-15-2009, 10:34 PM
yes, that isometric headshape was amazing for hitting (and tourneys as yonex was sooo consistent specwise) but took abuse from strings and cracked a lot, when it came to the r 22 and r 23.
http://i42.tinypic.com/24dj8zm.jpg
can't wait to try my Silver Ace out, recently got it strung....we all know plasma likes chunkers, but the anorexic supermodel stats and sleek sophisticated taiwanese curves caught my attention...
http://i43.tinypic.com/r9rhht.jpg

jonaron
07-11-2009, 01:55 PM
Today I was playing a match with my usual Volkl dnx 9. I had restrung it,and hated the new strings. I got into some weird head space about the strings and got very frustrated with the thing. So for the 3rd set, I reached into my bag to discover the r22 that i had recently purchased at a tag sale for $2 in excellent shape (even had a nice recent string job!). My level of play increased dramatically and I had an "r-22 moment". The thing was a thing of beauty, and despite not having ever used it, I was able to hit nearly every ball in and exactly where i wanted it! It was like a veil had been lifted and I could hit out. When I mishit, it was obvious what was my fault- there was no mystery about the racket, just pure tennis perfection. I may start a yonex demoing process- thinking that maybe the rdx 500 will have what I liked about the r-22 with a bit more flat serve ability and less of that weird upper hoop smashing feeling. I am now officially an r-22 lover and may stick with this one for a while.

pshulam
07-11-2009, 07:10 PM
.. I reached into my bag to discover the r22 that i had recently purchased at a tag sale for $2 in excellent shape (even had a nice recent string job!).
Are you trying to say that you did not notice the condition of the racket at the tag sale? They must be desperate to get rid of it! That's a great bargain.

jonaron
07-12-2009, 03:22 PM
I "discovered" it because I had no idea I had put it in my bag. Just dumb luck ( the best kind). I guess the tag salers had no idea it was a great racquet, probably assumed it was just some old thing.

Bud
07-12-2009, 06:09 PM
I "discovered" it because I had no idea I had put it in my bag. Just dumb luck ( the best kind). I guess the tag salers had no idea it was a great racquet, probably assumed it was just some old thing.

IME, 99.9% of the general population is clueless about tennis racquets.

darryl_giggs
07-12-2009, 07:18 PM
Found an old RX22 in relatively good condition at a fleamart. Managed to get the seller to offload to me at SGD8.00 .... Glad to have found this post as it certainly shed more light on the background of this racket.

I'm starting a small collection of old graphite/wooden rackets and have about 6 now.

:)

Bud
07-12-2009, 07:43 PM
Found an old RX22 in relatively good condition at a fleamart. Managed to get the seller to offload to me at SGD8.00 .... Glad to have found this post as it certainly shed more light on the background of this racket.

I'm starting a small collection of old graphite/wooden rackets and have about 6 now.

:)

Is it an R-22 or RX-22 (did they make one of these)?

I'm familiar with an RX-32 and RX-37...

darryl_giggs
07-12-2009, 09:47 PM
Is it an R-22 or RX-22 (did they make one of these)?

I'm familiar with an RX-32 and RX-37...

Apologies, I meant R-22. Not sure why I ended up typing RX-22.

:)

plasma
07-12-2009, 10:14 PM
are the rx the round ones? does anyone have one????? pls??????

LES
07-19-2009, 05:50 PM
I had one in HS. My 2nd racquet I think. I broked it by throwing it against the fence. Never threw a racquet again after that.

I don't remember how it plays though.

Ronaldo
07-19-2009, 06:01 PM
are the rx the round ones? does anyone have one????? pls??????

Have an RX-32 with a round headshape.

plasma
07-19-2009, 10:17 PM
headsize compared to the ps 85?????????????????????????

Bud
07-19-2009, 10:32 PM
headsize compared to the ps 85?????????????????????????

It's approximately the same size :)

plasma
07-20-2009, 01:14 AM
I always wished they made a slightly smaller r 22, the composition was perfect, different than the prostaff, but also perfect. Waay better than head. A kneissl type feel in a conventional frame. Maybe not that good. A donnay belgium feel in a true mid. Ok not that plush either, but it wasn't about feel. ALthough it felt slightly better than the ps 85, cleaner crisper, it wasn't about feel, r22 felt great but was about performance.
Like a girl who is career minded and good in the sack...the r22 had it all...truly dedicated

DAS2011
07-27-2009, 01:13 PM
I used to play a Prince EXO3 RED 110, but I found a Yonex R22 in my step-mother's garage and I LOVE IT!! fortunatly she let me have it. I love it so much I just bought an other one online.

My question is that sooner or later I am going to have to get these restrung, and I have no Idea what tension I should get. I heard of one guy tensioning his at 50lbs. I like a little pop, but that sounds way too low.

I was hoping someone else from the R22 Appreciation Society would be able to advise me on this issue.

Thank you

pshulam
07-27-2009, 07:09 PM
My question is that sooner or later I am going to have to get these restrung, and I have no Idea what tension I should get. I heard of one guy tensioning his at 50lbs. I like a little pop, but that sounds way too low.
Low tension may provide more power and gentleness to the arm.

pshulam
07-27-2009, 07:16 PM
headsize compared to the ps 85??

I think the R-22 has a head size of about 90 sq in.

DAS2011
08-05-2009, 09:18 PM
Hey I started using the R22 recently and I absolutly love it. I found one in a garage and the other I bought used online. I have absolutly no complaints about this racquet except the fact that it is discontinued...

Today, while serving, the R22 that I bought online flew out of my hand and cracked. I can no longer use it.

R22s are becoming increasingly harder to find in good condition online, and in addition to that, I would appreciate having a racquet with no previous owners. I can't buy a new R22, so I was hoping everyone could recommend a few simularly awesome frames that are still in production that I could demo. I am mainly looking for the feel and playability.

Thanks guys, I really appreciate this.

Oh, and if it helps, I am a 4.0 Boys player who plays teams and high school tennis.

FedererClone
08-09-2009, 07:41 AM
befrore Yoneyama-san copywrighted the r7 and 22 Warren "the wizard of Boz" Bozworth created the Snauwaert Dyno. Both great racquets but the 84.5 sq. in. Dyno had a swingweight and stiffness that only pros could handle, wheras the 90 sq. in yonex r 22 was more than forgiving enough for club players as well as pros.
http://i39.tinypic.com/35lhz4j.jpg

Don't u love that Plaz has not only enviable sticks - but pics of sticks behind those stellar sticks! LOL

FedererClone
08-09-2009, 07:46 AM
Didn't Hewitt hit with a Yonex back in the day? Does he still swing with 'em?

Ronaldo
08-09-2009, 05:27 PM
Didn't Hewitt hit with a Yonex back in the day? Does he still swing with 'em?

Lil Leyton uses an SRD-Tour 90

stevewcosta
08-14-2009, 03:02 PM
Agree with all the praise. Why do all current racs. suck!? Yonex racquets are awful now.

jimbo333
08-14-2009, 03:31 PM
R22 really was a great racquet:)

It's interesting how many people that like it, but for different reasons!

Some think it's quite flexible, some quite stiff. The key thing though is that it was a really playable racquet, that was enjoyable to use. They really don't make them like this anymore!

nabbydian
01-17-2010, 07:57 AM
i also have one piece of the R-22!

http://i651.photobucket.com/albums/uu235/nabbydian/Yonex%20Tennis%20Racquets/SDC10833.jpg
http://i651.photobucket.com/albums/uu235/nabbydian/Yonex%20Tennis%20Racquets/SDC10832.jpg

Buckethead
10-13-2010, 06:05 AM
I have one of these beasts

Buckethead
11-03-2010, 04:11 PM
After hitting with it for almost a month here are my impressions:
R-22, 4 5/8, strung with MSV Focus hex 1.27, over grip ad VD, weighing around 385g.
I am a 4.5, aggressive, with my best assets being the first serve, forehand either with heavy spin or flat.
TopSpin- It lacked of some spin in comparison to the RDS mid, however for a flat shot this racket is incredible. You aim it, it goes where you want.
Slice- was really good better than the RDS mid.
Serves- for first serve I thought it was amazing to go for it, I was playing tie breaks against a 6.0 player and I aced him a few times, had some not returnable, he said the serve was heavy, i can serve around 100 maybe 110 when fully warmed up.
2nd serve- It was a hard job to have to serve 2nd serves, since the racket is really heavy and more so I think the swing weight is very high, I will measure on an RDC machine sometime soon, it became a problem to me, while the RDS mid was a lot better even weighing around (370g) my SS had more spin.
Stability- R-22 is probably the most stable one I have tried, I practiced forehand against a big hitter(NRTP 6.0) and He did not push me back, I hit many winners, He felt the weight of my balls, but I was late some times, and that was due the footwork(slow).
Overheads- I had problems with, I think due to heavy swingweight.
Returns- i returned well, did not have any problems to of stability with the racket, it is really solid, but it is not for me, it is for a high level player.
Over all, it is for a 6.0 level player or a Pro. The guy whom was hitting with me was amazed about the power, when he nailed the serves He said He had never hit and felt what he did, and on his aces(many) I could barely see the ball. He can serve around 125 , but He loved the racket.
I don;t even want to know what a 140 mph feels like.
I wish I could practice more to be able to use that racket, but i still can't believe that Martina Nvratilova used to play with this very same racket.

VGP
12-01-2010, 01:12 PM
Here's mine.....

http://i56.tinypic.com/anyjyo.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/25qgj8m.jpg

I wanted to do it up tribute style to one of my favorite players, Jaime Yzaga (circa 1994). (Sorry, I don't have any light blue overgrip....)
....and another shout out to Andres Gomez.....

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/000/349/100/usopensupsetsyzaga94_display_image.jpg?1282155961

His win over Sampras in the fourth round of the 1994 US Open (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/438552-greatest-upsets-in-us-open-tennis-history#page/7)is one of my favorite matches!

VGP
12-01-2010, 01:27 PM
I recently watched the match again and it was the coverage called by Ted Robinson and John McEnroe on USA Network.

At one point Yzaga broke a string and McEnroe spoke of how Yzaga had to collect more R-22s around the world as they were no longer produced. He even gotten the remainder of Andres Gomez's frames as Gomez had recently retired at that point.

Too bad for him at that time, e-bay was just around the corner.... :)

Buckethead
12-04-2010, 09:00 PM
I recently watched the match again and it was the coverage called by Ted Robinson and John McEnroe on USA Network.

At one point Yzaga broke a string and McEnroe spoke of how Yzaga had to collect more R-22s around the world as they were no longer produced. He even gotten the remainder of Andres Gomez's frames as Gomez had recently retired at that point.

Too bad for him at that time, e-bay was just around the corner.... :)

I got mine there for $35.
Yours looks amazing, man. Congrats.
What is the grip size you have and the weight of the racket strung?
thanks

VGP
12-04-2010, 09:42 PM
Thanks. I'm liking the frame. It does have that nice feel.

The racket shown above is a 4 3/8, 13.7 ounces, 6 points headlight.

Buckethead
12-05-2010, 06:30 AM
Thanks. I'm liking the frame. It does have that nice feel.

The racket shown above is a 4 3/8, 13.7 ounces, 6 points headlight.

The only complaint I had was the second serve and spin.
Spin has to do with the racket, but not the 2nd serve.
I love that racket too, in my opinion is one of the best ever made that I tried.
0 vibrations, a hefty truck.
Mine is 4 5/8 weighing pretty much the same as yours, with an over grip and VD. I gotta measure the balance point.

Buckethead
12-05-2010, 06:32 AM
Don't u love that Plaz has not only enviable sticks - but pics of sticks behind those stellar sticks! LOL

Oh man, R-18!!!!
I am looking for that one.

VGP
01-06-2011, 05:12 PM
Oh man, R-18!!!!
I am looking for that one.

I just got one tonight from a local thrift store for $1.99.

Virginia
01-06-2011, 09:07 PM
The R-18 is a superb looking frame - under-appreciated I think. :)

VGP
01-07-2011, 05:28 AM
The R-18 I bought is stamped a DEMO with a 4 3/8 grip size.

I don't mean to hijack the R-22 thread with R-18 discussion.....

Perhaps I'll post some pics of my modest collection of Rexkings and bring it back to the R-22.

Virginia
01-07-2011, 09:07 AM
Or maybe start a new "Rex King" thread - I've got quite a few of the earlier numbered models. :)

Buckethead
01-07-2011, 09:33 AM
Or maybe start a new "Rex King" thread - I've got quite a few of the earlier numbered models. :)

That is a great idea.
I would like to know about all these old R- models from Yonex.

tandayu
01-07-2011, 07:26 PM
If I remember correctly, I saw a R-22 with extra horizontal orange line at the throat of the frame, maybe for the Japan market

tandayu
01-08-2011, 04:43 PM
tandayu - I found these pics online that show some differences in the R-22 cosmetics you mentioned.....(and in some other R series frames)

That is it. THANK YOU.

TMR
01-13-2011, 10:09 AM
I have the R-18. If there is interest, I can put it up for sale.

MikeVolkl123
01-13-2011, 10:43 AM
I sued a Pro RD-7 long, Hingis first big time stick, sooooo thin , thinnest frame I ever used. So slicey but my Toms Machines Kneissl is my new club.

bluroks
01-25-2011, 07:26 AM
I just received my R22 in the mail yesterday. Took it out this morning. WOW amazing racquet. Everything felt fine. Serves are great and nice placement.

I did use a R27 and I thought that was a nice frame also. But this R22 is now my racquet of choice.

So now I have three classics I play with. The R22, The Pro Kennex Ceramic Destiny and the Wilson FPK 95 (that is a FINE racquet also).

I bought the R22 after reading this column. Glad I did!

rallyguy
02-06-2011, 08:12 PM
My buddy forgot hit tennis bag at home so I gave him one of my ncode 6.1 16 * 18 to play with and then thought what the hell he's playing with something unfamiliar I'll play with the racquet that I used to play with for 12 years, my good ol Yonex R22. I beat him 6-4 should have taken him 6-3 but missed a volley. Still love this racquet after all these years, just a real solid but flexi feel to it. Can't do some of the stuff as well as my ncode like really pound out some serves or really get into a low mid court forehand and spin it in but other shots it does better like if I decide to go ol school and slice from both sides of hit touch volleys. Just a beautiful stick, really stands up.

Buckethead
02-07-2011, 05:38 AM
I actually have hit with the R-22 strung with SP Plasma Hex at 50/48 2 times last week. Off the ground in my opinion there is no better.
I only struggle on 2nd serves, but I don't struggle with 2nd serves with my RDS 90.
I need to modify something in this racket to help my second serves.

banter
02-18-2011, 07:20 PM
Got mine today! Just strung it and I cant wait to hit with it.

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/2558/img3733z.jpg

Sorry, for the darkness. It doesn't do this beaut justice.

makinao
10-17-2012, 05:06 AM
Just picked up a mint R-22 for US$6. SL, 4 1/4. It came with Yonex TG-30 strings. Added an overgrip so its about 4 3/4 now. Unfortunately I'm still recuperating from a bum knee, so I'll have to wait for next week to try it on-court. I did however hit a few balls against a wall this afternoon. Hefty, solid, and flexible. Wow!

I found another one in mint condition in a local want ad, but its over US$30. If this turns out really good on court, I don't think I'll be able to resist the temptation.

Has anyone used poly strings on this? How much different will it be than the synthetics that are on mine now?

edwincen
10-17-2012, 09:20 PM
anydoby know how much is R-22 flex number?

ctromano
10-18-2012, 10:45 PM
I have 5 r-22 racquets, I use it mainly for mix doubles play... for some odd reason I think the racquet plays very well with the old prince syn gut 17g. I tried it with gosen and it's not the same. But real good racquets, I'm trying to get a 6th one just to have it. I play with my JK prostaff woods more but I really do like the r-22.

AlfaAce
10-27-2012, 08:41 PM
One I bought on e*bay this week just arrived today! Only a few very minor scrapes on the head. Perfect paint. Paid $36 including shipping. I think I'll buy another! :)

coachrick
10-28-2012, 06:15 AM
Do check these older frames for cracks or 'wrinkling' on the inside of the corners. That was the weak point on the rackets in this family...failures from hitting the court surface or too much flex while stringing.

I can't imagine poly in one of these. VS gut was always my choice! Had one of my best wins ever using the R-10 strung with VS declasse gut back in '85 or so. First time I had ever hit that stick. :)

MAXXply
10-28-2012, 06:23 AM
Do check these older frames for cracks or 'wrinkling' on the inside of the corners. That was the weak point on the rackets in this family...

Most of the thin-beamed R-series rackets that I come across on my thrift store hunts have those issues. Always on the inside corners, usually upper hoop. Wrinkling especially.

AlfaAce
10-29-2012, 06:44 PM
What tension should I string my R-22 using 17G natural gut? Recommendations? It's been so long... I forgot. :oops:

Steve Huff
11-02-2012, 08:02 PM
I used these frames for a couple of years. Great play, awesome spin. Yonex replaced several for me, as they broke often. I went back to the PK Black Ace.