View Full Version : RDX500 vs MP Tour-1 vs RD Ti 80 ??

04-27-2005, 12:33 PM
Opinions on these 3 Yonex racquets ?

04-27-2005, 12:54 PM
Of the three, the RDX500 and MP Tour-1 are more similar to each other than the Ti80. The Ti80 has a more traditional feel and design (box beam). The MP Tour-1 is more cushioned than the Ti80, and the RDX500 is more cushioned than the Mp Tour-1.

Comparing the RDX500mid to the MP Tour-1 90, the Tour-1 is stiffer, swings significantly heavier, and fairly powerful. The RDX500mid is more comfortable, flexible, maneuverable, and less powerful. The power level can be equalized by strings so it's a matter of stiffer/heavier vs. more flexible/maneuverable. Depends on the player.

The Ti80 is a different type of racket from the RDX/Mp Tour-1. The very thin beam creates very fast head speeds (faster than RDX/MP Tour) and a whippy feel. It's stiffer and more powerful than the RDXmid, but less powerful than the MP Tour-1 90.
As for the MP Tour-1 98, I found it to be very powerful, almost in tweener category.

I feel the Ti80 and RDXmid are good for those who have fast swings and natural power. The MP Tour-1 requires a more controlled swing, so is better for those with compact or classical strokes.

04-27-2005, 02:01 PM
i agree with everything ferrari just said.
of the 3 racquets, i like the Ti 80 most, RDX500 least.

Steve F.
04-27-2005, 02:18 PM
jd1966, you didn't mention which head size you were asking about, so these posts might be spitting in the wind --
What are you looking for and how do you play -- ?

05-04-2005, 07:12 AM
Most interested in MP models of each and how they feel compared to each other. I've recently tried the RDX 500 MP and liked it very much but thought it might be worth checking out the others in Mid-Plus.

Richard Pur
05-04-2005, 10:12 AM
Good post. I have had some interest in the RDX 500 MP, demoed it, and really liked it for almost everything, except it seemed to me to be a little less stable than I need for blocking back serves and volleying heavily hit balls. Great racket, but one I still want to try is the Ti-80. And now with the new paint job, I'm really interested.

With the increased weight, is the Ti-80 (2005) more stable than the RDX 500 MP? I would also think it is maneuverable with it being 8 points headlight.

Another cosmetic thing that I "perceive" is that the Ti-80 (2005) just does not seem as "boxy" in the head as the other Yonex racquets. That may sound petty, but I still can't get past the shape. Maybe it's the paint job??

Anyone out there using the Ti-80?

05-04-2005, 10:32 AM
The Ti80 has a rather narrow cross-section, so it's more rectangular than box-beam, and certainly thinner than the RDX design. I rather doubt the Ti80 is more stable than the RDX 500 MP because the triangular/hexagonal hoop cross-section tends to provide more stability than box beam. I don't really know since I haven't played with the RDX 500 MP.

Comparing the RDX500mid with the Ti80, the RDX wins out in stability. With a bit of lead tape, stability issues are solved with the Ti80, and probably the same thing with the RDX 500 MP (bit of lead tape).