Anybody knows about Yonex R-24 and R-50?

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  1. tandayu

    tandayu Professional

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    The light blue R-24 is made of Graphite/kevlar. That is all I know. Is the R-50 used by Pat Cash (also blue)? Any difference?
     
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  2. Kirko

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    Pam Shriver used the 24 . I demoed them when they came out and was very dismayed they vibrated badly even with a dampner.
     
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  3. AndrewD

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    Tried them when they came out as well. I thought the R-24 was an average frame, quite weighty but with a lot more power than the R-22 and R-23 but nowhere near as playable and mainly a baseliner's frame (unlike the earlier models which were good at net). The R-50 was a massive disappointment. Cash replaced his Prince Magnesium Pro with it but the Yonex wasn't in the same league. Far too heavy to be good at net, too much vibration to be comfortable from the baseline and sluggish all-round. It came and went quite quickly here in Australia as the Cash fans who'd jumped from the Prince found it was a very limited frame. Lots of power from the baseline and loads of spin but not worth the money.
     
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  4. tandayu

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    Thank you for the information. Do you know about other Yonex R-7, R-10, R-23? I only know that R-22 was the tool of Martina Navratilova & Andres Gomez.
     
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  5. Kirko

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    R-10 Vince Van Patten used it for a few yrs. then returned to the POG.
     
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  6. b.

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    I had pleasure of using R7 and R50.

    R7 for a longer period of time. So long that I can not say if it is heavy, maneuverable or not. For me it was - a racquet. I got used to it and it did everything well. It was layered with lots of head protection tape, and with a dampener it didn't vibrate.

    Sweetspot was moved toward the handle from geometric head center. Upper hoop did produce shock when freshly strung, and was not overly responsive, but I didn't care - I used sweetspot, as usualy.

    R50 was even nicer for me. It played with synthetic gut just like R7 with natural gut. It has good touch, but when you give a ball good whipping (serve for example), it becomes a tweener.

    I can not be totaly objective since I got used to those racquets, but I will dare to say they were not worse than average "top" line of racquets that I encountered (Wilson, Head...). Maybe diffrent, just like any of racquets differ from other.

    What I didn't like is paintjob. On R7 it wasn't so important, since it was covered with tapes (head).
     
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  7. AndrewD

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    tandayu,
    the R-22 was more flexible than the R-23 but I always felt it was a nicer racquet to play with. I dont really like the Yonex headshape but it was quite nice to play with - good spin, not super powerful, good at net. The R-7 felt 'bigger' than the other two and felt quite 'tinny' to me with quite a bit of vibration. Still, Im not a Yonex fan so probably never had the right 'feel' with the racquets. All I can say for sure is that a lot of people loved them, more so the R-7 and R-22 out here in Australia.
     
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  8. b.

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    I should add: R7 was sensitive to string type and tension. Maybe it was consequence of a head size and not dense pattern. At least I had that impression. It was the main reason why I gave up on it - I started to play rarely, and had to restring almost every time before session. It becomes a slingshot with a certain strings on low tension.

    Concerning unfortunate R50's destiny (I didn't know about it, which is no wonder), besides most obvious reason that it wasn't suitable racquet for lots of users, I may notice that being a "replacement" racquet is not very promising role. Even for recreational players, if they have find common grounds with their racquets. Pros are even more sensitive to slight changes, and it is unlikely that they will endorse replacement racquet, unless it is 100% copy, or allready wanted change.
    Look at the Federer - he haven't changed his racquet to it's successor, although people on this board were not sure if anything is changed, except name and cosmetics (first impressions).
     
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  9. tacoben

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    I recently came upon a used Yonex R 7 at a local Goodwill store for $5.00. Damm, I love the way it hits! Love it so much that I ended up getting another on on E-bay for $9.00. These racquets are marked Made in Japan. I wonder if the new ones are still made there as well?
     
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  10. dekko1

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    I just got myself 2 R-50s!! Both in mint condition, but one has a small crack :(
    Swapped them for an MP tour 1 (I had a few).
    I also hit with one of them today. Great classic feel, not a very big sweet spot, but when u find it, it's an amazing feeling. I love the weight and balance too. I'll post some photos when I get a chance.
     
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  11. Princeofwails

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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I have been playing with a couple of R-7's over the winter. This one is a tad bigger than the other rexkings. Serious plow through, great at the net and baseline.
     
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