First Impressions RDX-500s + 1...

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  1. TripleB

    TripleB Hall of Fame

    Sep 2, 2004
    North Carolina
    I had a chance to hit with my newest set of demos last night: RDX-500 Mid, RDX-500 Midplus, RDX-500 HD Midplus, and Babolat Pure Control.

    Initial Impressions (please make note that this is after only a total of about 3 hours and in 28 degree weather):

    Babolat Pure Control: third favorite of the four; someone here described this racquet perfectly - it feels like the strings are disconnected from the racquet - racquet stiff, Woofer tries to make if a softer ride - two don't mesh well for me; nice spin potential; fantastic on serves; lacks "whipability" on groundies; nice slice as long as I stay low; volleyed well but still has a strange feel to it; not what I'm looking for.

    Yonex RDX-500 HD Midplus: my least favorite; felt very stiff (could have been the 28 degree weather but the other two RDXs didn't feel this stiff); lacked feel; 16x19 RDX-500 Midplus much better in every category (even control); volleys lacked feel or touch because of the stiff feel; power seemed about equal to the Mid.

    RDX-500 Mid: tied for first in the group; fantastic control; amazing touch at net; superior placement on serve (several aces just from placement); great "whipability" on groundstrokes - my crosscourt forehand (never a shot I've had) was amazing - incredible angles; nice slice - a little harder to work for than I thought it would be; excellent topspin; more power there than people give it credit for - although power seemed very inconsistent (heavy topspin landed way short and some flat balls flew way deep); wonderful touch and feel at net (power at the baseline didn't seem to come to net with it); would love to know what it plays like with my poly/syn gut hybrid in it.

    RDX-500 Midplus: tied for first in the group; amazing topspin; reminded me of the nCode nSix-One 95 in a much more maneuverable package; reminded me also of the Volkl Tour 10 V-Engine Midplus but with more control and a little less power; super control for a 98 sq. inch racquet - almost equal to that of the Mid but gives you better putaway power; could take the ball on the rise very easily and put it where I wanted (same with Mid); great slice that really had a wonderful amount of bite on it; volleys were solid but seemed to fly on me at time; touch wasn't as good as with the Mid; might be a POG Mid replacement - especially with a Luxilon/Prince Syn Gut hybrid in it.

    I'll try to give a more in depth review once I've got a lot more time under my belt with each racquet (in warmer weather - going out today, supposed to be all the way up to 45 degrees) and after comparing them to my POG mid.

  2. b.

    b. Rookie

    Apr 16, 2004
    RDX is pleasurable stick, isn't it?

    Racquet generation shift is on horizon! :)
  3. Coria

    Coria Banned

    Nov 19, 2004
    Triple B, what is your thinking comparing the RDX MP to the LM Prestige MP. Do you like the LM Prestige MP? Likes, dislikes? Thanks a bunch.
  4. ferrari_827

    ferrari_827 Professional

    Oct 4, 2004
    TripleB, I'm surprised that any of these rackets played well in 28 degree weather. The cold reduces playability by at least 40%, although this is mostly due to the strings. So if the RDX500 feels good in the cold, just wait till it warms up and you'll be surprised (in a good way).

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