Prince POG Mid vs. Yonex RDS001 Mid

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  1. deme08

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    Which racquet is better for serve, volley, baseline, slice and also 2 handed back hand?

    Which racquet do you prefer personaly and what of kind of playing style are you?

    Many thanks

    POG
    Head Size:
    93 sq. in. / 600 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 12.1oz / 343g
    Balance: 8pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 328
    Stiffness: 66
    Beam Width: 19 mm Straight Beam

    RDS001
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    90 sq. in. / 581 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 12.1oz / 343g
    Balance: 10pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 323
    Stiffness: 65
    Beam Width: 18-20 mm
     
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  2. HoVa

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    I like pogs a lot. Remember Alf? He came back. In pog form.
     
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  3. BkK_b0y14

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    There is no racket that is good specifically for forehands, backhands, etc. It all depends on YOU.

    I play with the POG mid and I have to say that it is a SPIN MONSTER. Although, personally, I don't like serving or volleying with it. It's amazing for groundstrokes though. I am actually considering selling mine because they are getting too stiff even with multis..
     
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  4. deme08

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    RDS001 mid is also a stiff racquet but generally I don't have arm problems with stiff racquets.

    Can anyone compare the two in terms of serves and ground strokes, in particular?
     
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  5. Lee James

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    I much preferred the pog mid on serves. I was getting a lot more kick and pop out of my serves in comparison to the rds 001 mid. On groundstrokes, I'd lean towards the rds. It has less power in comparison to the pog mid in my opinion off the ground. In terms of volley's, I'd give the edge to pog.
     
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  6. deme08

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    With regards to volleys, shouldn't the POG's 14x18 string pattern be less predictable or less control (relatively) than the 001 (16x18)?
     
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  7. Tempyst

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    I disagree, the RDS 001 Mid has a lot of pop and precision on first serves. There isn't as much spin as I would like, but it's very precise. Volleys pop in a straight line unless you frame it, very accurate but unforgiving.
     
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  8. Lee James

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    I found the pog mid to have plenty of control.
     
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  9. seyanoo

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    serve, POG much much better
    lot of Spin und power extra
    RDS001 obviously weaker in this area.

    volley, RDS 001 much better
    thank bigger sweetpot, very forgiving
    also very precise, nice feedback

    baseline, pog slightly better
    pog may produce bit more heavier balls though and can be moved around faster cuz extreme head light.
    pog produces more spin.

    slice, RDS 001 better

    2 handed back hand, RDS 001 better
    also thank bigger sweetpot
    but POG may produces a heavier ball with the right hit.

    return by defence, RDS 001 much better
     
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  10. HeadPrestige

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    I would not consider the rds 001 mid to be a stiff racket. It isn't flexy... it just somewhere in the middle.
     
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  11. LanEvo

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    u know idk why but my yonex rds 001 weighs more than the tw spec ones my rds weighs 12.5 oz, but about the same headlightness 10pts
     
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  12. deme08

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    My rds001 mid weighs exactly 12.1oz as advertised. Normally +/-5g is acceptable but 12.5 oz is definitely an anomaly you should contact the shop where you purchased the racquet.
     
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  13. In D Zone

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    RDS001 Mid baby!
    Its better suited for my game - all court player.

    Tried playing with POG - just not getting the performance I needed. I still play with it occassionally but it never seem to impressed me enough to move away from RDS001.
     
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  14. deme08

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    What areas in particular did you not like about the POG? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the two racquets compared to each other?
     
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  15. In D Zone

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    RDS001 better all around racquet. Offers a lot more power and a larger sweet spot - found it to be easier to swing 1hbh. Stability - RDS001 is very stable especially at the net when you are volleying against heavy passing shots. POG is stable but the frame felt more stiff and you can feel the jarring sensation when volley back heavy balls.
    Control is much better compared to POG - its obvious, the denser string pattern really helps. Slice -with RDS I can drive my slices long, dtl or crosscourt with ease.

    My RDS001 weights 12.5 oz vs POG 12.3 oz -but I found the RDS to be easier play and more manuverable compared to POG. Allowing me to have a faster racquet spin which translates to move pace and heavier topspin.
     
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  16. deme08

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    ^^^Did you mean that the RDS001 has a larger sweet spot than POG mid? But isn't the pog has a bigger head size?
     
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  17. mdjenders

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    pog mid (current tour version) swings MUCH easier than the rds mid. I have used both (several pogs for a long time, rds for a week demo), and the POG Tour mid truly is in the 310-315 range for swingweight (definitely not the 325+ that TW says). I have used several, and this has always been the case, so not an issue of QC. The rds felt more like 330 ish to me. It had some nice beefy plow through, but for my wristy strokes, it was too much racquet for me to maneuver. the pog with its low sw and OPEN pattern is more of a heavy topspinner's racquet.
     
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  18. 2nd_Serve

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    POG is sort of a baseline stick that uses heavy spin. The RDS is an all around stick that has a nice feel and is low powered (in a good way).
     
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  19. deme08

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    Which of these two has a larger sweet spot?
     
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  20. 2nd_Serve

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    BOth have fairly healthy sweetspots. You are using a mid, and they don't take long to adjust to. Just pick one, and have fun with it.
     
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  21. deme08

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    I was just wondering if an 90" Yonex's isometric head shape has a larger sweet spot than an 93" Prince.
     
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  22. HyperHorse

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    How is the POG mid when it comes to varying weight/balance?
    Since i'll be getting more than just 1 or 2...
     
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  23. goosala

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    I own three POG mids and they are all within spec of each other unlike the Pro Staff line that I have been using for the past 15 years. I added five inches of 1/4 inch tape to the 3 and 9 positions to get more weight since they play fairly headlight. The spin is great on serves and the firm flex supplies enough power without losing control. For me the only problem is the stiffness makes my arm sore after hitting. I have three in excellent condition if anyone wants them.
     
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  24. noosense00

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    goosala, I am interested. Mind sending me an e-mail at noosense00 @ yahoo with the details.
     
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  25. noosense00

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    ahh, I forgot my own e-mail address. I meant noosense @ yahoo
     
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  26. nCode747

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    get pog if you like more stabillty in your strokes
     
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  27. wilfreb

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    the rds001 is unbeatable
     
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  28. LafayetteHitter

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    Aren't midsize obsolete?
     
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  29. GasquetGOAT

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    He was stereotyping a certain Wilson's midsize in particular.
     
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  30. deme08

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    Anyone has any thoughts about this?
     
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  31. TheRealTruth

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    I prefer POG mid and I'm a heavytopspin baseliner.
     
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  32. In D Zone

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    I've to say "BYE BYE" to my POG.

    Traded the POG mid with Diablo Tour 90.
     
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  33. deme08

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    Tell us more. What's this Diablo Tour 90? Not the regular TW Diablo 93?
     
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  34. In D Zone

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    My bad!!! Its the Diablo 93 not a 90. :oops:

    So far the Diablo felt light (12.2oz) - I might have add a few lead to bring it up to 12.5 oz. I have not played with it that much since I got it (planning to play with it this weekend).
     
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  35. jedd

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    Received my POG mid today.... And holy **** !! Serving with this stick is much harder than with other sticks I played with....
    In all other aspects the stick is great.
    Anybody had problems serving with POG?
     
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  36. jatnut

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    Remember when using the POG that you must be fluid and let the mass of the racquet do most of your work. What I find is that many time when you feel the mass in motion your mind says "I am really gonna crank this one" and therefore fluidity goes through the door and you end up "fighting/muscling" the stick. Hence, fault after fault but they feel nice though and hence the frustration builds.

    Stay relaxed, take a bit of pace off and just get used to the racquet "working". Slowly but surely you will start to feel what you are doing wrong and eventually you will get those heaters.

    Good luck.
     
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  37. jedd

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    Great advice, thanks, however I have already discovered how the racquet "works" myself. Serving turns out to be nice :)
     
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