Rackets similar to the RDX500 MP?

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  1. Double Fault

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    What rackets are similar to the well-known RDX500 MP?

    Head Size: 98 sq. in. / 632 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 11.7oz / 332g
    Balance: 8pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 315
    Stiffness: 62
    Beam Width: 18-21 mm
    Composition: High Modulus Graphite / Nickel Titanium Composite
    Power Level: Low
    Swing Speed: Fast
    Grip Type: Yonex Cushion Grip
    String Pattern:
    16 Mains / 19 Crosses
    Mains skip: 8T, 8H
    Two Piece
    No shared holes
    String Tension: 55-65 pounds
     
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  2. nikosrf

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    Yonex RQiS 1 tour
     
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  3. snoopy

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    I liked many of the characteristics of the RDX 500. It's soft, has a big sweet spot, and generates lots of spin.

    If I were going to demo a frame right now and I wanted to try and find something similar to the RDX I'd try the Prince Ozone Tour. I haven't hit with this stick but Prince frames with the O or Speed ports are known for having big sweet spots. This frame has similar weighting and balance to the RDX plus many have said it produces lots of spin. On the down side, it has a slightly higher swing weight and it probably has a more muted feel.

    On the other hand, because of the isometric head shape, no racquet can really feel like a Yonex except for other Yonex frames. So you might also want to try RQIS mentioned above. It's probably worth a demo but it is heavier and has a higher swingweight then the RDX 500.

    So, if I were you I would demo the RQIS and the Prince Ozone Tour.
     
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  4. hyogen

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    oh man, i just picked up this frame used (used to be a demo) ~8-8.5 condition for $60 at local shop.

    i love it!

    although it may not be my main playing stick, I know that I will keep this...same probably goes for the PT280, and classic tour 660...hopefully someday I'll have a PC600 and a Dunlop Max200g also...and maybe a Twin tube Radical MP

    It'd be fun to have and feel what it is like to see what the champions play with, e.g. Graf, McEnroe, Ivanisevic, Kuerten, etc...


    I would agree that the RQiS 1 tour is similar (but I like RDX500 better already, even though i really liked the rqis). try the Classic Tour, also (PC660). I was hitting very similarly back to back with both sticks today.

    I definitely don't think the RDS001 hits like an RDX500. it's quite a bit stiffer imo
     
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  5. Double Fault

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    Yeah, I tried an RDX500 a couple of months ago and instantly liked it a lot more than the RDS001, especially because of the stiffness factor. It feels very buttery, soft, lots of spin, comfortable, etc.

    I'm trying to get as many as I can right now since it will become my main stick, but they are hard to find and I always wonder if there were no more left, what stick could I use that felt like it?
     
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  6. blackfrido

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    Actually I'm playing with this one;
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCFISCHER-FMSR.html

    because I find it somehow in some aspect similar to the RDX 500
     
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  7. Double Fault

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    What characteristics do you find similar between those two?
     
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  8. hyogen

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    seriously, if you haven't already, try the RQiS 1 tour. very much like the rdx500. like extremely similar, but I like the RDX better as it's more maneuverable for me.
     
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  9. JediMindTrick

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    You can still find the RDX 500 MP for sale on the net. If you want a similar racquet, then your best bet is the RQiS Tour 1. The Fischer M Speed is somewhat similar in weight and power level but it doesn't feel the same in play because it wobbles uncontrolably. The RDX is a lot more solid. The old Fischer Pro One red-silver was closer to the RDX but it's even more difficult to find, so try the RQiS Tour 1.
     
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  10. Double Fault

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    I just might give it a shot. Thanks!
     
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  11. blackfrido

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    2 RDX 500 4 1/2 are waiting for you,
    are you still interested? javier
     
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  12. Double Fault

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    Oh yeah, those are mine regardless of this thread ;)

    Payment will be sent tomorrow. Don't sell them to anyone else man!
     
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  13. abrahavt

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    RQis swing weight is much higher than the RDX MP. Try the Prince Diablo MP. Similar swing weight. Not as buttery but sort of similar in feel.
     
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  14. Double Fault

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    What other racquets have the "buttery" feel? That's exactly the adjective I'm after.

    Also, I'm a Prince hater and refuse to use anything with "Prince" on it. There's no reasonable explanation for it, but its just the way it is. Any other brands that have buttery racquets?
     
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  15. blackfrido

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    I won't sell the RDX's to anyone....don't worry. I'll be out of town so no chances to sell them to anyone else.

    I told you before the closest one in my opinion is Fischer M-Speed #1 UL version (with some lead tape to customize it) it has that buttery fell.
    I might consider to sell them to you too, hahahahahaha
     
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  16. hewittfan3

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    I dont think the rq is tour 1 feels anything like the rdx 500mp....i could see it feeling a little more like the rdx 500 mid but not the midplus...i still really like both racquets and would recommend both to anybody
     
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  17. Double Fault

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    I'm buying all the RDXs I can so that I'll always have one, but I'm paranoid that one day I'll just run out of them, have my bag stolen, house robbed, etc.
     
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    I agree with you. I do not think the rq is tour 1 feels anything like the RDX 500 MP. I think to find a frame that plays and feels like the RDX 500 MP, will be very difficult.
     
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  19. Double Fault

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    Yonex considers the RDS 001 MP to be the closest thing to the RDX 500 MP; at least that's what they told me via email.
     
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  20. LanEvo

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    so double fault, what is ur main racquet now? the rds or rdx? because ur sig. shows both
     
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  21. Double Fault

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    I'd have to say that I'm sticking to the RDX. It has all the benefits of the RDS but it is not as stiff. I really don't know why Yonex would discontinue or "improve" it because it is a truly great racket just as it was.
     
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  22. hyogen

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    that's cool that your'e sticking with the RDX500.

    have you ever used full natural gut? or in a hybrid with this frame?

    what do you recommend? I plan on slapping on a leather grip now...just like you did (your only weight modification to this frame, right?)

    thanks
     
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  23. Double Fault

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    I've only used full poly on this frame. You could try Head Ultra Tour which is very soft. Right now I have Lux ALU at 57/55, but it is killing my wrist, even though the string is nice.

    I don't have leather in my RDX. The racket came with a soft Prince grip and I, being the Prince hater that I am, removed it almost immediately. I installed a Babolat grip that I had handy but it is textured and it really sucks because you can feel it through the Super Grap.

    YULitle says the Volkl DNX grip is the closest one to the original Yonex one.

    I have not modified weight at all except for the grip change and the overgrip.

    My best recommendation would be that you sell your stick to me. =)
     
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  24. hyogen

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    lol. I wouldn't mind finding another 4 3/8" one for myself!

    I just restrung it (came with somewhat loose PSGD) with....wilson Enduro Pro 17 at 66lbs, and the last of my Sensation 16 in the crosses at 64 or so lbs.

    Stringbed is extremely tight! I dunno what I like any more.... seems like most of the time I like really tight strings for spin and control....

    but with my Pure storm tour...I crave the trampoliny feel that the demo I was trying had--all luxilon alu with what has to be around 40-45lbs... strangely I got more power AND spin with this setup. I hit the string bed with my palm and i can feel the stringbed cave in...very loose

    I felt someone else's PS 8.5 with this similar VERY trampoliny setup. I hit with it a couple minutes and liked it.
     
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  25. Mansewerz

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    I too have the RDX 500 mp. I've been told that it's heavy and it will be easier for me to generate more headspeed with lighter racquets, so i'm gonna demo some others to see if they match up or are better. But I like this racquet. Haven't really hit against anyone that hits hard (well have, but they didn't hit hard against me), so i'm not sure how much I like the stability, but against my opponents so far, I'm loving it. I might try out the Prince Diablo tour later on. The shame is that this racquet is discontinued.
     
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  26. Mansewerz

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    I got one, but it's all mine. Mwuahahahahahahahahah!
     
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  27. hyogen

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    rdx500 is considered heavy? man, it's SOOO light compared to my pure storm tour... :-/ kinda wish my pst were lighter when i'm tired
     
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  28. Double Fault

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    I was going to buy this one, but the grip is 3/8 so no good for me. It is just right for you though.
     
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  29. Mansewerz

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    don't they weigh like within .1 oz of each other?
     
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  30. Double Fault

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    You know, once I passed the 300 gram mark, every racket under that weight just feels weak. Weak for returning big serves, weak for volleying, weak for hitting hard serves, racket twists in your hand, etc.

    I've moved from a Babolat Aero Strike Cortex (275 grams, head heavy) to an RDS 001 (315 grams) and now fine-tuned to an RDX500 (310 grams). I've been playing with 300+ gram rackets for more than a month now, 3-5 times per week. The other day I grabbed my last Aero Strike to hit with it since I was going to sell it the next day and had to put it down after about 5 minutes of complete embarrassment on the court since I couldn't do anything right with it.

    I can hit without problems with the RDX and the RDS since they have similar characteristics. In fact, I can switch between them strung with different strings between games and adjust on the first ball, but I couldn't even warm up with the Aero Strike.

    To be honest, I don't think I'll every go back to sub-300 gram rackets unless I reach 60 and still play.
     
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  31. Mansewerz

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    Yea, i just feel like I'm not getting enough spin on the ball and a lot of times it lands short. Plus, my cousin recommended it to me, so i'm gonna give it a go. However, it could be my technique as well. I might not be using enough of my legs. Perhaps i'm windshield wiping to much (i think i am) that causes it to land short.
     
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  32. Double Fault

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    Just get some other racket and sell your RDX to me, if it is grip 1/2 =) Otherwise, I think that the RDX is a spinny racket, but you should experiment more with strings than with rackets.

    As they say, it is far more useful to become a string junkie than a racket junkie.
     
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  33. Mansewerz

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    Lol, it's 4 3/8, but i have 2 overgrips on if that counts. My hands i think are suited for the 4 1/2 grip. I still like the racquet tho. Next time i string it, i'll string it lower.

    Also, the price of string job is the same as demoing racquets, so maybe i'll try both.
     
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  34. hyogen

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    if so that is crazy how much lighter the rdx500 feels. i need to buy a balance board and scale
     
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