REVIEW: RDS002 Non Tour, 11.0 oz and 6 pts HL, Gut Hybrid with Legend Mains at 55 lbs and Gosen OG crosses at 53. First, I did hit for an hour and play 1 singles set with the frame at stock specs: Here's a review Power: 5.5 out of 10, with its great topspin potential you can pretty much swing out and it will go in, hits prety solid "flat ball" as well. However, if mishit a bit or with a weaker swing the ball often goes short. Control: 8.5 out of 10, excellent control frame, this really is much more a lightweight "players" frame Topspin: 9.5 out of 10, Topspin on demand, incredibly easy to generate, but I will say at "stock" weight it is more a "spinny" vs heavier ball Slice: 5.5 out of 10, a bit above average on stock frame Serve: 7.5 out of 10, good pace and spin for an 11oz frame, one of the better 11 0z area frames I have served with (better than Babs Pure Storm)old model) for me Returns: Solid (7.0), but can be pushed around some by a heavy/hard serve Volley: 9.0 out of 10, simply an excellent volleying frame Groundies: Solid (7.5) on groundies and topspin is very easy to apply, a bit light/unstable if playing against bigger hitters on a regular basis. Comfort: Very good (8.0), more that Babs. Certain frames give me shoulder probs from serve and it is apparent for me right away, this one felt great. FEEL: Nicest feel (8.5) from a Yonex ever for me, very solid feeling hit. Flex feels perfect. Miscellaneous: I was surprised how fast this frame moves thru the air, reminded me of the Babs Aero series, was great for my 1hBH, had to adjust FH as I was too early in the initial hitting. Overall: Excellent all court racket with I think more of a serve and volley flavor. Definitely better than the Babs Pure Storm at S&V, I give the stock Storm the baseline edge (stock), not a huge edge but an edge. Very good frame "as is", I am a 4.5 and often play guys who hit hard and heavy balls, for me I need more mass/weight. ******************************************************* MODIFIED REVIEW Okay, now that I have provided the "stock" RDS002 update to avoid getting hammered, I'll now go to the "modified" frame. I said previously that just replacting Yonex grip with a Gamma Hi Tech added almost 3/10 oz, so I basically offset that with tape at 3&9 and a little at the tip. Same 6 pts HL balance and now 325 grams - 11.5 oz. Bottom line is that everything is enhanced by doing this and that for me there is NO downside - the frame still feels "light", especially as compared to the exact same mods I have done to my Babs, I am "surprised" how much lighter and especially "easier/faster swinging" the RDS feels vs the Modded Babs - must be where the weight is on the frame. Serve goes to a 9 for me, spin and pace and accuracy. Return of serve goes to an 8, stability greatly improved and groundies go to an 8.5. Power increases modestly with same control. A "heavier ball/spin" is now hit. Do note that the Babs at same modded weight still hits a heavier ball for me, but the RDS's ball is very much improved and a lot more solid. I think the modded RDS is improved at serve and volley and at groundstrokes as well. The Babs Storm is better at groundies modified and still for me is a better groundstroke racket by a "small margin". But the serve and volley is a lot better for me with the RDS and given that it still has very good groundies -- at "this time" I prefer it. Most improved shots for me with this frame 1. Serve 2. Backhand (really nice for 1HBH) 3. Volley Most difficult stroke adjustment : easily the Forehand as I have a wristy SW shot and this frame comes through so fast I was early a lot, once a started "delaying" my timing it was getting better - with time I see no problem with this. Wrap up: Good frame in stock, better IMO modded (for me) and it is very easy to do. I will spend more time with this frame and because it still feels light at 11.5, I may experiment further and perhaps add more weight. I'll play some singles and dubs this week and see if there are any changes.