Recommendations to replace my now gone RDS001 MP!

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  1. VinciTennis1

    VinciTennis1 New User

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    Hello everyone,

    First, sorry for my english (not my 1st language).

    I wanted to ask you guys for advice regarding racquet suggestions to replace my Yonex RDS001 MP. It was my racquet of choice for years, since late 2007 up to around 2010 (previously used the RDX500) when I stopped playing for a while and made the huge mistake of selling my two sticks!

    During these past 3 years I've only been playing casually with friends and I usually just borrowed their racquets to play. I'm now wanting to make a comeback and, of course, need to find again a racquet that suits me! I wish I could find the RDS001 again but I'm really struggling to find one in decent conditions (and I need 2 or 3).

    The racquets I've been testing are very different from the RDS001 but they were available so I gave them a try:

    Babolat PD: lacked the touch, at times felt too powerful for my taste and just didn't feel comfortable with it.

    RDS002 Tour: Close but a little too heavy and felt far less maneuverable than the RDS001, couldn't get the same control either.

    Aerogel 300: The one I liked the most out of the three, nice feel too but couldn't adjust to the much lighter weight and swingweight. Lead didn't sort it out for me.

    hope you guys can help me out with some suggestions! currently looking at the VCore 97 310g the Xi 98 and EZONE Xi 98. If a past or current user of the RDX500 or RDS001 MP can give me some input on which one would be the more similar one to those racquets, it would be of great help! (I'm aware the RDX500 and RDS001 were not extremely similar but they felt close enough for me and I was able to adjust to the change quickly).

    thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

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    I might disappoint you to say that non of the new yonex are similar to the RDS001 mp. I bought the Xi 98 and the 95d (they stop selling it) and non of those have the magic that RDS001 mp or mid have. The 95d was good, but when I hit with my 1hbh kills my elbow(very stiff in the tip of the racket)

    Of course try the VCore 97 310g that you mention to see how it goes, but yonex lately is going in the stiff way.

    I have to check new rackets myself and finish even buying an old model(the one in my sginature) from Dunlop cause even them are going in the stiff way and big bean too.

    Best of luck.
     
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  3. VinciTennis1

    VinciTennis1 New User

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    Thanks for the answer man!

    That's disappointing to hear however, yes.

    I made the switch from the RDX500 to the RDS001 without much trouble and, despite them being slightly different, still felt some nice similarities between them and was able to adjust easily! Those have been my favourite racquets by a long shot.

    How was your experience with the Xi 98 and what were your main dislikes of the racquet if you want to share? How are you liking the 4D 200? 300 felt way too light for me in the end but didn't try yours.

    any other input regarding some more suggestions or comparisons between both the RDX and RDS to the current models available in Yonex would be much appreciated!! thanks in advance to everyone.
     
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  4. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

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    My experience with Xi 98 while it has the best flex from all the new Yonex, but dislike the bean cause is pretty big which is awkward for my 1hbh and also the balance was not for me. Its a good racket never the less, the closes to RDS001 MP, but in a thicket bean.

    I love the 4D 200, its my first time owning a 18x20 and the control is super even with a full bed of gut. I used to own after the RDS001 MP a Dunlop bio 200 lite, while it was great it was very stiff and flare up and old tennis elbow problem I had. The 4D 200 plays like the Dunlop 200 lite, but with a better soft flex.

    All the Dunlop 4D series are great, maybe you can add some lead on the 300 you tried and see if it makes a difference.
     
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  5. VinciTennis1

    VinciTennis1 New User

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    I can totally see why you're saying that about the Xi 98, while specs look nice and quite close to the RDS001, the beam width at almost 23mm made me think twice.

    That's nice to read about the 4D series though, I currently have a pretty nice deal available on both a 4D 300 tour and a 4D 200 but can't demo them before buying so I'll probably take the risk and get one of the two very soon. I know I'll for sure miss the Yonex 'feel', but it's time for decisions! plus the general feedback on both racquets is very positive, so I'll see how that goes.
     
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  6. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

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    Best of luck!!:) and welcome back to tennis.
     
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  7. KFwinds

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    Three racquets you should check out: Dunlop Biomimetic Max 200g, Donnay Pro One 16x19, Wilson Blade 98 16x19

    Good Luck!
     
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