Something similar to Yonex RD-7

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  1. gbgTennis

    gbgTennis New User

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    Hey,
    I've been playing that racquet about 4 years ago, but for me it was too much struggle to get new ones, so i decided going to another racquet.
    After four years with that new one i've decided once against it's time for a switch ;)

    When thinking back to the RD-7 I feel like it was the Ideal racquet for me, i really loved it. Maybe you can give me some hints on racquets that are similiar, or at least similiar in feel, as i don't have a problem customizing it to the specs i need. But i really liked the feel of the Yonex.

    Thanks in advance

    gbgtennis
     
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  2. edwincen

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    Go for Vcore 89 Tour.
    It has the combination off all classic yonex feel in modern taste in it.
    I tried one and end up in ordering 2 more.:twisted:
     
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  3. Captain Haddock

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    Yonex RDiS200: similar chunky beam, flex, and string pattern. Add a leather grip and a little lead to the head, and you've got something similar to the RD-7 (although the quality of graphite has gone down over the years, which will affect the feel of the frame, but Yonex still uses high-grade graphite, unlike other manufacturers).
     
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  4. gbgTennis

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    Thanks both of you for your answers. I was actually planning on going up a little in terms of headsize from my current prestige mids, so that would sound more like the RDiS 200, even though the 89 will probably play way bigger than the prestige aswell. Do you know anything about the availability of the RDiS line now that theyve been discontinued for quite some time? Also heard great stuff about the RDiS 100 mid/MP. Older racquets usually also mean better price, not a bad thing for me aswell ;)
     
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  5. Sander001

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    Really, the RDiS200? Haven't played with it but people have said it's very stiff[68RDC] while the RD7 was a very flexible 56.
     
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  7. vsbabolat

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    I hit with the RDiS 200 and thought it was very comfortable/soft and liked it.
     
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  8. Sander001

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    woops I was thinking of the RDiS100 Mid
     
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  9. gbgTennis

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    Hmm RDiS 200 sounds great, the only thing im not sure about is the 98 in headsize. And it being a yonex, i guess it will play even bigger too.
     
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  10. Sander001

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    Bigger sweetspot size yes but I find that Yonex frames have lower power/more control. Think this is due to the isometric shape which means the mains are shorter.
    My 98sq" Yonex frames have less power than my 93sq" Volkl.
     
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  11. vegasgt3

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    I just played with an RD-7 and it plays closer to the Vcore 89 than the RDIS 200 IMO.
     
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  12. edwincen

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    if the last words are in consideration, nothing left to be answer:???:
     
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  13. tmc5005

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    The only place that I could find specs for this racquet had it listed with a 54 flex which is very flexible and a 6 point head heavy balance. I could not find any racquets with anything close to that combination. But my favorite Yonex is the Yonex Vcore 95D although it has a head light balance so it is going to be more manueverable and more arm friendly. Those headheavy racquets were more available years ago.
     
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  14. goldenyama

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    Go to Rakuten . co .jp - you'll find used Japanese racquets at great prices. They have an english site and they ship internationally at very reasonable prices.

    You could get 2 mint RD-7s for the price of a new racquet, and they will be far better. One of the all-time greats. Don't switch!
     
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  15. Tim

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    a bit off topic but do any of you add lead to the top of your Yonex frames? i'm using the 89t and I want a little more mass at the top but I was wondering if I should put it at 12 only or spread it evenly across the flat part of the top of the frame or maybe at 11 and 1ish right before it curves away to give it more stability, any thoughts? as for the original post I didn't like the rdis 200, to me it felt a bit hollow and tinny though I only demoed it and didn't add any lead. I would definitely recommend the 89t if the weight isn't too much for you
     
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  16. Brian11785

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    Is this true? I went to the site, but it's all in Japanese. The English site (Rakuten Global Market) didn't have much.
     
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  17. NLBwell

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    I find that putting lead at 10 and 2 (upper corners of the rackets) really works well on Yonexes.
     
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  18. Ross K

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    Such a unique frame the RD7 with it's superlative solidness, huge spin, pillowy soft RA, build quality, control and the way it could just crush a ball... is there really any modern equivalent?
     
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  19. Doctor of Tennis

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    I have a RD-7 but I don't use it...it's simply too heavy. If there is something like it but lighter it would be awesome! Which??
     
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  20. gbgTennis

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    Are the mint ones any different from the Black ones, or is it just design?
     
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  21. Don't Let It Bounce

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    If I understand your question correctly, Goldenyama means mint as in "new", not mint as in "light green".
     
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  22. gbgTennis

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    Haha ok, I see ;) Thanks.
    Didn't know mint could be used in that context aswell.
     
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  23. Fruitty

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    Yonex RD-7

    I tried this racket myself, but it is far too heavy for me.
    I cant get used to the weight so therefore I try to sale these rackets here at TW.
     
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  24. shaneno

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    Hello gbgtennis. This is shaneno for the wilson prostaff 95S from the sale and trade forum. You need to email me at shaneno3@aol.com. Thanks


     
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