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  1. ZhengJieisagoddess

    ZhengJieisagoddess Semi-Pro

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    The Babolat and Wilson devotees have their forum; and I thought I'd do a search to find if Yonex players have one too. After looking through 20 pages of products of the TW search engine for items with "Yonex"in the title of the thread, I discovered that no, we have no such home.
    So I'm making one.
    Not as many pros use our choice of racquet; but we can take some solace in the fact that perhaps the greatest player of all time, Martina Navratilova, made her mark with a Yonex stick.
    So let's celebrate the history, the great players, our enthusiasm for and dedication to the Yonex tradition.
    To get the ball in play, what led you to your current Yonex racquet?
     
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  2. sanmazz

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    It was Monica Seles that inspired my switch to Yonex. Saw her hitting with them and then she gave me a few, after I tried them I fell in love. I love everything yonex, rackets, clothes, bags, etc.
    GO YONEX
     
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  3. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    She gave you a few? Whoa...seems you have story: do tell, please!!!!
     
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  4. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    My own story: I grew up with a Jack KraMer Pro Staff and switched to a Donnay Borg Pro (should have stayed with the Kramer, or tried the Dunlop Maxply Fort). Stayed away from tennis for 26 years and then got an inexpensive Prince Triple Threat and the Wilson [K] Blade Team. This racquet was not as manueverable as I wanted, and then I fell in love...
    I saw Jie Zheng* playing on TV. With a Yonex RDiS 300. I HAD to demo this racquet; I was so impressed bythe power this tiny 5'4"dynamo could get out of this racquet.
    At first, i couldn't notice much difference with the Wilson KB Team. But then I started hitting at balls that were in awkward places -- and the difference became manifest immediately.
    After flirting with the RDS 003 (which I bought, undemoed, because they were similar in specs and...ON SALE !! ;) ), and briefly considering a Babolat, I have settled on the RDiS 300. It is heavy enough, yet much easier to swing than the RDS003. To alleviate arm symptoms, following the advice of the stringer at my local shop, I put NXT on it and felt the difference immediately.
    I love Yonex, its quality and have the ultra-cool Yonex Beijing 2008 red and yellow bag. The only problem is, now I have too many Yonex racquets to fit in it!!!
    But that's a nice problem to have...

    *This is the westernized version of her name; the Chinese way is Zheng (last name) Jie. It actually sounds better that way.
     
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  5. [d]ragon

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    I've wanted to use a Yonex frame because I like the brand in general. But they've never really produced a racquet that I really like. The RQiS Tour 1 was the closest but it was too flexible. I love the brand though
     
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    Well I was at the place i buy most of my stuff aka the pga store. I was just there with a friend hitting and he was looking to switch rackets and i had no intention to, i thought my wilson k6.1 95 was the greatest thing to happen to the tennis game. I thought i would help him out by demoing and telling him which ones i thought he might like. I was going through the rackets not liking any as much as mine not even thinking try the yonexes, after hitting every other frame i picked one up and first shot hit the corner with loads of spin than hit a perfect flat winner. I imeditly went and bought them
     
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  7. sanmazz

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    Ok here is the story in a nut shell. I am a student at the Nick Bollettieri tennis academy, in Bradenton FL. One day I was practicing and then on the court next to me I noticed Monica seles walked up. At that time I had a full sponsership with wilson. I was using the K 6.1 Anyway she started hitting and I fell there was something about the way the ball just went off her racket. Kinda like a rocket launcher. ( Yes I know this was because it was Monica Seles) Also, on a side note. I also watched Nicole Vaidisova hit with the RDS 003 and I was in love with the racket after i saw her hit. I still love seeing a pro use it even though I never did. There was something about that racket that just was amazing. Anyway I then went to an exabition and Monica noticed me and said "Hay I see you at the academy all the time" So when we were back at the academy she came and gave me some of her old rackets. (She new i was starting to like yonex) I just loved the way they hit I loved everything about it. So I decided once my wilson contract ended I would sign with yonex. And today I proudly use the RQIS 1 tour xl and use the clothes, bags, and shoes. I will admit I almost switched back to wilson a year ago but I just love yonex to much.
     
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  8. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    That is a great story; now I am going to buy Monica's book! So you've just made a sale for her!
     
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  9. KOtennis

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    I have always liked Yonex because the racquet QC is second to none, and their customer service is GREAT.

    My favorite is still the RD Ti-70 long, then the Ti-80 (gold and black). oh, and of course the RD-7.

    Although my everyday racquet is not Yonex anymore, i still keep one in my bag and use it as my backup.

    I used to use RD Ti-70 long when i played in the 5.0 league here in LA.

    i cracked 2x ti-70 longs within 4 weeks. (let's just say i have much better temper now that i am 35.)

    so, i went to their LA warehouse/office twice in a month, the sales guy there not only replaced my broken racquet, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. each time he gave me free strings, cap, and grip. and apologized for the racquets breaking on me.

    after that, i became a loyal Yonex user and bought pretty much every "flagship/player" racquet that they ever released.
    RDX500, RDS001, RQis, etc.

    Just tried the RDis 100 mid, didn't like it.....
    WAY too under powered, or maybe i am getting old :)
     
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  10. Xenakis

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    I haven't been playing long but I chose a Yonex (RQIS 1 Tour light) because it felt like a nice racquet and I got it cheap ex-demo (I was a using a Wilson N5 before which was too light and too head heavy)

    I also quite like the isometric headshape, it does seem to have quite a generous sweetspot for a smallish headsize (95sq.)

    But really I haven't been playing long enough to make any well informed racquet choices but I like the Yonex so far and would buy another one most likely (would like to try a heavier frame at some point, still building up the strength required though, don't want to do my shoulder in.)

    Re Yonex's popularity, or lack of it, that's a plus. You don't want the same racquet as everyone else do you?.
     
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  11. Silore

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    I just got my first Yonex racquet recently and all I have to say is, "Why the heck did it take me so long to get one?!" I had been putting off trying them out for years.
    I've played with Dunlop, Head, Prince, Wilson...but I picked up an RDiS 100 and I love it. Anything wrong with those other racquets? No. But, my Yonex just fits my game so much better than anything else I've ever owned.
    Everyone I know and their brothers are picking up Wilson KSix's (and I've demoed them too) but, after playing with my RDiS 100 I'm glad I stuck with it. I went a little overboard this weekend , maybe because I was thrilled with how I was doing with it and went for too much, and overworked my shoulder but...love it.:-D
    Didn't feel underpowered to me. I use an Eastern Forehand grip and sometimes lean more Semi-Western. Short balls were easily slapped cross court with enough pace. I'm coming off a KPro-Staff 88 so, supplying my own power isn't new. I may try out the RDS 001 Mid too....
     
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  12. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    Welcome to the Tour!!!
     
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  13. sanmazz

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    I have also noticed that with my 95sqin head i feel like I am using a bigger head then i really do. I guess it is the shape, it seems that you can use a samller head without loosing the sweatspot
     
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    I did a sweet spot comparison between my RDiS 300 and the Head racquet that Agassi uses -- which has a head size 6"larger. You'd think his racquet, which has a nice flex rating (58 or lower, if I recall) would have a larger sweet spot. Not so!
    The shape, it seems, of a Yonex really does make a huge difference!
     
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  15. jagmeister

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    I started using a Yonex R-7 in HS. Great volley racquet. I've tried other racquet brnads but always seem to migrate back to Yonex. They make quality racquets.
     
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  16. raffi!

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    Not much of a story. I just love my RDS 001 MP! I've been through several other frames--KSix One, Babolat PD, Dunlop AG 300. The Yonex gives me all of the right specs (16x19, 98 sqin, perfect weight), has taken my game to the next level, and I haven't even considered putting it down since the moment I bought it.
     
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  17. Edstringer13

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    Yonex rackets,they're far the best rackets,in quality and by that i mean,same weight and balance,unlike many others.Plus the stability,sweet spot,....
    no comparison,of course there are some other rackets good as well,but Yonex rules the World.:)
     
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  18. GambitX

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    My first graphite racket was a handmedown from my mom, which I LOVED: R-22.

    I went through a bunch of Yonex through jr high and high school...and I switched during hs to a Wilson 6.1 Classic. Good stuff... went on to college,stopped playing tennis, and then started playing tennis again after college... and switched back to Yonex and I realized how much I missed the feeling and the freaking square head!

    After that.. I have played with:

    RQ Ti-1500
    MP2i
    RDS 300
    RQS11

    and now I am waiting to demo the SFIT rackets coming out next month! I have only one RQS11 left (I have had 7-8 break on me... not because of abuse, just hitting anything from a forehand to an overhead).

    I tried playing with the RQiS 1 XL Lite, and it just doesnt work with me at all...

    Can't wait for next month...
     
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  19. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    I remember the first time I saw a Yonex racquet; it was in the hands of Martina.
     
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  20. stevewcosta

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    No, their QC isn't that impressive - try buying an 001 now. It will be 12 pts. higher in sw than it should be. They should have repainted it and used a different name. Lousy QC.
     
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  21. papatenis

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    I was a long time wilson user, but my daughter's coach got her into yonex, them my son, them I tried my son's RDS001MP and loved it.
     
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  22. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    Yonex discontinued the RQS 11, which was used by Yan Zi, because it was breaking too much. I do not know of many companies that would admit that something was wrong with their product, then discontinue production.
     
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  23. Edstringer13

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    SFIT ?can you tell me more.
    Where did you here about this one?
    thanks
     
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  24. GambitX

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    http://www.yonex.co.jp/tennis/event/0066-campaign/index.html
    in Japanese but they are already out in Japan...
     
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  25. Edstringer13

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    nice,how can i see or read in english,cause it was all messed up
    what about weights?any real heavy ones?
     
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  26. GambitX

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    Just put the URL into translate.google.com
    it wont be perfect but it's something
    not sure about the stats...
     
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    For the last 2 years I've been using Yonex basically RDS001 2 months, RDS002T 1 month and the RQis1 Tour for almost a year. On March I got my hands in a Mg Prestige Pro and really like, I was feeling that my shots got more speed and hurted more that with the RQis.... but on the other hand every day it was harder to win a match..

    Yesterday I went to play with a friend started with the MPP, won the first set, loose the second, the third.. in the 4th frustrated changed to the RQis.. I won the 4th and the 5th 61-61.. the change was incredible, the feel and control of the yonex is much better than the mpp and also the ball felt heavier on the other side.

    Now I kneel again under Yonex Power!!
     
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  29. teocem

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    My Yonex affair started wir RQ Ti 1700. I loved the feeling. After a while I felt it was too light and started experiencing with adding some weight. As it was discontinued I tried several Yonex stics but non was as manuevrable. Then I tried RQS 11 and just dropped it because it was very light. After a while I picked it up again and ended up by putting 12 grams of lead on it; 4 at 3 and 9, 4 at neck and 4 at the handle. I have 3 of them in very good shape and may consider giving away one or two. As these recently disappeared I am on the search again, I demoed RQIS 100 MP and 300 last week at NY. Looking at the specs 300 seemed to fit me better but I felt it had too much power. RQIS 100 MP was very manuevrable, has enough weight, perfect control. It is a little low on power but proper footwork can overcome this. At every change I was offered to demo different brands but it is funny thar I do not even consider to demo any other brand than Yonex.
    I am trying to get into groove with my new stick and also I want to hear more on these SFIT series.
    BTW, why TW does not review these new Yonex sticks ?
    Teocem
    Yonex RDIS 300 Midplus, Babolat Natural Gut 17, 57/55
     
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  30. sanmazz

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    has anybody noticed that the pros have a nicer version of bag then we can get. It seems much nice The bag I have is blue and one side as the shiny white on it. The pros bag both sides are shiny and are all around nicer. Why is this??
     
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  31. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    Is this a Yonex bag? Do you have a picture of it?
     
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  32. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    That's interesting; I found the RDiS 300 has just the right amount of power for me to really take a good cut at the ball and still have it fall deep near the baseline.
    Tiffani responded to a question I had for her about trying the RDiS 300 on her blog, but we didn't get into the question of when the Review will be done. But the team at TW did a fantastic video review of the RDS 003.
     
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  33. Silore

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    Hey Zheng, I've never strung any racquet I've ever owed below 55lbs. How does 50lbs work for you? My RDiS 100 Mid is currently at 60lbs for both mains and crosses(hybrid). Would you suggest trying it out at a lower tension? I have no problems with the current tension but am willing to experiment with lower settings (cause I'm definitely getting another one =D ).
    I play an all-court style and love to rush the net so I'm not sure what kind of stability a lower tension would have when attacking the net. How much feel would I probably lose?
    I know that others will have general answers to this question but I'm asking the Yonex users here. Thanks all!
     
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  34. Silore

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    :oops: I guess I'm just going to have to post more to be able to edit...
     
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  35. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    Works fine for me. My main reason for stringing it with NXT at 50 lbs was because of some arm strain. Coach fixed my mechanics, so that shouldn't be a aproblem, But I've had no problems with either my groundstrokes or at the net with this tension; I can take a good cut at the ball and not send it over the fence.
    I've never had my racquets strung at the higher end of the recommended tension anyway; always at the middle or below.
     
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  36. Xenakis

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    To add to my RQIS 1 Tour Light I got an ex-demo RDS001 MP today, I really like it but I've only served with it so far (much more powerful than the RQIS.)

    Will have a game with it later so I hope it won't be too powerful on the groundstrokes.
     
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    I saw in a Japanese tennis magazine that Ultium Ti 80 re-issue is coming out next month in Japan.
     
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  39. Jack Migger

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    Yonex RDX 500 MP = My holy grail

    Such a wonderful racquet. I would pay big money for a brand spanking new one. I have no idea why they were discontinued, they hit it on the spot with that. I also like the fact that it's made in Japan, it just feels like such a solidly made racquet, not to mention the great buttery feeling when you hit the ball.

    It's my main racquet that I play with but unfortunately I now have to scour the internet searching for used ones in good condition.
     
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  40. teocem

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    I would like to buy a Yonex RDX 500 midplus, grip 4 1/2 even if it is used. Does anyone have an extra one to sell me ? You can mail me at teoman@kadioglu.org
     
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  41. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    This is why I stock up on a racquet if I like it; I have five RDS 003s, and five RDiS 300s. It simply makes sense if you find a racquet that you love.
     
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  42. teocem

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    Dear Zheng,
    After demoing rdis 300 and rdis 100 midplus at the same time during a practice hour, I bought the rdis 100 mp because 300 seemed to be too powerful.
    I am playing with rdis 100 mp for a week now but I realize it is too stiff for me and also too headlight to my taste, I would prefer some more heft with the grounshots.
    At this time I have no chance to demo 300 again and therefore I would like to ask you how it compares with an other Yonex that I already have in my bag, rds 003.
    Would you say 300 is more flexible compared to both rdis 100 and 003 ?
    Could you compare these 3 using your experience with these ?
    Would you advise me to order a 300 even though I have a 003 and rdis 100 ?
    Thanks.
     
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  43. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    I haven't hit with the RDiS 100 at all, so cannot speak to that. But I can definitely say that the RDiS 300 is more flexible than the 003 -- not by much, mind you; but it is more flexible and is also an easier racquet to swing.
    Zheng Jie moved from the 003 to the RDiS 300; and indeed the two have specs that are very very similar. But having said that, I would order the RDiS 300 and play with it for a while, and if you like it still get two or three more. It's a great racquet that has not received the attention it deserves.
     
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  44. teocem

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    Ok, I have just done that. And BTW, how would you compare rdx 500 mp against these two ?
     
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  45. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    Have never hit with it.
     
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    I just happened to buy one and I fell in love with it.

    I use the RDS003 and I love the maneuverability of it.
     
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  47. Edstringer13

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    have you guys voted on that "favorite racket brand'' poll on rackets section?
    we need some votes there for Yonex.
     
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  48. ZhengJieisagoddess

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    Here's question: I am currently using my RDiS 300, but I have five RDS 003s lying around, strung with poly at varying tensions.
    I'd am considering getting them re-strung with a more arm-friendly string, so my questions are:
    * Is this even a good idea? (To play with my RDS 003s once in a while)
    * If so, should I try to approximate the set-up on my RDiS 300s?
    * And, if I should, should I have the RDS 003s strung at 50 lbs, like my RDiS 300s, or doesn't it work that way? (Meaning that stringing different styles of racquets at the same tension will not produce a similar effect.)
     
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  49. teocem

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    I demoed rdis 300 and hit with rds 003 today actually. I believe you will find 003 quite light after 300. And putting lead on racquets may just put the tasta away.
    RDIS 100 MP 57/56, considering RDIS 300
     
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  50. JackB1

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    totally agree. I just picked up a RDIS 300 and love it so far. Seems like a PERFECT tweener racquet. I have no complaints at all about the stick. One minor this is that its a bit light, but I changed the grip to a heavier Gamma Gel Tech and added a few grams to the grip and at 12 and now its perfect.
     
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