Thank you to pNoyr3D for the guidelines for writing this review. Yonex RDS 001 MidPlus Review Design 8/10 This is definitely one area of the racquet that Yonex could improve on. The paintjob in my opinion is not so great. Sure if you like yellow, then you will love it. Would have looked better sticking to something more like RDX racquets. Once you look past the paint, the shape is very refreshing. With the trademark square head, this racquet really sticks out in a crowd. The graphics are placed in the right place and against the Yellow background, they show up well. As far as the grip goes……not so great! I tried to get use to the Yonex Cushion Grip, but could not do it. It is extremely soft and feels cheap. Adding an over-grip will help somewhat, but I chose to add a leather replacement. I highly recommend the leather, really changes the feel. Plus it softens the hideous yellow and makes it look more conservative. Overall – Really like the shape, not the paint. Groundstrokes 9/10 This is definitely the RDS’s strongest area in my opinion. Hitting forehands is a pleasure compared to other racquets I have used in the past. The 322 swingweight provides enough weight to power the ball, while still light enough to crank a forehand down the line when desired. I was able to unload from the baseline, placing the ball deep on my opponent, never worrying about hitting the back fence. Being 8pts headlight, I could whip the racquet head and create amazing angles. The 98in head actually feels and plays a lot larger than it is. On backhands I found that I was able to generate more power and spin with one hand versus two. This is OK with me, since I prefer one hand anyway. The control on my backhand was incredible with this racquet. I was able to hit more winners than ever. This was very surprising to my opponents, being that my backhand has always been my weakness. I really felt confident on every shot, and didn’t have to try so hard to move to my forehand side. This really conserved a lot of energy. Overall – Rated 9 only because I believe with a little lead it could be better. Volleys 10/10 Volleying has always been my strong suit. It only got better with the RDS. The racquet has a “buttery” feel when volleying. It truly feels like the stringbed grabs the ball, waits until you aim, and then releases it with just the right amount of pace. I was worried that the 11.7oz was going to get pushed around at the net, but that was not the case at all. The large sweetspot comes in handy while volleying. The head plays like a 105 inch. I highly recommend this racquet for serve & volley and doubles players. Overall – Incredible in this area. Blew my nSix-One Tour 90 away. Serves 7/10 I believe this is where the RDS is weakest. One positive thing is control. I had amazing control on my serves, especially kick-serves. The light head really allows me to get on top of the ball well. However, pace is a different story. I never seemed to get back all that I put into my swing. I changed my form many times, hoping it was something I was doing wrong, but unfortunately the pace was just average. I have always had a BIG serve, and the RDS made my first serves just OK. I know that this is something that will be easy to fix with a little lead tape here and there. Overall – Definitely needs some lead to be an A+ serving stick. Control is great though. Final Thoughts Every racquets has their strong points as well as their weaknesses. I have hit with many racquets over the years, and the RDS001 MP is by far the best I have ever played with. The only weakness that the racquet has can be overcome with a little customization. If you have never experience a Yonex racquet, I highly recommend giving the RDS a look. It will surprise you with the way it plays, and you can always paint it. Overall Score – 8.5/10 *Please remember this is strictly my opinion based on my experiences. If you disagree, then write your own review.