Yonex RQ-180

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by boinz, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. boinz

    boinz Rookie

    Feb 28, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I got intrigue with this mid size frame recently after hitting with a RD-7 and then reading previous RQ-180 posts now I am looking to get my hands on one for a hit.

    I came across several pics on the net and a few showed bumper guard... does this frame comes with one at all? or was it retrofitted with one? in that case what grommets might fit this old classic?
    Also does the original frame comes with leather grip?

    And any owners here care to let me know the thickness of the beam? Its a widebody but seem like only the part just above the handle is really wide and then it tapers off and thickens again at the hoop?
  2. Tamiya

    Tamiya Semi-Pro

    Jan 27, 2013
    AU, SG, MY
    it has an hourglass profile :)

    bumper guard sits pretty flush around the head

    grommets are pretty unique to this model afaik

    Don't know if there are earlier examples with no head guard & leather.
    Think it came in 2 colours gunmetal & white.
  3. gorgeousgrunter

    gorgeousgrunter New User

    Oct 2, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    I Love Yonex Rq Racqets But...

    Yonex Rq 180 ( used by Martina Navratilova ) was a great looking racquet. I used to own a pair as well as a pair of RQ 380's ( Monica Seles's weapon ).
    I enjoyed playing with both models.

    Problem is, I've always been an aggressive big hitter and would always string my racquets at the maximum recommended tension.

    Sadly, all four of my Yonex RQ's have developed cracks ion the 10 oclock and 2 oclock areas. I also have heard it through the grape vine that this is typical of Yonex RQ models because of the square design.

    Coincidentally, the modern Yonex racquets of today dont have that severe square-ish designs anymore...

    Im not trying to put you off "owning" an RQ 180...just be really careful with stringing...

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