Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Gabs011, May 5, 2007.
As with my other review - this old-school racket was in pretty much new condition so I decided to have a hit with it and hopefully I can help to inform all those interested in trying this classic frame.
Groundstrokes - Not bad - not bad too at all. However you are dealing with serious heft here. The feel is completely different to both RDX500 and RDS001. The racket feels far more solid than both of those. The stiffness feels somewhere in between the two. On the groundies you get some nice zip. However since I mainly play with Head rackets the Yonex headshape is something that I never fully got used to. Also due to its relatively high weight you will find it difficult to take massive, fast swings as can be done with both the RDX and the RDS. It definitely has a nice feel but at the same time I wouldn't string this frame with anything other than full gut as the racket gives you very little power.
Serves - Whenever I was serving I couldnt help but think back to the legendary Richard Krajicek bombing down ace after ace at Wimbledon '96 with this stick. Both flat and spin serves are nice. Power is there but adaquate service action is must. The weight of the racket is more apparent off the ground so on the serve it will not tire out your arm.
Overall - 8.5/10
Volleys - This is probably one of the rackets strongpoints - it is really nice at the net. Manouverable yet crisp/solid is one way to describe it. You will not get pushed around at the net by hard groundstrokes thats for sure. It also has really nice touch which is great for those drop volleys.
Overall - 8/10
Returns - You get out exactly what you put in. Therefore in this department its OK at best - but not great. Its not hefty enough to simply block back everything with ease but at the same time it doesnt have enough power to hit a clean winner from a medium paced second serve.
Overall - 6/10
Concluding remarks - All in all a nice stick. I am sure that all Yonex fans would like this one when compared to their latest midsize rackets. However I simply couldnt fully adjust to the Yonex headshape. Its one of those things that you either love or you don't. I am however, definitely sticking with my prestige mid.
Feel free to ask questions
Can someone explain if there is a difference in quality when purchasing a Yonnex tennis racket made for US market compare to the ones made for south pacific region ? Some seems to think that the ones for US market are better quality ???
I've used the SRD Tour for most of my time playing tennis. Never thought it was that heavy, even with some lead around 3 and 9 o'clock. After finally deciding to find something new as these are so hard to come by now, I tried an RDX500 and it felt like a toy almost.
I used to string with Wilson Hammerlast (can't find that anymore either) at 70 lbs. and had lots of power.
i have one SRD90 in my bag and use it as back up.
mine is with 4 1/4 grip, so it's probably a little lighter than the 3/8 grips.
nevertheless, it is sill heavy at 12.4oz struing, with overgrip.
i've always wanted to try the 98 version.
i heard its easier to use.
gabs, by any chance are you thinking about getting rid of any of the frames that you dont use primarily? I'm very interested to see what all you have and what you might be considering selling/trading off....my email is duey131(at)yahoo.com if you were interested.
Thanks for the review gabs! I've enjoyed the last few Yonex mids--RDS, RDX, and MP Tour-1--and have been curious about the SRD. Sounds like a great stick. Like knasty131, I'd be interested in giving one a spin. If you have a SRD 90 in a 4 1/2 grip, I'd be interested. robertbernalonline at gmail.com.
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