****Yonex Thread****

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by jdeloach, Nov 10, 2006.

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Which Yonex is for you?

Poll closed Nov 18, 2006.
  1. RDS001 Mid

    29.1%
  2. RDS001 MP

    29.1%
  3. RDS003

    10.5%
  4. RDX500 Mid

    16.3%
  5. RDX500 MP

    16.3%
  6. Ti-80

    9.3%
  7. Other

    8.1%
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  1. jdeloach

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    I recently have seen the light. After demo-ing several racquets I have decided to switch to a RDS 001. I am picking my newly strung racquet up this afternoon.
    I also have ordered a RDX 500 MP for my wife, so we will be a Yonex family.
    I think, with all of the Yonex lovers on the boards, we need a place we can call our own. This will allow those searching for the light to easily research the Yonex racquet line.
     
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  2. cptobvious_619

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    awesome. i'm an rd ti-80 user here.

    i switched to yonex from wilson and i've really liked their line of products.

    the sweetspot is huge, racquet plays bigger than its stated headsize and very spin friendly for all those topspin users out there.
     
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  3. stormholloway

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    I too am considering a switch from Wilson to Yonex. I like the sound of the RDX mid. I like the RDS specs but I just can't swing that paint job.
     
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  4. mfa81

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    I am considering to switch from my babolat PD to yonex, rds 001 mp, rds 003 or rdx 500 mp, I will demo each and post the results
     
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  5. Askmeo88

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    Another Yonex user here. Started tennis using Yonex, after doing very well with their racquets in badminton - couldn't imagine using anything else for tennis. I've gone through the MP Tour-1, RDX-500MP and now I'm using the Ti-80. Could not be happier :)
     
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  6. stormholloway

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    Thoughts on the Ti-80? Compared to RDX?
     
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  7. cptobvious_619

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    in regards to the rd ti-80 to the rdx500 mp:

    the rd ti-80 is a lot stiffer than the rdx500. the rdx500 is a LOT more powerful and forgiving than the rd ti-80. the rdx500 is crazy with topspin, a little too much for some ppl, but it's awesome for players who hit with 90% topspin. the rd ti-80 also has a "tinny" feel, as described on this board, but a dampener should fix it. i have never strung my rd ti-80 above 60, so i'm not sure if the dampener works with anything above 60 lbs. the rdx500 has a buttery feeling - for those ppl who like that feeling.

    the rd ti-80 is also noticably better on flat serves and overall volleying, but the rdx500 is better for spin serves.

    the rd ti-80 also has it's weight distributed among three parts of the racquet, so you can literally feel the racquet if you hold it loosely in your hand. the rdx500 on the other hand has most of the weight in the handle - it's really light when you hold it loosely.

    both are good racquets - but remember that if you use an rd ti-80 that any gripsize 4 1/2 above has a higher swingweight than ones with smaller grip sizes. i've only demoed the rdx500, so i can't say anything about it - hopefully, some other board members with talk about it

    *my comments are in regards to the rdx500 MP, not the MID - i have never used the rdx500 mid, nor am I at the level when i can use a mid well - so hopefully, another more experienced board member can help you.
     
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  8. jdeloach

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    I have to agree the paint job is very loud, but I hit it so well, I'll have to just play with some shades on! I do love the feel of the RDX500 also, since my wife will be using it we can swap every once in awhile.
    We need someone that is good at desining to make us a avatar or signature to show our love for Yonex. Here is the list so far:

    jdeloach - #001
     
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  9. jdeloach

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    jdeloach - #001
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    Askmeo88 - #003
     
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  10. stormholloway

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    Are those the winning lotto numbers?
     
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  11. jdeloach

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    lol....I wish they were.
     
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  12. Ripper

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    Yonex lover here.
     
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  13. tennis_nerd22

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    yonex rackets are great (btw nice thread idea to counter the redondo one ;)). but i just got a redondo mp and i think ill like it more than the rds 001 mp that i have. but nonetheless, the rds is a great frame, better than the other's ive tried...
     
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  14. tennis_nerd22

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    hey, only one way to find out :p

    askmeo88,

    i tried the babolat PD way back at the beginning of the summer, and the only thing it was better than the rds 001 mp was serving. other than that, the yonex is much more comfortable, spin-friendly, and has great feel, and a lot more control than the PD. the only thing i liked the PD for over the rds was its stability. the downside was that after playing for 5 minutes my shoulder was killing me, so i switched back to the rds and the pain was gone. i think you'll like the rds :)
     
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  15. 007

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    Very happy Ti80 owner here. It is a bit tinny but I just strung mine up with Babolat XCEL and use a TF damper.......feels great (much quieter).

    Never liked RDX500 MP nor MP1 Tour 98

    Have owned Power RD 7 standard (rare) and RD7 but both are just to sluggish

    I got rid of an SRDTour 95 years ago and replaced it with an SRQ500 because I stupidly thought tweeners were they way to go - WRONG!
     
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  16. 007

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    Very happy Ti80 owner here. It is a bit tinny (like a Ti70) but strung up with a soft string like XCEL or 515 and a damper it feels great (much quieter).

    Never liked RDX500 MP nor MP1 Tour 98

    Ti70 was OK.

    Have owned Power RD 7 standard (rare) and RD7: felt great but both were just to sluggish.

    I got rid of an SRDTour 95 years ago and replaced it with an SRQ500 because I stupidly thought tweeners were they way to go - WRONG!
     
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  17. EliteNinja

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    I got my RDX500 mid a year ago when my shoulder was sore from my Prince NXG MP.

    Within a week of using the RDX500, my pain was gone. I was looking for comfort, and I got it. Right on the money.

    I'm sticking with this racquet for a long while. It's got decent spin, a huge sweet spot, and excellent control.

    I also love the Yonex lineup of strings. Particularly the Super Tour 850 and 850Pro.

    I also use Yonex Supergrap overgrips.
     
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  18. Redflea

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    RDX Mids are the best racquet I've used, in terms of feel, control, touch, great for spin and serving...switched away to a 98" (M-Fil 300) due to encroaching age and increasing doubles % of my play and really like the M-Fil, but I still miss my mids... :)
     
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  19. TennezSport

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    Yonex Yes!

    I am another Yonex convert and I love the racquet. Currently using the Yonex Tour-1 MP and really love the feel. I used to play Wilson until I got hold of the Yonex RD7. Used that raq for a few years until I could not get them anymore.

    Looks like I will have to do the same when the Tour-1's go. However, I just tried the RDS001 MP and really love that feel also. Think I will be staying a Yonex convert.

    TS :cool:
     
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  20. mfa81

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    This afternoon I went to my local store and unfortunely they have only rdx mid plus to demo, so I would lke to know abou the differences between rdx 500 mid plus and rds 001 mid plus, the specs are very close, but how about play with rdx and rds
     
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  21. jdeloach

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    I just bought my RDS001 MP, and have demo-ed a RDX MP for the last week. They have a very similar feel. Both very crisp, but the RDX has a little softer feeling. That is what my wife really liked above the RDS. I, on the other hand, like the control and the rigid feel of the RDS. Both have great pop, the RDX has a little more pop from my experience.
    I think you would be satisfied with either.
     
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  22. a guy

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    RDS 003 user here.
     
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  23. jdeloach

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    How do you like the 003? I have never hit one, and have always liked the Paint Job better than the 001.
     
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  24. jdeloach

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    jdeloach - #001
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    007 - #007 (That works!)
    a guy - #008
    p0w3r - #009
     
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  25. p0w3r

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    proud RDS001 Mid user here...awesome racquet.:grin:
     
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  26. Duzza

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    I need in! RDX 500 Mid right here!
     
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  27. Duzza

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    Punisha - #504
     
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  28. Punisha

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    i r RDX500 mid... best racquet eva
     
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  29. EliteNinja

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    Booyakasha!
     
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  30. jdeloach

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    That works!
    Duzza, you keep up with the RDX club and I'll keep up with the overall club...lol
     
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  31. jdeloach

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    Updated List
     
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  32. a guy

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    Lol I love it, especially on the groundstokes, very forgiving and quite powerful when you want to rip it. Its really easy to apply topspin on the forehand as well. I'd definitely give it a go.
     
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  33. jdeloach

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    Has anyone put a leather grip on their RDS? Is so, how does it play, and do you have pics?
     
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  34. crazylevity

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    hehheh i can join both clubs. see my sig.

    Thinking of getting a Rds001 Mid though. i've heard good things.
     
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  35. jcstennis

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    jd...
    i got to yonex by way of wilson also... this year i sold my pros staff StV and 6.1 classics. Got a RDX 500MP and could not believe how good it was. I love this racquet. I love the spin it produces and i love watching my shots with this stick, it's deadly accurate (the watching sometimes gets me in trouble :) ). I had to build up the grip/handle a little to produce more of a flare... i guess there is still a little Wilson blood left over, running through my body. I'm looking to get another 500MP as a back up... and ditching my M-Fil 300 (don't tell anyone on that "huge" thread... they don't know yet...i'm actually jumping ship!) ;)
     
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  36. rommil

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    I used to use Wilson rackets long time ago and has been a Yonex user ever since. Currently use the RDX 500 mid.
     
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  37. jdeloach

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    jdeloach - #001
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  38. jdeloach

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    List Updated
     
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  39. jcstennis

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    thanks for the addition to the club... the other one i'm with, we need to pay dues, etc. I'm glad to see this one comes free :)!

    What is the RDX Club?
    Does the RDX Club members post here in the Yonex Club?
    How do you become a RDX Club Member?
     
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  40. jdeloach

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    Yes, we do not segregate our Yonex Users. Duzza is going to keep up with the RDX club. (I think) If he doesn't want to then we need a volunteer.
     
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  41. jdeloach

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    We would rather you spend your hard-earned cash for buying racquets.
     
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  42. jdeloach

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    Added a poll to see what you all are using. It will disappear in 7 days.
     
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  43. jcstennis

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    ha, ha! well spoken. like a true tennis gentleman! no wonder you are the President of the Yonex Club... you are the Prez, aren't yah?
     
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  44. Rafa's best friend

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    I am using RQS-11 Hingis, improved my backhand by at least 1 level. RDS 001 midplus is great racket too, I think those Gray aliens had a hand in building these rackets...
     
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  45. jdeloach

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    I would answer to that if someone called me the Prez.....lol
     
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  46. jdeloach

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    jcstennis, How do those SuperGraps feel? I am considering switching to those when I run out of my TournaGrip. I can't decide to keep using overgrips or I've got some Vantage Leather grips that I might try.
     
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  47. mfa81

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    Today I tried the RDX 500 MP, I played 3 sets. Compared to my PD, it has much more control, better for serve, but less power, but I can hit the ball with more power with out lose control ! awesome !
     
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  48. Go Tennis

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    I believe that now you are knocking the heaven doors. When you say "..., but less power, but I can hit the ball with more power..." I think you mean with more acelleration. One of the keys in tennis is you at the baseline hit a heavy ball with total full acelleration and the ball stays in the court.
     
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  49. jcstennis

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    i haven't touched a Tourna in years... what i like about the SG is that it is not too thick, not too cushy, not too soft and not too grippy. So there you have it! :)... just kidding. I do not use the Yonex original grip, i replaced it with one little bit thicker and use the overwrap, i built up the handle near the butt for more flare. I started using SuperGrap recently and love it. I like the white ones the best. They are extremely easy to install... no creases or pleats when wrapping, they have a little sticky end where you start the wrap. The Gamma Supreme is thicker and tackier. The SG will last me about 3-4 matches (6-10hours of play), usually more. The absorbsion is good enough for me. After about 2 matches the initial tackiness wears out, but when my hand perspires i can "dig" in and get that tacky feeling again. I have a friend who plays Tourna and his seem to "fray" after some long play...? The SG is all latex-ish, no cloth like material. I used to have a calus on the end of my racquet hand's thumb... the point where i apply most pressure, since i started using the SuperGrap... it has gone away. (i used to destroy grips in that area, leaving the "proverbial" thumb print on the grip. This sucked because i had to replace the grip before the rest of it wore out! not with the SG)

    I would definitel try 'em out. You get 3 to a pack and they are inexpensive. I'm sticking with these grips forever!

    Now will you overgrip the existing grip or just build up using overgrips?
     
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  50. jcstennis

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    Go...

    Man, you have nailed it. Well spoken. That is exactly what this racquet does.

    Good stuff!
     
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