****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. Gasolina

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    Quick question guys. I plan on getting a 2nd Yonex racquet. I'm currently looking at the RQiS Tour (RQT) or the RDiS 200 (RD2). I was hoping you could help me choose.

    My current racquet is the RQiS XL 95 and I put 6 grams at the 3&9.

    RQiS Tour
    A bit skeptic about the RQT, because of the weight. When I lead up my stick to 11.9 ounces, my shoulder started acting again. Also, I may put 3 grams to the 3&9 if I get the RQT, and I'm not sure that's enough to give me the plow I need. Anything more and I maybe booking more appointments to the doctor.

    There's also the tapered beam. I know it's supposed to give me torsional stability and I'm pretty sure I'd have to add more lead to my current stick if it didn't have the same tapered beam, but I also tend to frame shots with the smaller spin window.

    Speaking of spin, I just love the 16x18 pattern of my own stick and the spin I get with it. The pattern also allows me to go full poly. I'm pretty sure I'll get the same ridiculous spin on the RQT or even more!

    Another good thing about the RQT is the price! And it's also one of the most beautiful racquets in the world. I could only imagine how black/red looks with the excellent glossy paint finish of Yonex.

    RDiS 200
    This may be a safer pick of the two. About 11.7 ounces, it only needs a little tweaking to get to my desired specs. However....

    It's 98 inches. I've used 95 inchers all my tennis life and I'm perfectly happy with it. This may sound stupid, but I always thought as far as racquets you go for the smallest and the heaviest you can. Since I've never used a larger headsize I don't really know what part of my game I'd lose by going slightly larger.

    There's also the price. It's still expensive!

    Can you guys compare the two sticks once leaded to your specs? Both racquets are very similar already yet has subtle differences. The RD2 has a larger headsize but I'm sure the RQT has more spin potential. Leaded up to the same weight, I can see the RQT getting more pop from the baseline too.
     
  2. Fuji

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    The RQiS 1 Tour is an amazing frame. You honestly can't go wrong with it. I serve really well with it, and my backhand was sweet! The only thing that I could have worked on with it was my darn forehand. The beam requires a bit of work to get used to, and I didn't spend too much time with the frame. (2 months of testing on and off). I still have one stashed away somewhere, and I might take it out for a hit now that you reminded me of it!

    Any questions about it and I can hopefully answer! :)

    -Fuji

    EDIT: Also, that paint job is GORGEOUS in person. It is BAR NONE my favorite paint scheme. The only stick I have that rivals it is the Prestige....
     
  3. Gasolina

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    This is exactly why I didn't want to go to the RDiS 200. I've spent much time playing with the RQiS XL and developed a pretty mean forehand with its 95 inch, tapered, 16x18 head. If I get away from it, I might lose a lot of the technique I developed.

    Fuji if you don't mind me asking, how much lead did you put until you got it as stable as you want?
     
  4. Fuji

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    If you move to the RQiS 1 Tour, I don't think there will be much transition tbh! :) It's got identical string pattern and beam. If it works for you, the Tour might just be perfect for you!

    If I remember correctly, I just used a Pete Sampras power strip on both sides @ 3 and 9 and that was it. It's already a pretty stable racket, and I really enjoyed it. I just did it bump up the swing weight a bit because I like it a bit higher then average! It really didn't need much tuning though. It's one of the few sticks I can play stock and not get really pushed around, even in doubles! (4.5-5.0 opponents).

    -Fuji
     
  5. Fedace

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    I am still waiting for the replacement for the RQIS 2 tour. make it 27.4 inches and it will be better.
     
  6. datsveryinterestin

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    I've used all the Yonex mids, the RDIS100MP, RDIS200, and Vcore95D.
    (even some ti-70s and ti-80s)

    After extensive playtesting, I realized the stiffness of the RDIS100MP was causing shots to fly long if my timing wasn't perfect. It is great for cracking winners when your timing is on though. But I win many more points as a baseliner by spinning the ball deep and the flex and control of the RDIS200 lets me do that.
    I had mine customized to 27.5" and it is KILLER on 2handed backhands, but forehand return of serves and volleys are tough because I have to consciously remember to choke up on the handle to be able to maneuver it in time.
    It serves amazing spin 2nd serves, but the flat ones are not as powerful as the RDIS100 mid or mp.

    I am toying with the Vcore95 right now and it was amazing the first few days I tried it. My first few serves from the vcore seemed like 120mph compared to 105mph with the RDIS200. It was awesome! Also had pinpoint accuracy on both sides. But since then, i have found the stiffness to be too similar to the rdis100 mid. I won the match I played with it, but I was not pleased with the way I served (it was windy but it felt way too powerful) The vcore95 felt best when it had fresh Gamma TNT216g in it at 62lbs. But it didn't last very long.

    For most days, I think I will be better off playing longer points and using the spin and depth of the RDIS200 to win matches. But if I was on my game, I could serve bigger and finish off points faster with the Vcore95.

    probably end up sticking with the RDIS200, but the vcore paintjob is soooo pretty. taking them out again tonight for the final tryout for the rest of the season.
     
  7. Buckethead

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    Dude, i don't work for Yonex, nor I'm part of the company, I can't do anything.:)
     
  8. Buckethead

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    I can relate to you with the exception of VCORE paint.
     
  9. Boricua

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    Hi. What would be the differences between the VCORE 100 and the Ezone? I suppose the Ezone has an even bigger sweetspot.

    Does the Ezone have good control or is it just plain power?

    Is it arm friendly with the 68 stiffness rating?
     
  10. Buckethead

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    Boricua, I tested it with the Yonex Super 850 Pro at high tension(I believe 60/58) it was very comfortable(maybe because of the huge sweet-spot).
    It was powerful, easy to find the power, specially on serves, control wasn't a big problem for me from the baseline but i had to adjust a little, but I'd say it is more about power than control. Stability was 10 as well, trademark from Yonex. You are not going to get the spin you get with the VCORE 100S, this racket actually reminded me of the great RQS 11, great racket to hit flat, despite the 100 sq in and 16x18, the RQS 11 wasn't spin friendly as you'd thought.

    If you use polyester, it will feel different.

    There is the EZONE Lite with lower throat flex, and that is a great racket to customize, even better would be the VCON X18.
     
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  11. Boricua

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    I suppose it is a good racket to drive the ball. A string like Weiss Cannon Black5Edge could complement it well as it is low powered and spin friendly.

    What interest me about this Ezone 100 is the big sweet spot, a thing I dont get consistently when using other rackets. A big sweet spot may be criticized by people in the message board but for people with arm and shoulder problems its a relief to have. That big sweet spot gives one that cushionesd feel when you hit the ball even on mishits

    What worries me is the fact of not being able to get enough spin. It is strange being this racket 100 sq.size head and 16 x 18 string pattern.
     
  12. Buckethead

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    You'll get a decent topspin, but not as good as other rackets, the RQiS 1 Tour generates more spin than the EZONE 100.

    Big sweetspot is an advantage, don't listen to what these idiots say.

    BTW the review for the VCORE 100S is up on TW, not that their reviews are reliable, but in any case here it is:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/VC100S/VC100Sreview.html
     
  13. stapletonj

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    Does Yonex just have crappy paint or is there seomthing goign on here?

    Got the vcore 100 for my bday to replace my aging RQiS2 Tour. really like it but the paint started chipping IMMEDIATELY. like big chips as wide as a quarter in a few places.

    does Yonex do anything about this or is it just tough luck charley? Not that it is all that important, but I would like to know....

    PS - with my old RQiS2 tour, my 11 yr old beginner daughter started playing with it and she got a crack in the frame at about 10 o'clock. IT has now gone all the ay through the frame. DOes anybody know anything about Yonex replacement policies and warrantees?
     
  14. fish

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    does anyone know the difference of Sl, and UL on yy older model rkt ??like ti50
    sl3, ul3 ???
     
  15. fish

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    and anyone would give me some comparsion of using new vcore 95 and rdis 100 mid (93) , i have using rdis 93 5 mths , finding a bit too stiff for rkt , unlike rdx 90.Do new vcore 95 would be a bit flexible feeling than rdis 93 ??
     
  16. fish

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    Hi Buckethead, do u try vcore 95, does it play similar to rdis 93 but less stiff in hand feel ???
    any other user review of vcore 95D , just like vcore 100 have.:confused:??


     
  17. Buckethead

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    Super Light (SL) is heavier
    Ultra Lite (UL) is the lighter versions

    Beware you can have SL and UL 4 3/8, that was only for the old models except for the Ti 80, which is an older version.

    if your rackets are UL 4 3/8 it should be the same weight and balance.
    Yes, the VCORE will feel softer, the RDiS 100 mid is a great racket though, impressive volleys, very precise, excellent in all, you need to find the right set-up, or use multifilament.

    VCORE 95 is more powerful, with good power behind it, very good in everything, it has a good feel.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=364154&page=12
     
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    Right now loving my new RDIS 100 93! I won a match on my second time using it (so I will love it until I start losing...)
     
  20. weksa

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    I just got a RDiS 100 MP, haven't strung it up yet, and it feels so well-made. The paint job quality is great too!
     
  21. tennistiger

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    S-Fit will be on sale later this year + coming new vcore and Ezone models !
     
  22. ketchupSuicide

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    What´s your favorite string setup for the Vcore95D so far!?
     
  23. Buckethead

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    I know that.

    I knew my theory of VCORE 16x19 would be real and as well the EZONE.

    Again:
    VCore 16x19 will be released maybe in 2,3 models for Nalbandian to endorse, which will substitute the RDiS 100 and 200. If they think the way I do, there will be a mid flex VCORE 98 16x19 (Nalbandian/Berankis) and it'll be a VCORE 16x19 98 and lower flex replacing RDiS 200(great racket) and possibly a VCORE 95 16x18, a traditional Yonex racket, player oriented with 16x18.

    EZONE will probably have an EZONE Tour XL to replace RQiS 1 Tour.
     
  24. Buckethead

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    Yonex SRD Tour 95 review!

    After a month playing with it, I can now give my little review about the SRD Tour 95.

    Strung first with Tecnifibre synthetic gut at 60/58 and then strung with Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25 at 57/54.

    Yonex SRD tour 95 overall is a super racket in everything it does, I felt this was a real solid racket in all areas with no weaknesses at all and what surprised me was the flex 62 measured by TW that to me it felt like a 59 or so, it was extremely comfortable. Note that my racket is in stock form weighing about 365g only, not a single milligram of lead in it, it just doesn't need. SRD Tour 95 feels like you're hitting with a 98.

    Serves- 10- I found this racket to be very precise in all serves, great access for spin on American twist and kick serve, not sluggish at all and just perfect combination of power, feel, and maneuverability for all serves.

    Ground strokes- 10- Forehands and back hands are a real pleasure to just be aggressive and go for it, a ball well struck with this racket is a winner, immense power and yet precise control for flattening out shots.

    Slices- 9 - the slice didn't seem to have skidded as much as I wanted, it was still great, but not as great as the slice from the R-22.

    Volleys- 9- Excellent for volleys, awesome feel(that old classic feel most people like), not too flexible, flexible rackets suck at volleys, and it was rather a solid crisp feel.

    Feel- 10- Now we're talking about the high quality improving and enhancing a feel of racket. It felt very solid, comfortable, somewhat crisp but not muted but also not lively. I really liked this racket.

    Overall one of the best rackets I have, whoever still has these SRD rackets are lucky because it is just hard to find a player's racket this great. No HEAD Pro Tour, Wilson Pro Staff plays like this racket. In Yonex I trust.
     
  25. auzzieizm

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    Agree on almost all points here. The SRD Tour line was my absolute favorite Yonex line. Shame they haven't produced anything like the 90 or 95 recently. It's interesting that you mention that it feels like a 98 sq in head. I now remember that I was using MP Tour 98 grommets when I couldn't find SRD Tour 95 grommets anymore.
     
  26. Hominator

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    A soft string like Babolat Xcel or Babolat VS.
     
  27. Buckethead

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    The URD Ti 80 is a very nice racket as well, the next thing similar to SRD Tour line is Ti 80.

    I am a lover of RQiS 1 Tour 95, very different rackets but plays very nice and it's unique.

    As for the grommets, sometimes you can hook it up, if you find a grommet set with the same string pattern, it may fit. I never played with the MP Tour line.
     
  28. Buckethead

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    When I demoed the 95D I had Tecnifibre Black Code around 54lbs full bed, it was nice. Now I am using the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25(RQiS 1 Tour and SRD Tour 95) in larger head size rackets and black code in smaller.
     
  29. tnnsxace

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    Since this is a Yonex thread, I figured I might as well just post on here. Sorry if it's a little irrelevant though..

    I had 3 RQiS 1 Tour XL 95 racquets, but just recently cracked one when it slipped out of my hand while serving. I've been looking online for another one with a 3/8 grip, but so far no luck for me :(

    I was wondering if anybody knows whether Yonex will be releasing an update to this racquet soon? I love how this racquet plays and I want to stay with the brand. Does the V Core 98 D play similar to it, or what racquet plays close to it? I'd really appreciate it if someone could help me out. Thank you in advance.
     
  30. Gasolina

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    Hehe, I have an XL 95 in 3/8, but it's staying in my bag as my "shoulder repair" stick.

    I've succesfully transitioned to the 1 Tour version. It's essentially the XL 95, albeit a little more flex/feel and a little less free power, though a lot lot more solid.

    I said "free power" because if you have developed strokes, you'd be able to hit big with the 1 Tour too. With a little lead at the 12, you'd be able to blast away.

    Back to your question, the closest would be the RDiS 200 MP. Or maybe a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 euro version
     
  31. Fedace

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    GREATNESS of Bucket is no longer here to contribute. I had some questions for him as well.
     
  32. rdis10093

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    Buckethead, was the guy with the wierd pics for avatar right? He knew som much stuff about yonex, and he has been a member here for a while. So I would assume he knew the rules. Did he deleate himself or get banned? If so why?
     
  33. tnnsxace

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    I had o3 Tours MP & Ozone Tours MP, and I loved how flexy those racquets were. I like the feel I get off of my Yonex way better though, as it's a bit more solid and stable.

    I honestly don't think I can transition to the regular RQiS 1 Tour; it seems way too heavy for me and a lot of the review say that is it way too underpowered :l

    I actually tried the Babolat Pure Storm GTs, and surprisingly, I played a more consistent game with it, and more power as well. Maybe I should just get the XL 95 Lite, then lead it up if needed? I wanted to try out the Ezone 100 to get that extra oomph on my shots, but the thick beams are really scaring me off. Have you tried that one?
     
  34. Gasolina

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    I'm assuming you play with the XL 95 in stock? Honestly I'm not a fan of leading up something THAT much. PLus, you'd be putting most of the lead in the handle. I tried that once and it was too polarized at the handle and I thought the added weight didn't contribute anything good to the racquet and you'll be better off with the XL 95 Lite in stock.

    For me, the Tour worked because I was leading up my XL 95 to beef it up. My biggest gripe about your racquet is it isn't as stable at the net. Some lead at the 3&9 fixed that. The Tour in stock is rock solid and I only added lead at the 12 to get more oomph.

    Also, the "underpoweredness" of the Tour is blown way out of proportion. It's nothing a little lead at the 12 won't solve and a good set of string. As a comparison, you get nothing but praise on the PS85 (even if its low powered), and people just add "yeah I did add lead to the 3&9" only when asked.

    Haven't tried the e-zone but somebody in the thread mentioned that it was suited for more flattish shots. Honestly, I'd be scared of the thick beam too. I had to work a lot of balls to get my forehand and backhand in tune w/ the RQiS tapered beam.
     
  35. tnnsxace

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    I think for now I'm just gonna stick with my 2 XL 95s. I know the type of shots you produce are more dependent on the way you hit rather than the racquet itself, but I wanna flatten out my shots more easily. I still haven't been able to really dial in my game with the XL 95s; I still shank balls left and right, but that could be because of lack of footwork and preparation. But the thick beam still plays with my head:| I loved the thin beam on my Ozone Tours!

    If it's not too much to ask, can you suggest some tweaks I can do to fix up the racquet for me? Last month, I had em strung with Luxilon Big Banger Alu Rough on the mains at 60#, & PSG on the crosses at 57#. Now I have Luxilon Savage on the mains at 58#, & PSG on the crosses at 56. The current setup is definitely not working for me; my arm feels all the harsh vibrations and hitting flat is pretty much impossible:cry:
     
  36. Gasolina

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    Do you have a reason why you like to string with poly mains and syn gut crosses? I tried that setup only once and I found it too much for me. Didn't want to swing till my arm falls off on every rally.

    I found that soft co-polys work best for the stick. The 16x18 pattern helps with arm issues and even adds to the spin you get from polys.

    Hitting flat may not be the best for this setup too. Have you tried a full bed of a good multi? I tried Biphase at 51lbs on the XL 95 and found that setup to be the best for flattening it out
     
  37. tnnsxace

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    I'm not sure, but I thought I read it on here somewhere that that setup mentioned above worked pretty well with the Yonex. Most likely it was probably for my Prince -_- HAHA. I think I might try Babolat Revenge on both of em next time I restring.

    So, I've rallied and played three or four sets with the Luxilon Savage on the mains at 58# & PSG on the crosses and I didn't have any pain afterwards. I think I just really needed the strings to loosen up on me or something. Strange though, because I had Luxilon Big Banger Alu Rough on the mains at 60# & PSG on the crosses at 57# and didn't have a problem at all from the start.

    I probably won't buy anything new for the rest of the year, unless it's Yonex's replacement for the XL 95. Who knows, I might change my mind though.
     
  38. Sander001

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    I got into Yonex years ago when I was looking for a change to a new racquet and wanted something in the 98sq" range but also something that was low powered with a thin beam. That racquet turned out to be the Yonex Ti-80 and I still use it on occasion. It's old, but looks new. Loved Yonex ever since.

    I improved and felt confident about using a midsize and acquired the RDX500 90(loved it but way too flexy) and have been using the RDS001 90 since it came out in 2007. It's easily the ugliest racquet I've ever held but it plays with such pure magnificence that I knew there could be no other. I bought six of them and the quality control is outstanding.

    I also own an RDS002 Tour that I had to own just as an homage to my first Yonex, the Ti-80. Good racquet, but I prefer the Ti-80.
     
  39. klementine

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    This thread is now an official petition for the immediate reinstatement of Buckethead and Fedace.

    Let's not go the way of bi-partisan politics here.
     
  40. In D Zone

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    Fellow Yonex-fanatixs !

    Need some advice on string set (tension / hybrid or not) for RD TI80.

    I have the Blue /Red and the recent version Black Orange copies of this frame. I found the frame to be stiffer than what the specs indicated and struggled to find the right string set up for these puppies. Currently strung with hybrid 58/56 lbs.

    Any suggestion?
     
  41. klementine

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    ^Just picked one of these up, the black/orange type, and they feel 61ra to me. Should probably mention that it is the ti80 lite but a grip swap (leather) and some tape at 3&9 brings it up to par.

    Strung mine up with my go to hybrid, x-1(16g) and aluPower, 59/55. Great ball pocketing, superb feel. Reminds me of a more 'connected' rdis200. Thinner beam = better feel with this one and easier to manipulate on serve. The rdis just felt too numb and needed full poly to crispen it up but this ti80 is just right, foam filled too.

    I can see why the recommended tension is 55-65, think I'll go 62/58 next time with this hybrid.

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    What's up with the stiffness on the new xi vcores? Why make them stiffer than the previous ones? Disappointing to say the least.
     
  42. klementine

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    Been a year and plus going since someone poasted here. Hate starting new threads, so here we go.

    Any news on a 95sq.in. Yonex frame for 2014. The public demands it. They kneed it.
     
  43. Power Player

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    The Stanimal Orange stick is a 97. So I am wondering if yonex has decided to abandon the 95 concept since tennis is moving towards MP and up mainly now.
     
  44. BigBlueYanks

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    I have been trying to get myself back into tennis the past four months, but haven't had any luck with finding a stick that plays similar to the PRO RD-70 (95).

    Can anyone suggest which of the current racquets would have a similar feel as the PRO RD-70 (95)?

    This stick was my all time favorite when I used to play competitively + 16 years ago and when I briefly came back to tennis 6-7 years ago, I enjoyed the Wilson nCode 6.1.

    However, I just can't let go of my love affair with the PRO RD-70 lol
     
  45. kimguroo

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    Sadly more and more local stores decide to stop carrying Yonex rackets because of slow sales. Seems like this year might be the best year or most exciting year for Yonex but unfortunately local stores gave up in this year. Should stay one more year :evil:. Almost impossible to see Yonex rackets in Atlanta area nowadays.
     
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    Sad indeed, the big name sporting goods stores have all stopped carrying Yonex racquets for a while in NNJ...local pro shops doesn't bother with it either, since most players only look for Babolat, Wilson or Head.

    Only way to demo is through the net...I envy those, whose local pro shops carry Yonex frames lol
     
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    There's one on the bay in L3.

    I have some bad news for you, but you probably won't be surprised.

    There isn't a single frame on the market which would resemble the RD 70.
    Mine are cut down to 27,5 inches but I'm still using them, no other frame is near it's playability for me.

    Now the bad news is that Yonex will only release extended frames if the demand raises up, though I'm not sure how they're going to verify this - maybe we should spam their facebook page?

    The Pro RD 70 is a 28 inch long racquet stock and that's something almost inaccessible on the market - only the reintroduced PG Longbody is 28 inch long. And that's just the length. The beam on that thing is another unique feature - box 19-16mm. And string pattern - 16x17. While currently there are some similar patterns they are not the same. That frame has unique written all over it.

    It's hard to find a good players racquet at 27,5 inches. Except for some Babolat frames there aren't any offerings, well not from Yonex, Wilson or Head at least.

    So if you're hoping for something similar in the future, stop. It's a waste of time.

    The good news is that my intel tells me that Yonex isn't so uptight on the string pattern. Since Yonex had a 16x17 pattern in the past (the fabled Pro RD70 95) they have a case in using it in newer racquets and they are actually thinking about introducing, but it isn't even on the drawing board yet. So it could be 2 or more frame generations away if ever...
     

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