Yonex Ultimum RD TI-50

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by asdfijl, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. asdfijl

    asdfijl Guest

    hey guys, i was wondering how the yonex ultimum rd ti-50 hits. i know its a pretty old racquet, but its a stick that ive always wanted to hit with. i own the rdx500 and the babolat aeropro drive, and theyre both fantastic sticks. does anyone know what the retail price was on the ti-50? any info on the yonex ti-50 would be helpful! thanks!
     
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  2. louis netman

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    I think it may be too headlight for it's flex...not alot on the business end of the racket...nothing a little lead can't fix,however
     
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  3. Soundog

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    I demoed it for a few hours and didn't like it that much. I was using Yonex super RD Tour 90's and RD7's at the time.

    Good points were :
    - Great control, in particular fantastic depth control. You could tell exactly how deep the ball was going to go.
    - If you hit the ball in the middle, placement and control was good.
    - Crisp feel - which can be good.

    Bad points :
    - Flexible frame but stiff feel. The frame would start flexing upon impact up to a certain point and then stop flexing very suddenly giving you a shock through the arm. I find this is true in general of rackets with titanium in them and I think it is injury causing. High modulus graphite and even hypercarbon seem to flex smoothly by comparision even if the overall flex is less.
    - The frame was too light for me and therefore not quite enough power and not quite enough all round stability on off centre shots ( which I do a lot of because I don't watch the ball ). I prefer heavy frames so I don't have to do so much work armwise.

    Neutral :
    - Hits flatter than the RD7. You have to work a bit harder to get the spin that the RD7 naturally puts on the ball. From memory and from what I've tried, a fairly similar feeling racket is the RDX 500 Midplus HD with 18 mainstrings.
     
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  4. louis netman

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    Very good observation and point, Soundog. I don't think this phenomenon has been discussed on these message boards. When RDC flex is measured, it doesn't take rebound time into consideration. A false sense of arm friendliness is then construed from the numbers alone in metal composite frames. Titanium is great for aircraft & motorcycle parts, but I just hate it in tennis racquets...
     
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