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FastFreddy 03-17-2009 03:24 PM

Yonex Pro RD 70 Long 95 inch
 
Anyone here ever played with this racquet. I used this racquet back in 1996 to 2005 I liked this racquet the best out of any that I played with. Martina used the 105inch with the 95 paint job. She felt like she needed more power against the bigger stronger players. Martina dumped this racquet for a thick widebody what a mistake. Martina never really played well after that racquet switch.

jayserinos99 03-17-2009 10:58 PM

I had one that I cut down to 27". I never got used to the extended length but when I cut it down and leaded the handle to compensate for the weight lost, I was hitting really clean. I liked flex of it and I still haven't found a Yonex that duplicated that feel for me.

galain 03-17-2009 11:20 PM

I've often thought about cutting mine down as jay has with his, but I never got around to it. It was a very unwieldy 28inches, but I'm sure at a reasonable length it would be a beauty. Thin thin cross section (I measured mine at 17mm) - nice flex and I really don't know if this was a function of the extra length or the string spacing or some other magic intangible, but the Pro RD 70 (I have the 95 version) hit's the most spin of any racquet I've ever picked up. I've played with most of the so called spin monsters including the POG and RD7 and this thing buries them all for the amount of spin it produces. I'd be curious to see if that quality remains the same at a shorter length.

jayserinos99 03-18-2009 02:04 AM

Spin wise, I didn't think it got as much spin as either the POG or RD7 but I think it hit surprisingly well; sort of a like a hybrid of both since the RD70 is thin like the POG but in a RD7 shape and flex (maybe not as flexy but more flexy than the POG). This thread reminds me I should get my RD70 back from my friend; I gave it to him because he was playing tennis and now that he's stopped I'm sure he won't mind returning it...

FastFreddy 03-18-2009 07:15 AM

Length
 
When I switched to a 28 length this was my first one, with this racquet it was all postive no down side. I just took me a few hits to figure how close to get to the ball. I liked the extra reach at the net on volleys and overheads and I could reach balls on my backhand with the slice. In the past I could only get a little racquet on them. other balls that I would slice now I could hit a two hander and get it back pretty well. Plus it helped my serve since I am only 5 10 3/4 tall. I never felt like I got jammed any more than my POG 90 or 110. I liked the how much flex this racquet had, And it was nice that Yonex made a thin beam racquet since my r-18.

I wish they made this in a 29 inch I wonder if it would still hit well and not get jammed into the body. I use to put 15 nylon and a bunch of string savers and string it 70lbs. I guess I like a flexy racquet with tight strings then a stiff racquet with tight or low tension. My racquet weight with 2 overgrips and 15 string and string savers was 13.1. With this racquet I could hit some nice topspin with this racquet but I tried the chang racquet when It first came out and could not hit any everything was flat. So I sold it to a hard flat hiting junior.

Kirin0016 03-19-2009 01:20 PM

I've used this racquet, it's great !! Awaiting for arrival from Australia to London, can't wait. Thinking on buy another one. Is it hard to find?:???:

jayserinos99 03-19-2009 02:45 PM

^ They come up on the big auction site every so often. You may have better luck posting a want ad here on these boards.

FastFreddy 03-19-2009 03:05 PM

Pro RD 70 Long 95 4 5/8 grip
 
I posted a want ad already at this site. Are you talking about e bay a auction site. Are there other auction sites I can check out. Well if I can't find one of these racquets. I will buy one of the following racquets. I want to buy and try first a Babolat pure drive Roddick plus then if I hate it I will go with a Dunlop 4d aerogel 200 or Pog longbody.

I already have a 200g muscle weave and had 4 POG longbodys. I tried the first blue and red Babolat racquets back in 1998 or 1999 when they first came out. I liked the red one better than the Moya blue one. I tried a full poly but it didn't feel right it felt better right before it broke. With my new racquet I want to go with a poly main and a natural gut cross just to check out. I love a full gut job but it only last 40mins. I strung a natural gut 15 on the mains and a natural gut 17 on the cross that lasted 90mins but still very short time. 15 nylon lasts me 12 hrs.

matchmaker 03-20-2009 09:02 AM

Does anyone have photos of the racquet? It would be interesting to see a sideview showing the thin beam.

cyberwing88 03-21-2009 05:07 PM


picture shows three sticks from left to right: apdc, k90, Pro Rd-70 long 95.
rd-70 is about 2mm thinner than k90.

Princegod 03-22-2009 05:41 PM

I had the 105 sq.in. version but unfortunately it killed my elbow. I actually found spin to be lacking, but hitting flat was the forte of this racket. I sold it quickly though because of my elbow.

I believe Hingis and Kournikova both used it at one point in their careers FWIW.

FastFreddy 03-23-2009 10:18 AM

Pro RD 70 Long 95
 
Hingis(Jan 1997 to May 1998) then went to a widebody racquet what a mistake. Kournikova and Hingis used the 105 with the 95 paint job since the 105 paint job did not look all that great. I loved playing with the 95 but the 105 played like a different racquet. I hated the 105 and gave them away and bought some more 95's. I think I bought like 12 or 14 of them until you could not get them any more. I used them from 1996 to 2005 when I ran out of fresh sticks. I switched to the POG Longbody it plays ok but not the same feel and flex or spin.

galain 03-24-2009 01:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Princegod (Post 3240846)
I had the 105 sq.in. version but unfortunately it killed my elbow. I actually found spin to be lacking, but hitting flat was the forte of this racket. I sold it quickly though because of my elbow.

I believe Hingis and Kournikova both used it at one point in their careers FWIW.

I never hit with the 105 but it sounds like it must have been quite a different stick. With the 95, seriously, I've never extracted spin like I did with that out of any other racquet I've hit. Maybe we (the Yonex and I) just meshed. I hit with an eastern forehand, usually very close to the top of the net, and i had balls jumping up over shoulder height with this thing - I've never done that before. I don't usually play with a lot of spin so it wasn't as if I was consciously trying to put more work on the ball. It's the only long body I've hit with though so perhaps that had something to do with it.

I put it down because I could never dial in my backhand. Slice backhands were great, but I found I'd often be a little late prepping for a topspin backhand - and eventually I decided to go back to what I'd been using before. I still think about whacking a bit off the bottom though and seeing how it plays at a shorter length. For my money, the RD7 was a better all round performer.

Automatix 03-24-2009 03:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by galain (Post 3245798)
I never hit with the 105 but it sounds like it must have been quite a different stick. With the 95, seriously, I've never extracted spin like I did with that out of any other racquet I've hit. Maybe we (the Yonex and I) just meshed. I hit with an eastern forehand, usually very close to the top of the net, and i had balls jumping up over shoulder height with this thing - I've never done that before. I don't usually play with a lot of spin so it wasn't as if I was consciously trying to put more work on the ball. It's the only long body I've hit with though so perhaps that had something to do with it.

I put it down because I could never dial in my backhand. Slice backhands were great, but I found I'd often be a little late prepping for a topspin backhand - and eventually I decided to go back to what I'd been using before. I still think about whacking a bit off the bottom though and seeing how it plays at a shorter length. For my money, the RD7 was a better all round performer.

WoW... my thoughts exactly... the RD 70 was a spin and serve demon but the 28 inches didn't click with my one handed backhand... the RD7 is definitely better all-round...

I wouldn't dare to cut my RD 70s...

FastFreddy 03-24-2009 07:10 AM

Length
 
Since I have a two hand backhand the Pro RD 70 long was the best racquet for me. If you have a one hander you will not like a 28 inch racquet. I don't think I ever saw anyone hit a one backhand with a 28 inch length. I have had the rq-220, 2200, rd-7 and the rd-tour and my #2 best racquet is the R-18 then the Prince POG Longbody. I want to buy and check out the Roddick Plus 27.5 racquet with poly on the main and nat gut on the cross and add some lead to the hoop at 3 and 9.

Automatix 07-21-2011 01:54 PM

First of all my apologies for reviving this old thread but while browsing through I found it funny how things turned out...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Automatix (Post 3245924)
WoW... my thoughts exactly... the RD 70 was a spin and serve demon but the 28 inches didn't click with my one handed backhand... the RD7 is definitely better all-round...

Would you believe that after 2 years I can't find a frame which would fit my game as well as this frame? My 1HBH tuned with this frame and now it's like an extension of my arm.

The sad part is that I can't find anything like this model. Luckily thanks to a friend on this board I managed to buy some spare grommets but I only have 2 of these. One which is fairly new, and one pretty beat up.

In search for a replacement I even bought 2 pro frames (Tecnifibre SMU Vliegen PT-043H-1B PU (18x20)) which are pretty nice (95 square inch headsize and 19mm beam) but it's just not the same. :( Decided to unload them.

Hopefully I'll find a replacement before they brake.

Buckethead 07-22-2011 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Automatix (Post 5851113)
First of all my apologies for reviving this old thread but while browsing through I found it funny how things turned out...



Would you believe that after 2 years I can't find a frame which would fit my game as well as this frame? My 1HBH tuned with this frame and now it's like an extension of my arm.

The sad part is that I can't find anything like this model. Luckily thanks to a friend on this board I managed to buy some spare grommets but I only have 2 of these. One which is fairly new, and one pretty beat up.

In search for a replacement I even bought 2 pro frames (Tecnifibre SMU Vliegen PT-043H-1B PU (18x20)) which are pretty nice (95 square inch headsize and 19mm beam) but it's just not the same. :( Decided to unload them.

Hopefully I'll find a replacement before they brake.

There is one on e b a y for sale brand new I think. The best slice ever, the greatest top spin and kick serve, however I could not handle it at the time and looked a bit unstable upper on the string bed, I guess because of the 15mm constant beam, or maybe the string that was with it, I can't remember much more than this, but the positives were top performance, when Safina was young(14 or so) she used to play it.

Automatix 07-23-2011 12:33 AM

The beam is 16-19mm (tip-shaft). And the one on flea bay is the 105 square inch version.

bosworthbatter 07-23-2011 12:46 AM

As a big 28 inch fan (with a single handed backhand) I bought this stick thinking it would be stiffer. Could not get used to the flex on impact and found it a bit hard to generate power with a full swing. Still it looks great on the wall of fame

ritton07 07-23-2011 07:37 AM

..does anyone recognize this young player, using this frame? :)



FastFreddy had previously written "... Kournikova and Hingis used the 105 with the 95 paint job since the 105 paint job did not look all that great."
I never saw that second paint job (I have only seen this one), so, I'd be interested to know how it looked like, in case...


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