Favorite or best Yonex racquet.

nkjwlf

Rookie
I was just looking for opinions on what the best and/or favorite Yonex racquet is. I have just stockpiled 7 Yonex Rd-7's. The racquet just does everything I ask it to.
 

goosala

Hall of Fame
I really liked the RDX500 and RDS001 mids. They played awesome with some lead tape on the head.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I almost bought some Rd7s a few months ago, but I am very happy with the RDIS 200. It is the best I have used of the yonex sticks,closely followed by the 95D.
 

Dgdavid

Professional
only played with the more recent ones but love them from 89T up to 100S! If I had to pick one now, 95D but only because the 89 is a bit too much is a singles match against good opposition. Funny thing is, the spec that suits me the most (97T 310g version) is the version I don't really like.
Yonex are my favourite brand though.
 

Roforot

Professional
Agree on the RQis1 (I have the light version though in past 3 months have added weight).

I'm tempted to upgrade to vcore 95d or 89t... but I have my RQis1 w/ a comfortable setup.

Other favorite sticks were the RDX500 (great on groundies, but could not serve well unfortunately) and the RDS002 tour (great stick especially for serving, but my 1hBH prefered the manueverability and flex of the RQis1)
 
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KFwinds

Professional
I think the wide range of responses shows just how good Yonex sticks are. Until this year I had only owned a few, and they were both nice (MP Tour 1 90 and RDS 001 midplus). After a few years and demoing dozens of sticks I think I might be with Yonex now for good. The Ezone 100's are fantastic (my current game day sticks), and I have also enjoyed demos of the RQiS Tour 1 XL light, RDiS 200 & 300, and the RD Ti 80. I've also picked up a few of the vintage models off the 'bay including the R-22 - one of the best mids I've ever hit with.

It seems Yonex has been gathering a bigger following over the past few years, and for good reason. Their products are definitely very high quality IMO.
 
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Sander001

Hall of Fame
RDS001 90. It's the Pro Staff 85 reborn for the modern game. It looks like a fancy[or ugly] racquet but it plays exactly the opposite: Very predictable, no surprises and results attributable only to the player. In all these years, has never let me down.

My first Yonex was the Ti-80 and I still have it in the bag, I prefer it to the much prettier 002 Tour.
What are your personal opinion on the RD 7 compared to other racquets?
Very nice racquet that's very comfortable and fun to play with, but too flexible which leads to loss of control when I tried to hit hard.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
I think the wide range of responses shows just how good Yonex sticks are. Until this year I had only owned a few, and they were both nice (MP Tour 1 90 and RDS 001 midplus). After a few years and demoing dozens of sticks I think I might be with Yonex now for good. The Ezone 100's are fantastic (my current game day sticks), and I have also enjoyed demos of the RQiS Tour 1 XL light, RDiS 200 & 300, and the RD Ti 80. I've also picked up a few of the vintage models off the 'bay including the R-22 - one of the best mids I've ever hit with.

It seems Yonex has been gathering a bigger following over the past few years, and for good reason. Their products are definitely very high quality IMO.
I'm a Yonex lover, but, I think you're wrong (with regards to the bolded quotation). Ask any other BRAND-loyal group. They'll give you a wide range of racquets, too. We love our Yonexes and each of us has our own favorite. I personally liked the RQiS 1 Tour, RDX 500 MP, and my new favorite is the VCT89. I played with the RDS001 and RDiS200, MP-1 and can't say I liked those. That being said, Yonex is still superior above other brands.
 

McLovin

Legend
RDS001 90.
I realize this thread is 3 years old, but if there was ever a frame I regret not going to, it was the RDS 001 98. At the time it came down to the Yonex and Volkl C10 Pro. I went w/ the C10 Pro (not a bad choice, mind you), but always felt I missed an opportunity w/ the Yonex.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the RD Power 10 Long.
 

jersey34tennis

Semi-Pro
Yonex RDS 001 Midplus. i wish i could get my hands on 2 nos versions of this stick.

Yonex RD Ti-70 Oversize Long. i have 2 of these and absolutely love this stick. it reminds me of the heavier oversize radicals but a very nice crisp response in spite of low stiffness ratings
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
YONEX......................BRing back the Extended Version of Good rackets made in Japan...........Please..............
 

GioV

Rookie
For me, it's the 95D and the RDX 500 Mid. Very different feeling and performing racquets, but I love em both.
 

askelly

New User
Yonex RDS 001 Midplus. i wish i could get my hands on 2 nos versions of this stick
I have two, strung, never hit with, in my mom's basement half way across the country. It seems I need to break those out! Pretty happy with the xi and ai 98, but the ai98 is probably my "all timer" pick...
 

royroy85

Rookie
Have tried three RDTI 80, RDis 100 and RDIS 200. All good, have kept the first because of its versatility. Did not have to lead it too much as well.
 

royroy85

Rookie
Have tried three RDTI 80, RDis 100 and RDIS 200. All good, have kept the first because of its versatility. Did not have to lead it too much as well.
 
So what's the general consensus for the RD-7 vs. 95D?
Yonex 95's play like conventional 98's right? (I think that's what I've heard)
 

Brian11785

Hall of Fame
^ My RQIS 1 Tour XL 95 plays like a 98 because the sweetspot is basically the entire stringbed. Only issue is the wide beam does shank some time if I am not watching the ball well on topspin shots.
 

dkmura

New User
The best Yonex of all time is going to be a highly subjective question. Your needs and tastes change as you age. Over my career, I've enjoyed playing with a variety of Yonex frames. While I currently enjoy playing with my EZone 98, my best results were with the Super RD Tour 95.
 

ryanholi0

Rookie
My very first racquet that someone gave me to get started in Tennis was the aluminum R-3. I have since recently gotten back into tennis and I am swinging VCP 97 330 and overall I like it. I also have 2x R-22, 2 R-24's and an R-27. I want to pick up a Cyborg 2200 or 2700 and a Titanium 400. I like the all black designs of the older models. the R-24's head is not THAT much smaller the the VCP 97. it also has wider string spacing for potentially more spin. What made the RDTI 80 so special? what about the Super RD Tour 95 compared to your EZone 98?
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
My very first racquet that someone gave me to get started in Tennis was the aluminum R-3. I have since recently gotten back into tennis and I am swinging VCP 97 330 and overall I like it. I also have 2x R-22, 2 R-24's and an R-27. I want to pick up a Cyborg 2200 or 2700 and a Titanium 400. I like the all black designs of the older models. the R-24's head is not THAT much smaller the the VCP 97. it also has wider string spacing for potentially more spin. What made the RDTI 80 so special? what about the Super RD Tour 95 compared to your EZone 98?
As far as a comparison between the SRDT95 and Ezone 98... they are quite different, IMO... The SRDT95 has a much lower RA, is thinner beamed, and much higher static weight and SW. For me, it would be closer to a 330g Tour G, but with a better weight distribution that I find easier to swing (even with weight added to the hoop and handle).

On the general question of the best Yonex... that would be hard because I think there are many factors involved. I think you would need to string all your personal contenders with the same string and at the same tension and play them back to back, something I have never done. Then, you would have to consider the string choice and how it plays in different racquets. Due to string spacing, some Yonex racquets (and all racquets for that matter) will perform differently with the same string. What I mean by that is that a racquet with a 16x19 string pattern that has 6 Mains in the throat (RDiS 100 MP) will play differently than a 16x19 with 8 Mains in the throat (Ezone DR98) with the same string. So, a string like Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable (which is quite thick due to its square shape, despite it being listed as a 1.23mm string), will play very differently in both these racquets. Therefore, you may rank your preferences in a different order than if you tested those same racquets with a thin round string like Tourna Black Zone 1.20mm.

Then you have other factors to consider like enjoyment vs results... I might really enjoy playing with a particular model as I like the feel and variety that it provides (say an SRDT 90 or VCT89 - just chose these randomly), but I get my butt kicked every time. On the other hand, I may not enjoy the feel of another racquet quite as much (say an Ezone 98 - again chosen randomly), but I seem to win matches with it. Which is the better racquet? I guess the answer would depend on what you're trying to achieve... win matches or enjoy your tennis.

Sorry for the long-winded answer to your original question...
 
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