Yonex R22

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  1. Paul Murphy

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    Did anyone here ever use a Yonex R22?
    I use Wilson K Sting and K Blade Team now and they are technologically better racquets but the R22 will always be my favourite.:)
     
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    the R 22 deserves more credit for high level modern playability in a vintage raq. It's a very precise and incredible machine. Highly underrated!
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    What a great pic of the R22 in all its glory! (And Martina's).

    I've still got an R27 which I never really liked (too powerful I suppose) and have no idea what became of the R22.

    What a pity.

    Thanks for your reply - Martina is actually my all-time favourite female player so it was very nostalgic for me.

    Cheers.

    By the way, do you have a view on the R27 and/or know who used it?:)

    Thanks.
     
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  4. plasma

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    pat cash, John McEnroe, and Anrez Gomez also played Yonex
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    Aaron Krickstein used the R-27.
     
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  6. Paul Murphy

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    Thanks guys for the info and the pic - cheers
     
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    Top-Flight frame ! so solid !!!!!! Gomez & Jaime Yzaga used it as well as Sammy Giamalava .
     
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    Where did the R-23 fit in the scheme of things ? Was it a stiffer version of the R-22, with the addition of supposed silicon carbide fibres ?
     
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    R-23 definitely heavier!

    The R-23 was definitely heavier... The thing is a beast!

    I think mine weighs nearly 13.oz :shock:
     
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    R23 was stiffer as well...it's odd because usually ceramic means more flex and soft feel, yet the r 23 felt somewhat congested (similar to modern racquets)...I played it for 2 years and wished I had used the 22 at the time which was a much better frame. The r22 is the same level as the ps 85, 200g, head edge...considered by experts and professioanls to be the among greatest racquets of all time.
     
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    Hey I started using the R22 recently and I absolutly love it. I found one in a garage and the other I bought used online. I have absolutly no complaints about this racquet except the fact that it is discontinued...

    Today, while serving, the R22 that I bought online flew out of my hand and cracked. I can no longer use it.

    R22s are becoming increasingly harder to find in good condition online, and in addition to that, I would appreciate having a racquet with no previous owners. I can't buy a new R22, so I was hoping everyone could recommend a few simularly awesome frames that are still in production that I could demo. I am mainly looking for the feel and playability.

    Thanks guys, I really appreciate this.

    Oh, and if it helps, I am a 4.0 Boys player who plays teams and high school tennis.
     
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    r-27 had boron in it and was significantly stiffer, if I recall.

    r-22 was a dream volleying machine....
     
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    Not to thread jack but picked up an R23 at Goodwill for $3.99. Not that I"m gonna switch to one but love that people just give these up.

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    I'm impressed with this racquet, think it should be a greatest of all time racquet, Navratilova won 2 grand slams with this racquet, mine i've had since 1985 I've tried all the modern racquets but keep coming back to this racquet ,solid in every category, so smooth, stable, powerful highly rated, even though its 90 sq inches no mishits sweetspot feels like size of 110 without the trampoline I'm surprised this racquet doesn't get the respect it deserves.
     
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  17. onehandbh

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    I used the R23 when I was a kid. Broke for or five if them within a couple years. prone to cracking when hitting hard overheads or serves. Similar to the PS85 in that way, but weaker.
     
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    PLENTY of them cracked in the upper corners...from impact with the court, "breathing" while being strung, or just gave way to the inherent weakness of the design. I sold scores of them ca 1984...quite a few were returned with the dreaded shoulder crack. The("improved") slightly rounder design helped cut down on that problem. I preferred the stiffer 27 and the elongated 10; but the 22 was a classic, for sure.
     
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  19. Steve Huff

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    I used the R 22 for a couple of years. Loved the way they played, but after I broke the 4th one, I decided to go back to the Black Ace. Yonex was always very good about replacing them, but I got tired of sending them away and waiting for a return.
     
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    The R-22, along with the Max 200G must have had the highest return rates of VERY popular rackets of the '80s. I sold both as a rep; but only had a guesstimate of the % returns(but knew both had very high warranty claim numbers). For the most part, Kennex rackets of the day were bulletproof by comparison. The returns on the Ace and Ltd series were minimal during that same period.
     
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    I used the R23 when I was a kid. Broke for or five if them within a couple years. prone to cracking when hitting hard overheads or serves. Similar to the PS85 in thq
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    Had a boron ace. Built like a tank.
     
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    They're not technologically better, they've just want you to think it.
     
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  23. John marth

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    I'm not trying to hype this racquet r22 but everytime i leave it i grow more fond, nothing like it, it is so precise on groundstrokes that i can kill the ball on groundies, and its still in the court,they say it lacks power but if you step into the shot with smooth strokes this thing is very powerful on groundiesand easy to generate pace with this because of the control, has incredible feel, so smooth like you don't even feel like your hitting a tennis ball no vibration whatsoever. I keep coming back to it and realizing how exceptional and outstanding this racket is. Why re the new rackets so much different stiffer hollow feeling tinny lighter no feel?And did some research r22 was Navratilova's racquet used in 1984 she won 3 consecutive grand slam singles titles us open, Wimbledon, and Roland garros singles with this racquet clay, hard, grass, an incredible achievement in the same year it is an extremely versatile raquet, plus numerous other grand slams in doubles can't keep track but it is anamazing racquet!
     
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  25. BlackAces

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    Racquets with modern technologies performed better than early models obviously? Not yet! I use R-22 and love it's feeling of control. I removed my R-22's painting with curiosity. What revealed to me were the structures in braided and plain weave. Those features are common in current racquets!
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  26. John marth

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    anyone know which modern yonex racquets are similar or compare to r22 racquet? Just saw the Kyriosyonex ezone commercial on TV watching the Indian wells.
     
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    Interesting grommets at the top and sides...what's up with that?
     
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    I replaced grommets at the top and sides because most of them were cracked. They are in white and longer than originals as you see.
     
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    R22 also is made of carbon graphite and fiberglass which gives it the feel and flex? Do modern racquets use this material fiberglass?
     
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    You're right.It's hard to find a modern racquet added with fiberglass.Racquets're becoming more and more stiffer.
     
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    I don't know of many modern frames with fiberglass. It adds weight and graphite racquet technology has come a long way since the 80's, when everyone was trying out stuff to see what worked. I'm not saying the frames are 'better' now, but manufacturers can manipulate graphite more easily, and produce lighter more powerful sticks than they could in the 80's.

    If you ever get your hands on an RX32, the conventional head shaped version of the R22, you should give it a try. I still think that one is the best frame Yonex has ever made.
     
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    I have an Yonex OPS32. Is it the same thing?
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    I've never played with one - sorry I can't help you out with the comparison. Looks like an interesting stick though.
     
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  34. Steve Huff

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    I don't remember my R 22 having those kind of grommets.
     
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  35. jxs653

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    So the R-22 had a weak spot at a particular location in the head, and what were the Max 200Gs returned for? I am curious.
     
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    The 200G was a warping machine here in the hot Southeastern USA. Didn't help that many players coming from wood were stringing it tight to cut down on the power. Dunlop rather quickly "insisted" that 55# was the perfect tension for the 200G. Especially at high tensions, the hoop ended up looking like a spoon; but many more had the warp so reminiscent of wood frames from the 60s/70s.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. I've read about the tendency of the racquet to get warped but I didn't think it is as bad as this. I guess I need to be more careful with mine. :)
     
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  38. coachrick

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    Heat and high string tension are the enemies ;) Yours may be in a "petrified" state by now!
     
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    Perhaps it needs some more time to get them petrified. They still feel soft and supple.:)

    Edit: Sorry, it seems I hijacked the thread.
     
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  40. travlerajm

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    Older yonex frames like R22 are 26.75” long, which makes them feel more solid and forgiving for a given swingweight than most racquets today, which tend to be closer to “standard” 27 inches.

    I picked up an R22 last year, and I agree that there is something special about it.
     
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  41. Steve Huff

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    My Arthur Ashe looked worse than a spoon one time when I left it in the back seat of my dad's car.
     
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