Hi, This is my first post, first of all, great forum. I'm going to be buying a new racket soon, and have browsed the forums a lot, after all my research I have these questions and concerns, and have narrowed down my choice to either some model of the Yonex MP77 or MP88: I guess you could call me an advanced beginner. I have a lot of trouble generating power and steepness on my smashes (I guess due to technique, or lack of it). Although lately my fast drops,cross shots, fake-out mind games have been getting much better. Basically, I have to rely on control/placement of the shuttle if I want to win since my smash sucks so bad. I'd like to increase the power of my smashes. So that's the kind of player I am. I'm thinking I'd like to invest in a nice racquet, my current one (a Black Knight UltimaTi) is getting a bit chipped up and ugly. I've narrowed my choice down to either the MP77 or MP88. Since I'm not rich, I'm a little worried about durability too, don't want the racquet breaking after a few months. At first, I was thinking of getting a MP77 2U version, the 2U would be more durable than a 3U, and it is cheaper than the MP88. But on the other hand, the MP88 is supposedly more flexible, that'd help me with generating power. But the MP88 only comes in 3U and 4U, so it'd be less durable. Also, the MP88 is more expensive. And what string tension to string it at? My current racquet is at BG65 at 22lbs. I plan on putting BG80 on the new racquet, it seems to have nice qualities, especially since I play with feather shuttles. So that's it, could you guys help me? thanks!