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Looking for shoulder-friendly Yonex or Victor rackets

Discussion in 'Racket Recommendation / Comparison' started by welikerandom, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. welikerandom

    welikerandom Regular Member

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    1. How often do you play, how serious are you?
    3 Times a week, competitive

    2. What style of player are you? (Aggressive smasher, net player ...)
    Defensive

    3. Do you care much about durability or is it all about performance?
    Performance

    4. How much money do you want to spend?
    Around 200€ max

    After recently breaking my Yonex Arcsaber FB i'm looking for a new racket. I'm having difficulties with my shoulder after repeated smashing and clearing (lets say, after 2 competitive games). I play competitive single and double, currently use the AC FB. Although a superb racket in defence and very gentile for my shoulder, I notice a serious drop in smash and clear performance.


    I can offer my experience with previous rackets:

    [TABLE="class: cms_table"]
    [TR]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Yonex[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Nanoray 800[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Head light[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Stif[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]4U[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Good overall[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Yonex[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Arcsaber FB[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Even balance[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Stif[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]5U[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #D9EAD3"]Very good, but poor smash[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Yonex[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Arcsaber 12[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Even balace[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Stif[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]4U[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Ok but painful[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Yonex[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Voltric 80[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Head heavy[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Stif[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]4U[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #F4CCCC"]Good but painful[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]


    If anyone could give me an insight in rackets that might suit me or be worth testing, I would be very grateful :)

    Note: Repost, could not find any way to move my thread to this forum.
     
  2. 100minus

    100minus Regular Member

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    Similar to ArcFB (77g,295bp,stiff) would be Adizero Pro (80g,295bp,stiff), slightly heavier and probably not as fragile
    Similar to NR800 would be JS8PS (4u,290bp,stiff)
    I don't own any of these rackets just read them on the internet
     
  3. welikerandom

    welikerandom Regular Member

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    Thanks for your reply! Maybe i should clarify a little. Im looking for yonex or victor because other brands are not widely available in stores near me. The rackets i posted are rackets i played with in the past. But perhaps i should play with something completly different? Maybe its less hard for my shoulder to play with a flexible racket? I dont know :) thats why im asking here!
     
  4. visor

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    Yeah, flexy would be better for you. Like Arc 7, 9.
     
  5. welikerandom

    welikerandom Regular Member

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    Thanks! Will test them out tomorrow. Any idea if victor mx90 is a good alternative?
     
  6. ucantseeme

    ucantseeme Regular Member

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    MX90 will be too stiff for your shoulder. MX60 should be fine out of the MX range. You can also try a Victor Lightfighter, which is close to a FB. :p
     
  7. wongmb

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    In general flexier and lighter (4U) should be easier on the shoulder ? Also not too head heavy.
     
  8. welikerandom

    welikerandom Regular Member

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    Okey ill keep it in mind. Thanks for the help and ill let you know what i picked :)
     
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    Flexier than NR800 would be NR750 and NR700FX
     
  10. santa.klaus

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    I had some bad problems with my shoulder. After switching to Yonex Voltric 7 I could play again.
     
  11. ahcash

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    pardon my ignorance. Isn't that using ArcFB put more stress on your shoulder? ArcFB is such a light racquet and requires full string to generate powerful shots. (i.e. See M.Ahsan's previous matches when he was using ArcFB)

    I wasn't aware there is a Arc12. Is it new? Have you try NR900 ?
     
  12. welikerandom

    welikerandom Regular Member

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    First off, it's Arc11, my bad. And haven't tried the NR900 yet no.
    As for the ArcFB... it's hard to say. I can only testify that it was very gentile for my shoulder. I assume it's the weight, but I might be wrong. But... I can't argue with your logic though!
    I'm currently also looking at some of the Carlton models, they seem to be popular among players with shoulder injuries.
     
  13. visor

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    In my experience, anything around 85g 295mm and not overly stiff would work well for sore shoulders.
     
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    My bad.. I meant "full swing" not "full string" ... doh!. Have not tried recent Carlton racquets... My last Carlton was like 20 years ago, lol. I agree with visor and the rest.. get something that is medium stiffness, it should be easy on your shoulder. I think the main thing here is - take it easy and not push yourself too hard in the next few months.. :) I am recovering from similar injuries myself..

    For medium stiffness, the one I can think of is Nanoray 700FX.
     
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    has anyone tried Arcsaber 6? it seems very light...
     
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    I have a bad shoulder (long term problem).
    I use an Arc saber 7. They are still around, and a bit cheaper for you at about 150 euro.

    It's not a big smasher racket. It's an allround racket for mixed play. It's flexible and I find it perfect for my intermediate/club level.

    I find that because it's great for net shots, drop shots, drives etc I don't smash as much, which is better for variety and less shoulder pain.
     

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