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Panda Power: A Racket That Can Take 40lbs. String Tension!

Discussion in 'Badminton Rackets / Equipment' started by DinkAlot, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. maa2003

    maa2003 Regular Member

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    ah ? why you ask it ? because someone asked you in Tepokbulu ?
     
  2. Avenger

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    yup, I don't really want to give answer that I don't really know the answer by myself :D

    and also because maybe if there is benefit, next time we can just buy a racket with only raw finish on frame and shaft :eek:
     
  3. DinkAlot

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    Yes, but not discernible. Probably a 1% improvement.
     
  4. dimcorner

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    I just strung up the TPro with Zm62 @ 26lbs so I'll give it a run tonight.
    As of right now it's sitting at 285-290 bp after string and overgrip.
     
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    don't forget a quick review after you try it :)
     
  6. Mark A

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    Based on peoples' chosen specs I don't know if I should even bother reviewing the ones I'm getting - they're 269 and 270!

    I'm still taking pre-orders - a dozen paid for, but no reason I can't get more if people want them:D
     
  7. DinkAlot

    DinkAlot dcbadminton
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    Please don't forget, quite a few Trinity Pros in 84-85g, BP275-285 range. :)
     
  8. dimcorner

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    I don't have an accurate scale at home, but my Ti-10 Gen 3 also sits just at 285-290 BP and it's a 3U. Will let you know if they play close, although from just swinging it around the TPro already feels quicker on the swing. :)

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    Stencil looks awesome. Looking foward to your review.
     
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    what was your original spec(before stringing)?
     
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    Originally it was 289BP and... 8x.9g... Don't remember the weight!!! :( It's under the grip still...

    Anyhow for my review...

    Guys and gals, I hate to break it to you but you should all return your pre-orders. If you can't, I can help you and buy a few off you guys ;)

    This thing is FANTASTIC.

    I'll break it down between warmup and game.

    Specs:
    original - 289BP and I want to say 86.9 but I'll correct the weight if I'm off.
    playing - Zm62 25lbs main, 27lbs cross. One yonex grap wrapped up to cover cone. BP285.

    Warmup
    Not surprisingly it sort of swung similar to my Ti10 so my timing wasn't way off. It is faster during swings thou. My very first hit during warmup I gave it about 60% power and sent the clear past the back line! Very solid feeling racquet with ALOT of power. During drives I felt it played better than the Precision in a way because it just felt more solid and the BP helped push the shuttle back with less effort. Back court drops are spot on and easy to do as well. Took me a little time to get used to the swing but after about 10 shots I had it down. Smashes... well... WOW... The Precision I had felt like if I have it too much swing the shaft would absorb some the the power. Hard to describe, but you could feel the flex. TPro is just awesome! I don't have that feeling and man can I lay the wood on the shuttle! Also the sound... BOOOOM!!! Very controlled. Even with 60-70% power on a smash you can send the shuttle with quite enough velocity. Net drops are good, I mean... it's a net drop. Racquet is solid so the shuttle goes where you want it to. Also I like the thinner frame on it for the net shots. Anyhow.. on to the game!

    Game time!
    I played 3 games back to back and will only report on the last one since it was the hardest and the one I put my 90% effort into. I played with a girl against 2 guys who have a cannon of a smash. Took them to 3 sets to but lost 24-22. I had to keep in mind not to rip smashes on every shot because I was already a little beat, but this thing is a dream to play with. You don't NEED to put all you power into it to generate effective shots. It's VERY accurate on shots (drives, clears, smashes). I could not believe how little effort it takes now to clear a shuttle and I had to keep in mind to put less on it if not I would send it out the back. Now here is what actually surprised me the most.

    With my other racquets I can feel the shot when I return a smash. I'm a very counterattacking type of player so I don't clear it back to you unless I absolutely have to (like when your partner is a girl and clears just under 3/4 of the court back). With the Precision is VERY easy to get the shots, but you feel the shot hit your racquet. With the TPro, I drove the shuttle back and I swear I didn't feel ANYTHING!!! In my head I was like WTF!?!? I had just driven back the cannon of a smash and it just rocketed back cross-court with just a quick wrist flick AND you didn't feel any vibration. Not even a thud, nothing! I then started clearing it to them just to return more smashes! It's amazing, not as fast as a P, but it's fast enough and you just feel like you can do anything with the shuttle.

    At the end of the game he was saying that the racquet was confusing him because I wasn't swinging very fast but the shuttle was just flying off it!

    Summary
    Well, I'm tired as hell from playing 3, 3 setter games without rest and running around like a scared chicken. I think this racquet is just awesome. Way more solid feeling than anything else I have used, but no un-necessary vibrations. Very effortless to hit with it. I lent it to the girl and she was clearing backhands to the back line. She couldn't do that with her Arc9. I think people will have to pry this racquet from my cold dead fingers! So for all of you with pre-orders and are on the fence about it, don't buy it. Just let me get them! :)

    In fact, I might actually skip Stg3 on the B5S4 and just get more TPro's....
    Now... to convince the wife to get one as well... MUHUHAHAHAHA......
     
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  12. DinkAlot

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    It was 84.9g, BP289.

    Noooo, get the Stage 3 and let Panda drive it. :p
     
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    I just acquired the UPro and haven't tested it and this leaves me wanting the TPro. If it swings like the T2, more solid and stiffer that would definitely be a great racket for me.
     
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    thanks for the review Dimcorner :)
     
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    then just buy or order Trinity Pro .... very special price for you.
     
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    Nice review. Makes me want mine all the more - I also had the feeling the P kinda 'absorbs' some of the power when I smash hard...although now that I've gotten used to them, the T2 and P are often used in doubles, e.g. when the string on my N50 breaks or when I'm a bit tired after training....interception was great yesterday, nothing beats these rackets around the net.
     
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    Dimcorner -cheers for the review.;)

    Hopefully I will get my T-pros in a few weeks.:)

    I just wondered if this was your 'normal' (if there is such a thing) BP and weight. It is just that I was wondering with the power that the Tpro has that I could except a lower BP than I normally use. My preferred playing specs are BP295 with a weight between 84-89g.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    LOL let's see.. what's my special price since I got the T2, UPro from you? *Itchy*
     
  19. maa2003

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    just e-mail me ...
     
  20. dimcorner

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    I don't have a T2 to compare it to, but it's noticeably stiffer than a Precision. I'm going to have another go at it on Saturday. Maybe I should invest in a digital kitchen scale or something and double it up as a racquet scale...

    OR... save the scratch and buy a stand up stringing machine. I'm getting tired of sitting on the floor to string.
     

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