I am an intermediate player (represented my college, office etc) and have been playing on and off for 12 years now. I recently started playing regularly (90 mins/5 days a week) and wanted to replace my old Yonex Cab8000 racquet whose strings I broke two months back. I got it re-stringed but it just doesn't feel the same anymore and I have bursts of pain in my shoulder when I try hitting a powerful smash. About my game: I started out as a singles player, so my game is based more on control. I love making drops, flicks, baseline-clears to get the other guy out of position and then going for the kill - a defensive player I guess. If it were upto me, I wouldn't hit a single smash until absolutely necessary But since I am now playing doubles, I have to rely on my smashing ability fairly regularly. So I'd prefer a racket which has good control but not bad with a smash either. My choices: Since I haven't been in the market for a raquet in a long time, I don't really know a lot about whats out there. A little bit of research from BC and other websites tells me Arcsaber and Muscle Power series are probably a good bet. Since budget is a constraint (preferably around 2.5K Indian rupees) my choices are limited and I could realistically only go for the following: Arcsaber: 001pro, 002, D18, Lambda, Delta MusclePower: 22, 23, 29 Can anyone guide me which one out of the above would suit my game best? Is there any other racket that I should look at? Also, what combination of shaft flexibility, head heaviness would best suit my game? I am a little confused about reading all the racquet choosing guides here. Appreciate your help!