My first post here, but I've been keenly reading up lot of posts about Yonex, Victor and Apacs for the past month. I started playing badminton a year back after a break of more than 10 years. At that time I bought an Artengo 800P racket (all-graphite). It is an even-balance 85-89 gm (not sure what 'G' it is in Artengo's terms) racket. I play mostly doubles, and a very occasional game of singles. I consider myself an advanced-beginner. I don't have a backup as of now so I was thinking of buying a VT 3 (which I cannot try) and keeping the 800P as a backup. In the meantime tried a few hits with the below racquets from other members of the club I play in: CAB 8010 LT: Feels good to swing, light yet stable. Has a solid feel when I hit and feels more in control. Could generate a lot of power without much effort on clears and smashes. NS Beta B: Feels good to swing, may be not as good as CAB 8010 LT IMO. Again could feel that strokes have more power (may be just the feeling) than my current racket. Both the above rackets felt more responsive and easier to hit with, and provided more solid strokes than my 800P. I have seen the Yonex chart where NSs and CABs are towards head-light balance. All these days I was thinking I need head-heavy racket (and keeping NS out of my list) for solid and powerful hits, and now it seems to be unfounded. Currently the CAB 8000 Ti, VT 3 and NS Beta/100 (in the order of preference) seem to fit within my budget. Now my questions: 1. How different or similar is CAB 8000 Ti from 8010 LT? Anybody had experience with 8000 TI? If is quite similar I know it will feel good to play for me. 2. Would I still be better off going for the VT 3? I read a mini-review of the VT 3 in one of the threads, but not sure how it will compare to 8000 Ti w.r.t control, maneuverability and power? 3. Why could I hit shuttles with more solid impact using (apparently) head-light rackets than the even-balance one? This is where I started feeling that going with a mainstream/leading manufacturer will have its benefits. Sorry for the long post and multiple questions.. but really looking for some expert opinions here.