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11-19-2011, 07:23 AM #35
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11-19-2011, 07:50 AM #36
Went to permai sport JB today to see T500. sadly the shop dont have it. Andy keep telling me apacs not famous. oh..its hurt my feeling as a T200-user. T_T
11-19-2011, 08:06 AM #37
11-19-2011, 09:25 AM #38
for apacs, the shaft stiffness rated as 7-9
where 7 is very stiff while 9 is flexible.
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11-19-2011, 12:29 PM #39
Hi everyone, just got back from a early morning badminton session. I'll do my best to give my thoughts on the T500, mind you I was rotating a bunch of racquets because I was testing some new strings and breaking in a new pair of shoes. I wasn' t feeling well this morning but after the warm up I was ready to go.
What I had in my bag were;
Kason F9 strung with VS850 @ 25/27
Li-Ning N55 strung with ZyMax 67 @ 23 / 25
Apacs T500 strung with BG80 Power @ 23 / 25
Warmup - No timing issues really as we were just doing high clears and some drops, the T500 felt very solid and light for a 3U. I did feel the flex on the racquet immediately so I adjusted to not swinging so hard.
Gametime - I found the T500 very quick around the net, defence was a breeze as I was sending all my friends smashes back to him. Usually I'm a little late when using my N55 or F9 so I end up playing in the back as much as possible but today I stayed up front. I'm not sure if it's the T500 or the new string but it felt like I lacked a bit of power if I did end up in the back court but I adjusted and decided to play a more control game.
Control: 9/10 - Was able to hit all my shots with very good precision even after just using the racquet for a short while.
Power: 7 / 10 - Like I said not sure if it's the new string, the T500 itself or just a slight timing issue.. but I just didn't have the zip like I'd have when using the F9 or N55.
Feel: 9/10 Solid racquet, no vibration issues and seems very forgiving on off centre shots. The T500 felt a little more flexible than my F9.
Really enjoy the T500.. hmm can't think of much else to say.
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11-19-2011, 12:42 PM #40
timing when smash,...i think because T500 have shorter shaft, try measure it with other racket
11-19-2011, 12:57 PM #41
Hmm just compared it to my N90, N55 and F9 and looks exactly same length, at most maybe 1mm difference. I am playing again tomorrow with friends to work on some drills... I'm sure I'll get some more power out of it haha. Even after this short time playing with it I think it is my #1 doubles racquet.
11-20-2011, 10:51 AM #42
11-20-2011, 09:33 PM #43
it maybe the string. the BG80 "power" isnt really power at all. why don't you restring it with a zymax62 and compare?
11-20-2011, 10:38 PM #44
I'm thinking that myself, what I'm waiting for is my VS850 to come in and string it up exactly like my F9.
11-21-2011, 10:47 PM #45
cool, how do you compare them to your other rackets?
what is its stiff rating and balance point to you?
on the post #1
BCP: 290+5mm sounds as if closer to light head
Flex: 8.0-8.5 is flexible right?
11-22-2011, 10:51 PM #46
Damn! I missed my shipment of VS850. I was looking forward to restringing the T500 tonight.
Anyway it'll have to wait. So I have a F9 that is said to be medium flex... I find the T500 slightly more flexible than that but it could be caused by the slimmer shaft. My T500 slightly under 290mm but like I said it was pretty easy to adjust the first time I used it. Most of my racquets are all around 300mm bp so it's no wonder i'm a bit faster at the net with the T500.
I had a chance to use it yesterday for a training session but after the warm-ups and footwork drills (45 min of it!) I could barely move. We had 15min for games and I was awful because I was so tired.
Oh ya I'm not impressed with BG80P.. maybe I should have strung it up at 26lbs but I was worried about how hard it would feel. BG80 @ 26lbs feels like I'm hitting a brick wall sometimes for me, didn't know BG80P was like a medium feel.
11-23-2011, 09:08 PM #47
hahaha, you bought without checking up on the strings? usually if its the same width (0.67mm) you'd wanna keep it at the same tension.
how slim is the shaft again? i know the new tweet 8k-i is 6.7 mm (vt80 is 6.8mm)
with the bp slightly under 290mm do you feel it as balanced or light head?
11-23-2011, 11:11 PM #48
Hmm from the apacscanada website it says it's 7.0mm for shaft diameter. And yes I think it feels more even balanced.. which explains the better net play.
Anyways I strung it up with VS850 today... ran to the post office and picked up my package from RKEP.
Usually I let the string sit for a day or two before I play it but I couldn't wait so the 2 hours would have to do.
I only took out my N55 and T500 for today's 8-10:30 session. The T500 felt a little bit better in terms of power this time around. I was able to get some very good smashes in but only if I remembered to get my arm up and full extension, I'm pretty lazy and a lot of times and half swing for smashes. I'm going to give it a slight bump in power 7.5-8 / 10. What I like is that it's very forgiving on some off center shots, when you hit it well you get a very good response from it.. when it's not a great shot it feels a little soft. Control was very good and I out played someone that was usually much better at the net than me.. I somehow got a few nice tumbling drops going today.
When I switched to my N55 you could see the power difference even with the half swing I do... ended up breaking my ZyMax 67 after two games.. grrrr.. it was really starting to feel really good too.
11-28-2011, 10:32 PM #49
how does T500 performance compared to VH1800/2000?
was holding it at a shop yesterday & the sales girl quote the price RM299 + string.
11-29-2011, 02:14 AM #50
check low yat forum, guy called arc1414 sells T500 for rm260 (frame only).
i thinking of buying the tweet 8k he's selling for rm280 but zero_hour said only the tweet 7k has the bravesword frame, i might need to go to shop and test tweet 7k first
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