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    I differ on that, removing the original grip means 8 grams off the weight of the racquet. If we are not particular about weight why do we need to specify the weight of the racquet

    Normal physics dictate that changes in weight etc will affect playing characteristics, of course it is anotehr matter whetehr the player himself can detect such minute changes.

    I do agree that there is no point polluting this thread, so we shall not debate on that.

    Quote Originally Posted by j4ckie View Post
    Removing the grip will not alter the playing characteristics. Removing some weight at the bottom will not increase the weight (and thus the momentum) of the head - you need to add weight to do that. Same applies for adding weight to the bottom, it will NOT make the racket faster just because the BP is a bit lower. That particular can of worms has been opened several times in multiple threads already though so I won't explain it once more here

    Regarding the athletic tape on the head to increase head heaviness: like so.




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    Quote Originally Posted by betazone View Post
    I differ on that, removing the original grip means 8 grams off the weight of the racquet. If we are not particular about weight why do we need to specify the weight of the racquet

    Normal physics dictate that changes in weight etc will affect playing characteristics, of course it is anotehr matter whetehr the player himself can detect such minute changes.

    I do agree that there is no point polluting this thread, so we shall not debate on that.
    Don't misunderstand me - the weight of the racket is very important. It's the adding and removing weight at the handle that has no impact on playing characteristics

    (After all, all racket weights include the grip. So, if you get a 84g 295mm racket and remove the grip, all you do is reduce the handle's weight. While that will increase the BP, it also lowers the overall weight of the racket, and does absolutely nothing at all to change the racket's swing weight. It might only feel different because the grip is way thinner.)

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    http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=140910780322

    Look at what just showed up at RKEP?

    Shoes to match your XP70.
    Last edited by visor; 01-28-2013 at 11:00 AM.

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    Uhhhhh. Awesome. Mustn't drool over the keyboard.....hope I can afford 2 pairs though. They are great, but I am on a rather limited budget for the foreseeable future SH8500 yellow aren't too bad-looking either. Can anyone here compare? Already asked in threads about those models, but no one seems have worn both or interested in answering.
    PS: Had more time with the XP70s today. Review coming up soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4ckie View Post
    Uhhhhh. Awesome. Mustn't drool over the keyboard.....hope I can afford 2 pairs though. They are great, but I am on a rather limited budget for the foreseeable future SH8500 yellow aren't too bad-looking either. Can anyone here compare? Already asked in threads about those models, but no one seems have worn both or interested in answering.
    PS: Had more time with the XP70s today. Review coming up soon.
    I am considering Victor shoes. Is it true that Victor sizes are different than Yonex? They are not being sold locally so I cannot try out in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulless View Post
    I am considering Victor shoes. Is it true that Victor sizes are different than Yonex? They are not being sold locally so I cannot try out in person.
    I'm 9 in both and they fit me exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    I'm 9 in both and they fit me exactly the same.
    OT: which YY/Victor shoes models do you use?
    YY shoes has varying fit between models...

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    The mm sizes should be the same. In the RKEP ebay-shop you can see the mm sizes easily, and Victor always declares them anyway. I think the only difference is that Victor's 45,5 fits me although I need 46 in Yonex...and generally speaking Victor shoes are a tad wider.

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    Can we rename this thread "RKEP Rackets" as we're no longer just discussing the Pro 6000/9000.

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    Hey Soulless, i wear 9.5 yonex shoes (102ltd, F1 ltd, SHB86). I currently use victor sh9000ace size 9.5 and i have to wear 2 pair of socks to fill them... In my opinion, victor shoes are a lilttle bit bigger so either take the same size or go 0.5 size smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LD rules! View Post
    Can we rename this thread "RKEP Rackets" as we're no longer just discussing the Pro 6000/9000.
    Yes sir. Cannot agree with you more.

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...3-RKEP-Rackets

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    Posted my review of the Xp-70 in the new thread, for those who are interested.

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    Whoa! Eric has the heavier frames for all the XP series on his RKEP ebay website...

    Time to order some more.

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    Hello all

    I have been playing with two different colors of PRO9000 (blue , green) for 5 hours.
    They have different racket head shapes.
    Blue PRO9000 is rounder and Green PRO9000 is the usual isometric head shapes
    Is there any difference in performance ? sweet spot ? power ?
    (i assume the racket head is rounder due to different string tension pattern)
    @Squash Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccyuri View Post
    Hello all

    I have been playing with two different colors of PRO9000 (blue , green) for 5 hours.
    They have different racket head shapes.
    Blue PRO9000 is rounder and Green PRO9000 is the usual isometric head shapes
    Is there any difference in performance ? sweet spot ? power ?
    (i assume the racket head is rounder due to different string tension pattern)
    @Squash Eric
    I am not aware that there is a blue version of the racket. I know green, red, and teal and I have one of each. They look exactly the same. Is it possible that you have one PRO6000 and one PRO9000?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulless View Post
    I am not aware that there is a blue version of the racket. I know green, red, and teal and I have one of each. They look exactly the same. Is it possible that you have one PRO6000 and one PRO9000?
    blue = teal

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    I received my 2 9000PRO rackets in October 2012 and yesterday I had a competition match and broke one of my rackets. So I emailed Eric to see if he could do something and it doesn't meet the 'compensation conditions' he said.
    So it's weird that 6 months after I bought them it's already broken. I never hit it on the floor. I wanted to smash and without even hitting the shuttle the grip broke and the frame touched the floor. I only had the grip in my hands. The point before I already heared a sound and I thought it was the string but I didn't see anything so I continued playing and right after that it arrived.

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    The cracks in the head of the frame are when the frame hit the ground.
    I'm sad because I love this racket. I also have the XP60 and XP70 and I prefer playing with this 9000PRO. I was planning to buy 3x 9000PRO again but Eric is not even bothering taking this seriously so I'm questioning myself...

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