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09-24-2012, 02:34 PM #18
well it might be a bit easier if we know the kind of player you are, the shots you like, the shots you need to work on. besides the fact that you don't like very stiff rackets, we knew nothing about your game. it's good that price is not a factor so we don't have to worry about the budget, just the brand and the way it looks.
if you have a chance to demo any of the rackets listed above, jump on it!
09-24-2012, 06:14 PM #19
Assuming that Nanoray 700F is a typo and you meant the Nanoray 700FX then that racket is listed by yonex as having as Stiff shaft.
09-24-2012, 07:01 PM #20
yonex nanospeed 100
09-24-2012, 07:09 PM #21
09-24-2012, 07:20 PM #22
09-24-2012, 08:45 PM #23
Hahahaa ... I am not at all surprised there is NO CONSENSUS ... IN FACT, I will be worried IF there is an ULTIMATE choice that everyone agrees to as it will imply that racquet development has reached its "end" (zenith) point .... - btw, I still feel that Carbonex 20 is THE "ULTIMATE" graphite-based racquet in badminton (the yardstick and reference point) ...
Last edited by maxout; 09-24-2012 at 08:49 PM.
09-24-2012, 08:55 PM #24
09-24-2012, 09:41 PM #25
2. Any price
3. Anything but bright pink racket
09-24-2012, 10:10 PM #26
Go and try the venerable and iconic YONEX CARBONEX 20 (or Cab 20 SP as it is called today)... it has been made and still in production since 1985 ... if it is not the best all-rounder (despite its "age" and oval head design), than I don't know what is, since it sits SMACK IN THE MIDDLE of all Yonex racquet charts for EQUAL EVERYTHING since .... wow, that long !!! and each time I test a new Yonex or Victor , ... in my head, I will always ask, ".... hmmm ... how does this feel against my Cab20 that is in the bag ... then I take out my Cab20 to compare and before you know it ... starts playing ... and the "new" racquet remains in the bag hahahahaaa .... !! "
Give the Cab 20 a GOOD and FAIR try, don't prejudge it because of its "age" or "old tech and oval design" and "old material used (plain old graphite, no fancy nano-this and that ... " ... if you give it a FAIR & UNBIASED TRY, you will love the Cab 20 as the "ULTIMATE" ALL ROUNDER for singles and doubles !! .... how else do you think it can OUTLAST all the other models ....
I have been using one (well, 3) since 1992 .... and still do so today ...
PS: The ONLY "BAD" THING that I heard "young" people today say about the Cab20 is that it is "OLD" - old tech, old design, old material, old this, old that , old , my daddy's or grandaddy's generation ... BUT no one that I know after trying it bitched about its swing, response, quickness, weight, balance etc etc etc ... hehehee ... they just say, it is "OLD" .... hehehe ... OLD IS GOLD in this case ...
Give it the "old" Cab 20 a try ... who knows .... you may love it even more than me !!
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09-24-2012, 11:24 PM #27
My mistake, see link below, Cab 20 was released in 1984 not 1985 !! Even older than I thought !! Now I remember why I was so "crazy" about it when I was young - my "hero" - Han Jian was using it then but it has remained truly a great racquet for me (anyway)
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09-24-2012, 11:49 PM #28
This is strictly my UNDERSTANDING .... I may be wrong but this is the impression I get ...
Since the Carbonex 20 (the "LAST" true all rounder racquet), Yonex "seems" to be focusing its R&D efforts in developing racquets FOR SPECIFIC STYLE OF PLAY ...
Example based on the latest series: Voltric and Armotec (offensive style), Nanoray and Nanospeed (defensive) ...
From what I can see, Yonex is maintaining the Carbonex series as its ONLY SOLE SERIES in the all-rounder range with the Carbonex 20 sitting at the apex of being truly both offensive and defensive racquet for both singles and doubles - an EVEN- BALANCED and EVEN EVERYTHING racquet ... the latest Carbonex, Cab35 and Cab50 themselves are tweaks with slight inclination on either sides of playing style ...
So, if you are looking for a TRUE BLUE ALL ROUNDER ... look no further than the Carbonex 20 ... an "old man/woman" of 28 years old (born 1984) !!
BTW, Carbonex 20 is NOT CHEAP (RRP in Malaysia RM409.90, made in Japan) !! Personally, I have found the Carbonex 8000Ti (RRP RM119.90 - made in Taiwan) to be a good budget alternative to Cab 20 and I am letting my kids used them.
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09-24-2012, 11:58 PM #29
N55II might be a good choice as well..
09-25-2012, 02:39 AM #30
To the OP:
If there are no particular preferences towards brand, price or appearance, the best bet would be to go with all-round rackets such as Arcsaber (say Arc 7?). Another good way to find feedback about similar rackets from other brands is to find out which rackets are similar (Arc 7) from Victor (may be BraveSword).
Ultimately, the ultimate doubles racket is the one with which you can play your best game.
09-25-2012, 05:22 AM #31
I don't have the luxury of trying out rackets so I would have to buy it based on theory. I am an average player who do okay in everything, excels in none. Usually beat my opponent through good shuttle placement.
After theorizing, I conclude that the ultimate all around racket for singles and doubles are different. Since doubles are quicker, I would think a great all around racket would have to be excellent in defense while still good in offense. How about these criteria for a start:
- 3U head light or 4U even balance
- Medium flex
- Isometric frame
- Speed features (i.e thin shaft, frame)
- Decent power
- Excellent for shot placement
What would be the ultimate racket with these criteria? Or is my theory wrong?
09-25-2012, 05:33 AM #32
There is no ultimate doubles racket at all. There is an ultimate signature play style from you. For me, now I'm in love with my ArcSaber 8DX which allows me to play very good doubles games with a bunch of powerful smashes, fast pace, aggressive play style, and maintaining control (drop, slice, net kill...).
09-25-2012, 06:50 AM #33
Carlton Vapour trail tour might be another one to consider, mid flex, mid balance quite light overall but not ridiculously light. I think the 8DX might be a little too stiff for a general all around racket for a "general" player. Might struggle slightly to generate power.
09-25-2012, 06:57 AM #34
another few i would suggest is wilson blx vertex, super waves 36, arc10, forza ti550 S
in my opinion
power: arc10>ti550S=sw36>blx vertex (but blx vertex can pack a mean punch to)
drives: blx vertex>sw36=ti550S=arc10
net: blx vertex> sw36=ti550S=arc10
feel: blx vertex>ti550S>sw36>arc10 (arc10 feels abit mushy or numb)
in terms of BP arc10>ti550=sw36>vertex. but the vertex itself isnt head light, slightly head heavy. dry bp290mm, i'm getting 300mm wet. arc10 308mm same setup.
would also suggest apacs slayer 99 but it is very stiff. abit headlight, but awesome for drives, aero frame is fast and has decent power too.
i am loving the vertex, thinking of getting a spare, or maybe try F9 or mx60, specs seem not too far off.