I've been reading a lot on this forum and finally decided to sign up. My Blacknight M-2006 c4 gave up on me and I'm looking at a new racquet. I didn't have my blacknight for a long time and to be quite honest, I thought it was too light.
I play mostly doubles, I'm more of a "power-type" player than control. I've been playing all my life so I think I calssify myself at the "expert" level.
Just trying to get some options to look at. I don't really care about the brand, just trying to get the best performance/price ratio.
Victor MX-JJS or BS-LYD - if it's good enough for them...it's good enough for you.
Yonex VT80 - head heavy and stiff (a bit slow in defence due to the head heaviness)
Yonex VT-ZF - more head heavy and stiffer than the VT80 (good for singles...doubles )
Li-Ning N90 - a power racket (more for singles but maybe you can handle it for doubles)
For performance/price ratio...
You might want to consider Apacs brand of rackets (ie. Lethal, Slayer, etc) or maybe Panda Power rackets.
How can you tell for sure that you aren't being ripped off by some ebay seller?
Yes, they are fake!
I would recommend you only to buy rackets from a professional trusted (online) shop.
To check it whether they are fake or not, post the serialNumber and shaftNumber in the "fake racket check"-Thread. But rackets with prices like this are 99,9% fakes.
Don't buy rackets which are too cheap.
/To the topic:
I personally can recommend the Yonex Voltric80. But I normally only play singles. But some DoublesPlayers plays with it, too. Also with the Yonex VTZF (e.g. Carsten Mogensen).
Give them a try.
It also depends on your technique as a power player. As a power player myself, Yonex rackets doesn't cut it because they tend to make their rackets more user friendly (VTZF is not stiff at all in my book).
I like my Li Ning N90 because it feels solid and the shaft stiffness is consistent. For singles it's great because it offers power and control for me.
The MX80 is my new favourite for doubles (maybe singles as well) because I have a really short, compact, but powerful swing... The extra stiff shaft gives me exactly what I am looking for with my technique. MX80 3U with NBG99 JP at 26lbs makes me deform Victor Champ 1 birds on smashes (clean hit but when after a smash, the bird deforms).