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Thread: Anyone used an Archsabre 8DX?
10-10-2012, 11:55 AM #1
Anyone used an Archsabre 8DX?
Been offered a couple of these at a fair price from an ex international junior.
What I'm wondering is if anyone's had any experience with them and what type of player they think that racket suits.
EDIT: I mean Arcsabre obviously.
10-10-2012, 12:05 PM #2
A great all-round racquet. Even balanced, stiff, forgiving and good control. Power is not so easy to extract but is definitely available if you can time it well enough. I highly rate this racquet as one of the best that Yonex has produced.
I'm actually looking for a spare so would be interested if one became available at a good price.
10-10-2012, 12:45 PM #3
Thanks for that. I've read all the reviews and watched videos plus what this guy told be and it sounds a great racket for someone like me.
10-10-2012, 05:04 PM #4
I have one strung with VS650 @ 30lbs. Its a great racket for control but lacks in power. I use it as a back up to a SW35. I wouldn't say you notice the extra stiffness. If you are a front court player then this is a good racket. If you are a base liner then you would notice the lack of power. It suits players with a short back swing and more finger and wrist use.
Last edited by diverdan; 10-10-2012 at 05:08 PM.
10-10-2012, 10:19 PM #5
Me! amazing racket I have ever used for doubles.
- Agree it's classified as extra-stiff shaft but I don't feel the super stiffness is there.
- Back-court style racket in doubles, power is great if you do deliver an appropriate pronation work (NOT wrist).
- Accurate thanks to its stiffness, I can deathly deliver steep smashes downward.
- Even-balance racket brings net play department into your comfort zone.
- Very durable among YY rackets ever, your partner will cry if he clashes your 8DX.
- Very good color scheme with Orange (my favorite), black, metal silver. It's cool with black or orange string.
- Head-shape is very forgiving (large sweet spot).
- The only thing no pro is using it but it is like x-stiff version of Kason F9 and I love it.
10-11-2012, 11:05 PM #6
10-12-2012, 11:06 AM #7
agreed with most of the ppl here. very stiff racket. stiffer and heavier than ns9900, imo. but if u managed to flex it, and contact the bird square to the sweetspot, u will experiece the power it delivers... but whether you can unleash its power depends largely on your play style. love it at 29lbs, bg66m.
10-12-2012, 11:08 AM #8
10-12-2012, 12:29 PM #9
Let's say he participates at international tournaments... so what? If the rackets are in good shape without mayor clips etc. I would go for it if the price is reasonable. Furthermore would I be more worried about the condition of the racket if it hasn't been used by a good player. Actually intermediate and high intermediate folks tend to use tensions beyond their level of play and tend to mishit more often. Those mishits within the frame area are deadlier for the lifespan then a hard hit at the sweetspot imho.
About 8DX... well, basically it's a Arc10 for hard hitters. Make this 8DX work for you at high tensions and it will be more powerful and more controllable then the more user friendly Arc10. If you aren't that sort of player you might be still pleased with it.. but the potential sensation will pass away.
10-12-2012, 02:36 PM #10
If the price is good, why not go for it? It's the best of both worlds of the Arc10 and NS9900, such a nice racket.
11-10-2012, 11:51 AM #11
Picked up 2 of these after, a great racket that really suits me.
11-10-2012, 02:41 PM #12
This is really a racket I'd like to try out. How does it compare to the MX80? Seems to me they have some of the same characteristics.
11-10-2012, 05:32 PM #13
Compared to the NS9900, the 8DX is almost as quick through the air, balance-wise the NS9900 is a touch headlighter - but is not noticeable, in fact during play, you probably wouldn't tell the difference. I personally would classify both as even balanced (even though the NS9900 is supposed to be head light).
The NS9900 is a solid racquet but no where near as solid as the 8DX, it has a smaller sweetspot and is not as good as the 8DX in off center shots. However the NS9900 is more repulsive. During fast exchanges at the net, the NS9900 really kicks butt, if you have fast reactions, this racquet will turn you into a ninja! It doesn't have quite enough power from the back and whilst the 8DX is not the most powerful racquet to smash with, if you are strong enough it will deliver very powerful smashes.
Control-wise I have to say 8DX wins. A lot of players will disagree with this, but the 8DX is one of the best control racquets I've played with.
However one thing I've discovered about the 8DX is that it is very particular when it comes to strings. I've tried quite a variety of strings on the 8DX, cutting and restringing many times until I finally found what I think is the perfect string for it - Victor VS850. BG65Ti is second with NBG95 close behind. However admittedly I'm a little biased towards thicker strings as I love to smash, so this is just my opinion.
11-11-2012, 03:50 AM #14
11-12-2012, 10:17 AM #15
But if you like BG80 minus the hardness, you may want to try VS850. The only downside is it loses tension so make sure you pre-stretch. I've given mine 0.25-0.5lb extra tension to help.
Admittedly I now have my strings at around 27-28lb, but used to string at 25-26lb with my older racquets so that may play a part in it. But generally speaking, I tend to prefer thinner strings at low tension, but thicker strings at high tension.