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    looks like a good racket for me to test if I was still living in the UK. I like medium, medium-stiff flex myself.

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    I prefer iso, cause its all I've ever known

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    Perhaps time to add Optimetric to Iso versus Oval?

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    I would be interested to know if any pros still use and prefer an oval head racket. I know Nathan Robertson was still using his Carlton Fireblade Tour (non-iso), even up until a few years ago before he switched to his current set-up - the Vapour Trail Tour (optimetric).

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    Quote Originally Posted by allyjack110 View Post
    I would be interested to know if any pros still use and prefer an oval head racket. I know Nathan Robertson was still using his Carlton Fireblade Tour (non-iso), even up until a few years ago before he switched to his current set-up - the Vapour Trail Tour (optimetric).
    Nate plays better w the Fireblade than the Vapour Trail imo.

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    Iso is it. However, kind of swayed back a little to oval just because of Cab 50! Absolutely no rational reasoning here for the switch of preference. For me, gotten used to alternating between Iso and Oval for days at a time. Of course, playing a social game is different than in competitive conditions (though a social game can be very competitive).

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    Good idea to switch between oval and iso? Wonder if it justified an investment in terms of handling and mental changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Soon View Post
    Good idea to switch between oval and iso? Wonder if it justified an investment in terms of handling and mental changes.
    It is not a good idea for professional play or just club level competitive play.

    It is however automatic in terms of switching, the mental part is the same. Adaptation is key and a very nice exercise in itself.

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    Oval it is. The concentrated power upon striking can't be matched by ISO.

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    Bro Lemon, mind to explain further?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LemonPepsi View Post
    Oval it is. The concentrated power upon striking can't be matched by ISO.
    Are you focusing more on power or accuracy ? I agree that oval head shape rackets have more power but if someone hits a shot out of the sweet spot, there is possiblity that the shot could be out.The isometric head shape helps with accuracy which to me in my game style is quite important. But isometric head shape loses a bit of power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew tze en View Post
    Are you focusing more on power or accuracy ? I agree that oval head shape rackets have more power but if someone hits a shot out of the sweet spot, there is possiblity that the shot could be out.The isometric head shape helps with accuracy which to me in my game style is quite important. But isometric head shape loses a bit of power.
    A stable frame with stiff shaft helps with accuracy. ISO is just more forgiving by enlarging the sweet spot but u lose more power cos of it.

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    Don't you think having a larger sweet spot is better ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew tze en View Post
    Don't you think having a larger sweet spot is better ?
    There will always be people who prefer one over the other. While there are many who use ISO nowadays, u can also see that there are people who stick with OVAL. At the end of day, it's a trade off that u have to decide, feel/power vs bigger sweet spot. I think there are plenty of arguments supporting both.

    The way I look at it while ISO is definitly the mainstream design, oval is definitely has its place in badminton, otherwise, Gosen and Yonex wouldn't be still making oval shaped rackets. And consider this, CAB series has been around for many many years till this day, while others like isometiric, were long gone already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew tze en View Post
    Don't you think having a larger sweet spot is better ?
    imo it's better for a beginner because they cant hit the shuttle consistently....
    but i think start learning badminton using an oval racket also good as it'll force a beginner to find the sweet spot thus will improve their technique better....
    like lemon said, oval head give more power but iso head is more forgiving..
    all pros changed to iso head as it offers bigger sweet spot, plus they already got power so they has no need for additional power from oval head....
    the new scoring system also makes the game become faster, so large sweet spot really helpful....
    but depends on people, i still can see there are some people who play using oval head...
    just my opinion....

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    Hi ppl
    For several years I ve been using iso rackets as i think they are considered the most usual and advanced nowadays and are the ones you can find a huge variety on the market.
    This year I ve tried an "almost oval" racket (rsl m11 heat600, has a "z-slash tipe" head) and since then I dont want any others. I dont know if this kind of head has big differences in theory from the pure oval, but i ve noticed at once what was being said about the ovals (more power in the sweet spot, less forgiving, more solid feel). long time ago I ve tried a cab21 and felt the same. It was a deja vu.
    I feel much more confortable playing with this kind of head (oval) and I intend to stick to it.

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    Personally, I love the OVAL racquets. Unfortunately, the manufacturers have stopped doing any meaningful R&D on them and what we have in the market today are re-hash of the old Carbonex technology - pity, I would love a TRI-VOLTAGE, FULLERENE/NANOPREME boosted, sound filter and sword-edge Carbonex - Carbonex-On-Steroids !

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