Finally... Anyone know the normal weight of a 3U BS09? I'm looking for a XP80 perhaps similar or a tiny bit lighter weight but head heavier since Eric has new frames for all of his XP series. If I'm coming off from a 3U BS09, what should be the weight of the frame if I still want to remain the speediness of it but want more punch? 86-87g? and how much head heavier? 295, or 297-300?
To avoid any surprises, you should weigh your bs09 and measure bp first.
It's strung right now though so I can't really measure the dry BP and weight... I also don't have a scale to measure its weight... I'm assuming it's about 88g ish but with string and Yonex Super Grab it might be in the mid 90s.
Short review: XP70 (85g bp295mm) with bg66um 26lb after 4 hrs doubles
First of all I must say that Eric is one of the best stringers I've encountered. His one piece job tensions are always right on the nose when I check with a frequency app. Tension retention is great that even with strings like vs850 that are infamous for tension loss, there's only a drop of 50hz after 2-3 months, which amounts to only 1 lb drop. If shipping were cheaper, I would ship rackets for him to string!
Now to the racket.
Swings noticeably faster than MX series, almost as fast as BS series. Not surprisingly then, frame cross section is like a mix of MX and BS series.
Head wt feels very light when dry swinging, possibly because of its speed, but once I started to hit birds, it's got a substantial heft to it. Very interesting.
Great in defensive shots, blocks and drives. Tad more flexible shaft than MX70, which gives it a good whip for power.
Smashes are penetrative and clears are deep, despite being a racket that is lighter and with lower swing wt than what I usually play with (P Pro 87g bp295mm).
Over the next few weeks, I'll have to restring it with my usual zm62 to compare more directly with my current rackets.
Just got a heavier xp70 (listed 87g 297mm, measured 86.2g 297mm, head wt 38.0g).
As compared to my first xp70 (listed 85g 297mm, measured 84.1.g 297mm, head wt 37.7g).
Now this is the perfect wt for me. Slightly slower due to the increased mass, but still fast in defence due to the aero frame, and has much more noticeable heft on drives, smashes, clears, backhands, and power shots. Wrist shots are amazingly easy to execute for some reason; just think, and it's there.
Strung with zm62 at 23 lbs, powerful, fast, accesible, accurate and stable, this is now my go-to racket over my Revelation, Precision Pro, and MX70. This is an amazingly excellent racket! How does Eric do it so well?
I also ordered a few other ones (xp60, 70, 80) for a few of my friends to try out. One is to replace a NR700rp that I clashed with and broke , and the others are to replace an aging AT900T and MP45. I think I got the correct specs matching their rackets, and I'll know what they think of them when they play tomorrow night.