Just received my Adipower Pro last night, yippieeee...!!!
Dry swings feels good, it's not as head-heavy as I expected since the BP doesn't go as tall as my 2U Arc Z-Slash. The frame is very thick and rather bulky, looks much more durable compared to any hi-end Yonex rackets. The shaft has a decent stiffness, I would say it feels close to MX-JJS or MX-London.
I like the colors and graphics, it looks very "gothic" and "out of this world" unlike those rackets on the market nowadays.
However, the workmanship/build quality seems a bit behind on a closer inspection. Some grommets are not properly trimmed leaving sharp edges, and the paint jobs in between the stripes and its base are not neatly done.
Anyway, I think it's enough of talking. I will get it strung and do some test-drive in a real world to see how it goes on the court
P.S. Sorry for the double post, I did not see this thread and posted it on the "New! Adidas Badminton" thread instead.
Just took another chance to play with my Adipower Pro after the last session had the AP62 broken after two games of doubles. This time I switched to BG80 with the same tension @24lbs. As I mentioned earlier, the Adipower Pro does not feel like a "real" head-heavy racket at the N90 or Z-Force calibre. In fact, with the same setup (BG80 + Toalson Ultra Grip) the balance point is not as tall as my 3U MX-JJS, even slightly lower than my 2U Arc Z-slash.
This racket is very solid, that was the first thing came up to my mind after the first few strokes. Every shuttle impact at the sweetspot feels very repulsive and crisp, this proves the stiffness level of the shaft and frame.
In the power department, there is nothing to complain about. Good clears were effortlessly achieved. Smashes were very powerful, the shaft really maximized the power delivery towards the frame instantly. Either it is the wristy/stick or full body smash, this racket packs with a lot of punch. It was really fun to play doubles from the back court.
Moving into defensive and faster shots, the "relatively" heavy and bulky frame does not work well when the game gets faster. However, flat drives were easy to control with very short racket movements as long as you have strong wrist and fingers to flick the racket faster compensating the stiff shaft.
Adipower Pro is a very nice racket with its main objective is delivering a maximum level of power, it is a very good friend for those who have strong arm and wrist. The stiffness is quite demanding as well. Another thing to highlight is the shock absorption, which I found very minimum. Those who have been playing with hi-end Yonex, Victor and Li Ning rackets with shockless frame or other shock absorption technology might find the Adipower Pro a bit uncomfortable for the elbow. On the bright side, it provides more feedback during shuttle impact especially on the more delicate shots.
paint quality looks impressive. How about it durability?
IMHO, the design which is impressive while the finishing paint job/quality is on the other hand, need to be improved if Adidas want to compete with other well-known manufacturers on the top range.
So far, the racket feels very solid, seems like the materials are of high quality and there is no sign of deformation at the frame under the suggested limit of string tension. I don't think there will be significant issue on its durability but who knows ? Time will tell.
Actually, I have more concern about the vibration/shock absorption on its frame as I got a slight pain/discomfort in my inner elbow area after a week (4 sessions of 2-3 hours) playing with Adipower Pro. Should a racket with this rate of stiffness designed to have more vibration damping ?