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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Finally, my Z Speed has arrived! Please give me a week to test and I'll let you know when I'm posting my review.

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    My smart guess .
    Feel will be bad
    Defence will be mediocre
    Power will be good , faster than VT80
    and a 3.5 star rating

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    Should I bother testing this racket at all? (LOL)

    I've had it in my hand for a few minutes and then put it away. I had an idea what this racket would be but will reserve judgement how it plays. How odd for Yonex to name a racket outside of it's parameters. Nanoray are head light rackets and yet this feels closer to a Voltric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Should I bother testing this racket at all? (LOL)
    For the sake of newbies thinking it's the greatest racket .......... you should

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Should I bother testing this racket at all? (LOL)

    I've had it in my hand for a few minutes and then put it away. I had an idea what this racket would be but will reserve judgement how it plays. How odd for Yonex to name a racket outside of it's parameters. Nanoray are head light rackets and yet this feels closer to a Voltric.

    Paul
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    Look at it as ARCZ with design and materiel improvement. It is designed to add on the ARCZ's design. Minor fix to ARC's weakness. And reduce ARCZ's sweet spot by 2/3...

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Finally, my Z Speed has arrived! Please give me a week to test and I'll let you know when I'm posting my review.

    Paul
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    Nice Review on TK-6000.
    Looking forward to your review on MX-90 & NR-ZSP

    ~(^_^)~

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Should I bother testing this racket at all? (LOL)
    Oh aye - I tore it to pieces, but don't let our opinions put you off.

    I'd be interested to see what a head-heavy accolyte makes of it, to be honest.

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    Definitely interested to hear your review, Paul.

    I'm intrigued with the K6000 after your review!

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    In 2013 BWF World Championships,

    TBH used NR-ZSP, but he seem didn't smash as strong as before.
    and KKK had more unforced error too.

    The TV even didn't show his smash speed and he is not listed in the top five.

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    Been meaning to try this racket out for a while and I got my chance a few days ago. It was a demo racket strung with BG65 at what felt like 24 pounds-ish. I'm a high intermediate player and I was using feathers at the time. Here's my thoughts on how it played:

    Initial impressions: Racket looks great. Very flashy. I was initially concerned about timing issues because of the smaller frame but for the most part, I experienced none. My warm up consisting of drives and clears were great; very solid feeling. It's definitely head heavy and I would say relatively stiff but for clears, the racket swings much faster than it's head-heaviness would make you believe.

    Drives: It's good. It doesn't stand out here but it gets the job done. Feels stiff and solid when doing drives.

    Defense: Defense is a bit lacking which defies its nanoray name. Here is where the head heaviness penalizes the racket. It definitely felt slower for me when flicking smashes away to the back court. However, it's still not bad. Perfectly acceptable for how head heavy it is.

    Clears: Effortless. Clears went to the back with ease, easier than my JJS I would say. Smaller frame makes the racket swing noticeably faster when doing clears.

    Smashes (the odd part): This is where the racket surprised me the most. I was initially doubtful at how good it would be at smashes because I hate BG65 (I normally use BG80) but...against all odds. This thing thundered down smashes for me. Any kind of smash from a quick wrist smash to a full power jump smash, this thing just hammered the shuttle down. It downright amazed me in this regard and it felt natural too; I didn't have to get used to it, it just felt right. The odd part is (maybe it's just me), with smashes, this racket suddenly felt much more flexible than it was before with other shots like drives.

    Dislikes: I had timing issues with my backhand. It was just completely off and I have no idea why. I assume it's just me not being completely used to the racket.

    Conclusion: In the end, I really like this racket. It absolutely shines when doing smashes and all the other shots are just what you would expect from a racket that costs $250. I'm just a bit confused as to why it's called a nanoray. It feels much more like a voltric with its head heaviness.

    Nanospeed and nanoray users beware! This is a voltric pretending to be a nanoray!

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    Thanks. Definitely not a replacement for my BS12..

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    Is Yonex planning for 4U version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by halucf View Post
    Is Yonex planning for 4U version?
    maybe for the I-speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianBadmint View Post
    Been meaning to try this racket out for a while and I got my chance a few days ago. It was a demo racket strung with BG65 at what felt like 24 pounds-ish. I'm a high intermediate player and I was using feathers at the time. Here's my thoughts on how it played:

    Initial impressions: Racket looks great. Very flashy. I was initially concerned about timing issues because of the smaller frame but for the most part, I experienced none. My warm up consisting of drives and clears were great; very solid feeling. It's definitely head heavy and I would say relatively stiff but for clears, the racket swings much faster than it's head-heaviness would make you believe.

    Drives: It's good. It doesn't stand out here but it gets the job done. Feels stiff and solid when doing drives.

    Defense: Defense is a bit lacking which defies its nanoray name. Here is where the head heaviness penalizes the racket. It definitely felt slower for me when flicking smashes away to the back court. However, it's still not bad. Perfectly acceptable for how head heavy it is.

    Clears: Effortless. Clears went to the back with ease, easier than my JJS I would say. Smaller frame makes the racket swing noticeably faster when doing clears.

    Smashes (the odd part): This is where the racket surprised me the most. I was initially doubtful at how good it would be at smashes because I hate BG65 (I normally use BG80) but...against all odds. This thing thundered down smashes for me. Any kind of smash from a quick wrist smash to a full power jump smash, this thing just hammered the shuttle down. It downright amazed me in this regard and it felt natural too; I didn't have to get used to it, it just felt right. The odd part is (maybe it's just me), with smashes, this racket suddenly felt much more flexible than it was before with other shots like drives.

    Dislikes: I had timing issues with my backhand. It was just completely off and I have no idea why. I assume it's just me not being completely used to the racket.

    Conclusion: In the end, I really like this racket. It absolutely shines when doing smashes and all the other shots are just what you would expect from a racket that costs $250. I'm just a bit confused as to why it's called a nanoray. It feels much more like a voltric with its head heaviness.

    Nanospeed and nanoray users beware! This is a voltric pretending to be a nanoray!
    nice review and absolutely agree with the back hand,and im having difficulties delivering steeper jump smash but overal smashing with this weapon feels great! cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhun Kit View Post
    nice review and absolutely agree with the back hand,and im having difficulties delivering steeper jump smash but overal smashing with this weapon feels great! cheers
    Yeah, it's a very peculiar racket in that it's so good with smashes yet the other aspects just feel "normal".

    I can't help but think that this racket would receive much less hate if it were named a Voltric instead of Nanoray. But alas, what can you do about Yonex's cheap marketing gimmicks.

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    I've been using the Z-Speed since it came out, and I can say that I have learned enough to ignore what Yonex claims the racquet can do; after all, they are a business. I batted no eye to the whole "fastest smash" thing--being a scientist, I know that isolated testing claims are nigh-worthless in real-world situations. Kind of like how a car can claim to put XX horsepower, but only at certain revs, etc.

    That being said, I feel that this racquet still deserves some merit in what it does well.

    For me personally (been playing for nearly 15 years), coming from an NR700RP, the Z Speed does for me what I expected it to do: generate a large amount of speed for overhead shots. Yes, it does have a smaller head which means I mishit sometimes, and the heavier head means defense suffers in comparison to the 700. However, my style on the court is heavily reliant on speed, both handling of racquet and footwork, so the Z Speed works for me. I am not a hard hitter and have trouble generating power with the VT80 and the ZF, but the added handling speed of the ZS helps me compensate. This isn't to say I've noticed a ridiculous difference, but I can see that wrist smashing does generate a faster smash than other racquets I've used.

    In terms of defense, I can say that because I've always placed a lot of emphasis on my game as a defensive player (I play XD and MD), I have no problems reacting even with the smaller, heavier head. All part of adjustment I guess. Even drives and blocks are not too bad, though again the head heaviness detracts.

    Overall, I have good impressions of what I wanted out of the racquet: a racquet that has handling properties of a NR that can deliver shots like the VT without too much detraction from defense. For me, the ZS is an improvement over the 700RP in that it adds attacking speed to an otherwise very good well-rounded racquet. I don't care about getting the fastest smash; who can't smash in badminton anyway?

    One disadvantage that I personally dislike is that the ZS feels very poor in hitting nylon shuttles. The speed generated by the racquet almost feels negated by the flight characteristics of the nylons, especially those that have been well-used. Granted, I have been testing different strings and tensions with this racquet, but I feel as if using a more repulsive string at lower tensions remedy the situation slightly, whereas for feather shuttles, my setup thus far works quite well.

    That being said, I own a pair of ZS and the head heaviness is inconsistent between them. They are only 2 serial numbers off, but one of them feels way more head balanced than the other, which is head heavier. I have identical grips. The only difference is the strings: one has ZyMax 65, the other 66UM. I can't imagine that the strings give that much difference that I can feel, can it?

    After reading lots of people's opinions on this racquet, it seems like it comes down to what the hype generated and how the racquet failed to uphold the claims. Again, it comes down to not just what the racquet can do in an isolated situation, but how it lives up to what you expect it to do and how it fits into your style of play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthy1 View Post
    One disadvantage that I personally dislike is that the ZS feels very poor in hitting nylon shuttles.
    -__-"

    IMHO, Nylon(Plastic) shuttles is for 100% beginner only.
    And this racket is designed for advanced player.
    The only disadvantage of this racket is it feel bad when hitting something which is not designed to hit.
    Anyway, thank you for your review.

    If you want to a orange racket designed for Plastic shuttles,
    you should try this one. (Just Joking)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhkjacky View Post
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    LOL ............

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