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    Don't try stiff 4U if you want a better backhand.

    For the TK6000, if you have the level to move your hand along the handle depending on the situation (at the bottom for power smash, at the top for defense & service return, etc.), take the 3U, you'll manage. If you don't do this, take the 4U.

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    It is safe to get the 4U version

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    Thanks for the replies!

    I ended up getting the 4U mostly because I could add weight to it if it was too light. Here are the specs on mine:
    weight unstrung, no grip, plastic handle wrap: 86.4g
    playing weight, RKEP G11 overgrip, BG80: 97.7g
    dry bp with plastic handle wrap: 303mm
    playing bp: 294mm

    Since I left the plastic handle wrap on, the bp would actually be higher and the weight lower.

    I'll do a short review of it later, but initial impressions are it has a good weight to it when you're clearing or smashing. I had a good time playing with this racket despite being '4U'. The G09 RKEP overgrip made the grip feel a little bulky because of the plastic handle wrap I left on it. So I switched to G11 which is thinner.

    The playing weight and bp are pretty much perfect for me. I just need to get used to it now and it'll be a top contender for my go-to racket, the other is my AT900T which is some tough competition.
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    Thruster 6000 arrived yesterday. It's now being strung and hopefully I'll be testing it next week with the view to posting my review later in the week.

    This racket is now available throughout Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Thruster 6000 arrived yesterday. It's now being strung and hopefully I'll be testing it next week with the view to posting my review later in the week.

    This racket is now available throughout Europe.

    Paul
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    Great to hear about it Paul. Please keep us posted =) Would be good if you could provide a comparative opinion against the K8000 as well - as the K8000 felt super stiff, would like to try this one out (and the K9000)

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    Wow, you felt 8000 was super stiff? That's unusual.

    I will have the racket next week and should be on court sometime in the week. I'll post as soon as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Thruster 6000 arrived yesterday. It's now being strung and hopefully I'll be testing it next week with the view to posting my review later in the week.
    Just don't break it before our session!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    Wow, you felt 8000 was super stiff? That's unusual.

    I will have the racket next week and should be on court sometime in the week. I'll post as soon as I can.

    Paul
    what string and tension will you use?

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    Had my run with 4U TK6000. What a great time it was with NBG99 strings!

    My clears were much higher without as much effort during doubles games. My defense was the same as usual. As for my smashes, I felt like I could get set up pretty early for it and do a quicker swing than I usually do. Then again, I think I would have played the same regardless of 3U or 4U. I kept the plastic wrap on the handle and it came out to be 86.3g so 3U terriotry. I'm guessing that since it is 4U a little less mass is present in the head so it wouldn't have as much momentum as a 3U.

    My drops were well disguised but for the smash-fake drops, I would stop too soon and it would land in the net, eventually I adjusted.

    For running forehand clears, I easily cleared to to the baseline. Partly due to the string and the mid-stiffness.

    Further testing is necessary but so far this is a winner. It's currently serving as a backup racket to my AT900T. Or when I'm feeling tired or playing mixed, I would switch to TK6000.

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    Thruster 6000 will be collected today. It's been strung at 25lbs in Victors 800 string.

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    Initial test brought mixed opinion. This is a 4U G5 version. I love the grip size. Had the rare opportunity to play a few games on Monday so used the 6000 throughout.

    What I really love is the solid feel on impact which is more in keeping with what I felt with Z Force.

    What was unusual was the number of mis-timed shots i played on my backhand which is usually very strong although diminished as the night wore on.

    That said, I didn't want to put the racket down so something is happening which is hard to explain.
    I'm having my final test on Saturday and will then write my review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phaaam View Post
    Thanks for the replies!

    I ended up getting the 4U mostly because I could add weight to it if it was too light. Here are the specs on mine:
    weight unstrung, no grip, plastic handle wrap: 86.4g
    playing weight, RKEP G11 overgrip, BG80: 97.7g
    dry bp with plastic handle wrap: 303mm
    playing bp: 294mm
    How did you possibly make an 86g racket 98g?

    This is why I like Karakal PU Super. You get a 86g racket, add strings, remove factory grip, and add KPUS and it comes out at 91-92g.

    What's the point of getting a 4U if it's pushing 100g all up??

    :P

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    What are you talking about... TK6000 is absolutely not sold as a "lightweight" racket. Victor didn't "cheat" the weight by have little grip size or whatever. TK6000 is supposed to be THE MOST headheavy racket of the Victor range. My 3U is 99g with string and 2 grips, and that's exactly what I wanted. If I wanted a 90g racket I would have bought something else...

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    The whole reason for getting a 4U is because it is lightweight.

    And I was responding to Phaam, Captain Indignant.

    Not to mention 303mm is not even vaguely head heavy. Has anyone measured the head-weight a'la Visor?

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    Wet head weight on my TK8k is 43g. Wonder what it is on the TK6k!

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    I'm sorry if you though I was agressive. What I meant was : 4U is supposed to be a bit lightER that 3U, but it's absolutely not sold has a really light racket. It's supposed to be a hammer, even in 4U.
    I don't mesured it la Visor, but I scaled it with a precision scale (my girlfriend cooks intensely
    my 3U VTZF, strung, without additionnal grips : 91g, bp 320mm
    my 3U TK6000, strung, without additionnal grips : 89g, bp 316mm
    So I don't think you can say it's even not vaguely head heavy...
    (when the guy said 303 "dry", I think he meant un-strung, which is quite headheavy)
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    316 for a Victor is insane. Awesome

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