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02-06-2014, 07:02 AM #1
Recommendation from shortlist
I'm a recreational player, who plays outdoor, mostly doubles, but singles too, and we play with Mavis 350's. I'm about 6'4, not entirely the fastest, trying to develop a 'smart' game (i.e. drops+smashes+clearances). My 'trouble' areas, shot-wise, seem to be deep clearances (especially backhand), and deft drops. I have a decent swing speed, i think.
One of the more experienced players at the Court advised me to get a Yonex racquet, Even Balance, and 3U.
After hours of internet research, I've shortlisted the following:
Yonex Arcsaber 002
Yonex Arcsaber 003 - Mixed reviews. Mostly good. But 002 and 003 seem to be at par?
Yonex Arcsaber D18 - Absolutely no cogent reviews anywhere!
Yonex Muscle Power 22 - Only one i've actually played. Found it a tad heavy, but was told it was the thicker add-on grip which was making it feel so, otherwise decent.
Yonex Muscle Power 29 - Slightly more expensive, but within upper-limit of the budget.
There are other options - Nanospeed Beta, Sigma, Nanoray 10, 23, D23 (?) and Arcsaber Delta and Omega (read somewhere to stay away from 'Greek' names..haha.. true?) - They didn't make the shortlist either because they were head light (i.e. not 'even balance' as recommended), or i couldnt find any reviews whatsoever on this website, making me think they're either fake, or just unpopular.
NOW. Do help me choose between those, or recommend others? I stay in India, and will be ordering online.
Looking to order this week!
02-07-2014, 12:34 AM #2
Among the Arcsabers I'd go with Arc 002, well recommended and recognized racket. Muscle Power 22 is a good racket too.. you could choose between either one.
The things you are trying to address:
(a) clears - better to go with flexible rackets if you need help there (arc002, mp22, cab8000 ltd)
(b) deft drops i.e. control - requires a stiffer racket (cab8000 ti, vt3)
Not saying you cannot achieve both with any of the mentioned rackets, but it may take some time to refine. Good luck!
02-08-2014, 02:49 AM #3
Ah, the MP22. Found it a bit heavy, but it really is powerful. For the Arc02, i saw many good reviews.
I think you should get Arc02
02-08-2014, 02:52 AM #4
Well, after a bit more research, i think it's come down to:
Arcsaber 003, Arcsaber D18 and the MP-29.
Trying to find them in a shop.
They're medium-flex rackets.. so not really 'stiff'...but flexible has the tendency to be outgrown?
Hopefully a decision soon! Keep the recommendations and reviews coming! Thanks guys!