Upgrading from Pro9000: XP70 or BS11 or something else??
Ah its that time of the year again! The smell of fresh badminton racket peeled off its plastic cover beckons! Haven't posted anything here for quite a while. I've been a bit too busy with work lately! Rest assured though, I've been playing quite regularly.
My go to racket at the moment is an RKEP PRO900 Red with specs: 84g 300BP and its been a solid companion until now. Lately though, its deficiencies have begun to bite. Its not generating as much power as I'd like in the smashes, clears etc.
My secondary racket is still the old trusted Arcsaber 008 and the weight of the racket feels nice buts it too flexible for me now and I need something a bit more stiffer and head heavy. I gave away my Voltric 70 (4U) since it was feeling too low powered and flexible as well.
I guess that with time, I've gotten a hang of the stiffness of the Pro9000 at it doesn't feel stiff anymore. I like that and I also like the fact that its very fast through the air and I can defend pretty well because of that.
I'm looking now for a racket with equivalent stiffness to the PRO9000 (even a bit more is fine) with total weight similar to the Arcsaber 008 and a BP of at least 300 or more. The options I can think of at the moment, are the RKEP XP70 and Victor BS11.
What do you guys think? Which one will be a better fit? Are there any other newer models which could perhaps fit into my requirements??
Since you're in Germany, you should give the Adidas AdiPower Pro a try. Imo it's very similar to the Pro9000 I had, but more powerful and great touch.
Aah that costs upwards of 160 Euros mate! A bit too much in my opinion for racket well into unchartered territory. They should at least lower their price point initially so that people may start buying, using and sharing it until it becomes familiar to everyone. For that price I can get the TK8K or the Nanoray Z or even the N90 II (not that I'd ever buy any one of them anyways )