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    Default Can't decide, Yonex AT800 OF or MP99?

    Hi,
    my first post here, I have been trying to decide on buying either an ArmorTec 800 OF or an MP99. I am a smasher, 6'5", power is not a problem, except when I hit it out, of course. I use a MP88 4U and a MP77 2U now. I find the MP88 too head heavy, my back hand clears go out, and I find it too light for deep smashing. The 77 2U is almost perfect, but it is discontinued, and maybe a touch heavy on def. I have never played with an AT800, but I have read a lot here and that is why I ask.

    What are people's preferences here between the two?

    I might even buy both. I have been studying the ebay threads and am thinking about ordering from sumai03 and/or tum98. Both have good ratings here.

    thanks,
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    u should buy, AT800 offensive, because chances are likely that u will feel a similarity between the MP99 and the mp88/77, so u will be disappointed. if u are a smashing type, at800of is a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by element-82
    I find the MP88 too head heavy, my back hand clears go out, and I find it too light for deep smashing.
    at800 will be quite head heavy as well, also depends if u can get the 3u or 4u versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamikaze
    u should buy, AT800 offensive, because chances are likely that u will feel a similarity between the MP99 and the mp88/77, so u will be disappointed. if u are a smashing type, at800of is a good choice.
    Maybe the MP99 will be similar to the 88/77. I was kind of hoping for that BTW. It is hard getting used to a completely different racquet. I expect the stiffness to be a bit hard to get used to.

    The AT800 seems to be a very popular racquet. Maybe it is time for a change.
    thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by other
    at800 will be quite head heavy as well, also depends if u can get the 3u or 4u versions.
    I was thinking about the 3U/G3 AT800 OF. I guess the 4U is more head heavy, good point.
    thanks,
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    since ou mind about stiffness, i think go with mp99

    i had a at800de before and i think mp99 is more stiff, if you look at cooler's data, de/of has the same stiffness rating

    depends on how strong you are i guess, mp99 got 2u or 3u to choose from, it should be enouh

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrocyanic
    since ou mind about stiffness, i think go with mp99

    i had a at800de before and i think mp99 is more stiff, if you look at cooler's data, de/of has the same stiffness rating

    depends on how strong you are i guess, mp99 got 2u or 3u to choose from, it should be enouh
    MP99 is more stiff than the AT800s? That is good to know, thanks. I may end up buying both after all I just put a bid in on an MP99 from sumai03.

    thanks,
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    if u like the mp77 2u, maybe a mp99 2u would also be good. in my impression it is not at head heavy as the mp77? however, maybe a lighter mp99 3u would help reactions in defence as well? anyway the at800of has been called an extreme racquet while the mp99 is often known as an "all-round" racquet, along with the at800de.

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    AT800s have different stiffness.
    AT800-OF>MP99=AT700>AT800-DF
    I recommend AT700 for you.
    AT700 has a similar feeling of AT800-OF but a bit softer shaft.
    It can be widely used in both singles and doubles.
    Though the finish is terrible, its playability is good.

    Sigh, the painting chipped very easily.
    Even when I tear down the old grip, the painting come off with the grip.

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    I don't find the mp77 head heavy, but the mp88 certainly is. I think with the heavier racquets 2U/3U the head heavy is not as extreme, no?

    I like the weight of the 2U for smashing, but you pay the price on D. I hope a 3U will be a good comprimise. I can't wait for it to show up now. I have a tourny on the weekend, but I wouldn't try a new racquet there

    Once more 3U AT800s become available (tum98 has none) I will consider it.

    thanks,
    Pb

    Quote Originally Posted by other
    if u like the mp77 2u, maybe a mp99 2u would also be good. in my impression it is not at head heavy as the mp77? however, maybe a lighter mp99 3u would help reactions in defence as well? anyway the at800of has been called an extreme racquet while the mp99 is often known as an "all-round" racquet, along with the at800de.

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    Element, I'm like you who prefers the MP77 2U. I'm still using it and I love it. Defence is a bit slow but one can return a smash with a drive with this MP77 well.
    I've tried MP99 2U and it is not the same feel as the MP77. Stiffer IMHO. I also found the AT800 Def 3U and 4U very stiff, not as flexible as the MP77. So at the moment, I'm going to try a Yang Yang Sensation 900 and an AT800 Off 3U to see if they are similar or even close to the MP77.
    Sigh...I wish they would continue selling the MP77



    Quote Originally Posted by element-82
    I don't find the mp77 head heavy, but the mp88 certainly is. I think with the heavier racquets 2U/3U the head heavy is not as extreme, no?

    I like the weight of the 2U for smashing, but you pay the price on D. I hope a 3U will be a good comprimise. I can't wait for it to show up now. I have a tourny on the weekend, but I wouldn't try a new racquet there

    Once more 3U AT800s become available (tum98 has none) I will consider it.

    thanks,
    Pb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuser
    Element, I'm like you who prefers the MP77 2U. I'm still using it and I love it. Defence is a bit slow but one can return a smash with a drive with this MP77 well.
    I've tried MP99 2U and it is not the same feel as the MP77. Stiffer IMHO. I also found the AT800 Def 3U and 4U very stiff, not as flexible as the MP77. So at the moment, I'm going to try a Yang Yang Sensation 900 and an AT800 Off 3U to see if they are similar or even close to the MP77.
    Sigh...I wish they would continue selling the MP77
    Hi Xuser,
    I agree, I wish they still made the MP77, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a new one. Please keep us up to date on your yang yang S900 testing, sounds interesting.

    thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by element-82
    Hi Xuser,
    I agree, I wish they still made the MP77, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a new one. Please keep us up to date on your yang yang S900 testing, sounds interesting.

    thanks,
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    Sure. I should be receiving it anyday now. I'm also waiting for my AT800 Off 3U. Will let you know how I feel about these two racquets compared with the MP77 2U.

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    Well the MP99 is on the way, thanks for your comments. I will post pics and comments when I receive it.

    thanks,
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    i would say ti-10 sounds really good for you, but since it is discontinued in many areas and may be difficult to come by, i cannot really recommend it for you. i would say go with at800off since you sound like you have enough power to flex the shaft and maximize the racquet's potential. i just hope you dont mind racquet chips, since the paint seems to chip very easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theasiandude88
    i would say ti-10 sounds really good for you, but since it is discontinued in many areas and may be difficult to come by, i cannot really recommend it for you. i would say go with at800off since you sound like you have enough power to flex the shaft and maximize the racquet's potential. i just hope you dont mind racquet chips, since the paint seems to chip very easily.
    I've tried the Ti10, but it doesn't play like the MP77 at all. I think this MP77 2U is one of a kind.

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    Hi,
    I thought the ti-10 was a bit stiff no? It is in the same boat as the 77. The AT800 OF/DE is on my wish list. I think the DE model has a similar feel to the 77. I was at the RA centre (ottawa) on the weekend and had a look. I haven't played with it, just held it and swung a few times without strings. I hate when recquets chip easily, you pay enough for them. That always seems to be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theasiandude88
    i would say ti-10 sounds really good for you, but since it is discontinued in many areas and may be difficult to come by, i cannot really recommend it for you. i would say go with at800off since you sound like you have enough power to flex the shaft and maximize the racquet's potential. i just hope you dont mind racquet chips, since the paint seems to chip very easily.

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