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Thread: DinkALot's Racket Review
04-11-2008, 05:25 AM #188
Nope ....with my MP99 I couldn't before.... and yes hard as it is to believe a really powerful smash with the kason carvel... ok I'm not a pro but we do get some pretty competitive games going and one of the guys I play with even noticed how much my smash has improved. He uses a AT 700 and can't smash for beans btw!...damn I hope he doesn't read this! lol
For the record he does win most of time when we play singles.. there I said it...hehe
But yeah back to the point. I really developed good technique with the carvel. I tried my MP99 last week after having put it aside for awhile and my clears were going too far, so it is definitely easier to generate power with the 99. I had a hard time re-adjusting to it actually. The shots are more rewarding when you play with a "real" racket. I think the carvel really helped me get the whipping effect down because it is so light and effortless to use. Surprisingly little vibration considering how light it is too. It's a real gem, especially for the price.($50 on ebay).
One other detail... and it could be a biggy. I have really big hands and I had to enlarge the grip on the carvel as it was only available in G5. I glued 3/32" and 1/16" balsa wood to the handle. The different sizes are to keep a closer ratio the the shape. I don't recommend doing this unless you are handy because you can really mess up your racket depending on which glue you use, and balsa also sands down really easily so if you're not careful you can sand it too much before you realize it.
So that's another factor, it could very well be the handle size. For the MP99 I used 1/16" only and ratio of the sides was off a bit. I deemed myself qualified since I have a machining and CNC background as well as extensive radio control airplane building!
Yes I realize you can just add overgrips and that's what most people will say but when you add too many you lose the shape of the handle and you can't feel the flats anymore and I hate that. Also overgrips weigh more than balsa. It's a pain in the ass to do but if you get it right it's worth it to have the right grip size.
Last edited by bolts; 04-11-2008 at 05:31 AM.
04-11-2008, 05:37 AM #189
Since you are smashing harder with the Carvel, that means you are maximizing it but not the MP99. For me, I can twice probably 30-40% harder with the MP99/AT700 than the Carvel. The Carvel is far too light for me and I over max out the racket's potential.
Once you build up and can maximize the MP99, you'll see your smashes will be much harder than with the Carvel.
Finally, grip size makes a huge difference too. Getting the right grip is essential for fair comparisons.
04-11-2008, 09:44 AM #190
Yes that's the key....once I build up and can maximize the MP99.
Also I'm starting to think the grip size is more of a factor than the flex or weight of the racket.
I need to get the proper size... G3 or even G2, although I've never seen or heard of rackets with a G2 grip being sold, only that sizes exist from G1 to G5.
04-11-2008, 09:48 AM #191
I've realized, I would play better with any racket that has the proper grip size and good, tight string tension over my favorite racket with the wrong grip size and mediocre string at the wrong tension.
Makes you wonder huh?
04-11-2008, 09:51 AM #192
04-11-2008, 11:48 AM #193
04-11-2008, 12:02 PM #194
i thought I was mad when I did my grip with veneer-wood...which took like half an hour....
You carbon-fibered your racket? do tell....
04-11-2008, 04:26 PM #195
What kind of glue did you use?
I first tried it on an old forza racket I had lying around and I used a combination of epoxy and ca glue.
Later when I did my real (expensive/new) rackets I just stuck with the ca glue. ca is cyanoacrylate for those who don't know, or crazy glue but crazy glue is too thin so you'd need to get to a hobby store and get medium weight glue. The wood just soaks in the thinner glues. Ca glue is lighter than using epoxy.
Did you just wrap around the carbon fibre or did you glue on sheets?
Is the shape of the handle still pronounced or did the corners get rounded in the process?
Last edited by bolts; 04-11-2008 at 04:37 PM.
04-11-2008, 04:35 PM #196
04-11-2008, 11:11 PM #197
05-03-2008, 05:21 PM #198
Victor users and Sir Dink, do you know what happened to the Power Waves series? The official German and English website doesn't list it. It does list the Ripple Power series. Are the Power Waves replaced by the Ripple Powers? A name change? Or are the Power Waves only available in Asia http://www.victorsport.com/product_e...productSort=97
Thanks for the help in advance,
05-03-2008, 06:29 PM #199
the ripple power series are the exact same rackets as the power waves...
They (for reasons unknown to me) have different naming in europe
the ripple power 11 is the PW11, the same ~94grams, stiff, headheavy, beast...
05-04-2008, 04:06 AM #200
Thanks a lot Jerby, I'll see you in hour.
05-26-2008, 06:15 AM #201
06-13-2008, 08:47 PM #202
Any chance of updating this review Dink? You have tested allot of rackets since!!!!
06-21-2008, 12:52 PM #203
Ei Mr.Dink, ever tried AT900T ?
06-21-2008, 02:47 PM #204
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