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Thread: Yonex ArcSaber 10 Review
02-06-2009, 01:36 PM #1293
An average Joe's opinion...
Now that I own an Arc 10, I thought I'd add my tuppence/two cents. I'm not Ants (or Dink or Pete), but here goes anyway (please forgive the length):
First impressions, stringing:
The strawberries and cream styling seems to divide people, but I love it - I think it looks purposeful. The fit and finish is excellent, with paint quality being as good as anything else in YY's range. The fitted grip is even good enough to use off the shelf if it's the right size for your hand.
Mine is in 3U, but it feels very "substantial" for that weight. The balance is smack in the middle when unstrung, and the shaft is pretty stiff. When swung, it produces some very reassuring momentum.
I strung mine at 29/31 in BG70 (I play with plastic shuttles) and I can safely say I have never felt such confidence in a frame at this high a tension: it barely distorts at all and retains its shape perfectly. There's loads of room around the machine thanks to the thin frame as well.
I play doubles at least 90% of the time and I consider myself (now) and all-court player. Staple shots such as clears and lifts got right to the back with very little effort, smashes had serious bite (when I could be bothered to climb over them), and even my backhand smashes caught people out. When it comes to precision the Arc 10 again triumphs, with serves and delicate net tumblers under supreme control. I had a few frame hits (cacking myself at 31 lbs), but it shrugged them off.
Defensively the Arc 10 is excellent, with the balance contributing a head that's very easy to place and a shaft that turns floaty blocks into real lifts or drives.
When I find a racket perfect for doubles it normally stinks for me in singles, and vice versa. Not this time. I played a singles merely because there was a free court, and the Arc 10 was astonishing. Clears sailed for miles, even around the head, with the slightest flex of the wrist, smashes screamed down into open spaces and backhand "in trouble" shots didn't fall anywhere near the mid-court. Flat rallies were no problem either, the shuttle being very easy to steer with the merest adjustments.
Excellent build quality/fit and finish;
LOVES high tension;
Combines the power of a top-end Armortec with the balance of a top-end Nanospeed;
Seems to WANT you play at your best.
I'm told you have to be a high-intermediate or better to fully appreciate it;
Sticker price could be viewed as excessive (but I paid £115, so I'm happy);
The fact that I had to liquidate my beloved 900P to get one.
Overall, the Arc 10 is "all things to all (wo)men" - it seemed to mutate in my hand to fit the needs of the current shot. I will miss my 900, but the Arc 10 is more than capable of assuming its characteristics whenever I need them.
I love this thing to the hilt - 10/10 in every department.
02-07-2009, 08:33 AM #1294
Great review Mark A. I just got my arcsaber 10 yesterday :O
I must say, it is an amazing racket, but it is really hard to use (considering I switched from a Cab8600 to an arc 10). This racket is amazing, lighter than a NS9000, yet powerful as an AT900P. Yonex did a great job =D
02-15-2009, 06:46 AM #1295
i've strung mine with 66SHARP but it felt hard...just couldn't get the power from it and cut it that night, both racquets. strung it with 65ti and it lost tension just like that after a week; cut it and strung it with bg85 - I LOVE IT!!! 68ti was good as well and tension was thereabouts until it snapped.
note: strung mine at 27lbs. always wanted to go higher, say 29lbs but my stringer is afraid....
02-16-2009, 12:11 AM #1296
02-28-2009, 02:05 AM #1297
I was wondering about the SP (not CC) on the shaft of the Arc Saber 10. How come some Arc10s have it and others do not?
03-01-2009, 09:50 AM #1298
Have you tried doing a search or reading the FAQs on distribution codes?
03-07-2009, 09:04 PM #1299
Do tell where you got an ArcSaber 10 at that attractive price, Mark
03-09-2009, 11:53 PM #1300
03-31-2009, 04:46 PM #1301
04-04-2009, 12:30 AM #1302
Just place my order for another 3UG4 Arc Saber 10 from Classic Sports today. Will be strung with BG66Sharp at 28 x 28LBS, 2 knots.
Until today, I still maintain that it is really a masterpiece!!
04-04-2009, 12:43 AM #1303
I had my Arc10 strung with BG 66 at 22lbs; am thinking of trying either NGY 95 or 98; what would be the equivalent tension to string it with? Thanks.
04-04-2009, 03:33 AM #1304
04-04-2009, 07:18 AM #1305
04-04-2009, 07:31 AM #1306
My preferred string are BG66, BG66Sharp and NGY98.
On the Arc Saber 10, you can add 2LBS above your normal preferred tension without any problems.
To generate power from any strokes, it is more than just a branded racket. One will have to improve his/her physique and stamina. You may have to observe which of those muscles is in-charge of generating the power. You have to build enough of such mucles within your body to generate power.... such power is then transferred through the racket strokes...
Just my 0.01 cent.
04-07-2009, 03:59 AM #1307
i had my arc 10 restrung the other day @ 26 lbs with bb66
snapped within two games. i only missed once ='(...
Any suggestions w/ other strings and tension?
04-08-2009, 07:29 PM #1308
04-09-2009, 05:23 AM #1309
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