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    Default Need a Durable, defensive racquet

    Hi all

    I purchased a Prince Y frame triple threat racquet and played with it for the first time last night. The racquet is/was perfect for the type of style I wanted to incorparate into my game (more defensive/clearing shots, shorts and drop shots) etc but after only 25 minutes of playing the shaft broke on me (from the handle) whilst doing a smash

    It shocked me a bit as my doubles oppenent had to duck as the head flew towards him as some speed, luckily no one injured, just a broken racquet

    I had to go back to my trusted Carlton AS1 to complete the match

    Has any one got any recommmandations for durable, defensive racquets please, I do have quite a strong smash

    The company I purchased it from will accept it back for a new replacement racquet

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    Default Karakal M-Tec 80

    Quote Originally Posted by mrdunkleysexy View Post
    Hi all

    I purchased a Prince Y frame triple threat racquet and played with it for the first time last night. The racquet is/was perfect for the type of style I wanted to incorparate into my game (more defensive/clearing shots, shorts and drop shots) etc but after only 25 minutes of playing the shaft broke on me (from the handle) whilst doing a smash

    It shocked me a bit as my doubles oppenent had to duck as the head flew towards him as some speed, luckily no one injured, just a broken racquet

    I had to go back to my trusted Carlton AS1 to complete the match

    Has any one got any recommmandations for durable, defensive racquets please, I do have quite a strong smash

    The company I purchased it from will accept it back for a new replacement racquet
    The Karakal M-Tec 80 standard and also the Tattoo are maybe the strongest frames on the market...the paint is super tough too...
    The standard is headlite and still has strong smash....The tattoo model is my favorite and I have never had a better defensive racket...80 gram frame weight....67.5cm long 8.5 stiffness of shaft and can be bought in 28.5 balance point or 29.0....cost is 85usd for M-Tec 80 and 100 usd for Tattoo....They all have a 6 month warranty if bought from Gia Dinh Sports..

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    What's your budget?

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    Cheers for the response

    My budget is 70 GBP sterling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karakalkat View Post
    The Karakal M-Tec 80 standard and also the Tattoo are maybe the strongest frames on the market...the paint is super tough too...
    The standard is headlite and still has strong smash....The tattoo model is my favorite and I have never had a better defensive racket...80 gram frame weight....67.5cm long 8.5 stiffness of shaft and can be bought in 28.5 balance point or 29.0....cost is 85usd for M-Tec 80 and 100 usd for Tattoo....They all have a 6 month warranty if bought from Gia Dinh Sports..
    Hi

    I was looking at previous quotes and noticed that the Karakal seem to be very durable

    As long as the shaft is study then im game to purchase one

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    Since you are based in the UK, you can consider buying stuff from www.centralsports.co.uk

    Maybe you could consider picking up a Carlton Fireblade S-Lite.

    Also consider www.mybadmintonstore.com based in Hong Kong, but ships everything for free internationally.

    Hope that helps.

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    Cheers

    I usually purchase my shuttle cocks from central sports

    I purchased my racquet from sweatband.com and theyve got karkakal racquets available so il more than likely upgrade to one of their top end range

    cheers for all your advise guys

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    So you are defensive player correct? You can have a look at SOTX Woven 2, Woven 5, Woven 8 and Woven 9 from Puppysports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phandrew View Post
    So you are defensive player correct? You can have a look at SOTX Woven 2, Woven 5, Woven 8 and Woven 9 from Puppysports.
    Hi, yes I play defensive

    The place I purchased my racquet from (online) does not sell SOTX racquets and from the reviews Ive read of the Karakal racquets durablity/strength they should do the trick (fingers crossed)

    I'l bear the sotx in mind though

    Cheers

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    My 2 cents for Karakal (M-tec 70). I destroyed a Wilson something or other in a clash. Not a scratch/ding/dent on my frame. His racquet head split clean apart around 9 o'clock position. I was doing a backhand drop and he was going for a forehand smash.

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