Thread: New Racket
12-30-2008, 01:23 PM #1
Hey, im in desperate need of a new racket, preferably yonex, but i dont want to spend anything over around £50, i've been playing casually for about 6 years and i'd consider myself amateur. any names of rackets and where i can get them would be great help.
12-30-2008, 01:41 PM #2
It really depends on what type of player you are , if you could tell us then i could try and help. I would also say , have a look at some smaller brands , some of them have really good rackets that would be under £50
12-30-2008, 01:52 PM #3
i guess im an all round player veering on offensive.
12-30-2008, 04:32 PM #4
well i would suggest a head heavy racket , but really it does depend a lot. So many different choices ,try looking around. But i would suggest a head heavy racket for your offensive shots.
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12-30-2008, 04:50 PM #5
what was your old racket?
- why do you need the new racket
-any other considerations?
12-31-2008, 10:46 AM #6
um it was a yonex isometric
ive had the same one for about 4 or 5 years and i need a change
im really fairly open for suggestion as long as its affordable
12-31-2008, 10:53 AM #7
Karakal MTec 80? It's a good allround racket and should be reasonably priced for you if you are in Norwich, UK. The MTec 80 weighs 80 grams (unstrung and no grip) and is leaning toward being slightly head heavy. For an allrounder, it should be fine Expect to pick it u for about £48. There is a tattoo limited edition MTec 80 which has the same specs but a different colour scheme and costs slightly more. This is an awesome racket too but as you're on a tight budget, just a normal MTec 80 will suffice.
12-31-2008, 11:06 AM #8
cool! that looks good! what about the yonex MP 22lt? i saw that somewhere for around the same price.
12-31-2008, 01:33 PM #9
The MP22 is a very nice looking racket but Yonex paint chips very easily so within a little while of playing doubles, your new(ish) racket will look very battle scarred. If you want your racket to be with you for a long time, you may find the paint chips frustrating. I did when I owned a Yonex Arcsaber 10. Also, if you intend to string at even moderately high tensions with the Yonex; you'll void your warranty. Don't worry, it can take much higher tensions than 17-22Lbs (the first MP22, the sky blue one is 2U and can go to 24Lbs) but if anything else goes wrong, Yonex can and most probably will blame you for stringing it at to high a tension. Karakal warrant their rackets all the way up to the heady heights of 30Lbs, probably far higher than you'd ever dare to go. I just think the Karakal MTec 80 is a better choice even though the MP22 isn't at all bad.
01-01-2009, 06:03 AM #10
ok, thanks for your help!
01-06-2009, 09:28 AM #11
hey, ive been looking around and i came across a karakal aero speed 860 for about £30 is this a good buy?
01-06-2009, 10:37 AM #12
Well, it's about the going rate - that model is fairly low down in the Karakal range.
For 39.99GBP you could get the MTec85 (milletsports) - it's 5g heavier than the MTec80, so it might even suit you better (heavier makes it easier for a beginner to get power).
To be honest, with the amount you're going to end up spending on club membership, transport to/from sports hall, strings, clothing, etc etc; an extra 10 or 20 pounds on a racket is nothing. There's no need to spend 100+ on the latest Yonex, but you shouldn't skimp on a racket either.
01-06-2009, 11:24 AM #13
I'd still defend my choice of the MTec 80 but the MTec 85 is awesome too. If you're really on a budget, go for the 85, if not, consider how much weight you like and make your decision.
01-10-2009, 01:17 PM #14
good point well made! ahh just when i thought i was settled on a racket, i saw the SL 80, its about the same price and in my opinion it looks better, is this as good as the mtec 80?
01-10-2009, 02:06 PM #15
different head shapes. i think. Mtec is iso, while SL is more oval.
01-10-2009, 02:07 PM #16
is that the only difference?
01-10-2009, 04:28 PM #17
Yes - that and the paint job.
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