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    ^ How's it for defence, blocks, drives, accuracy etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teebs View Post
    Hey Mark, will you be at the All England all week? I'm there Thursday night through till Monday morning playing journo. If you do bring the racket I'd love a look at it
    Depends when the Victor players get knocked out (or don't need any more stringing done). I'll be there Monday through Thurs at the very least, I should think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    ^ How's it for defence, blocks, drives, accuracy etc?
    @bobbinbette

    As compared to your Revelation?

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    ^ I'd say the revelation has the upper hand in anything that requires more speed. The Revelation was definitely better at drives and defense. Both were equally good at blocks and accuracy in my opinion.

    For me, the UPK has noticeably more overhead power, but also swings slower.

    In the end, both the UPK and Revelation are great rackets that play well in all fields. Each just excels in different aspects of the game.

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    Just strung three UPKs at 34lbs (maximum warranted is 35lbs if I'm not mistaken).

    Compared to the Precision Pro strung at the same tension and string, the UPK feels more lively and solid. Looking forward to playing them soon!

    Average spec: 86g, 295mm (reminds me a little like a cross between the first batch AT700 and MP100).

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    Default PandaPower Ultra Kevlar Review

    Well, the short review of the PandaPower Ultra Kevlar... this thing is a TANK, a beast, solid, powerful, and the most stable racket I have ever held.Specifications:
    Mass: 84.7g
    Balance Point: 292mm
    String: Ashaway ZM62 Red @ 30lbs

    Most outstanding feature: Stability of the Racket Frame

    The first thing that reminds me of the this racket is Marvel's Hulk. This racket is the epitome of what it means to have a stable frame. The stable frame provides tremendous power and feel/touch to the user.

    Of course, this assumes one can flex the shaft and generate power to begin with. This racket is relatively stiffer than most rackets, I have used.

    General shots:

    Smash/Clear: Very rewarding, again only if you can flex the shaft. Oh boy if you can, it does not disappoint at all.

    Drop: Stable frame gives great feedback, in which makes it an ease to touch/hit the bird over the net.

    Drive: A little slow to those are used to fast narrow frames. But not significant enough for me to notice/care.

    Conclusion: Very rewarding racket to those that can wield it. 10/10 for me.
    Your mileage will vary per user/player.

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    Had a short trip to singapore and happened to meet Derrick. He had just one Revelation with him. I decided to buy it.

    Met him on MRT station. He had carried his UK to show it to me, which he used personally. Then I asked him to sell it too to me. After a little hesitation, he obliged.

    He had strung it with Nanogy 98 @26

    And boy!! What a racquet it is. I have been kicking asses since last couple of days with UK. I never went beyond string tension @21 for my yonexes and li nings. Because even 23 used to be too stiff for me. But UK at 26 is a bomb. I have heard rumors that people have decided to buy shields, which they would hold in other hand while playing against me. And I was never a good smasher!

    But what I liked most about UK were the effortless clears. I build up my game on clears. And this one's a winner for me.

    Havent tried Revelation much. But again, from what I have judged from couple of games I played with it

    Revelation = UK + Better net placements and tumbling shots

    But yet to reach conclusion on revelation.

    Cant wait to buy UPK.

    I dont think I'd go back to my Yonexes and Li nings in near future. I even asked Derrick whether he'd like to buy them.

    He denied.
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    So you can already buy them? That's quick. What are the prices?

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    Panda Power Ultra Pro Kevlar 85g, 295mm bp
    Zymax 67 at 28lbs.

    This is a review still in progress

    Looks
    Love the golden buttcap on the racket. Aesthetically I love the look of the racket!
    I’ve had two opportunities to try out this racket. I got the racket used from Panda so it came with the string at 28lbs (originally ~30lbs), though the highest I’d ever previously used for 24lbs. So I had to get used to the racket and the string tension, but I handled it quite well.

    Clears, Smashes, Drives

    My serve, backhand overheads, and drives took a huge dip when starting out with the racket. I served quite high in the beginning (higher tension and racket), though I quickly adjusted the finger strength needed for the serve. I haven't got the timing down yet for the backhand clear or it's possible I haven't quite been able to flex the shaft on the backhand to get the power for a good clear like my previous rackets. It probably means my backhand technique needs work. I’ve also missed a lot points recently by driving just at or barely below the net tape when I get an opportunity for a very good and aggressive drive. But when I do get them over with a solid hit, very satisfying results. It's a little harder to swing around in fast driving, but it will get the job done if you have the speed and strength to wield it. All in all, I think I just need to get used to the racket’s swing speed and timing though.

    Clears: Like my TrinityPro, clears aren’t much of a problem with decent/solid technique and timing. Then again I think that applies to any good racket. The solid feeling definitely is quite rewarding as you see the shuttle sail to the backline on a clear.

    Smashes: Once I adjusted my timing, I really felt some extra oomph once I started hitting smashes on the sweet spot. Half power smashing during drills definitely felt more solid and flew noticeably quicker than before while retaining good steep angles. Then when it came to full smashes during the game, wow this thing can produce some power! Tried the racket on both plastic and feather smashing felt quite nice on both! I had a doubles game and it was my first time using the racket with minimal warm up. We lost pretty badly 21-11 with my numerous botched overheads as I tried to adjust to the racket. We played again an hour later after I had some time to get a feeling for the racket. I must have hit at least 6 unreturned booming smashes and a few more with weak returns that was put away by my partner. I think my opponents were quite confused after we won 21-12. That definitely put a smile on my face.
    It really feels solid and satisfying when you heat the sweet spot on the racket, more so than it does on my TrinityPro. Although my Tpro is head heavier (305 bp) and is the same weight as my UPK, I feel that the UPK definitely swings with a lot more weight behind it if you have the strength to bend the shaft. Stick smashes aren't as easy with this racket than my Tpro. Many of them flew flatter in trajectory than what I was used to. It's not a whippy racket. I need to adjust the strength I need to put into my stick smashes to reproduce the results I want. Additional review will come on that when I get the chance to play again.

    Delicate shots
    I haven’t had as much time to test the delicate shots on the racket like net shots and drop shots. The few times I did do drop shots, most went little long, though I recall hitting some nice straight slice fast drops that caught my opponents off guard. Most of the time I was playing a power game and I didn’t have much time to do drills and just hitting around. I didn’t have any problems with net kills. I was able to transition between rackets seamlessly in that aspect.

    This isn't a very comprehensive review yet because I was mainly testing the racket's power and see if it was really matched the fantastic reviews I've been reading. I was also looking to get a dedicated racket for just good smashing as a contrast to my previous rackets.

    So far though, I'm a very satisfied customer and I will continue to see what the racket has to offer! I will try to post more about the soft shots next time.
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    well after reading all these great reviews of the UPK i think i'll post some noob thoughts… on the rev .

    received from mark real quick about a month ago, don't remember the exact bp or weight but basically 3U/295 in ZM67 @ 24 lbs. Compared to the PP definitely feels slightly flexier which i now much prefer over the PP. Feels like kinda TP stiffness- well that's the only other racket have to compare so :S.

    Don't really know how to review so i'm just gonna say the it feels really good! and is also very stable you can feel small net shots as well as smashes on the racket- don't really know how to put it. String felt(and still feels) great. Oh and the buttcap looks amazing and the whole racket really- definitely the best looking racket i've had- so much better than in the pics.

    just dropped by to say how awesome it is really. would definitely recommend this to people who like… badminton

    Many thanks to Mark A and Dink

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzzards View Post
    Just strung three UPKs at 34lbs (maximum warranted is 35lbs if I'm not mistaken).

    Compared to the Precision Pro strung at the same tension and string, the UPK feels more lively and solid. Looking forward to playing them soon!

    Average spec: 86g, 295mm (reminds me a little like a cross between the first batch AT700 and MP100).
    After the confidence I gained from this week's stringing, mine is going right to the limit. Let's see how VS850 at 33/34 gets on...

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    There is still one UPK left, by the way - if it doesn't go soon, I'll have it myself!

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    Need one UPK. Can this racquet be shipped to US?

    The website says, currently not racquets available.

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    My 65yr old dad has performed some miracles on the court with Revelation, has stolen it from me and refuses to give it back. What am I supposed to do now?

    By the way, he asked me to say thanks to it's inventor.

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    If you're in the U.S., there are still a few UKs and Revs available, thanks.

    P.S. Thank you and your father.

    Quote Originally Posted by paroxysmal View Post
    My 65yr old dad has performed some miracles on the court with Revelation, has stolen it from me and refuses to give it back. What am I supposed to do now?

    By the way, he asked me to say thanks to it's inventor.

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    Clarification: the current Ultra is the Ultra Pro and it has kevlar reinforcement around the frame.

    Some are confused about the name.

    Technically it's the Ultra Pro but people have called it the:

    1) Ultra
    2) Ultra Pro
    3) Ultra Pro Kevlar
    4) U
    5) UP
    6) UPK
    7) UK
    8) Some other iteration of initials.

    They all refer to the same racket and there's only one version.

    It's probably best to call it the Ultra Pro Kevlar (UPK) to differentiate it from the past Ultras.

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    Do you guys wanna see a UPK with a broken shaft?

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