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Thread: Yonex ArcSaber Z Slash Review
09-30-2009, 10:32 AM #783
09-30-2009, 11:09 AM #784
Played with my new ArcZ for the third time last night, and as usual I'd to switch back to the AT900P after an hour of playing. Found it very inconsistent, therefore over-hitting and mis-hitting quite frequently. IMO between the 2 Arcs, the Arc10 is friendlier. Got used to the AT900P right away a month ago. The 2 Arc10s took almost 3 months and 4 months and still not used to them. Re-strung both at different tensions a few times to be fair. Sold both of them. All the racquets mentioned are 3UG3 strung 26/28 #s with BG80. Just love the AT900P in all aspects...may get another as a spare. Good for now till the next new one
09-30-2009, 02:05 PM #785
09-30-2009, 05:00 PM #786
Okay, so I put two hours in with the new ZS. It's a weird racket that's going to take a bit of getting used to I gotta say. Jury is definitely still out. It's definitely got good punch if you get everything right, but I had trouble putting the whole package together.
I'm not sure I like BG80 at mid tensions, so I'm almost hoping the tension drops off after a few weeks like it did with my AT900T.
09-30-2009, 09:50 PM #787
09-30-2009, 10:09 PM #788
The ZS is a completely different racket. To me it feels neutral in the hand, perhaps even a bit heavy even as a 3U. You do actually notice the smaller head, even though back-to-back there's not much in it.
I think if you're a reasonably skilled player you'll be able to eek a good game out of it, but at this early stage I think A Graders will be able to get the most out of it. The sweet-spot seems very specific and it's not a forgiving racket if you're having a bad day or not well drilled like a more top level player.
I need some more time to get in tune with the ZS (I won't be quick to write-off rackets ever again - my new Carlton is a cracker of a racket with the right strings) but the ZS and AT900T probably could not be more different.
09-30-2009, 10:40 PM #789
09-30-2009, 10:51 PM #790
09-30-2009, 10:52 PM #791
09-30-2009, 11:38 PM #792
10-01-2009, 12:17 AM #793
10-01-2009, 12:46 AM #794
hmm...seems from the reviews that its quite mixed, between easy to play to difficulties in getting used to...
well...think its individual preference and skill level end of the days...hope i can use my ZS proficiently tis Sat (can't hardly wait)...otherwise, it'll be another white elephant...
not to worry, will post my experience...and for those think about taking the plunge...do it if you don't mind the cost and prefer yonex rackets...
10-01-2009, 01:19 AM #795
Tried it for 2hrs with my Z... strung at 25lbs with BG80 and I must say I am very disappointed with the racket... It could be my technique but I got no power out of this racket... I have alot more power using the panda ultra prototype @26lbs with Ashaway ZM67, my Li-Ning N70 @25x28 with BG80 and my ARC10 @26lbs as well... I will try to re-string it at 26lbs but I don't think that'd make a difference and give it another try... yes the racket is quick and I did well on defense but I got no power on clears and smashes...
10-01-2009, 01:23 AM #796
I agree that the sweetspot of AT900T is HUGE!
I feel ARCZ has a sweetspot similar to NS8000.
When you hit on the small area, everything is cool.
If not, you suffer.
Something is better than NS8000 is that the sweetspot of ARCZ is very clear to sense.
For people got good skills, ARCZ is a wonderful weapon after some days or months practice.
10-01-2009, 02:25 AM #797
Anyone have a comparison experience with Arc7 to Z Slash?
10-01-2009, 06:03 AM #798
My two cents of the Arc Z Slash after 2 sessions, perhaps i need to get used to the racket more :
Felt like an extra stiff racket (though it classified as Stiff only).... similar stiffness to Mp100... stiffer than an Mp99, Old / New Ti10, Cab30ms or old At700.
Head heavy balance, slightly head heavy to Mp99 or Cab30ms whom i considered even balance.
Quite a fast racket, easily manouevrable, clears and lifts are good. Better than the yellow Ti10.
Control and Feel is nice. In fact, quite good control.
Sweetspot is small thou, thus it is quite an unforgiving racket. However, if can hit the sweetspot, power is definitely there (which explains for the creation of this racket)...and i am still trying to find the sweetspot consistently.
10-01-2009, 06:23 AM #799
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