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Thread: REVIEW: Adidas adipower tour
07-20-2013, 01:22 AM #1
REVIEW: Adidas adipower tour
Adidas adizero pro Badminton Racket Review
For the last three weeks, I have been fortunate to have an adipower tour to examine, use, abuse(!) as well as hit some shuttles with it. This is the third adidas racquet I have managed to review and the second in the adipower range. You can read my review of the Adidas adipower pro here.
I received the Adidas adipower tour Badminton Racket, courtesy of Olym Sports for testing. The racquet was marked as 'sample'. Certainly, this was a racquet I was looking forward to trying after my experience with the adipower pro. For that racquet, I found it head heavy giving a solid impact feel to hitting the shuttle. There are four models in the premium adipower range of racquets. The adipower tour described as being less head heavy than the other in the range. I used the racquet interchangeably between training sessions, singles and doubles games.
You'll see the adipower range all have the same design. There are subtle differences in the colors of the accents between the different racquets. The adipower tour has more emphasis on red trimming on a black base
The style of the racquet is what I would describe as sleek, smooth and raring to go. If it was a car, I'd imagine it to be a black Volkswagen Golf GTi. Yet, will I get as much fun using this racquet as driving a Golf GTi?
This was an interesting experience. You can see the racquet being strung in this video we made earlier. Just to recap, the stringing session was organised by mybadminton store and filmed at Olym sports in Hong Kong.
Here, we strung the adipower tour with Yonex BG66 at 27lbs. The machine was set to give a 10% pre-stretch. The strings were chosen deliberately for the purposes of this review (see below for the pictures).
Just trying out some dry swings, the racquet feels fast and nice 'whoosh' sound to it. That's a good start but doesn't really tell us how it performs on the court. Please note that I only use feather shuttles for this review - I heard some other shuttlecocks have synthetic material but the less said about those the better.
I start off with practicing drives. The adipower tour has a nice feel with swing not feeling head heavy but not head light either - it can be described as an even balance. I would rate the feeling of the racquet as medium stiff.
Going on to clears, there are no issues here. You get what you want and put into the shot.
Smashes feel crisp. If anything, the racquet could do with a little more weight behind the smash. You can get a good smash but depending on your technique, don't depend on the racquet to give you a 'heavy' smash. I noticed quite a few times if the sweet spot is not hit perfectly, you will feel a fair amount of vibration down the shaft. It' gets worse the further you are from the sweetspot. Ordinarily, this wouldn't bother me much. However, I do have some Golfer's elbow and the vibration is quite uncomfortable when it happens. The answer is to back off on the power but this is not exactly my objective when I want to smash. Those with slight niggles in the tendons around the elbow (and that's probably a lot of us) may find it exacerbates the symptoms.
Netshots are pretty routine. The racquet offers allows me the degree of control I expect for netshots.
Defensive shots were enjoyable to perform - not on par with the adizero pro but still very good. Counter from smashes and drives were good as were mid court drives.
In conclusion, the Adidas adipower tour is a racquet that can act as an all rounder for those who switch between singles and doubles. It's a racquet that's suited for the all rounder. Thus, you'll find there is no one outstanding feature of the racquet. If you have had symptoms in your arms, be cautious about the amount of vibration that can travel into your arm - especially for those off centre shots.
Last edited by Cheung; 07-20-2013 at 01:28 AM.
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08-15-2013, 04:59 AM #2
great review, cheung.
how does this racket compare with victor mx60? they seems quite similar on the spec. which one is stiffer? which one has more weight on the head (by swing)? thanks
08-15-2013, 05:47 AM #3
I have never tried a MX60 so cannot answer your question. Sorry!
08-18-2013, 06:29 AM #4
08-18-2013, 10:25 PM #5
Thank you for your review and thoughts on the Adidas racket....I am very interested in it!
08-19-2013, 03:01 AM #6
Personally, I think the AdiPower Tour is the pick of the Adidas range if you like 'Mid' style all-rounder rackets like the MX60.
Of course it's going to feel different, so if you get something like what you think is excess vibration in a racket, then string it a bit looser than you normally would, or use a softer feeling string.
To get the best out of a new racket you have to work with it.
08-29-2013, 10:15 PM #7
I went back to trying the adipower tour after my holidays, weight gain, weight loss, training and the world championships.
The string broke so I had it strung at 25lbs with BG66 (constant pull). I'd have to say it feels pretty good and for me, good on drives (I play counterattacking style) My elbow is still sensitive but not as bad as before. However, I can still feel the vibration on smashing.
11-09-2013, 12:40 AM #8
Where can I buy this (online) and ships to the Philippines?