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09-22-2011, 12:02 PM #1548
09-22-2011, 03:26 PM #1549
Mini review I've not played enough with it yet to fully judge it, an update will come tomorrow probably...
Before I go further, everyone here knows how much I rate the SW35 and for the SW35 is the best racket ever made by any company. I cannot compare the MX80 to the SW35, as I haven't played with my SW35 recently due to vacations and studies. I will get them both strung up next week though, and then I can give a direct comparison then.
Weight/Grip Size: 3UG2 (I was told that it was 88g+)
Original grip removed, replaced with a thin layer of RKEP G09L, that's it.
Haven't measured BP, but it's similar to the SW35.
Ok, so for me this racket plays very similar to my SW35. When you swing it when playing a clear for example, you can feel the head weight, but when defending a smash, the weight in the head is gone! Strange. Easier to defend with than SW35 I felt.
Round the net, no problems. Everything is easy to perform as you would expect. The head speed of this racket is impressive, it's fun to get involved in drive rallies with your opponents with this racket, usually something I would try and avoid, now it's something I try and encourage by stepping up in the court trying to force my opponents to take me on.
As someone mentioned earlier, backhand stuff seems to be fairly simple, this for me is actually a bad thing, as it encourages me to be really lazy. (I have noticed myself when playing training matches just deciding to turn and play the high backhand, cause I know I can a good length on it.
The one thing I would say, is that I haven't quite mastered smashing with this racket yet. I suppose it's just a timing issue, but during my training matches, I tended to drag my smashes into the net. (I'm pressuming this is down to the racket being faster than all the rackets I've used since my NS9900 2 years ago) therefore I'm swinging to quickly, and ultimately hitting the shuttle at a more downward angle causing it to go into the net. Again with time this will come to me
The shaft of this racket, isn't as stiff as people have made it out to be, for me, it's not quite as stiff as the SW35, but it's almost there. The one thing I would say about the shaft is it reminds me of the SW35. When you play a clear for example with the MX80. You get great feedback and feel, something I feel the SW35 also possesses.
Hopefully I can be more comprehensive after giving it more hours. I have no tournaments for another 3 weeks, so I have time to decide...
Question is, will i stick with the MX80, or go back to the SW35... Place your bets now!
09-22-2011, 03:57 PM #1550
09-22-2011, 04:02 PM #1551
09-22-2011, 04:20 PM #1552
The thing is, I know like the back of my hand everything about the SW35. I have full confidence in the racket. Of course as the MX80 Is new, it has to earn the trust. definitely going the right way about it so far...
Maybe we can have a "official" comparison of the two rackets. Just give me time to get my SW35's restrung.
09-22-2011, 04:32 PM #1553
09-22-2011, 04:47 PM #1554
09-22-2011, 09:06 PM #1555
I am going to get a couple more for sure, is your racket 3u or 4u? whats the code CN or HK or TW ? my VT70 is 4u4 SP mint condition as well. I am definitely up for a swap still.
09-23-2011, 01:01 AM #1556
Got my MX80!!!!! Big thanks to visor for organising the group buy.
So it's a wet weight of 98g (that is VS850 at 27lbs and RKEP G09 grips and I left the plastic wrapping on the handle). So I guess I got a dry weight of 88g? Any cons for leaving the plastic wrapping on?
My MX80 seems less HH but more stiff than my VT80. Definitely more accurate in my placement shots with the MX80 but slightly less smashing power. No adjustments were necessary when switching between the two rackets. Played 4 games of singles with a split 2-2. Each racket was 1-1 on the night. Need more time with the MX80. But I feel I will love them both and depending on my mood will determine which racket I will use for the session. Used Yonex AS30 which lasted only 1 feather per game. Probably could have stretched it but most likely would have switch to a new feather mid-game.
Thanks again to visor. You're the best.
09-23-2011, 01:08 AM #1557
09-23-2011, 05:44 AM #1558
09-23-2011, 08:12 AM #1559
09-23-2011, 11:14 AM #1560
09-25-2011, 12:33 PM #1561
Finally, I had some time with the new racket and it felt a tad weird, weird but in a good way though. ^^
The stiffness does not reduce after some hard hits, its head heavy but much faster than the vt80 and still, packs some beef.
Actually the used tension was about 24lbs, but it felt like 26-27 with the given Victor string. Guess, it feels harder due to the new string pattern. If this solution can reduce the required string tension and hence make the string least a tad longer, than it would be awesome I figure
Made up my mind, 3X MX80 will replace my Vt80
09-26-2011, 12:17 PM #1562
09-26-2011, 12:57 PM #1563
09-26-2011, 01:24 PM #1564
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