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Thread: Yonex Voltric 80 ( VT80 )
07-15-2011, 04:57 AM #1650
I tried my voltric today, i had to sort of get used to it because i had never used a head heavy racket before, i was using the Arc10 before, but i am slowly getting use to vt80, i dont see much differrnce in power....
07-15-2011, 10:08 AM #1651
07-15-2011, 05:02 PM #1652
07-18-2011, 09:49 PM #1653
After swinging it about at home it didn't feel like anything special. Just much more head heavy than my current AT800.
Last night I finally got to play with it and it didnt feel head heavy at all. Smashes make a lovely sound and are satisfying.
Smashes seemed pretty powerful (well sound powerful anyway) and I'm pretty sure they will hit harder once the 25lb tension drops a tad.
I have to mention the sound smashes make again. If you're an offensive player playing against club or mid league players the smash sound is gonna be demoralising.
07-18-2011, 11:37 PM #1654
Hi bazzaman, you didn't feel the head heaviness? Are you using 3U or 4U?
07-18-2011, 11:52 PM #1655
I've been regularly playing with my 3U VT80 for about 2 months now and I've definitely become accustomed to the "head heaviness" - it feels absolutely normal to me now. Almost any other racket feels head light to me now!
07-19-2011, 01:58 AM #1656
07-19-2011, 09:55 AM #1657
3UG5 @ 25lb BG80
07-20-2011, 10:55 AM #1658
Here's a story about me and the Voltric 80. I'm a low intermediate-level player and have pretty much never bought or use a high-end racquet before and have always played with cheap but genuine ones (2 so far). By the way, both my previous racquet was 4U Headlight Carltons stringed at 21lbs with THICK grips. Was looking to upgrade just to get the latest racquet (my old ones are still fine) since i havent bought one for 4 years (stop playing for 3 years actually and just stated playing again 1/2 year ago).
So here i was scouring the internet and forums for my 1st and next new high-end racquet with no idea about all the features like Balance point..repulsion..3U..4U..grip size..tensions or whatever those features and new technology supposable effect on my game (I learned most of those from this forum and Paul's website : ) ) and finally bought the Voltric 80 based on its raved reviews.
My V80 was stringed with BG66u at 25lbs (i know!..4 lbs too high) and is a 3U with thin grip. My first impression? A total mess..i hate it! But i kept using it thinking that i need to adapt and using a heavy racquet and high tension will strenghthen me further. However, after 4 sessions (roughly 3hrs session 4 days a week), i revert back to my Carlton (played better with it) and almost sold the V80.
The power (smash and clear) is there and are effortless went excecuted perfectly compared to my old racquets, but they are very inconsistent as i kept hitting the frame and miss the sweetspot alot!. Not to mention how fast and easily tired i was when using it although i never felt the soreness in the arms which i expected due to 4lbs higher tension and headheavy racquet. Not to forget, my smash defence was horrid. The net play was great from the start though.
I decided to give it 1 last try on the 5th session and boy was i glad. My clears were all the way to the backcourt even when pressured..my smash was smashing ..my net and dropshot was as great as the 1st time i used it....the control i get from using the thin grip..and my smash defence is back to normal (sometimes better)..and best of all..i was able to do this consistently for 5 straight games..this racquet's GREAT!!!..far better than my Carlton..i loved it..11 sessions in..and i still love it..
Just feel like sharing this so those who find it hard to adapt.. Don't give up just yet..give it a chance. On another note, i find this racquet requires you to improve your technique in order to benifit from it..i definately felt i somehow improve using my Carlton after using the V80 for awhile..but maybe thats just me
Last edited by Weezzerr; 07-20-2011 at 11:09 AM.
07-20-2011, 12:18 PM #1659
I agree with Weezzer. It took me about 3 sessions of 1hr singles play to feel comfortable with the VT80. And due to singles play...I have more stamina and tire far less than I did previously.
Played singles again last night with my friend with his Arc 10. His play has been consistent compared to his VT70. We played 3 games using new feathers Victor Tournament. Maybe we got some old stock but we used 1 feather per game (pretty crappy). Maybe it's the feathers or I'm getting stronger but for some reason, I kept hitting the shuttle out (long) when doing clears. I lost several points because of that. I still prefer the Yonex AS50 (as does my friend).
My friend was so happy at the end of the night cuz he finally won 2 games during a session.
I'm wanting to buy another VT80 (maybe 3UG5 this time) or the VT80 LTD just for singles play (to avoid chips). And use my current VT80 for doubles (cuz it now has 3 HUGE chips due to 2 clashes with newbies in doubles play).
Is it wrong for me to want my VT80 to break to justify buying a new one??
07-21-2011, 12:01 AM #1660
Canuck, how bad were the clashes?
07-21-2011, 12:56 AM #1661
1st clash was when she was front left and I was back right. We both went for the shuttle that was mid right. It was sorta behind her so I went for a lift. Clashed rackets and a small chip (5mm I guess?) was the result.
2nd clash with the same girl. I smashed the shuttle from the back left (she was front right/mid) and it was poorly returned. The shuttle was going to mid left and was primed for a smash. So naturally this juicy set up, I went full bore for a smash. Full swing only to see a racket appear before me. No let up at all and I swear sparks flew (or at least saw the paint chips fly away). 2 HUGE chips (1 cm wide) were the result. The VT80 still plays fine. Just doesn't look mint anymore.
07-21-2011, 01:00 AM #1662
What happens to her racket? Still in one piece too?
07-21-2011, 01:12 AM #1663
Yeah...her Victor BS11 survived (as far as I know cuz I haven't heard anything about it). Don't know how bad her chips are since I didn't look at her racket afterwards.
07-21-2011, 02:52 AM #1664
So the durability has improved over previous models.
07-21-2011, 12:23 PM #1665
I don't understand why everyone thinks the VT80 3U is really heavy. I tried it last night and honestly it wasn't that heavy during doubles games that I was playing. It felt really manageable then again I do use the AT700 for doubles quite regularly. Might pick one up later in the year...
07-21-2011, 12:28 PM #1666
It isn't really that heavy... I can't imagine using something lighter... The 3U is perfect for me... My defense improved with the VT80 3U compare to my AT900P 3U...
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