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    For me, I'm starting to worry about my racket... Z-Slash TH, lately I have been trying to go for those angled smashes then thunderous smashes. Around my cone I can see cracks and chips. I find that whenever I got for a steep smash, the head is slightly slowly then the my wrist compared to the Voltric 80. At the moment I'm actually finding it difficult to explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LD rules! View Post
    I thought you loved this thing?
    To be honest, I still do, the feeling when catching the sweet spot is like no other racket. However, as the standard improves, the lack of little consistency, is what seperates winning and losing. ( another note is that the frame, to me is weak with the z slash, and I don't fancy breaking and replacing to often )

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    I had the Z-slash for two years, and it was a fantastic racquet. Unfortunately, in a bad collision with a doubles partners racquet, it split on the head and had a clean break, so I invested in a new one. The Z-Slash had excellent control around the court and and added great power when you hit the 'sweet spot' of the strings. It was the perfect racquet for me as I am 15 and whilst still developing strength in my shots, the Z-Slash assisted perfectly in my forehand shots and especially, with its lightness, in my backhand. However, I feel that at only county standard, it did not improve my smash significantly, but did its best work at the front of the court, and when clearing. I was tempted to choose the same one again, but after two years, felt I needed something in a slightly different genra of racquet.
    The Voltric 80 however, is what I decided to go for over the Z-force and Voltric 60 & 70. This VT80 assisted in a different area. My smash instantly felt stronger and more powerful, and I could hear I difference slightly in the tone of my shot, but I fear the "sound filter" was simply a marketing point and most certainly will not "mentally put the opponent at ease" as the change is so minute. I think the ownership and reputation of the racquet will have more of an effect 'mentally' on the opponent. Both racquets are light and controllable.
    The VT80 is for the player who is looking for more aggression on the court and is wanting to develop power and wrist strength and attack more in play, like I am, and the Z-Slash for more experienced players, looking for absolute control on court with exceptional defense but deliver an pleasing smash when required.
    If I owned neither, I admit I would probably choose the Z-Slash, even now, but they are two very different racquets and the Voltric 80 is better for me currently and will improve my game immensely. Hope this helped!

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    Its great that you analysed it, I was playing today and it is quite clear that the Z-Slash is good for control and the VT-80 for power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew tze en View Post
    Its great that you analysed it, I was playing today and it is quite clear that the Z-Slash is good for control and the VT-80 for power.
    i thought z slash was an attacking racket, and recorded the fastest smash ever 262mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by robotshuttle View Post
    i thought z slash was an attacking racket, and recorded the fastest smash ever 262mph
    It is! That day that I was using it I felt that gave me more control but it is usually an offensive racket

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew tze en View Post
    For me, I'm starting to worry about my racket... Z-Slash TH, lately I have been trying to go for those angled smashes then thunderous smashes. Around my cone I can see cracks and chips. I find that whenever I got for a steep smash, the head is slightly slowly then the my wrist compared to the Voltric 80. At the moment I'm actually finding it difficult to explain.
    I have two ZSlashes (original and TH). The original also has the paint cracks where it joins with the shaft. To me, this was expected to some extent.

    You tend to find racquets that are either relatively flexible (old carbonex racquets for example) or have a badly assembled cone to have cracking of the paint/cone where it meets the shaft. This is because the shaft bends/moves more and so the cone suffers. With the Z-slash however, it's not so much that it is not stiff, it's because the shaft is a tad longer which allows it to flex more than usual and so suffers the same problem. This is also why you feel that your racquet head is trailing behind your wrist - because it is!

    I love the ZS, it is one of my favourite racquets but it does take a little time to get used to, even from session to session. I tend to prefer to play with it once I'm fully warmed up as you do need good timing. However for those that feel it is a little too unforgiving with it's small head, try the 8DX. The 8DX has been my go to racquet for a while now, yes it's not as powerful as the slash but it excels in almost all other areas. I noted a lot of people saying that the 8DX is just a Arc10 with another paint job, I personally couldn't disagree more. There's simply no comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    I have two ZSlashes (original and TH). The original also has the paint cracks where it joins with the shaft. To me, this was expected to some extent.You tend to find racquets that are either relatively flexible (old carbonex racquets for example) or have a badly assembled cone to have cracking of the paint/cone where it meets the shaft. This is because the shaft bends/moves more and so the cone suffers. With the Z-slash however, it's not so much that it is not stiff, it's because the shaft is a tad longer which allows it to flex more than usual and so suffers the same problem. This is also why you feel that your racquet head is trailing behind your wrist - because it is! I love the ZS, it is one of my favourite racquets but it does take a little time to get used to, even from session to session. I tend to prefer to play with it once I'm fully warmed up as you do need good timing. However for those that feel it is a little too unforgiving with it's small head, try the 8DX. The 8DX has been my go to racquet for a while now, yes it's not as powerful as the slash but it excels in almost all other areas. I noted a lot of people saying that the 8DX is just a Arc10 with another paint job, I personally couldn't disagree more. There's simply no comparison.
    Thanks for the information I bought a Voltric 80 a while ago and really enjoy the power and now I'm just messing around with the tension and the grip to find my favourite combination but I love the power from it as well as the Z-Slash

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    whats your favorute combination with a z-slsh , strings and grip

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    Quote Originally Posted by robotshuttle View Post
    whats your favorute combination with a z-slsh , strings and grip
    At the moment, it is (yellow)BG66 Utlimax @ 25/26lbs with yellow towel grip

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    For me, it's NBG95 (Silver) @27lb and white Artengo tacky overgrip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    For me, it's NBG95 (Silver) @27lb and white Artengo tacky overgrip.
    On my Voltric 80 it's (yellow) BG66 Ultimax @ 27lbs with white tacky grip or yellow towel grip

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    Quote Originally Posted by bh.bruce View Post
    for defence? vt80 for the win, for sure. your right, just because of the bigger frame but if the z-slash had a slightly bigger frame, it would be the perfect all around in my opinion. it is an amazing racket, just hard to use at points. risky,
    if you are a true z slash user the small head makes no difference at all, in fact I hate the larger heads now, they feel too bulky and they don't look right anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew tze en View Post
    On my Voltric 80 it's (yellow) BG66 Ultimax @ 27lbs with white tacky grip or yellow towel grip
    do you still use the z slash or do you prefer the voltric now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aznese View Post
    do you still use the z slash or do you prefer the voltric now?
    I still have both rackets.
    With the addition of the Arcsaber 10, I'm playing with the Arcsaber 10 for singles and Voltric 80.
    until my strings break on my Arcsaber 10, ill go back to playing with the Arcsaber Z-Slash

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew tze en View Post
    I still have both rackets.
    With the addition of the Arcsaber 10, I'm playing with the Arcsaber 10 for singles and Voltric 80.
    until my strings break on my Arcsaber 10, ill go back to playing with the Arcsaber Z-Slash
    so which one do you like the most for singles, doubles?

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    I prefer to play singles even though I play better in doubles because of my big smash.
    I can't really choose because I like both type of games equally but actually thinking about it. It would probably doubles because of the fast exchanges

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