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    maybe they strung it in a hurry

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    Picked up a Gosen Ryoga Shiden yesterday as a spare to, or to compliment, my Yonex FB SP (who knows, might replace the FB as my main). Wanted to get something close to the weight distribution and feel of the FB but with more punch, felt a some other Yonex racquets I thought may suit (NR700FX, NS9900) and some that wouldn't (VT80), due to this thread and another on here, I decided to seek out a Ougi and Shiden for a feel, couldn't find the Ougi but had luck with the Shiden.

    The shiden is surprisingly well matched to the FB for feel and weight, at least to me it is and that's what counts I'm going to head out tomorrow for a session, hopefully will have the opportunity to give the shiden a good run - if I do I'll post some results on here.

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    varsis : the shiden feels just as agile as the FB! but the shaft is more resilient, extremely stiff and whippy, the repulsion's fantastic.

    i still have my shiden with the FBs.. but i use them slightly lesser now as i'm toying with an arc11 at the moment..

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    I am still thinking whether I should get a shiden again or buy a z force for more power? I am going to play doubles most of the time. Shiden may be better for doubles but z force is not too bad as well, I love the feel from z force when I smash lol. And both of them are quite expensive too ><

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    I had a decent 2 hour session with the Shiden (V1/Blue), though not at full force due to a flu/cold, and I'm impressed. It's a quick racquet, with good back court power, I also felt good control of the shuttlecock. It's going to take a little more time to get used to the racquet, however I'm very happy with the choice and think I'm going to get a lot more out of this racquet.

    To compare the play of the FB, I feel as though the FB is a bit better front-mid court than the Shiden for control and speed, however the extra snap/power I got from the Shiden is going to make me favour the Shiden for now. I should also clarify that the Shiden doesn't lack much speed in comparison to the FB, however the head feels a little heavier and that's the reason why the FB is better up close. Both racquets have their Pros and Cons, I think they will compliment each other and be good backups to each other when/if strings break.

    vajrasattva: the repulsion is great, you were 100% correct!

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    Oh, I should also mention I strung the Shiden with BG80 Power (meant to go BG80, didn't notice the P, heh) @ 24lbs. The FB was also strung with BG80P @ 24lbs.

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    Got myself a Tenbu (Zymax62 @2 6 pound) and very pleased with it.

    It excels in speed and control, great for drives, net plays, drops are pretty easy too.

    I am happy to confirm what people above me say about the shaft, it really is awesome.

    I can get some amazing power out of smash but not yet consistently after two sessions, this is probably down to my personal skill level.

    My personal opinion is that it is quicker, has more control and possibly has more smash power than NS9900 (UK)
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    A local shop is now stocking Gosen and frankly they look pretty classy.

    Excuse my laziness, but which model is closest to my current go-to?

    88g wet
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    Medium+ stiffness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post
    A local shop is now stocking Gosen and frankly they look pretty classy.

    Excuse my laziness, but which model is closest to my current go-to?

    88g wet
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    Medium+ stiffness

    Check out the Gosen Ryoga Issen.

    It has two colors, red or dark gray

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    What existing rackets from other manufacturers would you compare it to?

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    I would say the most similar would be a MX60 or a Voltric 80 (but more stiff and less head heavy)

    It is a great offensive racket for doubles or singles as it is not too slow for defensive when compared tot my Voltric Z Force.

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    The MX60 and VT80 are very different rackets. Not so much in stiffness but in balance.

    Has anyone actually weighed and measured any of the Ryoga series???

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    I meant the Issen BP is in between a VT80 and MX60

    Shaft is stiffer than VT80

    If you are really curious about it, why don't you head down the the shop and try it? (* because of unstrung rackets, I typically bring some lead tape and stick a piece on T joint and another piece at top of the frame to simulate the string weight.

    It would be much more accurate than description with words.lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post
    The MX60 and VT80 are very different rackets. Not so much in stiffness but in balance.

    Has anyone actually weighed and measured any of the Ryoga series???
    mostly are flat 88 grams with string and original grip on.

    the balance i probably had described earlier. the shiden/ougi's in the lower range of 281-283
    the issen is at abt 297 or so, even higher if i didnt have an overgrip on.

    the issen plays really nicely, it is extremely aerodynamic, and it feels almost like an even balanced racquet although it is head heavy. as i'm currently back to being obsessed with truly head heavy racquet, i had to move on from the issen.

    point to note, the repulsion on most of the ryoga series racquets are excellent, string one with a repulsive string at 25-26 lbs and get ready for the shuttle to spring off the stringbed effortlessly!

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    Okay, well, the Issen sounds like a nice spec for me then. Of course that's the only Ryoga model they don't have in the shop, but I might ask them to get one in for me to take a look at.

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    i am looking for gosen racket.
    which 1 is the best racket for me?
    am looking for a fast racket , but head heavy (lighter than VT80 - so that have power when smash)
    and all round.
    is issen suitable? or shiden/ougi /Tenbu.
    mostly playing double both in attacking and defending.
    thanks

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    btw...forget to say that i am currently using ARC11TH (light and fast but no power) and VT80. (power in smashing but head heavy )

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