I'm one of those people who think that a racket doesn't make that much of a difference. It's your skill, your determination, your mindset that is important. A racket is just a tool necessary to execute the strokes and as long as it remotely matches your preferences, you'll do fine. There's pros and cons to every racket and when I lose, it cannot be the rackets fault. Consistency (having the same racket with the same grip and same strings more than once) is so much more important to me than always hunting for the racket that might be a slightly better fit. As much fun as it can be to try new equipment, having to find a new racket is more of an annoying task to me. A few years back, when I was facing this task, three rackets ended up to be the final contenders. Yonex Z-Force II Babolat X-Feel Blast Babolat Satelite Blast The Z-Force II felt very unbalanced when I first picked it up. It got better pretty quickly, but I didn't have the chance to spend a whole lot of time with it, so some doubts remained. The X-Feel Blast was a great racket. Nice and stiff shaft, stiffer than the other two, great in many ways…. But the T-Joint was not stable enough, so powerful shots would end up all over the place, even if I hit just a little bit off-center. This is exaggerated to make a point. The Satelite Blast wasn‘t perfect either. A little bit slower due to the larger head, a little bit too much flex in some situations, but a very stable and solid racket. Since there was no perfect racket, I let the price decide and settled for the Satelite. I still have this racket, I’m still happy with it, I don't have the desire to change it…. So why do it anyway? A few months ago, I got in touch with Adidas and on their way to enter the Badminton Market in Europe, they offered me (as a coach) a sponsorship. After sending me some mid-range rackets to convince me of the quality they offered, I was happy to accept that offer, despite knowing that I'm also on the list for a Babolat contract. I just think that more competition is always good and it might introduce some innovation as well. Looking at their lineup, only two rackets really cought my eye Überschall F3 Wucht P8 I had to decide without testing them though, but I did get to test two other Überschall rackets, the F1 and F2. Both are too flexible for me, but they seem to be well thought out rackets. Quite fast, despite the large head size (not extra large, but not compact like the P8), quite forgiving… but all Überschall rackets come with a rather open stringing pattern with a lot more space between the cross strings than 'normal‘. This in combination with the sword frame (well, it's my guess that that's the main reasons) leads to a less solid feedback than I'm used to. I think with a thicker string, I would like the racket, but it seemed like a gamble without trying it, especially since it seems to be on the lighter side of my preferences. I'm not an international player or anything alike, so there is a rather strict budget. Going with the cheaper racket would yield some advantages, but still… That only left the question 3U or 4U for the P8 and after a short conversation with the European territory manager for Adidas Badminton mentioning my racket preferences, history and last decision, he only said, „You'll love the P8 in 3U.“ So it was settled…. My marriage was arranged. Due to some delays (Adidas moving to a different warehouse, me being out of the country, …), I still have to wait probably around two weeks, but I'm sure it's worth the wait and I should have a good first impression of my new wife by the end of this month. Just to clear things up Adidas does not pay me or encourage me in any way to write this. I will say my honest opinion. A few days back I read around here, that somebody was missing information on Adidas rackets, so I thought it me be a good way to share my experience. The sponsorship is just for use their equipment as a player and coach to give some exposure. You'll also see it on my YouTube channel (I just wear whatever I wear regularly anyway), but I don't want to start making reviews there and again, I'm not getting paid in any way, I just agreed to use what I'll get. I will not let anybody tell me what to say about it.