Having difficulty converting from AT900P to ZF2

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    1022292057 New Member

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    Hi,

    I recently changed racket from AT900P to ZF2 and I am having difficulty getting used to it.
    Particularly, I am getting better control with ZF2 but having difficulty generating the same power in smashes with ZF2.

    My previous rackets are AT700 -> AT800 OF -> AT900P, and I had no problem transitioning between these rackets before. They were all quite similar with their extra-stiffness and head-heaviness.
    At first, I thought the ZF2 will be quite similar in terms of spec, so I bought it, but it felt quite different in reality when I actually played with it.

    It felt a lot lighter. Perhaps due to the ultra-thin shaft?
    I feel like my swing speed got faster but somehow the power in my smashes dropped instead. Not sure if it's due to the racket being lighter?
    From what I heard from others, ZF2 should be a smashing beast but my smashes got weaker instead.

    Can you guys give me some pointers on the key differences between the ZF2 and the AT900P in terms of power smashing and any advice on transitioning between these 2 rackets?

    Thanks a bunch.
     
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    Is your ZF2 3U or 4U?
     
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    4U, same as all my previous rackets.
     
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    I had "similar" feelings between AT700, AT900p and ZF2. All 3u.

    But it works the different way for me though. It was really difficult for me to wield AT700, AT900p but for ZF2 it was much more easier.

    I think the ATs are just pure stiff. It was like playing with a stick with a dumbbell attached. But ZF2, despite been rated as extra stiff by yonex, is actually less stiff due to the thin shaft. So it is stiff enough such that it doesn't slow you down during the preparation stage for your shots, but when you actually perform your stroke, it generates the whipping feeling through bending the shaft. I guess you could try slow down your stroke to see if it helps or not.
     
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    Yeah, the ZF2 is certainly not as stiff as it is often said to be, and there's a noticeable whippyness to it.
     
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    I see. Thanks for the information.
    No wonder it felt a little different.

    I guess I will try slowing down my stroke and perhaps add a little more wrist and whipping action on my smashes to see.

    Do you guys know how the ZF2 and AT900P compare in smash power? Could ZF2 really be a little weaker than AT900P? I heard both sides, some said the AT900P is stronger and some said ZF2 is stronger.
     
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    have you tried VT-80?

    the smaller head size of the yonex Z-series may be giving you difficulties, in addition to the ZF2 being more aerodynamic
     

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