Hi everyone. I'm new here, hope that you can help me understand something. I started playing earlier this year (have played tennis and squash before) and would call myself an intermediate player, play 3 times a week with a variety of reasonable club players, mostly doubles. I bought myself a Yonex Arcsaber lite (even balance, medium flex) and it seemed OK, but I soon decided that it has very 'soft' strings and was giving no power at all. I bought a Carlton Aerosonic Boom (even, medium) and got on well with that, head moved quickly but had reasonable power: much, much better in many ways than the ASL, and I never wanted to use that Yonex one again; it now felt dead and had no 'feel' or control or accuracy about it compared to the Carlton. Then some over enthusiastic partner smashed into me and broke the Carlton's frame, and I can't get another as they've stopped making them. :-( I borrowed a friend's Dunlop AP8300 Graviton (head light, flexible): wow, super light feel, flicky, fast head, super accurate, manoeuvrable and can put down enough power for me. Different to the Carlton, sure: but lovely. Only I can't buy one as they're no longer made! So I bought a Yonex Nanoray 10f (head light, flexible): and aren't any more impressed with that than the ASL. Feels dead, not accurate at all, better power but no 'feel', not 'flicky' nor precise like the head light Dunlop. Horrid, really. So I bought a Yonex Voltric Lite (head heavy, flexible). It's oddly similar in feel to the Dunlop (though head heavy!), reasonably accurate (ish) and good power, reasonably fast head movement; but I'm still not totally happy with it, and I'm getting badminton elbow easily. Best racket of the Yonex bunch, but that's not really saying a great deal... Having spent hours trying and swapping around all 5 rackets, the conclusion is that the Dunlop and the Voltric and the Carlton are the fastest heads to 'swish' around and actually 'follow through' when you do an overhead or high shot whereas the other 2 just stop dead in the air; like they are just lifeless. The Dunlop sails through really easily, then the Carlton, then the Voltric, in that order. A friend did and found exactly the same. All of these are 4U rackets (and I have checked on scales). All are brand new. All should be 20lb strings. Have tried with and without overgrip: no real changes to how I feel. OK, so none of these are super expensive rackets - but I can't keep throwing money at things without understanding what's going on. Nowhere to try rackets, very difficult to buy anything except online (Sports Direct is only shop, extremely limited options). Can't easily borrow rackets (people just don't like to lend, sadly.) So can anyone explain what's going on (except that I seem to hate Yonex?) There isn't any logic in head balance, for instance and they're not feeling like they're conforming to how different types of racket are described (e.g. the head heavy is easier and faster to move around than the even or head light... Unless it's a non-Yonex HL or even one!) All the Yonex ones have good reviews - but I'm finding them just a waste of money! Many thanks for any insights (sorry for the length).