The swing on this racket is interesting. With specs similar to Meteor JJS and Meteor 90 I was looking forward to a similar hitting experience.
The Victor Thruster 7000S feels light and although my clears were good, I began to wonder how much better this racket could have been with the 3U version. Whilst there are no complaints with the result of the shot, I was always wanting another gear to unleash a better shot. So, on the one hand I really liked the speed generated, I just felt a touch more weight would make this racket so much better.
Drop shots were a delight with plenty of touch. The lighter frame kept the shot fast and crisp, whilst retaining a good sense of feel and strength due to the head weight.
This was the same result with fast, flat, mid-court exchanges. The racket handles so well. The other good point is that I didn’t suffer any frame issues considering the different head shape.
Onto the smash. Whilst I timed a number of decent efforts, for me I really needed that 3U version although if I’d thought about this I could have introduced Victor’s Powerizer to get that extra oomph. However the idea is to test and review the racket as it is presented.
It’s worth mentioning that the racket head feels very strong and retains that solid platform even when hitting off centre. These shots in particular stayed true to the target. Victor rackets have been strong with good torsion characteristics for years.
The lighter frame performed well defensively and had enough in the tank to offer a wide range of returns. Yes I could feel the weight in the head leading the way, which is exactly how I like to feel a shot. However, it wasn’t too heavy to be pulling and causing my form to dip.
The net was another area of expertise for Thruster 7000S. It’s easy to manoeuvre with enough snap for kills and fast enough to stun the shuttle or attack a loose return. So a good thumbs up.