Having tested a number of 4U frames recently I was expecting a fast frame. This is exactly what I got. What I wasn’t expecting was the great feeling I got from the first shot. The racket feels great combining head weight (not too much though) with a medium/stiff shaft – a combination I am very familiar with.
Clears were nice and easy, packing some punch but missing the extra speed I’d experienced from the Jetspeed 10. The finesse of the JS10 wasn’t there but it didn’t really seem to matter, the racket still felt good and moved well, without any sense of drag. The shaft wasn’t too stiff that the racket felt unplayable but may have limited appeal to those who prefer a more flexible spec.
Drop shots were solid and flowed well. The combination of speed and head weight worked well. Of course this means you have to work the racket a little but it will reward you for your efforts. Slices were really nice and I found myself really enjoying the extra punch with this racket.
Onto the smash. Whilst the racket is so fast, the extra weight helped me deliver good, strong smashes – ideal. The more powerful guys like Mark unleashed a number of bombs that were really tough to defend against.
Flat drives and pushes needed more effort which is to be expected. However, the finger power combined with the head weight worked really well. In some respects the slightly slower frame (compared to the ultra-fast Jetspeed 10) helped with control because there wasn’t a sense that the frame needed taming in order to achieve good timing.