My first few hits with Hypernano 800 were really good. This is a fast frame. There is a distinctive feel to this racket that I haven’t felt with other Victor frames and it’s difficult to describe. There’s almost a lightness to the impact, some would describe as hollow but I think it’s more than that. It’s a brighter feel and one I can imagine some players not liking. Having tested so many rackets it didn’t bother me.
My clears were good and I didn’t feel as though I needed to use more effort to hit them. Many were too long which was a surprise. Whilst the frame is slightly head heavy (the shaft says even balance) in some ways I wonder why it swings so light? Perhaps this is a combination of the speed through the air and the construction of the frame? Whilst I can’t put my finger on it for me this is a keeper and a racket I will continue to use.
Drop shots were quick and I always felt in control. There isn’t any drag to speak of and it was nice to hit the slice shots so easily. Using a 3U weight really felt right and gave me a lot of satisfaction. There’s a wonderful solid platform to the strike the shuttle from due to the weight.
Onto the smash. The speed of the frame combined with the slightly weighted head and that 3U overall weight were excellent in delivering a lot of power. My testing pal Mark noticed a bit more punch in his attack which was pleasing. There’s a bit more bend in the shaft too. I can feel it which is unusual for me.
Flat drives and pushes were so easy although I confess I framed a few which is very unusual for me. This is where a felt the bright/hollow feeling in the head most and noticed the head weight a little more too. At least I can still use a shorter swing and feel in control. It could be that I’ve spent too long with 4U frames and the extra weight caught me out a little on the fast exchanges.