The Thruster series of badminton racquets is a relatively new addition to Victor range (launched late 2012/early 2013).
Thruster 8000 (TK8000) is the first racquet to be introduced in this series. TK7000 and TK6000 are recent additions although it’s unclear whether they will be on offer worldwide.
This particular series appears to follow a pattern at the moment, aimed at those players who favour head heavy badminton racquets. On this basis I should find this review relatively easy going, being on familiar ground. Let’s see how this racquet performs…
On to my review…
TK8000 arrived in a red linen bag rather than familiar racquet cover. This is surprising considering it’s the top of the range model, although I am aware this alternative cover is gaining in popularity in Asia. I’ve no idea whether this will follow in UK.
As usual, all top-end Victor racquets arrive unstrung. My retailer is using this as a demonstrator model and therefore they strung it to 23lbs although maximum tension is stated at 28lbs. No doubt the pros have theirs strung beyond this. Essentially, we know it’s a strong frame.
Markings suggest this is a 2U (90-94g)– G3 now standard grip size together with 4-5 for head weight and 3-5 shaft flexibility, which means TK8000 has a medium flex shaft and is pretty head heavy.
First impressions, it feels nice and solid and pretty fast although […]