As expected, there’s the familiar super-fast swing speed of the Bravesword. This, coupled with the lighter weight made BR9N a very fast frame. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the feel of the hit and detect some head weight which is useful. The racket is fairly stiff too.My […]
Victor Europe have recently launched their new catalogue, timed for release with German Open and All England tournaments.
There’s a number of new badminton rackets available this year including the eagerly awaited Thruster K 9000. As usual, most Victor rackets are launched in Asia first, with […]
Victor fans would have heard and expected the launch of the Victor Meteor MX90 over a year ago and some would argue that Meteor JJS signature was the original Meteor 90. I have no idea how much truth there is in this story but thankfully […]
Hot on the heels of my last review of the Thruster K 8000 badminton racket, Victor Europe has released the new Thruster K 6000.
Surprisingly, I was presented with the 4U G5 version. Measuring 89g with string and grip and with a BP around 313, this […]
The Meteor JJS badminton racquet has an unusual history. Designed and built for Korean player Jung Jae Sung, 2012 All England Men’s Doubles Champion and winner of countless tournaments worldwide with partner Lee Yong Dae. JJS retired from international badminton after 2012 Olympics where he […]
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 […]
My third recent Bravesword review is Lee Hyun IL Signature model, a racquet I’ve really been looking forward to reviewing following an initial test in Germany in July.
Generally speaking I’m not a great fan of signature racquets because the name can sometimes get in the […]
Having recently reviewed Bravesword Lee Yong Dae signature, it only seemed right to review this players current choice the Victor Bravesword 12 Badminton Racquet. Taking a look at the worlds best who use Victor products I was amazed how many have selected BS12 as their […]