Jetspeed 11 swings fast, although not as quick as Thruster F. It lags a little and maybe this is because I have used a lot of stiff frames recently. The head weight is nice, very manoeuvrable and delivers a good solid feel, although not as crisp as Thruster F. Perhaps there’s a touch more hold on the shot and this may be more evident as I move through the range of mid court shots.
Compared to Jetspeed 10, drop shots needed a little more effort but that’s no surprise when comparing these two rackets. Like any racket, once you get used to it, you should be able to play your shots. In some respects, the extra weight in the head will appeal to those Jetspeed 10 users who want more from the rear court without having the weight of the 12. This racket definitely sits between 10 and 12 from an overhead perspective.
Smash was good too although there is definitely a different feel. This holding feeling is still present which takes a bit of the edge off a smash although accuracy was very good. Not a bad trade off. Mark was still hitting a few thunderbolts, so it can deliver good power, but not quite as crisp in feel.
As we moved into mid-court hitting, this racket moved up a gear. Flat drives were really easy, with a great feel and superb response on the stringbed, which is difficult to put into words. The frame was fast although not Jetspeed 10 fast. Overall, there was a great feeling of control from this racket and I can imagine it will appeal to those clever players who use deception, change in pace and direction well. From this perspective, Jetspeed 11 is a winner.