Having recently tested BS Lee Yong Dae with similar specs in terms of head weight, it was interesting to note how much stiffer Thruster felt in comparison. Whilst there’s not much difference in head mass, there is an altogether different feeling with Thruster 8000.
There’s an air of authority when hitting from rear court and TK8000 thrives in this area of the court. At no time did I feel there was too much flexibility in the shaft or head drag. So, despite the less aerodynamic qualities compared to a Bravesword, Thruster 8000 was relatively quick.
Marketing for this racquet is focussed on Power and Thruster 8000 doesn’t disappoint. It’s got bags of it and allows for a nice easy-flowing clear with not too much effort. The weight in the head allows you to feel the shot for control purposes.
There’s also a nice solid platform to hit those tight drop shots, very precise although you need to work and control the frame a bit to get the best from it. Unleashed fully, this could be a bit of a beast.
The smash felt really good. Not my hardest but consistent and I didn’t tire so easily. The medium flex shaft was firm enough to stop any mis-timing and recovery was pretty good.
Moving on to the faster, flatter rallies took a little more concentration although again TK8000 performed well and I wasn’t fatiguing. There’s a noticeable need to work this racquet in speed situations and I expect this will be the same in defence.
Defensively you need precise technique to get the best from TK8000. Blocks were easy and the solid head really paid off here. With fast hands, unleashing the beast on drives makes a very powerful and rewarding shot however, I would suggest plenty of practice with a single racquet cover to build up your stamina and hand speed – it’ll be worth it.
Around the net Thruster 8000 is slower than a Bravesword which is what I expected. However, a little training with the racquet cover really helps speed you up. Again, there’s a good solid feeling from the stringbed. You will find that you need to concentrate on keeping your racquet in the ready position as there’s a tendency with head heavy racquets for a wilting racquet to be found pointing to the floor position.