The initial feel is very similar to the original although I would dearly have liked it there to get a better comparison. As always I test with Mark to get a second and most valued opinion.
The racket has a nice familiar Voltric feel which is hard to beat if you like head heavy rackets. With this being a lighter model it would be interesting whether it wimps out a little or still shows it metal.
After hitting a number of clears I was initially taken aback by the flex in the shaft. I expected this to play stiffer and yet I could have sworn this version played more flexible. Clears were clean and I enjoyed the feel of the head, which is my usual preference. I wasn’t expecting to feel the vibration which this sample clearly had. Mark mentioned it too, without any discussion on the subject, which was a bit concerning. The racket still swings and plays well, making allowance for lower tension. Considering the weight of the coloured grommets, I cannot see this making a huge difference in the feel of the shot and had no intention of restringing this racket several times to find out.
Drops were good, solid and precise as expected. I haven’t detected any drag on the frame but there again, I’m used to this weight and spec of racket.
The smash was pretty good too, accurate and consistent. I’m not a big hitter, that’s Mark’s role although he wasn’t hitting as hard as I know he can even allowing for the string. However, I could feel the flex in the shaft and maybe this had something to do with it.
Flat drives were a little more difficult. More concentration is required and you need to work the racket hard. Being fair, I expected the racket to perform better here, especially as it’s a 4U version.
Readers of my reviews will know I prefer head heavy rackets. They need a lot more work in defense to return the shuttle well. VT70 E-Tune is relatively fast and handled blocks very well, with that weight in the head that provides such great touch and feel. Drives and lifts were harder to achieve requiring good technique, strong forearms and wrists. I expected better from this racket in view of the weight.
Around the net the racket is reasonably quick although lacking compared to Thruster 9000 and the original VT70 from memory. It still handles well but good preparation is essential. Net shots were fine but it’s the faster exchanges where I had to push harder when I would have preferred more speed.