The feel of the racket is really good. The head heavy, stiff shaft combination makes clears relatively easy. Overall this racket moved well, not sluggish at all. The thinner 7mm stiff shaft works really well in transferring power. The head provides all the usual feedback to ensure I’m fully aware where it is at any time. My clears were good although there’s a dampening aspect at work here which I can only attribute to the string. Maybe the string is old. Tension feels good but there wasn’t much life from the strings, which is a shame as this dulls the feel of the shot. So, whilst the racket feels good, I would certainly select an alternative string which should make a massive improvement on the result.
Drop shots were a little dull and nothing special. I tested a number of variations but the overall feel didn’t excite me. Again, I attribute this to the string rather than the racket itself, although cannot be certain without testing.
Onto the smash. The racket is reasonably aerodynamic although not as fast as the Ashaway X-Speed. Hitting power was good and I feel would improve with a better string. I still managed to hit a number of good smashes but there wasn’t any crispness of feel on the racket face.
Flat drives and pushes were a little tougher to control but that’s expected with this combination. A week or so spent on my armchair exercises would really help. Thankfully the head weight wasn’t too much to cause the onset of fatigue very quickly, but it’s enough that you have to demonstrate good technique and remain alert to take the shuttle early.