My first batch of clears were poor and I felt like I was hitting with a plank of wood. Backing off a touch and I soon found a good length. The racket plays stiffer than I expected which in some ways was a pleasant surprise. Readers of my reviews will know that historically I tend to favour head heavy rackets.
I could feel the weight of N7 coming through the shot which I believe allows a player to feel the racket on the shot better than say a light headed racket. There is also good aerodynamic flow with this frame.
Drop shots were a lot better and that lovely weight in the head provides a good solid feel. Whilst there was an element of touch and feel missing, I’ll lay the blame on the string. There wasn’t the bite with slice shots and quite a lot of string movement on the slice. This is caused by a combination of tension and a smoother outer string wrap.
I really like the aerodynamic qualities of this racket. There are many frames I’ve tested which could almost be considered “boxey” and lacking in speed. Not so with N7. It cuts through the air really well.
Smashes were pretty good although initially I didn’t really get the power out of this frame that I expected. This was most certainly one of those occasions where you stick at it. It seems that less is more works best with N7 and it rewards a more relaxed and yet direct hitting style. That said I cannot see “wristy” players getting much out of this racket.
Fast, mid-court exchanges were good and the aerodynamic qualities really helps. You still have to work hard on these shots which is expected with such a head heavy frame, but it produces a nice, strong punch with little backswing.