As you can imagine, a racket that has two different sides needs to be tested. Of course, I’ve got to see if the faster “backhand” works on the forehand too. Having played with so many aerodynamic frames recently, initially I felt Duora 10 was a bit slow through the air. Is it just me or is it that I’ve not used a 3U frame for some time? Mmm, pondering this one.
There is certainly a difference in feel between the two sides of the frame. Saying that, these are not massive differences in speed, so please don’t expect greased lightning speed here. You can achieve the same and more with a good aerodynamic frame.
With the manufacturers tension I still hit well with good connection. Yes, the string tension wasn’t to my preferences but there again it’s strung in BG65Ti, a string I know very well. Overall, once I was used to the feel of the racket (which didn’t take long) I enjoyed my time with Duora 10. My clears were very strong and I had to ease of the hitting at times to keep the shuttle in. I expect this racket will play even better with a higher tension string and then it will deliver really sharp, crisp clears. A good start!
Drop shots were really nice but I couldn’t decide which side of the face I liked best. There’s the usual solid feel you’d expect from a Yonex racket and then a quick spin in my hands and there’s a slightly different feel with the head cutting through the air that little bit faster. You’ve really got to know the feel of the grip to determine which side is which. This will bring a few more possibilities to some players but only when they control the grip/head of the racket.
I really liked the feel of a 3U racket again. There seems to be a shift towards lighter frames which I can understand on head heavy rackets. But, care has to be taken that we don’t take too much weight out of the frame and make the feel too “thin.” Duora 10 delivers nice solid drop shots with accuracy.
Onto the smash
The speed of the frame combined with the slightly weighted head and that 3U overall weight were excellent in delivering power. Of course Lee Chong Wei shows us how to use Duora 10 best. My testing pal Mark enjoyed the slow side of the racket more for his smash rather than the fast side, whereas I wanted the fast side as my forehand and slow side for backhand. Ah well, player’s choice is fine. The important point is that we both got something out of the smash, despite the string tension.
Flat drives and pushes
Flat drives and pushes were so easy and this time I preferred the fast side on my backhand. Now this is getting confusing as it’s impossible to switch sides depending on the shot choice. The racket played well although it was noticeably slower compared to some rackets I’ve tested recently. That said, I’d stick with this 3U version to provide that extra punch in “tap” shots.