It’s rare that I have the luxury of comparing two rackets so closely having both in my bag at the same time. My first few hits with Hypernano 800 Power were really good and brought a smile to my face. This was very familiar feel for me. There’s certainly a huge difference in stiffness which was nice although for my personal taste these days it’s possibly too stiff. The frame is fast and there’s that lovely feel in the head with the additional weight. I certainly knew where the racket was travelling at any time. Unlike the original Hypernano 800, there’s a superb solid feel on impact which will appeal more.
Making adjustments for the additional weight and stiffness was easy considering this over the years has been my favourite specification. My clears were really good and I didn’t have to work hard to get a good result. As I was hitting a lot, I could really feel the stiffness in the frame. These new materials Victor are using are certainly working well, delivering a great feel in the shot. There was no vibration which made the racket a delight to use.
With the heavier head, you need good hands to hit those half-flick clears rather than full swing. Of course, without the strength in foreams and wrists this will prove difficult so I would recommend completing my armchair exercises if you wanted to use this racket to its fullest potential.
Drop shots were really solid, quick and controlled. There’s isn’t any drag to speak of and it was nice to hit the slice shots so easily, feeling the weight in the head moving where I wanted it to go. Using a 3U weight really felt right and I also had the chance to test a 4U version that was even quicker. This provided an interesting opportunity although there’s a noticeable difference in head weight and for me, the 3U version was the better option.
Onto the smash. The additional head weight and change in frame construction provided a much beefier feel in the smash. My testing pal Mark’s smashes were harder and it was interesting that his level of accuracy was better with this racket compared to the original Hypernano 800. Perhaps the heavier head suits his game better. I agree with this and like I said earlier, the racket reminds me of Armortec 900 Power, one of my all-time favourite rackets. So Victor can take that as a compliment. The stiffness in the shaft ensured that power was transferred quickly into the shot.
Flat drives and pushes needed work to control the additional weight, which is to be expected. However, at least the feel was solid and strong and with good hands, this racket will reward time and again.