After a few clears it is evident this is a completely different feel compared to Jetspeed 10 or HX800. The hitting surface is really solid and presents a very strong face to the shuttle. I really like this. There’s a lag in the head compared to a stiffer racket, which again wasn’t a problem, merely an observation. It’s also slower than Jetspeed 10, although still generates good swing speed.
Drop shots were really quick and controlled. Again, the solid hitting surface is fabulous which makes the shot so much easier to play, and provides great feel on the shot. The lag in the head wasn’t as noticeable here. Being a slower frame than JS10, you have to work your hands a little to play the range of drop shots but this can sometimes be good ensuring correct execution. Occasionally a very fast frame can result in lazier technique. I enjoyed hitting slice returns which were still crisp – I simply had to dial in a little more effort.
Onto the smash. Yes, this racket is powerful and my testing partner for the day hit the shuttle a lot harder than me. Being honest, I wanted more and felt the different weight would have given me what I wanted. So, whilst smashes were good and felt strong off the face of the racket, they were a little slow compared to other rackets I’ve used.
Flat drives and pushes were so easy and took very little effort. The 4U weight means that the racket is not too heavy to tire racket arms quickly. But, hands had to work harder, especially when trying to force that extra speed in the shot.