So, after a dozen or so forehand clears, I’m perplexed. I’m not feeling the head on this frame. Furthermore, the string feels dead although a quick thumb test suggests it is strung to a decent tension. Yes, I’m using a larger grip than expected but this doesn’t stop me from hitting well, it’s merely preference. And, whilst I’m hitting a reasonably good and consistent length, something’s not right.
Onto drop shots. Yes, I’m still not feeling this string bed. My shots were OK but I didn’t have any confidence whether the shuttle would pass the net or the front service line. I’m not hearing a good sound either which suggests this string is not working for me at all.
Onto the smash. Sorry to say, it’s the same story. By the way, I test a racket on numerous occasions and therefore it isn’t just one session when I’m not getting this racket. Smashes felt lacking in terms of power and feel.
Flat drives and pushes were a bit easier. There was no sign of fatigue setting in so this again makes me wonder how head heavy this racket really is. With BP around 305mm this kinda proves my initial assumptions that it’s not the head heavy beast I expected. It’s pretty quick on the faster flat shots. Not sure whether this is purely the aerodynamics on this wide-beam frame but I like it.