Whilst there is a familiar feel from the 10DG, I must stress now that it will not perform as well as a Z Force II. However, for those players whose budget will not allow them to purchase the Z Force II, this could be an ideal replacement. Overhead clears were fine, and as usual, it’s good to feel the head of the racket.
Drop shots were good too but lacking the same refinement in feel that I had with VT Lin Dan. It’s to be expected. This is a stronger, chunkier head so it’s not going to be the best for aero-dynamics. That said, the racket performed pretty well considering I had an unnamed string at low tension to contend with. There’s a solid feel on impact, but it’s a few shades duller than some other frames I’ve tested recently.
For a head heavy frame, it’s expected that the smash will carry more weight but that doesn’t necessarily mean more power. Power requires a force to be applied at high speed and this racket doesn’t quite get there. It’s still good but not in the class of Z Force II. However, with a price around half that of Z Force II, it’s to be expected.
Flat drives provided another great test regarding the head weight. The good news is that the lower head weight allowed flat rallies to carry on for longer without one of us feeling the fatigue in our arms. With a different, brighter string, I’m sure this racket would perform even better.