Have you had one of those occasions when you pick up a racket and just know it’s going to be good? Well this was certainly one of those moments for me. The balance of the racket feels great, with not too much weight in the head, but enough to feel what’s happening and provide excellent control. There’s flex in the shaft, but not too much, a great combination.
Clears were really sweet and I felt there was more to give from this racket, possibly if strung with a more familiar string. NS95 is not on my most wanted string list after this test, but it’s OK. The racket swings so well with just about the right feel without being too much work in the hands.
Drop shots were good, nice and crisp as expected from a solid frame. The feel on the string bed was strong, without lagging. There were no timing issues to report. The head heavy frame needs controlling but it rewards really well with great precision.
The heavy head performed really well in the smash department, with great direction and power. Additionally, it was good to feel the racket head on every shot with the added benefit that there was enough weight to dial in the power but not too much that fatigue sets in quickly.
Flat drives were good too, proving N99 has excellent aero dynamic qualities. Again, there were no signs of fatigue which is always a bonus.