Despite my comments above regarding aerodynamic qualities, the Li-Ning Xiphos X-1 moves really well. Maybe I’ve tested a bunch of head heavy rackets recently and therefore the lighter head feels so good? However, from initial few hits I really liked this frame. There’s just about enough weight to have some feel and this was all that was required to send the shuttle to the rear court. Boy, I could hit with this beauty all day.
Drop shots were good, nice and crisp and so easy to play. I found myself being more adventurous, this is definitely a racket that wants to push your boundaries so have fun with it – it’s great! So, there I was playing slice, reverse slice and all sorts of angled approaches to see what it was capable of and not a single frame shot, despite the box-type look.
The lighter frame performed as well as can be expected in the smash department. I expected quite a lot of drag due to the frame shape, but must confess I didn’t notice it at all. Whilst it’s not the most powerful frame, it’s definitely one that allows for continued read court pressure whereas with some frames fatigue is setting in.
Flat drives were really easy and just kept going. Again, there’s no sense of tiring and the racket performs with excellent precision and speed.