APACS Blizzard Pro 77 badminton racket arrived with a beautiful full length cover in blue, white and gold – a very nice looking cover and good quality too. The racket itself is a combination of white with black, silver and gold decals – classy. This is a 3U version (85-89g) G4, larger grip. I’ve been used to the smaller grip size G5 in the past. This particular version is huge and measures more like a G3 which isn’t the best start. It’s a shame too as it’s most likely too big for a good percentage of badminton players. In my opinion, G5 is a much better option allowing the player to customise to fit. *UPDATE: “We go the other way in that G5 is bigger than G4 and G2 being the smallest.”
According to the decals, this is a head heavy racket and I suspect medium/stiff frame – a specification I have tested a lot recently. Maximum string tension is supposed to be around 38lbs – my congratulations to APACS for building a racket with such frame strength. I appreciate the majority of players both amateur and professional will not have the racket restrung to this level, but it sends a message that there is quality and strength in the frame.
Quick note, for most players I do not recommend stringing a racket too tight and would listen carefully to your professional stringers advice. Maximum recommended tension does NOT mean you should have the racket restrung at this tension.
There are a number of odd shaped blue grommet strips on this racket. I hope the company sells spare strips and makes them available to professional stringers. It’s the usual concern and sadly it’s rare that they are available. *UPDATE: “We do sell the grommet strips at £6.00 and they come in pink, yellow and blue.”
(*UPDATE: Thank you to Alan from APACS for taking the time to drop me an email to clarify my concerns raised above!)