My first few hits with Hypernano X800 Control were really good. The frame is quick and this is where the combination of a 4U weight and the lowered weight in the head work well. There’s sufficient weight in the head to feel it, but the lack of top-of-the-head weight allows the hands to rip through the shot that little bit quicker.
Whilst the frame doesn’t have the super-solid feel of the Power version, I noticed there was a different feel compared to the original 800, lacking some of that “hollow” feel some players hated. My clears were good and I enjoyed the feel on the racket. Whilst I prefer a heavier head, with this racket I wasn’t missing the weight in the head as it was still there, only placed in another area. I would say the overall feel was closer to hitting with an even balanced racket.
Drop shots were quick. Compared to the recently launched Hypernano 900, 800 Control felt rather spacious in the hit rather than “tight.” I gather this is because the stringbed does not have the same stiff feeling that is a trademark of the 900. As the racket is a Control version, it certainly lived up to its name. I always felt in control and enjoyed the little effort required to hit my drop shots.
Onto the smash. The speed of the frame was excellent which combined in a different way to the head resulting in good power in the smash. I wasn’t expecting this, and believed the 4U, lighter headed version would impart a less impactful shot. Perhaps this is where the additional speed generated through my hands helped. My personal taste remains for a slightly heavier head, but it’s encouraging to know that the even balance or head light lovers may find this racket quite appealing.
Flat drives and pushes were excellent, providing enough force when called up on to send the shuttle on its speedy way. The frame balance also presented a more endurance-based feeling, so if the flat game is how you like to play, then this racket could be a winner for you.