Whenever you pick up a Li-Ning racket, there’s always a nice feel to it, irrespective of the specification. It’s hard to understand why, but there’s just something about their rackets that always seems right.
With N9II being an even balance racket, I could almost predict how the racket would feel. Clears were stroked easily without me having to try too hard to find a good length. The aerodynamic frame ensures the head speed is fast and highly manoeuvrable. It’s a faster frame compared to Arcsaber 11.
There’s a different feel on drop shots. Less weight in the head means the racket can be called upon to execute faster, therefore presenting a quicker, snappier alternative in the shot execution. The feel on the stringbed was firm, without lagging. There were no timing issues to report.
Generally, an even balance racket won’t hit as hard as a heavier headed racket, although this depends on the ability of the player to generate racket head speed. As such, N9II performed very well in the smash department although didn’t quite hit the speeds achieved with Li-Ning N99. That said, an even balance racket doesn’t profess to be the best at everything, it is extremely good in all areas. N9II certainly fits into that category which makes it an excellent doubles racket.
The flatter game is where N9II shows its class. There’s a confidence with this racket that you could time these shots well all day without the onset of early fatigue.