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July 16, 2013
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Dobbie98
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What is the best racket you’ve played with & do you still use it?

July 16, 2013
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Voltric 7 @23lbs and yes. I'm very careful with it as I only have one Smile

My old Nanospeed 4500's are good too, just not got the positive feel of the VT7

July 16, 2013
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I currently play with an Arcsaber 11; absolutely love it. Got it strung with BG80 at 26lbs. My back up racket is a Nanoray 700FX which, in my opinion, is another great racquet – again, BG80 at 24lbs. I also have a Carlton Air Stream if things go really pear shaped – that has Zymax 70 at 24lbs. Don't want to break any of them as I can't afford to replace them!!

July 16, 2013
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I like my Voltric ZF, strung very tight with BG66UM (I pull it at 30 lbs, probably a lot less than that – my machine is not great).

Other than that, my carlton Airblade Rasmussen Titanium is one of my favourites (RRP is about £40 🙂 ). I like my 8dx too, but this is normally my “supersub” racket if I break my VTZF.

I enjoy using most rackets, but try to sticfk to my VTZF – I find defence and drives with that thing are monstrous!

July 16, 2013
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My favourite is the Victor Thruster K8000. The Victor Legend II and Adidas AdiPower Pro are also equally loved. All three of them play similarly to me. 

July 17, 2013
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I guess the best over all & all round racket I have played with is the Voltric 80.

My other rackets in my bag is the Voltric Z Force great attacking racket, but I’m not so good defensively with thiss racket. (Re ZF like Matt said you can out drive anyone with this racket! I love the expression on some people’s face when it’s returned quicker into there shoulder or pocket of shorts/ skirt)

My newest racket is the Bravesword 12, very quick defensively & great around the net. Going to be adding some weight as miss the head heavy affect when smashing & clearing.

So I now gauge who I’m playing as to what racket I use, whilst in pursuit of my ultimate racket.

July 18, 2013
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I wouldn't say that this is the best racket I've played with but it's certainly got a place in my heart.

Carlton 3.7x let me say that again Carlton   3   .    7    x.

The younger members will think that I've made it up or reverted to speaking in tongues. But let me tell you back in the day this was the biz.

Just the mention of this icon makes players of a certain age go all misty eyed and reach for a “What ever happened to the likely lads” box set. If you're reading this abroad think “Happy Days”

Yes it had all the fineness of a bin lid on a stick.

Yes it's built in design fault meant the head would fly off like a decapitating  metal Frisbee

Yes I know that if you search Google Images the hit is “ancient rackets” Ouch !!!

But as Paul will agree. Yes he really is that young. Everybody played with it because there was nothing else.

 As a consequence, no one could blame their racket.That's refreshing.

As they say, you never forget your first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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But it was my first racket and as we all know you never forget your first.

July 22, 2013
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I grew up playing with Prince rackets (when they used to have the 'Y' head shape) as my coach was sponsored by them. Absolutely adored my TT Attitude, although I cracked a fair few frames just from smashes. 

Currently, I love my Yonex Voltric 70, although this is soon to be replaced by a Victor racket (which one I haven't yet decided). 

 

July 22, 2013
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Roger

 

Yes I remember Carlton 3.7X and you are right, everybody had them. Either that or Carlton 3.7. At that time you could only get Yonex B8100? which was all steel, albeit very thin shaft.

 

Then Yonex brought out Carbonex 7 and Carbonex 8. Carlton responded with 3.7S.

 

The game was played differently then. It was chess on court rather than the power game of today. Players had court craft, something the younger players will not know much about. However, even today, if you play an opponent who has court craft then you're in for a run.

 

As Roger will confirm, the only reason you needed two rackets in those days was because you were likely to break a string as they were made of real gut or thick synthetic. We didn't have .66 gauge string that would take 30lbs tension in those days.

 

Also, shuttles lasted longer and RSL were the top brand – made in England. The All Englands was the John PLayer All Englands and played at Wembley. Good days all around then with so much talent on court.

 

Paul

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