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Yonex Voltric 80 SP
by Mark Appleton Date Added: Sunday 10 July, 2011
This is probably Yonex's best attempt yet at a head-heavy attacking racket. The frame and shaft, despite being thinner than anything we've seen before, are extremely strong and "dense" - I would be happy to string this racket into the low or mid 30 lbs. It also looks great, keeping the shot-peen relief effect from the VT70 and reducing the size of the Trivoltage bulges.

The racket is very powerful indeed (as it should be with a 305 balance and such an aerodynamic head), but there is a pronuonced "ball and chain" effect at the end of the swing wherein the head really wants to keep going - extra head weight seems to spring out of nowhere. However, the frame doesn't twist off line, and shuttle impacts are very punchy. Any shot with decent preparation will fly for miles.

Being used to Nanospeeds and other head-light rackets, I simply could not defend with this thing, and when I did get anything back it was always a straight lift or block. This isn't really result of the racket's materials or construction, merely the balance.

The dense and stong construction leads to very good control and stability, and the feel is far better than, say, a 900P (which felt slightly hollow to me).

I think it's fair to say that this is the spiritual successor to the Armortec 900P - it's simmilarly balanced, but more powerful, more stable and better made. If you play a lot of singles, or smash a lot, it is certainly worth considering. Since I do neither it was difficult for me to review it objectively, but it does what it's designed to do - hit hard - as well as anything, but the uneven swing mars it for me. It's a MASSIVE improvement on the VT70, though (in fact, comparing the two makes me wonder why Yonex bothered releasing the 70 in the first place:D).

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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