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Yonex BG-80 Power JP (each)
[BG-80P JP]
US$12.50
by Mark Appleton Date Added: Thursday 03 November, 2011
I've put my 80P through a good few hours of play, so here are some thoughts.

The outer weave is completely different from BG80, whose harsh coating was a part of its DNA. It strings easier, but still has a hint of the old BG80 "scream". The sound is different as well - less metallic than BG80, but still high and clear. More of a "ping" than a "ting".

Power-wise, 80P is noticeably easier to bend (for me, at least). I was hitting lifts long for a good while until I got used to the difference. Given that BG80 wasn't exactly wimpy to begin with, the power hike is impressive.

In terms of control, the new coating offers good grip - it seems to have a slight "traction", like hard rubber. However, I can imagine some people missing the old BG80 rope-saw effect on slice shots. 80P has excellent feel as well, but it does diminish somewhat as the string is played in for a few hours.

80P holds tension better, IMO (which, again, BG80 didn't exactly do badly) and was more consistent over my testing, playing at least 70% as good after ten hours as it did brand new. This is a pretty high percentage.

Looks like Yonex are onto a winner here, and trading off the name of the old BG80 was pretty sharp - it's a 0.68 Vectran, after all, and BG80 has already got a huge following. Only drawback, at the moment, is the price, but as soon as we start seeing SP-coded reels the cost should drop to a sane level.

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