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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Review of AT900 Technique

Flex: Stiff
Balance: Headheavy
Composition (Frame): Ultra H.M. Graphite, Micro Ti, Elastic Titanium
(Shaft): H.M. Graphite, Elastic Titanium
Weight/Grip size: 4U(80.0-84.9g) / G43U(85.0-89.9g) / G3, 4, 5

Technology: Nanoscience, Power Armor System, Elastic Ti, C.S. cap, new grommet system, isometric, built-in-T joint

Review Date : 1st June 2008

Racket Type : Yonex AT900T JP
Specs : 3UG5

Strings: Yonex NBG95 Tension: 25lbs ,1 Piece Stringing
Stringing Machine : Pacific Stringing machine

Technology : Elastic Ti, C.S. Cap, Power Armor system, New grommet system
Grip: Cyber Plus Beta plus Wilson Pro overgrip
Shuttle Used: RSL Tourney

First Impression: Beautiful color, a mixture of red, white and black, with white being the dominant color. The word 'technique' are emblazzoned at the top of the frame and the shaft. The racquet is headheavy at about 290+/-5mm. The racquet has high swing speed, owing to slim shaft and aero head. This racquet feels solid and well constructed, with a handle slightly longer than AT700. I found the balance of the racquet to be slightly above even balance and the racquet feels lighter than its counterpart, AT900P.

Warm Ups: The swing of this racquet is easy as the headheaviness has its own momentum. It is fantastic when clearing and driving. The clears are easy to excecute and defending is fun with this racquet. The control is excellent at the net. The smash is good, not exactly fear inducing but is enough to finish off rallies. This racquet is easy to get used to.

Game Time: Serving is good with this racquet, as the long grip and cs cap allows good flick serves and receiving service near the net. Driving with backhand and forehand are superb. The clear is also good, but need to control your strength. The smash is good enough . What can I say for defense, it's one of the better defensive racquet, but if you defend using forehand or backhand, you can counterattack easily. Netkills are easy too with this weapon. Drops and sliced drops are accurate with this racquet, thus, the feel is good too with this racquet. The aero head design has superb maneuverability.

Conclusion: It's an improved version of Armortec 800 Defensive. This racquet is an counter attacking racquet by nature, best used by defensive players as the drive is awesome and the net play fantastic. Moreover, this racquet is a proven commodity in international competition, wielded by Yip Pui Yin and Chai Yun.

Feel: 9/10
Control: 9/10
Power: 8/10
Defense: 9/10
Maneuverability: 9/10

Pros: Excellent counterattacking racquet and one of the best balance racquet.

Cons: A bit trying to attack all day with this racquet.

Suitability: Intermediate/Advance/professional Doubles and Singles player

YONEX/Sunrise sports recommendation for player type:
Allows players with more head speed & agile maneuvers

Yonex rating 1-5
Power 5
Control 5
Flex 5
(Ref: Yonex badminton chart)

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