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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yonex Muscle Power 99 Review

Just acquired a new MP99 3UG5
Strung with BG66

This is a well known racquet, popular amongst professionals and recreational players. I believed, if i didn't review this racquet, then I'm missing something...

Racquet: Yonex MP99

Flex: stiff

Balance: even balance

Strings: Yonex BG66 @ 22lbs

First impression: A well known racquet, once used by many pros including Lin Dan. The picture of the racquet speaks for itself. Unique to this racquet is the grommet system, which is different from other Yonex racquets. Ultimum titanium is used both in the frame and the shaft. Flex is rather stiff, head is standard isometric and even balance.

Warm up: I find it kind of funny when handling this racquet, feeling neither head heavy nor headlight when swung. Clears are the 1st shot that I start with, which is good. Drive and drops are good. Net plays are good as well.

Game time: I find this racquet to be an all-rounder, it can hit good smashes. Control is very good, the maneuverability is faster than head heavy racquets and defence is acceptably good. I can not find any weakness/fault in this racquet on court.

Conclusion: This is a classic racquet, excellent balance of playing attribute like control, power and feel. Can be played equally well for doubles and singles.

Power 8/10
Feel: 8/10
Control: 8/10
Defence: 8/10
Manueverability: 8/10

Classic iso Racquet, well balance racquet. Suitable for any style of play. Probably one of the best racquet when 1st introduced.

Cons: Maybe a bit fragile (owing to low recomended tension) and not easy to get used to as with most even balance racquets. Not as sexy as the younger and flashier models.

Suitability: Control, attacking, defensive and all around players. In short, all players (singles/doubles) will find this racquet to suit their game once they get used to it. Skill level: intermediate and above.

YONEX/Sunrise sports recommendation for player type:
For advanced to intermediate players looking for ultimate speed and excellent control

Yonex rating 1-5
Power 5
Control 5
Flex 5

(Ref: Yonex badminton chart)

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