Arcsaber 10 SP
Review Date : 10 May 2010
Racket Type : Yonex Arcsaber 10 SP
Specs : 3UG5
Strings: Yonex BG80
Tension: 26lbs , 1 Piece Stringing
Grip: Yonex Cyber Plus Beta grip + Toalson overgrip
Technology : Isometric slim head, Cup-Stacked Carbon Nanotube, Ultra PEF, Super HMG, Control Support cap and New T-joint
Initially , I thought that this color is a bit too bright comprising of overall metallic red flanked by white laterally from 2-5 O'clock. The racquet looks fierce and from a distance, one could tell it's an arcsaber 10. For the first time I handle it, the racket feels even balance rather than headheavy. Frame shape is thin and have a rather standard isometric shape. The 'T-joint' and shaft is rather thin and the flex of the shaft is rather stiff.
The racket indeed feels really solid. Still getting used to the timing since the strings is BG80, a bit different from my usual BG66. But as usual, I start off with baseline to baseline shots. Clears are good, feels like a Yonex MP99 in terms of stiffness. Racket head is stable and well balanced. Reaction time is fast and the driving or flat play is good. The racquet is stable in cutting thru the air and feels a bit stiff when hitting with backhands.
I like the feel of serving low using this racket, very accurate to hit just nicely to the 'T' area. Flick serve is great as well. Net play is good and control is excellent as the 'feeling' is there. Sliced and reversed sliced shots are excellent as one can 'feel' the shots coming off the string bed. When comes to time reaction, I would say that this racket is very good. Above average defense since the racquet is not that head heavy. Smashes are good with this racquet as the stiffness is where the power comes from. Control is on par with a singles Yonex racquet like AT900P/AT700. Not only that, this racquet is as maneuverable/aerodynamic as the best headlight racquet due to the slim T-joint and slim shaft. Driving is excellent with this racquet.
What can you complain when you can have solid feeling and control? Probably the racquet is not beginner friendly as it feels very stiff when swung. I’m satisfied with it and how it is made. This racquet is excellent for control at the net, clears to the corners, sliced shots and general all round play. Probably, not the best smashing racquet, but the control makes up for it.
Pros : Superb control and excellent feeling
Cons: Price and lack of pure smashing power
Suitability : Intermediate/Advance. More of a singles racquet or an all-round racquet.
YONEX/Sunrise sports recommendation for player type:
For professional players looking for striking power and control for managing speed
Yonex rating 1-5
(Ref: Yonex badminton chart)