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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gosen 6900 vs. Victor SW35...

I decide to dissect the performance of these two racquets.
Victor Super Waves 35 (2010 model) vs Gosen Aermet 6900 (2009 model)
Both are roughly similar at 3U weight, G5 Gosen grip/G2 Victor grip with BG66 at 25lbs.

Why this comparison?
answer: Both are head-heavy balance and have a stiff flex

Round 1

The thickness of the frame if roughly similar. The Gosen 6900 the twin grommets at the 9 and 3 O'clock position making it more 'bumpy' at that position of the frame. String pattern is similar

The shaft are roughly similar, but SW 35 is slightly thinner. The flex of both are stiff and SW35 is somewhat stiffer. The balance point of Aermet 6900 is 290mm+/- whereas SW35 is 295mm +/-. The SW35 felt slightly head heavier.

Round 2
Aermet 6900 (2008 model)
Feel: 7/10
Control: 8.5/10
Power: 9/10
Defense: 8.5/10
Maneuverability: 9/10

Feel: 9/10
Control: 9/10
Power: 9.5/10
Defense: 6.5/10
Maneuverability: 7.5/10

Summary: I find that the feel of the Victor better than the Gosen, but 'feel' is very hard thing to describe. The Victor racquet has good feel owing to the stiffer shaft whereas the Gosen using fibration filter on the 3 and 9 O'clock position, somewhat dampen the 'feel'. Control wise roughly similar, but I feel that SW35 is better. Power wise marginally similar, not much to choose with slight edge to SW35. Defense I rated that Gosen is better and on court, the Gosen 6900 felt easier to defend owing to the lighter head and lighter weight, facilitating backhand defense. SW35 on the other hand felt slightly sluggish in defense and maneuverability compared to the Gosen 6900.

Conclusion: On court and in theory, the Gosen 6900 wins marginally over the SW35. I feel that the Gosen 6900 is more of an all-around racquet whereas the SW35 is a dedicated attacking racquet. The price is roughly the same for both racquets, so it boils down to performance. The SW35 wins hands down in terms of control, feel and power but Gosen 6900 is better at defense and maneuverability.

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