Astrox 88S Pro or 88D Pro for all round Doubles?

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  1. London_Player

    London_Player Regular Member

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    Hi Guys,
    Debating around these latest rackets. obviously, in level doubles you have to rotate and in recreation Badminton doubles, two players share the front and back duties, unlike in professional pairs, where one player usually plays from the rear and has a harder smash. I don't have a powerful smash but an all rounder and that's what you have to be recreation level, unless you play mixed.

    I remember trying out Yonex Voltric 80 from a fellow player years ago, and didn't like it at all: too stiff.
    I'm playing with Arcsaber 10 & 11. I want bit of effortless power from the rear for clears and smashes, as shuttles get worn out in club sessions and, it gets harder to hit the shuttles. I only play with Yonex rackets BTW.
     
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    Hi, recreational badminton player here, Voltric 80 is 3U?
    Id go with 88D pro for more flexibility compared to 88 S pro, and the slight difference in BP isnt a problem for drive exchanges. Im using a 4U 88D pro since my Voltric 5 3U is a bit stiff and heavy.

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    Not always pro games, at certain lv on club games, there is also rotation. Switching between defense & offense formation.
    Only at low lv club especially recreational club that stuck at using defense formation all the time.

    On this lv & as you looking for easy power, i really doubt you need high end racket. A mid flex or even flex racket would serve you way better for easy stroke.

    But if you just want to own the expensive one, well 88D Pro 4U will do better on power for sure.
     
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    I think you misunderstood my point about rotation. In recreational players, both partners play in attack and defence in rotation, it's the basic of level doubles! In contrast, Professional player partnerships have a player, who is a rear court specialist and has a harder smash with a front court player who's at good in mid court and net play but has weaker smash.
     
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    What do you mean both partners play in attack and defense in rotation? Isnt it Front Rear = Offense, Left and Right = Defense?

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    Ok, so you basically just confused as you are not a hard hitter. Just an all round skillset & you confuse, should you get 88s for the front or 88d for the back. (Hopefully im at the right direction now)

    Well actually, nothing wrong being an allround. & tell you what, at higher lv what important is not brawl but brain. Half smash with good aiming are way better than just full brute smash.

    As for the racket itself, well for power it still 88D pro.
     
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    88S 4U might be just too light for rear court clears and smashes.
     
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    Thanks guys, I'm leaning against D Pro model. I hope it won't be hard to use as Voltric 80 I had tried a decade a go.
     
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    I have the 88s (old non-pro model) and a 88D Pro. And I would recommend the 88D Pro. The 88S Pro might get to light for a lot of players, whereas the 88D Pro has some more power and weight. It is a fairly easy racket to play with.
     

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