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Discussion in 'Racket Recommendation / Comparison' started by Lim Beng Ee, Apr 4, 2022.
Switch to 88dp, I use it in 4u4 configuration and definitely love it
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hello guys, I have read chanji's comment that tk-f E's shaft is less stiff than 88D pro. I also like to hear others' opinions who own both racquet. how do you compare the two racquet stiffness?
What happened to using the ax77? Have you completely switched over now?
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I myself own the 88d pro and arc 11pro and contemplating whether to get the tkf enhanced, mainly wanting to try out Victor's free core technology. But don't know if it's really worth it for this feature? it sounds like tkf enhanced play character is comparable to the arc11pro & 88 pro.
Definitely less stiff compared to 88D pro. I own both in 4U and both are strung with lining no 1@27lbs.
To me TKF feels even balanced, fast and forgiving. 88D pro is clearly head heavy and lags a bit compared to TKF. Smash and Raw power 88D pro wins though.
which one feels heavy overall? do they have the same weight if you hold it or put it in the weighing scale?
Since 88D pro feels head heavy, it feels heavier when I swing it. TKF is even balanced so feels light. Never got chance to weigh them though
Thought I'd chip in my two cents; having come from 88d pro 4U and now also owning a TKF 4U.
For context; I'd classify myself as a beginner-intermediate. I've been playing for almost two years, with about 8 months of proper coaching, playing about 2-3 times a week. I play 80% doubles; 20% singles. I'm an all-rounder, comfortable at back and front court.
88d Pro - 4U: 26lbs tension with Exbolt 63 and Aerobite.
Honestly, it deserves the praise and popularity it gets. It's a typical head-heavy / stiff racket with the expected Pros and Cons of a racket as such; great smashes but more difficult defense. It's also stiff, so it will reward good technique and punish bad technique.
It's got a boxy frame; so the stability of the racket head is good on the follow through, but at the cost of slower racket head speed compared to a sharper frame. Other types of shots are also great; netting, drives, drops etc.
Therefore, I think the real magic in this racket is it's accessibility. It's very easy to use and definitely a pick-up and play racket; my friends were able to adjust and play well with it immediately.
TKF-E - 4U: at same strings & tension
This racket is a completely different profile to 88D Pro; it's even balance racket, with a slightly stiff shaft.
And as expected of its profile, it loses out to the 88D Pro on raw smashing power, but defense and speed improves as the tradeoff.
Anyone can tell you the above based on on-paper specs alone, so now my real insight is in the peculiarities of this racket.
It has an unusual frame & head shape. The head shape is a bit larger and more square than usual, though this isn't noticeable when playing. But the frame is a mixed frame, with a boxyish frame around most of it until the top half of the racket, which is sharp. The frame is also very stiff. The way this manifests is in an unusual swing speed consistency, and feeling of contact.
The swing speed is not as standard and uniform as the 88d, I feel it almost accelerates midswing as the racket shaft whips forward. I think this is because of the mixed frame design. And this is how i've made sense of why some people find the timing awkward with this racket, as I certainly did when I first picked it up.
The stiff frame (and maybe the freecore handle) also results in a very "dull" contact. Where I don't feel much feedback nor vibration when I hit. This isn't a positive or negative, but a matter of preference.
So my conclusion is that:
88d Pro is an amazing mainstream racket that I can recommend to anyone that likes to back-court and smash. It does what it needs to very well, but it has predictable trade-offs.
The TKF-E however is unique; Victor has differentiated itself from Yonex by crafting rackets that disobey conventional trade-offs, but at the cost of "pick-up and playability". I think the TKF can be good at everything; definitely in defense, midcourt, netting but also smashing; but you spend a good amount of time getting used to it's unique swing and feeling.
I like both for different reasons, but I feel the ceiling is higher with the TKF-E, I just need to spend more time with it.
On a side-note; I've also had the J-Nice Black Panther in 4U. My comments on the TKF-E applies to that as well. Great racket that disobeys typical tradeoffs, but resulting in a "peculiar" style.