I've written quite a bit of reviews and still have quite some rackets left over, so I thought I'd start a poll on which review the readers would want to read next. Many thanks to those who took time to vote. I'm also thinking of an open-ended poll to see what sort of badminton article you would like to read so stay tuned and keep your questions ready.
Now without further ado, I shall attempt to give a fair review for the Yonex ArcSaber 10 Peter Gade:
This is the last of the three World Beating Performance rackets that I got my hands on, mainly because it's hard to find.
The AS10PG comes in a gentleman's white, laced with gold streaks down the inside of the head frame and shaft. At first glance, you'll most definitely feel that it's one handsome racket. Very befitting for the prince of Badminton, Peter Hoeg Gade.
One of the main reasons the review took so long to write was because I wanted to get enough games in to give it a fair trial, and it was quite hard at that moment because I was suffering from a bad case of GAS - Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
So now, half a year after the pristine racket reaches my hand, I am ready.
This review's my opinion of the racket from using it in my games, my style. No one plays badminton the same way, so take this with a pinch of salt. I'm here to tell you, in as much accuracy as I can, how my games went with the racket. Comments welcome!
Ok here goes.
Yonex ArcSaber 10 Peter Gade
Est. Dry Weight: 88g (3U)
Grip Size: G5
Max String Tension: 24lbs
Strings: Yonex Nanogy 98 @ 24lbs
I use this rackets for singles play.
There's something magical about 3U, even-balanced rackets when it comes to defense. Somehow the racket head moves fast enough to meet the fastest smashes, and still is powerful enough to deliver a nice high block when you need it.
The Yonex ArcSaber 10 Peter Gade delivers well in this aspect, and even adds a little stability to boost your defense ratings. Standing strong in defense shouldn't be a problem with this racket. The slight boost to speed given by the even balance also allowed me to play around with the returns, varying them from left to right depending on how fast my mind could think.
Drive defense seems to benefit from the AS10PG as well, providing enough to return straight shots with equal ferocity.
If you're a wall in defense, this racket will be a nice addition to your armament.
With a good defense, you're able to turn a properly executed block into a nice attacking opportunity. And the ArcSaber 10 Peter Gade ain't too shabby in this department.
I found that I didn't exactly live for the high lifts when using this racket, as compared to when I wielded the Voltrics or Powerblades. The AS10PG just didn't give the attack power that's present in the head-heavy rackets that I own. The shuttle reaches a decent speed, but it's nowhere as explosive nor addictive to attack with.
While you'll need some time in the gym to be able to crack the whip on the shuttle for this racket, the drive attacks you execute with this racket will amaze you. Once again, the even-balance combination of speed and power delivers distinctly on the drives. ANd being strong defensively, you should be ready for a drive return if the opponent does manage to catch your silver bullet.
Being even-balanced, the AS10PG doesn't deliver as well in this area as the Voltric behemoths, but it's redeemed by its tight controls. Technical players who enjoy hitting the lines, rejoice!
I felt extremely comfortable playing with this racket because I knew that it will place the shuttle exactly where I want it to.
With the Yonex ArcSaber 10 Peter Gade, you'll stop looking at the racket when you mis-hit, because you know in your heart that you can't put any blame on it.
Smashes, drives, drops, tight net shots, backhands, trick shots... the works. This princely racket will give you one good control game.
I don't think any player can look at this racket and not want to own it - white, gold, black and grey come together in a very handsome creation.
Underneath the main colors, a throbbing red core stands as a red "P", signifying the passion of one Peter Hoeg Gade.
Yonex ArcSaber 10 Peter Gade