It's been awhile since I wrote a review, and it might be a longer wait because I've yet to regain my form on the court... Footwork has slowly come back to me, though nowhere as fast as before, and the mis-hits have decreased.
Let's hope the next few sessions will do better for my technique.
For now, I'd like to give some attention to the strings. The Yonex BG80 Power to be exact. Seasoned users of the BG66 and BG66 Ultimax might not fancy the 0.69mm thickness of the string, but trust me when I say that this string is a must try for heavy smashers.
Since it's launch slightly before the Olympics this year, this string has become my go-to for doubles rackets. I'm not a heavy attacker during singles play, but I've learnt to channel more aggression when I'm on my doubles games and that means loads more shuttles coming down.
The Yonex BG80 Power gives me truck loads of power when it comes to the hard smashes. Excellent repulsion from the string bed means the shuttle leaves the racket double time, and the speed it launches at the opponent is amazing.
AND I've only got it at 23lbs. My singles rackets are strung at 25lbs.
Having the strings thicker also means there's more contact with the shuttle, and that makes the light shots easier to feel for me. I might just be a fan of thick strings, since I use the 0.68mm Yonex Nanogy primarily for singles play, but the BG80 Power really gave me a good feel with the variety of shots that I like to play throughout a match.
I've been searching around for good, reliable strings to fall back on, shuffling between the Nanogy 98 and BG66 Ultimax for the longest time, but it seems that the BG80 Power has filled the spot for doubles rackets.
For the win.