Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Badminton Racket Comparison: Yonex Voltric Z-Force (4U) versus Yonex Voltric Z-Force II (4U)

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Here's the review for the Yonex Voltric Z-Force
Here's the review for the Yonex Voltric Z-Force II

I enjoy journeys of discovery, and one of the reasons why I started this blog was so that I could share my experiences with different kinds of badminton equipment with fellow badminton enthusiasts.

Well, having been through the excellent experience that is the Z-Force II, I was convinced by a reader (didn't take much really) to have a go at its predecessor and come up with a comparison.

Well, I had two hours with the Yonex Voltric Z-Force in a singles session yesterday and here's this here's my conclusion.

Since this is my first comparison article, I will attempt a rough structure that will probably guide the future comparison articles.

You are encouraged to read the reviews for the rackets before attempting to read the article, since I would have already given my take on the rackets.

And if you'd like to see two rackets compared, leave a comment after this one and I'll see what I can do.

Disclaimer: This is an article on my experiences after the use and comparison of two rackets. Pinch of salt please, and comments are always welcome. Please don't ask me to weigh them or measure the size of their frames, or for the exact ratio of head weight to handle weight. You catch my drift. Hopefully.

P.S. And please don't ever ask me to compare a Yonex racket to its mainstream equivalent. I'm not really interested in finding out the difference between a red ArcSaber and a White one.

Here it comes.

First Impressions:
The Yonex Voltric Z-Force rackets traditionally come with super stiff shafts and an unforgiving head heavy weight distribution. This makes them hard to handle and tiring to use for the long run. This would also have contributed to many a badminton player's tennis elbow or sore shoulders.

The Z-Force came across as an unforgiving mentor, one that expects you to perform well but is willing to give you very good results if you manage to subscribe to its philosophy.

In sharp contrast is the Z-Force II. The black wonder is like the same mentor, but ten years down the road. He's seen the world, had his share of tormenting helpless students and has mellowed. This concentration gives him even more power, and he's willing to share.

Defense:
Both rackets offer a good level of defense. I was able to turn and twist and block and lift at will. If I had to choose a winner, I felt that the Z-Force II came off a bit faster and easier to move around. I also had a noticeable increase in defensive shots when I use the Z-Force. This could be due to the fact that I offered more attacking chances.

Attack:
The Z-Force II wins hands down. The Z-Force's attacks not only comes off softer, the chance of mishit was also higher for me. Much times I wasn't able to get as good enough a hit as I would have if I had used the Z-Force II.

One thing that the Z-Force won over its descendant was the power on the drive shots. The Yonex Voltric Z-Force delivered awesome drives.

Control:
While I didn't have much trouble with shot accuracy when using both rackets, the Z-Force II offered more ease when I played with it. I could move faster, clear easier, drop more accurately, net better, the works. The Z-Force II just made executing the hardest shots that little bit easier.

Conclusion:
No contest. There's no reason why you would want to use the Yonex Voltric Z-Force when you can use the later rendition.

The Yonex Voltric Z-Force II offers an all-round improvement in terms of speed, attack and control. It may not be as nice in terms of design, but the user-friendliness of the Z-Force II makes it an obvious decision.

Sell your Z-Force rackets. Go for the upgrade.



23 comments:

Nhan Hoang said...

Good read. Good choice. I would impule buy a zf2 just base on this haha

SleepyEyedBoyZ said...

I like the way you put it!

"Sell your Z-Force rackets. Go for the upgrade."

Anonymous said...

Could you compare the ZF2 to the Nanoray Z-Speed since they have a similar head shape. I've heard a bunch of great things about the ZF2 but nothing about the Z-Speed.

Arthur Wong said...

The Nanoray, being head light, is an increasingly rare sight on the courts.

Sounds interesting, but I'll have to see if I can get my hands on one of those to begin with :)

Arthur Wong said...

@Nhan Hoang Don't wait, just go!

Nhan Hoang said...

Ahhh I just bought a lining n55 first generation so this beast would have to wait

Arthur Wong said...

That in itself, is another beast :)

Nhan Hoang said...

Buuuuuuuut a friend of mine is getting the zf2 so same thing lol. All yonex Z rackets do have hella sexy paint jobs ;)

JackyLKK said...

Any review on Nanoray Z-Speed?

Arthur Wong said...

Not really Jacky.. The ZSpeed isn't really on my list of rackets to try.

But you'll never know :)

Dz said...

hi its me again! :) since last time I've read your blog, I got myself the vt80 PG which is by far one of the best racquet I've used. Recently though, some of my friend suggested me to go for the zf2 which in their words, they said it ditches all those imperfections of the zf while giving it a upgrade, somewhat similar of vt80 in terms of user-friendliness but hell, after reading your view about this racquet, I might've well give it a try. Just wanted you to give a quick response though, I know how much you fancied the vt80 before, but in your opinion, which one's the better racquet?

Arthur Wong said...

Hey man, nice to hear from you again!

I'm going to go for the ZF2. The 4U one gave me a very good vibe man. Your friend is right - much improved version of the ZF.

Let me know if you do give it a try!

Dz said...

hey its me again, before i get myself one, i just have one last question to pose you before i really gets my wallet from my pocket. since your vt zf2 is 4u, do you fancy to use it in doubles as well? given its one of the swiftest among the voltric series. cause im planning to get the 4u one for doubles, using my vt80 for singles instead.

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Arthur Wong said...

It's definitely fast enough for doubles. :)

Jojo said...

hi Arthur. Great review! i'm gonna get a ZFII based on your comments. Also, what string tension do you recommend for an amateur who fantasises that he's a professional (ha ha). Appreciate your advice on this. Thanks bro, & keep up the good job!!

Arthur Wong said...

Hey Jojo, thanks for reading!

Depends on what you're used to really.. I can't really recommend strings coz I think they're very personal choices.

I was on a 27lbs NBG98 and it was awesome.

jojo said...

Hi Arthur. Well, i just got my ZFII today. It came already strung with BG66 at 26lbs, so i guess i'll just stay with that for now. Looking forward to my first experience with this new racquet & comparing the "feel" with my year-old ZF. Thanks again for the review, Arthur.

Arthur Wong said...

Most welcome, Jojo! Enjoy the awesome racket!

Nhan Hoang said...

Impulse bought one. Hot damn this is one sexy racket! Mine is 4U5 with NBG95 @ 26lbs. The racket so fast it puts the old zf to shame. The amount of confident I got on drives is top notch. Amazing angles on shots and less demanding than the old zf. Yonex has this one right :)

Arthur Wong said...

I couldn't agree with you more! :)

Taj said...

I am using Yonex Voltric 7. I find it good to smash. I am planning to upgrade to Voltric Z-Force II just add more power to my smash.
Could you please let me know, if there is much of a difference in these two models in terms of weight and its handling during smashing?
-Taj

Arthur Wong said...

Hi there Taj,

I wouldn't compare a China made Yonex with a Japan made one. Go for the ZFII. You won't regret it.