I now mainly play Singles but also occasionally play Doubles. I am a passive control player who rarely smash. Somehow, I manage to have 3 different rackets (As77, BS12, DriveX 9X), and they are in different categories (head-heavy, headlight, even balance). Embarrassingly, I still don’t know which one supposes to be my main racket that suit my playstyle the most. Seeing Kento Momota using Astrox 99 even confuses me more. So, I end up being influenced by the internet and go with the popular one.
Here are my take for the rackets:
BS12 – This is my main racket now. The main reason I use as my main is because its popularity and I like defensive playstyle. I think my defense and my reaction is faster with this racket. However, compared to other rackets I have, it seems to lack the responsive feel, and hard to control in some occasion. Smash also feels weak.
As77 – My secondary racket. I will switch to this racket every time my BS12 string broke. What I feel immediately is more power. My smash and clear pack a good punch with a solid sound. However, it is slower and heavier than BS12.
DriveX 9X – My first racket, which I got recommended by the shop owner. I rarely touch this racket as no one talks about it on the internet (I don’t understand why nobody talks about DriveX series). However, I quiet like the feeling of this racket. Opposite from BS12, the feeling is very soft and responsive. I think this racket give me the stability vibe. However, the reviews are very mix bags for this racket. Many said it is too stiff and hard to play with, while some said the otherwise.
So, I know that this is quiet shameful that I just got influenced by the internet and can’t decide even I have all the rackets in hand. Any advice is very welcome.