Some weeks ago, I was contacted by the new Adidas Badminton team and they asked me if I would like to test some of their new equipment. I was a bit concerned at first that this could turn out to be a calculated marketing stunt to influence other BC’ers with over-the-top praises of their rackets, but they convinced me that they were interested in open and honest feedbacks from a player’s perspective. And being the gear head that I am, guess what my answer was…
Before we start…
Before moving on with the review, I would like to clearly state that I have been sent the reviewed test racket free of charge, but didn’t receive any other sort incentive from Adidas. Also, even if I had to send this review to Adidas for a release prior to posting it here in BC, they haven’t changed a single word from my original version. For those who are wondering why this review might be a little more detailed then my other ones – I feel that it’s only fair to spend some time and effort in return for the efforts that Adidas has invested to make this happen in the first place. Also, I haven’t found any information on this racket at all yet, so I hope that I can fill that gap a little.
Specs and construction details
Adidas has managed already what seems to be impossible for other brands – to create a logical and easy to understand product line setup (hello, Li-Ning!). And being a German company originally, I really like the idea to give their product lines german names. Since the lines and terms have been listed and explained before in here, I won’t be repeating it once more.
The Wucht series is Adidas’ line for power rackets for the big hitters which makes it stand against the Voltric series from Yonex or Victor’s Thrusters.
The Wucht P6’s manufacturer spec sheet is as follows:
– frame weight: 87 g ± 2 (3U)
– balance: 290-295 mm
– shaft stiffness: 8.5-9.0
– length: 675 mm
– handle size: G5
– tension: ≤30 lbs
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So I was expecting a medium-stiff, slightly head heavy racket that plays in the same ballpark as my current go-to rackets N9II or N7II.
The racket arrived unstrung which gave me the chance to do some dry measurements before stringing it.
Total weight: 85.69 g
Head weight: 37.62 g
Balance point: 296 mm
As the other Wucht rackets shown a couple of posts earlier, it has a more compact head shape in the lower half of the head which is identical to the Victor JS10. You can clearly see the difference to the N9II if you put one on top of the other:
Also, it shares the JS10’s string pattern with 76 holes and a 2+4 shared/single pass holes setup at the top. The frame has noticeable bulges at 10/2 and 4/8 o’clock which are even more prominent then Yonex’s Tri-Voltage bumps. Adidas calls those zones “Quattro Cage” and they are supposed to give the frame extra dynamic stability in these critical areas and to provide an additional snap back effect.
The rest of the frame has a delta shaped profile, so kind of in the middle between a box- and an aero-frame, the grommets are sitting in a groove that runs along the full head. The shaft has a diameter of 6.8 mm. One also immediately notices the orange grommet strips around the T-joint that Adidas calls “Expanders”.
According to Adidas, are supposed to “boost the elastic stringbed power”, although I have no clue how these things should have any noticeable impact there. If you ask me, it’s a marketing gimmick to immediately recognize the Wucht rackets as such. From a stringer’s perspective, I don’t really like these special grommets since there is always the question how to get them as spare parts later on. IMO the normal U-shaped grommets are doing the job as well there.
Grip length is identical to JS10 and N9II. The so called “Launch Trigger” cone shows some structures to make it more grippy.
The paint job quality is top notch, the racket comes with a high quality full length thermo cover (for all those who really use it…). The racket is made in China.
I’m convinced that you can only get a proper impression of a new racket if it is strung with your preferred string and tension. So I was kind of pleased that the racket came unstrung and I could string it with my long term favorite string LN1 @13/13 kg (28.4 lbs.).
The frame of the P6 made a very stable impression on the stringing machine. The frame bent and moved very little which is always very comforting and assuring for the stringer once you get closer or even exceed the warrantied tensions. Since the P6 has a standard 76 hole pattern, you can basically string it with whatever is your favorite pattern. As a side note, the racket comes with a booklet that contains the recommended stringing patterns for all current Adidas rackets – that’s worth a stringer’s bonus point from me!
I’ll have to deduct the previous bonus point again because the single pass grommets at the top are not staggered but drilled in a perfectly straight line. So make sure to have some scrap string ready to unblock the holes later on in the process.
As you can also see in this picture, the grommets have a really thick head and appear to be very robust. Would be nice to see these grommets being available as spare parts at some point in time.
Another parallel to the JS10 is the high position of the topmost cross string. On the plus side this is supposed to put less stress to the strings on mishits, the downside is that things get a bit cramped when it comes to doing the tie off knot at the top. That’s of course not a major issue and fairly common with compact head rackets and a 2+4 pattern. Overall, the racket is easy to string and leaves a very robust impression. It didn’t seem stressed at all with the ~29 lbs. that I confronted it with. And for those who believe in these things – the ping tail (1333 Hz by the way) was long, loud and clear…
Wucht P6 reporting ready for duty…
(to be continued…)