I tried both this version and the XT of this racquet and ultimately decided to go with this one. I really liked the combination of power and control that I got from this frame. The price point is wonderful as well. I thought the racquets played pretty similar, so for the price it was smarter to go with the older one. If anything this one gave me a little more pop than the new one, which is perfect for my game. This racquet showcased great control on my ground strokes and I was able to get extra depth as well. Super maneuverable racquet on the entire court and also very stable on my shots. The lighter weight of this frame allowed me to plow through my ground strokes like I needed to. Overall I really enjoyed this frame. I strung mine with Luxilon 4G at a little less than mid tension for some added power.
Have the XT version, liked it from a weight and swing weight profile, but felt a bit unforgiving. The other variations felt dead! Ordered last years version, and wala, it was perfect. It fits my game and swing almost perfectly. Gives me control at the net, improved serves with better power and solid ground strokes. Gave away my "Instincts" as they were problematic, Maria, you can have mine!
Swings a bit light, added lead tape, which allowed for a little more racquet stability. Plenty of spin and control coming from this frame. This racquet really allows me the ability to control both the power and spin aspects of my game. Had it strung up with Luxilon ALU Power to help control some of the added power I tend to produce. The lighter weight was an added bonus, allowing for fast swing speeds.
this is my second racket with the same model..definitely better than my previous 2 head youtek OS rackets