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A New High-Quality Racket: The Dasha S-006

It was a few days before Christmas. I and a few other badminton aficionados were playing game after game at a local badminton place when my good friend and coach Mr. Su showed up with a present for me. He had just returned from China and brought with him one of those rare Dasha S-006 rackets and I couldn’t believe it when he gave the racket to me. Obviously I was extremely happy and since I was already at a court, I wanted to test out my new “weapon” on the battlefield, but the racket came with a special towel grip that I wasn’t used to, so I decided to bring the racket home first for a little examination and comparison session.

The first thing I did when I brought my new racket home was to change the grip to something I liked, and then I started to carefully examine the design of the racket. When compared my current racket lineup consisting of the Dasha S-002, Nice (“Nice” is the brand name) M-6000, Techno Pro 1700, and the Yonex NS 8000, the S-006 is one of the longer rackets. It has the same length as its brethren the S-002, and is only around 2mm shorter than the very long Nice M-6000. The head of the racket is a little larger than the S-002’s and the stem and frame are a little thicker. Careful comparison between the S-006 and the Techno Pro 1700 showed that the cross-section of their “heads” were very similar: both have an olive-shaped cross-section that was designed to decrease drag and resist deformation. The titanium mesh that runs on the top of the S-006 makes stand out from other badminton rackets and also increases the rigidity of the racket. The workmanship and paint job on the S-006 is also of very high quality and rivals some of the really expensive rackets. Overall my first impression of the S-006 is that it is definitely a higher-end racket in the Dasha lineup.

After the acquiring the S-006, I’ve been itching to use it in a real badminton game, since you can’t tell how good a racket really is until you actually use it a few times. I finally got my chance on New Year’s Eve when I didn’t have to work. After hitting a few rallies with some badminton buddies, I felt pretty good when using my new racket. The S-006 has strings at around 28lbs tension, and I’ve never used a racket with over 24lbs tension before, but the racket still felt very comfortable and didn’t shake when doing the big clears and smashes. It also handles very well when hitting drives or doing tear-drops near the net. After playing a few games, I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about the racket, which means that I’m pretty satisfied about the S-006’s performance. If I were to give my final verdict regarding the S-006 and its sibling the S-002, I would say that the S-002 is like a light and maneuverable cavalry saber and the S-006 is like a powerful and long two handed sword.

Below are some pictures of my rackets:

From left to right: NICE M-6000, DASHA S-006, and TECHNO PRO 1700
From left to right: NICE M-6000, DASHA S-006, and TECHNO PRO 1700

DASHA S-006 and NICE M-6000
DASHA S-006 and NICE M-6000

DASHA S-006 and TECHNO PRO 1700
DASHA S-006 and TECHNO PRO 1700

DASHA S-006 and DASHA S-002
DASHA S-006 and DASHA S-002

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