Vantage test review: The specs: 95 sq headsize 308 gr strung weight 289 swingweight 63 ra 18-20 string pattern Colour white Black leather grip Dunlop grip shape Strung with vantage string I guess at around 22 kg Racket was tested on indoor carpet. My current racket: The full RDX range, Mp-tour 1and 5, Rd ti 80, vcon 17, Dunlop 200g hm My first impression when receiving the racket was the quality finish about the racket and the leather grip, it really feels like you are holding a true racket in your hand, the leather grip really makes a difference.This test frame was one of the first frames with the vantage name etc on it. This frame looks like the one that will be sold soon. This being the lightest frame in the Vantage line-up I took it to the courts for first impressions. How does it play: The vantage plays solid eventhough being the light racket that it is. You cant' help but notice when you hit the ball it reminds you of the older frames like the Dunlop revelation and other player frames. Forehand: I play semi western, enormous spin potential even from a high dense string pattern was the first thing that struck me. Very control orientated racket. because the racket was on the lighter side it was very easy to whip through the ball and hit deep penetrating topspin. Even slice forehands from the hd pattern are no problem for this racket. I must admit you must have good stroke mechanics to play with this racket eventhough it is the lightest frame in the range. Backhand: Play DH and one handed, Again the control and slice potential of the frame. especially the feel you get from varying pace going from a power DH shot to a slice backhand during a rally, you feel the ball. This racket is low powered thus again good mechanics are important and a good racket for folks who would want to improve their mechanics. Serv: normally I tend to change rackets when I have to serv and tend to serv with a racket that weighs 410+ gr . So my first impressions I had was that my serv was very slow seemed it was running at half speed.The racket performs well on all spin servs except I couldn't get the speed I wanted ( more on this in the comparison section). Volley: A true volleyers racket , the feel was incredible and I am not a volleying player but I could do things with the vantage like hitting dropvolleys that return back to your side of the court.The spin and control from the frame really shine and are emphasized at the net. After the first hitting experience I put it up against competitors for a full test to see how it plays against the competition with similar specs:all rackets had been strung with polyester strings, the vantage original string was a multifilament string I would say like the Tecnifibre string nrg range. All rackets strung at 24kg and tested on indoor carpet. Prince: db control Yonex: mp 2i Dunlop: 300 g Head: lm radical Vantage Forehand: First things I noticed eventhough this being the lightest vantage it played more like a players frame than the rest of the frames. the 300g seemed out of place this racket really was the sick man of the bunch even with the open string pattern very poor spinpotential. The prince db had good spin potential but a mishit near the upperpart of the hoop and the strings went. the yonex with the open stringpattern had enormous spinpotential but was too powerful . The head lm radical good control but mist spin on shots.Vantage had enormous spinpotential and good control. After the forehand comparison : 1. Vantage 2.Yonex and the Head 3. prince 4.Dunlop 300g Backhand: Played both DB and one handed backhands all spins.first up the flat backhand: The Yonex performed well on the DH backhand but was poor on the one handed backhand and again too powerful, the head performed well on the one handed backhand but was less on the DH, again the Dunlop had nothing really going for it after this I switched to the 200g for the further test. prince played well on both dh and one hander.Vantage played well on dh and one hander. The slice : one racket stood out head and shoulders above the rest, the vantage , this racket really has enormous slice potential. the 200g slightly less slice than the vantage , prince slice was fine but after further testing I found this racket to be pretty powerful too , the lm head performed well on the slice. Topspin: The yonex and the vantage stood out in the topspin department the vantage getting my vote for being less powerful and more control on the shots. The prince again on a mishit near top of the hoop the strings went. ( at this point I let the prince go) the head performed much better on the one hander than the two hander but good spin potential. 1. Vantage 2.Dunlop 200g 3.Yonex 4.LM radical 5.Prince Serv: Here the Dunlop 200g gets the laurels ( must admit this was my personnel racket weighing in at 375 gr) so I've taken this one out of test. Yonex served well and very powerful and enormous spinpotential, here the yonex power comes in handy and the open string pattern. Vantage low power but enormous spinpotential. The head medium power but lacking spin on the kick serv. 1. Yonex 2. Vantage 2. Head The head had more power than the vantage but the vantage had more spinpotential so a dead heat Volley: The Yonex really was out of place at the net except for the overheads. The head performed very well nice touch and feel , felt solid. The vantage really plays very well at the net it has enormous touch. 1.Vantage 2.Head 3.Yonex The verdict: I would say the yonex has to be more orientated for a woman it has enormous power and spin potential and very forgiving. The head played surprisingly well at the net very nice touch, on the forehand it didn't have that much spinpotential but had good control and I find is more suited to a one handed backhand than the DH backhand,. The vantage and this being the lightest available one in the line-up really had the players feel to it. from the high dense pattern came an enormous spinpotential and excellent control, must be said is low powered frame but this aids your mechanics, with good mechanics you can create your own power in this frame.Only thing I couldn't do with this frame was the power first serv, but I think this is down to being used to playing with frames in the 370+ gr region. So after fully testing this vantage I would say this being the lightest version in the range it plays better than the competition and is very player frame orientated this frame can go up against the likes of the 200g and I prestige and the Yonex tour frames (when it comes to control and spin). can't wait to test the heavier vantage frames.