Anyone familiar with them?
What tennis shop?My local stringer (owns his own tennis shop and strings as pro events around the east coast as well) got a few of these from the company to try out. Got both the Lite and the Pro versions. He was quite impressed with the Pro (although it's still too light for his own use as a competition racquet). So much so that he asked me to hit with it. It was strung with the Furi Poly it came with (probably at mid-50's tension, not my personal choice, as I play gut/poly hybrid normally, and would never string full poly above 52, usually high 40's). But, I decided to hit with it during a team practice last night, regardless of how it played, just to be able to give my honest opinion to my guy (wound up playing 5 sets of doubles). I was, quite unexpectedly, blown away by this racquet. Yonex had been my racquet of choice all through high school and college play (except for a very short dalliance with a Yamaha Secret 04) and was what I went back too when I picked tennis back up again 20 years ago (didn't play for a bit more than a decade after I graduated college and had kids). Played exclusively Yonex until maybe 3 years ago (through soo many iterations from the MP-5 to RDX-500 to RDS-001 to XE, AI, DR, 1st gen Ezone, VCP 310 and 330) before switching to Bab Pure Strike One7. Those eventually gave me elbow and wrist pain so I moved on to Vantage Bastcores (great racquets, and super arm friendly).
First off, the poly (round soft poly) was amazingly comfortable and generated a good deal of spin (I'm a heavy topspin forehand and either flatish thbh or defensive slice ohbh). Some of that is certainly the open string-bed (16x19) and the 101 inch head. The poly is definitely one I'll need to keep in mind as a cross in the gut/poly hybrids, if tension maintenance is good.
But, the racquet was the star of the show. Now, strung with the Furi poly, it weighed in at 319.4 grams, and as it was #3 grip, I added two overgrips to be in line with what I prefer in grip size, and to get it up into the mid 330s, I also added 3 grams of lead at 12. That's lighter than I normally play (usually 348-350) and I was expecting to lose something on the stability. However, it was every bit as stable as my heavier sticks. Volleys were easy, and the racquet never got pushed around at net. Serves were (as @Beach also said) very easy to locate with confidence (whether it was flat, slice, or kickers), and with a surprising amount of pop on the flat serves. But, the true standout shots were from the baseline. Forehands were effortless to control, from deep cross-court to hard angle winners to "money in the middle" passes to inside out hard angle drives. The racquet responded equally well whether I was trying to hit through my opponents with pace or add height and drive them well behind the baseline or ramp up the topspin to drop the ball as they approached the net. On the backhand side, my normally defensive ohbh slice was actually a weapon, being able to drive hard low slices back deep cross court with enough pace to keep the net guy out of the point. So much so that I only hit like 2 or 3 thbhs the entire evening.
And, best of all, even with full-bed poly, and playing 5 sets, neither my elbow or wrist are giving me event a twinge.
In short, in my experience, the Fury Arma Pro (I was playing with the v2 version) is a great racquet. Stable, soft, and solid, with a good deal of easy to access power and excellent control.