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Improver racket review: Pacific BX2 Nexus


Originally published on: 13/08/13 00:00

After bringing you the latest range of rackets directed at advanced and intermediate players in our last two issues, now it’s the turn of those who haven’t quite shed the tennis L-plates to sit up and take note.

After testing nine improver frames at Dukes Meadows indoor courts in West London, here's what we thought of the Pacific BX2 Nexus.

RRP: £219
Length: 27.8 inches
DA (stiffness): 64 points
Head size: 118 sq. in
String pattern: 16 x 20
Unstrung weight: 225g
Beam: 25-27mm

What the experts say
This is the ultimate game improvement racket with its super lightweight frame for easy preparation and manoeuvrability. It has grip vibration dampening to enhance comfort and absorb shock on off-centre shots and the use of Basalt fibres enhances the feel and touch.

What the testers say
Both testers were quick to comment on how this racket felt like a feather in their hands and it was one of the lightest frames tested on the day. “It wasn’t the most forgiving racket, but it felt really comfortable to swing,” Jo offered. While Bobby, who prefers a weightier frame, felt that although it was a little on the light side it offered great control off the ground.

What the manufacturer says
BasaltX makes the racket light and the “Air Damping System” reduces distracting vibrations and ensures high comfort [levels]. The result is an extremely lightweight, forgiving racket with top marks for power, control and comfort.


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.