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Any recommendation rackets for intermediate players?

Discussion in 'Racket Recommendation / Comparison' started by h208217, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. h208217

    h208217 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    I need advise for recommendation rackets for intermediate players.
    I play more offensive style, preferably racket is not too heavy, easy to grip for ladies :).
    And what's the price range and specs for the recommended racket..
     
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    Hai there h208217 (first i thought you are a mineral water brand ambassador......:D:D)

    You wrote" I need advise for rackets recommendation for intermediate players.
    I play more offensive style" . Frankly, this topic has been discuss here in BC multi zillions of time...but to make life simple for you my dear since tonight is FIFA World Cup night (Yahoooooooooooooo), generally if you want a racket for offensive, look for these features (specs):

    1. Heavier weight - A weight between 88 grams to 92 grams is possibly a good power racket provided since a heavier weight racket would transmit less shock and less vibration when sending off shuttle and this is good for offensive type of play.

    2. Higher balance point-The balance point of a racket is measured from the handle towards the shaft on the point where the racket stayed in balance on your finger. The balance point of a good power racket should be around 285mm – 295mm (or higher depend if you wrap the handle with /out PU grip together with/out the original grip). This will yield a heavy feeling towards the head (Head heavy) and would be able to deliver powerful smashes.

    3. Racket shaft stiffness - A stiffer shaft is more suitable for powerful player since it would transmit less shaft vibration during attacking, however, try to get the right stiffness for you since shaft stiffness are ranging from stiff to extra stiff. You should test play with different stiffness racket in order to get the right choice of stiffness for your racket.

    4. Frame shape -An isometric construction racket has a larger sweet spot that is able to transmits less frame shock and is more suitable for attacking type of play. Furthermore you can add extra tension due to its larger sweet spot, especially the main string, where the length of string is longer than conventional racket.

    In regards with its price range(since i'm not a badminton racket distributor;)).....there are a lot racket brands available currently that has the above specs that is affordable which include Apacs Lethal 60, Victor Brave Sword 8, Yonex Armortec 700/900 series or just refer to DinkAlot's Racket Review at this link http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?45209-DinkALot-s-Racket-Review.
     
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    Hi Shooting Strike,

    Ya, my initial name is link with h20(water) ;).
    Thanks for your advice.
    But the brands you mention is quite hard to get in Singapore..so i need more help here..was considering if Yonex ArcSaber 7 or 10 is it suitable?
     
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    The brands Apacs, Victor and many others are very easy to get in Singapore, provided you go to shops specialised in badminton. To see all the brands above (plus Yonex and many other more) under one roof, you can go to Smash Sports at East Point at Simei (I have no share in the company). Other places includes shops in Queensway Shopping Centre.
     
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    h208217 Regular Member

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    Hi Charlie,

    Thanks for your reply, but for me my budget will be $150-$250sgd..i hope i am able to find suitable racket at queensway..do you happen to know which shops over there, their receipts will indicate the racket brands name??
     
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    Yonex Arc Saber 7 is medium flex racket with a balanced head weight. It is more suitable for defensive (especially for doubles) rather than offensive type of gameplay. Meanwhile Arc Saber 10 has a stiff shaft and slightly head heavy suitable as a all round racket (both offensive and defensive type of gameplay). If these are the only two type of racket on your list, than i would suggest to go for AS 10. See these doc. also for further details http://www.yonexusa.com/images/badminton/badminton2_specs.pdf
     
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    I disagree with the above replies slightly.

    I think as you have said you are a Intermediate standard lady, I think you would be better off with a more flexible shaft to help you generate power. This is because I would doubt you would have the speed and power in your shots to bend a stiff shaft ( some intermediate stand ladies do but not that many in my experience).


    I think you should look for a light head heavy racket with a flexable to medium shaft nothing to stiff

    Out of the Yonex range I would think the AT600 ( i think the at700 and at900 might be to stiff for you and therefore generate less power than the AT600) would be ideal and should be in your price range the flex and head heaviness of the racket would help you generate power easily. If you got u4 raacket would still be pretty good in defense and easy to maneuver.

    let us know what you get and how it's going :)
     
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    Wow, do me you have big budget of beyond $200 where most of the high end Yonex are priced. If you want good value for money, you may want to consider non Yonex brand such as Victor which is used by the Korean national team. The most popular Victor rackets are the Brave Sword 09, Braveword 10 and Brave Sword 11. I believe they are below $180. For more information, look at the following thread on BS11:

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?75091-Victor-Bravesword-11

    A very good place to buy Victor bracket is at the Distributor shop at
    BLK 724 #01-73 AVE 6
    ANG MO KIO CENTRAL MARKET
    Website:
    http://www.badmintonshop.blogspot.com/

    No harm visiting them as you can find Yonex, Apacs and some other brands there.
     
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    For your budget, you can look at the Victor SuperWave series. Not too sure if you can handle stiff racquet or not but look at SW33C/33P and SW35/36. They come in 4U version so it isn't difficult to use.

    Another brand which I am impressed with is Flypower, surprisingly very easy to use and good in both defence and attack. The Flypower Warrior 8 is $99 with strings and grip !
     
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    Hi Charlie,

    Nice to read the reviews on Victor series..tomorrow i'll be going down to queensway and take look and feel of the models :) and buy..
     
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    Hi justbecos,

    I manage to bought the AT600 racket :), i will be trying out on friday and see how it goes thanks for all of your advise.
     
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    Hi, this is my first time using this forum, so bear with me the message is display not properly.
    My opinion is based on Yonex rackets, as I have been playing badminton for many years, and have a thorough understanding regarding rackets and strings.

    I agree with Justbecos totally, you should go for more flexible rackets, (not ARC 10 and ARC 7 - even balance rackets, so towards end of the game, you will feel tired if you have to keep defending.)

    If you are the slim lady who want to play fast offensive style badminton, go for Ti-10 3rd generation, (purple color), which is very good for double play and head light... which gives you very fast reaction.

    Another option is Armotec 600, even though it is head heavy, but the shaft is not that stiff, so you can control the shufflecock easily, and also easy to smash and return smash.

    Grip size: should go for G4 or G5

    *** I just saw you bought the AT600, it is definitely a very good choice, almost the best choice! ***

    One more thing, if you want to save energy and hit the shufflecocks further, please use string of (either BG-80 or BG-85 or BG-66 or BG-Ti-68) don't use the other kind, if the string are too thick, the repulsion power will be decreased.

    Are you guys or gals all from Singapore or Malaysia, as I am from HK.

    I wonder if you can help me, I will pick up either Victor Brave Sword 168 or Artery Tec 95 Power as spare racket. I am currently using AT-900T, and love it. I have tried almost every Yonex rackets, but not Victor, Is there a comparison between Victor Brave Sword 168, Artery Tec 95 power and Armotec 600?

    I am leaning towards getting the Brave Sword 168 for double play, and I play a lot of mid court counter attack, but almost want a racket which can generate power when smashing at front court.

    Should I get Brave Sword 168 (seems it is newer design and technology) or Artery Tec 95 power?
    I would like to get the stiffer of the two..

    Thanks for all you help in advance!








     
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    h208217 Regular Member

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    Hi mb918,

    May i know Ti-10 3rd generation, (purple color) falls under which Yonex series? Full name..?
    Maybe i can consider to take a look at this model also.
     
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    Here is a picture of Ti-10 3rd generation, the full name is Titanium Series, but no longer displayed at the Yonex official website, but I am pretty sure they still produce it now.

    http://www.yonex-racket.com/images/yonex-badminton-racket/yonex-badminton-racket-7.jpg

    This racket is pretty good for smashing and fast action in the mid court.
    Hope this help you out a bit.
     
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    Hi mb918,

    I see no wonder i can't find at yonex website..how much does it cost in SGD? What's the spec like as compare to AT600?
     
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    Ti-10 spec. please see below:
    http://www.mybadmintonstore.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=791

    I only know the price in HK now, it is around HKD900.00
    As I am from Hong Kong, so I don't know the exact price in Singapore, I guess you have to do some research.

    By the way, I used to own both Ti-10 (1st, 2nd & 3rd gen.) and also AT-600
    Ti-10 (3rd gen.) will be a little stiffer than AT-600, but AT-600 is more head heavy.

    Control, net play and defensive deflection and placement is easier for AT-600.
    (Good point: You can almost save any shot easily!)
    (Bad point: how the heck does the smash get returned by opponent so easily!)

    Mid court smashing, and overall attack play is better for Ti-10.
    (Net play is harder, but Ti-10 is definitely much faster for driving shufflecocks right at opponent's shoulder.)

    Did I help?
     
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    Hi Mb918,

    Today i went to queensway to look for Ti-10 you mention, i cant seem to find the model...maybe in SG does not phase in this model already..
     
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    Hi teoky,

    Do you noe which shops in queensway are selling victor brand? and the superwave series how much they are cost in SGD?
     
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    Go to this website in Hong Kong, it is a very reliable store, I know the owner for many years, I bought all my rackets there.

    http://www.e78.com.hk/sports.htm
    and check under "Yonen" Ti-10 : the price should be around HKD780.00 (and then they add about 7% or so on for service charge for Paypal.) that already include freight.

    So you can get the racket from mail.
    Hope this help you out!

    Take Care!
     
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    Try Galasports on the 1st floor of Queensway.

    Superwave series should be $130 and above and it varies according to the model.
     

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