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Hitting the sweet spot?

Discussion in 'Techniques / Training' started by hkisgood, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. hkisgood

    hkisgood New Member

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    Hi I've been reading the threads but this is the first time I post. :)

    I recently watched a couple training videos and started to understand different techniques and strategies. But when I walk into a court I seem to have problem hitting the sweet spot (and therefore unable to produce the "BANG" sound). Because I swing too fast I can't tell if I am hitting lower or higher than I should. I've been thinking about painting a birdie head so that I know the exact position I hit by reading the string marks. Has anybody tried this? Is there any other better way to tell if I hit too low or too high?
     
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    Where exactly is the sweet spot? I normally smash with the bird in contact slightly above the mid area of the strings, not near the edge of the racket frame. That's my estimation after numerous smashes. Occasionally I do hit the bird near the frame and seems to be more faster. Maybe the more moment (torque) is produced with slightly more distance. Moment = F x D ?

    I don't really look at where the bird is wrt my racket when smashing. I mean, generally, you'd have to know where it is to hit or place. But I think the timing aspect has been imprinted into my head for such a particular execution. And this timing is more of my focus to get the sweet spot I feel is right.
     
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    Warm up with some clearings, usually when you do clearing, you can get the sweetspot frequently. Also, practice is everything. Have some clearing drills before learning how to aim with sweespots.
     
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    hit the stringbed on your palm and listen to the tone.
     
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    practise comes hitting the sweet spot, not producing the bang sound doesnt mean ur not hitting the sweet spot. your strings could be to high of a tension for u to handle or to low. the bang sound comes from u breaking the string not litterally but breaking the tensionn of the string kind of and using the full power of the string + power.
     
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    Hehehe, what does high tension mean to you? 23lbs? 28lbs? I kind of think the "BANG" sound is from hitting the sweetspot. :p

    Also, when you hear this "POP" sound, it's usually an indication that your string is gone. Have fun. :cool:
     
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    Meaning if I get that center hit-tone, I hit the sweetspot? Would this be a good way to find out? :cool:
     
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    I tried for a few minutes and I can't sense any tone difference when I hit the stringbed to my palm... (my racket is ISO-TI-SwingPower SX @22lb, BG65TI)


    Indeed the string was done 2 years ago. It hasn't broken yet but I believe it has lost a lot of tension over the past 2 years. I tried my friend's newly strung racket @20lb and it felt a lot better. Should I re-string? (I always wonder if most people re-string only if the string snaps, or they re-string anyway after a certain period of time / use)
     
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    Not exactly. The "bang" or "boom" sound is from hitting the sweetspot squarely, hitting the sweetspot with a flat racket face. If you do not hit the sweetspot squarely, hitting it at an angle or cutting the shuttle, you will not make that "bang" or "boom" sound.
     
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    try playing or practicing with some feather birdies, its hard to tell if your not hitting the sweetspot with plastic ones. However i can ALWAYs tell if ive hit the sweetspot in a smash/clear.
     
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    When I play with feather birds, I hear a lot of "pop" sound when I do clearings. Does that mean I am hitting near the swetspots or no?
     
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    do a few clears. If it always pops and the pops sound (as in the sound of the pop... its easier to do it than describe it) is different every once in a while, then no, you dont know if your hitting the sweetspot well enough. You usually can tell when you've hit it, the bird feels really... crisp (no better word).
    If sometimes theres a pop and sometimes there isnt a pop, then you can generally say that when theres a pop youve hit the sweetspot

    this is all in my opinion. I might be wrong
     
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    Usually a shot with a pop sound means you have got your timing right, no pop if timing is off. With right timing even an off-centre hit will have a pop sound.
     
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    Yay, I am not that bad with feather after all. (Only in clearings though...)
     
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    hit it on ur palm u already know that the sweet spot lies within the centre main strings, and u hit the racket head on ur palm moving up and down and the louder and clearer the sound is that is wehre the sweet spot is
     
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    Video (have someone video) your training sessions it’s a great way to see what your doing, what you could improve.
     
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    i recently tried my friend's powerful racket strung at high tension. i felt that the sound was different. shuold i also try higher tension? he's got it strung at 25lbs but probably loosen a little, he claims. I currently use 21lbs but with his racket, i felt the power at 25lbs. i got the g-spot right this time?
     
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    "G-spot" and "sweetspot" are not the same thing, at least not when you are talking about a badminton sweetspot ;)
     
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    Sweet spot, G spot, both mythical areas that seem to jump about a bit, but you know when you hit either.
     
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    Hmm , I suppose they are both about timing and technique! And in the same way you might have to adjust your technique slightly to hit the sweetspot on any particular racquet the same applies to the other!!

    The sweet spot on a racket will also depend on the tension. A racket strung at say 20 lbs will have a fairly large sweetspot and so will be more forgiving if you don't his the exact centre of the sweetspot. A Racquet strung at say 32lbs will have a small sweetspot that will feel like you've swung a brick if you fail to hit the sweetspot dead centre.

    I think Isometric rackets are meant to have a larger sweetspot that oval rackets but I'm not sure how much of that is marketing and how much is science.
     

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