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How do you test a new racquet for yourself?

Discussion in 'Badminton Rackets / Equipment' started by cobalt, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. visor

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    ^^^
    2 games a day max or 2 matches a day max?

    Either way it looks like you need to improve your fitness level a bit! :p :)

    In 2 hrs of play with short breaks, I can usually play 7 to 8 games per evening, twice per week.
     
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    Well I meant 2 matches ;)

    Ya I need to improve my fitness level, been lazy. I can go 3 matches but the 3rd match I'm barely moving. My legs are just too weak from long periods of badminton.
     
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    OK. So far, most of the respondents have said that they have 2 (or more) different racquets to allow for degradation of speed, strength and stamina as the session progresses. Choosing the primary racquet (the one you begin play with) is simple enough. :)

    But what about choosing the fall-back racquet (the one you use when you are into the last part of your session?) How do you end up with the correct choice for the second racquet? Do you just select one with the same characteristics (flex/stiffness) and model line, and then look for one with less weight and lower BP, or do you have other criteria as well?
     
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    IMO not necessary have to be the same model and stiffness, you can have a whole of combination of them depending on how lazy you want to go. In my case, when im totally tired i will pick my Apacs lethal light which is a 6U.
     
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    Personally I would keep the same BP and weight, but a lower stiffness. Since my shots would be a little weaker so the flexier shaft would compensate for that.
     
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    wouldn't you have a problem with timing?
     
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    I don't seem to have that problem. If I change BPs and weight tho I tend have a problem with timing. Like If I switch from a T2 with BP285 / 82grams to one with 280 / 83grams, I tend to mishit.
     
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    So, if you can get your hands on a Precision with the same weight and BP, it should be as good for you, eh? :)
     
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    Yup! So maybe as I get more more tired I go down the range from Ultra 1 > Ultra 2 > T2 > Precision ;)
     
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    I know of one large fluffy creature that would love you! ;):D:p
    But seriously, if the T2 suits your style, its likely you will find the Precision too "flexy" and unable to provide you with the power for hard hitting that the T2 gives you...
     
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    Problem with the T2's I have is that there not head heavy enough, so maybe when this batch comes I'll find a more suitable bp / weight ratio. If it still doesn't suit me then I'll just give it to my bro since he likes new toys as much as I do.
     
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    Very easy $2 fix to increase bp and head wt.

    Just get a roll of black hockey fabric tape, divide in half and apply 3-5 inches at 2 and 10 o'clock positions on the racket head.

    This should increase your bp by 5-10mm and head wt by 1-2g. Noticeable enough for more oomph in your smashes... at the expense of defense of course.
     
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    I shall try that on my bros karakal mtec70, he wants it more headheavy then BP300. The hockey tape won't rip off the paint tho when you peel it off the racket?
     
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    Naw, it's safe... it's just fabric tape... the adhesive is even wimpier than the one on Band-Aids!:p
     
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    Ok dokkie :D

    Now back on topic. :cool:
     
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    Surajaya mentioned on the first page,
    frame stability
    as a criterion for selection.

    So now we're talking technology. Is this really going to play a crucial role in selection? My thinking goes: if I am making such a production of selecting the racquet, I will go for racquets that incorporate a certain quality of manufacture, and that includes materials used etc.

    Your thoughts?
     
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    For me, picking a racket is mostly based on feel
    which is a combination of flexibility and strings
    so, on an unstrung racket, flexibility is a huge thing for me
    bs09 vs bs11 was a huge difference in my game and mostly due to the flexibility and string
     
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    What I meant with frame stability in my previous post is simple. Normally I just try to twist the frame and if it twist too much, then the racket most likely will vibrate a lot in the game.

    I don't care too much about the technology. If it passed all the test, then it must be good. Technology is just a marketing buzzword for me.
     
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    my test:
    1) durable
    2) fits my budget
    3) specs look like it 'may' fit my playing style.

    I've given up on figuring out which racquet is 'best for me'... As long as I keep winning, I'm happy with my racquet. :D
     
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    9. Gripsize

    It's important. With the wrong gripsize it can feel uncomfortable. If it's too big you lose feel and the ability for using fingerpower. If it's too small you need more layers of grip which change the BP significant and add some weight.
     

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