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How does 'head heavy' or 'head light' effect a racquet's suitability for a player?

Discussion in 'Badminton Rackets / Equipment' started by bad_man_ton, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. bad_man_ton

    bad_man_ton New Member

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    What sort of player would choose a head heavy, or a head light? I've tried head light and can't stand them but just wondered whats the normal consensus on playing styles compared to the balance of the racket?
    Considering demo-ing the AT900T as it seems to be a good head heavy racquet.
     
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    NoName1225 Regular Member

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    uh... heavy is for smashing, light is for defending.
     
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    Sigh.. AT900 Technique is not head-heavy.

    /T
     
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    So is the AT 900 T more even balanced? It's supposed to be somewhat head heavy, according to badminton alley. It's only a point above the AT 700 and AT 900 P, as they are 8, and the Technique is 7.
     
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    Maybe he thinks only AT700 is head heavy. All other rackets are head light.
     
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    Maybe he thinks only NS7000/3U is head light. All other rackets are head heavy. :p
     
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    Nice dispute, but it doesn't really tell us much, lol.
     
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    Hi bad_man_ton,
    Personally, I don't think it really matter that much. Just go with whichever racquet you think you can get along with comfortably (at ease).

    Racquet just simply act as a tool in the sport. It is the player's technique that doing the wonders, as always. Cheer!!:)

    Best regards,
    Albert
     
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    I like both head heavy and head light. So I have a heavy head-light Ti-10. Although the racket is 120g, it is lighter and faster than an ordinary NS8000 3U at 89g. It smashes, and it defends. Why settle for one or the other, when you can have both ?
     
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    Um.., because not everyone can have both? Like me. I'm trying to decide between the AT 900s and the AT 700, as I am only able to purchase one with the amount of money I have. Like most people, I would like to get the most out of what I spend, so I'm constantly trying to get feedback on these rackets. But it doesn't seem like anyone's really paying attention, or have any knowledge pertaining to what I inquire.
     
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    Well all I can say is that I am holding a AT9000T/3U in my hand right now, and it does not feel head-heavy. I guess there is alot of armchair critics around?? Foo.TW have you actually used an AT-900 T 4U or 3U ??

    /Twobeer
     
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    Yeah, right.. a 120g??? headlight Ti-10 faster than a 89g NS8000/3U in defense .. ROFL.. :p

    OMG.. why havent the racket-makers figured that out.. just take a 150g training-racket and shave of some grams at the frame (they dont really need much carbon there anyway as 15lbs is a perfect tension :cool: ) to make it headlight.. Voaila the perfect racket ....

    I have to give it to you CoolDoo6, you always entertain :D

    /T
     
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    The theory goes as follows:

    - a head light racqute will be more manouevrable, and this is better for 'touch' strokes and quick wrist movements for flicks and defensive shots

    - a head heavy racquet will have greater torque and thus generate more power for shots, especially with reference for clearing and smashing


    Although really, I think it's more marketing than anything else. Just try things out until you find something htat feels comfortable, that's the best you can do.
     
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    I would place them in the order AT700 > AT900P > AT900T in terms of headheaviness. stiffness wise they are AT900P > AT900T > AT700..

    I dont have any bp measuremements in mm.. but this is my experience from playing extensively with them

    Cheers,
    Twobeer
     
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    Sorry for getting a little off topic, but how would you say these 3 rackets play, in comparison to each other, then?
     
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    Others can't tell you how those racquets play. You really have to try them out yourself. What is good for twobeer may not be good for you.

     
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    you can switch around with both and see which one you're better at. at least that's how i did it. I've switched around between NS9K, AT700, and NS8k for
    many monthes, now ive finally found my match --- NS9K :)
     
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    The process is like dating :D.

     
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    But I really can't. There aren't really any shops in my area that I can demo at. So I kind of have to rely on the experience of others to make a decision. I'm not just judging from one person. I'm trying to find out the mass perspective.
     
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    What racket do you currently like the best (of the ones you used)?.. How do you string? If you tell me that I could do a qualified guess which of them you will be most comfortable with.

    /Twobeer
     

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