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More accurate tension recommendation guide

Discussion in 'Badminton String' started by jsunsun, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. jsunsun

    jsunsun Regular Member

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    Since string tension is a very important factor in racquet performance, there are tones of players asking for tension recommendation. So perhaps we should compile a more accurate and comprehensive guide to choosing tensions.

    To start off, I’d suggest

    Beginner 20lbs (19x21)
    Intermediate 22lbs (21x23lbs)
    Advanced 24lbs (23x25lbs)
    Competitive/national 26lbs (24x26lbs)


    Factors: (plus or minus from suggested tension)

    Arm/wrist Strength:
    Weak - minus 1 lbs
    Average - stick to suggested tension
    Strong - plus 1 lbs
    Super strong - plus 2 lbs

    Style of play:
    Power smasher - minus 1 lbs
    Control player - plus 1 lbs

    Raquet weight:
    Super light raquet – minus 1 lbs
    Heavy racquet – plus 1 lbs

    Of course there are many other factors, eg. string type, temperature, shuttle type, etc... However, this would be a sufficient starting point.
     
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    interesting guide, although i'm not too sure i agree with what's in bold. most of the really hard smashers i know tend to go 1 or 2 pounds higher, not lower.
     
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    i think jsunsun's right... minus 1 for the power playeer... as i've read before, the looser tension will give more "trampoline" effect to the shuttle... the stiffer strings will however feel more solid, and thus, more inclined on net plays...
     
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    yeah, I had to give that a second thought before making that suggestion. I agree that hard smasher tend to benefit with a slightly higher tension. In that case, they'll usually fall in the super strong strength category, hence +2lbs.

    But regarding strictly style of play, I simply thought that higher tension = more control. Eg. suppose you get max power at 26lbs, at 27lbs, you'd start to lose power, however you'd gain more control.
     
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    hahaha, possibly, i guess it's all rather subjective and depends on the player. i do broadly agree with the rest guide though.
     
  6. drowsysmurf

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    i agree with everything cept if i'm a beginner with a weak arm/wrist and a light racket =P that'll put me at 18lbs which won't give me any power =P special case i guess.
     
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    so, what do you string your racquets at?
    22lbs?
     
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    i would actually say that 20lbs should be the lowest tension a racquet should be strung at. i know cooldoo6 and some others would disagree, but i think the lack of tension below 20lbs actually does more harm than good.
     
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    if ur asking me about MY stringing tension, i string bg65 at 29x30.5 sometimes 31. but because itz a bg65...it pretty much drops to like a 27lb after a day so...i'd say a constant 27lbs =P
     
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    Smichz Regular Member

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    I've heard that some ppl(not pros) even pulled their string to 30lbs+.What do u call that?
     
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    also bg 66 at 25lbs
     
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    u call that craziness like me =P for me it just feels better or at least i feel the shuttle better when i pull it at higher tension. i'm more of a drop, push and clear person than a smasher so control and feel is quite important to me. most of us start stringing higher and higher tension to feel the difference, then eventually we will find a tension we like and stick with it. for me that is around 28lbs. nowadays i'm trying out different strings. a bg 66 at 25 lbs feels similar to a bg65 strung at 30lbs. next strings maybe a nanogy at 28lbs
     
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    I have a bg-65 at 35 pounds on my supernano 9000x
     
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    I don't think 22lbs= 21x23. Doing the "soundcheck" 21x23 feels tigher.
    and: players are horrible at assessing their own skill level...

    There's no real way to recommend a tension..it's just something you have to try out...
     
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    I go by the sound for my tensions, so the numbers is never really a straight asnwer. I look for the note* - that's what I am most interested in.
     
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    wow!! that's pretty high lol
     
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    just wondering , i have been using 26-30 pounds since i started playg at 11. im 15 now. my level would only be intermediate n i play for my school in district level tournaments. everytime i tried a lower tension i would lose power n accuracy in smashes n clears. anyone care to explain? would it b because i am used to it?
     
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    short answer: yes
    long answer: yes and read my and other's previous post on in this topic. lower tension doesn't always give more power. the trampoline effect only works till a certain point. i feel that at 18-20 lbs, i do not achieve max power. i obtain max power at around 25-26 lbs. i string higher tension cuz i like the feeling when i clear n drop (i have less concern on smashes cuz mine aren't powerful to start off with and i don't lose much power even at hight tension... prolly holding racket wrong). also if you aren't used to it, u lose accuracy because you'd have to adjust to compensate.
     
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    higher tension produces more feels. I hate it when I can feel the string bed "flexes". but cost and somewhat oldschool and non-competent stringer prohibit me in re-stringing often. plus, soccer season is starting!!!
     

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