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Discussion in 'Racket Recommendation / Comparison' started by faceless_el, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. faceless_el

    faceless_el New Member

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    what would you recommend for someone tight on $$
    obviously looking for a racquet that can be handled easily by beginners.
    It's been awhile since i played and it's usually with those back-yard type badminton sets since those are the only occasions that i had a chance to play (during picnics)
    The guy at the shop keeps on pushing (i'm assuming their older models) Wilson Smash 1000 and I don't see any review for this. Should I take his word? I've heard Yonex are great but I just can't seem to justify price vs my skill set.
    Any help/advice

    Thanks,
     
  2. iimonkey

    iimonkey Regular Member

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    hi faceless_el,

    just a few questions for clarification:

    1. who is the racquet for? (you, a child, wife???)
    2. are u wanting just any inexpensive racquet to play outdoor with?
    3. will you be playing regularly (indoor)?

    reason i asked is because if u are going to play badminton outdoor (like as in picnic on some ocassion) than i would say don't bother spending that much money on a racquet...if however, you are planning to take up badminton as an exercise or sport or rec or more committed player, than i would suggest investing in a better racquet (in the long run that investment will pay off)
     
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    faceless_el New Member

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    sorry forgot to clarify.

    1. racquet's for myself
    2. looking for an all-around racquet.
    3. wanting to move up from back-yard play to indoor.

    what would you suggest for the racquets then? I guess the wilson smash 1000 is crap?
     
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    faceless_el New Member

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    iimonkey,

    1. it's for me
    2. looking to start playing indoor with some friends who i'd say are above intermediate in skill
    3. twice a week, i guess
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the clarification. OK without knowing your playing style this might be a little tough. This is what i suggest:

    Ask yourself whether you prefer/are good at playing offense, defense or all around. Also whether you will be playing more singles or doubles matches. This will help you narrow down your choices substantially. Also you said that you are on a tight budget, knowing how much you are willing to spend (max) will help determine your selection as well.

    You said that you have a few friends who are above intermediate level, asked if you can try out their racquets as well. This way you get a feel for the racquets to see which suits you. Reading reviews and blogs is one thing, trying it out for yourself is another. Also you might want to ask them to see what they recommend as they play with you, they will have a better idea.

    Here are a few links that you can look at. Try searching this forum too as i know there a lots of similar threads.

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66936

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66837

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66613

    Here is my advice:

    1. Plan to spend a little more. Think of this as an investment because if you are going to take up badminton, owning a good racquet is important to your play. You don't want to just buy a crappy racquet cuz it's cheap and end up getting like tennis elbow, sore muscles, etc. A good racquet will improve your play and tech. Also, when your play and tech improve, you'll end up getting better racquet anyway.

    2. DO NOT BUY FAKIES. Especially from ebays. Do a quick search on this forum and you can read all about it. One sign of a fakie is price. "If it's too good to be true" it probably is. Be on safe side and go to pro shops.

    3. Do research. With some of my earlier suggestions, you should be able to narrow down your choices. Now do some research on the racquets of interest to you and your selection should narrow down. Also, you will know if someone is trying to rip you off.

    To answer you questions, no I personally haven't heard of Wilson Smash 1000. The guy could be trying to do a hard sale on you. In terms of whether yonex is great, it is. Not a promoter of yonex, but they do make some awesome racquets. And lastly, your price vs skill set debate (refer to my advice #1, it's an investment. As you get better, you will need a better racquet). You might also want to look into the wilson k[factor]/k[tour] series, they have some descent racquets at fair price. This is just my opinion. I hope this helps. Let us know what you decided. GL and have fun :)
     
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    faceless_el New Member

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    iimonkey...

    Thanks for the advice. I asked my friends if I can try and use their old yonex racquets. They're fine with it. I'll see if it works well, I think they have the old muscle power models
     
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    you're welcome...hope you find it :)
     
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    eh, not really. a bit optimistic though. TO improve your technique, practice with your friends, and try to develop it properly, instead of focusing on the racket. A racket is a tool, it does not make or break for you yet.

    That said, Look at wilson, Heady or Midrange yonex rackets. They are all price similarly, and all are good. Find you what you liek first

    Even better, Spend outrageously on shoes. Best investment you can make. It will protect your body, and help you on court. else, your feet will suffer.
     
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    I agree with your point about developing his technique first, but i think that having a proper racquet is also important to that process. As faceless noted earlier, he usually plays "with those back-yard type badminton sets" and those racquets are heavy. If he keeps playing with those, he is more likely to be prone to injuries. Think about the number of swings you do per 15 minutes rally; take that and times it by the number of hours you play per session; take that and times it by the number of sessions you go to in a week; how many swings will you be doing with that racquet? With that said, i really can't see how you can develop proper techniques using those racquet. Also, since he is going to take up badminton more frequently, wouldn't you agree that investing in a good racquet will benefit him in the long run?

    And i agree with your point on footwear :)
     
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    I only partially agree with your point on shoes.
    Yes, decent shoes are important, but there's no need to spend much on them - quality is not even remotely proportional to cost, when it comes to shoes.
    So long as they're comfortable and grip well, any shoes will do.
     
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    if saying cheap as in 30-50$? then i suggest a yonex isometric, carbonex or a B-500 series
     
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    sorry dude, i was being sarcastic. However, I still stand to the point that you should think about higher end shoes over a High end racket.
     

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