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Panda Power: A Racket That Can Take 40lbs. String Tension!

Discussion in 'Badminton Rackets / Equipment' started by DinkAlot, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. DinkAlot

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    Yes, Panda's TPro with the PM (PowerMaster) in orange looks schweet! :D

     
  2. ormy4

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    Think it would make sense for Panda to chat with Eric and set up matching overgrips for all his rackets. Buy a racket get 3 grips and Panda can add a few dollars to the selling to get his money back. Eric will get future sales as people will want to continue matching up.


    customer :) Panda :) Eric :)
     
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    panda, I have two TPros coming with slightly different specs. If I like both (as I presume I will), how easy will it be for me to 'double up' and get backups of each? I don't think MarkA will have many spare...
     
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    *Panda runs out of computer room into racket cave and back*

    Answer: "very easy".

    There will be plenty TPros and UPros in stock.
     
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    grand :)

    .......
     
  6. BOUBOS1957

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    When Panda is giving us his specs; are the specs for a bare racquet ( no strings and OE grip) or for a racquet with strings and final grip???

    Also, talk to us about practicing with the squash racquet; is it really improving your play, power and control. How long do you practice with it, and do you have specific drills??? Do you have to be carefull for injuries??? And are you trying to match your squash racquet grip to your badminton racquet grip???
     
  7. dimcorner

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    It's scary to see, but one of the coaches does drive drills with a squash racket with me. We stand about service line to service line appart (no net) and go at it. Granted I'm not pushing 100% at him, but he does dem tricky shots with it and I can't tell where they are going from swing of racket! We do this for about 10 minutes non-stop. My forearm is burning, I can't imagine his.

    We do this in between games :). I wish I had more time to train more :(
     
  8. Mark A

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    I'll get a couple of extras, just don't know which spec: it's been a real mixed bag this time:). 290/4U, probably - right down the middle.

    Any more people wanting to pre-order should get in touch with me ASAP - I have the distinct feeling that the rackets will be on their way to me in a couple of days...
     
  9. DinkAlot

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    The weight is always the dry playing weight (unless otherwise stated), meaning: racket ready for play without string.
    It's mentioned above that Panda usually removes the original grip and replaces with an RKEP Ultimate or PowerMaster.
    The Ultimate is used to try and maintain the same BP and weight (Ultimate is about 1g heavier than stock)
    The Power Master is used to make the racket a bit heavier in the handle, dropping the BP (PowerMaster is about 2-3g heavier than stock)

    Panda Power stock grips are among the lightest grips used so it's hard to replace the grip and make it more head heavy.

    String: Panda's string tension preferences are based on feel not power. Panda likes a crisp, tight string bed. Panda likes the shuttle to "pop-off" the string bed and you hear a nice high pitched "ding". If going for max power, for Panda the below numbers would be dropped about 2-3lbs.

    ZM62 @ 27-29lbs.
    ZM67 @ 29-31lbs.
    ZM70 @ 30-33lbs.
    BG80 @ 29-31lbs.
    BG65 @ 32-34lbs.
    BG66 @ 29-31lbs.
    NBG95 @ 30-31lbs.


    Panda rarely uses a squash racket. Heck Panda rarely plays Panda these days. :(

    But for improving your wrist strength, a squash racket is ideal. Every Pro Panda has seen has squash racket or a heavy racket and train with them.

    If you're not familiar with using a squash racket, caution should be used because it can be quite easy to hurt yourself. If starting off, best to get a experienced player who knows how to use a squash racket to show you.

    And yes there are many drills, a bit hard to explain, would have to show...but Panda never does them and should...lazy Panda. :p:eek:

    Panda has two squash rackets both string with badminton string at 33lbs. Since the squash rackets are so long, the tension feels like a relative 24lbs. on a badminton racket.

    One's heavier at ~190g, the other is completely modded, has the same height as a badminton racket and nearly the same grip size, and weighs only ~135g; quite useable for game play though slow.
     
  10. Fidget

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    Played with a T-Pro tonight.:)
    Wt: 85.6g; BP 284mm; Z-62 at 22lb

    These specs are almost identical to my beloved T1. My other crush is a 4U Victor SW35.
    I also have a T2 at 290mm which I never really found the groove for.

    The Trinity Pro is a beautiful racket. I wasn't a real believer in the whole yellow thing, but it comes across quite nicely.

    The shaft seems a little more flexible than my Trinity 1. The frame is quite solid. Clearing took a little more effort than with the SW35, but drives and net play were nice and solid. Smashing might take a little more time, but control seems very good.

    Overall I would say that this is a very fine racket. No stunning improvement over the T1 that I've detected but a solid creation. You folks with higher BP's coming will be very pleased I suspect.

    Thank you so much Dan for your constant exertions. :)
    And thank you ormy4 for services rendered far far above the call of duty.:cool:
     
  11. OliverHH

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    Just had my first go with my UPro 83,2/297 tonight, and it really impressed me!
    I'm normally using a T2 86,2/294 or my old MP100.

    But they are nothing compared to the UPro!
    At the first strokes it was oozing of power, and I had NO trouble at all clearing way beyond baseline from the other side. And doing so required no power compared to the other raquets I own. My timing was a bit off, and had a few mishits, and I had a hard time keeping the shuttle within the boundaries (sides included).

    At game time it was still a overload of power in my hands; I use 70% power compared to my T2 to make a clear. And when I learned to wield the power, I managed to keep everything within the lines.
    It's very precise, when you get it right (only played a few hours with this baby), and in the end it was no big deal placing the shots directly where I wanted them.
    Defense-wise I find it outranking both my T2's and any other raquet in my bag (MP100, ARC8 & AT900T). When recieving a smash, all you need to do is line up the UPro, and it fires the shuttle right back in their face with ease :). Very quick to handle when defending!
    My backhand has always been my weak side, and still is, but with the UPro it's all become much easier because it has so much power and is so easy to use!

    Compared to my T2,
    Power is 160%
    Control is 115%
    Defense is 150%

    And once again, Mark A, has done an exceptionally job with the stringing! Hands down, the best stringer I've tried!

    The folks at my club are beginning to be more and more interested in my PP's, even my coach has said very nice things about them.
    One of my opponents even began shouting "PANDA POWER"!!! every time I was lining up a smash.

    I've only tried it for a few hours, but atm. the best raquet I've tried to the date. Beginning to re-considder buying 2 TPro's instead of another UPro.......
     
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    I like the upgrade to the website :) props
     
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    I miss the information describing the weight as what is 3U,4U and the information about 282 being even balanced, and the stiffness scale of the racquets. Sure the information may seem rudimentary to most members here but it is handy the notes are there when comparing the different series.
     
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    goo job on the new website :)

    but I think Panda should also put picture of the whole racket (like the old website)
     
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    Hi OliverHH,

    Is there a reason why you are re-considering to buy 2 TPro instead of UPro when you like the UPro so much?
     
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    I think thats what he means - he has ordered 2 TPros, but thinking about getting more UPros instead.
     
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    I like the new website Panda. Lots of better pictures =D and easier to navigate.
     
  18. OliverHH

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    amleto is right. I might have expressed myself a little wrong :)
     
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    The previous one had helpful legend for balance, flexibility etc.

    Is it possible to place the legend on the new website, please?
     
  20. DinkAlot

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    Thanks but Panda thinks it needs a lot of improvement, no time now unfortunately.
     

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