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Racket, string, tension and durability?

Discussion in 'Thomas Laybourn Forum' started by Cannot_smash, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Cannot_smash

    Cannot_smash Regular Member

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    Hi Thomas,

    I just recently saw a post on one of the thread in this forum stating that you string your racket up to 36 lbs which is higher than even most pros. So just want to ask a few questions;


    - Without mishit, how often you break your strings (also assuming that you dont cut it yourself)

    - How does the rackets cope with the tension? How often does your racket break during stringing process?

    Looking forward to your answer

    Thx
     
  2. george@chongwei

    george@chongwei Regular Member

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    looks like nowadays thomas laybourn didnt sign in to the forum quite often..
     
  3. DoubleDstyle

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    killing your racket

    Hi Cannot_Smash,
    I've tested a few rackets by stringing around 40 pounds, most rackets snap around ~38, that's assuming you have a good 6 point mounting system. Even if you're lucky to not break the racket during stringing, there's a good chance that the string will pull through the grommets and dig into the racket frame.
    Without mishit, the string lasts about half the time compared to stringing at ~24 pounds.
    Assuming the racket does not have microfractures, grommets are in good condition and stringing in a balanced manner on the recommended tension, the racket should not break. Aside from the stress test at a crazy 40lbs, so far I haven't broken any racket during string(knock on wood).

    Happy stringing folks, don't try this at home!



     
  4. kelwin

    kelwin Regular Member

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    Wow... with such high string tension, does it make a huge difference when playing?

    Mind I know how often do you win? If string it at 30lbs will allow me to win all the time, i'll buy a good racquet to do that. After all badminton is about winning with fun!
     
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    i don't think it's a good idea for most of us to go up to 30lbs. i would say 90% of us would never be able to generate enough power playing at that high a tension. the pros are the exception, of course, and some of the more advanced players here, but it's definitely not always the case that the higher you string it, the better you play.
     
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    I concur. But for some that are on the fence or just want to experiment, you might want to give higher tension a try and see what happens. 3 months ago I was stringing at 26-27lbs. on an aggressively calibrated crank (~1.5lbs. more than actual). I gradually went up in 1lb. increments and am now at 31lbs. electronic constant pull. That's like a 5-6lbs. increase.

    The result, the higher I go, the better I play because I get significantly more control and bite on the shuttle. Most importantly, my net play is so much more crisp and tumble shots are tighter. It does take a bit more effort to clear and smash but it's well worth the trade-off (again, for me).
     
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    What racquets string more than 28lbs

    Hi all...
    If I were to string such a high tension, I need a new racquet.
    To string at such tensions I'm willing to pay for a cheap and good racquet because I know the racquet will break when clash with other people.
    May I know your racquet model, brand, price you pay for it and the tension you have?
     
  8. DoubleDstyle

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    Kelwin, it doesn't matter what racket you use if you're going to crash rackets with someone, it's going to break. Just get any decent racket that can withstand higher tensions and experiment how it affects your game. I moved out of Yonex rackets to Yang Yang Rackets as they are much cheaper but quality is just as good.
     
  9. Master Yoda

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    Get a sotx woven, they are rated up to 31lbs
     
  10. crashandburn

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    OK this is interesting...40lbs....??!!!
    Dear me...I think most people will not be able to "use" the racket properly.
     
  11. Master Yoda

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    sotx woven 16 & STB 9080 are both rated to 35lbs
     
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    Again, this depends on what stringing machine the person uses... I strung both of my MP99 at the same time, same string BUT different STRINGER. I'm quite sure that they have different stringing machines.

    Firstly, I asked the guy who I've never strung my racket with. I told him to get 26lbs. He looked at me as if I carried a C4 or something. He told me to go 25lbs. I just followed his instructions...

    Secondly, I asked my coach to string it for me. I told her to string it for 25lbs, not 26lbs. No fuss...

    A week later, both of the rackets are back to my hands... :D

    I realised that they are INCREDIBLY different! The man that strung it for me strung it quite tense, whereas the one that my coach strung felt like real soft. I asked her whether she really did strung it for 25 pounds, and she said she REALLY did.... :confused:

    So... What I'm really saying is... Different stringer = Different feeling :cool: If you like one stringer, DON'T CHANGE (if you can)! ;)
     
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    Thats because one prob had an electronic machine, the other did not
     
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    At 40lbs tension you can kiss goodbye to your shoulder after a few weeks, just think of all that vibration running into your joints!!:crying:
     
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    Sigh..... ON 30 Lbs u can feel ur racket like a Hard, and rigid board.....
    40 lbs???? One hit then Good bye i guess...
     

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