Hi all, This is my first post as I just joined the community around 2 min ago . Anyways, a bit of description about myself. I am 23 and being a huge sports enthusiast, I enjoy a lot of sports. Was a good tennis player and switched to Badminton around 6 months ago. I play (or used to play, before a hairline ankle fracture playing volleyball 3 months ago) around 5 days @3 hrs worth of badminton and usually swim or play volleyball too sometimes. I was lucky enough to pick up Badminton quickly and compete with decent players before my injury to my shoulder, two weeks before the fracture to my ankle. I was using a even-balanced racket (a Karakal Tour gel), and my game improved by leaps and bounds and in 4 months of play (and a bit of training of 2 sessions a week), I was going great guns. I thought that it was the perfect time to switch to a more serious racket. I asked a friend of mine who has been playing Badminton for ages to get me a good racket as I wanted to get on to serious training. He got me a NS 6000 strung at 24. I got in to it with gusto and it vaguely felt that the racket was not as powerful. But my skills at net shots and drives went up and I was happy. This was until the guts broke and I had it restrung at 25 with Bg-65, on the advice of another friend. Alas here my travails with the racket begin. Within three days, I pulled my shoulder trying to hit smashes (from possibly incorrect positions, as my badminton coach often berates me on my smash looking like a tennis serve i.e. hitting the smash just above your head). I couldn't lift my arm over my head. So I duly gave it some rest and ardently kept practicing footwork during the regular sessions till my eventual ankle fracture. I gave it a rest of two months (sometimes prematurely playing even though I was hobbling ). After two months I restarted badminton, but after two days of playing, I got back the shoulder pain. I find that I can no longer clear to the back court (with NS 6000), without using a great deal of force. Most of my smashes are being lifted, which made me realize that my smash is much slower now. I finally got fed up with the racket and went back to my old one. Lo and behold, the effortless clears and decent wrist smashes were back and I felt no pain in my shoulder during the entire session . So I am in this dilemma, that maybe the racket may not be good for my poor shoulder. Maybe 25 was too high a tension or NS 6000 being a head light racket (I found this out during my 'research' a.k.a going through badmintoncentral articles and videos ). So does this mean that the racket is not good for my style of play?? I am considering getting myself a VT 70 now. I am testing out the VT 70 and others (by borrowing from a friend ) tomorrow and hope I solve the eternal question of 'The ONE'. PS: I am 6 1', around 180 lbs, fit, lots of stamina. Style of play: Like smashing , learnt the basics, somewhere between the beginner-Average-good depending on the perspective I suppose .