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SIMPLE 101 "basics" on badminton strings & racquets for Newbies & "Oldies"

Discussion in 'Badminton String' started by maxout, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. maxout

    maxout Regular Member

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    I am sharing this here because I find this information to be GREAT and answer almost all the newbies and "blur" oldies (like me :eek: :p ) questions.

    BTW, I don't use Ashaway strings or affiliated with them, I prefer Yonex strings but Ashaway provides great information and education for new players (see below).

    TQ Ashaway !!

    The website link:

    http://www.ashawayusa.com/BadmintonTips.php



    Key points/tables:

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    [TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Stringing Choices
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    Power
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    Control
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    Durability
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    Thin gauge/Loose Tension
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    High
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    Low
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    Medium
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    Thin gauge/Tight Tension
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    Medium
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    Medium
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    Low
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    Thick gauge/Loose Tension
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    Medium
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    Medium
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    [TD="bgcolor: transparent"]
    High
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    [/TR]
    [TR]
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    Thick gauge/Tight Tension
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    Low
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    High
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    Medium
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    Racket And String Choices - Based On Skill Level
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    SKILL LEVEL
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    EQUIPMENTREQUIREMENT
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    RACKET TYPE
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    STRING GAUGE
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    STRING CONSTRUCTION
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    STRING TENSION
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    Novice
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    Power and Durability
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    Flexible
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    20–21
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    multifilament
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    12–18 lb.
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    Intermediate
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    Power and Control
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    Stiffer
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    21–21 micro
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    multifilament
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    18–20 lb.
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    Advanced
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    Control
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    Very Stiff
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    21 micro
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    microfilament
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    20–25 lb.
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    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    Note: The mods may have to help tidy up this post as I don't know how to make the tables smaller and neater !! :eek:
     
    #1 maxout, Nov 19, 2012
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  3. gundamzaku

    gundamzaku Regular Member

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    ashaway strings are awesome as well, just saying.
     
  4. maxout

    maxout Regular Member

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    I heard so too BUT finding them in the area I live in is like looking for a needle in a haystack .... :( Yonex strings flood the market here ...
     
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    maxout Regular Member

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    BTW, looking at those tables and cross referencing against other threads, I just noticed that Lin Dan who prefers SOFT-FEELING BG65 (thick gauge) or nowadays the Li-Ning equivalent of BG-65 but strung at high tension - around 33 lbs (from some threads I have read), will theoretically give him HIGH CONTROL ... well, he doesn't have to worry about power since he is a brute force player anyway ... interesting to note ....

    This is in contrast to other players who are aiming for thinner gauge strings (MEDIUM & HARD FEELING) that gives CONTROL or REPLUSION ... seems like LD has a different approach towards achieving control, or is there something that he knows that we don't ?
    :confused:

    I also noticed from reading a number of threads in the forum that Lin Dan is quite a creature of habit .... in his playing career ... only used 2 (or "3") racquets ... (MP99, AT700 (1st gen) and now N90 (AT700 1st gen in "different colours" :p ) and BG65 at 32-33 lbs for years ....

    Contrast this with LCW or TH, who changes racquets and strings almost each time when Yonex releases a new type .... hmmmmm .... "CONSISTENCY" factor ????? :rolleyes:
     
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    one tells the company what he wants to do

    the other two has the company telling them what to do :p

    quite the difference :D
     
  7. gundamzaku

    gundamzaku Regular Member

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    i guess LD feels the setup right now is working for him, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it?

    thank you for sharing of the string setup of LD, it's a logical concept and maybe that's the way to gain control without sacrificing too much of power?
     
    #7 gundamzaku, Nov 25, 2012
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    dbswansea Regular Member

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    So what setup would people suggest for my Arc8DX? I have no issues with physical strength and generating power being an ex powerlifter. I'd like more control and durability. I'm currently using BG80 at 25lb
     
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    Seem like you have the right setup.
     
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    dbswansea Regular Member

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    Good news :)
     

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