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11-11-2011, 02:15 AM #1
Recently, Ive just strung my Arc-10 with bg80 at 27lbs.
I usually play using the Arc-10 when it was strung at 25lbs (it was claimed by previous owner, but i suspect lower) with bg65 and using my Cab35 which is strung at 23lbs (with bg80 as well).
I have also played occasionally with my At 30 that is strung at 25lbs (bg65).
My problem: I have played with my newly strung Arc-10 in a 2 hours session. I think the strings feels kinda hard. How do I adapt my techniques (grips,strokes, etc) to play with it? Should I softened or hardened my grip in my strokes?
Any opinion is welcomed.
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11-11-2011, 04:08 AM #2
You have to play more with it. The sweet spot will be smaller than your usual tension.
It takes time to adjust...more than 2 hours
Quite a while ago, I could go no further than 25lb with BG65....
Then there was I took badminton intensely seriously with getting coaching and proper tuition in technique. After that, I preferred 28-30lbs on BG65.
The point is everybody is a bit different to the tension they prefer and it may change over time.
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11-11-2011, 04:19 AM #3
Your problem is you chose a hard feeling bg80 string, when you've been used to the soft bg65. You can try to play with it, but you'll develop sore shoulder and lose games trying to adapt. If I were you, I'd just cut it and restring with bg65 at your previous tension.
11-11-2011, 04:12 PM #4
Keep playing with it and you will adapt to it soon, 2 hours isn't long enough to become fully comfortable with a new tension.
Your shots will adapt to the new tension, you don't really decide on how much power exactly to put into a shot, you just know what feels right at that tension. You will develop that in a few hours on play with your new strings.
11-12-2011, 09:11 PM #5
You will just have to play with it for a while to get used to it.
11-13-2011, 02:15 PM #6
You could try to reduce the tension slightly. I read somewhere that you can repeatedly hit your heel with the strings and this will lower the tension. But not sure if it's true.
11-13-2011, 03:03 PM #7
Cloud7z is right, somebody on here suggested it before. Put a few pairs of thick socks on to pad your heel, then hit your heel with your racket to wear the strings in, it'll drop the tension a little bit.
I just wear my badminton shoes and hit the heel on them, anything soft and round will do. But don't hit too hard.
11-13-2011, 04:07 PM #8
11-13-2011, 04:33 PM #9
If you don't give something a good try then you'll never know.
It's worth more than a 2 hour attempt though.
11-14-2011, 04:58 PM #10
To play well with higher string tension, the player will have to master the accuracy of sweetspot and the timing to hit the shuttle. One practice I do suggest is to play more flat shot during warm up session, that will help to capture the sweetspot, as well as allowing your wrist to get used to the tension.
11-14-2011, 05:43 PM #11
If the strings are 1-2lbs tighter then normal it would be better to play till you get used to it
but if it is more hit it on your heel to reduce the tension
11-17-2011, 04:06 AM #12
Hey guys, thanks for all the advices and supports
I have managed to adapt with the racquet. Had a little bit of sored muscles at first but theyre very mild and not serious.
My play style has become kinda like softer and whippier. Plus, the hitting sounds that it creates are very sexy. Now, im playing like a boss :P
11-17-2011, 04:50 AM #13
Usually when you feel that the string is hard, it means the tension is high. When the tension is higher, you need to exert more energy in hitting every shot, especially backhand. Else, your shot will be half-court, making it easy for your opponent to smash it.
The good thing about high tension is that your smash will be more crisp, if you have the energy to handle it.
If you still don't like it, not to worry. After a few games, the tension will loosen gradually. Cheers
11-17-2011, 03:05 PM #14
Does anybody else feel that the information about string tension is wrong? Normally high tension gives control and low tension gives power. However I feel like I get more power from string tension that is higher like 24 lbs vs 21 lbs. I definitely feel like I can hit harder with 24 lbs and use less energy
11-17-2011, 03:43 PM #15
From reading this forum somewhere. Think its the higher the tension the greater the maximum power but the more power, better technique is needed to get the higher power. lower tensions means easier to create good power with less effort but maximum potential power is lower if player has a lot of good power technique. lower tension means more springy shots at the net aswell, which are harder to control. taking a big leap from 23 to 27 seemed a bit risky glad its working out well though.
11-17-2011, 07:40 PM #16
High tension on BG80 combined with stiff racket is a very good choice if you want to train your technique. Somehow it is like running. A lack of technique while using a Asics Kayano maybe alright, but won't work with Nike Lunaracer.
Mistakes will revealed, which were covered up by low tension and for me this is what it is all about. Sure you can train your technique and timing with BG65 at 23lbs, but it will be much harder. With BG80 @27lbs you will get a clear response whether your shot was executed well or not, hence I would use a racket with a setting I'm used to for competitive use and one for training technique.
11-17-2011, 07:51 PM #17
Well here is what you need to do in order to get as much out of your tighter strings: Produce faster head swing speed. Unless you are changing racquets you have two choices:Improve technique, or play harder which will result in a sore shoulder. I think bg80 at high tensions is just no fun since the bg80 is really a hard feeling string. I always string with bg65 soft feeling at 23-25lbs , I've tried bg80 once at 23 and found it was MUCH harder to get power than my bg65 at 25lbs...
Main point: 28lbs is too high for bg80, next time stick with bg65 around 25lbs until you feel like the string cant keep up with you technique. (I found bg65 at 21lbs just wasnt enough...no matter how hard or fast I would hit it, the power seemed to be the same. So I bumped to 23lbs. I just recently bumped to 25lbs and still adapting (been 3 times I playu this week for 2 hours each time...and still not 100% adapted...it takes time!)
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