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02-06-2012, 12:53 AM #1
Time for head heavy and stiff rackets? Advise please?
Hey guys, Iím currently looking for a new racket to suit my style of play. I consider myself as a higher intermediate player. Lately, I have been focusing on my arm, wrist strength and also footwork to improve my game. However, I canít seem to generate power in my smashes lately. All these years, Iíve been using head light and flexible rackets and my smashes were quite fine. But after improving on my arm strength, I felt that my smashes lacked power. Could this be due to my racketís flexibility? I tried using a stiffer racket and I felt that it can generate more power compared to my racket. Is it time to change to head heavy and stiff rackets? Any recommendations? My budget is around RM 300 to RM 500.
02-06-2012, 01:16 AM #2
vt80... try it out if you can and see if its right for you
02-06-2012, 01:35 AM #3
From you description above, it could be due to the improvement from your skill as well as your power, since you train your arm, wrist & footwork.
I would suggest to try the following Yonex SP coded :
3. Arc 10
5. VT Z Force ( latest racket by YY )
Non Yonex : Victor MX 80
All above mentioned racquets are within your budget.
02-06-2012, 05:10 AM #4
Singles, baseline or net men doubles, mixed doubles ? What series are you playing most ?
02-06-2012, 06:51 AM #5
After Victor raise up their prices... MX-80 also nearly RM600, Before that also cost RM560.00
02-06-2012, 12:56 PM #6
My preferences are head head heavy but not super headheavy and stuff. So these are my go to rackets. 1. Carlton vapour Trail elite 2. Carlton razor 1.1. 3. Victor meteor mx 80 4. Victor bravesword series 5. Yonex armortec 900 power
02-06-2012, 10:12 PM #7
02-07-2012, 02:14 AM #8
02-07-2012, 02:52 AM #9
02-07-2012, 03:21 AM #10
As far as Victor is concerned, in your budget range in Malaysia, the SW35 is the answer for what you're looking for.
However I'm having some problems thinking you're coming from head light flexible racquets to directly a SW35.
At very good ratio cost/value in your country I would suggest to go for an intermediate racquet such the Artery Tec Ti99, or eventually the BS10; forget BS08 or 09 for you.
In your price range, you've got also Apacs Lethal 90 by example.
02-07-2012, 05:25 AM #11
02-07-2012, 05:38 AM #12
As I said within Victor this is the racquet that would fully cover your needs, I just wonder from you actual play, head Light / Flexible, if you can go directly to it.
Only you, in testing them that can tell you . Keep us posted.
02-07-2012, 05:48 AM #13
what is you current racket and string tension and which brand/model of stiffer racket you had tried?
Victor sw35 is a good racket but its may to stiff for you since you said your current racket is flexible.
less stiffer would be victor sw36 you may consider that one too.
02-08-2012, 02:54 AM #14
02-08-2012, 04:04 AM #15
It will most probably be due to the change in your style of play. I read somewhere in this forum that flexible rackets are suitable for players with a longer swing as it takes a longer time for the racket to develop the 'bend' and 'flex' it needs to develop the power needed. Since you have changed your style of play and if you're playing doubles, the racket swing is obviously shorter as you are doing a lot of drives and pushes with snaps of wrists or fingers.. a stiffer racquet can generate a faster and more powerful hit... (I'm not exactly a good player but I can relate to your problem and just sharing with you information I got off this forum)
I used to have the same problem when I changed my style of play. I got myself a stiff, woven racquet, the Zelm Ultimate Series 700 which works really well. A tough racquet which is reliable and forgiving but at the same time, affordable. Definitely within your budget.... Just search for the Zelm thread here and Sgbad is a reliable seller. I believe he ships overseas and since you're in Msia, it wouldn't be too much trouble. Definitely value for money... After giving non mainstream racquets a try, I believe you will like Zelm.
02-13-2012, 11:19 PM #16
Fleet Triotec woven 3500 RM350
Head Heavy n stiff shaft
02-14-2012, 02:16 AM #17
well, either he could transition slowly to a mid stiff even balanced racket like the SW37 or go for broke and get a stiff but lighter racket like a 4u BS10/11.
why dont you borrow your friend's racket for a few rounds and see which ones you like better. i myself have 7 rackets and on top of that i routinely borrow colleague's and friend's racket just to try out for a week etc.
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