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    Question BG65 tension loss?

    Hi guys

    I have had several racquets that were professionally strung at different tensions (same racquets, same strings). After about 6-8 hours of play they all come down to around 8.2 - 8.4kg's, regardless whether they have been strung at 8.7, 9.0 or 9.4.

    I have no idea what I am doing wrong. One of the things that I could think off, is that the stringing machine doesn't pre-stretch correctly?

    advice would very welcome
    kind regards
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    BG65 will lose tension regardless of how you string them.

    the only possible remedy is to extensively pre-stretch them (not on the machine), but that takes many hours.

    and i believe the tension loss is much more than the 0.5kg to 1.2kg range that you specified. even regular string will lose 1lb (~0.5kg) unplayed and then another pound after first time playing. BG65 will easily lose another 2lbs.

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    Thank you so much for your fast reply Kwun.
    I am glad that I'm not the only one who has come to these conclusions .
    And yes I also agree that they loose even more of the tension.

    So, the next logical question for me would be:... what string should I switch to?

    kind regards
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    and I just found this:

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...g-can-t-choose

    guess I'll browse some more on this great forum

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    Usually adding two to three extra pounds to your reference tension for BG 65 will make up for the eventual tension loss. I would recommend BG 65 32 lbs or over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Usually adding two to three extra pounds to your reference tension for BG 65 will make up for the eventual tension loss. I would recommend BG 65 32 lbs or over.
    What the hell are you thinking recommending something so ridiculous to a person who usually strings at 9kg (20lb)? If that guy has an older or cheaper racquet, 32lb will cause the racquet to cave in on itself. Even if the racquet didn't break, recommending someone to increase their tension by 12+lb is just a terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE prank.

    Worst post of the year!

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    Polder,

    I prefer playing @10kg. The only way to have this tension after 10h of play (with BG-65) is to string at around 11kg.
    BG-65ti will keep the tension better, but the break easily.

    I'm not that experienced, but this works best for me.

    Who strung your rackets? Speedy?Ron?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Usually adding two to three extra pounds to your reference tension for BG 65 will make up for the eventual tension loss. I would recommend BG 65 32 lbs or over.
    It's strange how high rackets are strung in other countries, in Belgium -> 18lbs for beginners, and good players aren't going higher than 25lbs except some...
    Would like to test a racket at 32lbs though

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    Quote Originally Posted by urameatball View Post
    What the hell are you thinking recommending something so ridiculous to a person who usually strings at 9kg (20lb)? If that guy has an older or cheaper racquet, 32lb will cause the racquet to cave in on itself. Even if the racquet didn't break, recommending someone to increase their tension by 12+lb is just a terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE prank.

    Worst post of the year!
    Can't tell is serious or sarcastic.

    From my reading of BC, Mr. Pete LSD always strings and talks about using these tensions. Its nothing new from him. He does it with everyone. There is no need to become overly enraged over it.

    As for Polder, I would recommend Bg80 if you dont mind switching strings. It seems to hold tension pretty well. Loses only 2 pounds or so based on my experience. However, it has lower durability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guillaumeg View Post
    It's strange how high rackets are strung in other countries, in Belgium -> 18lbs for beginners, and good players aren't going higher than 25lbs except some...
    Would like to test a racket at 32lbs though
    not really. most people here also don't get over 25lbs. only in Pete's household where tension starts at 30lbs.

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    Wah, someone is so serious . . . Can't take a joke ?

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    Actually there are quite a few 30 + lbs dudes here in Calgary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Wah, someone is so serious . . . Can't take a joke ?
    dude. if you make comments like that, some people reading it will think you are serious and follow it.

    best case is they might have a broken racket, worse case is they will get injured and never be able to play badminton again.

    be responsible on what type of joke and how you make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polder View Post
    Hi guys

    I have had several racquets that were professionally strung at different tensions (same racquets, same strings). After about 6-8 hours of play they all come down to around 8.2 - 8.4kg's, regardless whether they have been strung at 8.7, 9.0 or 9.4.

    I have no idea what I am doing wrong. One of the things that I could think off, is that the stringing machine doesn't pre-stretch correctly?

    advice would very welcome
    kind regards
    P
    A couple of things things to try:

    hand-prestretch before stringing (around a doorknob, I mean - pull until all the slack is gone from the string),
    a new knot and/or tightening technique (look at YULitle's Youtube videos).

    If neither of these works, it might be worth stringing to, say, 10kg, then leaving the racket for 24 hrs before use. (If you can pick the racket up and pat the strings during the day, even better.) IME string jobs usually stabilize most of the way down in the first 24 hrs whether played with or not.

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    Thank you Mark A, very interesting suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Usually adding two to three extra pounds to your reference tension for BG 65 will make up for the eventual tension loss. I would recommend BG 65 32 lbs or over.
    I am second for the extra 2-3 lbs solution. This extra 10% tension will reduce some of extra tension loss. But no thanks for 32lbs, my old body can never take that abuse. :-D

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    SO THIS IS NEWS TO ME LOL!

    No wonder when I get my BG65 strung at different places @ 24lbs it feels so funny. When my coach strings mine, he prestretches it before stringing so its actually 24lbs...

    So if I want 24lbs with my BG65 to be my end result and I am assuming that my stringer doesn't prestretch, how tight should I ask for it to be strung?

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