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    I think we might have a winner It'll have to be online though since I haven't seen any around here.

    Thank you! Tell me how it goes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uselessmail View Post
    Well if you are interested in Babolat then you can definitely check out the X-feel Essential.
    For a beginner I think the Satelite Essential is the better choice, because it's a little bit shorter and more flexible.

    I also think, that Catherine should check out, which grip size she needs. Should she need a bigger grip, she won't be satified with the current Babolat line-up, because ALL current Babolat models will become head light with a think grip ... we shouldn't forget, how much weight would be added with a thick grip tape. And there's currently no real head heavy Babolat available.

    I highly recommend Catherine to visit a shop and check some rackets, how they feel. Buying online at this time, uninformed as she is ... no offence intended, it's normal for a beginner ... will very likely result in a disappointment.

    I think, the hint that was given about potential arm and/or shoulder pain is very important. I learned it the hard way. I started 6 years ago with a cheap Babolat, that was much too heavy, 99g. Then after testing tons of racket in shops and on the court, I bought a Babolat Satelite Chrono, which was the only one, which felt great and didn't cause pain. It's 66cm short, really head-heavy (balance point 305mm), but is flexible and very easy to maneuver. I still love that racket very much. But I got a new Yonex VT5, which is exactly the same as the chrono, with the exception, that it's 375mm long and has an ISO head. It feels great and causes no pain ... in my case.

    This shows, that racket choice is a very individual thing. What works for me, doesn't work for others.

    So, Catherine, do yourself a favour as a beginner and try some rackets first. You need to find out, what feels right for you. I think, the only thing, we can tell you for shure is, that a stiff racket and/or high string tension will not be good for your untrained arm and shoulder.

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    Catherine,

    don't miss what coach Paul has to say about racket choice.

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    Thanks Aymara, wonderful advice.

    I've been hunting around and haven't been able to find many shops here. I've only seen some of the high end Yonex racquets. It's quite unfortunate really, how unpopular badminton is here. I'd definitely prefer to buy a racquet from a shop and test it out. Maybe i'll just put it off until I go overseas, which really.. won't be happening anytime soon.

    I did read Paul's racquet choice article! Good and informative but not too helpful in the terms that i'd have to try one out personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherinem View Post
    Thanks Aymara, wonderful advice.

    I've been hunting around and haven't been able to find many shops here. I've only seen some of the high end Yonex racquets. It's quite unfortunate really, how unpopular badminton is here. I'd definitely prefer to buy a racquet from a shop and test it out. Maybe i'll just put it off until I go overseas, which really.. won't be happening anytime soon.

    I did read Paul's racquet choice article! Good and informative but not too helpful in the terms that i'd have to try one out personally.
    It isn't that big a deal really!!! Sometimes, we BC'rs love to make a mountain out of a mole hill! As a beginner with no specific preference, you can actually play with just about any racket and given time, you will obviously get used to it. What you should know is that there are certain rackets which will frustrate you more as a beginner and there are some which you'll get used to sooner.

    My advice, stay away from rackets advertised as ""Stiff", Extra Stiff" etc. Get a racket less than 85 gm (In yonex series that will mean 4U). Even the addition of Overgrip on a Babolat racket will increase the weight by around 2gm or so. On the Babolat X-feel Essential, that will still come under 90gms, which is good. Also generally it is better for a beginner to start with an Even balanced racket because that way, over time, one tends to understand his/her strengths and weaknesses. After sometime if you feel that you like defending more, playing more deft touches and drops and net shots etc. then your next racket should be a head light one. On the other hand, if you find yourself enjoying the feeling of ripping the shuttle by smashing at any given opportunity, then your obvious choice for the next racket will be a head heavy one with a stiffer shaft!
    Sometimes too many opinions also cloud your mind and confuse you more than before. Just go with your gut feeling... If you like how a racket looks like , the specs are in the average category then just go for it! Badminton is a beautiful game and you'll enjoy it no matter what!
    Happy playing!!!

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    I'll see how it goes! Thanks a lot everyone, learnt heaps and I now have a good idea on what type of racquet to look out for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uselessmail View Post
    Get a racket less than 85 gm (In yonex series that will mean 4U).
    Sorry, but I have a different opinion ... I find 3U (85-89g) more suitable for a beginner. I think, both a very heavy and a too light racket bare the risk of arm injuries for beginners.

    But your hint about an even balance is good.

    I still have the opinion, that the Babolat Satelite (!) Essential would be a great choice, if the grip size fits.

    The Babolat grips are similar to Yonex G4 and yes, they are shorter, because of the Pilot System. I myself love this Pilot System, others hate it.

    But if Catherine find's out, that Babolat grips are too thin for her hand, attaching a thicker grip tape will result in a head light racket, because it's originally balanced. We put a thicker grip tape on my sweetheart's old Wilson V4 ... originally really head heavy, it's now balanced.

    BTW, my girlfriend bought a Victor Inside Wave 3500 ... good racket for beginners ... easy to maneuver though head heavy. And the grip size is noticable thicker than on Babolats.

    That's why I highly recommend checking grip sizes in a shop !!!

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