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    Wink What is the ideal tension and string?

    Dear pals
    I had broke the strings on my Iso tour 800 sp racket. May I know what is the ideal tension and strings for the racket pls? Thanks!

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    There is no ideal tension for a racquet. The ideal tension is for the player
    i.e. you. So only you can decide which tension you feel most comfortable with.
    And your ideal tension will change as you improve.

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    Yea..most of us know that the tension recommended by yonex is not ideal for all of us. We may string it at what they recommend (because we're worried the racket will break or you just like it at that tension) or we may go a few lbs higher than what they recommend because we feel it provides us with more power. Looking at a lot of the pros for example, there are many who string their rackets at 28-30 + lbs..while there's us (me) that like to string at around 23-24 lbs. It's mostly preference and where you stand for skill level to determine an ideal string tension for yourself.

    In your case gameboy, i'm not sure what skill level you're at, but it's up to you to decide..string breakage is a regular thing in badminton...if you wish your strings will last you for a long time, it may not be the case of string tension ..but instead what kind of string you are using.

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    I'll toss my hat into the ring and suggest that I like 22lb on mine

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    i started with 16lbs 17 years ago ...

    last year i strung my rackets at 23 main 24 cross

    starting this year, i strung my rackets at 26 main 27 cross or 27 main 28 cross

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    swijaya is growing up!

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    Originally posted by swijaya0101
    starting this year, i strung my rackets at 26 main 27 cross or 27 main 28 cross
    What make and model racket is it?

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    Default Out of curiousity

    why string vertical and horizontal differently.


    Also, I have been playing with my rackets strung at 22lbs with Ashway, would I notice a big difference if I went up to 24lbs. I don't want to tire my arms out even more (i'm 42) if this is what happens at higher tensions

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    Default string tension

    I like my strings at 22-24 lbs...but some ppo try to discourage me... They say 19-22 is good...that you lose power with higher tensions. Is that true?

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    Default Re: Out of curiousity

    Originally posted by freeheeler
    why string vertical and horizontal differently.


    Also, I have been playing with my rackets strung at 22lbs with Ashway, would I notice a big difference if I went up to 24lbs. I don't want to tire my arms out even more (i'm 42) if this is what happens at higher tensions
    1. If using 2-pt support string machine, the easier method is 2-piece (4 knots) methods. Most of the case, horizontal needs to be 1-2 lbs higher than the main (vertical) to maintain the head shape. The main reason I think is, once u wave the cross string, the main string tension is actually increasing.

    2. The higher the tension, the more stiff the string bed will be. Therefore, there is more shock to ur muscle when u hit. It will be easier to tired out ur arm. Same theory applied for flex vs stiff shaft. The more stiff the shaft is, the more strength required to generate power.

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    Default Re: string tension

    Originally posted by sheepie
    I like my strings at 22-24 lbs...but some ppo try to discourage me... They say 19-22 is good...that you lose power with higher tensions. Is that true?
    Everyone has his/her favorite tension "range".

    A lot of beginners having trouble to handle 21lb, but pros think 28 is too low, and willing to go up to 30+ lb. Who's right? Both, as long as they feel good about it.

    Therefore, if u really like ur racket/string performance, and such combo won't tired out ur arm easily, stay with it. Whatever ur friend likes, might not be ur own best choice.

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    Please quit saying that it all depends on personal preference!! There has to be a tension that most people use.

    I think that the ideal string tension for most people is one that gives the most repulsion: for people who don't want their racket to become a limiting factor in their smashes. I would say that control has less influence on tension choice. You just need to get good at controlling the bird with a powerful racket.

    Could anyone recommend a tension and string gauge for this purpose?

    Generally speaking, the higher the tension, the less the power. And at 21 lbs with 0.68 mm strings the power reduction is quite noticeable on my Ti-7. So why do so many people string at 25 to 30 lbs? One article suggested that for tensions of around 30 lbs, power actually increases again. Is this the tension range for 'explosive' shots? Even with good technique and power and using the sweet spot, my strings still resonate a note, instead of a 'slap'.

    Macey

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    Originally posted by iluvthesun
    Please quit saying that it all depends on personal preference!! There has to be a tension that most people use.
    Yes, there is! All you have to do is to go to a few stringers, then ask them "if a customer comes for a restring without spcifying the tension, what is the tension the racquet will be strung at?" And then you will find the tension that most people use.


    Then you will say, most people on the discussion board do not string at these tensions. That again is true, but the number of people on the forum represents only a tiny minority of the people out there playing badminton.

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    Originally posted by iluvthesun
    Please quit saying that it all depends on personal preference!! There has to be a tension that most people use.

    I think that the ideal string tension for most people is one that gives the most repulsion: for people who don't want their racket to become a limiting factor in their smashes. I would say that control has less influence on tension choice. You just need to get good at controlling the bird with a powerful racket.

    Could anyone recommend a tension and string gauge for this purpose?
    That's the whole point though.
    The tension that gives the most repulsion is dependant on the swing speed which is dependant on the individual.
    What most people use & what is optimum is a totally different thing. There must be loads of people that aren't getting the best out of their racquet. I mean all of us can play with 18lb but most of us will hit harder with a higher tension.

    The higher the swing speed the faster the strings need to spring back to add the trampoline effect.
    Control also has a huge influence as the sweet spot shrinks as tension goes up.

    You need to be able to hit the shuttle squarely at high speeds to take advantage of High tensions. Most people increase tension as they advance because they hit cleaner & better technique allows them to develop more power/speed.

    When warming up my smashes the first set of smashes sound "dull" until I start to increase my swing speed as I loosen up. After a certain point the connection starts to get crisper & you start to hear the "crack" as the shuttle really starts to explode off the racquet.
    You can tell if the tension is right for you depending on if you can reach that point or when you hit that point & you've still got plenty of extra swing spare.

    There's threads on ideal tension that are well worth searching for. . .
    Last edited by mindfields; 10-27-2003 at 04:44 AM.

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    Sad to say that there is really no ideal tension for everyone. Just like what mindfields said, it varies according to the swing speed of each person. Generally, if you have a high swing speed and couple it with high tension (optimal to your swing speed of course!), it will make the most out of your game and vice versa. Thats why beginners need to have a lower string tension since their swing speed is not yet that fast. As for me, I started to string my rackets at 18lbs a year ago, then went up to 20 in about 4 months, another few months and went up to 22. Now I string my rackets at 24lbs since I find that any higher and I my arm gets tired pretty easily and any lower reduces the speed and control of my shots.

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    Hey ppl, I found this quote from a review,

    Ti 10 Review by bobz from alexandria va, USA,

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    The good sound you hear is made by a very good string with a high tension

    ...

    I agree that the 'crack' sound only comes when you've warmed up properly and are hitting from the sweet spot. But that's only if you've got a racket/string/string tension combination that allows you to do that.

    Considering that my arm strength/swing speed is not bad, I have never experienced that effect with my Ti-7 Long strung at 21 lbs with Ashaway 21.

    Therefore, there must be a narrow range of tensions that, once you've warmed up properly, gives you the explosive effect.

    Btw you guys, what racket/string/string tension do you use. Hopefully it'll give us a clearer picture!

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    Default Ideal tension...

    Read somewhere in the forum and also overheard from a stringer/player during a club session that playing with tension higher than 24lbs yield more power with feather birdies, but will not gain much with plastic ones (which may apply to most North American/European recreational players).

    Personally speaking, I have yet to going higher than 25lbs (racquet broke in a clash that time)... playing well and getting used to 24lbs right now. Presently using BG 70 PRO, I might go higher the next time I upgrade my strings to BG 85.

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