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    Quote Originally Posted by SolsticeOfLight View Post
    The racket might have something to do with it too ...
    My feather racket is light super stiff slightly Head Heavy @ 9kg, and my plastic is light medium flex very head light @ 9.5kg.
    Dunno about Mark but not for me. I use everything I've got with both feather and plastic, from a 4U medium MX60 to a 2U x-stiff 8DX.

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    Hm, should I return my NS4500 and purchase a VT70 for around the same price (excluding stringing)? The only issue is the site doesn't seem to offer shipping, however, the store is only an hr. away.

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    We can't advise you to get a VT70 over NS4500. You may like the NS4500 better or the VT70, we don't know :P

    The VT70 is a more popular racket, but it doesn't mean that it's better for you.

    In order to recommend someone a racket, we need to know their play style, their experience, skill level, racket preferences, etc. And even if we know all of that, the racket we recommend may not even suit you well in the end.

    The best way to find a racket for you is to try many different rackets and take the one you like the best while you play. That may not be possible, but what you could do is play with your friends' rackets and get an idea of what you like. Then you can start searching for similar rackets on the market.

    Since you're not an advanced player, I would tell you to keep your racket (the NS4500 is a very good racket anyways) because you will probably not notice much difference between that racket and another one. Then, when you buy your next racket, you will have something to compare to and a good seller will be able to find a good racket for you based on your racket's characteristics and what you're trying to improve in your play.

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    On the contrary, if you can get it for the same price I would go for VT70 because the head weight will help you with your overhead shots. It has the qualities of a good beginner racket but will be one that you can grow into as well. You don't need to be an advanced player to feel the balance differences between those. Of course this is just my opinion though; most important is that you choose a racket that you feel comfortable with so if you like your NS then keep it.
    Last edited by BlueTornado; 06-30-2012 at 03:49 PM.

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    I have an opportunity to purchase a VT70 4U.
    Play style: offensive (given the right opportunity)
    Experience: 1 year
    Racket preferences: maneuverable, balanced/light and I'm uncertain about head-heady vrs. head-light
    Game: doubles, typically

    I would like to improve the technique and power of my smash, so presumably, I would need a racket that isn't too heavy or stiff and I have a feeling the NS4500 might not generate enough power (or is this false)?

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    What are you racket recommendations? I haven't tried my NS4500 on court or felt the VT70 and since my Father will be picking up the racket after work without me (since the retailer is out of town), I won't know until it's purchased.

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    Generally, when people are looking for better smashing power, they'll be looking towards head heavy rackets, in which case VT70 is a good candidate. It is also a "user friendly" racket since it is not too stiff.

    I tend to recommend double players to go for more balanced or faster rackets however (Nanospeed, Nanoray, Arcsaber). But if you're always/often in the back of the court VT70 is a good choice, again it's all about play style

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    Hm, is the 4U VT70 quite light? And I'm concerned with the head-light NS4500 that I will loose some power; of course, the wrist movement is integral but I feel like having a head-havy racket will be beneficial. Should I keep my NS?

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    This is difficult choice for me, however, do you know if the NS4500 requires proper technique in order to obtain the most powerful smash? And is there any loss in power since it's a head-light racket? If so, the VT70 would be most suitable. Is it balanced and maneuverable?

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    The chance of injury should also depend on your own physique. I don't claim to be as knowledgeable about badminton strings, rackets as some members here. I have only broken 4 string beds in my 6 years of recreational playing. I regularly play at 25lbs with plastics and that is no problem. I have a friend that plays with plastic at 28lbs of tension and he smashes like a demon. However, he does 200+ pushups a day so his body absorbs the shock fairly easily.

    Though you are just 15, i would advice you hit the weight room at least two times a week and do some exercises to strengthen your muscles on the arm and shoulder. Nothing too demanding but you want to push yourself a little bit. If you get stronger you will have an easier time avoiding injuries and impress chicks in your school and on the beach! Allow your body to adjust to the tension and the racket and it will be fine, getting a top tier racket at this stage of your development can only benefit you psychologically, if at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sraoo View Post
    This is difficult choice for me, however, do you know if the NS4500 requires proper technique in order to obtain the most powerful smash? And is there any loss in power since it's a head-light racket? If so, the VT70 would be most suitable. Is it balanced and maneuverable?
    You need proper technique to obtain powerful smashes with all rackets.

    Yes, you are losing some power with a NS 4500 compared to a VT70. The head heaviness of the VT70 is contributing more to the power of your strikes. However, power isn't everything and there is always a trade off. A more head heavy racket generally means a little less maneuverability and less efficient defense compared to a balanced racket. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's gonna be bad. I play with a Z Force in doubles and manage to play decently in defense.

    So, like I said, everything is a trade off. The VT70 may have better offense, but maybe a less efficient defense than your NS4500.

    Weight wise, I think both rackets are around the same weight (unless you bought a 4U NS4500).

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    I think, if can return my NS4500, I'm going to purchase the VT70. My previous racket: http://www.badmintonalley.com/Wilson...tor-kpower.htm is also head-heavy, stiff and presumably lighter than the VT70! This means adjusting shouldn't be too difficult.

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    Wilson's generally aren't actually stiff. If you want something similar but better than the previous racket, get the VT70.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueTornado View Post
    Wilson's generally aren't actually stiff. If you want something similar but better than the previous racket, get the VT70.
    I just played with a VT70 4U (borrowed) and it was very light and maneuverable. Although my timing was off; is this a common issue?

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    Always a possible issue when changing rackets.

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    My local retailer is closed and tomorrow's a holiday; do you think I will be able to return the racket or have to sell on it another site similar to Kijiji?

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    That depends on what effect tomorrow's holiday has on you returning your racket ...
    Why don't you ask when they come back from holiday, or leave a message on their voicemail?

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