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08-19-2012, 09:37 PM #1
How do I find the best Tension for me?
I have an Yonex AT700 Gen II, Currently strung with BG 66 (done years ago, I havent played in years, that's why it's still not broken)
I just bought these to figure out which string would suit me better,
My problem is I don't know what my tension is, How do I go about to figure out what it is?
a.) Should I start at 23Lbs then move up 1 Lbs at a time?
b.) How do I compensate for the different strings? will I have to repeat the above method for all three strings?
c.) Is there an inexpensive machine I can use to measure the Tension on the strings?
08-19-2012, 10:16 PM #2
A: yes that's the best way to know
for example: I started from 21 and moving up to 23lbs, then 24lbs
at 24 lbs, I feel that I cannot generate any power, that means 23lbs is a better tension for me than 24 lbs
B: usually the thinner the string, we compensate 1-2lbs LESS than thicker string
2 of your strings (BG66UM and NBG98) are 0.66mm gauge string
when you try zymax 62, it is advised to go down by 1-2lbs less than the 0.66mm string
C: I don't think there is such machine like that
08-19-2012, 10:31 PM #3
If you haven't played with the racket in years then you'll have to do as follows:
- play with the racket as is to get a feel for it again. Do you like the tension?
- take the racket to a good stringer and ask him what he figures the tension is by feel. Tell him if you want it a little tighter with the new string and he'll set it up.
- BG66 and Z62 are both quite thin strings. But even with the Nanogy 98, I don't see any need to adjust your tension. You'll have a better feeling for the differences in the strings if they're at the same tension.
If you are experimenting to choose a string, keep the same tension with each.
If you are experimenting to choose a tension, then keep the same string for each.
[edit: sorry avenger, I didn't see your post at first. our suggestions slightly different but equally valid (or equally B.S.!)]
Last edited by Fidget; 08-19-2012 at 10:34 PM.
08-20-2012, 08:28 AM #4
I have a post about choosing the right tension for badminton strings as well as reviews of a few Yonex strings on my website http://www.apbstringers.co.uk/ just follow the link to the blog and they should be there.
Hope you find it helpful!
08-20-2012, 01:02 PM #5
Wow, thanks guys you have all been so very helpful!!!
Awesome forum for the sport we Love!!!
08-22-2012, 06:24 PM #6
if you're basically just trying to figure out the tension, i would string the same string two to three times, but at different tensions. it's best to test one variable at a time and keep everything constant. afterward if you want to test out different strings, then keep them all at the same tension, then maybe you'll be able to feel the difference.
basically whatever you asked the stringer to string your racket in, that tension is fairly accurate. you can also go and look at the equipment, if they have an electronic tension gauge, that's better, assuming that it's calibrated correctly of course.
what i did when i wanted to test out difference in strings, was i used four cab8600ti(my fave), and string four different strings at the same tension. this way rackets are all the same, tension are all the same. the only variable would be a slight difference in weight of the racket, and the strings themselves. :0
08-23-2012, 10:26 AM #7
C) Inexpensive machine to measure tension = iphone app ClearTune or rackettune. What the app does is measure the frequency of the string when you strum it. You would need to keep track of the frequency as it differs for every type of string, tension, and racket. But if you consistently use the same racket, string, tension, and stringer...it should be the same frequency (+/- Hz). Then you'd know the lbs each time you get it re-strung. There's a thread on it on the stringing tools forum.
08-23-2012, 06:18 PM #8
08-23-2012, 11:55 PM #9
If you've had some time away from playing badminton, the comfortable tension will more than likely change the more you get used to playing again.
08-24-2012, 02:33 PM #10
What are the experienced players wanting or looking for in stringer higher? More power or more control? I know it takes better technique to generate power at higher tensions but think I'm right in saying if you have the technique then higher tensions will deliver more power?
It seems that people are stringing as high as they can without it having an too much of an adverse effect on power rather than stringing for optimum power
For me power is more important especially in doubles.