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11-19-2012, 08:49 PM #1
SIMPLE 101 "basics" on badminton strings & racquets for Newbies & "Oldies"
I am sharing this here because I find this information to be GREAT and answer almost all the newbies and "blur" oldies (like me ) questions.
BTW, I don't use Ashaway strings or affiliated with them, I prefer Yonex strings but Ashaway provides great information and education for new players (see below).
TQ Ashaway !!
The website link:
Stringing ChoicesPowerControlDurabilityThin gauge/Loose TensionHighLowMediumThin gauge/Tight TensionMediumMediumLowThick gauge/Loose TensionMediumMediumHigh
Thick gauge/Tight Tension
Racket And String Choices - Based On Skill Level
SKILL LEVELEQUIPMENTREQUIREMENTRACKET TYPESTRING GAUGESTRING CONSTRUCTIONSTRING TENSIONNovicePower and DurabilityFlexible
20–21multifilament12–18 lb.IntermediatePower and ControlStiffer21–21 micromultifilament18–20 lb.AdvancedControlVery Stiff21 micromicrofilament20–25 lb.
Note: The mods may have to help tidy up this post as I don't know how to make the tables smaller and neater !!
Last edited by maxout; 11-19-2012 at 09:01 PM. Reason: Trying to make the tables neater !!
11-19-2012, 09:00 PM #2
That's an excellent website I've come across in the past too.
This one in partcular mentions string tension relative to environment/temperature and shuttle type.
11-21-2012, 01:14 PM #3
ashaway strings are awesome as well, just saying.
11-21-2012, 06:30 PM #4
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11-21-2012, 06:53 PM #5
BTW, looking at those tables and cross referencing against other threads, I just noticed that Lin Dan who prefers SOFT-FEELING BG65 (thick gauge) or nowadays the Li-Ning equivalent of BG-65 but strung at high tension - around 33 lbs (from some threads I have read), will theoretically give him HIGH CONTROL ... well, he doesn't have to worry about power since he is a brute force player anyway ... interesting to note ....
This is in contrast to other players who are aiming for thinner gauge strings (MEDIUM & HARD FEELING) that gives CONTROL or REPLUSION ... seems like LD has a different approach towards achieving control, or is there something that he knows that we don't ?
I also noticed from reading a number of threads in the forum that Lin Dan is quite a creature of habit .... in his playing career ... only used 2 (or "3") racquets ... (MP99, AT700 (1st gen) and now N90 (AT700 1st gen in "different colours" ) and BG65 at 32-33 lbs for years ....
Contrast this with LCW or TH, who changes racquets and strings almost each time when Yonex releases a new type .... hmmmmm .... "CONSISTENCY" factor ?????
Last edited by maxout; 11-21-2012 at 06:56 PM.
11-24-2012, 09:34 PM #6
one tells the company what he wants to do
the other two has the company telling them what to do
quite the difference
11-25-2012, 02:13 PM #7
Last edited by gundamzaku; 11-25-2012 at 02:17 PM.
11-25-2012, 03:30 PM #8
So what setup would people suggest for my Arc8DX? I have no issues with physical strength and generating power being an ex powerlifter. I'd like more control and durability. I'm currently using BG80 at 25lb
11-25-2012, 06:02 PM #9
Seem like you have the right setup.
11-26-2012, 06:45 AM #10