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12-19-2012, 11:10 AM #1
Looking for a Racquet...picking up badminton again
I'll be as detailed here as possible. I'm 33 now. I used to play competitively when I was 14-18. At 19, I stopped, and never played again. Lately I've been playing 2x a week...I'm still waaaaay far from where I used to be, and will probably never be there again. I will be taking lessons again in the new year.
Anyways, my old game was all attack. I played Singles more than doubles. And I'm still using the same racquet right now...an Yonex Aerotus 110 (Which I bought on a whim back then...I really didn't know anything about racquets).
Now, I should be playing 1/2 singles 1/2 doubles. I am laying back from hard smashing all day long cause my shoulder isn't what it used to be (I sound like an old man). I would like to build an all around game now. I have NO problems with strenth on my for hand side. My back hand side has always struggled a bit with timing and may sometimes be short.
I'll be looking to purchase in the next couple of months once my skill is up to "acceptable" again. For now, the Aerotus will suffice.
12-20-2012, 08:59 PM #2
It depends on your budget really. From what you said probably a mid balanced racket would be what you're after. Yonex is pretty easy to come by so anything from the arcsaber series would be something you could look at. Other brands have more bang for your buck though if you don't mind looking a little harder for them. Stiffness would be harder to recommend since you said that your forehand is plenty strong but your backhand isn't that sounds more like a technical problem then racket.
12-20-2012, 09:03 PM #3
Yea I definately favor my forehand once I'm in the back court...I need to work on that for a while...
Would u reccomend something like the ArcSaber 10? Is there a comparable racquet from Victor since they are cheaper...The Z-slash sounds great too, but I think with me being so rusty, and will probably never be as I once was...the smaller head is probably not a good idea.
12-20-2012, 09:07 PM #4
Your current racket is oval isn't it? I've never seen it before so I don't know. The arcsaber 10 is nice, however the 8dx is IMO better if you like the extra stiffness it's also cheaper. You can look at victors meteor series they have loads of reviews on the forum and almost all are positive keeping in mind that the mx80 is EXTRA stiff.
12-20-2012, 09:10 PM #5
something less demanding like the mx60, bs11 12, sw37 would be good to get you back into the game
12-20-2012, 09:16 PM #6
decoy: Yea my current racquet is oval. I'll take a look into the 8dx...I'm not sure if extra stiff is great for me right now...something in the realm of 7-8/10 stiffness should be right for me...
razer: Thanks. I'll take a look into those too!
12-20-2012, 09:18 PM #7
Z slash should be bigger than oval but razer is right a less demanding racket's probably a way to go for the start.
12-20-2012, 09:26 PM #8
hmm...looking like the BS11 or the MX70 might be ok...
12-20-2012, 09:40 PM #9
yup, the yonex voltric70 too.
look up on that as well
12-24-2012, 10:09 PM #10
Just realized my racquet is 2U as well...man my shoulder is sore today after 3 hours...
12-24-2012, 11:32 PM #11
This are your current important stats:
- An all round player (1/2 single and 1/2 double)
- Decent arm strength
- Playing 2x / week
- Your having shoulder pain since your using a 2U racket
This are my opinion:
IMHO, the preferred racket spec that you must look into in regards with your current physical and playing style regardless of what brand it might be should be:
- An even balance racket for your current all round playing style
- A 4U racket to ease your swings and shoulder load
- Either a mid flex to stiff racket to balance that racket flexibility with your arm swing speed.
There are many rackets that can fit this type of spec and the list can be lengthy but then, its you will ultimately will make that vital decision which will ideally fit well with you as a player. Yonex Arc 10 will be one suitable choice that you can try. Victor BS 11 also can be your next candidate and if budget is your concern then Apacs Tantrum 200/300 fit the bill nicely as well.
Not playing for 14 years completely is a long time if that's the case and regardless of your past playing history, your current physical and playing style is what concern more and don't strain hard your shoulder that much at this stage. The racket that you will decide to wield later should be very friendly enough to prevent you from sustaining injuries especially if you decide to dedicate yourself back to long hours of training and at the same time, it also must facilitate your confidence to build back your technique of play.......and this is also the most important criteria that you must look as well. Good luck hunting.
12-25-2012, 02:47 AM #12
oh wow...I was fixated on Yonex and Victor...didn't even notice APACS...they seem to be of great value. I'll need to do more research now
12-25-2012, 04:09 PM #13
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12-25-2012, 05:59 PM #14
Despite all the new racquet hype and marketing promotions by Yonex, Victor etc ... NOTHING on this post-Mayan calendar Earth still comes to close to it ... Don't take my word for it, I AM BIAS, but go and get one and play with it ... then come back and tell me ... (PS: Just don't clear out the store of Cab20 like I did !! , let others have a chance to buy it too !!)
PPS: If you can find, Cab20 is "cheaper" than the others too !!
Last edited by maxout; 12-25-2012 at 06:04 PM.
12-25-2012, 06:16 PM #15
12-25-2012, 11:03 PM #16
Yea I'm going to be using my 1994 racquet until it breaks.
I value everyone's opinion on here, and as some suggested, I'm starting some lessons in the next few weeks. It'd just be nice to be "familiar" with what racquets I'd be looking at when the time comes. Theres so many pieces missing off my racquet I'm amazed its still held together...especially since it was in storage for 10 years.
Merry Christmas everyone!
12-26-2012, 11:24 AM #17