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06-07-2006, 04:39 AM #188Originally Posted by brulez
Better for smash accuracy = higher tension
Better for smash power = lower tension (of course there's a limit)
07-24-2006, 05:35 AM #189
28 and up...
i string mine at 28... most of others for 25... some world players 32+...
07-31-2006, 02:49 AM #190Originally Posted by kwun
08-25-2006, 03:19 AM #191
well this is a good thread-or string
I have learned a lot in just few minutes of reading posts. I dont know why but I just assumed that higher tension meant more power and more distance.
At my local Yonex shop here in bangkok they don't really give advice on wht string or tension to use--so we just take the most expensive one
08-25-2006, 03:49 AM #192
where is the local Yonex shop in bangkok ?
08-25-2006, 03:55 AM #193Originally Posted by Monster
On Sukhumvit soi 26 there is one right across from the Four Wings Hotel
08-26-2006, 02:44 PM #194
in peoples experiences, what is regarded as a good tension for someone with little wrist power, but power coming mainly from srms/shoulders, as is someone rather muscular. I want a tension with goos smashing power, and 'decent' control for net shots.
The racket is an at500
08-26-2006, 04:03 PM #195
The test involves hitting baseline-to-baseline clears with only forearm pronation. For example, you stand at the baseline, perpendicular to the net, and hit clears. If you can clear with 20 lbs, try 21 lbs the next time. If you can handle 21 lbs, try 22 lbs . . . until your clear no longer reach the baseline. Now you know the upper limit of tension you can handle.
Originally Posted by powerboy
08-26-2006, 05:53 PM #196
The optimum tension is a lot lower than the upper limit. You must be able to clear comfortably after 3 consecutive intense games. If you string close to the upper limit, you will start fine, but after a while you will feel your arm is going to fall off, and all your clears go half court or worst.
Last edited by CoolDoo6; 08-26-2006 at 06:06 PM.
08-26-2006, 10:34 PM #197Originally Posted by Pete LSD
i came from 22 lbs and then 24 after several month now i am at 26 lbs might be 28 next month ( waiting restring ). what i can share with my limited experience, that higher tension is giving more control but you need more power to spend, so higher tension need better fitness ,
09-01-2006, 08:44 AM #198Originally Posted by CoolDoo6
I just recently found out that I could play with high tensions (30x32 lb), the feeling is crisp, power wasn't lacking on my MP99.
And I could still clear comfortably after 2 intense games, and 2 moderately intense ones.
BUT, during those times, I noticed that I wasn't hitting the sweet spot consistently -- it was really small compared to what used before (25x27, 27x29). That maybe the cause on why I tend to smash weaker than my other companions, and why I lift too long.
So, with CoolDoo6's statement coinciding with what I found out: my ideal tension is quite low compared to what my upper limit is. Since I haven't trained so that I could hit the sweet spot consistently at 30x32lb, I went back to something more comfortable, in the size-of-sweet-spot sense.
Right now, I think the ideal tension is around 22lbs -- just barely on the limit for beginners, usual for some intermediate players, and on the cone of my Yonex racket for warranty's sake.
09-01-2006, 11:11 AM #199
I have said this before, but I can't find it, so I'll say it again:
All this fascination with higher tension is overrated. I feel you should play with the lowest tension you feel comfortable/confident with.
There are only two reasons/advantages to use higher tension:
1) More control. But this can be potentially negated because higher tension leads to a smaller sweet spot.
2) To impress your peers , "Wow! You string at 32+ lbs.!"
Now for all the negative effects of higher tension, which clearly outweigh the benefits:
1) String breaks much faster
2) Frame breaks much faster
3) Harder to find competent stringers to string your racket
4) Added unnecessary stress on your arm and shoulder
5) All this adds to more money spent on equipment and/or (potential) doctor visits
Please feel free to add anything I left out.
09-01-2006, 01:13 PM #200
I second what Sir DinkALot said. I just want to add 1 additional point.
You can string @32lb+ and other think "Wow, he use a racquet with 32lb+ tension" before the game. After your got your @ss kicked becuase you can not find the sweet spot @32lb+ and other will think "What a dumb @ss". Find the tension that can win game for you. Because winning game will impress more people and gain respect of fellow player than Playing with high tension racquet. Also, a racquet with super high tension require a good stringer, not a good player.
09-01-2006, 01:29 PM #201
cooler to add:
advantages of high tension:
- it has a nice ping sound
- it will tell u after a few hits, the truth will come out, ur not a pro
- it void all warranty i know of (sure, some come with a 30 lbs warranty. Try getting a free replacement.)
- it can break your racket if u dunno how to cut the string.
- tension will drop off very fast. U can brag about your 33 lbs but it's really around 29 lbs about 2 weeks and continue to drop. (depending on string type)
09-01-2006, 01:32 PM #202
Nice points Cooler.
But it can be said, higher tension nice ping, lower tension, nice "BOOM!"
Excellent point about the voiding of the warranty. I knew I forgot stuff.
Originally Posted by cooler
09-01-2006, 06:15 PM #203
Pertaining to what cooler and DinkALot said, I've also observed that...
it costs a lot of money to use high tension -- due to tensions drop pretty fast (even during a game, some of the string bed resettling!), so you might end up cutting the strings earlier than planned, and that adds up to your monthly expenses. >_<
To help enlighten others, I've posted my journey to look for my ideal tension. I found out that it is the tension that I'm most comfortable with, in terms of sweet spot size, power, cost, and control(also associated with sweet spot size).
09-01-2006, 07:06 PM #204Originally Posted by Ranmira
so from your deduction:
optimal tension = aA + bW + cI + dL
a= racket form factor(racket dependent)
A=area of stringbed
b=unit conversion factor
W=your bench press weight
c= unit conversion factor
A=your annual income
d=unit conversion factor
L=your playing level
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