12-20-2005, 07:14 AM #171
Can anyone tell me what the ideal tension for me would be ?
I play competitive badminton for three years now (on a low level in Belgium) and after one or two games I get problems with my arm, I don't seem to be able to hit hard anymore. I have been practicing bodybuilding for 15 years, which means that I have very muscular and thus heavy arms and schoulders. When I start a game, I don't have any problems to hit the shuttle hard, I smash very hard as well, but after a while my arm and shoulder gets really tired. I need to find a way to keep hitting hard without my arm getting tired, maybe I should switch to a lower tension, can anyone give his thought about this ?
I play with 23 lbs but (unfortunately) I have to use plastic shuttles, I don't have this problem when I play with decent feather shuttles but plastic is the rule in our competition. What kind of tension would an experienced player advice for me ? Thanks
12-20-2005, 07:48 AM #172
I don't think 23lbs is too high a tension for you, it shouldn't be high enough to cause you soreness in the arm. Lowering the tension even more might just mean you lose touch on feel shots.
I would try to work on improving stamina in the muscles. You must have an arm that's been trained for short power bursts, whereas badminton tends to require more stamina (white muscles fibres?).
Stretching will help, as will proper technique. Use your body more, with the power coming from the waist and shoulders, rather than just the arm.
Just my 2 cents
12-22-2005, 03:25 PM #173
Have just tried out my friends racquet with 25 lbs and well seems to be fine. well thks a zillion for the reply.
12-25-2005, 06:16 PM #174
string tension is a matter of preference. whatever feels comfortable for you and makes you play better.
01-15-2006, 05:08 PM #175Originally Posted by taneepak
*remembers his conversation with a stringer on Friday*
Me: I would like you to restring my racquet.
S: Yep, what would you like?
Me: BG85 @ 28lbs
S: *GASP* 28?? *pauses* What happens if your racquet breaks?
Me: Can't blame you for it, anyways.
*remembers his conversation when purchasing his NS8K*
S: what tension?
Me: probably 24lbs.
S: That's too light, what about 29 lbs?
Racquet is back, and I'll be looking forward to play it again
I have experimented with 22-28lbs, the only thing I could say is that, I like the 28lbs more than 22-26 end with the same racquet, same string, different tensions - courtesy of my friends
It has good power (as strong as 22-26), but with a lot more control. However, not a single one of them liked the tension on mine
02-20-2006, 09:01 PM #176
For the past couple of months, I was playing with 26LBS X 26LBS. Last Friday, I restrung my string to 29LBS(Cross) x 27LBS(Main). After playing for 2 hours, I can only say that I loved the tension; it is just RIGHT for me!
I had restrung both my YONEX Ti-10 to 29LBS(Cross) X 27LBS(Main).
03-08-2006, 09:33 PM #177
It would be interesting to find out if string tension among BC fellows have been trending upwards over the last 2 years. I have a gut feeling it has. This is because when I was all for higher tension some time back I had a distinct feeling I was quite on my own. But it is not the case now.
In my daily contact with fellow players and their friends I have been quite successful at converting a large number of players to high tension now. It is easier for me because I string their racquets and if necessary optimized their racquets for high tension.
03-19-2006, 01:55 PM #178
I think stringing tension all over the world have progressed....4 years ago there was this "crazy bloke"who wanted 9kgs..at least..that was high at our local club...now 8,7kgs is what i string when the owner didn't specify a tension...and under 10kgs for myself...
so at oru bluv tension has risen roughly 3 lbs in 4 years...this should be a poll
03-19-2006, 02:21 PM #179Originally Posted by Gollum
I'm currently playing with 14x16 lb tension
and yes, I've tried most tensions up to 30lb
maybe it's because I'm a vet (but then so is taneepak)
each to their own ((with experimentation rather than blindly following)
03-19-2006, 03:08 PM #180Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
but I have to admit it's pretty weird 14x16 is your optimum, but indeed each to their own...
04-06-2006, 10:43 AM #181
Yonex Isometric 653
Hi all, I just started playing badminton regularly, and have now picked up a YONEX ISOMETRIC 653 at a recent sale. Could anyone advise me on the best string for this racquet, and, the shop where I purchased this racquet told me that he strung the racquet at medium tension with a YONEX BG7, what is medium tension, how many pounds or kilos would that be? What would be the best tension for a beginner to medium level player?
04-18-2006, 11:00 AM #182
Would appreciate any feedback on Isometric 653 VF, and, Isometric 665 Light.
Personally my performance with these two racquets are OK, but would welcome other feedback.
04-18-2006, 11:29 AM #183Originally Posted by cdmv72
If you Particularly want to get them restrung and the string Is very tight, get just the one of your racquets restrung in a low tension as low tension is in my experience much better for beginners. E.g. 18lbs. A good all-round string is BG80.
I don't like telling a beginner/relatively new player to spend money especially on something like re-stringing a racquet, but in your case it may be of benefit because:
Racquet might be strung at too high a tension, this is pretty important because it can be a fundamental reason for lack of power IMO.
Also, if you get your racquet re-strung you know what tension the string is currently at, therefore if you like it, you know what tension to get it re-strung at next time. And when you change racquets later, you can apply the same string and tension to adjust easier etc.
04-18-2006, 01:01 PM #184
Being a bit of a stringer myself. I would interpret the medium shop tension being 20LB's. For beginners who haven't yet developed the power to comfortably clear baseline to baseline, I would suggest 18LB or even less.
04-28-2006, 07:33 PM #185
On my mp100 I have tension of 25lbs. For me it's very good tension. The shuttle stings like a bee when I smash.
05-20-2006, 08:37 AM #186
Can someone plz explain to me what the main cross and the other tension is?
06-06-2006, 02:19 PM #187
in addition to my previous post, as the tension increases does it get better for smashes? Or is the way around
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