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06-22-2013, 12:31 PM #18
06-22-2013, 01:14 PM #19
Ashaway's tips are definitely wrong.
Paul's article is about right. Here's what I recommend to customers:
Beginner – 18lbs
Intermediate – 20lbs -22lbs
Advanced – 22lbs-24lbs
County/International – 23lbs – 26lbs
The numbers aren't much different than theirs. Keep in mind that here, beginners and intermediate players almost exclusively play with plastic shuttles.
This is something I find particularly true for most people:
If you’re playing with a plastic shuttle and have your racquet strung at say, 24lbs, you may as well play with a board.
06-22-2013, 01:17 PM #20
The Ashaway article is over 10 years old!
06-22-2013, 03:15 PM #21
06-22-2013, 04:16 PM #22
Optimal string tension are NEVER fixed, they always varies according to each individual preferences. To make matters worse, there are grotesque tolerances on most stringing machines, esp. non-digital/electronic ones. But Paul's suggestions are quite reasonable, even in Indonesia's humid n hot climate.
Sonny Dwi Kuncoro strung at my favorite stringer's once n he only asked for 25/26 on his IP Yonex racket. Higher than that, you better have very good swing+stroke techniques to compensate for "boardy" string beds. For me, even if I have the techniques to swing that fast I would rather save my energy for other aspects of the game. If your accuracy suffers at 25/26lbs then something else is definitely the problem, maybe yr swing technique or ??? Just my 2cents.
06-22-2013, 05:29 PM #23
Vladimir Ivanov and his partner Sozonov play BG80 with 14.5 and 15KG which is about 32-33lbs. Minimum with a few exceptions is at least 27-28lbs for international players so in that regard the tensions mentioned are ridiculously low ...
9-11KG is probably the range of most stringing requests/recommendations around here a couple of levels down from national best (maybe 8 at minimum for the nylon and beginners). Perhaps has a lot to do with the warrantied tensions, as well as finding a 15-20 euro restring fee on a regular basis too costly.
2-2: GAME ON!
Last edited by demolidor; 06-22-2013 at 05:34 PM.
06-22-2013, 07:28 PM #24
As for the pros' tension, I tend to categorize them in 2 different groups. The best (Asians, Indonesians, Denmark, etc.) and the rest of the world. The first usually play with much higher tensions from what I could see anyways.
The County/International category (I'd say more County than International) aren't the same as pros in that regard.
06-22-2013, 08:55 PM #25
In UK, badminton stringing and racquets are more expensive.
Stringing at high tension (above 25lbs) may not really bring benefits and we have the climate factor as well.
High tension may cause racquet damage so therefore traditionally, in UK, tensions are lower.
Historically, high tensions came about in the late 80's with Park Joo Bong. He was requesting 30lbs tension and the stringers were going 'wow!' (I got the story from a stringing firm). The racquet then was a carbonex 9 (metal frame). The string that was used then was BG65.
BG 65 stretches a lot, like way more than the offerings of Hy sheep, Hy O Sheep. Then in the late 90's, professional wannabe's like me start experimenting with higher tensions (26-30lbs). Luckily, where I live has cheap stringing and it's easy to find badminton racquets off the shelf.
You'll have to ask Paul why he recommends those tensions. I suspect it's in line with the recommended tension that racquets can handle. It's a 'safe' tension to recommend when you don't know anything about a person who might be reading your website. I think they are pretty reasonable. I have asked other people around me what tensions they use and standard seems about 24lbs. Not many are willing to spend that much cash to keep buying new racquets!
BTW, my preference is BG65 at 30lbs, NG98 at 28lbs and BG66 and 26lbs. So there are many different variables. My racquets don't break (!) so I am in a bit of a special situation.
06-24-2013, 06:19 AM #26
the full article; he explains his position pretty clearly.
I strongly agree with Paul that many players are using string tensions that are far too high for them, and it's mainly because of ego. How do I know it's about ego? Because it's always the boys, never the girls.
Personally I feel the string tensions Paul recommends are a bit low. My (very rough) suggestions would be:
- Young children: 18 -- 20 lbs
- Beginners: 20 -- 22 lbs
- Experienced club players: 21 -- 24 lbs
- Very strong club players: 23 -- 28 lbs
- Professionals: 25 -- 40 lbs
But really, it's not the numbers that matter, it's the attitude. That's the message you should be taking from Paul's article, instead of fixating on the numbers.
Actually, the numbers are completely irrelevant. All you need is a starting point -- say, 21 lbs -- and then honest experimentation. Increase the tension 1 lb at a time, until power reduces. Then cut the strings and go back 1 lb. You have found your ideal tension (for now).
I believe the best approach is to optimise for power, because then you are being kinder to your arm joints. Also power is good.
Last edited by Gollum; 06-24-2013 at 06:21 AM.
06-24-2013, 06:51 AM #27
If you want to emphasise power, go with the lowest tension you can tolerate; if you want to emphasise control, go with the highest you can tolerate. These days, I mostly play "structured" rallies, rather than going for early kills, so 32 lb serves me very well (and I'm not a pro by any stretch).
06-24-2013, 07:21 AM #28
My point is different:
If a given string tension reduces your power, it is because the strings are transferring force less efficiently when you smash.
Where does the "lost" force go? It doesn't vanish into thin air. It goes into your arm. This is bad for your arm joints, especially the shoulder and elbow.
Therefore I always advise players to choose the string tension that gives them the most power when they smash. This does not mean the lowest tension they can tolerate; it means a tension that is suitable for them.
You really don't need 32 lbs to make your shots extremely accurate (although very low tensions can make them inaccurate). It's the "Dumbo's feather" effect: the magic is in you.
06-24-2013, 09:17 AM #29
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06-24-2013, 09:56 AM #32
06-24-2013, 01:50 PM #33
One thing is clear: different players have very different experiences and perceptions of how string tension affects them. It's highly subjective.
The only thing I would worry about is when a player is trying to hit hard, but losing power because the string tension is wrong (typically too tight). Sometimes players are not aware of this. It can cause or exacerbate injuries.
Other than that, go for whatever you like best.
06-24-2013, 01:54 PM #34
Actually I love playing against players whose strings are too tight for their own good... all I do is play baseline with clears to them and that usually tires them out.