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    Dear all , I've been using Yonex ArcSaber 8dx for quite sometimes. It's fast on def and etc.. But i found out that i'm losing alot of power in term of smashes.

    Izzit wise for me to change to some other racket with less stiff shaft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K3lvin1004 View Post
    Dear all , I've been using Yonex ArcSaber 8dx for quite sometimes. It's fast on def and etc.. But i found out that i'm losing alot of power in term of smashes.

    Izzit wise for me to change to some other racket with less stiff shaft?

    Thanks

    if you are trying to get more power and started to feel pain in your shoulder then maybe you're pushing too hard. but my first suggestion would be to learn the racket first, for a few months, get use to it, and change the way you smash a little bit and see if you can adjust to the racket. however long it takes you to get use to a racket, if by that time you still can't get more power or you feel pain in your body, then maybe it's time to change the racket since it's not giving you what you want. it's a very stiff racket and some people, like me, can't generate the power they use to with other rackets that are less stiff.

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    You need a faster swing speed and fast wrist action, this can be achieved by placing a cover on the head of your racket and do shadow swings. This will make your muscles in your arm more explosive and so you can gain more power on your swings. Be sure your technique is correct when doing the shadow swings.

    You can change to a less stiff racket but the above way will improve your swing regardless of the racket.

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    Which of your rackets offer you more power compared to 8dx? If you notice that there is a loss of power, what's your racket that give you more power?
    You should count in that an even balance racket like 8dx compared to a head heavy monster will give you less power. It's a trial and error journey to find the best suitable racket for your swing, abilities, liking and style of play.

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    8DX is quite a stiff even balanced (a bit HH) that is quite difficult to "whip". You are right in planning to change to a less stiff shaft, maybe try 5DX but it might be a bit hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sautom88 View Post
    8DX is quite a stiff even balanced (a bit HH) that is quite difficult to "whip". You are right in planning to change to a less stiff shaft, maybe try 5DX but it might be a bit hard to find.
    I agree with this. The 8DX is stiff for an even balanced racket. To generate any smash you have to hit very very hard. If you like stiff rackets then a HH racket might be better but like previous posters have suggested that it's trial and error in choosing a racket. Maybe the FB might be better?

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    You can change to a less stiff racket but the above way will improve your swing regardless of the racket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gundamzaku View Post
    if you are trying to get more power and started to feel pain in your shoulder then maybe you're pushing too hard. but my first suggestion would be to learn the racket first, for a few months, get use to it, and change the way you smash a little bit and see if you can adjust to the racket. however long it takes you to get use to a racket, if by that time you still can't get more power or you feel pain in your body, then maybe it's time to change the racket since it's not giving you what you want. it's a very stiff racket and some people, like me, can't generate the power they use to with other rackets that are less stiff.
    Yeah.. i did used this racket for more than half year.. i dint felt pain on my body, just the problem of generating power through it..
    Besides that, i did tried RKEP 6000 (my friend's racket) which is medium flex shaft.. I don't like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samir12 View Post
    You need a faster swing speed and fast wrist action, this can be achieved by placing a cover on the head of your racket and do shadow swings. This will make your muscles in your arm more explosive and so you can gain more power on your swings. Be sure your technique is correct when doing the shadow swings.

    You can change to a less stiff racket but the above way will improve your swing regardless of the racket.
    I do agree fast wrist action can generate more power, but will it injured my wrist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucantseeme View Post
    Which of your rackets offer you more power compared to 8dx? If you notice that there is a loss of power, what's your racket that give you more power?
    You should count in that an even balance racket like 8dx compared to a head heavy monster will give you less power. It's a trial and error journey to find the best suitable racket for your swing, abilities, liking and style of play.
    Well, I would say is Meteor X80 which gave more power compared to 8Dx.. but it's way to head heavy for me to handle as i felt tired after 1 or 2 rounds of game..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sautom88 View Post
    8DX is quite a stiff even balanced (a bit HH) that is quite difficult to "whip". You are right in planning to change to a less stiff shaft, maybe try 5DX but it might be a bit hard to find.
    Thanks for the suggestion ... i will try and take a lot of 5 Dx
    On top of that, I was thinking of Arcsaber 11..

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdan View Post
    I agree with this. The 8DX is stiff for an even balanced racket. To generate any smash you have to hit very very hard. If you like stiff rackets then a HH racket might be better but like previous posters have suggested that it's trial and error in choosing a racket. Maybe the FB might be better?
    I got go through FB just now .. it's way too light.. i prefer 3 u racket .. thanks for suggesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by K3lvin1004 View Post
    I do agree fast wrist action can generate more power, but will it injured my wrist?
    If you pronate then you wont injure your wrist, you can strengthen your wrist with various exercises to prevent any injury but doing shadow swings with a cover on the racket head can strengthen your wrist, just be careful not to over do it and rest your wrists.

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    Good advice re racket cover swings.

    Re right stiffness, if you can't do a backhand clear from end to at least 3/4 court, then that is too stiff for you.

    So Arc11 may be better choice for you.

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