Hello, so, I've yet to fully comprehend the full benefits of a stiff racket vs a flexible one...Also, do the pro's use stiffer rackets are lean towards flexible ones? If someone could give me a good overview on the benefits of a stiffer racket over a flexible one and vice versa that would be great!
If you have the right technique the benefits of stiff and flexible rackets can only be personally. Some people has a quick movement with a short swing phase and gain more from a stiffer racket. Others has a slower movement and long swing phase and will benefit more from a softer one. Which type of swing do you has? Mostly it's easier to get access to the power of a softer racket but are a bit lacking in terms of control. If your swing is too fast you wouldn't get anything from the flex one and vice versa. Stiff rackets offers great control but not everybody has the access to the power. Please, note that there can be various declaration about flex and stiffness.
More wristy player should benefit from a stiff one and more arm/shoulder users benefit more from a flex one.
Additional to the flex you must count in the balance and headweight. A HH racket with a stiff shaft is easier to wield than a HL with same stiffness.
At the end of the day there are no borders. Best thing is to try most possible different rackets from friends and clubmates and than you have a impression which type of racket are easier on your arm and which makes you tired after several clears and smashs.
Don't look at the pro's rackets. IMO there are many pro's with different types of rackets. Get the racket which is easy and comfortable to use for you and don't go only for one racket because of a pro is using it.
If you look at MD, the biggest smashers like FHF uses a flexible racket and TBH uses a stiffer racket. So really it is a matter of preference.
I like stiff for singles and a little less stiff for doubles.
Stiff shafts are much more demanding when unleashing yr power on the shuttlecock, just like bending a stiff n strong bow. However if u have enough strength it will be more powerful than a more flexible bow. I used to prefer stiff n HH rackets but age n weaker joints are catching up w/ me so now I play with medium or medium stiff rackets.
So, if you have fast swing speed, then stiff is potentially more powerful and if you have a slower swing speed then a flexible racket is better for you? I can vary my swing speed depending on the style of play I adopt. Doubles I swing fast, singles I mix it up and swing fast and slow depending on the deception im using...thanks!
Count in that your fast swing can be slow compared to others abilities. For example for some people driving a car 70mph is fast and some will laugh about that. Deception and something like fooling don't count. The full stroke count. You can adjust swingspeed but something like a MX80 or Forza VS or VTE are a different world than the stiffness of Adidas or Yonex. Many players tend to stiff rackets and some don't benefit enough from a stiff one. Don't follow the trend for superstiff rackets if you can't handle it. You need a proper and clean technique, good joints and muscles. Otherwise it will effect your game and cause injuries. It's the same with high tension. Some people don't want to understand that they can't handle 28/30/32 lbs. Go for that you are comfortable and what is not effecting your game too much.