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    Default Why does sound matter???

    I was playing on Friday with our club coach, she was trying out a racquet her boyfriend had just bought. She hit a shot, and I could tell straight away that she liked the racquet, and she immediately said "I like this racquet, it sounds great, I will have to get him to give me it".

    I just bought a new racquet myself, and I had it strung with Yonex BG68ti, because I liked the feel of that string when I used it before. But I notice that the characteristic of this string that gets the most prominent mention on the packaging is its sound!

    Being a fiddle player I am very interested in the sound properties of violin strings: but why should the sound of badminton racquet strings matter?

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    lol, the sound doesn't matter at all.

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    Doesnt matter except to make one feel warm and fuzzy inside!

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    Well, when playing feathers, the sound is an important feedback for the player that the shuttle was hit crisply, ie in the sweet spot, perfectly timed, and squarely.

    A sharp paaaarp vs a dull thud...

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    All things being equal, a nicer sound makes for a nicer experience when hitting the shuttle. Anything that makes you want to hit can't be a bad thing.

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    Some do put sound right up there when choosing a string. Even with a racket, there are plenty who like a particular sound of how it swings. Both helps the player "feel" good. The racket gives a feeling of slicing through the air. The string gives the feeling of a good powerful hit. Manufacturers know it, Marketing sells it. I don't care much for either, as long as the string and the racket connects with my play, I'm happy. But then, I'm not much of a hard hitter, I like the silent drop.

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    You're very right on the feel part. Good feel and sharp sound is *the* most important criteria that I use in choosing strings. More than repulsion and durability.

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    Sound does matter. Babies have very weak vision initially, mother's voice and physical touch are the mediums for babies connecting to the outside world. Apart than badminton, sound is very important in our daily life. Sound will give you warning before danger striking, car horn, thundering, avalanche etc. My son, daughter, dog, cat and I would all run for cover as soon as we detect the tone changing of my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latecomer View Post
    Sound does matter. Babies have very weak vision initially, mother's voice and physical touch are the mediums for babies connecting to the outside world. Apart than badminton, sound is very important in our daily life. Sound will give you warning before danger striking, car horn, thundering, avalanche etc. My son, daughter, dog, cat and I would all run for cover as soon as we detect the tone changing of my wife.
    Totally agree, just for me, other qualities in the string matter more and sound is not a top criteria I look for when picking strings.

    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    You're very right on the feel part. Good feel and sharp sound is *the* most important criteria that I use in choosing strings. More than repulsion and durability.
    Yep, we all have different opinions. Sound is not on something I often check...unless each time it's hit, the string sounds like a racket cracking, no matter how durable, controllable, or repulsive, I'm not touching that string.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark A View Post
    All things being equal, a nicer sound makes for a nicer experience when hitting the shuttle. Anything that makes you want to hit can't be a bad thing.
    Yep. I agree.

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    Fear. Your opponent will be scared of your booming smashes

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdan View Post
    Fear. Your opponent will be scared of your booming smashes
    Even I was in fear when I first smashed with zm62... from the sound, thought I had cracked my racket.

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    I'd like to discuss something regarding sound. I like the nice boom i get when i smash with the BG66UM. However, I've been trying to fall in love with the ZM62 but the sound doesn't give me confidence in my own smashes when compared to the BG66UM. Is that the case with everyone?
    I play with an apacs vh1800 at 24lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingzer0 View Post
    I'd like to discuss something regarding sound. I like the nice boom i get when i smash with the BG66UM. However, I've been trying to fall in love with the ZM62 but the sound doesn't give me confidence in my own smashes when compared to the BG66UM. Is that the case with everyone?
    I play with an apacs vh1800 at 24lbs.
    If youre not feeling it then it's probably not the right string.

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    Zm62 doesn’t produce a boom, more like a sharp crack.

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    for me it was just a dead thud

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    Bg 80 / bg 80 power makes that big boom sound that I really enjoy , bg 66 seems more high pitched then bg 66 ultimax

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