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    Default Plastic bird requires so much more energy?

    Why do I feel that clearing with plastic is so much harder than feathered? I can effortlessly forehand clear from back alley to back alley but when I switch to plastic, it takes a significant amount of energy to clear the same distance. I also can only backhand clear half court when I use plastic but can do a full court with feathered....Am I supposed to swing sooner? Is the plastic bird dropping through the air at a faster rate? I find that my smashes are also relatively more flat in comparison to my smashes with feathered...I've been training with feathered for 3 years and only use plastic during high school play...Tim

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    You need 2 lbs lower tension for plastic compared to feather birds

    Otherwise you'll have less power and kill yourself trying to clear baseline to baseline
    Last edited by visor; 05-18-2014 at 03:37 AM.

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    So if I use a lower tension, I'll be able to hit stronger shots? I currently use 28 lbs...

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    yep, plastic requires longer contact time on the stringbed for complete energy transfer... which is achieved by lower tension

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    ahhh, I see. Thanks!

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    did u check speed of bird ? For Yonex plastic, green = slow, blue = medium, red = fast. My experience plastic mediums are like bullets when smashing...

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    what @visor said ^-^
    also, the plastic ones you're using could be a tad bit heavier?

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