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Thread: Really weird racquet.
01-23-2010, 08:55 PM #1
Really weird racquet.
Hmm; i hope the pics have uploaded.
I bought this years ago, I didn't know a thing about Badminton racquets but I knew from squash that it was iùportant to get a good one, so i bought the most expensive one in the shop.
I think this was designed to be used by a doubles player who always stays up front. For that usage, its wonderful. Its so short its incredibly handy, and it has a huge sweet spot. Its the most rigid racquet i've ever handled, you can see , the stem is so short there's nothing can bend. It's incredibly precise. For close up work at the net its marvellous, I've pulled some wonderful shots with it.
Of course its weakness is that there's no distance. I can get a presentable smash out of it, but not fast enough to do any damage and my backhand from the baseline is a disaster, the only shot I can get is from the left side, just over the left side of the net. First time it's ok, after that, I get set up with a shot to my left corner and they know exactly how the return will be.
Still, for a regular partnership where one partner stays up front, for the front player its a beast and a half.
01-23-2010, 09:00 PM #2
Damn, I'll get back to you on this one, when i've figured out how to upload photos.
01-23-2010, 09:13 PM #3
I must be dumb, I can't see a 'file attachem'nt manager' button anywhere
01-23-2010, 09:17 PM #4
Click on Manage attachments in the "Additional Options" section below the Submit and Preview buttons.
01-23-2010, 09:35 PM #5
photos; I hope tjis has worked
01-23-2010, 09:37 PM #6
Yeah, scuse the fiddling around about the photos, I'm dumb, there's nothing can be done about it. I was born that way.
01-23-2010, 09:47 PM #7
Vous venez d'un pays des plusieres génies.
Vous ne pourriez pas être stupide!
Pardonnez ma français, mais mon épouse bilingue n'est pas à la maison pour m'aider.
01-23-2010, 09:53 PM #8
Anyway, I finally got the pics up, what do you think of the racquet?
01-23-2010, 09:55 PM #9
Interesting. It looks sturdy, if nothing else.
If you can't win with your shots, you could always club the other team into submission.
01-23-2010, 10:35 PM #10
lol! It's actually very light and marked 'High Modulus graphite' I don't think it would last very long if I started clubbing people to death with it!
01-23-2010, 10:43 PM #11
Very interesting, closest I've seen to that are some prince rackets. The sweetspot must be more circular than the standard oval shaped ones on most rackets.
01-24-2010, 05:37 PM #12
oh la vache ! impressionnant ! tu avais acheté ça où à l'époque ?
01-24-2010, 05:51 PM #13
Decathalon a Blagnac, Pres Toulouse, mais il y a bien longtemps.
01-25-2010, 02:17 AM #14
01-25-2010, 08:15 AM #15
that was the most expensive racquet in the shop? kinda surprising!
i have a couple of similarly 'weird' racquets, these were produced by prince a while back and they continued to produce such racquets until 2006 at least under the triple threat series.
anyways, here are my prince whiplites, been using them for donkey years and they still work fine, no problems with clears, smashes or defence at all. maybe it's just my poor technique that works well with this particular series.
01-25-2010, 10:30 AM #16
Yes well maybe they were out of stock that day or something. Ive had the racquet for about 12 years now and Decathalon in France is a very sports generaliste sort of store. Here in France no one takes very much notice ofthe racquet, though in Thailand where I live some of the time, lots of people wanted to try it.
I've seen the Prince bad racquets a couple of times. In fact when i was buying this I was looking for a Prince badminton racquet, I used to use their squash racquets which suited me to a tee.
Unlike a lot of people here, i don't believe in having lots of different racquets. i'm more into getting just one and becoming completely familiar with it. I still have this one, which I intend keeping, and recently I bought and sold a Karakal Mtec 70, now I have the Z slash. For the next ten years or so maybe!
One thing about the Major racquet, in spite of its limitaions it feels really good in my hand. It feels right, comfortable. I think its maybe the length, being shorter I am able to move it around so much faster, everything else ffeels unwieldly. Maybe I should saw an inch of so off the Z slash handle to see what it gives!
01-26-2010, 05:20 AM #17
Was anyone here playing badders in the late 80's?
I seem to remember maybe Prince having sort of hexagonal shaped rackets, and I remember them being grey but I could be wrong.
Does this ring a bell with anyone?
I also remember rainbow coloured strings, but they seem to have disappeared from the market....
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