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    Just broke my armortec 500 the other day. It had a dent at the 11 o'clock position from a previous clash, and it caved in at that exact spot. There are several scratches on it, all a result of playing with trigger beginners at my highschool. The inset on the bottom right is a hairline fracture.

    My parents paid for this racket, and there's no way they'll pay for the next one, as I've only had this racket for 3-4 months. I'm only a highschool student with a shitty minumum wage job, and badminton is way too expensive if I have to spend $100-250 every 3-4 months to buy new rackets.

    What do you guys do? I thought about using my cheap racket to play in doubles, and only using my good racket to play singles. But then what good is buying a good racket? I also don't want to seem snide or elitist to my beginner friends. However, if I use my good racket to play doubles, it's guarunteed to clash at least 1-3 times a week, since almost everyone I play with are beginners.

    BTW, There ought to be against using indestructible $20 steel rackets.


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    hoooooooly, if i had to play with people that as prone to clashing as your racquet's scars suggests, i wouldn't step on the court unless i had a junker racquet.

    my suggestion? save up for a racquet to use with people you trust, and get a racquet for fooling around. if you're in canada, i'm sure you can tons of samples under 30-40 dollars that are perfectly suited for clashing purposes.

    if theres someone involved in the clash that resulted in the break, try to get them to help fund your new racquet.

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    what strings are those and what's the color?

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    Try a SOTX racket. Excellent performance and durability.

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    bro any cheap racket will do... doens't have to be yonex! As long as u like the feel when u swing it and then its ok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdie kim
    what strings are those and what's the color?
    if its yonex strings, i think its either BG65 or BG66. i think its only those two that come in turquoise.

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    that's teh most beaten-up racket i've ever seen....

    I'd say: use your old rackets. I've got a bg-650 (very, very beginner) strung with 20lbs bg-65-ti.
    not great, but good enough with such blokes...

    another thing is trieng a clone-brand of teh same racket: winex perhaps? dunno, ask around...

    played with an at500 myself, I'd say an mp77 is about the same in feeling...but just a downgrade.

    When a friend tells you your snide or a cheapskate, smile at them and show them this racket and tell them "mind if i break your racket(s)? then we'll call it even"
    or ofcourse explain them the traditional rule :'forehand first' as i was tought. whenever the shuttle goes threw the mid-court just say/yell "You"or "me". or just always say "you" to be safe..
    another way is to avoid being side-to-side in doubles: keep on the offensive

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    You could get one of the more durable Carbonex rackets, like Cab 6000 and 7000. Those have aluminum heads and will bend instead of collasping completely like graphite would if you ever clash. Costs less than $60 Cdn.

    If you want a cheap graphite racket, try the 8200 or 8400, those play very well even even those it's a fairly basic racket. But they're not head-heavy, they're between even balanced and head-light.

    My suggestion is that you get an aluminum head racket for now, and when you save up a bit, then get a nicer racket, and don't use that racket with newbies.

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    too much broken to be refixed but if you got ten or 15 broken one !sand me all ,

    can take a look on it,or if someone come to Paris,

    MING

    Quote Originally Posted by westsideweiming
    Just broke my armortec 500 the other day. It had a dent at the 11 o'clock position from a previous clash, and it caved in at that exact spot. There are several scratches on it, all a result of playing with trigger beginners at my highschool. The inset on the bottom right is a hairline fracture.

    My parents paid for this racket, and there's no way they'll pay for the next one, as I've only had this racket for 3-4 months. I'm only a highschool student with a shitty minumum wage job, and badminton is way too expensive if I have to spend $100-250 every 3-4 months to buy new rackets.

    What do you guys do? I thought about using my cheap racket to play in doubles, and only using my good racket to play singles. But then what good is buying a good racket? I also don't want to seem snide or elitist to my beginner friends. However, if I use my good racket to play doubles, it's guarunteed to clash at least 1-3 times a week, since almost everyone I play with are beginners.

    BTW, There ought to be against using indestructible $20 steel rackets.



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    Smile Durable racket

    Hi,
    If u are looking for strong and durable rackets, I think u should look for Carlton Airblade Tour or Carbonex series in Yonex range.Suggest that u buy one not so costly and durable racket for playing with beginners and one good one for playing with players u can trust. The styles of the players will greatly affect yr probability of rackets being clashed Some players just dont bother whether u have the right to the ball. They just rush in and whack the shuttle. If u are unable to control yr momentum, then there goes yr dear racket Oh, one more being sacrificed. So, do observe some of the players playing styles first before u use yr expensive rackets Cot effective and less heartache.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MING PARIS
    too much broken to be refixed but if you got ten or 15 broken one !sand me all ,

    can take a look on it,or if someone come to Paris,

    MING

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    I just went to Yo's and bought an Armortec 700 today. But I'm only going to use it in singles, and against competent people that I can trust (which is hardly anyone, since there aren't a lot of badminton players here).

    When playing against my trigger-happy, gung-ho friends, I'll use my old, beat-up $50 aluminum racket.

    I even thought about scamming Yonex and attempting to send in my broken racket to be replaced, but then my guilty conscience got to me.

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    I would hate to have to switch between a really good racket and a steel racket. How about trying an imitation racket? The store I go to sells Apacs rackets. I think they're quite good for the price you pay. They do feel less solid (more of an 'empty' feeling) than their counterparts. I have a 4U apacs armorpower 700 - more head light and less stiff than the real thing. I think it is much better (well, more suited to my playing style) than the ti5 and ti3. So for the price you pay for a ti5 i would say you're better off getting an imitation than a lower end yonex racket. The problem with imitation rackets is that because they are of a lower build quality, if you still clash 3 times a week you might still be going through rackets quite quickly. If you don't mind oval shaped head rackets, try the carlton airblade range. I agree with Matrix and also say that they are quite durable and good rackets.

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    hope ur at700 more luck

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    Try and send it to Yonex to see if if they will replace the racket for you. Nothing to lose if you do.

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    There are plenty of good clones that are maybe 80%-90% as good as a Yonex, but at half the price. I don't know if you can brands like Winex, Apacs, Sotx, etc. but these guys make pretty good rackets.

    You can feel a small difference between them and real Yonex rackets but some of these clones are like 1/3 the price. I've been using Yonex for about 20 years and bought 3 clones by different companies this year, and have been quite impressed.

    One other point about your racket. The head shape looks really narrow, as if the cross strings are too tight. Breaks at the top of the head usually result from too much pressure from the cross strings. If the mains are too tight, you get breaks at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. Not always of course, it's just my observation.

    Whatever racket you get next, make sure you get a good, balanced stringing job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david14700
    There are plenty of good clones that are maybe 80%-90% as good as a Yonex, but at half the price. I don't know if you can brands like Winex, Apacs, Sotx, etc. but these guys make pretty good rackets.

    You can feel a small difference between them and real Yonex rackets but some of these clones are like 1/3 the price. I've been using Yonex for about 20 years and bought 3 clones by different companies this year, and have been quite impressed.

    One other point about your racket. The head shape looks really narrow, as if the cross strings are too tight. Breaks at the top of the head usually result from too much pressure from the cross strings. If the mains are too tight, you get breaks at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. Not always of course, it's just my observation.

    Whatever racket you get next, make sure you get a good, balanced stringing job.
    SOTX is not a Yonex clone. Most SOTX rackets are woven and it certainly has a different look and feel when compared to Yonex. Without going into great details, but most SOTX users will tell you the feel is preferable over Yonex newer models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpalot
    SOTX is not a Yonex clone. Most SOTX rackets are woven and it certainly has a different look and feel when compared to Yonex. Without going into great details, but most SOTX users will tell you the feel is preferable over Yonex newer models.
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