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    Do you think that your playing style and technique is shaped by the type of rackets you use? I don't have a very good smash and some times struggle in singles due to lack of power.

    I've been playing badminton for 10 years now and I have always used head light rackets which I struggle to get power from such as yang yang tactic 9000, ti-5, and (for a short time slim-10 before the frame cracked big time).

    Recently I've tried some other people's rackets such as mp99, mp100, nanospeed 9000, at800 off and def and I'm amazed at how much power these rackets have and how my smashes and clears have a lot more speed and power.

    I'm considering getting a racket which will allow my game to be more offensive and attack more efficiently. Or maybe my technique just needs more work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hullabaloo
    Do you think that your playing style and technique is shaped by the type of rackets you use?
    Nope, I dink with any racket you give me.

    Seriously, a racket can help/promote improvements but ultimately it comes down to the person and his/her skill. I think it's best to focus on that rather than the racket.

    But if you feel you get so much more power with the other rackets, buy one of those that fits you.

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    another fun Q could be:

    -do yo byu rackets that suit your strenghts, or compensate weaknesses?

    should my hardhitter-friend get a control-racket, and should my drop-loving friend get an at700?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerby
    another fun Q could be:

    -do yo byu rackets that suit your strenghts, or compensate weaknesses?

    should my hardhitter-friend get a control-racket, and should my drop-loving friend get an at700?
    Your hardhitter should get one control racket and your Dinker should get one brute racket. (at least one)

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    Isometric racquets have a bigger sweetspot, but its power diminishes.
    An oval racquet has a smaller sweetspot but it's more powerful. It really depends on what you prefer. I choose oval heads since I have stronger smashes when I reply to clears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith_aquino
    Isometric racquets have a bigger sweetspot, but its power diminishes.
    An oval racquet has a smaller sweetspot but it's more powerful. It really depends on what you prefer. I choose oval heads since I have stronger smashes when I reply to clears.
    Yep, agree. So to summarize:

    In general, everything being equal, Isometric vs. Oval:

    Isometric = larger sweetspot, easier to swing/adapt to, less power
    Oval = smaller sweetspot, harder to swing/adapt to, more power

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    Hullabaloo, you are like identical to me. I am pretty much a defensive player. I even used the same racket as you used too. I used the Yang Yang 9000 and slim 10. But I recently did switch to more head heavy racket as I found it does generate a little more power. I had used the mp100, mp99( didn't like this one) , La fleche ti500 4U and At800Of. I love the ti500 4U the more as I can generate the more power and the defence is awesome. My second on my list will be the AT800OF. I found it to be quite easy to adapt too and easy to used. But in the end I don't think the racket shaped a player's playing style instead it is the other way around. The player will adapt to the racket.


    Quote Originally Posted by Hullabaloo
    Do you think that your playing style and technique is shaped by the type of rackets you use? I don't have a very good smash and some times struggle in singles due to lack of power.

    I've been playing badminton for 10 years now and I have always used head light rackets which I struggle to get power from such as yang yang tactic 9000, ti-5, and (for a short time slim-10 before the frame cracked big time).

    Recently I've tried some other people's rackets such as mp99, mp100, nanospeed 9000, at800 off and def and I'm amazed at how much power these rackets have and how my smashes and clears have a lot more speed and power.

    I'm considering getting a racket which will allow my game to be more offensive and attack more efficiently. Or maybe my technique just needs more work?
    Last edited by mtakako; 12-03-2005 at 11:38 AM.

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    I;m going to get nailed for saying this, but I think that equipement DOES matter. I just got 2 at800's and wow, has my skilsl improved (of course, this may be because I took 8 private lessons). I have to admit though, racket really does make the player in most cases. If your talking abotu Lin Dan vs me, then maybe equipement does not matter, but for normal level play, the better racket you will WILL give you an advantage.

    And I say that the heavy hitter should get the AT-700. Why would you give a sniper a bazooka and vice-versa? My opinion anyways.

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