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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
    anybody going to address the actual question?
    He didn't say he had a problem with power.
    Why are the smashes going into the net?
    a reduction in tension shouldn't be the cause of that. More likely technique or timing.
    thats what i was thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkAlot
    Heck, since we're at it, why not go 32/35lbs. I heard it sounds really good.
    Hey, I just strung my racket at 32/32 and I swear my smashs are like Lin Dan's smash. The power and speed was just incredible . I should try my smash against Don or Chris on thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum
    Oh Christ, this is the sort of unthinking advice that can do damage to another player

    DO NOT restring at 27 lbs+ unless you are used to it. If you are going to increase your string tension, do it gradually: increments of no more than 2 lbs.

    Just because 27-29lbs works for Viper2005 does not mean it will suit you. String tension is heavily dependent on the individual. Suddenly increasing your string tension can lead to injuries, and will also make you play much worse.
    I let my student borrow my 28-30 lb tension racket and he fell in love with it instantly. All his shots went further and in his words "I used less power and cleared further"

    My advise, better to try it then to never know what it is like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper2005
    I let my student borrow my 28-30 lb tension racket and he fell in love with it instantly. All his shots went further and in his words "I used less power and cleared further"

    My advise, better to try it then to never know what it is like.
    Here we go again

    Too many variables + not enough samples = bad evidence.

    I'm sure that it was good for your student. But in general, it is likely to be too much for most players -- especially beginners.

    I'm in favour of experimenting with string tension, but only if you stay sensible. Change it gradually.

    Whatever you do, don't try an outrageous tension and then stick with it because you don't want to cut the strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum
    Here we go again

    Too many variables + not enough samples = bad evidence.

    I'm sure that it was good for your student. But in general, it is likely to be too much for most players -- especially beginners.

    I'm in favour of experimenting with string tension, but only if you stay sensible. Change it gradually.

    Whatever you do, don't try an outrageous tension and then stick with it because you don't want to cut the strings.
    Well, the tension wasn't in the original post. It could of been 26lbs, so going to 28 would be considered gradual, right?

    But I do agree, if the original post had 20 lb tension, 22-24 would be ideal.

    I usually use 28-30, so going to 30/32 is considered gradual, 32/32 was just curious and it was a good choice.

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    Hey, 32 lbs X 32 lbs is cheating . The cross should be 35.2 lbs !


    Quote Originally Posted by Viper2005
    Well, the tension wasn't in the original post. It could of been 26lbs, so going to 28 would be considered gradual, right?

    But I do agree, if the original post had 20 lb tension, 22-24 would be ideal.

    I usually use 28-30, so going to 30/32 is considered gradual, 32/32 was just curious and it was a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum
    A reduction in tension is more likely to reduce control than power. It is possible that his smash accuracy has decreased as a result of lower string tension.

    He may as well get a restring anyway, and see whether it affects the problem.
    so should all strokes have a loss of control, or just the smash?
    attacking clears going too low and getting picked off?
    I expect it would be more noticeable with shots that go near the net.
    would you expect to see more shots down the sidelines going wide or very in rather than straight?

    but as you say, get a restring anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper2005
    Hey, I just strung my racket at 32/32 and I swear my smashs are like Lin Dan's smash. The power and speed was just incredible . I should try my smash against Don or Chris on thursday.
    What's the use? When I play with you, you never smash anyway.

    OK then, if we play, you have to start smashing. You and me versus, Don and...Leo? Or...something like that, we can figure it out then. Better yet, you and me vs. Qua and Joseph, we get 5 points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
    so should all strokes have a loss of control, or just the smash?
    attacking clears going too low and getting picked off?
    I expect it would be more noticeable with shots that go near the net.
    would you expect to see more shots down the sidelines going wide or very in rather than straight?

    but as you say, get a restring anyway
    Good point. I think it would be noticeable with pretty much all strokes.

    If anything, when I've borrowed very low tension rackets I find that the smash is the least problematic stroke. Strokes like lifts from the net suffer more -- probably because I use a shorter swing for these.

    But he may only be aware of the loss of accuracy when it hits the net.

    Still....without knowing more details, I'm inclined to favour technique issues over equipment issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum
    Still....without knowing more details, I'm inclined to favour technique issues over equipment issues.
    99% of the time, I'm in favor of technique over equipment issues. If you're good, you can play with any racket. You can adapt.

    I know a "B+" player who used to compete nationally. He is very good at driving the shuttle. He told me he used to practice driving with Tony Gunawan and would lose. My response, "That's to be expected." He replied, "Tony was using a squash racket." ...

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    it's been mentioned a few times that a high tension could injure a player....is this true? how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkroft
    it's been mentioned a few times that a high tension could injure a player....is this true? how?
    Yes, this is true. It can promote tennis elbow and/or similiar injuries. Please do a search for more details.

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    Just to add, ot DinkAlot's reply to dkroft. Your arm is not use to the shock feedback from that tention which could result in injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdperson
    whoa whoa, 35lbs for a 16 year old?? , u are gonna kill him.
    if he is asking a question like if loosen string effect power/accuracy, i doubt that he is pro enough to handle 35lbs, try 24 lbs instead, good all around.
    u'r probaly gonna kill the stringer first

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    uhm i heard the proper tension is 21lbs. and ive seen people saying 24 is already high enough for intermediate players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XKazeCloudX
    uhm i heard the proper tension is 21lbs. and ive seen people saying 24 is already high enough for intermediate players.
    there is no "proper tension" it all depends on the player what tension he/she likes and what gives them the most power/control.

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    I think that you should only make tension in the low 30lbs when you are able to hit most shots on the sweet spot. And we all know, no one can hit the sweet spot everytime, otherwise brandly new strung rackets for the pros wouldn't break in just 1 game. And if any of you are like me when my strings are at high tension, their is a strong correlation with being skint!

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