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    Default Having problems defending with a CAB racquet

    I finally made a switch to a CAB racquet. My main racquet was Ti SP SS. This time I got a CAB 30MS. It took me only 5 minutes to adapt to it. I have finally experienced the "explosiveness" of cab racquets that everybody has been talking about. My weakest point is that I can't clear very far, but with the CAB 30MS, my clears are much, much better. That's why I have used it as my main racquet these days and I think my games have improved a lot.

    But ... (yes, there is always a big BUT to everything in life, which is not perfect ) ... My defense has become worse. I used to be able to take lots of smashes with my Ti SP SS, but I have missed a lot of them with the CAB. I guess the reason is the smaller sweet spot.

    Has anyone got this problem before and what did you do to overcome it? Don't tell me to switch back to my Ti SP though

    I am thinking of practicing to receive smashes, but have no time or court space for training these days. Any quick way out ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy

    I am thinking of practicing to receive smashes, but have no time or court space for training these days. Any quick way out ???
    Well, my suggestion is "practice". The timing does not come from no-where, but needs the practice to make it perfect, especially you are switching to a smaller sweet spot racket.

    From my own observation from local players, I see the main problem by switching to a new racket is more on the defense side. The reason is simple, as in offensive mode, you are the one "plan" for your shot. You tend to find the best choice to get a winner. In defense stance, you are the one being pushed, and sometimes find "no enongh time" to excute a decent swing. Therefore, you might suffer some step back on the defense game.

    It takes time. Some smashing return drilss during training or warm up sessions can help reduce the time.

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    tammy, did u got the 2u or 3u cab30ms?
    yes, your reasoning is correct, your mishits was most likely due to the smaller sweetspot of the cab. If u can find a 3u cab23, this one has a larger sweetspot.

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    1) why do you set yourself up for the other to smash at you. (unless it is during the warmup)
    2) i would suggest to drop the tension down 1 or 2 lb to get a bigger sweet spot.
    3) iso spoiled you and you need to practice on your defensive return...

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentheart
    2) i would suggest to drop the tension down 1 or 2 lb to get a bigger sweet spot.
    I agree.

    With the same tension, oval rackets feel like at least 2 lbs "tighter" than the iso ones. Therefore, decrease by 1-2 lbs can help you to go back to the "comfortable zone".

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
    I agree.

    With the same tension, oval rackets feel like at least 2 lbs "tighter" than the iso ones. Therefore, decrease by 1-2 lbs can help you to go back to the "comfortable zone".
    really? my AT700 is strung at 26lbs and my CAB 20 is strung at 24lbs. i did the right thing after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueagle
    really? my AT700 is strung at 26lbs and my CAB 20 is strung at 24lbs. i did the right thing after all.
    fluke ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueagle
    really? my AT700 is strung at 26lbs and my CAB 20 is strung at 24lbs. i did the right thing after all.
    String tension is only one of the many factors that effect the overall "feeling" during play. As long as you find your comfortable combo, stick with it.

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    going to a thin string helps too

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    going to a thin string helps too
    Hi Cooler,

    I am thinking about experimenting with dental floss as badminton string. What do you think, good idea or bad???

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
    Well, my suggestion is "practice". The timing does not come from no-where, but needs the practice to make it perfect, especially you are switching to a smaller sweet spot racket.

    From my own observation from local players, I see the main problem by switching to a new racket is more on the defense side. The reason is simple, as in offensive mode, you are the one "plan" for your shot. You tend to find the best choice to get a winner. In defense stance, you are the one being pushed, and sometimes find "no enongh time" to excute a decent swing. Therefore, you might suffer some step back on the defense game.

    It takes time. Some smashing return drilss during training or warm up sessions can help reduce the time.
    agree, practice lots of drives. imho, smash defense is most similar to drives so practicing drives will help you get the right timing.

    another thing about cab defense is that the smaller sweetspot can be to your advantage, if you are the type who like to change the trajectory of the shuttle return via spinning it, cab racket can actually induce more spins to the shuttle. while iso is more of a plain bounce off type of return.

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    And drive against the shuttlecock against the wall. Stand 7' from the flat (concrete) wall and try to hit 100 times non-stop using backhand grip underhand stroke. Next try 200 times and so on . . . etc.

    If you find yourself improving, use a badminton training racquet or a squash racquet to do the same drill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD

    If you find yourself improving, use a badminton training racquet or a squash racquet to do the same drill.
    why would that help? i don't think it is an issue with strength but instead a issue with the different sweetspot size.

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    Actually, that's what we do at ClearTwo trainings. Irrespective of the badminton racquets (excluding badminton training racquets) we use, our goal is to strengthen certain parts of the forearm muscles that are required for defenses and drives.

    Badminton training racquets are the next step up after one hit the shuttle against the wall over a 100 times.

    Quote Originally Posted by kwun
    why would that help? i don't think it is an issue with strength but instead a issue with the different sweetspot size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentheart
    Hi Cooler,

    I am thinking about experimenting with dental floss as badminton string. What do you think, good idea or bad???
    i think it's bad due to poor resilency and poor aerodynamic.

    many years ago, i thot of using...... guitar string (the thinnest one, it's thinner than bg66, 0.23 to 0.5mm). Bot some steel kind but never got around experimenting it. Imagine the slice i get, i can literally slice some cork off the shuttles The ping sound would be unforgetable 30lb? no prob. (but yes prob. for the racket)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD
    Actually, that's what we do at ClearTwo trainings. Irrespective of the badminton racquets (excluding badminton training racquets) we use, our goal is to strengthen certain parts of the forearm muscles that are required for defenses and drives.

    Badminton training racquets are the next step up after one hit the shuttle against the wall over a 100 times.
    i think what kwun meant, in scientific term:

    tammy = constant
    racket = variable

    tammy want to work on the variable component(s) first

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    Thanks so much, guys! So my guess was right ... There is no quick way out but practicing Got to find time and a court soon

    In the mean time, I guess I can have it re-strung with BG-66 (thanks, cooler! I always like BG-66. Did not know it helps with the sweetspot.) I had my Ti SP strung at 21lbs. I'll probably go 19lbs with the cab. Or is 20 lbs better?
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