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Thread: Doo6's ZYEXperiment
06-01-2007, 11:25 AM #1
This will be a multi-post piece intended for entertainment and information. My usual disclaimers apply. Because I am doing this for free, people should refrain from crying because of imperfections in my work.
For the large number of people who were determined to ignore my posts, I urge you to double your efforts. Please plug your ears, squeeze shut your eyes for the duration of this piece.
Natural gut strings kept some interest in me since I started badminton. But because of high price, the perceived high maintenance, and lower durability, I never found enough motivation to try those out. From what I read of the gut string, I understood they were supposed to be powerful and with good feel. But it was fortunate that I found all the power I needed from synthetic strings long before I had to resort to gut. A further reason that made the gut less attractive to me was the thought that more animals had to die for it.
After reading about Zyex strings, I was rather intrigued. It was claimed that Zyex strings had characteristics closest to gut strings. Naturally, this lead me to believe there would be some power advantages to them. Amongst other claims for Zyex include superior tension holding, high durability, and better feel. My interest in the string would be focused entirely on its power. Even though there was sufficient power in my game, I found it impossible to ignore a source of free power. This piece will describe my attempt to extract potential free power from a set of Zyex strings.
06-01-2007, 12:03 PM #2
All I could say is that Natural Gut were the "then" technology before we invented the synthetic ones, which I believe is more economical to manufacture. Some natural strings nowadays are made from plants and vegetables. They are generally softer in feel but are great for defence.
Last edited by winstonchan; 06-01-2007 at 12:08 PM.
06-01-2007, 12:09 PM #3
"Some natural strings nowadays are made from plants and vegetables"
Do you know of any brands? I might be interested in looking at something like that.
06-01-2007, 12:11 PM #4
Gosen Bio Roots 66 is one example
06-01-2007, 03:35 PM #5
The Zyex string came in dark red, had a glossy and rough textured surface. Other than that, it was unremarkable.
The red of the string matched quite nicely with the red on the Ti-10 the string would go on. Some how this felt like a good omen.
The string was quite thick and I could make out a little the outer ring of small diameter Zyex cores. The cores looked whitish and transparent.
06-01-2007, 10:29 PM #6
A Stringing Challenge
Because of the string thickness, stringing it was quite a challenge. First of all, the string could not be strung at a low tesnion of around 15 lbs that I wanted. The lowest tension the string would stretch was at around 18 lbs. So I settled on 18.5 lbs. Secondly, grommet holes were too small to be shared. So I had to come up with a pattern that minimised grommet sharing. The pattern 16x20 required 2 shared holes at the tie off, and I chose that. At the shared holes, I had to take out the grommets for the strings to fit. The 3 holes on either side of the throat were also too small. Again taking out the grommets helped.
Last edited by CoolDoo6; 06-01-2007 at 10:32 PM.
06-01-2007, 11:26 PM #7
The robustness of the string meant that there was little risk of breakage from mis-hitting on the large gaps around the frame. Even though the pattern looked funny, I would find it perfectly useable.
Just bouncing a plastic shuttle up and down showed that the string was very bouncy. This would translate to power. But there was no way to know to what extent this translation would take until I try the string out on court.
A peculiar characteristic of the string was that it was both bouncy and yet noiceably crisp. This didn't quite make sense to me and I had to keep going back to bounce some more to assure myself I wasn't imagining it. The crispness would have a good chance of producing sharp rifle sounding shots on court.
A down side of the string was its weight. It made my head light racket less head light.
06-01-2007, 11:59 PM #8
Oh cool stuff, can't wait til u tell me more
06-02-2007, 12:47 AM #9
it is old news of more than 5 years ago.
If the general public and pro circuit havent accepted it, then u know this string is perfect for CD6. Extra thick string huh? perfect for player who mishit alot...
06-02-2007, 02:33 AM #10
how thick is that string?
06-02-2007, 05:50 AM #11
what a place will BC become when Úverybody who tries something out makes a thread about it....
heck, come to think of it I'm going to write a review about:
-wilson pro overgrip
-wilson X-tack overgrip
-every possible Sotx string
-a shitload of rackets
but offcourse not all in 1 thread...heck no, I'm going to write each review in a sepparate thread!
06-02-2007, 06:16 AM #12
06-02-2007, 06:17 AM #13
"learn all about zyex"
funnily enough..there're no badmintonstrings...and a red squash string
edit: ghe...you beat me to it...
Last edited by jerby; 06-02-2007 at 06:18 AM. Reason: darn you Neill!
06-02-2007, 06:19 AM #14
06-02-2007, 06:27 AM #15
I'm not saying contributing is bad...heck no, a forum needs to live...
but that doesn't mean everybody should make a thread for every single piece of equipment they ever tried...
and thread reviving happens to everybody, at some point...
Last edited by jerby; 06-02-2007 at 06:27 AM. Reason: a very bad sentence...
06-02-2007, 06:27 AM #16
06-02-2007, 07:43 AM #17
Zyex strings are hard to make in very fine deniers. Even if they can be made to the fine denier filaments for badminton-and both Ashaway's and the fiber mnufacturer's technology are incapable of doing that today-it is easier to use natural gut which is better than Zyex is or what it can be.
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