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    kwun: "i don't understand why one would recommend such expensive strings for a beginner." The aussie/nz stringing costs are quite high, maybe NZ$20/$30 for a stringing if you don't know where to go, so string cost is not so important, but durability is critical.

    OP: 3/4 court clear is a bit short, its most likely your technique. Nevertheless, try a restring first, it should help a bit, maybe gain a metre :P. Maybe try NBG95. Its a bit slippery for net shots, but is durable and powerful. The slipperiness shouldnt matter too much for now. BG80 is nice, but not that durable, mine wears through and breaks in about 3 months.

    I suggest buying online. mybadmintonstore.com has free shipping, so probably good for getting string etc.

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    If you get Jacky or David to do the stringing it's $10 labour. I also have packets of NBG95 and NBG98 if you want to buy from me.

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    i bought a nanospeed 9000 X .. will give it a test run.. did have a few swings in my house and it feels better when i swing it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer22 View Post
    i bought a nanospeed 9000 X .. will give it a test run.. did have a few swings in my house and it feels better when i swing it .
    What's the string tension ? If it's anything high for you ( 24lbs + ), then I can assume that you'll start experiencing pains in your shoulder after playing for a while, since the NS9KX's shaft is very stiff. If you can't flex the shaft, then it's pointless to use that racquet .. ( You need to produce a fast swing to flex the shaft, and you need the correct technique for that. )

    I'm wondering why you opted for the NS9KX instead of the others which were reccomended for you. Since you can't clear full court yet, I'm assuming that your forehand stroke has a flaw of some kind and is slow because of it.
    It would've been a better choice to go for a head-heavy racquet with a more flexible shaft such as the Armortec500 in this case. It can produce alot of power even with a slower swing.

    Quote Originally Posted by smash_master
    i wouldnt really advise that you go to a stiff racquet (yonex at700 or yonex at900 or any of their stiff racquets) you would want to stay away from those for a while unless you get coaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer22 View Post
    i bought a nanospeed 9000 X .. will give it a test run.. did have a few swings in my house and it feels better when i swing it .
    ...Very soon you'll notice your clears going 1/2 court only... Hope you strung your racquet very loose.

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    20lbs should be able to help you clear end to end.

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    Lets say that the re-stringing costs around 25AUD, and the racquet costs around approx 260AUD. That's altogether 285AUD or so. If he had spent that money on coaching for a few sessions ( if the private coach charges 30AUD and hour ), he'd be able to clear full-court with ease. But by buying to the tempting NS9K, it can take him alot longer to be able to clear full-court..

    Many of us including myself are lazy, we try to improve ourselves by upgrading our equipment instead of doing the hard work to improve our fitness/skills/technique.
    But of course.. if we're so skilled to the point that we can not improve ourselves anymore, then it's alright for us to search for equipments which will help us generate slightly more power or whatever. ( I already have an at700, and auspic's very repulsive strings, I don't need to search for anything more powerful )

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhirata View Post
    Lets say that the re-stringing costs around 25AUD, and the racquet costs around approx 260AUD. That's altogether 285AUD or so. If he had spent that money on coaching for a few sessions ( if the private coach charges 30AUD and hour ), he'd be able to clear full-court with ease. But by buying to the tempting NS9K, it can take him alot longer to be able to clear full-court..

    Many of us including myself are lazy, we try to improve ourselves by upgrading our equipment instead of doing the hard work to improve our fitness/skills/technique.
    But of course.. if we're so skilled to the point that we can not improve ourselves anymore, then it's alright for us to search for equipments which will help us generate slightly more power or whatever. ( I already have an at700, and auspic's very repulsive strings, I don't need to search for anything more powerful )
    now.........
    i cant blame my rackets anymore
    can i blame the shuttlecocks then?

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    lol . the string is factory stung, lol its not that i do not want to go but i cannot go the training sessions due to school & work & other reasons as i am in vce.

    i got pro friends who have been going to training/coaching for years & playing competitions! so they'll be glad to help me out i hope =p

    flaws? yup i know my flaw lol. i bend my arm when trying to clear. im trying to fix that but accuracy isn't the same,

    this may or may not be a floor but i do not do the switch foot technique or the jump lol. >.>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athelete1234 View Post
    ...Very soon you'll notice your clears going 1/2 court only... Hope you strung your racquet very loose.
    If only a change of racquet or a change in tension can help your clears, then it is likely your clears basically lacks power. A change in racquet or tension is merely a bandaid. If you cannot get power for those clears from very stiff racquets but are able to do better with more flexible racquets, then your problem is essentially one of technique. It may be better to use a very stiff racquet to correct this area of weakness. Lack of power with clears are due to:
    1. Slow arm swing.
    2. Arm bent or swing interrupted.
    3. Short backswing.
    4. Wrist not used enough, or used too early or too late.
    5. Leaning or moving back at impact, thus not putting body weight into shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drifit View Post
    now.........
    i cant blame my rackets anymore
    can i blame the shuttlecocks then?
    Haha, the organiser of one of the clubs I used to attend.. He always used to shout and swear at his racquet when he made mistakes. Pretty funny, should've filmed him and uploaded it on youtube .. *points the middle-finger at his racquet*..

    I don't do that to my AT700, I love her .

    Slayer22, I suggest you to film yourself playing, post it on youtube or something and show it to us. We can then point-out your errors or flaws with your technique that you may not be aware of.
    Seriously, I watched myself play and I found out all of my errors, mistakes or weird-ness ..

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    Lucky he only screams at his racket and not abuse it like Safin.

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    okay lol. its gonna look unco or something and it will be @ my school ..bit noisy =p.. hope u guys don't mind ^_^ .. i'll be using the ns9000 X ..something new to my hands =p

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    well like others have said...either get an instructor or remain at your current lvl =) cause clearing is the msot important skill. A racquet may help you slightly but not by alot...if your still determined to get a new racquet...i believe something headlight will help you generate power...such as the nanos, stay away from the 9000x, its far too stiff for you and the S is still too stiff.

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    no one had time to record me play but i found out how to hold a racquet properly!! >< .. but my thumb was bleeding. as for the 9000x i had to generate a little bit more power..what racquet next thats in the yonex range?

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    I'm not sure that a racket is to be blamed for lack of skill, as an example I'm pretty sure that if Lin Dan used a racket from the dollar store he could still beat all of us. Ever heard the saying "A good calligrapher doesn't have to choose his pen"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer22 View Post
    no one had time to record me play but i found out how to hold a racquet properly!! >< .. but my thumb was bleeding. as for the 9000x i had to generate a little bit more power..what racquet next thats in the yonex range?
    Get an overgrip and wrap it over the original grip.. or get a replacement grip. Get something which would absorb the vibration. You don't want to have a bleeding thumb every time you play.

    What?! are you looking for another new racquet ?!
    I strongly advise you to spend money on coaching, and not on equipment.
    Or atleast, don't buy a new racquet.. just replace your strings. I advice you to try out nbg98 then.

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