Hi. This is my first post on this message board. I have been reading many threads regarding racquets/shoes/strings.
I have not played badminton for a few years. I used to play quite often and would say I was an intermediate+ player. My strength was moving the shuttle from corner to corner. My weakness was smashes. I played mainly singles but also enjoyed doubles.
My current racquet is a Yonex Isometric 90L. I had upgraded from a cheap Carlton Blitz (metal head, very entry level). I know it is not the racquet that makes a good player; but the Yonex allowed me to play a lot better. I liked it especially for doubles since it is very light.
I had to modify the grip because I found it too small. To increase the size of the grip, I put pieces of cardboard along the bevels of the grip and I then installed a bevelled grip (black knight). By doing this, I definitely increased the weight but it is still very light. I had tried to add lead tape in the head to re-balance the racquet and give it more 'punch', but I did not like it and removed the lead tape. The balance point is now at 2 1/4 inches HL.
I have my own stringing machine. I have researched strings and will stick with Yonex BG80. I had tried on the Yonex and really liked it. I know have a Toalson Gemini Leoina Hybrid strung at 18lbs (mains) and 20lbs (crosses). I never liked this string. The mains are made of zyex; I find it very stiff with low power. I will cut out the string and restring with bg80.
I am currently studying and catching up on badminton technique and strategy. I have found some good sites and videos and am learning a lot. I hope to start playing again in the coming weeks.
I am looking for a new racquet to help me with my singles game. I would like something that has more power since I often get very tired trying to hit deep clear shots from my backcourt.
I am looking only at Yonex models. I will order from Wingeebadminton.com. I read the whole thread about Wingee and it looks like a reputable place.
What would you recommend for me? Should I go with something more head heavy or even balance in order to get better smashes and easier deep clear shots? My budget is about $150US.
I've never heard of Karakal. I will try to take this process one step at a time. I will stick with just choosing the most appropriate Yonex model for me right now. Once I choose one, then I will look at equivalent models in other companies.
After reading a lot on this message board, I was looking at the AT500 or AT700 or AT900T. Right now I'm edging more towards the AT500 since it is probably better suited to intermediate players. I would like more feedback on these and also on the nano speed 5000.
I'm confused about one thing: the balance point for the Lethal 50 is listed as '288 (head heavy)'. How can this be head heavy if the balance point does not reach the midpoint of the racquet length. The length is 673mm. So the midpoint is 673/2=336.50. So anything below 336 would make this frame head light. Right?
Nice to see a first post that:
- has a description of the level of play,
- provides details of current equipment,
- shows evidence of research,
- mentions a preferred budget.
Considering your weaknesses and requirements, I would go with a head heavy racket with medium stiff shaft. In other words, I agree with you and think that the AT500 would be an excellent choice for you at this stage.
coolhandluke, thanks for the kind words. I used to play a lot of tennis, that's why I got a stringing machine. In tennis, I had demoed over 30 racquets and easily eliminated all except 2. It's amazing how easily we find our preference when we demo. In badminton, I can't demo. Stores do not have demo programs because racquets break easily. So a forum like this comes in handy in attempting to make the right choice.
If I got with Yonex, the choice is AT500. Which Victor, RSl, and & Apacs model would be the closest in terms of feel and specs to the AT500?
Also, the Apacs AMPro90 is listed as "Slim frame and shaft design". Will this make the frame more fragile? I've noticed it mentioned many times in other threads that the Apacs frames broke very easily? Are the newer models made more solid?
Also, I would like a frame that will be comfortable on the arm and shoulder. I'm not a fan of excessive vibration. A bit of vibration provides feedback, which is important. If the frame has a muted feel, then it's not for me either.
Apacs Visible Hollow? Arcsaber series might be good for you too. If you like racket with "light" feel, and not light in weight, Arc7 is a good option. Since head-light racket is giving you excelent defense. And not so good in smashing (since you've said you're not fond of smashing, this is probably a good idea). Ultra PEF is... I would say some kind of shock reducing material (It's Arc10's, Arc 10 review is all over the forum maybe you should take a look). And it's all yonex's.