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    Default So what happened to the Y-frame rackets?

    I came across this Y-frame badminton racket in a catalogue from a few years back and I was thinking about how there aren't really any in the online stores anymore. What happened to them? Were they just a failure in innovation?

    Also, have you ever owned one and if so, what differences did you notice between the y-frame and the conventional rackets?

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    You meaning the Prince style Rackets

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    Oh so it's patented?

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    I've only ever seen Prince Rackets like this so i would guess so. Either that or other manufacturers don't see any potential in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynx101 View Post
    Oh so it's patented?
    i'm sure the patent has expired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler View Post
    i'm sure the patent has expired.
    Not surprised lol. Why would you want to keep a patent on something as hideous as that

    It looks structurally weaker as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynx101 View Post
    Not surprised lol. Why would you want to keep a patent on something as hideous as that

    It looks structurally weaker as well.
    Prince moved on since then, they put holes in their rackets now


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danstevens View Post
    Prince moved on since then, they put holes in their rackets now

    The Prince designer needs replaced :P

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    Actually, I think the Y-shape is a much better technology than the O-ports :-)

    Actually I am a bit puzzled why they dropped the Y-shape, I think it was a nice differentiator for them marketing, sales wise..

    /Twobeer

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    Quote Originally Posted by twobeer View Post
    Actually, I think the Y-shape is a much better technology than the O-ports :-)

    Actually I am a bit puzzled why they dropped the Y-shape, I think it was a nice differentiator for them marketing, sales wise..

    /Twobeer
    I must agree with you there. As much as the Y-shape is fairly ugly, I would think that the sweetspot would be massive. The O-ports though, I just don't know what they do other than possibly make the frame weaker.

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    Guy that I've played with a couple of times has one of them.. I don't like the look of it. I can't see the point of a greater hitting area from expansion of the racquet head's surface towards the grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Destricto_Ense View Post
    Guy that I've played with a couple of times has one of them.. I don't like the look of it. I can't see the point of a greater hitting area from expansion of the racquet head's surface towards the grip.
    Good point, I guess that it's not needed if you can consistently hit the sweetspot. The only thing I can think of is that by lengthening some of the main strings, they've made it more forgiving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danstevens View Post
    Good point, I guess that it's not needed if you can consistently hit the sweetspot. The only thing I can think of is that by lengthening some of the main strings, they've made it more forgiving.
    If you can make 100% of all shots hit the sweetspot, any tech. increasing sweetspot size is meaningless .. The idea is basically the same with ISO-frames versus oval.. It you hit the sweetspot each time an oval shape racket will be more powerful (given all things else being equal :-) )..

    Take a look at current squash rackets and compare with the ones of the 70s... Y-shape is dominating squash racket design today...

    /Twobeer

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    Yes, but squash is a different sort of game in terms of space to manoeuvre. You are more likely to get shots close in to your body off a fast paced rebound, in which case the Y-frame would be beneficial. In badminton I think reach for shots you're stretching for is more important than shots closer to your grip.

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    I got one myself more than 15 years ago. It was OK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danstevens View Post
    Prince moved on since then, they put holes in their rackets now

    That doesn't look too bad actually!

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    i've still got 3 of the prince Y shaped racquets and use them fairly regularly.
    no idea if the technology is helpful, i'm of the mind that technology is just mumbo jumbo nonsense anyway, but i have been using these racquets for a while now and guess have just gotten used to them.
    also, they are indestructable, so i'm not sure about the structurally weaker statement.

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