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03-09-2010, 12:36 PM #1718
I'll see if I can test the flexibility tonight by clamping the handle down on a table with the racket over the edge then hanging a weight on the head to see how much deflection there is. Will compare to other rackets.
Or may just clamp it into my stringing machine then hang a weight on the handle.
03-09-2010, 12:37 PM #1719
85.2g and what bp? If
03-09-2010, 12:38 PM #1720
BP is 283............
03-09-2010, 12:46 PM #1721
Shaft thickness and shaft length can alter the stiffness.
Two good examples of rackets that feel stiffer than they actually are: NS9000-X and NS9900. Both have stiff shafts but since they are relatively headlight, the shaft feels stiffer then they actually are.
A good example of a racket that feels not as stiff as it actually is: SOTX Woven 11/11A. The shaft is extra long so it flexes more and feels less stiff but in reality it's quite stiff.
After all this testing and designing, Panda doesn't focus on the stiffness of the shaft as much anymore. The key is the synergy among all the parts:
2) frame stiffness
3) shaft length
4) shaft stiffness
5) overall balance
To get a good performing racket, the above have to complement each other. If they do not, the racket may perform poorly.
03-09-2010, 01:45 PM #1722
03-09-2010, 01:55 PM #1723
03-09-2010, 02:03 PM #1724
To further emphasize this point: if there were two rackets with identical shafts, but different weighted heads, not only would the balance feel different, but the flexibility of the shaft would also, however it is the same shaft.
I think synergy is a great term to use to describe the matter at hand.
03-09-2010, 02:06 PM #1725
03-09-2010, 02:14 PM #1726
Also to add, all the manufacturers cannot make rackets "identical" every time. There can be minor to wide differences. This why racket manufacturers (in a way are smart) use approximations rather than exact numbers.
A prime example in disparity is a 3U AT900P. It could be 89.4g, BP320 which would swing like a 95g, BP295 racket. Or 85.5g, BP295. There's a difference of almost 10g in this example. Of course this is extreme but both fall into the "3U" category.
03-09-2010, 02:48 PM #1727
@druss: 85.2g bp283mm!!??....... that's majorly light and headlight. It's going to swing way different from your current rackets. Try taping a 3-4 inches of black athletic tape at 1 and 11 o'clock position on the frame to make it headheavier to slow it down to what you're used to. Then as you gradually get used to it, gradually reduce the amt of tape by 1-2 inch at a time and you'll adapt to it in no time without mishits.
03-09-2010, 02:55 PM #1728
03-09-2010, 02:57 PM #1729
Also I do definitively not agree that a shaft feels flexier if stringing is loose..
The overall feel may be softer but the felling of the shaft flex.. naaah,, I personally think you feel the shaft flex much more when you string at high tension (this is also quite logical as the string damps less of the shuttle impact, and thus the fram/shaft takes a bigger force from the impact imhop)..
Last edited by twobeer; 03-09-2010 at 03:00 PM.
03-09-2010, 03:10 PM #1730
On the contrary stringing tighter makes the shaft flex more because of the very rigid string plane.
03-09-2010, 03:20 PM #1731
03-09-2010, 03:21 PM #1732
03-09-2010, 03:23 PM #1733
03-09-2010, 03:26 PM #1734
Stiffer = T1 right? maybe he should have a go at one of those instead. Or perhaps an Ultra 2.
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