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01-16-2011, 03:41 PM #3945
01-16-2011, 04:42 PM #3946
01-16-2011, 04:53 PM #3947
It wasn't pain, swinging around the massive headweight of the N90 just tired me out - it's really not made for drives or fast defense. It was mostly the drives which did the damage...
The Ultra Pro sounds pretty nice, but I'm very certain that the shaft is too stiff for my liking. I find the N90 just tolerable because the headweight makes bending it easier, but the UP is significantly stiffer. That would make clears too hard for effective use in singles, and I cant really afford to buy another racket just for fun in training doubles...I really doubt it would become my first choice there. Perhaps I'll be able to utilize it later on, but that's when I'll buy a stiffer racket
01-16-2011, 06:55 PM #3948
I don't understand how you can wield a heavy 2U racket and yet can't bend a stiff shaft.
If you don't mind me asking, what's your height and weight?
I've always had this theory that body and muscle type determines which racket fit best.
01-16-2011, 06:58 PM #3949
Does 90g include the grip and strings? Because darn those are really heavy 2U rackets your using. :P
01-16-2011, 07:25 PM #3950
Panda has found it almost always depends on one of these four things:
1) Level of play: if you are an advanced player you will know what you need and won't be swayed by marketing, technology, gimmicks, advice or anything else. If new rackets and/or string come out with better technology, you can simply determine if they are better by comparing your current benchmark to it. If it's better, you may upgrade. If not, you will stay put.
You are an advanced player, you know it's your skill that makes you what you are not your equipment.
Intermediate: usually have a good idea of what their needs are but are more prone to try new things.
Beginners: will try as much as they can afford. But in reality, just buying any solid $50-$75 racket will be fine as using the most expensive or least expensive racket won't make a difference for them because they cannot tell the difference...yet.
2) Badminton Environment: you play mainly doubles, naturally will go to a lighter, more mobile racket. You play singles, you will be inclined to go with a heavier, racket. Your friends all use racket x, you may follow suit. Your club or coach promote a certain racket, you go with it.
3) Technology Aficionados: you always want the latest and greatest technological advancements. You go out and buy every new racket and test them and try to determine which is best. You bank on the "newer is better" thinking it's analogous to computer processing speed (which badminton is not).
4) Your psyche: you hear people say a 2U, ultra stiff racket strung at 35lbs. is super macho and decide to use it. You like the fact that you know you have the most demanding, tightest strung racket and you feel good regardless of your level of play, whether or not you can actually wield it, and don't care if it actually brings your level of play down. You are satisfied with yourself and also telling people what you use and your tension brings "ooooohs" and "aaaaahs" doesn't hurt either.
As for body size and muscle mass, it is only an early indicator for beginners. Panda goes back to the level of play being most important, then what you are playing and the level of the opponents you are playing.
01-16-2011, 07:28 PM #3951
An additional comment regarding the ideal racket:
It doesn't matter what anyone says, the best racket is the one you feel most confident, most comfortable with because that's the one you will do best with because you feel it's the best.
If you are unsure, consult an advanced player or coach. They can assess very easily and give you good advice.
01-16-2011, 07:55 PM #3952
01-17-2011, 02:26 AM #3953
01-17-2011, 03:19 AM #3954
01-17-2011, 03:56 AM #3955
Yeah, officially, those are 3U N50II. The weight is unstrung, ungripped - with string&grip (grip removed, thin overgrip+towel grip applied), they're at 103.8/106.3. N70 is at 105.2. Regarding the weight/height: I'm currently 6"2 (1.89m)@176lbs. I have no problem wielding heavier rackets, and my netplay isnt slowed much - but they give me more power in overhead shots, which I still need to make the clears really effortless in singles. I also like the big smashes
I'll try out the TPro as it's significantly less stiff than the UP, this time with better specs.
On the other hand, I'm an equipment freak - that started when I was still playing table tennis, and hasn't stopped. I like comparing different rackets, getting a feel for the differences, finding out how to utilize their strengths. So after the season is over, you'll see me using up to 4 or 5 different rackets in training. Right now, I try to limit myself to 3 rackets (N70, N50II, 1 for fun)
01-17-2011, 08:48 AM #3956
01-17-2011, 10:15 AM #3957
UK/EU Ultra Pros
To any and all UK/EU players waiting for the UP - the package was submitted for shipping in USA on 23rd December, and since the world shuts down from Xmas to New Year, a significant delay will have been introduced above and beyond the usual 14-16 working day shipping period. I can only ask for your continued patience, and assure you again that the rackets will be in my hands only long enough to string and re-package them.
P.S. There should be no such delay with the forthcoming UP shipment (unless NorCal decides to celebrate Chinese New Year en masse).
01-17-2011, 02:34 PM #3958
I apologize if I missed some things, but do we have any definite details about the TPro? I know Dink said that the target BP was 285-300, but what else do we know? And the price?
01-17-2011, 02:40 PM #3959
01-17-2011, 02:54 PM #3960
Ahh I did. Thank you.
01-17-2011, 03:05 PM #3961
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