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    Default Racquet recommendation for absolute beginner.

    Hi all,

    I played Badminton around 3 years ago for a few months, with (I think) a 6/$10 racquet!! As you can probably imagine, it wasn't that great.

    I'm now interested in taking it up again and purchasing the correct equipment and wondered what type of racquet would be good for me? There seems to be an absolute dearth of information out there thats quite difficult to take in.

    My budget is around 50/$80.

    Thanks.

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    Apacs Rackets, are decent and great value for money, you can try these UK websites:
    www.apacsuk.co.uk or www.apacs-sports.co.uk
    Or you can try the canada website
    www.apacscanada.com

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    Looking at the various bargains:

    If you have some power in your arm : http://www.sweatband.com/carlton-vap...on-racket.html
    Otherwise perhaps: http://www.sweatband.com/head-power-...on-racket.html

    Bargains at tennisnuts as well but as in the countless previous threads I'm sure more tips will follow

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    If you're logged on you should see a "search thread" button. If you choose advanced and use "beginner" as keyword + select "search in titles only" you should get plenty of the previous threads to help you out as well ...

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    Thanks for the responses so far.

    What do you guys think of the Karakal M TEC 80? I've heard a number of good reviews, however I don't know if I can trust them.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren78 View Post
    Thanks for the responses so far.

    What do you guys think of the Karakal M TEC 80? I've heard a number of good reviews, however I don't know if I can trust them.

    Thanks.
    Should be fine. Not sure how stiff it really is but from the description it's slightly stiffer than the models I've mentioned earlier and below. Haven't really looked into them as I associate Karakal with lightweights. M-Tec 80 is supposed to weigh 80 grams which is on the (very) light side. If you're going that route better pick up the 85 (unless you want that Tattoo version ).
    Other interesting models I saw on tennisnuts: Babolat Satelite Brio and either Babolat Satelite Synchro or Head Metallix 6000 Tour (of which the HEAD is probably better value for money).
    You can find better deals than the ones below if you look around (5% of RRP is extremely expensive for an online shop). Saw the 35 for less than 40 already.

    Quote Originally Posted by Badderz_Alpha View Post
    Hi Darren,

    Go check out the FZ Forza rackets we have, these may be suitable for your needs...

    http://www.badmintonalpha.co.uk/item...%2Dpower%2D15/ - N Power 15

    http://www.badmintonalpha.co.uk/item...%2Dpower%2D35/ - N Power 35

    the 35 is just over your budget, but I feel it is worth the little bit extra... and it is a great racket for the price... we are also based in the UK...

    Thanks
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    Looked up something I vaguely remember reading about different weighing methods and you should add about 5 gram to the listed weight for Karakal since they weigh their racquets before adding a stock grip unlike Yonex for example. For you I'd still say the 85 would be better suited and maybe pick up a lighter one later on (of those two) ...

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    Thanks. I have just purchased the Carlton Vapour listed above. After reading about each one, I think this would be best for me.

    Thanks for the help.

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