Now... I really don't know where to post this. The discussion could go in so many directions, that I cannot predict. It probably depends on the title of the thread that I did not come up with yet. It might be... ... about the technical equipment side. ... about the influence of companies on BWF. Lobbying in badminton? Good? Bad? Essential? How much is going on? ... about the rule, why it was put in place to begin with and why it wasn't worth keeping it. ... about anything else I'm missing right now. So I ended up in the general forum. However, @Cheung @kwun feel free to move it where it really belongs. _________________________________________ _________________________________________ It all started (for me) with the AX88S Pro (or other rackets with the same stringing pattern)... ... and @Alex82 pointing out that it is a violation of And that is obviously true. However, I wanted to double check, because I couldn't see Yonex coming out with a racket that people were not allowed to play with and now the section 4.2 reads The (here) important part was just dropped. Now, I am wondering what the point of that rule was in the first place, what it was supposed to prevent, who initiated the change, how much influence Yonex has, what the real benefits of a more open stringing pattern at the center (sweet spot are), ... it depends on whether you ask the stringer, the player, the human in me on what I'd like to talk about, so I'll leave it up to you. _________________________________________ _________________________________________ Maybe one of the badminton law expects can chime in... calling @phihag @stradrider as well as some stringing experts like Alex, @s_mair @ucantseeme @endFX @kakinami just to name a few. Now I just want to call somebody to have a socialist view on lobbying, but I really don't know who that could be. Maybe somebody can tell me/us something about who initiated the rule change, why the rule was put in place earlier, what the train of thought was to drop it. Then I'm curious why there's the approach of proportional stringing and brands (Babolat) having stringing pattern that are more dense at the sweet spot vs. this.... And finally, I am curious about what you think the influence of companies on the sport is. Is it good to have "innovation" coming from companies that have basically just one goal or not? Does it evolve the sport in a good way after all? How much influence is there? Is it transparent enough? Should it be prevented? ...? Thanks for reading and even more so for your thoughts.