"Freecore" Handle Replacement For Li Ning/Yonex

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  1. xZhongCheng

    xZhongCheng Regular Member

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    I first saw a fellow member using a "Freecore" handle to replace his yonex racket.

    https://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/index.php?threads/yonex-freecore.191028/#post-2871789

    Based on what I have seen from victor's rackets, People have been saying it reduced vibration, increases repulsion, but loss of feel and takes a while to get used to.

    At times, I do have my tennis elbow flare up once in a while. I heard about reduced vibration, so I decided to swap out my handles on my Li Ning Aeronaut 9000C.


    I bought 3 of these handles for about $5 each from China. Upon first inspection, the handle seems to be decent quality. I stripped off the Original wood from my 9000C and sanded off the chunks off the graphite. Filled the entry for the shaft with gorilla super glue.I HIGHLY recommend another glue... one that holds very well but takes a long time to cure, maybe some kind of epoxy. The Gorilla Super glue seems to bond too fast so its hard to adjust the length and rotation of the racket head. I took the old screw and drilled a hole into the handle and shaft.

    Now onto the playability review:

    Vibration on hits was reduced as people have said, but i had much less feeling to my shots.
    1. Lifts and Clears - Felt effortless. I had trouble keeping my clears in. A lot had actually went out long. It will take time before I can control my lifts.
    2. Smashes - Will probably have to test this more. I tend to half smash more than full power smash. Accuracy and placement weren't an issue. I would maybe recommend stringing a pound lower. Felt like my racket actually became stiffer.
    3. Net play - Adjustment is much needed. Much of the net shots felt very off as threes little to no feedback.
    4. Shanks and Miss hits - I almost don't feel these at all. Even the very hard shots that end up hitting the frame.
     
  2. Schultzier

    Schultzier Regular Member

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    How did you remove the old wooden handle? Was it glued into the wooden one? Im also curious if you drilled a new hole into the shaft for the screw :)
     
  3. xZhongCheng

    xZhongCheng Regular Member

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    Chipped away the old handle slowly then use sandpaper to remove the excess stuck on the shaft.

    I did have to drill a new hole into the shaft because the dip didnt line up with the old one.
     

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