Hey everyone, I used to play quite a bit in early school days but left the game for about 4 years. When I went to play three days ago, I was rather surprised to find out that my rackets weren't upto par for proper clears. Perhaps I missed it because I didn't have that much power back then or something of that sort. Currently I own an arcsaber 002 and a carbonex 21 special (older black and gold variant) both with bg65. Carbonex was done at 28lbs back then and the arcsaber was at 24lbs which I suppose must not be the case after 4 years of being dormant. Still it is definitely not below 24 on carb but I kept failing to send the shuttle at the baseline let alone outside of the court from my baseline. Even requested a rather good player there that played from our state to try and he failed as well. Both rackets were used in small tournaments when I was much younger so they are banged up pretty badly even with micro dents and major paint chips everywhere so I planned to replace them anyway once I got back into it. Now I have a budget of about 5k here and thanks to the official dealer being a friend of my father, I get really massive discounts so the rackets that would otherwise be out of reach aren't. I've always wanted high tension for control ever since I played with the racket of one of the better players in our complex years ago. Read somewhere here (been glued to the forums since I found it yesterday) that a newly strung racket loses 2-3 lbs in the first few minutes so I'm hoping for a racket that can handle 35 as I would like to experience 32 in my first few games. Playstyle: Soft & controlled shots most of the time instead of sheer power but I do like to hit baseline to baseline clears from time to time which is what serves as the most enjoyable part of the game. If required I do hit smashes but I don't prefer to do so and would rather toy with the opponent instead if that makes sense. EDIT : I love baseline to baseline passes. Height 6"3 Weight 86kg for reference if that would help give me advise. Current options: Voltric 7DG Voltric 10DG Nanoray 95DX And what else? I've not given much thought to the alpacs since I can't just afford to go through rackets which break and need something that won't give up easily. To show the top end of my budget max would be the voltric 50 e tune. Now onto the strings.. What would be recommended with the racket you have suggested that could handle about 34lbs? Please do respond anyway even if you think it could be out of my budget as the prices might be different where you live. Cheers and thanks for letting me join this wonderful forum!