I seriously cannot understand why nobody has paid attention to this most important aspect of playing badminton for eighteen years! It does not matter how expensive the racquet is nor does it matter what company made it because without the correct string and tension to suit one's game, it is utterly useless. I have started on a quest to buy the best quality racquets that one can find at the affordable end of the spectrum and then team them up with a variety of Yonex strings at differing tensions. In this way, I hope to be able to work out what combination of racquet/string/tension suits my style of play the most and in so doing, maybe also give a few pointers to others who have a similar style of play to myself. To start this thread off, I am going to let you know what has worked well for me so far. I have 3 Yonex Voltric 0.1DG 4UG4 racquets. I have 1 Yonex Voltric 7 DG 3UG4 racquet which is an all-round Voltric for a mix of singles and doubles suitable for club players through to competitive players with the option of higher tensions if you want improved control. The DG stands for Durable Grade. Because high tension requires a specific type of frame design to cope with the high forces applied to the head. Durable Grade uses a thicker frame with more inner-frame supports to create a strengthened head that can take these tensions. High Tension increases shuttle control and reduces power. My 1st Yonex Voltric 0.1DG is as I bought it from the store and has Yonex BG3 (white) string with a 70mm thickness. I believe the tension is set at factory settings of 18-20lbs. My 2nd Yonex Voltric 0.1DG has been re-strung using Yonex Aerobite which is a hybrid string and I have opted for the green-and-white colour combination with the main being 67mm and the cross string being at 61mm (Aerosonic). I asked for it to be strung at 29lbs but was cheated and it is actually at 22.5lb. My 3rd Yonex 0.1DG was customised according to my specifications prior to being shipped to me and it also has Yonex Aerobite string but I opted for the red-and-white string combination. I had it strung at 30lbs. My Yonex Voltric 7DG has been customised with Yonex Aerobite green-and-white string and is set at 29lbs tension. I have found that the 3rd Yonex 0.1DG racquet is the one that has suited me best so far. This is because, despite it being only 4U, its head-heavy design has meant that I have not lost any power when smashing the shuttlecock. The nature of Aerobite string is that it offers heavy spin and a solid touch and the tension of 30lbs has allowed me to have precise control, especially when playing disguised cut smashes and hairpins that just creep over the net. I will keep you informed about what racquets I am buying and what particular string/tension combinations work for me on this thread.