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consequences of changing strings
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June 1, 2014
6:16 pm
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Belgian
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Hey,

 

I am currently playing with a voltric 5 which has been factory strung with BG55. If I would change to Nanogy 95 or BG80, would that cause me to hit the shuttle out more often because of the higher repulsion?

I have already restrung another racket of mine with (black) BG65, but this caused me to lose a lot of power. I had to do much more effort to get the shuttle at the back of the court than I had to do when it was still BG55, so that's why I was wondering if it would be better to restring with Nanogy 95 or BG80.

 

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June 6, 2014
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Hi there

 

I've never known BG65 not to produce power. It is usual you will get a different response to a change in strings but nobody can say how this will impact your game. You've got to feel for yourself and then make decisions. You may find BG80 too harsh or alternatively love it.

 

The only way you learn in this game is to test for yourself. All I ask is that you let us know the results of your testing.

 

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July 27, 2014
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And what string tension should I start with if I would change to BG80 or Nanogy 95? I am used to playing with the tension that comes with the factory string (That should probably be 20 or 21 lbs I think since the recommended tension is 19-24 lbs?).

July 27, 2014
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Bearing in mind you are playing both plastic shuttles and feathers I would suggest you ask for either string at 19lbs tension. As you gain in experience and your technique improves you may find you will test higher string tension. For now concentrate of building your experience through feeling the difference in the strings. You will soon find which you like and which you don’t. It’s the only way.

Good luck

Paul

July 28, 2014
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Aaaah Paul,

I’ve always wondered what you meant by say ’20 lbs’ string. Does this include the 10% prestretch that pros like you like to do? Does this mean initially strung at 20, or does it mean strung at 22 then allowing for tension loss to arrive eventually at 20?

I find it hard to imagine badminton can still be played with 19 lbs tension. Allowing for 2 pounds loss after several sessions would total a 17 pound tension trampoline. Smile

July 28, 2014
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Alex – many thanks for the questions.

Some stringers do not pre-stretch. Generally I use the machine to pre-stretch 5 % and am currently testing 10%.

For a player who is beginning in this great game or low level intermediate player, they need the strings to work for them. A racket playing at 17lbs is perfect for them because the strings absorbs the shuttles and fires it out. The lower tension means there’s a larger sweet spot which helps considering the player frequently hits off centre.

In Asia there is so much emphasis on high string tension and it doesn’t always mean this is right for the player. A lot of damage to the arm can be done by excessive string tension.

There’s also an element of ego with tensions, a kind of mine is tighter than yours mentality. However that really doesn’t help because it doesn’t mean a player is any better or worse.

As players develop their skill, it’s inevitable tension increase will occur. That’s fine as it meets the players requirements for more control and they frequently hit the center of the string bed.

I hope this helps explain this better.

Paul

July 28, 2014
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Thanks again Paul!
Your answer is detailed, clear and concise.

I’ve gained quite a bit of experience since last year on your forums, generally feel the same way as you. Everyone is stringing 26+ in Asia, and some recommend I go ‘at least 28’. Well, after my string breaks, I’m heading for 22 pounds (back to Canada and plastic shuttles).

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