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Help Choosing Racket
February 23, 2015
11:55 am
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shararti81
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Hi,

I hope all members are doing well. I am in need of a racket. I mostly play doubles and but enjoy singles as well. Players term me as defensive/tactics. I play as hobby and my skill level should be near to intermediate or less. My budget is limited to ~100 euros and I am considering Victor LF 7300 or LF 7350 ( more inclined towards 7300). I am confused about their durability as they are very light and I wont be able to buy new racket every 6 months. Due to which I am also considering BS LYD and Voltric 5/7. I think any of these would be a major upgrade to my current racket (either fake copies or cheap company 25 euro worth rackets).

Please advice considering the durability and game preference (light for better defense and a head heavy for compensating power).

Regards

February 26, 2015
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A badminton racket is manufactured to strike a shuttle. Unfortunately if there is a clash of rackets on court then your racket is at risk. Sometimes there’s a clash and the frame remains intact with a little chunk of paint missing. Other times there’s a definite crack in the frame which will ultimately lead to the frame breaking. Of course, there’s also situations where the frame folds completely.

I’ve witnessed incidents where each of these scenarios have taken place. You cannot predict the outcome. Every racket is at risk from a collision, either with another racket or the court. Yes, I’ve seen frames hit the floor and yet the player swears they haven’t touched anything when the racket broke.

On average the weightier rackets tend to be more resistant to complete collapse after a collision but this will really depend on the nature of the incident.

Whilst this may not help you to much, the answer is all rackets break in time when not used for the purpose they were manufactured – to strike a shuttle. Aside from that any racket will last considerable amount of time if looked after and not strung to tight.

Paul

February 26, 2015
11:32 am
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Roger
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The rackets you mention are all ones that will do the job for you and have their pros and cons.
As Paul always says, test as many rackets as you can before making a decision.
Not only does this process point you in the right direction, it can also help to eliminate none starters.
One final point.
Whichever one you decide on don’t expect it to play perfectly, fresh out of the box.
Unless you are incredibly lucky there will always be some element of compromise involved.
Choose a racket that ticks most of the boxes on your wish list but remember that, for instance, a head heavy is not going to turn your smash into a world beater or a head light make your defense lightening fast.
No racket is going to improve technique so, before you buy a new one, your budget may be better invested in a few coaching sessions.

Hope this helps

Roger

February 27, 2015
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Thanks a lot guys.
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