Sunday, April 15, 2012

Badminton Strings First Impression: Yonex BG80 Power

Not long ago I did a badminton string comparison to find out which string I'm most comfortable with. The BG66 came out tops because it offered a nice amount of control and power at the best price.

Some time has passed and as it turns out I'm more inclined towards the NBG98 for even more control (it feels easier to more the shuttle around the court with the string somehow).

But I've been hearing so much about the BG80 and it's newest manifestation, the Yonex BG80 Power, that I had to give it a try.

My stringer told me that it's really good for attack (0.68mm = more surface area for greater repulsion), but it's got a harder feel and some players who convert from BG66 or BG66UM can't get used to it.

So I strung it at 1lbs lower than my usual 24lbs on a Bekia Bravesword 10 replica (I intend to smash a lot with this racket in my doubles games).

At first try of juggling the shuttle around in the room it really felt hard. The shuttle feels dampened when it comes off the string bed, and I had to use noticeably more effort to move it around. Tried a few harder hits at the wall and it came off really well though.

The next session's on Wednesday, and I'll be sure to take this to the courts for a real tryout.

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