Higher tension = rip easier?

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  1. ionoo

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    I've started playing badminton about 3 months ago using walmart racket steel and the only times the strings have ripped are when i scrapped it against the ground by accident. I'm thinking about buying the sotx woven 7 or 8 but they come strung at 25 lbs. I do wrist curls, jump roping daily etc. I've read the reviews and sotx woven 7 seems like a great racket. This is like my first racket I'm buying... so my question is when i do buy it or if i do will the strings rip easily? I've been using walmart steel racket and the schools racket and whenever i hit my shots(clears etc) seem to go past the baseline a lot. Having read some of the posts about string tensions the standard racket comes with string tension ~21-23 no? So if i only go 2 lbs higher it wouldn't really make a big difference right? The strings on those rackets haven't broken from just hitting... so 25 lbs should be alright?
     
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    i wouldn't lose any sleep over a couple of lbs if i were you. instead, go out, play more and enjoy badminton.
     
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    thanks for the advice too bad badminton season isnt now =/
     
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    once i made a change from tension of 22 to 23 and it resulted in screwing up all my games that day. it does take gettin used to
     
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    Badminton season in Cali-Cali is year round. :D
     
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    I agree. You definitely want to upgrade your racket from WalMart special... and the racquet will lose tension. If you do break them, well the performance you'll get from the upgrade is worth what it'll cost to restring.

    Given that at this point you're probably not doing much by the way of excessive slicing, incredibly hard smashes, etc., I wouldn't be too concerned about breaking the strings if I were you.

    i suggest you upgrade, and I hope it all works out perfectly! After all, you may end up liking the higher tension.
     
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    Huh? I find that hard to believe because a 1lb. difference is barely noticeable. Maybe the person who strung your racket went significantly higher.

    I can play and adjust to tension from a low of 18lbs. to a high of 34lbs. Of course, I prefer 29lbs. but other tension is OK. :)
     
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    for high school its offseason, right now at least for wilson hs in long beach
     
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    Nikchan,

    Possibly differnt string and or different strining machine. Maybe machine is not calibrated properly?
     
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    i guess if u're just playin for recreational,just put 20lbs..it'll be easier n more fun playin it.
     
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    hmmm it did give me more power, but no control. my drops and netshots sucked that day.. but clears and smashes much better. but it was a completely different racket, maybe thats wat made the major difference. this racket was much stiffer and much lighter than my previous one.. should that make a difference?
     
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    its either that, or my previous racket wasnt 22lbs so the difference was much higher.. maybe..
     
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    Breaking string is part of the game, nothing to worry about. However, 25lb is quite a jump from loose factory strings. It might take some time to get use to the timing. If the string snaps, just re-string it within your own comfortable range, which I suppose should be a bit less than 25lb for ppl who are fairly new to the sport. ;)
     

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