Racket restringing, offered by DARKO

(Hier gehts zur Deutschen Version)

If you need a restringing or stringing of your racket, beside going to a shop, Darko is offering this service at low prices for all club members as well. Convenient and affordable for you. Please contact Darko.

  • via Threema messenger, search for ID:
  • or by email to Darko
  • or via sms/ call (no whatsapp) to phone number +49 170 15420 (nine) (eight) (Please replace the text by digits)
  • or in person while playing

Please advise which string and which tension you need, as well as information about your racket: manufacturer/brand and model. See also the contact form at the end of this page.

If it is not possible for you to meet Darko at the game or at home, you can also leave your racket in our closet in Plänterwald. Three things are important:

  1. for reasons of space, please WITHOUT the bag (racket cover)!
  2. please cut the strings. No one else will then accidentally take your racket. Scissors available in the locker (hangs at the door)
  3. please let Darko know that your racket xyz is in the closet in the gym at Plänterwald and should be re-strung with the string xyz,  and string tension shall be x kg or x lbs. Please message or use the form at the bottom of this page.

about cost, payment, and extra work for gromit replacing

The re-stringing of a racket including the string material currently costs 14 €. (Exbolt 17€)

How to pay:

  • Either pay in cash directly to Darko. Best is while handing over the racket already. Done is done.
  • Or by paypal to: sylfir@hotmail.com    Please select the function "send to friends or family".
  • Or by bank transfer. You will receive the IBAN account number through the chat / mail answer.

Often eyelets (gromits) have to be replaced. 2 - 3 broken eyelets will be replaced at no extra cost. If more gromits have to be exchanged, Darko will let you know, how much to be paid additionally.

Faulty eyelets (gromits) have to be replaced to avoid damaging the new string. In this case you will be informed.

If a racket is not worth to be re-stringed, for example because of a hidden crack, you will be notified and the racket will be returned.

in details: which string ?

These strings are currently offered:

 

From Yonex:

 

  • EXBOLT63 (Very good support for clears and smashes, moderate control, medium-long durability, although very thin. Expensive string. Extra costs 3 €. Yellow)
  • BG65 (Very good durability, soft feeling. Blue)
  • BG66 Ultimax (Best support for clears and smashes, moderate control, and not long lasting, not recommended for people with excellent smash power, unless the money to restring the racket every 4 - 6 weeks is not a problem. Yellow)
  • BG80 (Good durability, hard feeling. Suitable for conrol, precision, net play. Yellow)
  • Nanogy 98 (Very good repulsion power, still acceptable control/precision, but less durable than Nanogy99. If played by smashers, will not last as long as the above mentioned. Ivory white)
  • Nanogy 99 (Very good control, very durable, but nevertheless good repulsion power. Best compromise. White)

 

From Victor:

  • Victor VBS-66 N (Medium/hard feeling string, good all-rounder, retains tension very long. White)

 

Please note that choosing the right string is a very subjective and individual decision. It depends as well a lot on the racket: who is playing with the racket and what effect exactly is desired. Many players therefore use several different rackets for singles, for doubles or for mixed. It is impossible to provide a correct advice. Some swear up on BG80, others may find Nanogy99 to be the best choice.

 

And the string tension plays a very important role. See next section.

 

It can also play a role how much money you want to spend on restringing.  BG3 would last for a long time, meanwhile a Aerosonic string might break after a month of regular playing, depending from how often the racket has been used for hard smashing.

 

In general, one can say that the thinner strings are particularly good for players with less speed or smash power.

The strings are listed according to their thickness, the thicker ones first, the thinnest last.

 

A very good solution is Nanogy99, which offers excellent shuttle control, but still a good repulsion support, and is also quite durable. Many club members choose this string and are very satisfied. This string is only available in white.

 

If you want to try something new, you might be well advised with the new  EXBOLT63, available in yellow or black. Attention, surcharge 3, - €, as this string is very expensive. The latest technology from Yonex, explosive repulsion support is promised, but still good control and acceptable (however not outstanding) durability. We'll know after a few months whether it's true. At the moment some club members are already playing with this string.

Click here for a review about the exbolt63 string at youtube.

Another rewiev of this string, more detailed.

fast decision matrix, Darkos subjective advise

  For me more precision and control is most important, for front/netplay For me please more support for long clears and smash speed

 I am a strong player, 💪

I have rapid action muscle fibres

(Sprinter type)

Nanogy99, 12 - 12,5 kg

or BG80, 11,5 - 12 kg (hard feeling)

 Nanogy98, 11 kg (more smash support)

or Nanogy 99 10 kg (lasts longer than 98)

or Exbolt63, 11 kg (breaks faster than 98)

I am not very strong ☹️

I have more slow action muscle fibres

(marathon endurance type) 🏃‍♂️

Nanogy99, 11 kg

EXBOLT63, 10 kg

or BG66 ultimax 10 kg

which famous athlete uses which string?

Kento Momota, Lin Dan, Victor Axelsen, Saina Nehwal, and others use strings for high control: see here.

Meanwhile Marcus Gideon, Sakaya Hirota and Ratchanok May Intanon prefer soft feeling and durability: see here.

And who likes fast repulsion power? Lee Chong Wei, Chou Tien Chen, Akane Yamaguchi, and others: see here.

information from yonex about their strings, only available in German so far

which tension ?

The next topic that is difficult to give advice on is string tension. That's a very individual decision.

Some information and pieces of advise:

 

Many believe that the more string tension, the better it is for smash power. But the opposite is true. A lot of tension = more precision, but less bouncy. Little tension = more support to smash effortless, but poorer precision. And you can't have both. So you have to decide whether you want more control and precision, or better kickback support*.

(*Better kickback support means that the racket and string will help hit the shuttle far or smash it at a slightly higher speed. This can be achieved with a lower string tension. More control / precision means that you can aim more precisely. Less scatter, easier to place the shuttle exactly in a certain corner)

Since the world class players all have enough strength for top speed smashes (otherwise they would not have become world class players), at this level they work with tensions of even 14 or 15 kg. To increase the precision as much as possible. The string bed then feels like a hard board.

The problem with such a high string tension: a racket strung with 15 kg breaks through with the slightest incorrect load, for example if two rackets are clashed (double). Furthermore the string will not last that long and may break not many games. This is irrelevant for world top players, who get as many rackets from their sponsors as they can destroy. But if you have to pay for the racket yourself, you will probably think differently about it, especially since good rackets are not cheap.

I therefore advise a maximum of 12 - 13 kg string tension at our level, not more. We don't have any world top players (not yet 😉).

 

Now about the question of how high the tension should be?

If you want support for your clear, it is better to choose a less high string tension, e.g. 9-10.5 kg.

On the otherside, if you don't need such support, a string tension of 11-13 kg is advisable.

 

However, there are rackets that can only be strung with a certain maximum tension, Most sensitive: very light rackets ("head light balance") with a thin frame. The specification of the maximum tension is printed on the handle or shaft of the rackets from higher quality brands. It is possible to ignore the maximum load and put an extra kg of tension. but with a higher risk to destroy the racket.

 

Finally: please do not overestimate the question of the correct stringing. If you play "shit" or can't hit a proper clear, it is often due to the wrong technique, arm posture, body work, etc. The differences are noticeable, for example whether you have strung with 10 or 11.5 kg, but the effect usually is smaller than you might expect from a string exchange or other tension. Don't blame the racket and/or shuttle for the own imperfections 😉)

In view of the huge number of different rackets on the market and the wide range of different strings that furthermore can be strung with different tensions, it is difficult and also very time-consuming to find the best alternative for yourself. How to approach the best solution?  Try out rackets from club colleagues, compare to your own ones, and step by step you will get closer to the relatively best racket for your needs.

A major impact on your performance: the ability to hit the shuttle with the center (sweetspot) of the racket. If you are able to hit the shuttle precisely with the center of your racket, you will be able to play fast smashes and long clears quite effortless. But missing to hit the center, the shuttle will not fly.

That is the reason for the positive effect of lower string tension: it expands the sweet spot area. Good players, who always hit the shuttle correctly, therefore can go for higher tension and harder strings. like the BG80.

Here we have a useful link about racket testing and review. Curiously it turnes out, that factory specs not always are correct, and a racket sold as "very stiff" could even be "quite flexible". Or wrong specifications about weight or balance.

about durability (addressed to the power smashers)

Usually the string gets broken at one of the crossing points somewhere in the center of the racket head. "wear and tear"-effect. Depending from the thickness of the string and the tension, and very much depending from your strike power and how much do you play per week, a string can last just some weeks, or half a year.

If you don't like to spend a lot of money on restringing, and if you are a hard smasher, we advise to use the Nanogy99 string from Yonex, as this string is relatively durable, but nevertheless offers very good control and quite good repulsion power. The Nanogy99 is a great product from Yonex.

Another weak point are the knots. At this point the vertical string is squeezed by the knot of the horizontal string. But this cannot be avoided, thats the construction and restringing principle of every racket so far.

A mishit exactly onto the knot may lead to a broken vertical string, even if the string in general is yet new, far away from being close to break anyway.

This is unfortunately an additional risk with strings like Aerosonic, Exbolt63 and BG66 ultimax. They are very thin, deliver excellent repulsion power, but are very sensitive. Women will not face this problem usually, and people with low or average smash power (like Henrik) neither. These people may choose such strings. But a hard hitter should either accept some extra cost for restringing if using such a string, or better choose Nanogy99, BG80, BG65, or Ashaway 69. At least, please don't complain, if you choose such a string and have to restring the racket after some weeks.

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