Sunday, January 24, 2010
Tan Boon Heong (Malaysia) trying out to hit a hard smash. Notice his technique. Good reference for people wanting to get enough power into the smash.
If one has a good or rather steep smash, the jumpdrop may be a very good shot to use. Here Jung Jae Sung administering a jumpdrop to earn a point after Tan Boon Heong stood too far back in order to defend Jung's steep smashes.
and in another angle
The results are not suprising with the continued dominace of Team China in the WD, XD and WS department.
The MD and MS are won by Malaysia.
The MS was a sort of white wash by LCW of Boonsak Ponsana.
Boonsak Ponsana is still one level behind LCW in terms of skill/speed/stamina.
It is a pity or else Kumpoo Power Shot Nano 2300 Hexagon would have shot up in price.
The MD games was excellent with the game stretched to rubber game. The net game was very important with the lanky Chinese player, Chen Xu challenging and managed to beat Malaysia's Koo Kien Kiat in a few net exchanges. The experience and aggression of Koo Kien Kiat managed to set up winners for himself and Tan Boon Heong. Eventually the Chinese pair began to make more mistakes lifting long and wide to avoid the netplay of Koo Kien Kiat. The crowd was pretty loud in the stadium and when Chen Xu gestured to the crowd to tone down, he was met with jeers. Given the weakness in China's MD apart from Fu/Cai, this 2nd doubles pair certainly gives China some depth in MD.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Noticeable is the absence of Lin Dan, Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso.
The rest of the big guns of MS are here.
The men's doubles would be more interesting as most of the top guns are playing.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Trusstic for midfoot support
Forefoot GEL for shock attenuation
Removable moulded sockliner
Fit: The shoe fits well enough, feels like no break-in period is needed. Size fits as indicated.
The shoes feels like it sits slightly higher up the ground but not much when you wear it. There is extra shoe lace holes to tie the tongue securely and prevent ankle roll.
Game time: Great cushioning and great for lunges. However for explosive movement or split step, it's a bit slow. For jumpsmashes, the cushioning is good but a bit too heavy to chasse rearward quickly in position for a jumpsmash.
Pros: Nice colors, affordable price and cushioning.
Cons: A bit heavy and has not much ventilation.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I just got this pair of shoe from Japan.
Technology: Ergo Shape, Round Sole, 3-layer Power cushion, very cool mesh, hexagrip sole, double russel mesh, Hyper msLITE, Power cushion Insole CF
First impression: This shoe is unique among Yonex badminton shoe as it has white colors in front and black in the heel/ankle area. The shoe sits slightly higher up the ground but still low enough.
The shoes comes with extra white shoe strings.
Fit: The shoe fits well enough, feels like no break-in period is needed. Size fits as indicated. The shoes sits slightly higher up the ground than a shb 100 ltd. Feels very comfortable wearing it.
Game time: This shoe has great mobility and cushioning. Lunging is easy and so is vertical jump, feels very cool even after 3 hours of game play.
Pros: Great looks, ventilation, cushioning, comfort and movement
Cons: Like most Yonex soles, it easily builds up dust and the sole may not be as durable
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Review Date : 03 January 2010
Racket Type : Specs : 4UG5
Balance: 290+ mm
Strings: Yonex BG66
Tension: 25lbs , 1 Piece Stringing
Grip: Yonex Cyber Plus Beta grip + Toalson overgrip
Technology : narrow square frame, carbon nanotube, super durable frame, superlight weight structure, hexagon cap, hexagon shaft and tapered shaft.
Initially , I thought that this racquet from far looks like a Yonex Arcsaber 10. The colors comprising of red, beige, silver, black and flanked by beige at 2/10 o'clock to 4/8 o'clock . The racquet looks simplistic with less clutter/wordings. The grommets of the racquets is unique and the frame is 'H' shape, allowing the grommet + strings to lie inside between the frame. This probably protect the strings from damage. For the first time I handle it, the racket feels head heavy and the flex is somewhat stiff. The shaft is unique as the cone and up to 1/4 of the shaft are hexagonal in shape. The tapered shaft plus the hexagon shape made the flex stiff. However, the kickpoint/flex is higher up nearer the throat/T-joint area of the shaft.
I can feel the racquet like an extension of my arm. The feel is excellent and the shots seems accurate. Clears are average and the drives are not bad. The drops are great and racquet seems fast. The racuqet doesn't flex much when swung overhead, owing to the unique kick-point. I needed to imput a lot strength to clear/smash with this racquet.
So far, I found the racuqet is roughly comparable to a AT900P but with less power but better feel/control. The smashes seemed a little weak, but could be because I didn't get behind the shuttle in time nor am I getting used to the racquet.
Here is a temporary conclusion: Great control and feel, above average power and defense. It's definitely not beginner friendly racquet. One of the rare racquets combining head heavy balance + stiff shaft. Best used by Professional, advanced or a high intermediate player.
Power: 7.5/10 (3U maybe better)
Pros : One of the best control racquet, good as advertised.
Cons: different kick-point from other racquets.
Suitability: Singles/doubles intermediate/advanced badminton player. Not suitable for beginners