by David Chiu ( January 2001 )
After its latest success with the BG-85, Yonex unveiled it's latest
product, BG-68Ti, to match BG-85 performance using its new "Titaniumhydride
Coating". In 1999, Yonex has released its first titanium string,
BG-65Ti to compete with other string manufacturers titanium model
such as Gosen Roots Ti and Ashaway Rally 22 Ti. The BG-68Ti is supposedly
the hybrid of Yonex Latest research in integrating titanium into
badminton racket string. It was predicted by badminton players that
BG-68Ti design mimicked the BG-66 performance based on the model
After its release, Yonex BG-68Ti has created many commotions throughout
badminton discussion groups on the internet. Many of them praises
the BG-68Ti for its exploding power and durability. Others just
believe that BG-68Ti was "not bad" or "pretty good".
For us, we just want to try it to see how it really feels
We received the Yonex Bg-68Ti in late 2000 and tested on the 2001
prototype of Yang-Yang Ti Power and two of Badminton Alley's best
selling rackets, Yang-Yang Tactic 8500 and Tactic 9000. We chose
Yang-Yang Ti Power because of its offensive nature from the stiff
shaft and head-heavy characteristics. We chose the Yang-Yang Tactic
8500 and Tactic 9000 for comparison because it is an all-around
racket, not too offensive and not too defensive. Each racket are
strung at 22 lbs, the maximum allowable by most racket manufacturers.
During our test, the first thing that each of our players notice
is the stiffness of the string. It was like hitting the shuttlecock
with a paddle. This is most noticeable on the Yang-Yang Ti Power.
The impact during fast clear and smash can be felt on the wrist
and arm. We also notice that we felt more control on our smashes,
drives, and clears.
The BG-68Ti gives excellent control. We were able to drop from the
back court easily and consistently. Similarly, smashes, drives,
and clears were precise. We believe the precision and control is
due to the stiffness of the string which prevents it from stretching
the string too much during impact with the shuttlecock and, thus,
the angle of the shuttlecock stays precise. Lastly, the string is
It's hard to feel the impact of the shuttlecock on string. This
"hard-feeling" makes drop shots near the net difficult.
We also felt that the string was holding our power back.
Yonex made a big improvement on BG-68Ti over BG-65Ti. It has increased
repulsion/power of the string and improve its control. The BG-68Ti
has better feeling, power, and control over BG-65Ti. It is an excellent
alternative for users looking for power string with durability.
However, the strings has problems that has haunted other titanium
strings in the market: it is too stiff and it does not have that
soft feel that BG-66 and BG85 are known for. Overall, it's pretty
good and deserves a 4 out of 5 © rating.
Yonex BG-68Ti from Badminton Alley
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