Evolution of my badminton racquets

I have been playing badminton for over 5 years now. It is the second fastest growing sports in New Zealand. At this stage, it is my favourite sport. It requires fast movements, and lots of stamina to get you through a game. It is a very good sport, scientists say it is the fastest sports on the planet. Some of you will say it’s total BS, tennis and of course Formula one is a lot faster than badminton. That’s a no no. The highest speed of the shuttle cock traveling in now almost 500 Km/h, 493 Km/h to be precise. I don’t think even Michael Schumacher and do that in his Ferrari.

The record has been made by the Malaysia doubles player Tan boon heong, using the brand new Yonex Nanoray Z-Speed, he is also the previous record holder, but this time he managed to improve the speed by a large margin (Previously 421Km/h). I’d say it’s the advance technology used in the the new racquets.

Now we know the importance of badminton racquets. Here’s a list of badminton racquets I have been used before:

1. Yonex armortec 70, the image below is a brand new armortec 70, but my one was a lease from a friends, and the shape of the racquet is slightly twisted, making it harder to use. This is known as a very heavy racquet with the twisted shape, it really trained the strength of my forearm. At the end, I returned it to my friend.

Armortec 70

Armortec 70

2. Apacs Nano900 power, this is a gift from another friend, comparing to the first one, it is a much lighter racquet, and also the grip on the handle is wrapped really high, to make the head feel lighter, this image below is really my racquet after 4 years, it clashed with a double partner, both of them went into the bin. With the light weight I have learned a lot of control of the shuttle.

Apacs nano900 power

Apacs nano900 power

3, Yonex Muslepower 88, this is also a gift, from my dad, who is also a badminton player, don’t be fooled by the name, this racquet is not fast nor heavy at all, this is a balanced racquet with a lower stiffness. It is so easy to use when I am doing a clear or a medium-strength smash, but in terms of shuttle controlling, this racquet performs poorly. And this racquets is turned to my dad, in order to get my fourth one.

Yonex Musclepower 88

Yonex Musclepower 88

4. Yonex nanospeed 9900, this is only racquet I use at the moment, it is my first top-class racquet, and its performance is top-class too, in my opinion this is the best head light racquet there is. Fast movements, powerful smashes, excellent control of the shuttle. It is by far my favourite one. Sadly Yonex will stop manufacturing this racquet soon. I’m gonna hold on to this forever I think.

Yonex nanospeed 9900

Yonex nanospeed 9900

5. Yonex nanospeed 9900 2011 London world championship version, this is a limited version for the Nanospeed 9900, everything is the same, but the colour. It’s also from a friend.

Yonex Nanospeed 9900 World Championship London 2011

Yonex Nanospeed 9900 World Championship London 2011

 

 

Legends of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda, is a famous action RPG game franchise by one of the oldiest entertainment corperation, video-game developer, and game console maker, Nintendo Co., Ltd.

The game giant has released 18(or 19) Zelda game so far, and there are two more releasing later this year. Most of these games are in 2D, even after the first 3D Zelda game was release on Nintendo 64 in 1998 (Ocarina of Time), they still made eight 2D games. They really showed their love for the 2D platform.

Over my gaming history, The Legend of Zelda games are my favourites. I have played 9 out of the 19 games that’s released, but only clocked 3 of them. Link’s awakening DX, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages. All three game are on the old Gameboy color system. I’ve played Spirit Tracks up to the last boss, but never got time to finish it. I didn’t really know about Legend of Zelda until Link’s awakening DX or I am too young to know any of the games in that matter. It’s not the first Zelda game I played, the first Zelda game I played was the original The Legend of Zelda released in 1986 on NES. One of my old friend got the ancient cartridge from his cousin. I played for about 2 hours and went to dinner, when I m trying to get back to it. I found that the battery in the cartridge was flat and all my saved games are gone, and I gave up. And I just fell in love with that game, the content in the game is just so massive, unlike all the other games in that era. I loved all aspect of the game, the imaginations, the story line the music and the art works. After that, I tried to get my hands on all the other games in the franchise. I was lucky and unlucky, I was lucky because I had a good friend who was kind enough to lent me his only Gameboy and his games, and a cousin of mine gave me her old NDS. I was unlucky because Gameboy was pretty much the only console we can get our hands on back then. N64 was not really “released” in China, and NGC was such a failure, that most game shops are afraid to sell them.

The games I played was on four different consoles, Gameboys(color and advance), NDS and Wii(including N64 virtual console). The gaming experience on the hand held consoles had been delightful, but the Twilight princess on Wii and Ocarina of Time was not so enjoyable. Firstly, trying to swing the sword to kill a monster in alright, where actually swing the remote was quite satisfying, but to use other items such as a slingshot was not. Ocarina of Time, it’s just really hard. The key layouts from the classic game controller and the original N64 are really different, the game was made for N64 consoles.

Wii classic controller

Wii classic controller

N64 Controller

N64 Controller

All in all, I am still enjoying the old way of gaming on The Legend of Zelda. Game pad with a monitor. NDS touch screens are fine. But playing an action RPG game using Wii remote and nunchucky was too much effort.