Badminton is the only sport I still engaged in currently. I got a very primitive badminton racket who had accompanied me for more than a decade. It is a Yonex B-2000 badminton racket which I owned it when I was in secondary school (but I forgot which year). It was the one and the only racket I ever have so far.
As badminton was not my favorite sport during schooling days plus my financial status at that time disallowed me to own a better one, this basic badminton racket became my choice. I forgot its exact price, but if not mistaken, it was RM69.90. Having such racket at that time was consider a luxury spent for me.
The racket had accompanied me to every badminton session since then. Even after I came out to society for works where badminton became the only sport to keep fit, I never felt of changing it. For me, badminton racket is just a tool. How well you can play a badminton game cannot fully depend on the racket, but is the skill that speaks.
However I won't deny that once you got the skill, then a better racket can push your performance to the highest. This is when the racket starts to play its role. Anyway, I not really care as I play badminton for exercise and not for competition. As long as I can serve well, smash well and play the game well with that racket, I will consider it as a "good racket". This is how I felt of my primitive Yonex B-2000 all these while.
Of course you can always argue with me that I was looking for tonnes of excuses to support my points above and hide my stinginess. I got no objection on that as this is a democratic country where everyone has the rights to express their own opinion. The most important thing is - there is no ISA applied on this argument!
Back to the topic about my first badminton racket, last week when I was playing as usual, I noticed some strange sound from the racket when the shuttlecock hitting the ring. Suppose it should be a solid sound, but it wasn't. I could sense it could be some cracking at some part of the frame.
After the game, when I examined the racket, I found the crack! It was quite a big crack near the bottom part of the racket head and it was severe! I guess it was caused by myself who love to throw the racket off my hand when I couldn't reach the shuttlecock while playing.
I think I got no choice, but is time to say goodbye to the racket that had brought me a lot of great games and accompanied me for more than a decade! I found its replacement already actually which I will reveal in the coming write up. I am not sure how fast I can get used to the new one, but I promise I will treat it as nice as the old one!
Thank you so much my Yonex B-2000! You are great!