Badminton | HOW TO CHOOSE A BADMINTON RACKET?
There are so many different characteristics when it comes to badminton rackets that it’s easy to get lost and end up with the wrong one. Follow our step-by-step guide on how to choose a badminton racket for you
CHOOSE A RACKET WITH THE RIGHT WEIGHT
Different types of badminton rackets range from 70g - 99.9g in weight. Rackets that weigh less than 85g are termed lightweight – they are the best rackets for new players.
Some advanced players also prefer light rackets because of the faster swing speed and maneuverability.
Heavy rackets are preferred by players who want greater momentum. You need to have strong shoulders to be able to use these rackets.
Heavy rackets increase the risk of wrist injuries. Therefore, they are not suitable for newbies.
The balance point of the racket can be in three different places:
- Having the balance point at the head will give you power and send the shuttlecock a decent way whilst giving you less control
- Having a neutral balance point is a good compromise for players who haven't yet learnt their strengths and weaknesses as it is the perfect balance between power and control
- Having the balance point at the handle gives you control and speeds up reaction time, but will not give you any extra power
Rackets are made from steel or aluminium and are usually cost-effective. However, if you want a good quality racket that is sturdy and durable, you should get one made from graphite or carbon.
Graphite and carbon rackets are usually more lightweight, and ensure durability and better performance.
At a learning stage, aluminium rackets are fine, but as you progress, it'll be good to upgrade to a better quality racket.
STRING AND STRING TENSION
Multifilament string rackets are quite popular. This allows you to play in a more effective way. Professionals use natural gut string, which suits their advanced style. But these types of badminton rackets can be expensive.
The string tension can be high tension or low tension. When the beginners consider how to choose a badminton racket, they should use a low tension racket. The low tension refers to the tension of the strings, and this allows beginners to impart more power in their shots.
High tension string rackets are meant for advanced players. While the power is lesser, the player has great control over the shots.
For beginners, 22 to 23 pounds of tension is recommended. High tension rackets have a tension of 25 pounds or higher.