3 Steps To Choose The Right Badminton String Tension
Most people prefer to consult their restringers for the right badminton string tension. However, in truth, there is no way to determine the string tension that will work best in your favour. You are the best person to find that out.
For better playing experience, it is essential to choose the correct badminton string tension. This allows you to deliver shots with optimal power and accuracy.
Generally, higher string tension produces less power in your shots but provides you with more control over them. On the contrary, lower tension creates a wider sweet spot which facilitates a more powerful shot but with reduced accuracy.
We introduce a simplified 3-step approach to help you choose the right badminton string tension as follows:
1st Step: Determine your playing level
First and foremost, you have to determine whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced badminton player. Intermediate and advanced players will most likely know their preferred string tension after having undergone professional training for many years. In most times, the ones who are still in the process of finding out the right string tension for themselves are the beginners.
As a start, you can refer to the general guide below to determine the string tension that best suits your playing level:
- Beginner: 16 – 18 lbs
- Intermediate: 19 – 23 lbs t
- Advance: 24 – 28 lbs
2nd Step: Determine your playing style
Are you aiming to deliver precise or powerful shots?
Those who play at the precision levels will prefer a higher tension to be strung on their badminton rackets, while those who play mostly attacking styles with powerful shots delivered will prefer a lower tension.
Higher string tension produces less power in your shots, but your muscular strength and perfection of techniques can make up for it. In return, you have more directional control over your shots.
A lower tension creates a bigger sweet spot for optimal transference of power to your shots. In addition, the higher repulsion allows you to use less strength to propel your shots faster. However, the downside is that there will be less control over your shots which you can make up for it with more practice!
3rd Step: Maximum tension of your badminton racket
Well, this step is seldom considered because it is a widely known fact to always string below the maximum tension of your badminton rackets. Stringing beyond their tension threshold will result in breakage of the racket frames. In some occasions, high string tension may not be the only reason why your racket frames crack. We will explore the other reasons that can cause your rackets to crack next time.
Will it be wiser to always purchase a badminton racket that can accommodate very high tension then?
Badminton rackets that can withstand higher tension are usually more expensive. If price is not an issue, there are other factors that should direct your choice of badminton rackets. These factors can provide better playing experience rather than simply choosing one with a higher tension threshold.
In short, an adaptive approach should be adopted to determine the ideal badminton string tension for yourself. Be flexible in choosing string tensions. Don’t be afraid to try adjusting them for different playing styles, strings and rackets. You may be able to unlock the magical number of the perfect string tension for your badminton racket.