The Most Important Factor in Choosing Badminton Strings

The Most Important Factor in Choosing Badminton Strings

How to choose strings for your badminton rackets when there are so many different types in the market?

The first characteristic you should look out for is the string gauge (thickness) which affects the durability of your badminton strings, repulsion and control of your shots.

Thicker strings offer longer durability

Let’s start with an analogy to illustrate how the thickness of a badminton string can determine its resistance to breakage.

When you stretch a dough, it becomes longer and thinner. As you stretch it further, it will break at some point. The same logic applies to badminton strings. They tend to break at higher tension when they are pulled more.

A thinner string is more fragile than a thicker string. If you want your strings to last longer without having to restring your badminton rackets too frequently, it is recommended that you choose thicker strings with thickness ranging from 0.68mm to 0.70mm.

Thinner strings offer higher repulsion

Badminton strings of varying thickness exert different forces of repulsion on incoming shots. Repulsion is higher for thinner strings. Conversely, thicker strings exert lower repulsion.

What this means is that you are able to produce more powerful shots with thinner strings that provide higher repulsion. The incoming shuttlecock bounces off faster from the string bed and at the same time, it is projected at a higher speed.

This is particularly preferred by badminton players who play mostly attacking shots because they want their shots to fly as fast as possible.

Repulsion can also be affected by the size of the sweet spot on the string bed and the amount of tension pulled on the strings. However, let’s keep things really simple here and leave this for future discussion.

Thinner strings offer better control

As strings become thinner, your control of your shots become better.

Upon contact with an incoming shuttlecock, thinner strings are able to sink deeper into its base. Coupled with proficient hand skills, you are more likely to exert better directional control of your shots.

Thinner strings do, in some ways, lead to better performance. However, this perception usually originates from having a better string feel and creating a louder sound during contact with a shuttlecock.

Most badminton players prefer thinner strings as they generate a good feeling upon hitting a shuttlecock. The downside is that they can break easily and more time and money have to be spent on restringing.

To reduce the frequency of breakage, you can choose to restring your badminton rackets at lower tension with thinner strings. Ultimately, you will have to perform a trial and error to find out the best string tension for different string thickness in order to unlock the potential of the particular badminton string you decide on.