Choosing A Good Badminton Racket In 5 Minutes
The decision-making process of choosing good badminton rackets is often very complicated. What exactly attracts you to buy a particular badminton racket?
Some base their decisions on aesthetics while others nominate their preferred badminton rackets according to their budgets.There is no wrong answer in choosing what you think is best for yourself. However, there may be a time when you realised your newly selected badminton rackets are not quite compatible with your playing levels or playing styles.
Aesthetic and price should not be the first few factors in determining a good badminton racket. A nice looking racket may not be suitable for you in terms of weight. It may be too heavy or too light. An expensive racket may be too stiff for a beginner player.
The 5-minute Approach
To keep things really simple, we have devised this 5-minute approach to quickly filter through many badminton rackets at once to shortlist a few to try and eventually pick a good badminton racket to play with until you outgrow it.
Step 1 : Choose your racket type
By knowing which type of badminton rackets suits your playing preference, you can easily eliminate dozens of rackets at once. There are head-heavy, head-light and well-balanced racket types in the market.
Head-heavy racket gives you that extra boost to push your shots to the baseline. As most of its weight is concentrated at the head, it allows you to pack a powerful smash as well. However, directional control of your shots may be compromised to some extent.
On the other end, a head-light racket allows for more directional control of your shots but you may need to exert more strength to push the shuttlecocks further in overhead clears. The lightness in the racket’s head allows proficient players to swing their rackets faster and in turn generate more powerful shots with greater speed.
Well-balanced racket may give you the best of both worlds. You have more control and slightly more power in your shots as compared to the other 2 racket types. This is compatible for versatile badminton players.
Step 2 : Choose the stiffness / flexibility of your racket’s shaft
You can further eliminate many more rackets by choosing the stiffness / flexibility of your racket’s shaft.
For recreational players, I would recommend medium flexibility or very flexible ones. The flexibility provides more whipping motion to propel the shuttlecock to the baseline.
Rackets that are stiffer would require more strength to create that whipping motion but their stiffness increases shots accuracy. Stiffer rackets are a popular choice among advanced players as they seek to play at more precise levels.
Step 3 : Choose the string tension range according to your skill level
Every racket is designed differently with various string tension ranges (thresholds) to accommodate different playing levels.
This is a pretty easy step as most rackets will indicate the tension range on the shaft. Often people jumped straight to this step to select their badminton rackets.
If you know what tension is suitable for you, this may be the first and final step for advanced players. For example, if you play at 28lbs, you will find that there are very few rackets that can withstand such tension. These rackets are usually very expensive.
Start playing with a few shortlisted rackets
After choosing a few good badminton rackets, you should try playing with them to find out which shortlisted racket suits you better. It will take some time before you find the right one.