4 Ways On How To Take Care of Badminton Racket
An expensive piece of equipment will pay for itself over and over again when you take good care of it. This same logic applies to badminton rackets. How you take care of your badminton racket will determine how long it will serve you. You will spend less of your hard-earned money on replacing them whenever they break due to various reasons.
On average, badminton rackets have about 3 years lifespan but proper maintenance can ensure that they last even longer. It is not expensive to take care of them. A few dollars is all you need every few weeks.
I have been using my racket for about 8 years now and will be using it for many years to come. The simple secret to why my racket can last for almost a decade is that I constantly care for them by ensuring the following 4 essential aspects are never neglected.
There is a general rule of thumb that you should replace your badminton strings every 3-4 months if you play 3-4 times per week. You can follow this advice if you are playing at the recreational level.
However, I would restring my badminton racket whenever my strings become loose. Sometimes, I would go to the extent of restringing every month although I play 3-4 times per week.
How do I know when my strings become loose and need a fresh set of strings?
The first way to find out is to hit a shuttlecock. If a dull sound is produced or it just doesn’t feel right, I will consider restringing it.
For beginners who are unable to identify by hearing or feeling yet,I would recommend that they use a badminton string tension calibrator or a phone app.
Those tiny black plastic pieces protruding out of your badminton racket’s head and where strings pass right through each of them are called grommets. And they are often overlooked in racket maintenance.
They tend to chip off or become deform under extreme pressure or after prolonged usage. Very often, we do not notice and seldom want to replace them. As they are not readily available in the market, unlike the strings or the grips, they are usually overlooked when we take care of our badminton rackets.
Well, the good news is that most restringers are willing to absorb the cost in helping you replace a couple of spoiled grommets so that the strings do not snap during the restringing process. This saves them having to spend unnecessary resources in terms of time and money.
Try to give them a hand by replacing your grommets whenever they are damaged. You can get a bag of 50-100 grommets for just a couple of bucks from online stores.
For hygiene purposes, it is recommended that you change your grips frequently. On the other hand, you should still change them whenever they start to fray, lose their tackiness or become powdery to the touch.
Beneath the grips, the handle is made of wood. The moisture from over soaked grips can damage the wooden part if you do not dry your grips after each game.
It is always advisable to wipe dry your grips and air them in a dry and cool place. Avoid direct sunlight as the heat can melt synthetic grips which can also damage the wood underneath.
Needless to say, it is always better to invest in a badminton bag with good cushioning to shield your rackets from unintended impacts. Needless to know, such forces from a slight knock or a hard collision can cause breakage of your racket’s frame.
As much as possible, avoid securing your rackets between books in your backpacks as these uneven pressures can also damage the structural integrity of your racket’s frame leading to cracks.