How to choose the right racket for yourself?
Choosing the right badminton racket for you is a personal process, nobody can tell you which is the right racket to choose, you have to spend time testing a variety of rackets before you find the perfect match. As your badminton experience grows, you’ll find it easier to choose the right badminton racket as you’ll have developed a feel or instinct for what you like or dislike, but equally, it’s important to ask the right questions before you make a purchase.
Making the wrong assumptions could affect your performance. When buying a badminton racket the three main things to take into consideration are the racket head’s shape, its weight, and its shaft flexibility, all of which will determine the racket’s effectiveness and style.
Shape Badminton rackets come with two distinctive head shapes, oval and isometric. Oval heads are typically found on cheaper, lower-end rackets, while isometric heads are more common on the majority of rackets. The benefit of an isometric racket is that it has a larger sweet spot than an oval head.
Weight Badminton rackets come in three categories, Head-Heavy, Even-Balance, and Head-Light.
Head-Heavy rackets – as the name suggests, Head-Heavy badminton rackets have the mass shifted towards the head. Head-Heavy rackets are popular with players who like to play a powerful game from the back of the court. A heavier head can increase the power of a player clears and smashes.
Head-Light rackets – have the mass shifted towards the handle and therefore contain a lighter head. These types of rackets are a popular choice amongst club badminton players as the head and frame of the racket contain far less mass and are therefore easier to manipulate and swing. Head-Light rackets are good for returning smashes as players need to react quickly. They are also better suited when playing shots on the net.
EVEN Balance rackets – have the mass distributed evenly throughout the racket. They are aimed at providing players with a compromise between Head-Heavy and Head-Light rackets, by providing enough power from the back and enough control and flexibility at the front. If you don’t yet play in a specific position on the badminton court, an Even-Balance racket is a good choice as the racket is suited to all types of shots and can help beginners to develop an all-round game.
This is as important as a weight when choosing a badminton racket. The correct level will be dependent on your wrist/arm speed. Rackets are characterized as ‘Flexible’, ‘Medium’ or ‘Stiff’, and the way to choose the right one for you if to consider your arm speed. The stronger your swing speed, the more you’ll benefit from a stiffer shaft. If your arm speed is slower and smoother, you’ll be better suited to a flexible shaft. Beginners will benefit far more from a flexible shaft while advanced players tend to favor stiffer shafts that complement their more advanced technique.
Weight – the weight of a racket is described by using the letter ‘U’ with a number preceding it. The smaller the number, the heavier the weight, for example, 3U (85-89g) is heavier than 4U (80-84g),then 5U (76~79),and less 6U (72~75)
**** size – the **** size is described using the letter ‘G’, the smaller the number the handle size. such as G1 size is smaller than G2
Racket tension – is identified by ‘x lb to y lb’ which describes the minimum to the maximum stringing tension recommended.
Beginners are recommended to play with a lower tension: 20~24LBS for better control.
Professional users recommend higher tension: 28~32LBS for an excellent performance.
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