badminton-buying-guide

Racquet Shape

There are two types of badminton racquet shapes i.e round shape and isometric shape.A round shaped racquet tends to have more concentrated power while an Isometric shaped racquet head has more surface area. Choice in racquet shape will greatly affect the game of a player.

Parts of Badminton Racquet
Oval
Isometric

WEIGHT OF THE RACQUET

To determine the weight of the racquet, its head plays a vital role. Racquet
heads are categorised as:

  • Head Heavy
    The flex of heavy weight racquet is soft
  • Balanced or Head-light
    The flex of light weight racquet is stiff
One can swing faster when the racquet is lighter and vice versa.
For an offensive style of playing a head-heavy racket is required, and for a defensive one, it is head-light racquet.
TENSION OF THE STRING

Good quality strings give more power to your technique along with better control and balance.
To get more durability and improve the control of a racquet, high tension (thin) strings are used whereas to
increase the control, players use thicker strings.

GRIP SIZES

The standard grip size of the racquet is G4 which is mostly found in almost badminton racquets.
G5 grip size is specially designed for players with small-sized hands and larger grips are designed for
comparatively big-sized hands.

How to grip a racquet?
Adjusting your badminton grip size
SHAFT FLEXIBILITY

A Racquet's flexibility comes from the shaft, or the area between the handle and the strung area of the frame.In general, the shaft flex and the string tension are the two factors which control how long the shuttlecock makes physical contact with the Racquet. For beginners flexible racquets are more suitable because you don't have to give extra power to play strong shots since less strength is needed.

MATERIAL OF RACQUET

The racquet’s frame is generally made from light weight metal such as graphite or aluminium.

Modern racquets are composed of carbon fibre composite (graphite reinforced plastic), which may be augmented by a variety of materials.

A Graphite, it is strong and light in weight.

BADMINTON RACQUET SPECIFICATIONS:

The weight is denoted by "U"; the smaller the number, the heavier the weight. For example, 3U (85-89g) is heavier than 4U (80-84g). Doubles players tend to use 4U racquets, whereas singles players tend to use 3U racquets. The grip size is denoted by "G"; the smaller the number, the larger the handle size.

For example-Yonex racquets come in G4 as standard, whereas Victor racquets come in G5 as standard. The racquet tension is denoted by "x lb to y lb"; the minimum to the maximum stringing tension recommended. Generally we recommend that beginners play with a tension closer to the lower-end, as this will provide additional power for them.