Choosing a badminton racket is an important part of your game. Whether you are buying a new racket to start out, or changing the one you have as it is no longer right for you, it is important to know what you need so you can find the perfect product to match your game.
CHOOSING YOUR RACKET ACCORDING TO YOUR PLAYING FREQUENCY
If you are a beginner your racket choice will be completely different to that of a seasoned player as you will expect different properties from your rackets. Find out which racket is best suited to your playing frequency.
You will need a racket with an isometric head, which will have a larger surface area and will be more forgiving. It will be more forgiving when your strokes are slightly off centre and will make your first games easier.
You will need a racket which has power. A racket with a balance point at the head will do this. It will make delivery easier.
The main priority for intensive players is the control of the racket. A racket with a balance point at the handle will meet the expectations of your game giving you excellent reactivity.
THREE TYPES OF RACKET COMPOSITION
Rackets are made from three types of material, and each of them offer offer a different feeling. Let's take a look at these different racket types.
Steel rackets offer good value for money and are very strong. They are heavy and not very comfortable to use.
Aluminium rackets are also very strong. They are lighter than steel rackets but heavier than graphite ones. They are less flexible than graphite rackets.
Graphite rackets are flexible, comfortable and easy to handle. They are also light but they are more expensive.
RACKET BALANCE POINT
The balance point of the racket can be in three different places:
- Having the balance point at the head will give you power and send the shuttlecock a decent length whilst giving you less control.
- Having a neutral balance point is a good compromise for players who haven't yet learnt their strengths and weaknesses as it is the perfect balance between power and control.
- Having the balance point at the handle gives you control and speeds up reaction time, but will not give you any extra power.
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