There are no strict rules when it comes to finding a soulmate, and the same applies when you’re looking for the right badminton racket. Choosing a racket is extremely personal, but to really boost your game you must be able to identify your needs and your style of play.
1. What is my type?
Badminton rackets are divided into three types:
- Aluminum rackets are often used by beginners who play badminton as a hobby to stay in shape. They’re solid but not suitable for competition.
- Aluminum-graphite rackets are suitable for intermediate players and are particularly light and easy to handle.
- Graphite rackets are generally used by high-level players.
2. Weight is important
To help you understand the equipment that’s available, you must first analyze the power of your swing. If the acceleration force is low, you’re most probably looking for more power, which you can get with a heavier racket. This may be the case for beginners who need more strength.
If you build good acceleration at impact, you need a badminton racket that increases the accuracy of your shots and gives you a better feel. You will most likely enjoy a lighter racket.
3. A rigid or flexible shaft?
Manufacturers offer badminton rackets with shafts that run the gamut from very flexible to very rigid. The more flexible shafts provide more power but less accuracy, making them ideal for beginners. Rigid shafts are more suitable for advanced players. They provide more stability and control, but your momentum must be fast enough to bend the shaft when you swing.
4. Singles or doubles?
A more rigid badminton racket is generally the preferred choice of a singles player, while a more flexible racket is appropriate for a doubles player. Doubles players sometimes choose lightweight rackets to get more power for fast returns. Heavier rackets are suitable for singles, since there is more time to prepare the shots.
Are you ready to buy your racket?
The final factor in preparing to buy a badminton racket is how much you’re willing to spend. The badminton racket market is characterized by a great diversity in racket type, quality and price. Don’t step out of your budget. It’s important to remember that badminton is a sport that’s meant to provide you with a great deal of fun, not regrets.