Parts of a badminton racket:
• Grip: G1 to G6
• Weight: U to 5U
• Head Shape: Oval Shape or Isometric/Square Shape
• Shaft Flexibility: Flexible, Medium or Stiff
• Balance: Head heavy, Balance or Head Light
• Material: Aluminum, Steel, Carbon, Graphite & More
• String Tension: 18lbs - 21lbs, 22lbs - 24lbs, 25lbs - 28lbs, 29lbs - 35lbs.
We will explain each of the above items in detail below to help you decide the right racquet.
Most Racquets come with a standard grip size of G4. This is found in almost all badminton racquets. G5 grip size is specially designed for players with small-sized hands while G1/G2 grip size are designed for players with relatively larger-sized hands. Smaller grip sizes will allow for more finger power/wrist action to be used whereas a bigger grip size will utilize more of the arm. There are different ways you can grip your racquet depending on your style of play.
Most standard badminton Racquets usually weigh between 85 -92g (without the string and grip). A heavy racquet (2U/U) is considered a power racquet while a light racquet (3U) gives better control.
Our recommendation is that beginners begin with Light weight Racquets before moving up to Heavy weight Racquets. Lower 'U' means more weight and vice-versa.
The weight of a racquet is classified into a few categories, namely:
Isometric shaped Racquets have a more squarish head in comparison to an oval Racquet. It has a larger sweet spot for beginners to play more effectively. The large sweet spot makes it easier to hit a shot without exerting too much energy.
An oval head Racquet has a smaller sweet spot. It delivers more power if that spot is hit. Oval Racquets also provide better control giving the ability to place the shuttle in whatever location you desire. Oval Racquets are recommended for advanced players.
The shaft of a Badminton Racquet can be flexible or stiff. The Shaft is the area between the handle and the strung area of the frame. For beginners, flexible racquets are more suitable as they don't have to exert extra power to play strong shots since less strength is needed.
Racquet Balance or 'Balance point' refers to the weight distribution of the Racquet and is determined by where the center of balance lies in the Racquet, starting from the base of the handle. 'Head heavy' Racquets feel heavier on the Racquet head and yield more power In your smashes. 'Head light' Racquets feel overall lighter and are more maneuverable than 'Head heavy' Racquets. These are well suited for players who play at the nets. 'Even balanced' Racquets have an evenly distributed weight across the Racquet and gives good feel and flexibility to all-round players.
Badminton Racquets are made up of different types of materials. Example: Wood, Steel, Carbon Fiber, Aluminum, Graphite etc. Steel & Aluminum Racquets are recommended for Beginners.
As the string tension increases, the sweet spot reduces and becomes more concentrated. Below Table gives the ideal string tension for various playing levels.
Beginner - Finapi 101,GT100.
Intermediate - Apacs Z Ziggler , Young Y-Flash iSpeed ,Young Aero 75, Maxbolt black, Yonex astrox smash.
Professional - Mizuno JPX reserve edition, Mizuno fortius-30 power,Mizuno JPX 8 Flash.