Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide

How to buy badminton rackets

There are different  component of racket  for example Grip, Material , Head Shape, Shaft Flexibility, Balance , Material, String Tension.

Grip

The grip is from where you hold the racket  . It is denoted by G in Yonex badminton racket ,it comes in variance from G1 to G5 , G1  & G2  is having large diameter and it is  designed for  those  who are having relatively  large hands.

Smaller grip size will allow for finger power/ wrist action to be used whereas  a bigger grip size  will utilize more of  arm.

There are different  ways you can grip/ hold  your racket depending upon your style of play ( How to hold the racket ) .G4 is the standard grip and most of the Yonex  badminton racket comes in this size only .

G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6
4 inch 3.75 inch 3.5 inch 3.25 inch 3 inch 2.75 inch

While in Lining (another badminton racket  manufacturing company) comes in S1 and S2 Grip sizes

           S1         S2
        Small   Extra Small

Weight

Most  standard badminton rackets comes in weight from 85-92g( Without the string and grip ). It is donated by U.

U and 2U considered to be power  racket and it is recommended for professional players  and if you are beginner I would recommend you for 3U i.e Light racket.

For heavy weight racket more  finger and wrist is used and  for light weight arm is used.

5U 4U 3U 2U U
75-79.7 gm 80-84.9 gm 85-92 gm 90-94.9 gm 95-99.9 gm

head shape

There two types of  shape  either Oval shape or Isometric , In Isometric  shape there is  larger  sweet spot for beginner to play more efficiently and if you are beginner I would recommend to have Isometric  frame , the reason is larger sweet spot make it easier to hit a shot without putting too much power and result into better short .

While on the other side Oval shape rackets are there, on these types of shape of badminton rackets the sweet pot will be small and it will result into more power, we will recommend these types of rackets to professional or advanced players. Because of this small sweet spot more power will be delivered and more accuracy is required.

Material

Badminton racket is made up of either Wood , Aluminum, Steel , Carbon ,Graphite , Aluminum & Steel .If you are  beginner and just starting we will recommend for Steel / Aluminum , and if you are intermediate then you can think of Carbon Fiber and for professional we will recommend for Graphite as it will be most expensive one. 

Purpose Material
Beginner Steel / Aluminum
Intermediate Carbon Fiber
Professional Graphite

Conclusion

Parameter Beginner Intermediate Professional
Grip G4 G4 G4
Material Steel / Aluminum Carbon Graphite
Weight 3U/4U 2U 2U/U
Balance Balance Racquet HeadLight/Heavy Heavy
Head Shape Isometric Oval Oval
String 18-21 Lbs 22-28 Lbs 25-35 Lbs

string tension

The string tension is inversely proportionate to  sweet spot , if you will increase the tension then sweet spot will reduce and more power will generated , so for beginner it is always advice able to have low low tension because it will give them better sweet spot and more use of arm will come into play , as they are not perfectionist so will  play better while on other  had professional player will have high string tension.

For string tension, you have also considered the racket strength also because over and above of that level it can break the badminton racket. You have check before buying the racket what is the maximum.

Following is the grid according to level of the player you are. As suggested   earlier, if you are beginner you should go for low tension and if you are.

String Tension Playing Level
18-21 Lbs Armature
22-24 Lbs Intermediate
25- 28 Lbs Advance Player
29-35 lbs Country Player

Balance

Balance point is center point of the racket starting from top and bottom of the racket , it is basically center  point of badminton racket . It is the weight distribution of the badminton racket. There can three possibility either it can have  Heavy Head Racket are Heavier at  racket  head  and will generate more power for smash , it is  advice able for those player  whose playing style is attacking these type of racket is used for double player . While on the other side Balance badminton racket are those having equal weight distribution across badminton racket, it is advice able for more for defensive players and require more speed.

shaft flexibility

Shaft is the  rod which connect  frame of the badminton racket  to grip of the  racket .The shaft the racket can  be flexible of stiff . Flexibly is more advice able for beginner player while on the side stiff is used for professional or advance level player. Both Flexible and stiff have pros and cons. Following is comparison of Both:

flexible

Pros Cons
This is suitable for beginner because they don’t have to focus on generating on power , in initial phase player more concentration on accuracy rather than force. Because of flexibility when someone defend the shot Badminton shuttle stays for longer period of time  result into week defend.
By putting less strength, player can generate power  because of  flexibility of shaft. S Less control over  shuttle placement  since shaft  is easily bent.

stiff shaft

Pros Cons
Since It has Stiff shaft so  shuttle will not stay for longer period of time  on string bed  and result into faster return of the shot. It require good technique.
It gives high power. Suitable for advance or professional player.
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