CHOOSE YOUR BADMINTON RACKET

It is the sacred tool of the badminton player! The purchase of a badminton racket is a decisive step for a beginner badminton player. However, it is important not to choose just any model, in order to be able to progress quickly, and to avoid any type of injury. For example, an excessive racket stiffness can generate forced strikes due to lack of power, and cause tendonitis.

FLEXIBILITY Here is a key characteristic to take into account when making your choice. There are three main types:

– Soft  : easier to play, with a longer steering wheel, but less precise
– Semi-rigid  : the right compromise between power and precision, for regular players
– Rigid  : the choice of experts because they are physically demanding , but very precise.


For a beginner badiste, a flexible rod is advised because it is easier to twist. This is called the catapult effect. Less precise, but offering more assistance on the power aspect, it will offer you the advantage of being both comfortable and efficient, notably with a good length of the steering wheel without having to force your movement.

On the contrary, a rigid rod will be popular with more technical and powerful players in order to benefit from maximum precision. As the rod is harder, and therefore more demanding for the player, this type of frame is not suitable for everyone.

BALANCE

Here is the other key criterion to take into account when choosing your racquet. He is also the one who will dictate how you play on the pitch. There are three types:

– In handle  : the racquet seems to tilt towards the grip
– Neutral  : the weight of the racquet is evenly distributed between the head and the handle
– In the head  : the balance leans towards the frame.


Basically, the more weight a racket has in the handle, the more maneuverable it will be, but the less powerful it will be. Conversely, the more the weight of the racket is in the lead, the more powerful it will be, but the less maneuverability (and therefore easier to defend) you will have. A neutral balance will be favored by players looking for versatility.

WEIGHT

Last key element, weight affects both power, handling and precision of the racquet. To express it we use the interval system imposed by Yonex, which works as follows:

– 2U : 90 – 94 grams
– 3U : 85 – 89 grams
– 4U : 80 – 84 grams
– 5U : 75 – 79 grams
– 6U : 70 – 74 grams


The lighter a racquet, the more manoeuvrable it will be, and the heavier it will be, the more powerful and precise it will be. This reasoning is of course to be related to the characteristics of the racket. For example, a frame balanced in the handle and with a weight of 90 grams may be interesting in some cases, adding more weight in the shots while maintaining good maneuverability.

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Choosing the right badminton racket is all about combining features. It’s up to you to choose yours! To appeal to our community of badists, do not hesitate to ask the Badmania.fr forum to be helped in your choice.


The badminton racket remains the most important part of a player’s equipment. In order to improve gradually, it is important to complete the equipment of your racket in order to maximize its qualities.

CHOOSE YOUR BADMINTON STRING

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Often underestimated, the string plays yet at 50% in the overall performance of the racket. It is therefore essential for you to choose a badminton string and a tension adapted to your needs. There are three types of strings:

– Durability : very solid, this type of string offers less feeling but a longer lifespan.
– Power : a fairly elastic wire, offering a quality of rebound of the flywheel in the maximum frame for more percussion. An all-terrain rope, often favored during the first 2 seasons of failing to play to know his playing style.
– Touching: grainy, the sheath of this type of string grips the steering wheel to give it more effect, and generally offer more sensations.


Be careful to observe the thickness of your gauge! Below 0.69 mm, your string presents a somewhat higher risk of breakage, which is usually more accepted by competitors. The lifespan of a thin string (0.68 mm and less) is estimated to be around 8 weeks for a competitive player (4 to 6 hours of training per week).

For a beginner player, the recommended tension is 10 kg. Beyond that, and without a minimum of technique and experience, the risk of injury will be present.

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