Posted on Mon Dec 28 2020
Players are different in experience, age, power, techniques and type of game. And more, racquets are available from different sport equipment manufactures like Yonex, lining, Victor, Kawasaki, Fleet, ad more with range of prices.
It is really a challenge for a players to choose a racquet and change racquet when players improve their performance. Racquets are classified in terms of Weight, Flex, Balance, Grip size, and Sting tension. The decision can be narrowed down to two key questions; i. What type of balance the racket has?, and ii. How flexible the shaft is ?
Let us discuss the significance of the above two points.
Badminton racquets are categorized based on their balance, or where the full weight of the racket is located. Three categories are: Head-Heavy, Even-Balance and Head-Light.
Head-Heavy racquets have the major weights towards the head, producing a Heavy head and Head-Light racquets have total weight towards the handle, resulting in a lighter head. Even-Balance rackets have the weight distributed evenly throughout the racquet.
Shaft flexibility is vital factor when choosing a badminton racquet, and it dependents on player’s wrist/arm speed. Based on shaft flexibility, Manufacturers have racquet categories as ‘Flexible’, ‘Medium Stiff’ and ‘Stiff’ and ‘Extra Stiff’.
Un-Stung racquet weight is categorized as 2U = 90-95g; 3U = 85-89g; 4U = 81-84g; and 5U = 75-80g.
Heavier racquets are suitable for advanced players who has wrist power can extract power from heavy racquet which is controllable too. 3U suits well for advanced singles players.
Lighter rackets are suitable for beginners who may not require much power on arm/wrist but racket delivers less power, but with speed. 4U suits well for advanced doubles players
Most racket manufacturers provide four grip sizes, from G2, G3, G4 to G5 where G2 is the biggest size and G5 is the smallest size.
Choose a grip size that you feel comfortable with. Attacking players prefer bigger grips as they need to hold the racquet more tightly to generate power. Players who like to rally and make use of deception usually prefer a smaller grip so that the racquet is easier to turn in their hands.
The racquet tension is denoted by “x lb to y lb”; the minimum to the maximum stringing tension recommended. Generally beginners are recommended with a lower tension , as this will provide additional power for them.