Everything You Need to Know About Badminton Rackets
The competitive sport of Badminton Rackets can be appreciated both professionally and casually in your own backyard. Over the years, badminton has gained world recognition, taking part in the Summer Olympics with five events: women’s single women’s double, men’s single, men’s double, and mixed doubles. The demand for outstanding fitness is no surprise when it comes to badminton; players are constantly required to use their speed, strength, energy, and precision for the entirety of the match. The sport doesn’t require a whole lot of equipment; mainly just a shuttlecock (also known as a birdie) and a badminton racket. However, racket quality may make all the difference when it comes to top-notch performance. Here’s what you need to know when going on the hunt for a new badminton racket.
How to Select a Badminton Racket
The process of selecting a badminton racket may seem overwhelming due to the various choices. Rackets are available in a variety of designs, colors, weight, and shapes. Knowing your personal playing style and techniques will be the first step to selecting the right badminton racket. There are many aspects you should consider before making a purchase such as weight, balance, shape, grip size, playing style, and the cost. For Example, knowing your swing style will help you determine how flexible the shaft should be. Being mindful of these considerations may help you filter out badminton rackets and aid you in selecting the right one.
The weight of a badminton racket is represented by “U”. The smaller the number of U, the heavier the racket will be. These days most rackets weigh between 80-89 g. However, a heavier racket may be recommended for some single players, mainly because of the force it provides. Heavier rackets are harder on the arms and shoulder; therefore it’s important to test out different rackets before making a purchase.
Balance is one of the most important factors in choosing a badminton racket. There are three types of rackets available in terms of balance: head light balance (better when defending), head heavy balance (better for smashing a shot), and even balance (a bit of both). Even balance rackets are the most preferred, as it offers both offensive and defensive shots.
Shaft Flexibility (Flex)
While purchasing a badminton racket, shaft flexibility is just as important as balance. Badminton rackets are categorized as flexible, medium flex, stiff and extra stiff. The level of flexibility depends on the overall swing and arm movement. Most beginners will have a slower swing, therefore, benefitting from a more flexible shaft. Experienced players with a stronger swing will prefer a stiffer shaft.
Popular Professional Badminton Rackets in 2016-2017
Yonex Duora 10
This unique badminton racket is mostly suited for everyone and is extremely popular because of its technology, shape, and color. It offers both a backhand and forehand side for a powerful and optimized game.
Victor Bravesword 12
This badminton racket is known to be ideal for doubles. Lee Yong Dae (former #1 ranked in men’s doubles) used this racket for many years because of its excellent performance. Not too good in looks, but this is one of the best performing rackets out there!
Voltric Z Force 2
The extremely stiff shaft offers nothing but power and more power. Many players including Lee Chong Wei and Kento Momota use this particular racket. Yonex offers this racket in five different colors!
Yonex Nanoray Z – Speed
The Yonex Nanoray Z-Speed may just be one of the fastest rackets ever! It’s unique long shaft and smallest frame in Yonex history is what makes this a smashers dream come true. This racket is available in two neon colors.
Yonex Voltric 80 E-Tune
The Voltric 80 E-Tune is one of the newer additions to the lineup of Yonex badminton rackets. The main quality this racket offers is detachable grommets; this customizable feature allows you to make the racket head heavy or light according to your preference. Both defensive and offensive players can take benefit from this racket.