Choosing a badminton racket – buying guide for beginners and intermediate level players
For beginners and intermediate players here is the list of top ten best badminton rackets available in India – listed based on price. Following are some important factors to consider while choosing / purchasing a badminton racquets. If you like to contribute your knowledge to beginner / intermediate level badminton players, please do comment below. If you want to be a professional player consult with experienced badminton coach to select the best racket for your playing style and requirement.
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Size chart for Yonex racquets
- Head heavy badminton rackets
Best for powerful game from the back of the court. Equiped with extra mass in the head area it increase the power of smashes and clears. Makes it easy to react / defend quickly to powerful shot from opponent .
- Head light badminton rackets
Easier to swing and control racket with respect to players need.
- Balanced weight badminton racket
Attempts to provide advantages of both heady heavy and head light rackets. Racket good for all types of shots – if you don’t prefer any particular position.
Flexibility and stiffness
- Medium flexible
- Stiff – Bends and then comes back very fastly. Power & control – maximum.
- Medium stiff/Extra stiff
- Beginners – Rs 500 & up
- Intermediate & professional players – consult coach or read top 10 best selling badminton racket in India.
Total weight of racket
Weight of badminton racket is represented by letter U. High value of “U” indicates less weight. Example 3U (85 to 89g) rackets weigh more than 4U(80 to 84g).
Racket frame Shape
Isometric shape has more sweet spot (area on the string that produces the best result) area. Oval shaped frame has a concentrated sweet spot. The more experienced player need less sweet spot area. Isometric shape is recommended for beginners.
Commonly used materials are. Frame material – Aluminium frame, tungsten carbon fibre Frame, shaft materials – Carbon Graphite, titanium mesh, Steel etc.
Your playing style
Common playing styles are fast and aggressive style, deceptive stroke players, straightforward and defensive style etc
When string tension is increased, the sweet spot reduces.
Grip of handle
Parts of Badminton racket – graphical representation
Top badminton racket brands in India – click on image to see more.
Other less popular brands are StarX, TENNEX, Guru, STRAUSS, Gibbs etc. You may also like to read Comparison of Yonex muscle power 29 and Carbonex 8000 , two best selling
Graphite, steel or aluminium badminton, which is best ?
Aluminium & steel rackets are still widely available in Indian local and online market. But use of light metals such as carbon, graphite, titanium etc are now preferred by players. These racquets will allow them to handle rackets easily with speed and control. These are lot lighter and will allow you to generate more swing speed and probably greater distance. If racket made with carbon material is available in your budget, surely go for it.