Badminton Secrets Course
The most important piece of equipment for a badminton player is their racket (or
racquet as it is sometimes spelt).
Racket basics | Racket head
| Racket grip | String
tension | Racket makers
Badminton is a very fast sport, and as such the rackets used are a lot lighter
than in other sports such as tennis and squash.
They generally consist of a handle, a shaft and a head. The whole length of the
racket can be no greater than 68cm, and the width no greater than 23cm.
The head of the racket is made up of a frame and the strings, which are usually
made from nylon (though can actually be made from sheep or cow gut).
The head can be no longer than 29cm, with the strings no more than 28cm long and
The shaft and head frame are made of metal; anything from aluminium or steel to
graphite or titanium on lighter rackets.
To make holding the racket easier, a grip is added which makes the handle less
slippery and easier to control. The thickness of the handle is to the player's
Rackets vary depending on the type of player. For example, some rackets suit a
more attacking player and others a more defensive player. Also, whether the
racket is to be used for singles or doubles has an effect.
Some rackets are designed for all-round use and tend to be more popular.
Generally a defensive player would want a lighter racket (for accuracy), and an
attacking player would want more weight in the head, for power.
Important to any player is the 'tension' of the strings. If the strings are too
tight, they will break more easily, but if they are too loose, there will be a
loss of power on shots.
The average tension is around 21-23 lbs.
There are many companies that make badminton rackets, but the most popular of
all is Yonex. Most of the world's top players play with Yonex rackets.
Other popular makes include Carlton, Prince and Wilson.
New rackets are being brought out all the time. For latest discussion on which
is the best one to buy, see the 'Equipment' section of the
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