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Buying badminton rackets - tips for buying

The badminton racket market is huge. The well-known manufacturers Yonex, Victor, Oliver and Carlton each have around 20-50 clubs in their current range. There are also discontinued models and rackets from smaller badminton manufacturers such as Talbot Torro, Adidas, Babolat, Karakal, Forza, RSL and Wilson. At this point we provide assistance if you want to buy a badminton racket so that you can find the best badminton racket for your requirements from this almost unlimited selection of racket types.


When deciding on the right racket, numerous objective purchase criteria such as weight, balance, head shape, stringing, stiffness of the shaft, size of the handle and material help. Most of these criteria directly or indirectly influence the playing characteristics of your future racquet. In this article you will learn what to look for when buying.

Weight

Badminton rackets are significantly lighter than tennis rackets, for example. This has to do with the significantly lighter shuttlecock, which only weighs about 5 grams. Therefore, the racket can also be made more filigree and lighter and still withstand the stresses and strains of the ball. But there are also differences in weight when it comes to badminton rackets. Very light rackets, for example, weigh less than 80 grams. Most playground equipment, however, has a weight range of 80-90 grams. Robust beginner rackets, on the other hand, weigh more than 90 grams. The simple hardware store racket made of steel at a special price can also weigh more than 110 grams to weigh. The weight mainly affects the handling properties and the effort required when playing. This way, light clubs can be maneuvered better and less power is required in the drive game. Physically stronger players, on the other hand, also prefer a slightly heavier racket, as the accelerated mass can give slap balls a little more hardness.

Weightfitness
less than 80 grams:Ladies, children, energy-saving fast game
80-85 grams:quick game (men and women)
85-90 grams:High impact game (rather men)
90-100 grams:robust beginner racket

balance

In addition to the weight, the balance or weight distribution is the second criterion that affects the handling of the badminton racket. If the weight is shifted closer to the grip, the racket can be maneuvered more quickly in the fast drive game, but has less mass in the racket head, which helps with hard smashes. In the technical information about the racket, the center of gravity (SP) or a general information such as headlong or top heavy Find. The center of gravity is specified as the distance in millimeters from the end of the handle. The following table helps with the assignment:

SPbalancefitness
under 285 mm:headlongvery good handling
285-290 mm:slightly head-lightgood handling, some hardness
290-300 mm:balancedHandling, hardness
300-310 mm:slightly top-heavygood hardness
over 310 mm:top heavyvery good hardness

Head shape

The maximum dimensions of a badminton racket are precisely specified in the regulations. The total length of the racket may not exceed 68 cm. The club head is limited to a width of 23 cm and a length of 29 cm. This maximum size is only used by very few clubs, as the air resistance and weight increase with the size and the torsional stiffness decreases. But there are badminton rackets (such as Talbot Torro Isoforce 511) that comply with the rules with a so-called Oversize head and a club head area of ​​almost 500cm2 almost completely exploit. At the other extreme are rackets like the Yonex Nanoray Zspeed with very small and narrow dimensions (head area 377cm2)that are optimized for low weight, low air resistance and high torsional rigidity. This explains, for example, why the world record speed of 493 km / h was reached with this racket in 2013. Between the two extremes there are different head shapes from narrow to slightly isometric to isometric and oversize.

Head shapefitness
narrowhigh ball speed
normalAll-round
slightly isometricSorry for mistakes
isometric / oversizehigh forgiveness

Stiffness shaft

While badminton rackets were made of wood in the early days, today's rackets use the most modern materials from carbon to graphite to tungsten and titanium. These materials allow manufacturers to produce clubs with different shaft flexibilities and comparable diameters. It is difficult to tell with the naked eye whether a racket has a flexible shaft or whether the shaft is very stiff. A racket with a high deflection supports your own game with an extra racket head speed. Research at the University of Aalborg has shown, for example, that a flexible shaft can increase the speed of beginners by around 10 percent. A stiff racket, on the other hand, allows very precise play, as the racket does not twist even at high speeds. The shaft stiffness is classified by the most important manufacturers such as Yonex, Oliver and Victor in several classes of flex to extra stiff assigned.

Stiffness shaftGaming property
flexmore speed
midflexAll-round (speed)
midstiffAll-round (precision)
stiffprecision
extra stiffmaximum precision

Handle

When it comes to grip, there are two main points to consider when buying a badminton racket:

  • The circumference of the grip must match the size of the hand
  • Good grip for casual gamers

The right grip circumference can be determined by placing your hand around the club and making sure that the ring finger and middle finger do not hit the ball of the hand. When buying on the Internet, you can use the abbreviations for the handle size as a guide, which are included with many clubs. Frequent players usually choose a grip circumference with a basic grip tape, as they add an overgrip (thin overgrip tape) to the grip tape.

Stringing

Top players usually leave the first stringing of the racket manufacturer directly to the left. Top rackets are either sold unstrung or they are strung directly from specialist dealers and strung with the appropriate weight. Powerful players usually use thin strings that have less drag and feel better. Beginners should buy a badminton racket that is strung with a thicker string (about 0.80mm diameter) and has a soft string of less than 7kg, since in most cases this combination does not break as quickly as thin strings that are hard-strung. You can find out more about this topic in our article: Tips on string tension

Racket material

The materials that are used today in a badminton racket were among the most modern materials and are in no way inferior to the components in Formula 1 cars or in aircraft construction. With the high strength of carbon, titanium or tungsten, enormous tension levels are possible with a very light weight. However, the art of the manufacturer is not simply to minimize weight, but rather to optimally adapt the racket to the target group in terms of rigidity and durability. Because high-strength materials are also brittle. In combination with a hard cover, slight contact with the partner's racket can cause the frame to break.
We therefore recommend a more robust club with an aluminum head for beginners. Aluminum is just as light as carbon, but much tougher. This means that the frame can deform slightly in the event of an impact, but it does not break immediately. Advanced level players will find a very good price-performance ratio in rackets with carbon-graphite mixtures.

price

As with many other products, the quality of badminton rackets cannot be inferred directly from the price. In addition, a very expensive racket does not have to be better suited for your own game, since many expensive rackets are designed for competitive and top players. With their stiff shaft and often smaller racket head, these badminton rackets are only conditionally suitable for beginners. If you have read the previous sections carefully, you will already have a feeling which properties a racket should have for your performance and your requirements. In most cases you will find a badminton racket from Adidas, Babolat, Talbot Torro and Wilson in the price range between 30 and 80 euros that fully meets your requirements. Top players in particular invest more than 100 euros in rackets from top brands such as Yonex (e.g. Voltric series), Carlton or Victor, because they want to string their play equipment with 11kg or more - a hardness range for which cheaper rackets are usually not designed. The following table gives an orientation in which price range badminton rackets of suitable quality for the corresponding badminton player move.

pricePerformance range
15 - 35 eurosBeginner
30 - 50 eurosAdvanced
40 - 100 eurosCompetitive player
70 - 170 eurosTop players

Overview of criteria

The scope of this article shows how difficult it is to summarize in brief words the multitude of properties that influence the type of racket and the playing characteristics. Therefore, we want to list a few examples of how ideal badminton rackets are designed for different badminton players. Alternatively, you can also do the interactive self-test by defining your desired properties and using these criteria to compare all badminton rackets from Babolat to Yonex in our database. The test result then answers the following typical questions with an individual matching result:
  • Which badminton racket suits me?
  • Which badminton racket is the best?

target groupproperties
Beginners - all-round
  • isometric head
  • flexible shaft
  • balanced balance
  • Graphite or aluminum
  • approx. 85 - 90 grams
  • 15 - 35 euros
Beginner - attack
  • isometric head
  • flexible shaft
  • slightly top-heavy balance
  • Graphite or aluminum
  • approx. 90 - 95 grams
  • approx. 15 - 35 euros
  • e.g. Carlton Powerblade Superlite
Advanced - all-round
  • isometric head
  • mid-flex shaft
  • balanced balance
  • Graphite or carbon
  • approx. 80 - 85 grams
  • 30 - 50 euros
Advanced - attack
  • slightly isometric head
  • flexible shaft
  • slightly top-heavy balance
  • Graphite or carbon
  • approx. 85 - 90 grams
  • approx. 40 - 60 euros
  • e.g. Carlton Powerblade Superlite
Top players - defense
  • slightly isometric head
  • stiff shaft
  • head-light balance
  • Carbon, titanium, kevlar, tungsten
  • approx. 75 - 85 grams
  • approx. 70-170 euros
Top players - attack
  • narrow to normal head
  • stiff shaft
  • top-heavy balance
  • Carbon, titanium, kevlar, tungsten
  • approx. 85 - 90 grams
  • approx. 70-170 euros
  • e.g. Yonex Nanoray Zspeed