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Top badminton racket for advanced players

If you enjoy playing badminton, and practice it often, having a correct racket is a must. To choose the correct badminton racket for yourself may seem like a very easy task. However, every racket is different and is defined by certain criteria like flexibility, balance, and weight.

The market offers a wide range of rackets to choose from and purchase, however, there are some questions you need to consider.

Think of the purpose: are you a casual or intermediate player, as long as professional players always look for a specific one. What type of balance the racket has, and how flexible the shaft is.

Yonex is one of the best shuttle racket brands from Japan that offer professional tools and accessories for badminton, golf, tennis, running, and other sports.

So, we found great and reliable badminton rackets by this very manufacturer and are about to show them.
Badminton originally started by the British as an offshoot of the much-played battledore. The officers of the British army brought it back to Europe where it became popular among the gentry.

Organdy named after the city of Pune, where it was most popular, Poonah became Battledore and finally badminton with the first club opening in Folkstone in 1873.

PhotoProduct nameWeightFeatureMore information
1. Yonex Nanoray 20 Badminton Racket 2016 NR20 Racquet 3U5G1. Yonex Nanoray 20 Badminton Racket 2016 NR20 Racquet 3U5G6 ouncesGood choice for a beginnerView on Amazon
2. Yonex Voltric 2017 New LITE Badminton Racket2. Yonex Voltric 2017 New LITE Badminton Racket4U (80-84.9g)Graphite frameView on Amazon
3. ADIBO Professional Badminton Racquet3. ADIBO Professional Badminton Racquet85gMade of carbon fiberView on Amazon
4. Senston N80 Graphite Single High-grade Badminton Racquet4. Senston N80 Graphite Single High-grade Badminton Racquet5U(75g-79g)Comes with a coverView on Amazon
5. Yonex Nanoray 10F NR10 2016 Badminton Racket5. Yonex Nanoray 10F NR10 2016 Badminton Racket4U/G4Lightweight graphite frameView on Amazon
6. Yonex Nanoray 10 NR10 2014 Badminton Racket6. Yonex Nanoray 10 NR10 2014 Badminton Racket4U/G4Good flexView on Amazon
7. Yonex B-350 Badminton Racquet / Racket7. Yonex B-350 Badminton Racquet / Racket100gGood fit for gym classesView on Amazon
8. Champion Sports Double Steel Frame Badminton Racket8. Champion Sports Double Steel Frame Badminton Racket88-93gmFrame is made of tempered double steelView on Amazon
9. Senston N80 Graphite Badminton Racquet9. Senston N80 Graphite Badminton Racquet5U(75g-79g)Includes racket coverView on Amazon
10. Senston 2 Player Badminton Racquets Set10. Senston 2 Player Badminton Racquets Set85gmVery lightView on Amazon
11. RiteTrak Sports FiberFlash 7 Badminton Racket Set11. RiteTrak Sports FiberFlash 7 Badminton Racket Set87-93gmLength is 67cmView on Amazon
12. YONEX COMBO SET Badminton12. YONEX COMBO SET Badminton94-97Frame is made of steelView on Amazon
13. EastPoint Sports 2 Player Badminton Racket Set13. EastPoint Sports 2 Player Badminton Racket Set0.5 lbWeather resistantView on Amazon
14. Trained, Pair Of 2 Rackets, Lightweight & Sturdy with 5 shuttlecocks14. Trained, Pair Of 2 Rackets, Lightweight & Sturdy with 5 shuttlecocks90-92gmGood quality for the priceView on Amazon
15. Franklin Sports Intermediate Badminton Set15. Franklin Sports Intermediate Badminton Set9.8 ouncesSet of 4 RacketsView on Amazon
16. KEVENZ 2-Pack Badminton Rackets, Professional Carbon Fiber Badminton Racquets16. KEVENZ 2-Pack Badminton Rackets, Professional Carbon Fiber Badminton Racquets95-97gm 3UHah a groove protectorView on Amazon
1. Yonex Arcsaber 10 Legends Signature Series Taufik Hidayat17. Yonex Arcsaber 1085-89gmAffordable priceView on Amazon
2. Yonex ArcSaber 11 Badminton Racket18. Yonex ArcSaber 11 Badminton Racket14.1 ouncesLightweight titanium alloyView on Amazon
3. Yonex Voltric Z Force II 2 Badminton Racket19. Yonex Voltric Z Force II 2 Badminton Racket4U (83g), 3U (88g)Very thinView on Amazon
4. Yonex Voltric 80 E Tune Badminton Racquet20. Yonex Voltric 80 E Tune Badminton Racquet80-84gm(4U-)Good qualityView on Amazon
5. Yonex Voltric 7 Badminton Racket Strung21. Yonex Voltric 7 Badminton Racket Strung4URocket is well-balancedView on Amazon
6. Yonex Nanoray Z Speed Badminton Racket22. Yonex Nanoray Z Speed Badminton Racket3UWell-balanced comparing to opponentsView on Amazon
7. Yonex 2016 Nanoray 10F Badminton Racquet23. Yonex 2016 Nanoray 10F Badminton Racquet4UIt's cheapView on Amazon
8. Yonex Nanoray 20 Badminton Racket 2016 NR20 Racquet 3U5G24. Yonex Nanoray 20 Badminton Racket 2016 NR20 Racquet 3U5G3U (88g)Nice gripView on Amazon
Today badminton is a much played and loved game. You will find its popularity has grown all over the world, and apart from being a recreational game is a highly competitive sport.

Frames

Badminton (Racquets in the UK and Europe) Rackets in the US, are designed to be lightweight, where the best rackets weigh between 70 to 95 grams without the grip or strings. Rackets are composed of various materials that can range from expensive carbon fiber (graphite) to the least expensive hollow steel tube.

Today you will find a variety of aluminum, graphite or steel rackets, while the older wood ones are no longer used anywhere. Recent technological changes have seen the introduction of carbon nanospheres and nanotubes being added for extra durability.

Different racket designs produce different results, so you will find a variety of shapes and sizes for the more professional players. As a general rule, oval heads are the common shape of most models, while isometric shapes are starting to dominate the more professional models.

Strings

Badminton strings are thin and have a high tensile strength; they are usually no thicker than 0.73 mm and no thinner than 0.62 mm. The tension is set between 18 to 36lbf. Professional players tend to maintain a higher string tension closer to the 36lbf range.

Higher string tension demands a more precise shot, and so far, no scientific proof has been given to suggest that high tension strings will produce better results than low tension string.

Grip

The grip is where the player will adjust the thin frame handle to their grip. It will also adjust the center of balance, as a thicker grip will obviously be heavier than a thinner one. The thickness to weight ratio  can be eased when choosing different grip materials. In general, PU synthetic grips and toweling grips are the most common to find and are chosen out of personal preference rather than engineering reasoning.

The two types of grip are replacement grips, which is when the grip is thicker for a better handhold and overgrips which are thinner, usually less than 1mm. A toweling grip is always a replacement grip, while overgrips tend to be PU and are wound over the grip tightly. Overgrips allow for frequent replacement, so are preferred by professionals during a competition. Here is a quick learner on how to hold a badminton racket:

The main features I will present here are frame material, shape and strings. This will give you an easy way to compare the various rackets that I chose to be the best in 2018.

Take note that there are many categories here, ranging from the least expensive to professional rackets. Each category is represented by a value for money ratio.  I split this review into four sections, professional, Intermediate, Beginner and Recreational.

Review and comparison of 24 badminton rackets:

Professional Rackets

1. Yonex Nanoray 20 Badminton Racket 2016 NR20 Racquet 3U5G

Quality85%
Durability84%
Practicality 83%
Price85%

Introduction

Yonex is a well-known and respected brand name. The company was set up in Japan in 1946 but only started to produce badminton rackets in 1957. Their first branded racket hit the markets in 1961, and ever since then, they have expanded into the global name that is recognized worldwide.

Since this is a Yonex, you know you are getting a top-level racket no matter the level you are buying it for. In this case, it’s a professional level racket for experienced players.

Frame Shape: Square/Isometric

Frame Material: Graphite head on a Graphite reinforced frame with NanoMesh and Carbon NanoTube

Frame Weight: 3U (88g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Yonex 26lbf

Bottom Line: The NanoRay 20 is a sturdier model of the Nanoray series and is a great tool in the hands of an intermediate to experienced badminton player. This is the racket you want for long shots and its weight for such a purpose. This is a flexible racket, so it’s all about the power more than the accuracy. However, in the hands of a seasoned player, you will get some great and accurate shots.
 

 

2. Yonex Voltric 2017 New LITE Badminton Racket

Quality87%
Durability85%
Practicality 86%
Price82%

This is the Yonex Voltric, a top level professional racket used by many competitors with success. This model comes with all the latest upgrades in materials used to provide a perfectly balanced and deadly racket in the right hand.

Frame Shape: Square/Isometric

Frame Material: Graphite head on a Graphite reinforced frame with Tungsten

Frame Weight: 4U (83g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Yonex 19-24lbs

Bottom Line: The Voltic incorporates Tungsten which is both heavy and hard. This metal, when combined with Graphite, possess some exceptional weighting skills to the performance of the racket. The added weight is in the head of the frame, making shots more powerful when delivered by the hands of a competitive player.
 

 

Intermediate

3. ADIBO Professional Badminton Racquet

Quality85%
Durability86%
Practicality 85%
Price83%

Introduction

ADIBO is a Taiwanese company that specializes in low cost but high-end products. This is their professional model that is perfect for intermediate users. The company has over 17 years of carbon fiber frame development experience and it is felt in every swing.

Frame Shape: Isometric

Frame Material: Graphite with T-joint

Frame Weight: 3U(83-85g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Odibo 24lbs.

Bottom Line: This is an exceptional racket for the price you pay and will suit you perfectly when transferring from a beginner into a professional.
 

 

4. Senston N80 Graphite Single High-grade Badminton Racquet

Quality84%
Durability83%
Practicality 83%
Price82%

Introduction

Senston is a Chinese sports equipment company that produces amongst its brands the Senston badminton racket range. Ever since badminton became a popular sport in China, many companies have tried to match Senston in quality, but they still lead the pack for local manufacturers.

Frame Shape: Isometric

Frame Material: Graphite with epoxy resin t-connector.

Frame Weight: 5U(75g-79g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Senston 20-26lbs.

Bottom Line: This racket is aimed for speed and power shots. This is a great amateur and professional player and competitors racket that will provide full flexibility and shot control.
 

 

Beginner

5. Yonex Nanoray 10F NR10 2016 Badminton Racket

Quality86%
Durability85%
Practicality 85%
Price84%

This is the Nanoray 10F version. Of the Yonex well-known and respected brand name. This is a beginner racket for serious players and is best suited for kids and starters.

Frame Shape: Square/Isometric

Frame Material: Graphite head on a Graphite reinforced frame with NanoMesh and Carbon NanoTube

Frame Weight: 4U (83g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Yonex 19-24lbs

Bottom Line: The NanoRay 10F is a lighter model of the Nanoray 10. This version, being lighter is better suited for younger players beginning their route. The varied thickness of the frame head gives beginners a chance to experiment with different kinds of shots.

The size of the head is actually perfect for teaching and learning, where you can master the “sweet spot” delivery method. After you master the action of delivery accuracy, you should advance to a more professional model.
 

 

6. Yonex Nanoray 10 NR10 2014 Badminton Racket

Quality87%
Durability86%
Practicality 85%
Price83%

Introduction

This is another great Yonex racket, and it was designed for serious beginners seeking a way into the professional circuit.

Frame Shape: Square/Isometric

Frame Material: Graphite head on a Graphite reinforced frame with NanoMesh and Carbon NanoTube

Frame Weight: 4U (80g-85g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Yonex 26lbf

Bottom Line: The NanoRay 10 (NR10) Yellow badminton racket is a flexible beginner to the intermediate racket. This racket is versatile enough to be used as a training racket as well as an amateur competition racket for beginners. You will get a lot of power from this racket, and once you learn how to control it, you will also be able to deliver some accurate shots too.

Here is a guide to Yonex rackets, that will prove to be useful for all the Yonex models I review here:

 

 

7. Yonex B-350 Badminton Racquet / Racket

Quality86%
Durability85%
Practicality 85%
Price84%

Introduction

This is Yonex mega head B350 for gym classes and schools.

Frame Shape: Oval

Frame Material: Aluminum head on a weighted steel shaft. (DURA Frame)

Frame Weight: U (98g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Yonex 16-20lbs

Bottom Line:  This is a classic school gym class racket for teaching kids the principles of badminton. The study, solid and reliable. It provides everything you want from a recreational racket with the strength and durability of a frequently used and abused racket.

 

 

8. Champion Sports Double Steel Frame Badminton Racket

Quality87%
Durability86%
Practicality 85%
Price82%

Introduction

Champion Sports is a reputable American firm established in the Bronx, NY in 1961. Their reputation for mass production sturdy sports equipment gave them domination of sports equipment sold to the education sector.

Frame Shape: Oval

Frame Material: Steel

Frame Weight: Irrelevant

Strings: Irrelevant

Bottom Line: The steel badminton racket is aimed for a recreational and beginner sports market. It is sturdy and reliable; however, it is definitely not competition or professional standard in any way or form. Its price is very affordable, and it is a great low-cost value for money racket. This is a stiff frame, so you will be able to control the shots at the expense of power. Having said this, its expected from beginners to slam the shuttlecocks with this racket, and that’s why the steel frame is perfect. It provides a strong resistance to breakage and will only bend when slammed into the floor. Easy to repair.

 

 

9. Senston N80 Graphite Badminton Racquet

Quality83%
Durability84%
Practicality 83%
Price86%

Introduction

Senston is a Chinese sports equipment company that produces amongst its brands the Senston badminton racket range.

Frame Shape: Square frame with pyramid frame rim

Frame Material: Graphite with built in t-connector made from epoxy resin.

Frame Weight: 5U (75g-79g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Senston.

Bottom Line: This is a lightweight beginner or child’s racket, very good for learning the basics and provides an excellent result. This is not a heavy-duty racket and will not withstand intense and frequent use. However, it is perfect for beginners. Take into account that the shaft is flexible, and with the overall high-grade materials used, this is a really great learning racket.
 

 

Recreational Sets

10. Senston 2 Player Badminton Racquets Set

Quality85%
Durability84%
Practicality 85%
Price84%

Introduction

Senston is a Chinese sports equipment company that produces amongst its brands the Senston badminton racket range.

Frame Shape: Isometric Square frame

Frame Material: Carbon aluminum composite with epoxy resin t-joint.

Frame Weight:  3U (88g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Senston.

Bottom Line: These are a beginner set or for amateurs that like the occasional game. They are designed to be lightweight and durable but are not configured for professional use. What I personally like about this racket set is that it is flexible, so you get all the power from the shot without having to slam too hard. All in all, a great recreational set suitable for all beginners and badminton fans.
 

 

11. RiteTrak Sports FiberFlash 7 Badminton Racket Set

Quality87%
Durability85%
Practicality 86%
Price83%

Introduction

RiteTrack is a sports equipment manufacturing company from Scottsdale, Arizona. They are newcomers to the scene, setting up shop in 2016.

Frame Shape: Oval

Frame Material: Carbon Fiber (Graphite)

Frame Weight: 90g

Strings: 22-24lbs Pre-strung at RiteTrak.

Bottom Line: This is a stiff racket and is designed for recreational purposes. The stiff setting provides ample power for hard shooters, and kids. This set comes with 3 RiteTrak Sports RiteFlite nylon shuttlecocks, and a durable fabric carrying bag.  Since this is a stiff shaft design, you will need to be a bit more accurate in how you play. Saying this, I find this set to be suitable for seasoned players; it’s a great second set to have after you already know how to play from using a flexible beginner racket.
 

 

12. YONEX COMBO SET Badminton

Quality83%
Durability82%
Practicality 82%
Price88%

Introduction

This is Yonex combo set that was designed as a recreational set and not for professional use. While it is only a basic set for recreational purposes, Yonex only use the bets materials for their products, so its worth buying a more respectable brand for some family fun.

Frame Shape: Square/Isometric

Frame Material: Aluminum head on a weighted steel shaft.

Frame Weight: U (98g)

Strings: Pre-strung at Yonex 16-20lbs

Bottom Line: This is the Yonex recreational racket set for home use. Its sturdy enough and weighted nicely to provide maximum benefit from frequent use. Exactly what you would expect from Yonex.
 

 

13. EastPoint Sports 2 Player Badminton Racket Set

Quality81%
Durability80%
Practicality 79%
Price90%

Introduction

EastPoint® Sports is an American sports equipment company that has a number of patents and maintains a number of brands. Their market is mainly recreational, and as such, their equipment is aimed at the non-professional user.

Frame Shape: Oval

Frame Material: Tempered Steel

Frame Weight: Irrelevant

Strings: Irrelevant

Bottom Line: This is a great easy to use, durable badminton set for any home. This is not even trying to be a professional racket. There are two markets, recreational and professional, where some brands try to be in both. Not this one, its perfect for home use and I recommend this set for all families seeking a bit of badminton fun in their backyard or on a camping holiday.
 

 

14. Trained, Pair Of 2 Rackets, Lightweight & Sturdy with 5 shuttlecocks

Quality84%
Durability85%
Practicality 84%
Price82%

Introduction

Not much known about this company. However, the racket is a low-cost value for money recreational racket.

Frame Shape: Oval

Frame Material: Steel

Frame Weight: Irrelevant

Strings: Irrelevant

Bottom Line: This is a recreational racket with recreational shuttlecocks. You get 6 LED lit shuttlecocks which is a snazzy treat for the family when paying, makes it easier to see them. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this generic model. It delivers a lot of fun at a really fun price. Note that the head= frames are small, this makes hitting harder, and I find this flexible frame to be great when you want to teach accuracy and power.
 

 

15. Franklin Sports Intermediate Badminton Set

Quality82%
Durability81%
Practicality 82%
Price89%

Introduction

You don’t get more famous that Franklin Sports. This company is an American powerhouse producing fine sporting equipment since 1946. Even when the product is for recreational purposes rather than professional, the items you get are sturdy and long lasting. This is the official supplier to the NFL, NHL MLB, and more.

Frame Shape: Oval

Frame Material: Tempered steel.

Frame Weight: Irrelevant

Strings: Irrelevant

Bottom Line: This is Franklin Sports family intermediate badminton set, you get 4 rackets, a net with frame and 2 shuttlecocks. Set it up anywhere you want and enjoy a family game of fun.
 

 

16. KEVENZ 2-Pack Badminton Rackets, Professional Carbon Fiber Badminton Racquets

Quality86%
Durability85%
Practicality 84%
Price84%

Introduction

Kevenz is a Californian based sports equipment manufacturer with sites in China. This is a Chinese-US initiative that manufactures solid products for a wide market.

Frame Shape: Isometric

Frame Material: Carbon Fiber (Graphite) with t-joint

Frame Weight: 97g

Strings: Pre-strung at Kevenz 22-26lbs

Bottom Line: This is a great starter set and purely recreational racket. This is not aimed at the competitive market, but rather to home entertainment and fun. However, it is well designed and uses top-level materials, so it’s a hi-end recreational racket set and provides true value for money.

 

 

17. Yonex Arcsaber 10 Legends Signature Series Taufik Hidayat

Durability90%
Reliability88%
Design87%
Price90%

This is a limited edition of the “Legends’ Vision” the ARCSABER that delivers precise shot-making for players who want to perform at the high level.

The racket has a super high modulus graphite and pef. The badminton racket comes in a special case that will prevent it from damage.

Stand out features:

  • Great design
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Comes with the case
Pros:

  • Great badminton racket for professional use
Cons:

  • No

 

 

18. Yonex ArcSaber 11 Badminton Racket

Durability90%
Reliability89%
Design90%
Price89%

This is another Yonex best racket that allows you to learn and play badminton at a high level. The racket provides a comfortable grip and is very lightweight.

It offers a superb swing feel. A special lightweight titanium alloy that is located in the frame improves strength and repulsion when hitting the ball.

Stand out features:

  • Lightweight
  • Solid frame
  • Perfect balance
  • Low vibration at impact
  • Superb swing feel
Pros:

  • Great badminton racket for hobbyists and professionals
Cons:

  • No

 

 

19. Yonex Voltric Z Force II 2 Badminton Racket

Durability90%
Reliability90%
Design85%
Price85%

This is another high-quality, durable, and extra lightweight badminton racket by Yonex that is featured with the improved TRI-VOLTAGE SYSTEM that increases the smash energy. The racket is extra stiff, therefore, it helps you to make great smashes.

Stand out features:

  • Extra durable
  • Stiff
  • Provides an increased smash energy
Pros:

  • Affordable price, suits professional and hobby purposes
Cons:

  • No

 

 

20. Yonex Voltric 80 E Tune Badminton Racquet

Durability85%
Reliability91%
Design86%
Price85%

This is a genuine and best quality badminton rackets on the market that you can purchase online at an affordable price.

It is lightweight that makes a game simple and joyful. The racket delivers powerful smashes and helps you to make awesome ball hits.

Stand out features:

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Genuine
  • Delivers powerful smashes
Pros:

  • Lightweight and helps to make exact hits
Cons:

  • No

 

 

21. Yonex Voltric 7 Badminton Racket Strung

Durability87%
Reliability90%
Design87%
Price85%

This is a super stylish pre-strung without YY Logo. This exact model offers a great balance of repulsion and handling. The racket offers a medium flex and helps to make exact smashes.

Also, the racket provides a great control due to a convenient grip that does not put much effort in a hand.

Stand out features:

  • Pre-stung racket
  • Great balance repulsion
  • Convenient handling
  • Medium flex

Watch the video review of this very model and find out about its features

Pros:

  • Lightweight and convenient, comes with a case, affordable price
Cons:

  • No

 

 

22. Yonex Nanoray Z Speed Badminton Racket

Durability94%
Reliability89%
Design90%
Price86%

One more professional badminton racket by Yonex provides a stiff flexibility, quick and exact smashes, and very convenient handling.

The racket will surprise you with a head light balance and will not make your hand and arm tired after an hour of playing badminton.

Stand out features:

  • Thin frame
  • Lightweight
  • Stiff
  • Quick and exact smashes
Pros:

  • Helps to make explosive smashes, lightweight, good gift idea
Cons:

  • No

 

 

23. Yonex 2016 Nanoray 10F Badminton Racquet

Durability90%
Reliability89%
Design90%
Price95%

This is one of the top 5 badminton rackets by Yonex that comes at an affordable price and make playing badminton joyful.

The racket provides a high flexibility and has a graphite frame. It is lightweight and provides a comfortable playing without a pressure on your hand and arm.

Stand out features:

  • High flexibility
  • Graphite frame
  • Great grip handle
  • Eliminates vibrations
Pros:

  • Affordable price, suits hobby purposes
Cons:

  • No

 

 

24. Yonex Nanoray 20 Badminton Racket 2016 NR20 Racquet 3U5G

Durability93%
Reliability90%
Design94%
Price89%

This is another budget badminton racket by the famous manufacturer that suits casual and intermediate player’s level rather than professional.

The racket offers a great balance and a convenient grip handle that eliminates pain in your forearm. The racket is lightweight but very durable.

Stand out features:

  • Offers excellent balance
  • Comfortable handle
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Comes in different colors
Pros:

  • Best for casual players, low price
Cons:

  • No

 

 
How to Choose the Perfect Badminton Racket for You

Choosing a badminton racket is the same as choosing a car, you need to buy the right one for the right occasion. Basically, when starting out you need to choose a basic recreational model, so you can get a feel for the game.

As you progress you advance to more professional rackets, each with a specification that suits a different purpose and player.

Unlike a car, rackets are not expensive, unless you start to compete in the professional circuit, however, since most users do not reach that level, you are provided with a plethora or rackets and styles at affordable prices.

Note: Don’t pick a racket because your favorite sportsperson uses it or endorses it. You choose a racket that suits you.

Control or Power?

Most rackets provide either control or power, very few provide both, and there are well-rounded rackets that try to balance between the two, you should concentrate on what is your strength. Pick the racket that will deliver your strength, be it power or control, so you can exponentially increase the potential from every hit.

Are you a beginner?

Now, if you are just starting out, then control and power are meaningless to you. First of all, you need to develop a feel for the game and learn how to master the racket and timing. In other words, learn to hit the shuttlecock first, then learned to hit it over the net, and finally learn to hit it with direction and focus.

To do this, you need to learn the 4 factors of choosing a badminton racket:

  • Balance point; this is where the balance of weight changes as you swing the racket. If the weight is head heavy, you will deliver a harder blow when hitting the shuttlecock. If the weight is handled heavy, you will get more control of the direction of the shot.
  • Weight; while the variance in racket weight is small, ranging from ultra-lightweight around 75 grams too heavy around 98 grams, the overall difference is 22 grams. This is not aimed at easing your game but in helping you deliver different power in shots.

Rackets come in different weight categories:

  • 2U: 90-94 grams
  • 3U: 85-89 grams
  • 4U: 80-84 grams
  • 5U: 75-79 grams

The heavier the racket, the more powerful a shot, and remember this is not tennis, the shuttlecock is feather light, so every gram extra hitting it in a swing makes for a totally different inertial response.

  • Frame shape; There are two shapes in the market, Oval and isometric.
    • Oval; these are the more recreational shapes, and it is harder to find the “sweet spot” where shots become accurate and powerful.
    • Isometric; this is the professional shape and usually has a defined “sweet spot” highlighted on the string.

Since oval shaped rackets are becoming less popular today, it’s becoming harder to find good rackets with this shape. I suggest you concentrate on finding an isometric shaped racket head. This will give you two advantages, the first is control over the shot, and second, it will train you for the more proliferate head shape when you buy the next and more advanced model.

  • Shaft stiffness; There is differing shaft stiffness, and they are ranged from Flexible to stiff.
    • Stiff Shaft; this is for experienced players that want more control and power over their shots. The stiff shaft provides less power but much more control over the shot, which is what professionals seek. Badminton is more about control and accuracy than power.
    • Flexible Shaft; this is great for beginners since it lets you concentrate on technique rather than However, remember that accuracy is lost here, when your shaft is flexible it means that you will not be able to hit the shuttlecock with precision. You will generate a lot of power but not much accuracy. As stated, this is great for beginners to start off with, and is usually the preferred shaft for recreational sets.

Conclusions

Badminton is a sport like any other. You can play it for recreation, for competitions or professionally. The actual costs of even the more advanced rackets are still not steep, so you can enjoy learning on a low-end model and progressing to a more advanced model within a very tight budget.

If you are a family seeking recreational badminton, pick a set, maybe one that includes a net and four rackets.

If you are serious about learning badminton, then pick a beginner’s model and progress from there.

Remember, a badminton racket must suit your hand and reach, so make sure the grip is firm and the weight suits your style.

 

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