Some of the points to consider when choosing the right badminton racket:
Shape – classic vs isometric
The classic oval shaped badminton rackets have a smaller, more concentrated sweet spot. Alternatively the isometric headed rackets have a more ‘squared off’ top half and resultantly a larger sweet spot. The latter type of rackets will tend to be more forgiving for a less advanced player.
Flexibility vs stiffness
A more flexible racket will alllow a player with a lighter touch to maintain control during play so we recommend that average/improver level players select a racket which has more ‘give’.
Stiffer rackets are aimed at the more experienced and advanced player who has greater power and accuracy.
Badminton rackets usually weigh 85-100g. The lighter the racket, the less stable it will be. In general we advise less experienced players to choose heavier rackets ie 89g + as they will provide stability.
This will be a consideration. Expect to pay from £20-over £100 for a top of the range badminton racket.
Many players have a loyalty to a particular badminton brand – the most popular badminton manufacturers are Head, Carlton, Ashaway, Wilson and Karakal.