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How to Choose a Badminton Racket

Some of the points to consider when choosing the right badminton racket:

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.

Balance

All badminton rackets can be categorised on there balance: Head Heavy, Head Light or Even Balanced. Head Heavy rackets are aimed at powerful players who like to play from the back of the court, as the extra weight helps to increase the power on clears and smashes. Head Light rackets are ideal for club players who mainly play doubles as it can help to move the racket quickly especially in defensive positions. The Even Balanced rackets provides a middle ground between the other two categories giving a balance between power and manoeuvrability. 

Weight

Badminton rackets usually come in weight categories, the most popular are 3U (85-89g) and 4U (80-84g). We recommend that beginners go for a lighter weight racket so it's easier to manoeuvre, and then progress to a heavier racket to get more power. Professional singles players are generally using 3U weighted rackets, whereas the doubles players tend to use 4U rackets.

Price

Badminton rackets vary in price from £20 to over £100, as the technologies in the rackets become more advanced. We recommend that beginners go for a racket at around the £30 mark, and as you progress the price increases. 

What the Professionals are using

  • Kento Momota who won the World Championships in 2018 is using Yonex Astrox 99 3U
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock are using the Yonex Astrox 88D and Yonex Astrox 88S
  • Carolina Marin won the Women's singles at the 2018 World Championship uses the Yonex Duora Z-Strike

Brand preference

Many players have a loyalty to a particular badminton brand – the most popular badminton manufacturers are Yonex and Babolat

Recommendation for Strings

It is also important to consider the string in a badminton racket as this can also affect the way a racket feels. A high string tension will provide more control, but makes the sweet spot smaller. Whereas a lower tension will create more power and will be more durable. We recommend the beginners to club players have their rackets strung between 20-24lbs, and advanced players have them at 24-28lbs. Another consideration is the string used, a thin string will give more feel and control but will be less durable than a thicker string. 

Best Sellers

For Beginners - Babolat Prime Essential
For Club Players - Babolat I-Pulse Blast, Yonex Astrox 7, Carlton Superlite 8.9x
For Advanced Players - Babolat X Act Infinity Blast, Yonex Astrox 99, Ashaway Phantom Helix

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