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Badminton Racquets

If you're a casual player, you may not put much consideration into selecting a new racquet. However, as you begin to practice more seriously, you'll realize that the choice of racket can greatly impact your performance. Below, Is the information about the aspects of a racket that you need to know in order to select one that matches your playing style.

Badminton racquet diagram


Badminton rackets can be divided into three parts:

  • Head

  • Shaft

  • Handle


Here's a summary of the things you should keep in mind when purchasing a new racket:

  • Weight of the racket

  • Shaft Flexibility

  • String Tension

  • Material

  • Balance of Racquet

  • Head Shape


Weight of Racket

Badminton Racquet Weight Chart

Most standard badminton racquets usually weigh between 85 to 92 g (without the string and grip). A Heavy racquet is considered a power racquet, while a light racket gives better control. 

The ideal weight of a racquet depends on your skill level and technique proficiency. If you choose a heavy racket without proper arm pronation, there's a higher risk of shoulder injury. As a beginner, it's advisable to opt for a lighter racket and focus on improving your technique before transitioning to a heavier one with more confidence in your stroke.


Light Racket

  • Good for the quick action of racket example in defense (that’s the reason most Doubles player use lightweight racket)

  • Need more control in your Stroke.

Heavy Racket

  • Good for smashes as it provides extra force in your swing.

  • Need less control in a stroke.

  • More durable.

Weight differences


Shaft Flexibility

  1. Stiff shafts are well-suitable to the players with refined technique along with fast and powerful swing. 

  2. Medium stiffness racquets are ideal for the players with a developing technique along with lesser arm speed. 

  3. Flexible shafts for the beginners and offer more power and speed along with slow arm speed players. These are easy to maneuver.

Bending Raquet Shaft


String Tension

Broken Racquet from high string tension

Racquet broken from high string tension.

Lower Tension: If you are a beginner or intermediate players then you should have lower tension in your badminton racquet. Beginners should acquire their badminton racquets strung at low tension either around 18-20 lbs. or 21-23 lb. With this lower tension, badminton racquets offer more power in the shots.

High Tension: If you are advance players & hard hitters then you should use high tension badminton racquets. Players can acquire get their racquets strung at high tension of 25 lbs. or more. With this higher tension, badminton racquet will be in touch with the shuttle for a short duration of time and will transfer less power and more control to your shots. also your racket frame will be under more stress so before going for High Tension string look at the quality of your frame to avoid any breakage.


Raquet Material

Some entry-level badminton racquets made up of aluminum or steel, which are cost-effective for money-conscious buyers.

All intermediate and advanced racquets are either ‘Graphite composite’ or ‘100% Graphite’, These are light in weight, more durable and high-performance racquets than the aluminum or steel material compositions.

Sheet of material


Balnce of Racquet

Balance of a Raquet demo

Racquet Balance or ‘Balance point’ refers to the weight distribution of the racquet and is determined by where the center of balance lies in the racquet, starting from the base of the handle. 

  1. Head-heavy Racquets These kinds of badminton racquets help provide more power in your smashes. These racquets offer a heavier feel on the racquet with a high balance number. 

  2. Head-light Racquets:  These badminton racquets are ideal for those players who play at the net. These racquets are lighter and more maneuverable than Head heavy racquets. 

  3. Even balanced Racquets: This type of badminton racquet is ideal for all-rounder players and gives good feel and flexibility. The weight of the racquet is distributed across the racquet.


Head Shape

Most badminton racquets come with an ‘Isometric’ head shape, i.e. with a wider top half of head rather than conventional ‘oval’ shaped racquets. This square or Isometric shape of badminton racquet offers an enlarged sweet spot to the players whereas the conventional (oval) racquets offer a more concentrated feel and control to the shuttle.

Oval vs Isometric Raquet Frames
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