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Parts of a Badminton Racket

Hello there everyone!

In this post, I’ll be discussing the various parts of a badminton racket. In playing badminton, having a racket is a must since it is the player’s material being used to hit the shuttlecock. Basically, a badminton racket has three parts. First is the Handle where you hold the racket. Second is the throat which connects the handle to the head. Third is the Head which you use to hit the shuttle during play. All badminton rackets have these parts regardless if they are lower priced or more expensive. By the way, normal rackets which usually cost around 25 to 30 dollars are just made out of normal steel while those expensive rackets which are usually worth 250 to 270 dollars are made out of carbon graphite with a titanium mesh. The advantage of these expensive rackets are they are more flexible, durable and a lot lighter compared to normal rackets.Parts of a Badminton Racket

When you play badminton you should know how to choose a nice racket, something that you feel comfortable with. It may not necessarily be the most expensive one, but a good one which you can give your best during your game play. Again, a badminton racket is only as good as the player so choose whatever suits your preference.
Enjoy playing badminton and remember the badminton rules for more challenging and disciplined play! Keep playing badminton and have fun!:)


How does a badminton racket get strung?

People might wonder how a badminton racquet gets strung. Some do it by their own hands and some do it using the help of string machines. These machines can be bought on the market with an average cost range from $500 to $1000 and these string machines comes with clamps specifically for badminton rackets. The racket is strung according to the pattern of the holes that surround the badminton racquet. String selection is also important since it should fit the playing style of the players as well as it should be durable enough so that it won’t easily get broken during the installation process. String machines also help in adjusting the string tensions of each racket since it has a built in feature that can set string tensions. Moreover, In the process of mounting the rocket on the string machine, it is very important that the racket is locked according the machines direction. If it is not mounted properly, the racket may break during the string installation. To see how the stringing of a racket is done, here is an actual video which I grabbed from YouTube. Enjoy watching and I hope you’ll learn something from it.

BTW, this is not the actual step by step video but this is how the badminton racket gets strung using a string machine. Again, enjoy watching! :)

Keep playing badminton and Enjoy! :)

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Badminton Rules for Shuttlecocks

The shuttlecock (also known as a birdie) is one of the most important pieces of equipment in playing badminton. In short, it’s the “ball of the game”. The shuttlecock may be made out of feathers (duck or goose feathers), synthetic or plastic. In large tournaments, they use the goose feathered shuttlecock, since it is the most suitable shuttlecock for that play. Shuttlecocks that are made out of duck feathers are usually being used during practices or the like. Moreover, most shuttlecocks have a cork base covered by a thin layer of leather. Just like for other games, the shuttlecock also has its own Rules or what some call its principles.

According to the General Design rule:

– All shuttles shall have 14 to 16 feathers fixed in the base.

– The feathers can have a variable length from 64mm to 70mm (2 1/2 inches to 2 3/4 inches), but in each shuttle they shall be the same length when measured from the tip to the top of the base.

– The feathers shall be fastened firmly with thread or other suitable material.

– The tips of the feather shall form a circle with a diameter within a range of 58mm to 68mm (2 1/4 inches to 2 5/8 inches).

– The base of the shuttle shall be 25mm to 28mm (1 inch to 1 1/8 inches) in diameter, rounded on the bottom.

Badminton Shuttlecock

For the Weight rule:

– The shuttle shall weigh from 4.74 to 5.50 grams (73 to 85 grains).

– For the Non-Feathered Shuttles (usually the plastic or synthetic ones) its skirt or the simulation of its feathers replaces the natural feathers.

– The base of the shuttle shall be 25mm to 28mm (1 inch to 1 1/8 inches) in diameter, rounded on the bottom.

– The measurements of these shuttles are still the same as what is stated in the former rule (feather type shuttle) however, because of the difference in the specific gravity and behaviour of synthetic material and manufacturing; a variation of up to 10 percent in the stated measurements is acceptable.

In terms of Pace and Flight, a shuttle shall be deemed to be of correct pace when it is hit by a player with a powerful underhand stroke from a spot immediately above one back boundary line in a direction parallel to the sidelines and at the upward angle, to fall not less than 530mm (1 foot 9 inches) and not more than 990 (3 feet 3 inches) short of the other back boundary line.

Moreover, modification of these shuttles in terms of its general design, pace and flight may be made with the approval of the national organization concerned. In terms of pace where atmospheric conditions due either to altitude or climate make the standard shuttle unsuitable or if the specific circumstances exist which make it otherwise necessary in the interest of the game.

In conclusion, players should be aware of these rules so there would a uniformity of knowledge in terms of choosing the right shuttlecock to be used in the game. Also, manufacturers of these shuttles should be aware of these rules so there would be uniform shuttlecocks that will be produced all over the world. I hope everybody gets informed with these rules through this post. Enjoy playing badminton!

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Choosing a Badminton Racquet

In playing badminton, is it important to choose the best badminton racquet? How do you choose which one? Well I think you could go through this article if you really want to find out how to choose a badminton racquet.

In choosing a badminton racquet, it is very important to consider its characteristics. These characteristics are its weight, balance, shape, and stiffness. Usually a badminton racquet is made out of carbon fibre or graphite, however; some manufacturers are putting extra components such as titanium or nano carbon. Nonetheless, these extra added components do not really add much to the racquets composition. Thus the benefit of these recently added components are very minimal.

A badminton racquet has two major head shapes. These are the Isometric/square shape and the oval shape. Oval head shaped racquets are the traditional racquet head shapes. These types of racquet generally have a small but more concentrated sweet spot. The Isometric head shaped racquets are the most commonly used by players nowadays. This type of racquet has an enlarged sweet spot which gives off-centred hits a better response.

The stiffness of a badminton racquet is very important to consider. It is similar to considering the stiffness of the strings tension. Badminton racquets comes in different weights. Top quality racquets weigh between 75 and 95 grams including the strings. The badminton racquet’s weight determines its lightness and the speed that a person can swing it with the same force. The lighter the racquet the easier it is to be controlled compared to the heavy ones. However, I would like to clarify that the lightest racquet isn’t always the better. Lighter racquets also have their own weaknesses, since they are less stable than heavy racquets. Thus more force is necessary to keep their stability. Heavier racquets on the other hand have a larger momentum and thus make it more effective in terms of transferring speed and power to the shuttlecock.

The balance of the racquet is another characteristic to consider. Recently the most popular balance is the head balance of the racquet. These head balanced racquets have more mass near the head of the racquet thus it is more stable and has a higher angular momentum when swung. In contrast with the head balanced racquet, an evenly balanced racquet is easier to control.

Badminton Racquet

In addition to these characteristics, another thing that people are confused by is what brand should they choose? Or how expensive should it be? And the answer is… Well it really depends on you. Personally, I would not advise you to buy the cheapest racquet since those racquets are also made of cheap materials and these cheap materials are usually the heavy and the unsturdy ones. Better look for a middle priced racquet that suits your preferences. In terms of racquet brands, I prefer to use the racquets that come from established racquet companies. These established companies produce lots of cool racquets which you could choose from depending on your own preferences.

To sum it up, choosing a racquet really depends on the preference of the person who will use it. There are some who like the heavy ones while others like the lighter ones. Some like the oval shaped head racquets while others like isometric shaped racquets. Others like the head balance while others don’t. Some like the cheaper ones while others like expensive ones. Nonetheless, what’s important is the racquet user must know his/her preferences as well as the conduciveness of the racquet on their game. Therefore, just like learning the game itself, choosing the right badminton racquet to use is also part of learning the game.

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Badminton Racquet

Badminton racquets are one of the most important equipment in playing badminton. These racquets come in different colours, shapes, weight and different brands such as YONEX, Wilson, Wish, Qiangli, Karakal, Dunlop, Carlton, Prince and a lot more. These racquets are much lighter compared to a tennis racquet since it is only used to smash a light object which is a shuttlecock. Moreover, these racquets only weigh between 75 and 95 grams including the strings. In addition, the composition of these racquets are with different materials such as aluminium, non-material’s (fullerene and carbon nano tubes), and carbon fibre composite to solid steel. These carbon fibre materials make an excellent strength to weigh ratio for racquets stiffness and give an excellent kinetic energy transfer.

badminton racquet

badminton racquet

During the early days, racquets were made of wood and these were the first badminton racquets being recognized during that century. However, now days, these wood racquets are obviously obsolete and there are a lot of excellent materials such as the Nano material’s which have been used to create racquets as well as make them much durable and excellent to use. There are also a variety of racquet shape designs. There are the oval head shape and the isometric head shape which currently are the most common racquet shape being sold and being used by badminton players.

In the long run, the most important thing in these badminton racquets is not about shape, weight, colour or brand, but the satisfaction, happiness and performance that it brings to you and your game.

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Badminton Facts

What is Badminton? Where did it originate and what is the equipment to be used? Those might be some of the questions that people who are unfamiliar with it would ask. Badminton is a game which was created by British military officers during the mid 18th century in British India. Later, it was officially named and was acknowledged as a game/sport in 1873 at the badminton house, Gloucestershire.

Badminton is a racquet sport played by two opposing players (called Singles) or two opposing pairs (called Doubles). These players take position on the opposite sides of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. This game is played using a badminton racquet and a shuttlecock. The point system of this game is when players strike the shuttlecock with their badminton racquet and have it passed over the net to land in their opponent’s court.

badminton equipments

badminton equipments

Badminton racquets are usually made out of different materials. Examples of these materials are carbon fibre, Nano materials, aluminium material, etc. Racquets have Strings and there are also varieties of strings available in the market. There are strings made out of natural gut materials and they are also made out of synthetic material. The strings are very important since it determines the tension of the racquet. The tension could either help the player control the shuttlecock or give the player much power due to the trampoline effect (bounce effect) of the strings.

Shuttlecocks or what they refer to as a birdie are feathered projectiles or a plastic material shaped like a cone which has a cork covered with thick leather. This is being used all throughout the game. It is like a tennis ball in a tennis game.

Grip is another part of the equipment to be considered in playing badminton. Grips are placed on the handle of the badminton racquet. This helps the player to be comfortable with how they hold the racquet as well as help the player control their sweaty hands. Grips can be made out of synthetic material or towelling grips.

Badminton shoes are also important to consider. The shoes that should be worn by a badminton player must be light with soles of rubber. Badminton requires speed and proper foot work thus it would be better if the player’s shoes are light and comfortable to wear. The shoes can also help them avoid some injuries. Badminton is best played in an indoor environment where the wind is not strong because it could blow the shuttlecock in some other directions. Some play it in an outdoor environment for recreational activity.

Badminton is a simple and a very effective game especially if you really want to be physically fit and active in sports. The game helps increase your stamina, speed and ability to create the necessary tactics for you to be able to win the game.

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