Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tips on Badminton Racket

I recently bought a badminton racket. The purchase was kinda impulsive without proper survey because i didn't mean to do so when buying a sport shoes.

Anyway, it's Yonex Muscle Power 18, retailed at RM 130 + RM30 for Japanese made net of "Medium Feel" and RM 5 Dunlop grib for the handle. Among the specs includes: 3U, G4, string tension of 18 -22 Ibs, full carbon graphite, Isometric head-shape, also Made in "Taiwan".
After testing, it's kinda compatible with me (good enough la)!! Shall put up pic later on.

Check the followings to see what the figures mean.

So how to choose a Badminton Racket that suits you most?

Don't be overly economical. Weight comes with price!!

The lower priced rackets are usually quite heavy because they are made of cheaper material. You will tend to use more arm movements rather than your wrist to hit the shuttle if your wrist muscle is not strong enough. This will lead you to develop bad habits.

Heavier rackets are mostly preferred by players who have much stronger wrists and can therefore make use of the weight of the racket to extract more power from it. So unless you are in this category, I would suggest you purchase one that is not too heavy.

The weight should not exceed more than 100 grams.

A majority of racket manufacturers use 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U to indicate the weight of the racket,
1U being the heaviest and 4U the lightest.

The weight of high quality rackets range from 83 grams to 100 grams.

Most racket manufacturers provide four grip sizes. In Japan, they range from G2, G3, G4 to G5 where G2 is the biggest size and G5 is the smallest size. In some countries, the opposite applies. Some brands go by small, medium and big sizes.

Choose a grip size that you feel comfortable with.

Generally, attacking players prefer bigger grips as they need to hold the racket more tightly to generate power.

Players who like to rally and make use of deception usually prefer a smaller grip so that the racket is easier to turn in their hands.

Technical specs:

IsoFrame™ Head-shape
Powerblade™ IsoFrame™ oversize head geometry increases the length of the main strings to deliver an enlarged sweetspot and therefore ultimate power.

High Tension Frame/String
Higher string tension equals increases shot speed which equals reduced opponents reaction time.

Anti-Torsion Construction™
Convex carbon ridges positioned either side of the T-join increases racket strength in the throat area. This decreases torsional movement on impact with the shuttle and therefore offers both unmatchable control for accuracy of shot, as well as increased power. ATC™ technology is featured on Carlton's top 4 premium frames.

Powerblade™ Shaft
Aerodynamic shaft delivers ultimate power.

Flex System
Combines an ergonomic shape and dampening polymer at the point which connects the racket handle and shaft. This lowers the flex point on the shaft and therefore maxamise's 'recoil effect' on impact with the shuttle to deliver ultimate power.

Be proctective to your racket:

Buy a head-cover with your racket, and use it whenever you are not playing. Remember not to store your racket close to the central heating radiators, or leave it exposed to sunlight inside a car.

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