I am not an expert on racket neither a good player, however, I love to play and I do play regularly. Further, my kids are players. So I am quite exposed to different kinds of rackets. And would you imagine the cost of high-level rackets ranges from 600AED to 1700AED each!
I believed rackets are designed to accomplish a specific task. The features must be genuine innovations, but most of them, unfortunately, are just marketing. I think it is important to pick the right frame and invest in a quality stringing.
What about you, does racket really matter?
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Kawasaki Gcc Why are expensive badminton rackets worth it? How do they compare to inexpensive badminton rackets?
If you are still a beginner, there’s not much of a difference. Even, it is possible that you’re not able to handle it due to very different characteristics that racquet can have.
The main reason why player buys expensive racquet is that that racquet has certain properties they need. Mind you though, the expensive racquet doesn’t mean it is durable and last longer. Some of it is very light and it can break if it clashes with another racquet. Surprise!
So, does buy an expensive racquet worth it? Well, yes! I always thought that racquet doesn’t give that much advantage. It is the player skills that are really important. A racquet is just a tool, a weapon. But, after trying an expensive one. I know that wasn’t the case. It was similar to choosing a gun type. A rifle can be deadly, but if you can’t use it, it is pretty much useless.
So, the most important thing is to recognize what factors did you seek in your racquet and how does it improve your game:
1. String tension. Expensive racquet usually support higher tension range, like 30. But higher tension doesn’t always mean it good for you. Higher tension will reduce your hitting power. Surprise! But in exchange, it gives you more degree of control. The strings will be firm and you can even slice the birdie. High tension is for people who search for accuracy and can handle his hitting power well. Low tension is for people who haven’t had enough hitting power yet. Don’t worry, low tension is not a bad thing. It is just that you are more power type than accuracy type. But, if you’re beginner, definitely try low tension first. Each racquet has its own range, so you should probably check it.
2. Racquet balance. There are head-light, head-heavy and even balance racquet. This describe how does it feel when you wield that racquet. Head-light means the head is lighter than your grip. It is very easy and fast to swing. This is for a player who played a fast-paced game, like in double. Head-heavy is the opposite. The head is heavier, it adds more momentum, so you can do power smash, also it make your racquet less likely to vibrate on impact so you can add extra accuracy. But since it is slightly heavy on the head, the timing to hit is slightly different than head-light. So you need some power to handle that. Last is even-balance, typically chosen by all-rounder player, usually single player. It adds more accuracy for timing needed by single player. Not as weak as head-light but not as strong as head-heavy. It is just perfect for single. You can have more power from training your wrists.
3. Racquet weight. Light racquet is easy to wield and doesn’t tire you out very much. You can have fast swing with it, if you rely on your reflex, or a defensive-counter player. Heavy racquet can transfer more momentum, it is good for smashing offensive type, but sometimes it really tires you just to hold it. But this can be fixed by training more.
4. Shaft stiffness. Flexible shaft means the shaft will slightly bent when you swing it. When it hit the shuttle that way, it will add more momentum from the shaft flexibility.