Does Badminton Racket Really Matter?

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?


badminton.republic it matters! I insist😂

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.


A piece of award is priceless

Here, I just wanted to emphasize how much investment a parent is putting on to support a competing child. When I said investment, it is not only the money that we spent in paying their training, buying their equipment, following essential nutrition but moreover is our time, patience and understanding of being a parent of a young athlete. Being a sport’s parent is very challenging. I have learned a lot of things not only my children are learning here, me too! The first thing that I have noticed that I’ve adopted and I actually required myself to practice is my control! I need timing when to speak, what to speak and not what to say. Control is power as I am always saying from my previous blogs.


We support our children to acquire the proper skills from their academy and from their coaches, eventually from regular training they will improve that is for sure. However, attitude and injecting the right mindset to our children is the most challenging part here. Yes, it is! I believe the easiest way to do that is to act by example. Discipline and the right attitude must be seen from us and they will spontaneously practice that as well. It’s not easy isn’t? We don’t compete but we are very much part of the preparation.

I just realize how valuable a piece of the award is. No matter how small or how big it is, it is priceless!

I will tell you an example of what is happening from a typical tournament.

From the moment the event is announced, the parent, coaches and the player are starting to plan and prepare. More training will be imposed. Plan ahead the schedule, cancel some important event just to be available during the event. Parent’s schedule as well – sometimes canceling some travels, appointments etc.

Days before the event, we need to watch the activities, food, sleep, mind setting and some other important aspects that we think can help.

On the day of the event – we need to prepare all the equipment that we need to bring – comfortable clothes, shoes, socks, enough rackets, appropriate food, what to eat and what not to eat etc. Then prepare to be in the venue at least 2 hours before the match, considering the location, traffic, transportation, weather and the mood of both parent and the player. Normally, we stay in the venue minimum 7 to 8 hours. In the recent event, I was there from Friday 12nn to 10pm and Saturday from 12nn to 10:30pm. This is an example of how much time we are investing in one event.

Matches, an example for my son’s boys single U15 – a total of 35 players to compete and only one winner, 1 runner-up, and 2 semi-finalists. This is a knock out system – meaning when you lost then it’s the end – no more chance of winning anymore. My son has reached the semi-finals (2nd runner-up).

Here, I am just sighting how hard it is to be someone from a bunch of good players.

Further, I am not forgetting all the tensions, happiness, excitement, mixed emotions, conflicts, issues and many more that I cannot explain well further. All these factors that the parents, players, and coaches are encountering during the matches and the event.

One award is full of memories to cherish.

Kudos to all the Parents, Players & Coaches!


Cheers xoxo

TFT Young Achiever is an aspiring athlete – My Son :)

John Kenji Perez, now 13 years old is The Filipino Times’ 2016 Young Achiever of the Year Awardee. A proud son of an OFW mother who is currently working as HR Business Partner in one of the Telecom Company in Dubai, Perez is an aspiring athlete.

“My mother is a single parent and taking care of all of us four children.  When I won the Young Achiever of the Year award, I can feel that my mother and the whole family were so proud of me. Of course it is a title that can never be taken away from me and I will bring it with me for the rest of my life,” he said.

“The award is so motivating for all Filipinos and children like me. It serves as a token of appreciation for all our hard work and keeps us to do more and dream for bigger achievements.

Perez divides his time between studies and training every day, but he also balances work with fun and bonding times with his three elder sisters and friends. He also loves to play with his two pet dogs.

“I am focusing on developing my physical strength which is the right time for my age. My daily routine is more on training and maintaining my diet as well. I am in grade 8th and looking forward to join any Filipino school that can accommodate me this year,” he said.

Although a year has already passed, Perez still have the memory of that night when he went up the stage to get his TFT Awards trophy, fresh in his mind.

“The award is so motivating for all Filipinos and children like me. It serves as a token of appreciation for all our hard work and keeps us to do more and dream for bigger achievement each year. My mom told me that when I get old I can tell my children about this award and show them the value of discipline and the importance of perseverance in life,” said Perez.

The young achiever wishes that all nominees in his category this year would enjoy the experience like his did. He said, “That nomination is already an award! Good luck to everyone!”



Benefits of Sports Training at an Early Age.

It’s a known fact that sports and fitness keeps one fit and healthy. But is it the only benefit of sports and in particular professional sports training for children ? Hmm …definitely not !! There are many more advantages to it. Let me try pointing out a few that I feel is beneficial to children.
1- Self confidence: In a training centre the child is exposed to systematic training by a professional coach, who helps to learn the techniques required by a game. But more over the coach works in elevating the child’s confidence level. Each training session is designed to bring out the potential in the child and thus he/she becomes more and more confident as the training progresses.
2- Team work: learning to work in a group is always beneficial to children as they grow. In a training camp children learn to understand how to behave in a group and how to contribute to the group. This would build their team working abilities and leadership skills.
3- Discipline: Without discipline it’s absolutely impossible to master a game and be successful in it. Children in a training institute is taught to follow instructions and their duties are well defined.
4- Chasing a goal: The coach sets goals for each players or groups to make them realise what is expected of them. Also the individuals are taught to set personal goals and is encouraged to work towards it. This has an huge impact in the children as they grow up to adults.
5- Respect: The coach is not just a tutor but a mentor and a friend. The children who enroll in a camp is taught to respect the coach and follow his instructions. Not only that, the children are encouraged to watch their seniors and learn from them also. This acknowledgment of seniority builds respect and it becomes part of his/her individual character.
6- Decision making: sports can enhance the skills required for decision making and overall intelligence develops as the expected standards are mostly high. Sports in general is competitive.
7- Accepting failures and defeats: The child who is exposed to sports from young age learns to accept losses and work towards improvement.
I can give more benefits but let me leave that to you all. Please suggest more. This is to encourage more children to join sports and professional training. It not only develops their potential as a sportsman but also an individual more faster than any other methods.