The Ultimate Badminton Guide For Beginners: How To Choose A Badminton Racket?

Is buying a racket confusing you? Are you someone who struggles to find the right badminton racket? How to choose from a plethora of options out there in the market?

To select a badminton racket for you, it is very important for you to choose the right racket as it should compliment your game & playing style.

There are essentially 3 factors one should consider while choosing a badminton racket:
1. Level of Play
2. Budget
3. Style of Playing

Level of Play:
The level of play determines whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert professional player. This also depends on how frequently you play your sport. Once you have recognized which of these three you are, you will be able to make an informed decision. Rackets these days are made specifically for the level at which you are playing to make it compatible as per your needs.

Today rackets can range from as low as Rs.1000 to as high as Rs.12,000-13,000. Budget plans an important role is deciding which racket / brand you should prefer depending upon level of practice. It is easy to get tempted to spend a bit more considering new high end features, but that isn’t necessary atleast for beginner or an intermediate player.

Style of Playing:
The third factor to consider is whether you are a singles player (usually someone who prefers being aggressive), a doubles player (defensive) or you aren’t sure and you like a bit of both. This is important is because you'll find certain products are designed for specific purpose. Although these are usually high end products, but it's extremely important for you churn down your options to select a product suitable as per your need.

If you are a singles player, you will like a head heavy racket. Head heavy racket indicates that you will get more power in your smashes because of the heavier end of the racket.
But with that increase in power comes a decrease in smash control. Imagine a big stick with one heavy end and one light end. What will happen if you swing the stick with the heavy end? You will get more power in your swing, but you will have less control over the swing. The same logic applies to a badminton racket.

If you are a doubles player, you will prefer a head light racket. This is because with a head light racket, it is easy to play defensive and you have more control over your shots & can play counter-attacking shots much easier.
Remember that one heavy sided stick we spoke about? Now imagine the swinging the stick from its lighter side. More control but less force right? The same logic applies to a head light badminton racket.

Well, if you have not decided which style you want to play, or if you simply want to play both, get an even balanced racket.
An even balanced racket will give you the best of both worlds. You’ll have decent power as well as control making it an all-round racket choice.

So guys please keep these 3 key factors in mind before choosing a badminton racket. We hope this blog helps in clearing your doubts and makes it easier for you to make an informed decision.

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