Points to consider when buying a badminton racquet …
~ from the desk of Minton Wing, Head Coach, EJBC ~
- Racquet technology is very advanced so choose an all graphite racquet. Price range … $40 – $60
- Select a racquet where the head feels slightly heavy. This will help develop a good stroke because the player can subconsciously feel the weight and know where the racquet head is throughout the stroke. Total weight … approx 90 – 94 grams. A racquet that is too light will put strain on young joints.
- The grip size is important. When the player grips the racquet there should be a small gap (5 – 6 mm) between the tip of the third finger and the pad of the thumb.
- The racquet should have some flex in the shaft. A young player cannot control a stiff shaft racquet.
- Let the player hold the racquet and test it for balance and feel. All racquets have a balance point that affects the way it feels. The player will choose the racquet that feels right to them (this inspires confidence) but also keep in mind the above characteristics.