Racket for badminton are available in three versions: home, basic and professional. Good rackets are always sold as one piece in an individual case that protects the grid. Be sure to include a passport or certificate, which identifies the main characteristics. This racket may not be cheaper 700-800 rubles.
Pay attention to the material from which made the racket. Rackets for beginners are made of steel or aluminum. They are more heavy, but higher strength. The rim of this racket is designed for less strong stretch.
Look at the racket. The models intended for Amateurs and beginners, the rim is attached to the rod using the T-shaped joint. Racket for professionals are made of a titanium-graphite or graphite alloys fully. They are very light, the body is a whole. But the Pro racquets have less strength and therefore can easily be damaged by careless blow on the floor or rack of the grid.
The generally accepted length of a racket for game in badminton – 665 mm. For professional players there are longer versions with 675 mm length or extra length – 680 mm.
The main parameters are mass, stiffness of the rod and balance. Racket weighs 81-150 grams, excluding the strings and the windings. Professional model-class is very lightweight, have a weight of 81 to 84 gr. The weight of the racket can be specified on the web or in the certificate letter designations: 2U/W2 (90-94гр) - Amateur and basic models, 3U/W3 (85-89гр), 4U/W4 (80-84гр) – rackets for professional players, 5U/W5 (75-79гр) - extra light model-only players of the highest class.
The stiffness of the rod of the racket affects the machining accuracy of the shuttlecock. As a rule, the higher the class of a badminton player, the stiffer the racket he chooses for the game. Playing with a stiff racket untrained athlete can be very hard, moreover it is very easy to injure your wrist. Stiffness is denoted by English terms: Medium – flexible, Stiff – partially flexible, Extra Stiff – minimum flexibility. Sometimes used digital signage rigidity of the rod: 8,0-8,5 – hard or 9.0 to 9.5 flexible.
The following important factor - balance. The stronger the balance offset in the rim, the stronger the attack; such rackets is usually played professional badminton players of high class. Also these rackets I prefer to use players of the attacking plan. But together with a shift of balance in the rim is reduced accuracy, so for those who are just learning to play badminton, it is better to choose rackets with a neutral balance or a small offset in the handle.
If the passport is not specified, the balance of the racket or you take an inventory with the owner, try to determine the balance yourself. To do this, put the racquet on the edge of your index finger and locate the point where the handle and rim are trimmed. Then measure the distance from the end of the handle to the found point. If the balance is shifted towards the rim, the distance must be equal to 295-305 mm, with a neutral balance - of 290-300 mm, the displacement of the balance in the handle 285-295 mm.
There are additional parameters that are different badminton rackets. It is the thickness of the winding, the tensile force of the mesh, the thickness of the strings, the shape of the rim and so on. But for the novice player, these settings don't matter much.
Choosing a racket in the store, be sure to make it a few moves that mimic the hitting the shuttlecock. Even with the same basic parameters of the rackets of different companies may vary. Focus on your feelings. Choose the racket that is most conveniently lies in your hand.
If your city has a badminton section, please contact for advice on choosing a racket to coach. Very often in the sports section you will be able to suggest a good badminton racket at a lower price than the store, and to give professional advice tailored to your individual parameters.
90% of all badminton players in the world playing racket firms Yonex.
90% of all badminton players in the world playing racket firms Yonex.
Advice 2 : How to choose a shuttlecock for badminton
Badminton is a favorite game of millions. A badminton shuttlecock is undoubtedly one of the oldest sports equipment. Image of the game ball with feathers was found on the walls of Aztec Inca cities and temples. In addition, the shuttlecock – fast sports projectile. Its speed can reach 365 km/h. Therefore, the choice of the shuttlecock should be approached very carefully.
The flounce is very sensitive shell, and its characteristics vymeryat with Apothecary precision. Weight change only in 0.1 gram increases the range of half a meter.
Birdies come in two types: plastic and feather. Pen - very sensitive, they have a higher airspeed and a steep descent trajectory. Game feather shuttlecocks requires high forces the wrist movement. Therefore, they are primarily intended for professionals and players of high class. In all competitions only play feather birdies.
A characteristic feature of feather shuttlecocks – their fragility. During the game the professionals can mess up two or three packages. Often, in order to change the speed of the projectile, players twisted or bent feathers. So in the end game these shuttlecocks cost a lot of money.
The weight of a feather shuttlecock about 5 grams. These shuttlecocks are made from goose feathers. There must be exactly 16. The head of the shuttlecock should be made of cork of high quality, it is covered a thin leather. Feathers glued around the circumference of the head and tied with thread. Thread also needs to be taped.
The tips of feathers can be of different shapes. Rounded feathers make the descent of the shuttlecock flatter and flight far. This means that the player has more chances to send a projectile out. Shuttlecocks with pointed tips tail fly faster, the trajectory of the descent is more steep.
Near the lid on the tube there are numbers indicating the speed of the shuttlecock. Firm Yonex, the largest manufacturer of equipment for badminton, and uses the numbers from 1 to 5. The higher the number, the higher the speed.
Don't be surprised seeing the package of figures from 75 to 79. It refers to the speed of other major manufacturers. This index is simply equal to the weight of the shuttlecock in English grains. The heavier the shuttlecock, the faster it flies.
Sometimes on the packaging indicate the weight in metric units from 4,74 to 5.05 grams. Often on tubes with high-quality feather shuttlecocks to indicate the temperature conditions of their application. This is not surprising, because the feather is a natural material, and at different temperatures and humidity levels will behave differently.
Firm Yonex additionally refers to the quality of the products in the name of the series. For example, a series Aerosensa has name indexes from 10 to 50. The higher the index, the higher the quality of the shell in front of you.
Occasionally occur in the market shuttlecocks, in a series whose index starts with 0, for example, Aerosensa 05. In this series the head is made of artificial or composite tube. And the feathers are not goose feathers, duck feather TsAGI. Such shuttlecocks have a fairly high quality but are significantly cheaper, which makes them suitable for Amateur games.
Plastic shuttlecocks are more suitable for Amateurs. They have a more predictable trajectory, lower speed, and the processing of such a flounce does not require considerable effort when working with a brush. Don't forget, the wrist injury – the most common injury for novice players.
Plastic shuttlecocks are more expensive than the pen, but serve much longer, so cheaper. Most importantly, do not wrinkle them in your hand during the game so as not to deform the skirt.
Speed plastic shuttlecocks is indicated by the color of the ribbon around the head. Green is slow, blue shuttlecocks are marked medium and red is fast. The same color should be and the packing cover. Yonex also produces shuttlecocks with light green stripes – very slow. They better play beginners at the first class, when the technique of the shot just put.
Shuttlecocks can be white and yellow. Yellow flounced easier to play in dim light and at high speeds.
Store rackets and shuttlecocks, together, they have different requirements to the storage mode.
The main producers of shuttlecocks: YONEX, ASHAWAY, TRONEX, BABOLAT, VICTOR, FUKUDA. The world's best plastic shuttlecocks YONEX manufactures. Feather shuttlecocks should be stored at a temperature of about 12 degrees and high humidity, so they do not dry out and does not lose elasticity. For this reason, they cannot be stored for too long.