New and interested badminton players stop by Digi Sports all the time. One frequently asked question that we get is "how do I know which racket is good for me?" First, we have to know what a buyer wants as far as performance from a racket. Stiff rackets are made for more power, medium flex rackets are made for power and control, and flexible rackets are made for control, defense, and placement. The next thing to consider is the balance of each racket. Head heavy balance rackets are made for power. In other words, they are made for smashing shots. On the other hand, rackets that are head light balance are easier to defend and place shots. Even balance rackets are unique since they are made to facilitate racket movements. Third decision would be the choice of string. Last decision is the tension of the racket.
The next question is "how do I know which string to use?" The popular strings from Yonex are BG 65, BG 65Ti, and BG 70pro. BG 65 string is made for smash and control. Durability is great. Yonex place this string opposite for repulsion (which means how far the shuttlecocks will go). For BG 65Ti, it is made for smash, it is opposite for control. Yonex place this string in the center of the graph between durability and repulsion. And BG 70pro is almost all around for smash, control, durability, and repulsion. If a player can, it is fun also to try out other strings such as NG 95, BG 85, BG 80, BG 68Ti, and BG 66. HL and Ashaway also have badminton strings that are comparable to Yonex BG 65 string. Eventually, each player will be able to find the right string that would match his/her playing style.
Final question is "how tight of a tension should I use?" This question depends on each person's skill level. For new players, more loose tension would give more power. The tighter the tension, the more control. As players improve his/her skills, then the tension can be tighter. Generally, for high school or new players, 19 pounds or 20 pounds will be good to start off with.
We hope that this buyer's guide that we have provided will help you in deciding a racket that is right for you. For further questions or concerns, feel free to call (619) 283-3650 or visit our store.