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The Most Powerful Badminton Rackets

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Laura Parr began her professional writing career in 2008 contributing to websites such as Travelbox, 1stop and Traveldojo. She now writes health and fitness-related articles. Parr earned a diploma of adult nursing from the University of Brighton, followed by a postgraduate certificate in public health from the University of Manchester.
The Most Powerful Badminton Rackets
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When it comes to badminton rackets, beginners usually find that rackets are all the same. However, if you want to improve your game, a more powerful racket will help you smash the shuttlecock harder. You need to consider several main things when comparing rackets -- understanding these points will help you find the most powerful badminton racket for you.

Weight

A heavier badminton racket feels more secure to hold and gives your swing more stability, especially if you are new to the sport. A lighter racket will enable you to maneuver it more easily, giving you more power. The badminton website Prospeed recommends an unstrung weight between 88 and 92 g, but take into consideration the weight in relation to balance.

Balance

For more power, your racket should be “head-balanced,” meaning that the head is heavier than the handle. This will enable you to swing with more momentum, but head-balanced rackets can be unwieldy to use, so experiment with different weights before you buy.

String Tension

If you're new to badminton, don't worry about string tension at first. As you become more experienced, you can move to a racket that has a higher string tension. High string tension allows skilled players to hit with more power and accuracy. Everyone is different, and what works for one player may not work for another. Before you make a purchase, take into consideration that string tension cannot be adjusted on your racket.

Grip

Beginners usually use a large grip, as it provides stability in your movement. For more power, try using a smaller grip. A smaller grip will give you more agility, and it will a decrease weight on the handle, moving the balance toward the head. You'll find grips available in a variety of textures, thicknesses and colors.

Frame

The three main frame types in badminton rackets are the conventional, the wide-bodied and the isometric frames. Different people play better with different shapes, but you are able to add more string tension to an isometric frame, meaning it could help you hit with more power.

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