Badminton Racket Help
Badminton rackets all have the same basic parts, these being the handle, shaft and head. They vary in the shape and the materials used in them, but basically these are the main parts to look out for. There are a few more terms you will need to know such as the weight, the balance, the stiffness, and the grip size.
The weight of a badminton racket refers to exactly that- how heavy it is. Over the years the weight of racquets has reduced considerably, and you can now find certain models that weigh as little as 70grams. Most rackets weigh between 80-90g. Different manufacturers have their own systems for telling you how heavy a racket is. For example, Yonex have the "U" system, where "U"= 95-100g, and "4U"= 80-84g.
There are 3 kinds of racket balance, head heavy, head light and even balance. A head heavy racket will be more difficult to move around and feel more sluggish than a head light racket. An even balance is a compromise between the two, and is aimed at all round badminton players.
The stiffness relates to how much flexibility the racket has. There are different grades of stiffness, from extra stiff to stiff, and then there are flexible rated rackets. The stiff versions are usually aimed at more experienced players, whilst the flexible one's are aimed at beginners and intermediate players.