Badminton rackets are constructed from materials that guarantee that they are very lightweight. In fact some of the more superior quality rackets available on the market weigh between 70 and 95 grams or 2.4 – 3.3 ounces, but this is excluding both the strings and grip. Today’s rackets are constructed using a number of different materials that range from the popular carbon fibre composite which is graphite reinforced plastic, to solid steel. The steel variety is often augmented by a number of other materials for better and enhanced performance.
Rackets that are constructed from carbon fibre offer excellent strength when compared to their weight. Carbon fibre rackets are sturdy and boast superb kinetic energy transfer. Prior to the adoption of carbon fibre composite in their construction these rackets were made out of lightweight metals that included aluminium. Before the use of aluminium in their construction the rackets were invariably made out of solid wood.
Nowadays the prices of badminton rackets vary considerably depending upon the quality of the materials used in the construction of the rackets. It is possible to find some that are made out of cheaper metals such as steel and therefore these rackets not only cost less but also do not offer the same level of performance. Wooden rackets are no longer manufactured because of their weight and also the cost involved in their manufacture. To make rackets more durable alternative materials are used. Nanomaterials such as fullerene and carbon nanotubes are combined so as to provide ever greater durability.
Purchasing your Racket
With a number of different manufacturers and designs available on the market today there are plenty of rackets designs to choose from and deciding which is right for you can be overwhelming. A major consideration in choosing badminton rackets is price and it is best to not be too economical in your choice since the lower priced varieties are constructed from cheaper material. Because of this more arm movement is required to hit the shuttle rather than the wrist and this leads to the development of bad habits.
Most badminton rackets manufacturers use 1U, 2U, 3U, and 4U to indicate the weight of the rackets with 1U being the heaviest and 4U the lightest. There are usually 4 grip sizes to choose from and you need to choose the one that best suits you. Attacking players tend to prefer bigger grips because they need to hold the rackets tighter in order to generate power. Those who enjoy rallying choose the smaller grip which makes the rackets easier to turn in their hands.
It is advisable that you purchase a head-cover for your rackets and make sure that you use it when your rackets is not in use. Also it is important to not keep badminton rackets near to central heating radiators or leave it exposed to sunlight.