How to choose the right badminton string and tension for your racket

How to choose the right Badminton string and tension for your racket:

How to choose the right Badminton string and tension for your racket:

Things to know while choosing better Badminton string:

  1. Type of string: The most important factor here is the thickness of the badminton string. Thick string would reduce the repulsion of the string. Because having a thick string would spread the force on a wider area and hence less force. Whereas thin string would have lot of force. Thick string lasts longer, Thin string hits harder but lasts less than thick string.

    Recommended String: Thick string: Yonex BG 65. Thin string: Yonex BG 66.

  2. Tension of string: Tight string makes it quickly rebound and this makes the opponent feel as though the shuttle is very fast, though it is not fast. So you actually have to put a lot of strength for the shuttle to be very fast, this is mostly for aggressive players. This also helps in spin net as it makes it lot easier to control the spin.The disadvantage of high tension is it causes elbow or shoulder injuries. Low tension string on the other side takes forever to break the string and generally it is easier to control the shuttle with low string.The disadvantage of low tension is when you play with a strong player with strong defense makes it unable to win against the opponent.

For Ladies and kids who are Beginners start off with 22 pounds and for guys 24 pounds.It is recommended not to go below 20 pounds as the shuttle would go very slow. Now the tension has increased to 28 pounds because of nano graphite.

How to identify low and high tension racket:

Low tension racket has a very dull sound whereas high tension racket is very sharp. High tension racket is very tight. Make sure the tension is balanced throughout the racket.

This is how you choose the right Badminton string and tension for your racket.

Choosing the right string and tension simply depends on the skill level and the type of the player. There is no one common solution for all, instead, it is recommended to assess yourself, your options and objectives to decide the right string and tension. Before we start, remember, a sweet spot on a racquet is an area which gives the most power, analogous to the ‘middle of the bat’ in cricket.

String Tension

Let us consider the two types – a high tension string (tighter string) vs a low tension string.

At low tension (18lb-23lb), the sweet spot is bigger, which means that a player can generate power even if the shot was slightly mishit. This is due to a trampoline like effect generated by the loose string and its elasticity. Moreover, the low tension ensures that the strings last longer because it can take more load than tight strings that may snap due to a bad shot. From the above info, we can infer that the low tension strings are suited to entry level players who are learning to play each shot, cannot generate power and are likely to make plenty of mistakes. Hence, power and durability are important features for their racquets strings

At high tension (24lb-30lb), the sweet spot is smaller and the power generated is lesser because the strings are too tight for the trampoline effect to take place. However, control over the shuttle increases because the strings are flatter. Hence, this type of stringing is done by really good players who can generate enough power, have excellent basic techniques and need accuracy in all shots. This is not recommended for beginners because mishits, especially near the frame, can cause the string or racquet to break because of the high tension.

For recreational players, you can choose a string tension based on the type of game you want to play. If you are lacking a little in explosive power, you can go for a low tension string that increases the power in each shot. If power and control are both important to you, use a middle level tension that gives the best of both worlds.

Do not let your ‘ego’ affect this decision. Plenty of recreational players string their racquets beyond the recommended racquet tension because that is what the professionals do. The problem with this is that the lack of power may causes the recreational player to over exert and increase the likelihood of injury while also increasing the risk of damaging their racquets. The best badminton players are generally powerful athletes who need utmost precision in their game and can afford to go through umpteen racquets, thanks to their various sponsors.

Note that newly strung racquets should be given a couple of days to settle down to reduce tension loss.

Recommended string tension for different levels of players:

Beginner : 17lbs-20lbs
Intermediate: 20lbs-24lbs
Advanced: 24lbs-27lbs
Professional/International: 27lbs – 30lbs+

For plastic shuttles, it is recommended to lower your tension by 1-2lbs.

String Thickness

Thin strings are more elastic and hence have more power. But they have less durability and break quicker than thick strings. Thick strings are not as flexible, hence the power generated by the string will be lesser but it lasts much longer than thin string as well as offering better control.

Strings for Power
BG80
BG66 Ultimax
BG80 Power

Strings for Durability
BG65 – Recommended for recreational players – beginners and intermediates
BG65 Titanium
NBG95

Strings for Control
NBG99
BG Aerobite

To summarise our points, the table below will be useful.

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