TipsBuy a head-cover or a complete cover for your racquet, and cover the racquet whenever you are not playing. Do not store your racquet near to any central heating radiators, or leave it exposed to sunlight. How to choose a Badminton Racquet that suits you most?
Don't be overly cost-effective – for a good performance you need to shed out some extra bucks! The lower priced racquets are generally quite heavy because they are made of cheaper material. It will involve more use of arm movements rather than wrist’s to hit the shuttle if the wrist muscle is not adequately strongThe weight of the racquet should not be more than 100 grams.
Most of the racquet manufacturers use 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U to specify the weight of the racquets, where 1U being the heaviest and 4U the lightest. The weight of high quality racquets range from 83 grams to 100 grams.
How to choose a grip for your racquet?
Most racquet manufacturers provide 4 grip sizes. In Japan, they range from G2, G3, and G4 to G5 where G2 is the biggest size and G5 being the. In some countries, the opposite of this applies. A few brands also go by small, medium and big sizes.
If you are an attacking player, prefer bigger grips as you need to hold the racquet more tightly and firmly to generate more power.
If you are a Player who likes to rally and make use of deception, prefer a smaller grip so that the racquet is easier to rotate in your hands.
Over grips are more convenient for players who change grips frequently, because they may be removed more rapidly without damaging the underlying material
How to choose strings??
It is often argued that high string tensions improve control, whereas low string tensions increase power. An alternative suggests that the optimum tension for power depends on the player: the faster and more accurately a player can swing their racquet, the higher the tension for maximum power.
Less durable – do not last long
Badminton Strings have different gauge numbers to indicate the thickness or diameter of the strings. Thicker strings will have a lower gauge number. A 20 gauge number string is thicker than a 22 gauge number. So this means, lower the gauge number, thicker the string. Ideally, one should go for string tension in between 16lb to 26lb.
In case one wants extra power, he/she can use thin strings at lower tension or use thin strings at higher tension for a more balance approach.
Which shuttlecock to use?
Ideal Length: Between 62mm and 70mm
Ideal Weight: somewhere between 4.74 to 5.50 grams.
Shuttles are generally graded according to speed. The speed at which the shuttle travels is also affected by factors like weather, altitude and temperature. When it’s hot, the shuttle will fly faster as compared to in the cold.
It is advised to use a faster shuttle in an air- conditioned hall/area and a slower shuttle is playing at high altitudes.
To test the speed of a shuttle, use a full underhand stroke which makes contact with the shuttle over the back boundary line. Hit the shuttle upwards angle and in a direction parallel to the side lines.
In case you do not have shuttlecocks catering to different speeds, you can try tipping the shuttlecock. Tipping the feathers (natural or plastic feathers) of the shuttles outward will slow it down. Tipping the feathers (natural or plastic) of the shuttles inward will speed it up.
What kind of shoes are the best for Badminton?
When selecting the size of the shoe, leave a thumb’s space in length. This will allow some room for your feet to move inside your shoes even after wearing sports socks.
To get a good grip from your badminton shoes, wear them only on badminton courts or for the purpose of playing badminton solely. Do not wear it for jogging or any other activity. Once the grip is gone, the shoes will not be effective on the badminton court anymore and may lead to injuries. Reserve it solely for Badminton purposes.
It is advised to invest in a good pair of heel cups to protect your heels. Heel cups can also help to prolong the life span of your Badminton Shoes.
Always say the server’s score first:
It’s a good habit to say the score out loud to your opponent before starting each rally and each time you. It’s easy to lose track of the score, and saying it between 2 consecutive rallies helps prevent disputes.
Whenever saying the score, always speak out the server’s score first. So if you are the one serving and have 10 points whereas your opponent has 15, then the score said out loud should be 10–15 (not 15–10).
How to play forehand overhead clear? – Tips to adopt the forehand grip.
Stand sideways to the net with your side with no racquet facing the net.
Shift your weight on to the foot which is facing the back boundary.
Bend your elbow and lock your wrist preparing to swing forward.
Raise your hand which does not holds the racquet and point at the shuttle to improve timing and balance.
Raise/throw the shuttle as high as possible in front of your body using a strong throwing action as if you are going to throw your racquet high and forward through the air.
Keep your elbow straight as you hit the shuttle.
Let your wrist unlock with a whip action as you hit the shuttle.
Follow through with your racquet and shift your weight from your rear foot to your front foot. Move back to your base position.
It’s always useful to camouflage your shots so that it is not easy for the opponent to predict it. For example, your offensive shots should look like either a drive or a drop shot until the very last second.