Badminton is a popular game based on its diverse reach to people of all ages and gender. The other factor that adds to its popularity is its relatively lower difficulty level in comparison with other racket games likes squash and lawn tennis. Among all the other choices, the most important choice to make for any badminton player is the “Choice of Racket”.

The abundance of rackets available in the market has made it extremely confusing to choose the option that suits one’s style of play. At the very outset we would recommend trying some rackets to get a feel of what works for you, the key considerations should be :









All of the above should be considered to see what works with your level of experience, if you’re a singles player or doubles and finally your game strategy.

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Choice of Brand

Japanese manufacturers have always been the leaders in badminton rackets and other accessories. However, as the game has evolved, the competition has grown tougher. Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers are producing badminton rackets of the highest quality. Several brands are now easily available in the market giving tough competition to each of their

competitors. The most well know brands are Yonex, Li Ning, Victor, Wilson and Carlton, however, manufacturers like Abroz, Kawasaki, Jnice and Apacs are starting to have a serious impact on racket sales worldwide. The quality of all these brands is very high and they will all last the test of time – so for now let’s ignore the brand and focus on getting the right racket for you!



The physical weight of a racket has a significant impact on arm joints and muscles. Some players find that super light rackets require too much effort to generate power as do very heavy rackets. However, advances in technology and material research have meant lighter rackets are becoming increasingly more powerful.

Badminton rackets are generally weighted in classes set out below :

There are very few rackets below 65g.

Heavy rackets combined with a stiff shaft and a heavy head balance (explained below) can be much more physically exerting compared with more flexible and lighter rackets. However, stiffer, heavier rackets can produce a lot more power compared with lighter more flexible rackets. The lighter weight rackets have fast swing delivery and great defense and are generally less taxing on arm joints. Understanding these fundamental aspects of a racket are crucial in order to ensure you are choosing a racket optimised for your game.

Also, note that the advertised weight of a racket is not always the usable weight of a racket i.e. with string and grip.


Most racket manufacturers provide four grip sizes. In Japan, they range from G2, G3, G4 to G5 where G2 is the biggest size and G5 is the smallest size. In some countries, the opposite applies. Some brands go by small, medium and big sizes.


The diagram below highlights the general effects of opposing balance points. The balance point can make notable differences in both smash and defence capabilities. Broadly speaking, a racket that is weighted towards the head (regarded as a ‘head heavy’ racket or on the E-zone 312mm+) helps to generate better smash power, whilst conversely a racket that is more evenly balanced or ‘head light’, tends to have better defensive qualities and overall manoeuvrability.

As with Racket weight, flexibility and shaft stiffness the racket balance point does have a significant effect on arm joints and muscles.


The stiffness of the shaft has a massive impact on repulsion (physical energy input vs shuttle flight distance), shuttle control, power generation, wrist, shoulder and elbow wear and tear.

Racket stiffness varies from flexible to stiff, however every racket manufacturer has their own way of rating the stiffness of their rackets, which makes it confusing when comparing rackets across different manufacturers. Badminton racket review’s shaft stiffness testing is carried out consistently and uniformly on all rackets and so therefore all results can be reliably cross-compared using our Racket Review E-Zone review platform.

Shaft stiffness has a significant impact on wrist, elbow and shoulder strain. Many people find stiffer rackets more strenuous on their arm joints as opposed to more flexible rackets.

So why do people choose stiff rackets? They are said to have better control over the shuttle and, provided the player can generate enough swing speed, they can generate lots of power.

Flexible rackets can generate good power using less effort; in reality, they actually have one of the highest ratios of power vs input for many club players. Why? Take for example the clear shot: When the racket is swung backwards, a flexible racket shaft will flex further back than a stiff shaft, leading to an extended snap-forward on contact with the shuttle, which would generate a greater amount of force without the player having to exert too much energy. They are also less strenuous on arm joints because they require less movement to be put into motion. However, the player compromises on control, the greater the flex.


Shoulder front


If you feel strain on these body parts when playing Badminton, try changing your racket, you might be surprised how much difference it can make to your body joints and muscles. All the information below is based on Badminton Racket Review’s own test results. Always take advice from a healthcare professional before continuing to play.


Shoulder Back

Racket specification

Beginners/Player with arm injuries

We would recommend beginners focus on finding a racket that is easy to use and one which does not require a perfect hitting technique so you can enjoy longer rallies. We would also recommend players with arm and shoulder injuries use the same specification as you want to minimise the strain inflicted on your joints.


Range of 80g – Max 88g


No more than 309mm


No more than 1.08 or medium flex 10

Using the Badminton Racket Review E-Zone prioritise the results according to what appeals the most i.e. overall score, smash speed, manoeuvre speed or manufacturer and so on. Go to the Racket Review Ezone here.

Intermediate Players

You can choose a racket according to any aspect of your game you would like to improvise; so if you have a slow smash, you might like to sort the results according to the racket which produces the best smash speed. If you have a weak or inconsistent defence, then choose a racket with enhanced control, aiming for a low balance point and high manoeuvre speed. Go to the Racket Review Ezone here.


Range of up to 90g


No more than 312mm


No more than 1.08 or medium flex 10

Advanced/Professional Players

As an advanced or professional player, you already know your playing style and have a good idea of what kind of racket works for you. You will also be aware of the amount of rackets on the market with similar specifications. What we help you to determine is which particular racket performs best according to the racket specification you like, using like-for-like comparative testing across hundreds of products and displayed in a high-spec matrix in the Racket Review E-Zone, as well as getting an informed, unbiased, preview of new rackets launched by all the major brands. Go to the Racket Review Ezone here


Please see below player skill levels defined:


Player returning to badminton after a significant break or starting to play the sport for the first time.


Player who is able to hit the shuttle with accuracy to most parts of the courts using reasonable technique, has a good defence and attack, understands the rules of the game, has started to think about his/her opponent’s weaknesses and strengths and plays accordingly, has good foot movement and fitness.


Player who has the skill to hit every shot with good technique, can generate lots of power easily and efficiently, is able to direct the shuttle to all parts of the court in defence and attack, plays consciously and strategically during every rally and can move around the court at significant speed with an appropriate amount of fitness to not fade during long rallies.


Mastered all areas of the sport and has a world ranking.