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How to Choose the Best Badminton Racket

A common question that we receive from online shoppers is "what is the best badminton racket"? With about 80 different models in-stock this can be a rather difficult question to answer because the best badminton racket for one player may not necessarily be the best badminton racket for another. So when you write us or call us to determine the best badminton racket for you, we will try to find out what level and kind of play you are so we can make the best recommendation possible.

So, starting with the basics, if you are just learning how to play badminton it is unlikely that you will notice much of a difference between a higher end racket vs a beginner racket because your swing may not be developed enough yet. A Li-Ning Student or Beginner racket should be enough to get started and once you start to "get in the swing of things" you can always move up to a different model. If you have the budget, you can always start with something more advanced and grow into it so keep this in mind when we are discussing the various model options.

Some people believe that a light racket is the best badminton racket and the lighter the better, but this is not necessarily true. A light badminton racket is often recommended for junior players or those that have developed a powerful swing yet. A lightweight racket is easier to swing and is easy on the shoulder and arm, but you may sacrifice some power because a little bit of weight helps to generate momentum and a faster racket head speed. A light racket may be the best badminton racket but do not fall into the trap of thinking the lighter the better because this may not be the case for you.

Some of the main characteristics that are popular to compare are overall weight, balance point, shaft flexibility, grip size and string tension capability. All of these can vary slightly or significantly and the best badminton racket for players that pay closer attention to these details select their favorite model based on personal preferences.

Li-Ning offers 5 technology platforms which translates into 5 different frame styles. In addition, each technology platform includes for series. Combat (Power), Drive (Stiff), Boost (Balanced) and Instinct (Light). As you can see, if you want us to recommend the best badminton racket this can be tricky because what is best for you may not be the best for another.

The best way to determine what racket suits you is to try several different models at your club or gym. If you are lucky, there might be a Li-Ning demo day in your area that will allow you to try almost all the rackets and not until then would you be able to decide what the best badminton racket is for you. If you would like us to try to help you narrow down a badminton racket model, feel free to drop us an email or give us a call and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.


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