Getting Started - Basic Badminton Equipment and Gear
By Nicole Lee
Although it wouldn’t hurt to have chic shoes and smart looking attire, you should be looking for function over aesthetics when it comes to your badminton equipment.
In this article, we cover the four basic equipment and gear required for a game of badminton.
1. Badminton Racket
Badminton rackets can be made from several types of materials. Depending on the material selection, this can result in different combinations of racket weight, balance points and string tensions. With so many different combinations, it will take time to decide which is most suited for your playing style.
Instead of making purchases online, pop by a badminton shop. Ask for assistance and select a racket that you feel comfortable with. Swing the racket around to get a good feel of its overall weight and grip.
Some popular badminton brands are Yonex, ProKennex, Wilson, ProTech and Li-Ning. For more detailed information you can refer to “How to choose your badminton racket”.
There are two types of shuttlecocks - plastic and feathered shuttlecocks.
Plastic shuttlecocks are far more durable compared to the feathered types which are commonly used. However, plastic shuttlecocks are only recommended for beginners who are just starting out. This is because feathered shuttlecocks are expensive and fray easily especially if the wrong technique is used. Hence, plastic shuttlecocks are good for beginners to use for training. Plastic shuttlecocks are usually used by young children who play badminton for recreation.
Plastic shuttlecocks tend to travel shorter distances as they are heavier. Hence, they are good for building strength as you make the transition to feathered shuttlecocks. Most people will progress to using feathered shuttlecocks as they are used at all competitive tournaments.
3. Badminton Shoes
Badminton shoes are designed to give you better traction and grip to stop in time to return a shot. They should also be lightweight have good cushioning to absorb impact when you jump or land.
Regular players will find heel cups useful to prolonging the lifespan of your shoes.
Do not wear jogging shoes as they usually lack grip and traction. You might end up crashing through the badminton net if you are unable to stop in time to receive a drop shot.
4. Badminton Attire
For casual to non-competitive players, a comfortable pair of shorts and cotton or dri-fit t-shirt is sufficient. Some players may want to equip themselves with hand grips, wrist bands and ankle guards.
Each of these items serve a purpose and might also add a dash of colour to the entire get-up.
When it comes to badminton equipment, select what is appropriate before turning your attention to aesthetics.
With this in mind, have fun shopping and gearing up for your next match.
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