Essential Badminton Equipment You Need To Have
A badminton set comprises a number of things including rackets, shuttlecocks, and a net. There are also badminton shoes, socks, wristbands, and other apparel.
Badminton Equipment: 5 Essential Things You Need To Have
Badminton Rackets can be either thin or heavy. Thin rackets are preferred for faster play because they allow you to hit the shuttlecock with speed.
Heavy rackets work best in slower rallies and produce fewer errors but require more effort to use them. A heavy racket also brings the disadvantage of making it harder to hit shots with accuracy.
Rackets have a grip near the top and usually made of leather. Some rackets have metal grips which can be uncomfortable at first but they will last longer than leather grips and aren’t slippery when your hands are sweaty.
The strings on the racket usually come in nylon tape. These strings allow you to control the shuttlecock and deliver shots with great speed but will wear out very quickly making them have to be restrung more frequently.
They are also vulnerable to damage by hard-hitting opponents or badminton nets that are not properly maintained.
It’s awesome to have a racket in your hands when you’re playing badminton. The Yonex and Li Ning rackets are two of the most popular brands and they have a number of features that make them stand out from each other.
Below are some things that you will want to keep in mind as you’re deciding which one is better for you:
The grips on the Yonex rackets are made of leather, whereas the Li Ning grip is made of plastic. Some people prefer leather because it feels more natural, but it can be slippery when your hands get sweaty.
While plastic grips may take some time to adjust to but they won’t get slippery when sweaty. There is also the danger with leather that it could tear during use.
The strings on the Yonex racket are nylon tape which is more durable and affordable than the Li Ning racket. But nylon taping strings are not very long-lasting and will need to be restrung more frequently and they are vulnerable to damage from hard-hitting opponents or badminton nets that aren’t well maintained.
On the other hand, Li Ning’s strings can be custom-made to your specifications so that you will have a set of strings that lasts forever.
The shuttlecock is obviously the most important piece of badminton equipment. It is a feathered projectile that is inflated by air pressure. It has two halves made out of feathers stuck together with thread, hence its name “shuttle.”
The shuttlecock is used to hit the shuttlecock over the net; that is, to return the shuttlecock into the opponent’s court.
Shuttlecocks are available in different weights: light, medium, and heavy. Light shuttlecocks are most commonly used for recreational play and provide a low, gentle flight.
Medium shuttles are perfect for all-around play and intermediate players. Heavy shuttles are best suited for expert players because it gives an opponent a less-weighty bounce.
The net is a long piece of canvas stretched across two hoops set back from each other about one foot. The net is hung at a height of between 3.3-4.2m from the ground; higher than tennis but lower than volleyball nets.
Badminton shoes are another essential badminton equipment. In order to inflict an effective drop shot, you need to be able to pivot as you strike the shuttlecock. This requires quick movement; if your shoe is too heavy or too bulky, it may slow down your footwork and cause you to lose the momentum vital for a successful shot.
As with any sport, badminton requires a certain level of support that can best be provided by specialized footwear. And if you’re taking part in an organized tournament or league match, the rules of the game will state what kind of shoes are required.
The following are some factors about badminton shoes that should be considered when choosing one:
The type of sole – the sole of a badminton shoe should be gripped. A grip will offer reduced wear over time and protect your ankle from injury, especially if you’re using the footwear for a long period of time.
The heel – there are a number of different types of heels available, depending on your preference and skill level. The V-heel is the most common heel; it is flat on the bottom and curved around the top. Although this type of heel puts more pressure onto your Achilles tendon than other kinds, it is the easiest to adjust for different levels of play (e.g., beginner to advanced).
The toe box – this part of the shoe covers where your toes will rest when you put your foot into them.
A badminton sock is a type of sock that is designed specifically for playing the game of badminton. Badminton socks are usually made with a cotton-polyester blend and they can either be seamless or have an attached top.
A seamless badminton sock has no seams on the inside, which means it’s comfortable and prevents chafing and blistering. The downside to seamless socks is that they are not as durable as attached top socks, so you’ll need to replace them more often.
An attached top sock does not have this drawback but it can lead to irritation from friction around your ankle region if you wear them too tight, so make sure to get them in the correct size for your leg size and ankle circumference.
The benefits of a badminton sock are many: it can reduce foot fatigue by keeping the feet cool and dry, and it also prevents toe blisters. The sock can have an anti-friction lining which avoids rubbing and discomfort from the shoe’s interior design.
A badminton sock is also elastic so that it hugs your leg comfortably, thereby minimizing extra movement during play that might tire you out faster than usual.
So these were the 5 essential badminton equipment you need to have. If you want to play it properly and have fun.