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July 31, 2019 3 min read 5 Comments

It seems like you're probably here for one of few reasons

  1. You're not feeling great about your current racquet and you haven't explored string tension    

  2. You've got a racquet or you're getting a racquet but have no idea what tension you want the strings to be or what they should be for you

  3. You're curious as to what we have to say about string tension! 

Jackie Chan Wondering Confused

We all know that sunken feeling when you hear an abnormal pitch come from your racquet after a swing and half the badminton stadium turns to look at you (mostly with empathy).

Another $20-30(AUD) down the drain so should you get strings that will last longer? Or did you just shank it and it's more about you than the strings? Were they even good strings for you anyway? 

Albert Eistein Tongue Sticking Out Art Science

I want to begin by saying, choosing the string tension of your racquet is more of an art than a science. Before diving into the world of strings and string tension, make sure you have selected an appropriate racquet for yourself. If you need help with this, visit our article, How Do You Pick a Badminton Racquet.

The challenge with string tension is similar to a lot of things in life, what might work for someone else may not necessarily work for you. If you've spent enough time talking to club-level and professional players, you might be under the impression that all the "good" players use higher string tension, being >28 lbs (pounds). Don't be fooled into thinking you need strings at these higher tensions too, especially if you have just ventured into the sport!

To make things simple, here are some suggestions depending on your skill level.

Beginner: 18lbs to 23lbs (Lower Tension)

At this string tension, the sweet-spot of the racquet is large, which will help while you learn to contact the shuttle towards the centre of the racquet head.


Intermediate: 24lbs to 27lbs (Medium Tension)

At this string tension, players of this level will benefit from a balance between shot accuracy and power as the sweet-spot is still fairly forgiving.


Advance:>28lbs (Medium Tension)

At this string tension, players will benefit from crisp and powerful shots when playing well but they can also suffer a reduction in performance as it is much less forgiving due to the smaller sweet-spot. It can also be much easier to break strings at these higher tensions especially if you can't consistently hit around the sweet-spot. 


Professionals: I'm very grateful that you're reading this!

Badminton Racquet Strings Sweet Spot

Remember, these are simply guidelines and not hard and fast rules. Before you go ahead with a certain string tension, make sure you consider what your racquet can handle (this should be on the top of your grip handle or printed on the shaft) and the type of string you use (this can affect your performance too!).

We will cover string types in a future article so stay tuned for other simple ways of improving your game!

 

We'd love to hear your opinions, comments, tips and tricks so please feel free to comment below. If you would like us to write about something in particular, please let us know!

Main image source: Pixabay

Body image source 1: Jackie Chan (https://tenor.com/search/jackie-chan-confused-gifs)

Body image source 2: Albert Eistein (https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35557727)

Body image source 3: Badminton Central (https://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/index.php?threads/hitting-off-centre-of-the-sweetspot-for-greater-crisp-repulsion.172690/)

Henry Wong
Henry Wong

Henry is an ex-state badminton player who represented South Australia as well as Melbourne University. He remains an avid badminton player in the social scenes of Melbourne. His passion for all things badminton lead him to be a co-founder of Volant Wear.


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Henry
Henry

August 03, 2019

Ah yes, Pieter, I agree! Much easier to break the frame and I should have included that in the article :)
Thanks so much for your input.

Pieter
Pieter

August 01, 2019

Also, in my opinion, higher tension makes your racquet frame more fragile and may break easily.

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