When you're buying a new badminton racket, the crucial factor to consider is the level of rigidity that suits you best.
A highly rigid racket can be tough to bend, and if you're a beginner, it can be hard to get enough speed in your stroke. Go for a less rigid version instead.
But if you're an experienced player, a more rigid model will give you more power and precision in your stroke.
When it comes to racket balance, consider these 3 categories:
Head-heavy rackets are front-heavy and offer more power in your swing, making them ideal for offensive players who like to hit hard. But, they can be challenging to manoeuvre and may feel slow. For a fast and flexible game, look for a head light or even balanced racket.
Head-light rackets have weight in the shaft and a light head, giving you better control and quicker reaction times. They don't provide extra power though.
Even-balance rackets have an evenly distributed weight, making them a good choice for players who are just starting out and have no clear strengths or weaknesses on the court.
For children, there are specially designed badminton rackets that are shorter than adult rackets. This is because longer rackets can be difficult for kids to play with. Children should use junior rackets until they reach the age of 10.
Many people have played badminton on a hot summer day, but do you know the rules? If not, you can read more about rules in the BBC guide.