- Badminton Racquettes (or Rackets if you prefer)
I’ve started playing badminton again after a short break of about 22years and (unsurprisingly) I can’t find my racket (think I might have sold it 2 house moves ago 😳 ).
Would like an OK one that will do me for a fair while but nothing too flashy, don’t want to be an ATGNI if possible so…
What should I look for in a replacement?
How much should I pay for a reasonable one (will £20 get me something that’s only good for straining weed out of a pond or will it actually be some use for its intended purpose)?
Any makes to go for/avoid?Posted 7 years agorossi46Member
You can get a pretty good Calton graphite one for around £30, my one is now my spare because i got a Prince TT Carbon one for £35 (reduced from £80!) in a sale in my local sports shop.Posted 7 years ago
My Calton one came from Decathlon. Try also Amazon, or Sports Direct and always look in your local shop they may just have a sale at this time if year!
Avoid the temptation to buy a ‘bargain’ steel one for a tenner as your arms will fall off when playing- save up and aim for £40, you might get some change for a pint!tony24Member
I have been playing for around 8 years now owned a fair few rackets now but my current 1 is my favourite of all time. Its made by babolat ( rafeal nidal’s tennis sponsor ) there french made but they are truly brilliant. Its has made the biggest change to my game.
The whip in the shaft has allowed me to clear shots easier but also increased my smash power. also recommend the babolat hyper braid string
heres a link they start at £30 then go up but there worth every penny in my eye’s on my 3rd restring to which shows they last in terms of the frame being strong.Posted 7 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
I tend to stick with Yonex. Tried one of those cheap Brownings that are very prevalent on eBay. It gave me a lot of power in the smash, but the frame isn’t that strong. One particularly hard smash resulted in the frame crumpling – won the point though! I can’t get on at all with Carlton or Wilson racquets at all
One tip, when you find one you like, get another as a sparePosted 7 years agogixer.johnMember
Just bought a couple of new ones from Decathlon in Wednesfield
for the missus an Ashaway reduced from £99 to £39, an a Yonex for me reduced from £89 to &29.
We play for a few hours every week having started last year, our coach said that both were cracking value, but the Ashaway was a really nice racquet.Posted 7 years agonicknameMember
Think there was a thread on this a while back, so worth checking for additional recommendations.
Most people I know have Yonex rackets. The Armortec (which I have) or Nanospeed range are good and have some for around £20-£30.
Shoes ‘n shuttles make the biggest difference for me mind 🙂Posted 7 years agoRealManMember
Yonex is where its at. Nice weight and balance on quite a few of the models, and they seem to last forever.
Knew a guy in a club who’d go through rackets like two a month, whacking them against the floor in anger and such. I recommended one of the yonex ones I was using and it took him at least 3 months to kill it.Posted 7 years ago
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