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Which Badminton String and What Tension Should I Use?

Category : Badminton Equipment

Which Badminton String and What Tension Should I Use?

 

Welcome to episode 2 of the Q & A series. If you have any training or equipment questions, simply follow the steps outlined below to get the answers you want.

 

How to ask Your Questions?

 

All you have to do to participate is

1) View the video in Youtube (Click Here)
2) Post your question/s in the comments section (The more detailed your question, the better the response I can provide to help you, e.g. what have you tried and the obstacles you faced)

 

 

There are two areas you need to take note of.

1) The type of string

The most important factor is the thickness of the string. Thinner strings have a lot more force. 

Another factor is the feel of the string. I prefer soft feels, as if the string is stretchable. You will need to try out different feels to find out which is the most suitable for you. 

2) The Tension of the string 

For absolute beginners who are ladies and kids, start with 22 pounds. For guys who are totally new to badminton, start off with 24 pounds. 

Tight strings causes the shuttlecock to have a very quick rebound upon contact. It makes your opponent feel that the shuttlecock travels really fast towards him. But don’t get complacent yet! It travels fast, but it does not travel that far. If you want to increase the distance it travels, you have to use a lot of strength. 

Using a lot of strength makes it easy for you to get all sorts of injuries, especially if you are new to badminton. Stay safe and start off with a low tension. As a bonus, the string lasts much longer too. So you can avoid getting injured and save money at the same time!

As you face stronger players in future, you will need a badminton racket with a higher tension. Higher tensions means a faster speed of your shuttlecock, increasing the chance that you can score points against your opponent. 

How can you tell if the racket is of high or low tension? Just listen! A low tension racket creates a rather low-pitched sound, whereas a high tension racket a much higher-pitched sound. 

You are now ready to choose the right string and tension for yourself. If you have further questions, please let me know. I’ll be so glad to address them.

Have fun with your new racket!

 

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How to Make your Badminton Shoes Last Longer

After playing Badminton for a year or two, you’ll start to notice that the shoe of your non-master foot always ends up with a lot of scuffing (wear and tear), eventually leaving you with one broken shoe.

And it always breaks our hearts to throw away the pair of shoes when the other side is still in great condition!

In today’s article, I will be sharing three methods I have seen that work really well in protecting your badminton shoe and they are

1) Shoe Goo
2) Plasti Dip
3) Extra Strong Rigid Strapping Sports Tape (My personal favorite)

I’ll be using videos to show you how they’re done so you’ll understand better.

 

How to Use Shoe Goo by the Skateshop

 

Here are the key takeaways. Make sure the affected area is dry. There are typically two key affected areas, so apply a sufficient quantity on those two areas. Use your fingers to spread the shoe goo properly.

After applying the shoe goo, be sure to let it dry for at least 24 hours. You don’t want to shoe to split in half during your badminton match!

 

How to Use Plasti Dip:

 

This video provides a very detailed and clear explanation. Follow the steps closely.

Tape up the areas of the shoe you don’t want the spray to get on before you spray the coats. Let the first layer dry fully for at least 20 minutes and put on 4 coats. You may need more coats to ensure the surface of the shoes are fully covered. The more coats you do, the thicker the base will be. 

When the coating is complete, the whole surface should look very smooth. Peel off the tapes carefully. Next, slowly peel off the coat of paint.

 

 

Strong Rigid Sports Tape

 

Leuko Sports Tape

The reason why I love using sports tape is because it is an instant and portable, clean fix which I can readily share it with my friends while we’re playing in the sports hall. The downside to taping is that it’s plain ugly, that beige coloured tape just doesn’t go well with any shiny and colourful new court shoes.

But if you’re comfortable with tapes around your shoes, I highly recommend taping when your shoes are new because it’s better to prevent damage than to fix one.

Also, I feel that Shoe Goo protects your shoe better, so if you’ve time to spare, do try out the shoe goo! I’ve learnt that the Shoe Goo has another function too. It can help you keep your in-soles in place, which made me super, super happy using them.

This is a pretty short article but I hope it has helped you take necessary steps to make your shoes last much longer. I would love to hear how these solutions have worked out for you and any other viable methods that you have tried. Leave them in the comments section down below and I’ll see you soon!

 

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Newbie’s Guide to Finding Good Badminton Equipment

Often when new players join a badminton team, class or playing group, they’ll ask common questions like “Hey coach/buddy, I need better rackets/shoes; which brand should I get?/where do I get them?”

I have seen many coaches recommending their own brands without properly educating new players on the importance of selecting quality badminton equipment. Coaches are therefore able to profit from selling their products all the time! Smart move isn’t it?

Thankfully! (for you all), but unfortunately (for the coaches), I’m going to play the bad guy here and share basic guidelines (more content coming soon) on how you should go about equipping yourself well.

 

Trusted Brands in Badminton Equipment

First and foremost, I’d like to state some of the more reputable international brands of Badminton equipment (as of 2015) that I have come across. Rest assured, the equipment they manufacture is of quality, the only challenge therefore would be to identify if they’re original.

  • Yonex
  • Li Ning
  • Victor
  • Forza

A good gauge of an established brand would be to look around in your country or at the world’s strongest national team official sponsors. There are many more good brands out there that I don’t know of too! My advice for starters, is to let your coach suggest which racket will best suit your style. However, I suggest that you opt for low-mid range rackets and invest more heavily on other more important areas.

 

Where your Attention Should Be

Most beginners focus on what rackets should they get. My honest opinion is that it doesn’t really matter much at the start, as long as it doesn’t break all the time and is not too expensive. Leave that to the coach or store assistant to guide you. Instead, I would prioritize getting quality shoes, socks and racket grips.

Now you’re probably wondering why, badminton is all about hitting shuttles and I hit shuttles with rackets, why do I need to care about getting quality shoes, socks and racket grips?

 

The reason is simple, that’s where injuries happen.

 

Injuries result from poor; cushioning, ankle support, traction because people choose to wear running shoes or court shoes instead of badminton shoes. The consequences of choosing a bad shoe on a tight budget could mean months of knee pains, blisters, sprained ankles and constant slipping on court leaving markings that are frowned upon by hall owners.

 

Getting Shoes with Adequate Cushion

It is essential to get quality shoes because I have seen countless recreational players sustaining long-term knee injuries from cheap court shoes they bought from a general sports shop sale. They then proceed to buy supplements or joint supports like glucosamine or knee guards attempting to treat the injury, failing to solve the root of the problem, the poor choice of shoes.

 

So to protect yourself properly, you need 3 things

1.       Learn basic footwork (from a coach or from YouTube)

2.      Choose proper badminton shoes instead of court shoes as they usually will protect your ankle and knee better. Also, get a heel cup/heel gel or insoles with a cushion as a cheaper alternative to buying top-tier shoes with in-built cushion, which works just well.

3.      Keep your muscles in good shape (equally important) with pre and post-workout routines like warm-ups and stretching exercises, but I will not dwell into this area in this article.

 

Thick Socks

Thick socks are important in badminton so that you (or your kids) won’t have abrasions or blisters on their foot from training. Many parents that don’t play badminton themselves may be unaware of blisters that their kids sustain. Nothing is usually done because it may not seem like a big deal and kids don’t talk about it.  But why suffer when these pains are easily avoidable?

 

Maintaining Your Racket Grip

Another very important aspect is getting and maintaining a good racket grip. If it’s too bulky you can’t swing properly; too thin and you’re practically holding the wooden shaft which hurts. Grips have a shelf life and do ‘expire’ if you leave your racket in the closet for decades. Maintain your grip by changing into a new grip if you find it peeling badly or becoming very rough to the touch. Also, if you have very sweaty palms, choose towel grip over rubber grip, otherwise your racket may slip off and your partner/friend/child is at risk of your deadly smash (Pun intended).

 

Recounting an Old Story of My Friend

I’d like to end off with a story of my good friend (shall keep his name anonymous until he approves of me using his name) my dad once told me. He is physically handicapped, and therefore couldn’t pick up badminton as fast as the rest. Soon, he was left out by the pack to sit by the side and watch others play. His solution to join the fun, was to buy expensive, branded rackets to perform better. Ultimately, what happened was that people wanted to borrow his racket, more than they wanted to play with him.

 

Often seeing him by the side lines, my dad made an extra effort to motivate him to pick up training and had to craft customised programs for him to work on his strengths and sure enough, he’s moved on to be one of the top Paralympic badminton players in Singapore, making much more friends and even fans too! Of course, all without the help from his collection of the latest badminton equipment.

 

The message I want to bring across through this story, is that while getting expensive, top quality rackets are helpful, skills are what truly matters. A beginner should spend more time finding badminton equipment that gives good protection over the best of rackets/shoes. Lastly, find a good coach or circle of friends to help bring your game to the next level! Good luck smashing your way to the top!

 

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