If we go on asking people about their favourite sports, undeniably badminton will be there in the list. I mean, who doesn’t love badminton? It’s a popular indoor sport that is played with a racket and a shuttlecock. The badminton rackets used in the game are lightweight and feature an oblong-shaped hitting the web. The racket has a handled frame with a netted hoop for hitting the shuttlecock. Few of superior rackets found in the market weigh between 70 to 95 grams (2.4 to 3.3 ounces) excluding the strings and grips.
The primary objective while constructing the rackets is to make them lightweight and robust. Therefore these rackets are manufactured with materials such as graphite, reinforced plastic and solid steel. The steel rackets are usually supplemented with other materials to enhance their performance. Some of the famous rackets manufacturers are Yonex, Li-Ning, Ashaway and Babolat.
A badminton racket has the following parts -
The traditional badminton rackets used to feature wooden frames. However, with the advancement of time and technology, the rackets are being modified by making them lighter. Frames were manufactured earlier with aluminium and then from composite materials such as carbon fibre. The old racket models used to have an oval shape which was later transformed into other head shapes such as isometric and diamond or tear shapes.
The modified isometric shape has an increased "sweet spot" area which is the section from where the players can hit the most powerful shots. Originally, the strings were manufactured with the natural animal gut. Later, it was replaced with synthetic materials such as nylon. Nylon is preferred over natural gut because it is cheaper and provides the same qualities as the natural strings. With passing time, the racket grip is also modified and is now manufactured with synthetic materials. The polyurethane and other types of towelling grips are more comfortable that adds up in the diameter of the handle.
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