How to Choose Badminton String
We will guide you in choosing the right badminton string, helping you to get exactly what you want and the proper feeling on the badminton court.
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How to choose the right badminton string?
Choosing the right badminton string can be a difficult task, even for casual players, due to the numerous brands, types, and names available in the market. However, selecting a string that complements your playing style is not as challenging. In Singapore, approximately 90% of casual players are not familiar with the different types of strings.
This article aims to provide knowledge on how to choose a badminton string, whether you are a casual or professional player. When sending a badminton racket for stringing, the first important thing to consider is…
1. Know What Requirements You Want for Your Badminton String
According to our professional stringer, who is also a badminton coach, it is important to know what you want when selecting a badminton string. For instance, some casual players require more durable strings that last longer and are less prone to breaking. Others may want strings that offer better repulsion, hitting sound, or both.
The gauge thickness of a badminton string, ranging from 0.57 to 0.72mm, is a simple way to identify its features. Generally, thicker strings are more durable, while thinner strings offer better repulsion but may break more easily.
2. Common Mistakes Casual Players Make When Choosing a Badminton String
The most common mistake made by casual players when selecting a badminton string is focusing solely on the name of the string instead of its thickness. For instance, many players misunderstand that the string name implies something about its properties, such as Yonex “BG80 POWER,” assuming it will provide more power.
This is a common misconception, and beginners or casual players may end up with unsuitable strings without even realizing what went wrong. It is important to remember that the string name is merely a label, and the first thing to consider when choosing a badminton string is its thickness.
3. The Importance of Thickness for Choosing a Badminton String
Most badminton string brands offer a range of thickness for their strings, such as Yonex which ranges from 0.61 to 0.70mm. Knowing the string thickness can help you determine the string properties you need.
As previously mentioned, thinner strings provide more hitting sound and repulsion but may not be as durable, while thicker strings are more durable but may not offer the same hitting sound and repulsion.
There is no perfect option, so you should choose the one that best suits your needs. For instance, some casual players prefer thinner strings but find that they break easily, forcing them to switch to thicker strings to reduce the cost of stringing.
5. Benefits of Choosing a Thicker Badminton String
The primary consideration when selecting a badminton string is durability. Some players prefer thicker strings because they break strings too frequently, maybe every two weeks. Thicker strings, ranging from 0.67 to 0.72mm, can address this issue.
In some cases, beginners who have yet to master hitting the sweet spot may also benefit from thicker strings. Parents may also want thicker strings to help their children’s rackets last longer.
For players who play outdoors, accidentally rubbing the frame on the ground while picking up the shuttlecock can easily break the string. In such cases, thicker string gauges can provide better durability. However, if a player insists on choosing a thinner string, we recommend installing outdoor tape for added protection.
6. Do Thinner Badminton Strings Break More Easily?
Not exactly. In general, thicker strings are more durable while thinner strings break more easily. However, there are exceptions. For instance, if a casual player has reached a certain level of skill, has good consistency, and sets the right string tension, the string can last longer. We know a group of badminton coaches who are well-trained in badminton.
When they string a thinner string like Yonex BG66 Ultimax, the string can last for at least 2 months if they play every week. If you prefer more repulsion, better-hitting sound, and don’t mind changing the string every 2 months, you can go ahead with a thinner string.
However, we have also seen some casual players play for 6 months and then complain that the string is not durable. This depends on how the player determines the lifespan of the badminton string.
7. How to Choose a Good Brand for Your Badminton String
There are numerous big and small brands in the market selling badminton strings, including Yonex, Victor, Li-Ning, Kizuna, Gosen, Adidas, and many others. This can be confusing for many casual players, but in truth, the brand is not important.
Apart from the big brands, there are many good strings available at reasonable prices. Some people prefer Yonex, while others prefer smaller brands like Kizuna or another brand because everyone has their own favorite string. This is a good sign that the brand does not matter; what matters is whether the string is suitable for you after you try it.
As you already know, thickness is the main priority when choosing the right string. No matter what features are written on the packaging, if two different brands have the same thickness, the difference will not be significant, except for the “feel” which depends on personal preference. There is no such thing as a “good brand” of badminton string; choose the string that you feel comfortable with.
8. What Should I Do If My Badminton String Keeps Breaking?
Firstly, you need to identify the problem causing the string to keep breaking. In most cases, players break strings easily due to hitting the wrong sweet spot or hitting the shuttlecock with too much force, causing the strings to snap. In other cases, playing outdoors can lead to accidental rubbing of the frame and strings on the ground while picking up the shuttlecock, leading to breakage.
Once you have identified the problem, you can easily solve the issue with the stringer. For example, if a player is playing outdoors, we will recommend installing outdoor tape, or if the hitting point is too high, we will recommend either changing the grommet to a longer one or using a thicker string.
If the string breaks for reasons other than these, we may recommend using a thicker string if the player has good personal strength. It is important to seek the advice of a stringer when your string breaks. Before cutting the string off, take a photo so that the stringer can advise you better.
9. Can Badminton Strings Help Increase My Skill or Power?
In general, badminton strings will not increase the skill or power of beginners. Even if you choose the right badminton string, it can only make you feel “better” but will not necessarily improve your skill level. For instance, if you do not know how to smash or have only a little knowledge of the technique, choosing the right string will not magically make you able to smash better.
However, for casual players who have attended proper badminton training and have a basic foundation, selecting the right string can help them play even better. These players can feel the difference and determine whether the string is suitable for their needs.
For beginners who lack a solid foundation in badminton, it may be challenging to feel the difference, but it is important to remember that badminton skills and strings are separate topics. In general, badminton strings will not help increase badminton skills or power. Thank you for reading!
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