Best Badminton Rackets for Beginners

You are a Badminton beginner and have decided to pick up the racket to start playing the most wonderful sport in the world? Congratulations, very good choice! Badminton is a fantastic way to work out and have fun at the same time.

But in the beginning it can be quite demanding, because it requires so many different skills and talents. You need reflexes, feel for the ball, speed, stamina, creativity and much more. But to support your talents and abilities, it is important to choose the right Badminton racket for yourself. For beginners, this isn`t the easiest thing to do, since they have no experience with this sport.

 

Requirements of a beginners` racket

So a beginners` Badminton racket has different requirements compared to rackets for intermediate or advanced players. See this blog post for more information about how to choose the perfect badminton racket for yourself.

In general you can say, that a beginner probably won`t have the best technique possible. Thus generating power will be the biggest problem when hitting the shuttle. So I would say a beginner`s racket should especially provide support generating power and length. Of couse support for controlling and placing the shuttle decently should be there as well. But you can`t have it all in thze price range I have in mind for beginner`s rackets. Because I don`t see much sense in buying a 200$ racket when you just start playing Badminton. These rackets often require perfect technique to be handled (due to stiff shafts) and therefore a beginner`s racket needs:

  • A reasonable price (because you might break some at the beginning when you clash rackets with your doubles partner ;-))
  • A very solid frame to survive clashes, e.g. made from aluminium
  • Not too light-weight. You need some flywheel mass to generate length
  • A head-heavy balance, also to provide power for clears and smashes
  • A flexible shaft for “bounce effect” -> power/length support

 

Best Beginners`Badminton Rackets

Check out the best badminton budget rackets as well

  So here are some suggestions that might be the right choice for you, if you just start playing. These are not the cheapest rackets out there, but very reasonable in price. Even as a beginner you should choose a quality Badminton racket and not go for 10$ supermarket rackets. They are for recreational players. If you have ambitions to become a better badminton player, invest a little more.

 

Yonex Badminton Racquet GR 303 With Extra Grip Pack Of 2 (Check price on Amazon)

The Yonex GR 303 is made from aluminium and therefore very durable.

  • Grip Size: G3
  • Weight: 90g
  • Balance: Head-heavy
  • Stiffness: Stiff shaft
  • Shape: Isometric
  • Suitable for: Offense / Defense

Pros: This racket is promoted as light-weight, but 90g is not really light in the world of Badminton rackets. And in my opinion it`s an optimum weight for beginners, providing mass but still maneuverable enough.

Cons: Using a heavy racket can make a player tire faster, especially if he isn`t used to hitting the shuttle all the time.

 

Wilson Attacker Badminton Racquet (Check price on Amazon)

Made from graphite in a one-piece fused frame. Doesn`t get any stabler than that.

  • Grip Size: G4
  • Weight: 84g
  • Balance: Head-heavy
  • Stiffness: Stiff shaft
  • Shape: Isometric
  • Suitable for: Offense

Pros: Very good value for money here.

Cons: Wilson is more known for tennis equipment and their rackets play a little different compared to Yonex, Victor etc. But for starting this sport, it`s a very good racket.

Babolat I Pulse Power Badminton Racquet Strung G2 (Check price on Amazon)

Made from full carbon graphite.

  • Grip Size: G3
  • Weight: 82g
  • Balance: Even balanced
  • Stiffness: Flexible shaft
  • Shape: Isometric
  • Suitable for: Offense / Defense

Pros: Astonishing feel and accuray when hitting the shuttle. Very flexible shaft and therefore very little back-swing of the racket is needed to generate power.

Cons: Not a head-heavy racket, which needs good technique to a certain extent to shine. If you think you are talented and will get better fast, this is the right choice for you.

Yonex Muscle Power 7 Badminton Racquet-White/Orange (Check price on Amazon)

The material is a mix of aluminium and carbon-graphite. This is certainly not my favourite racket for beginners. It is not really special, but comes at a very good price.

  • Grip Size: G3
  • Weight: 88g
  • Balance: Head-heavy
  • Stiffness: Even balanced
  • Shape: Isometric
  • Suitable for: Offense

Pros: Good price and very solid racket.

Cons: Nothing special, but good enough to start playing and check out if you like it.

Senston N80 Graphite Single High-Grade Badminton Racquet (Check price on Amazon)

Senston is not the most well-known Badminton brand, but this racket is a nice surprise. A good allround racket for a very reasonable price. Perfect for  beginners, although you should definiteley upgrade as you proceed to intermediate level.

  • Grip Size: G4
  • Weight: 75g
  • Balance: Head-light
  • Stiffness: Even balanced
  • Shape: Isometric
  • Suitable for: Offense

Pros: Here we have a light-weight racket. But the quality frame makes sure, that power can be generated nonetheless. And the advantage of reduced weight is, that you won`t fatigue as fast as you would with rackets weighing about 90g.

Cons: Can`t really say anything bad. More than sufficient. Try it!

Yonex NANORAY Series Badminton Racket (Check price on Amazon)

The Yonex Nanoray series is a modern classic. So this is a very solid racket from the market leader

  • Grip Size: G4
  • Weight: 75g
  • Balance: Even balanced
  • Stiffness: Flexible shaft
  • Shape: Isometric
  • Suitable for: Offense / Defense

Pros: Very lightweight racket with a flexible shaft. So it`s a good compromise between power and control.

Cons: Beginners might have trouble generating speed to hit the shuttle with a good length. But definiteley helps the accuracy.

YONEX MUSCLE POWER 5 (Check price on Amazon)

The tried and tested Yonex Muscle Power technology is used for this nice beginner`s racket with an aluminium frame.

  • Grip Size: G4
  • Weight: 98g
  • Balance: Head-heavy
  • Stiffness: Stiff shaft
  • Shape: Isometric
  • Suitable for: Offense

Pros: Very heavy badminton racket. In fact the heaviest of all the rackets in this list. This will help hitting the shuttle very hard and far. Powerful smashes should be no problem.

Cons: Great racket if you are an agressive player. Defending might be hard, though. Because of the weight you will need more time to get the racket in place. If you like attacking and smashing, you can go for this racket.

So that was a short list of good badminton rackets for beginners. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

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