Best Tension for your Badminton Racket

Lower string tensions generate more power

Higher string tensions generate more ball control

Rackets with fewer strings (or string density) generate more power

Rackets with few strings also generate more spin – as long as the strings don’t slip

Rackets with tight string beds give more control (less string slippage/movement)

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String thickness is also known as string gauge – the higher the gauge, the thinner the string. There are no hard and fast rules in relation to which string thickness you should use as how the string “feels” depends on the player. The general rule regarding string thickness is as follows:
At the same thickness strings are available that have different coatings or feel. It can be argued that some coatings suit some players more than others, but due to the extremely short time the shuttle is in contact with the string it won’t make much difference.

Badminton string tension will affect the general feel that your racquet has. A quick rule to remember with regards to badminton string tension, is that more tension leads to more control, less tension leads to more power. As the two tensions differ, you will lose either more power or more control depending on the amount of tension applied to your badminton strings.

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Tennis String Tension

The “string tension” of a racquet, usually expressed in pounds, indicates the pressure under which the strings are secured to the frame. The string tension affects a racquet’s playing characteristics, such as the “feel” of the ball, control over the ball, as well as maximizing power.

All racquets come with recommended string tensions, most of which lie between 50 to 70 pounds (220 to 310 N).

A loosely strung racquet will usually have a larger sweet spot and will hit farther but, when swung hard enough, it will shoot balls unpredictably; a tighter string job will help make delicate shots with more finesse and control.

An extremely tightly strung racquet cuts down on a tennis player’s feel on the ball, but can give the player excellent control if swung hard enough, with a smooth stroke. Such tension may make delicate shots more difficult, but makes play from the baseline more constant.However, if a player often hits powerful shots, a tightly strung racquet may quickly tire the arm, possibly resulting in tennis elbow.

It is advised by many professional stringers to string your racquet with the lowest tension possible while still being able to maintain control of the ball. Beginning players trying to find their tension should start in the middle of the recommended tension range and adjust the tension from there to meet their needs. The recommended tension is usually printed on the racquet. With a lower tension the racquet will have more power and less control; with a higher tension, it will have less power and more control.

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