Head-heavy rackets improve your smash performance as the racket’s weight is concentrated in the head and gives enhanced power. These are ideal for attacking players.
Are Head Light Rackets lighter? No. Let's bust this common myth. ‘Head-light’ means the frame has a lower centre of gravity making the racket easier to control with unmatched mobility.
Flexible rackets are good for smash defence due to the longer bending moment of the shaft. It sends the shuttle to the back of the court with lesser force. This feels soft & comfortable for beginners still developing their technique. But this may feel slow and numb for advanced players. Players with good technique prefer rackets with stiffer shafts as it gives control & precision for tighter shots with a fast response.
Caution - Do not suddenly switch to the opposite type if you are used to playing with a flexible racket for years as it poses a risk of injury. Always opt for a gradual change.
Ultra Flex to Flexible
Flexible rackets are good for juniors, defence players, beginner to intermediate players and advanced players who are well adapted to flexible rackets.
Racket Frame Type
Grips are the most easily customizable part of a racket. Most rackets come with a basic factory grip in standard size and material (PU). Racket specifications mention grip size. Based on your preference you can opt for an overgrip or replacement grip.
Tip - Experiment with different grip types to find the best one for you.
Strings are also a part that can be customized as per your choice. You can opt for pre-strung or customized stringing. Factory-strung rackets are strung at ≤ 20 lbs. Based on your playing style, you can opt for repulsion strings, durable or balanced.
Tip - Experiment with different string types only if you are an experienced player. If you are developing your technique and skills, opt for durable strings to avoid constant re-stringing.