5 Vital Sports Gears for Beginner Badminton PlayersPublished May 12, 2021
You’re new to badminton, and you’re feeling lost about where to start. You always see those people at the club who look like they have everything together with their bags, rackets, and stylish shoes. You want to get to the same level as them, but you don’t know how or what you need. Don’t fret! I’ve compiled a list for you to start your Badminton journey successfully!
When you think of badminton, a racket is probably one of the first things that come to mind, right? Good! Because your racket is your most important piece of equipment. As a beginner, it’s hard to go wrong with a racket. You don’t know whether you prefer a heavy head racket that will give you powerful shots or a light head racket that will be easier to swing. If you’re starting, it’s outstanding to pick your favorite color racket and go for it!
But if you’re a beginner who is wanting to start with a great racket, there are a few things to consider —
- Balance of the racket
- Shaft Stiffness
- Weight and grip size
Balance of the racket
There are three types of balanced rackets — headlight, even balance, and head heavy.
Headlight — which is better suited for doubles play — is easy to swing and very maneuverable but has less power generated and power on impact.
Even balance — which is usable in both doubles and singles play — has power without sacrificing mobility but does not excel in strength or speed average.
Head heavy — which is better suited for singles play — will give you compelling shots and reliable feelings on impact but are taxing to use in long games.
As a beginner, you will benefit from a more flexible shaft, while professional players benefit from one that is stiffer.
Weight and grip size
Finding the right weight and grip for you is vital because choosing too heavy of a racket without having built up that muscle memory could poorly affect your game’s performance.
If you want to see what racket might be useful for you, check out my complete guide on The Best Badminton Racket. If you still need some more help after that, stop by a badminton gym and get some help!
You might have also heard this referred to as “the birdie.” There are two types of shuttlecocks you can use — plastic or feathered. Professional badminton players use feathered shuttlecocks, but it is recommended that beginners use plastic. Feathered ones can get easily damaged, and when this happens, you must stop your match and replace it.
Here it states during a top-level match, 10 shuttles are used, with each being hit roughly around 400 times.
A recent article states that beginners should start with plastic shuttlecocks because they are easier to hit, more durable, and less expensive.
If you want to progress to compete in tournaments, you’ll need to ease your way into a feathered shuttlecock, as this is what they use in all competitive matches.
3. Badminton Shoes
Yes, there are specific shoes you should wear for badminton. Just like there are cleats for soccer and tennis shoes for runners, there are preferred shoes for badminton players.
Badminton shoes are made light-weight, with a good grip for stopping quickly, changing directions, and jumping. You’ll also want to make sure you choose a pair with a thin sole that has the right amount of cushioning and ventilation.
Having the correct pair of shoes is not only crucial for your performance but also to prevent injury. Ankle injuries and blisters are common in badminton.
To prevent an ankle injury, make sure to get shoes with a shock absorber mechanism. This will allow you to maintain body balance and quickly move around the court.
The best thing you need to prevent blisters is to get special sole inserts for your shoes. Having continuous friction in the same area will lead to blisters, and this will stop that. Here is a guide with some of the best badminton shoes for finding the right one for you.
4. Badminton Attire
If you’re starting by just playing recreationally with friends, feel free to keep the attire simple — shorts or a skirt and a short sleeve, light-weight t-shirt.
Make sure to avoid cotton and go with breathable materials, as cotton will absorb all of your sweat and get uncomfortable quickly.
It will also help to aim for light colors because darker shades will make you heat up in the sun.
If you want to join a club, start competing, or get a coach, Liam, from Badminton Best suggests getting these as the essentials —
- Good quality cotton sports socks
- A pair of sports short or skirt
- A light sports t-shirt
- A quality pair of badminton shoes
And these as the “non-essentials but nice to have” —
- Sweat headbands and wristbands
- Warmup jacket and pants
- Hair Bands
If you’re looking to save some money but still have good quality clothing, try Badminton Warehouse. But if you’re up for spending a few more bucks, you can check out Li-Ning. Always aim for what is comfortable and appropriate over aesthetics.
5. Badminton Bag
If you plan to play often, it’s a good idea to invest in a badminton bag. You just bought all this new equipment, and now you need a place to put it, right?
Not only will this keep all of your gear organized, but it will also keep it safe and in good condition. The majority of badminton bags also come with a shoe compartment to keep your new shoes in. This way you don’t have to have your shoes getting your racket and clothes dirty.
Choose a bag with around ten compartments. Some bags even come with a temperature control compartment to keep your drinks and snacks! Here are a few different bags, ranging in price, to look into.
Let’s get on the court!
You’re All Set! Now that you’re feeling less lost, it’s time to get your gear and get out there! I don’t blame you for being excited! It might be a bit of work to get your gear and get started, but take advantage of the journey.
These are all necessary steps you’re taking in becoming a badminton player and trying something new. While you will most likely have goals, keep in mind “life is a journey, not a destination.”