Customizing Racket Balance

Badminton rackets are differently "weighted" according from model to model.
They are head-heavy, balanced, head-light or have nuances in between.
You can determine this, while the racket shaft is balanced on a finger:

  • Finger balance direction racket head = head-heavy (offensively)
  • Finger balance in the midrange = well-balanced
  • Finger balance direction racket grip = head-light (defensively)

Possibilities to change the original weighting more or less distinctively:

Additional grip tapes (12-18 grammes) or overgrips (4-6 grammes) shift the racket weighting in the direction of the grip.
I know players who wrap 2-3 additional grip tapes (not overgrips) about the original grip to get the racket head-light. These grips feel like tennis racquets and hardly allow quick change between forehand, backhand, etc.

I show some methods for customizing racket balance:

Weighting direction racket grip:

Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.de
This racket has balance by red arrow (balanced). It shell get balance to green arrow, without the need of more grip tapes.

Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.deDifferent heavy screws are laid on the end of the grip.


Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.deWhen balance is in green arrow, we have the correct screw.


Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.deHere is the screw in the grip and we are ready!

If you want it rather invisibly, take a flat head screw under the grip cap. Therefor the tape and the clips of the cap must be removed.
Alternatively you can clamp a heavy grommet under the cap :
It is something more valuably, but also more thinly with a golden coin of 1/4 - 1/2 oz (200 - 500 €). cool


Weighting direction racket head:

Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.de
This racket has balance by red arrow (balanced). It shell get balance to green arrow.


Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.de
Wire is wrapped around the upper edge of the racket head.


Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.de
When balance is in green arrow, we have the correct length of wire.


Racketgewichtung - Badmintontraining auf www.badminton-tips.deNow the wire get fixed with adhesive tape. If the colour of the tape is same like the frame, a manipulation is hardly recognizable.
Alternatively you can acquire self-adhesive lead tape in specialist shops. However, this corresponds less to my slogan: "I have made fire by myself!!!

These are only a few of many possible methods.


Wish you a lot of fun with the reproduction.

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