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:
This racket has balance by red arrow (balanced). It shell get balance to green arrow, without the need of more grip tapes.
Different heavy screws are laid on the end of the grip.
When balance is in green arrow, we have the correct screw.
Here 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 €).
Weighting direction racket head:
This racket has balance by red arrow (balanced). It shell get balance to green arrow.
Wire is wrapped around the upper edge of the racket head.
When balance is in green arrow, we have the correct length of wire.
Now 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.