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What Badminton Strings & Tension Should I Choose? - Our Buying Guide

So you need new strings for your Badminton Racket? Well it's likely it's for 1 of 2 reasons:

1. You're looking to improvement you Badminton Performance Level and want to improve your setup to play better by customising your Racket

2. More likely your current strings have broken and you need a replacement

So how do you choose?
Well there's a 4 things to look for when choosing. Most players haven't a clue what to choose, so they often ask what other player recommend that they respect, however there's a few things you should know before choosing:

1. What type of String do you want?
2. What level of tension should I choose when fitting the strings to the Badminton Racket?
3. How long you ideally want your strings to last?
4. The type of Badminton Shuttlecocks you're playing with

 Badminton Racket Restringing

1. What type of string do you want?
A Power String, a Control String or a Durability String.
Look out on all our Racket String pages for what type the string is designed for. This will help you no end in getting the right kind of performance out of it.


Power Strings:
As the name suggests, it delivers power for your racket head hits. Typically strings for power have a thinner string diameter gauge (0.68 or below). It's particularly suited to back court doubles players, and attacking singles players.

Popular Power Strings Include:

  • Yonex BG80 Power
  • Yonex BG66 Ultimax
  • Yonex Nanology BG98
  • Yonex BG Aerosonic
  • Ashaway Zymax 66 Fire Power
  • Ashaway Zymax 64 TX
  • Babolat I-Feel 66

 

Control Strings:
Are typically designed with more of a textured finish on the string. This helps you get more of a “feel” when hitting the racket. It's particularly useful to front court doubles players, and many singles players.


Popular Control Strings Include:

  • Yonex Nanology BG99
  • Yonex BG Aerobite
  • Ashaway Zymax 66 Fire
  • Ashaway Zymax 68 TX
  • Babolat I-Feel 68
  • Yonex BG80

 

Durability Strings:
Generally around 0.7 gauge or more, these strings are made for players needing their strings to last a bit longer and are not so bothered about performance. Suited to players for training lots or wanting reliability in their strings for matches.

Popular Durability Strings Include:

  • Yonex BG65 (Particularly suited to beginners)
  • Yonex BG65Ti Titanium
  • Yonex Nanology 95
  • Ashaway Zymax 69 Fire
  • Babolat I-Feel 70

Typically we would recommend a beginner player to look at going for a durability type string as they'll be thicker and hard to break due to mishitting it off the “sweet spot”.

 

2. What level of tension should I choose when fitting the strings to the Badminton Racket?

This is based on 4 things:

  1. Player Ability
  2. Racket Tension Range
  3. How long you want the Strings to last
  4. Type of Shuttle you're playing with

As a general guide on string tension see the below table:

Player Level

String Tension

Power

Control & Feel

Durability

Rebound

Beginner

Low (16-22lbs)

High

Low

Lasts Longer

High

Intermediate

Medium (23-26lbs)

Medium

Medium

Lasts OK

Medium

Professional

High (27lbs+)

Low

High

Doesn't Last Long

Low

 

Player Ability:
As a general guideline we'd suggest the below tensions based on your level. This is adjusted by skill level because to make effective use of high string tensions you need to be able to hit the “sweet spot” on the racket head when playing, and this area gets smaller the higher the tension. 

  • Beginner - 17lbs-20lbs
  • Intermediate - 20lbs-24lbs
  • Advanced - 24lbs-27lbs
  • Professional - 27lbs – 30+lbs

Racket Tension Range:
Every racket has a maximum tension. Do check you individual racket tension range. We list on all our badminton racket pages the specific badminton racket stringing tension range for each racket. We don't recommend you stringing it higher than these because it can damage the racket frame or even cause it to crack or break completely.

 

3. How long you ideally want your strings to last?
If you're finding replacing your strings too often, you may want to look into getting yourself durable strings. Typically a good set of strings, strung correctly should last a couple months depending upon how often you play and how cleanly you hit the shuttle, plus the tension level.

 

4. The type of Badminton Shuttlecocks you're playing with
If you're playing with feathers shuttles all the above applies, however if you're regularly playing with plastic shuttles it's recommender to generally lower the racket string tension by 2-3lbs. This is because a plastic shuttle generally takes more effort to get the desired power 

 

Other Hints and Tips:

Players often want to string their racket at too high a tension just because that's what the professionals do, falsely believing it'll mean they have more power. Remember it's HARDER to generate power with higher tension, this can lead to injury later, particularly in the shoulder if trying to force the shuttle faster.