Can a Broken Badminton Racket Be Repaired?

Broken Badminton Racket
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Last Updated on 09/09/2023 by Kriss


The badminton racket is your companion on the court. It is like an extension of your arm. However, with time and frequent use, even the best badminton rackets may face wear and tear or damage. A common question among badminton players is, “Can a broken badminton racket be repaired?”

The simple answer is, yes. But the process and feasibility of repair depend largely on the extent and location of the damage.

Understanding the Damage

The first step in addressing a broken badminton racket is understanding the damage. If the frame or the shaft of the racket is damaged, the prognosis isn’t as good. These areas are under the highest stress during gameplay and a repair, although possible, may not be durable. Conversely, damage to the strings or grip can be easily fixed.

Also Read: What is a badminton racket made of?

Repairing the Grip and Strings

If the grip of your racket is damaged, it’s a relatively simple fix. You can remove the old grip and replace it with a new one. All you need is a roll of grip tape, which you can buy from any sports goods store, and a bit of patience.

How to change the grip of a badminton racket.

Replacing the strings is a little more complex but certainly doable. First, you’ll need to remove the old, broken strings. Once this is done, you can restring your racket using a stringing machine (See the detailed process here). You’ll also need to buy a new set of strings, and it’s advisable to do some research to find the right tension and material for your style of play. We also have a guide about the right string tension and string material for you. If you’re unsure about doing this yourself, a local sports store or a professional stringer can perform this service for you. This is recommended for most players since a stringing machine is also not very cheap and needs some experience.

How to restring your broken racket.

Repairing the Frame and Shaft

Fixing a cracked frame or shaft is way more complicated, and we don’t recommend doing it. However, it’s not impossible. There are racket repair services available that use special adhesives and clamps to hold the racket in place while the glue dries. This process can sometimes restore some structural integrity, but the racket will not perform as it did before the damage. If the racket is valuable or has sentimental value, this might be a route to consider. The repair will be more cosmetical and you shouldn’t play with the racket anymore.

For those who are willing to try, you’ll need epoxy resin, clamps, and some sandpaper. You’ll apply the resin to the crack, clamp the racket together to ensure a tight bond, and then allow it to cure for at least 24 hours. Afterward, you can sand down any excess resin for a smoother finish. This process is shown in this video on YouTube.

Dealing with Scratches or Cracks in the Frame

Discovering scratches or minor cracks on the frame of your badminton racket can be concerning. However, in many cases, these imperfections are largely cosmetic and don’t necessarily mean the end of the line for your racket. In fact, trying to repair these small blemishes could inadvertently cause more harm than good, especially if not done correctly.

If the scratch or crack isn’t impacting your gameplay or the overall structure of the racket, the best course of action might be to leave it as is. While it’s natural to want to fix these imperfections, unnecessary tinkering could potentially worsen the damage or alter the racket’s balance and weight distribution.

Paint Damage Badminton Racket
Minor paint damage on the frame of the racket.

Instead, focus on prevention and caution. Handle your racket with care, especially when transporting it. A racket case can provide additional protection against accidental scratches or dings. During gameplay, be mindful of your surroundings to avoid striking the racket against hard surfaces or letting frustration lead to a racket-smashing outburst.

Remember, this advice applies to minor cosmetic damage. If the scratch or crack appears deep, is growing, or is located at a critical structural point, professional evaluation may be necessary. Major damage could impact the racket’s performance and safety, and in such cases, repair or replacement might be the best course of action.

When to Replace Your Racket

Despite best efforts, not all rackets can be successfully repaired. If the damage is too severe or if the repair doesn’t hold up, it may be time to consider replacing your racket. While it can be hard to part with a favored piece of equipment, safety and performance should always be the primary considerations.

If the frame is broken, you should use a new racket. Most of the time a repair of the frame is just cosmetic. A pro tip is also to buy multiple rackets if you decide to stick to one. After a few months or years, you might not be able to buy the exact racket anymore so it is worth it to buy 2 or 3. Having two of the same racket also saves you if your strings break during a match. Pro players even carry 4 or sometimes even up to 6 of the same racket to a match.

Conclusion

While it is possible to repair a broken badminton racket, the extent and location of the damage greatly influence the feasibility and effectiveness of the repair. Simple issues like worn-out grips or broken strings are easily correctable, whereas damage to the frame or shaft may warrant professional attention or replacement. So, the next time you notice damage to your badminton racket, remember to assess the situation carefully and choose the best course of action.

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Happy Playing!


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