Last Updated on 12/07/2023 by Kriss
Welcome to the world of badminton, where the right string tension on your racket can make all the difference between a winning smash and a lackluster return. Stringing your badminton racket might seem like a daunting task, but with the right guidance, it can become an empowering part of your game strategy. This blog post will guide you through the process, step by step. So, whether you’re a seasoned player or a beginner, read on to learn how to string your badminton racket like a pro.
Understanding the Importance of the Right String Tension
We already have a very detailed guide on string tension here. But here are the most important takeaways:
Badminton string tension impacts play style: high tension 10.5kg (21lbs) and above offers better control but requires precise technique and increases string breakage risk. Low tension enlarges the sweet spot, providing more power and forgiveness for less precise shots.
Tension choice depends on skill level and string type. Thinner strings offer more power and control but break easily at high tensions. Regular restringing is necessary as tension decreases over time, with the frequency depending on play style and technique.
Different Tensions For Cross and Main Strings?
Professionals often use different tensions for their cross and main strings. The reason? It helps maintain the racket’s shape and provides a true tension. Usually, a 10% increase in your cross strings is recommended because the crosses have to push against your mains when tensioning to have proper original tension. If you’re playing in the 20lbs (10kg) range, a 2lbs (1kg) increase is normal.
If you don’t follow this rule your racket might deform and it will also feel different when playing since the sweet spot also changes. But don’t panic because you did it wrong in the past – it won’t break your racket.
The Stringing Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
To help you understand the stringing process, let’s turn to a detailed tutorial by a Senior Badminton Stringer from Yonex. Here’s a simplified breakdown of the process:
- Mounting the Racket: Begin by mounting your racket on the stringing machine. It’s crucial not to over-tighten the racket. There should be a slight bit of movement to allow the racket to expand as you insert the main strings.
- Starting the Main Strings: Start stringing from the middle of the racket and work out evenly on both sides. This method helps avoid stressing one side of the racket over the other, which could distort the frame. Clamp off one end and pull the tension against it.
- Stringing the Main Strings: Continue stringing the strings on one side of the racket, then clamp them off. Go back to the start, remove your start clamp, re-tension this side to ensure full tension on the string, and then work out on the other side. Start to alternate strings as you get toward the outside of the frame. Remember to pull the full tension on every string individually.
- Tying Off the Main Strings: After you’ve finished stringing the main strings, you need to secure the end of the string to the racket frame with a knot. This is to prevent the string from slipping back into the hole.
- Stringing the Cross Strings: Use a separate length of string for the cross strings. Start weaving from one hole above where the knot is, and work your way across the racket. As you weave, ensure the string is traveling up and down between the main strings rather than straight across to reduce friction and prevent any damage to the casing of the strings.
- Tying the Knot: Once you’ve finished stringing, tie a knot that prevents the string from slipping back into the hole. This should be done hand-tight to avoid damaging the anchor string.
- Straightening the Strings: Finally, straighten out the strings to ensure they are all perfectly straight. This step is more of a cosmetic one but is part of the professional service. As you tension each string, push it down slightly to keep it as straight as possible.
If you would like to have a more visual tutorial you can check out the video below:
Stringing your badminton racket is an art that requires patience, precision, and practice. It’s not just about getting the strings through the holes; it’s about understanding the tension that works best for your playing style and ensuring that your racket is in the best shape for your game. So, the next time you feel your shots lacking power or control, consider restringing your racket. With the right tension and technique, you might just find your game transformed.
Before we wrap up, remember that every player is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. So, experiment with different tensions, observe how they affect your game, and find the perfect balance that suits your style. Happy playing!