How to choose a Badminton String and String Tension

How to choose a Badminton String and String Tension

How to choose a Badminton String and String Tension

Before you choose a badminton string, here are some basic facts and terminology you should familiarize yourself with:
  • All strings stretch, like elastic, and therefore your strings will begin to lose tension (known as "tension creep") starting from the day it is strung.

  • Every racket has a “sweet spot.” This is an area on the string bed which will give you the most power.

  • Beginners lack the technique and is more likely to mis-hit the shuttle on the wrong part of the string bed, therefore it is recommended that they use a lower tension because the lower the tension, the bigger the sweet spot.

  • A higher tension will provide more power and control only if you can consistently hit the sweet spot. The downside is that the strings will break more easily if a mis-hit occurs because of how tight the strings are being stretched.

  • As a player becomes more consistent and has good technique, they will benefit more from a higher tension because the shuttle will travel off the string bed faster, giving them control of the shuttle.


String tension relating to power and control

Much of the power in a badminton shot comes from the string. Thus, it is very important to know how string tension can affect your game.  By adjusting the string tension, you can adjust the amount of power or control that you get from any string, thick or thin. 

 

Playing with a lower tension (18-23lb)

A lower tension means:

-a softer (looser) string bed and thus less feeling of the shuttle which results in less control and placement

-the racket will have a softer string bed which means that there is more "bounce/repulsion" from the strings and therefore the player can easily get power from the racket without using much strength

-a larger sweet spot that is more forgiving and requires less accurate strokes to generate power

-the strings are more durable and less prone to breakage from off-center miss hits at the sides of the string bed

 Conclusion:  Lower tensions are more suited for beginners who do not have good hitting technique and require more power in their game.

 

Playing with a higher tension (24-30lb)

A higher tension means:

-a harder (tighter) string bed and thus more feeling of the shuttle which allows for more control and placement 

-the player will need to be more accurate and consistent with their strokes in order to generate power due to the smaller sweet spot

-the racket will also have a harder (tighter) string bed which means that there is less "bounce/repulsion" from the strings and therefore the player will need to input more strength to generate power

-the strings are less durable and more prone to breakage from off-center miss-hits at the sides of the string bed

Conclusion:  Higher tensions are more suited for advanced players who have good hitting technique and require more control in their game.

 

Here is a table that summarizes the main points:

String tension

Power

Control

Durability

Feel

Vibration

   Low

Easy

Decrease

 Increase

 Decrease

  Decrease

   High

Hard

Increase

  Decrease

Increase

  Increase

 

 

As you may have noticed, there is a recommended string tension on every racket.  They usually have a few different ranges depending on the racket itself, 17-22, 20-27, etc...  This recommendation is there to ensure that the racket does not break when stringing.  People who choose to go over the limit may subject their racket to damage under the immense pressure from the high tension of the strings.  Professional players often string way outside the recommendation at 30lbs+ .  These players are sponsored and do not have to pay for their rackets if it breaks so unless you are sponsored, I would not recommend stringing outside the recommended tension and to do so at your own discretion.  The recommended tension is also there for warranty purposes.  Stringing outside the range will void the warranty.

A common mistake most people make is to string at too high of a tension because of their ego.  Since it is harder to generate power at high tensions, the player will often use excessive force in order to generate power and may result in an injury to the shoulder or they may develop tennis elbow.

Here is a suggestion for string tension for different levels of players:

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

 

For those that play with plastic shuttles, it is recommended to lower your tension by 1-2lbs.  A plastic shuttle generally requires more effort to clear to the baseline because they are heavier and fly differently compared to feather shuttles.  Lowering the string tension will give you the extra power that you need to help you with clears.

Here is our list of strings that are most often requested by customers with the top of the list being most popular:

Strings for Power
BG80
BG66 Ultimax
BG80 Power
NBG98
BG Aerosonic

Strings for Durability
BG65 (Great for beginners)
BG65 Titanium
NBG95

Strings for Control
NBG99
BG Aerobite

It is recommended for beginners to use thicker strings since thinner strings are easier to break from mis-hits.

To choose a badminton string, you should take note of your playing style as different strings will help with certain aspects of the game.

 

If you found this useful, read our post on How to Choose a Badminton Racket

 

 Different strings are made with different materials that give them their unique characteristics.  
Here are the string technologies/material and their description:

Cup-Stack Carbon Nanotube:
Advanced construction minimizes notching of the string at intersections for greater durability and high repulsion power.


Vectran
The Vectran high-strength and high-elasticity spiral winding prolongs durability and racket stringing tension.


Hydro Titanium
Compound titanium hydride coating provides not only a sharp feel at impact but increased durability.


MultiFilament
YONEX MultiFilament featuers a super-fine diameter for high durability and a soft feel on impact.

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Comments

  • The article is useful . But still I’m confused to chose racket .. even though I m playing for last 4 years. I could not find the exact racket .

    Farooq on

  • This is really a detailed information regarding the string tension which is very useful for needy players.

    RAJENDRA A on

  • Which string I wiil use my voltic 7 n how many tanson I will give…..plzzzzzz asnwer me??

    Mintu Haloi on

  • Hi I am using yonex nanoray 9i . which is the best string for it whether BG65 Ti r BG68Ti

    shyam sundar on

  • Help me please I cant find anywhere which string should i buy for my racket. I have a konex volume cyber kk-1025. Tension 29lbs. Length-25.2cm , breadth- 19.9cm . Optimetric headshape, full carbon graphite. Bi-axial dynamics, volume power technology. I apply a lot of power for smashes.

    Ravi Yadav on

  • what is the max string tension of victor ti 10??

    Titas Bala on

  • Hi
    Do you have NBG 99 strings in stock….i need a restring on tusday
    Many thank

    Gary on

  • Hi
    I was using yonex arcsaber light 2i and in I used yonex BG 65 it was nice but it didn’t give much control and power and now I m using yonex nanoray light 8i in it which string should I use . And it’s mentioned 20-28lbs ..
    Thanks

    Praveen Bastia on

  • Maspro mizuki 200 , i got a new racquet the racquet is unstrung , plz suggest me which string is best and including tension too ..

    Sufeyan on

  • Your information is very helpful to me and will guide others too thank a lot.

    Jaswinder Singh Chadha on

  • Sir I am use victor arrow speed 12 and string vs-890
    Which tens the racquet

    ANUKULA on

  • I have earn khowledge about Tension range by the site,really helpful to me.
    Hope any updates by mail.
    Thanks
    KH.Shahidul Alam

    Khondoker Shahidul Alam on

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