If you are a badminton enthusiast, then you know that stringing a racket is an inevitable process. Your strings are bound to rapture at one time especially if you have used the racket repeatedly for a long time. As such, you will need to restring it even if you bought it as a pre-strung racket.
In this article, we’ll look at how you can re-string a Badminton racket.
Unknown to most people, stringing a racket is a complex process that requires you to consider several factors. For starters, you need to understand what is the right string tension, the best quality strings to use and the right stringing pattern to adopt.
If you want to restring your badminton racket at home, here is what you need to know:
The strings used for stringing a racket come in different diameters with some being thicker and others thinner. Thicker strings are more durable, produce a less solid sound, and do not create powerful shots. On the other hand, thinner strings are susceptible to breaking, requiring regular replacement but they do offer excellent performance producing powerful shots and smashes. As such, in the long run, they may prove to be more expensive than thick strings.
The tension of badminton rackets is measured in pounds.
Strings with higher tension have more pounds compared to those with lower tension strings. With the recent advancements in technology, modern racket frames come with the capability of potentially supporting string tensions of even 30 pounds.
For extreme performance, there are players who prefer that the stringing in their rackets to have a 30+ pounds tension.
Such strings make it easy for beginners to improve their accuracy and control skills.
Our top badminton rackets each identify which tension is best for each racket. Note that the tension of the string must not exceed the allowable tension of your racket for best results.
Before you start the stringing process, there are a few items you will need:
2) A stringing machine
3) Badminton racket
5) Awl- for unblocking blocked string holes on the racket
6) Pliers and
7) A ruler
After assembling the items, you should get down to the stringing process but for starters, you need to understand the best stringing concept and pattern to use for your racket.
Here are the steps to follow when stringing a badminton racket:
1) Measure the string you will use depending on racket manufacturer provisions.
2) Straighten the string to remove any unwanted kinks. This helps in avoiding messes after you have started the stringing process.
3) Prepare the racket for stringing by removing any old strings on the racket and unblocking the string holes.
4) Set the tension rating of the stringing machine you are using.
5) Mount the racket and find the starting point for your stringing
6) Insert the main string. After you have identified the stringing point, the next thing you should do is insert the main string and pull one end of the string all through the string hole directly opposite to the starting point. You should then tie the string end on the starting point and run the other end through the holes parallel to the starting point. The stringing machine will then pull the strings to the pre-set tension.
7) Tie the knot- Once you have finished stringing the main strings, you should then tie the string knots. Before making the knots, it is necessary to ensure that the racket is well clamped to prevent the tension on the strings from loosening.
8) String the cross strings – Since the main strings are now complete, you should proceed to the cross strings and tie the strings in a similar way like you hade done the main strings. When stringing the crosses, weave the strings over & under the main strings for the cross string to reach the opposite hole on the racket. When all the cross strings are done, tie the finishing knot and unclamp the racket.