What is the grip size of a good badminton racket?

Looking for the perfect grip size of a badminton racket could be stressful! There are so many different points to check and consider as your options especially for badminton starters and newbies. We’ve done an in-depth analysis and research about this topic to help you out! Check our blog pots and continue reading to find out what is the best grip size of the right badminton racket!

When choosing the perfect grip size for your badminton racket, it is always essential to examine yourself!

  • Your playing style should be an essential thing to consider in choosing a badminton grip. With style being checked, you will be able to assess the type, the size, and the weight that suits you.
  • Badminton grip’s goodness and compatibility are highly subjective. It depends on the person who will be using it. It is most likely to be dependent on the preference of the badminton player.
  • We can say that the perfect grip size of a badminton racket for starters should range from the thinner classifications. As thinner grip size for badminton rackets allow the fingers to be more flexible. This way, you can move your finger freely, and you will have a better grip technique!

Perhaps, your badminton racket grip size should always depend on your style. Your preference also has a lot to do when it comes to making the right badminton racket.

For sure, that was a lot of information to take in, which is why on the further parts of this blog post, you can see more information that will help you out in choosing your grip size. Keep reading for a more comprehensive guide. Here is some useful information that you can check:

Grip Sizes Of Badminton Rackets

Right now, there are no standard labels when it comes to badminton rackets. Different manufacturers use different tags and stickers for their grip sizes. With the different products available in the market, it adds to the confusion. With this post, we have decided to sue the common and generic labels used by most companies.

  1. G1 – has a measurement of 4 inches.
  2. G2 – has a measurement of 3 3/4 inches.
  3. G3 – has a measurement of 3 1/2 inches.
  4. G4 – has a measurement of 3 1/4 inches.
  5. G5 – has a measurement of 3 inches.

Take note that as the size decreases, the hand flexibility improves. Typically, we have observed, and we also personally recommend the grip size G4 for players who are new and who haven’t developed their game styles yet. The G4 helps you improve your hand flexibility with its thin grip size. But then again, please do remember that these sizes are just from the general and most commonly used sizes in the market.

As we have discussed earlier, grip size is still best to be considered according to your gameplay and style of playing. Most of the decision making in choosing the perfect grip size for badminton racket should rely on your preference and comfort. Always consider the term “control over power.”

Types of Badminton Play

The first point we have mentioned in choosing the perfect grip size for your badminton racket is examining your kind of play or game style. Check out the two types of badminton play as defined by badminton experts and advanced players.  With the common points of each type of play being presented, you will be able to examine and determine the type of play that you have.

  1. Power Play

This type of badminton play focuses on powerful shots. This play category is for players who would instead and usually go for sturdy and robust consecutive attacks. Smash, and blocks and extended services are the usual things that are done by the power-type badminton player.  These strategies will force one’s opponents to back up with a weaker shot. Thus, making the power player a bigger chance to win the match.

Power play usually requires a tighter grip on the badminton racket. A tight grip and handle on the badminton racket will help the player to generate more power in shots. Therefore, we can say that a thicker badminton racket grip size is more suitable for you if you are a power player.

  1. Control Play

This type of badminton play focuses on accuracy and technique. This type falls under those badminton players who prefer to engage in different badminton skills and techniques. They are often called as the rally or stroke players. Unlike power play, the control play focuses on the methods instead of power. Badminton drops and clears are the usual techniques that are being used with this type of play.

The mentioned techniques earlier require the player to have great wrist action and flexibility. It is also essential to have great control over the racket. The usual winning strategy of control players is to maximize their techniques to force their opponents into long rallies.

Therefore, since rally players don’t hold their racket too tightly, it will be beneficial if they will be using thinner grip sizes. A thin grip size will provide the player better control over their badminton rackets.  This will be more utilized if you are changing from a forehand grip to a backhand grip and vice versa.

Types of Badminton Grips

Badminton grip is not just about the size it has. One great big factor in choosing your badminton grip is the type. Right now, many manufacturers are still trying to experiment on some other materials which could be good as a badminton grip. Actually, there are two types of materials being used as badminton grips.

These types of badminton grips are carefully chosen to make a good compatibility between the racket and the type of player who will be using the racket. Let us now classify these two!

  1. Rubber Grips

The rubber grip is the top-selling type of badminton racket grip.  This one is categorized as more versatile and easier to use. But with rubber as the main material being used to manufacture this grip, it is also a very tricky grip to use. As we all know, sometimes during play, our hands or the palm can get too sweaty. This is when the rubber grip downfalls.  When the rubber grip becomes wet, it also becomes extremely slippery. It will affect your performance with the difficulty in controlling the racket.

This type of badminton racket grip will be perfect for those players who don’t have a sweaty hand. The main advantage of the rubber grip is the simplicity and durability it has. Plus, the stickiness of the rubber when dry, adds extra grip which could be beneficial in control. But for sure, if you have sweaty arms, stay away from using this type of racket grip! The goal is to hit the shuttlecock with the racket properly, not hit the opponent with a flying racket.

  1. Towel Grips

The towel grip is the most practical racket grip to use. It has better functionality. Apart from giving your hands a more relaxed feel, it also absorbs extra moisture and sweat from the hands while on the play. In contrast with the rubber grip, the towel grip offers very good friction and feel even if your hands are soaking wet.  The only disadvantage of the towel grip is that it gets deteriorated and dirty in a short span of time.

When it comes to durability, the towel grip falls short. It can’t withstand longer seasons due to the functionality it offers. Since it is made of cloth, it attracts more dirt than the rubber grip. The more you use it, the rougher it becomes.  So in short, if you have a sweatier hand, then the towel grip is highly recommended for you! The only thing that you have to be ready for is frequent replacement.

Wrapping up

So we have already discussed the best type of grip sizes and grip types for a good badminton racket. With the pros and cons being discussed, we hope that you already have a better perspective on choosing. But always remember, there are no technicalities when it comes to choosing the best grip size for your badminton racket. It will always fall within your personal preference and type of play. Whatever the grip size you are choosing, always consider yourself and the compatibility you will be having with your choice. As they say, it is not always about the techniques and skills, sometimes it also comes with comfort and ease while playing that makes a great badminton player!

Steven

Hey! I’m Steven. I've been playing badminton for over 10 years and working as an assistant badminton coach for kids. This website is created to share my passion and knowledge of badminton as well as discuss relevant and useful topics in the world of badminton.

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