What String Tension Should I Use For Badminton

Whether you are starting up as a new badminton expert, or already a pro player, the string tension is one of the most basic badminton units you need to know about. The string tension knowledge is one of the most common dilemmas that badminton players have on their badminton rackets. We’ve made an intensive study to help you out with this one big question. We laid out a great set of knowledge to guide you on the right string tension that you need to use for badminton.

When choosing the right string tension, there are so many things that need to be considered.  This includes: 

  • Your level of expertise. The level of expertise is about your tenure in playing. This includes your type of play, and the type of skills that you have as a player. 
  • Your comfort in playing. Comfort in playing means your personal preference on how you would want your racket to be while playing badminton. This is more of a subjective thing when it comes to choosing the right string tension for badminton rackets. 
  • The type of control you want to have on racket. Racket control in badminton also relies on the string tension that the racket has. 
  • The type of shuttle you will be using while playing. There are so many types of shuttles that could work great on a specific type of string tension. 

Mainly, the string tension is more of subjective preference. IT totally depends on you as a player. For you to properly choose the right string tension, you should start examining yourself and your preferences. Some experts can also guide in choosing the right ones that will fit your personality and skills. 

We know that those bits of information are a lot to take in. Don’t worry. Just keep on reading as we further elaborate some of this information to keep you guided in choosing the right string tension to use for your badminton racket.

Importance of String Tension

Yes, the string tension deals a lot about the power and control that you have in your racket.  The string highly affects your game. Adjusting the string tension can help you adjust the amount of control and power that you get from your racket and your skills.  String tension for badminton racket is usually measured in pounds or lbs.

Types of String Tension

  1. Lower Tension  (18-23 lbs)

A lower string tension in racket means that you have a loose or soft string bed on your badminton racket. This commonly results in a less feeling of the shuttle that then gives you a lesser control and placement of the shuttle. This also results in more bounce or repulsion from the string that the player can get the power from the racket while exerting lesser effort and strength.

A lower string tension also gives off a larger “sweet spot.” A sweet spot is a part of the badminton racket string bed that produces the most power, sound, and least vibration.  This makes you a better player because it requires less accurate strokes in generating your hitting power while playing.

Another good side of using a lower string tension is that it is more durable as compared to higher string tension. Your racket will be more protected to damages from off-center miss-hits.

As a general idea, the lower string tension will suit beginner and intermediate players who have not developed their techniques and power in playing badminton. The lower string tension will help the beginner player in developing his own character in playing badminton.

Here’s a quick guide that summarizes the main points of using a lower string tension:

Increase in:

  • Power
  • Durability

Decrease in:

  • Control
  • Feel
  • Vibration
  1. Higher String Tension (24-30 lbs)

A higher string tension in a racket means that you have a tight string bed on your badminton racket. This gives you a more feeling of the shuttle once it hits your string bed. By having a good sense of the shuttle, this factor helps you in generating more control and placement. Simply, the higher string tension is the total opposite of the lower string tension. On the part of the badminton player,  higher string tension requires a player that has an accurate and consistent technique in playing badminton.

As compared to the lower string tension, the higher string tension offers a smaller sweet spot in a badminton racket. Good technical knowledge will help the badminton player a lot in performing well because of the smaller sweet spot when using high string tensions.  The repulsion or bounce of the shuttle is lesser from the strings. Thus, the badminton player needs more strength in generating power to make a good shot.

One of the downsides of using a higher string tension is that your badminton string bed will be more prone to damages. It will also make the string bed be less durable. With the power that you are exerting while playing badminton, you might experience some breakage due to the strong resistance of the string to the shuttle.

As a general idea, it will be best to use higher string tension if you are an advanced and professional badminton player.

Here’s a quick guide that summarizes the main points of using a lower string tension:

Increase in:

  • Control
  • Feel
  • Vibration

Decrease in:

  • Power
  • Durability

The racket quality and string tension

As you go up levels with your string tension, you should also remember the quality of racket that you have. Badminton rackets also vary from one material to another. Sometimes a tighter string tension may lead to damage, crack or total breakage of the racket. So before you adjust your string tension, it is also helpful to check the type of badminton racket that you are using. Always choose a badminton racket that will help that could handle the string tension that you need to prevent some damages that might occur during the stringing process. With today’s technology, the usual string tension that rackets could handle is even up to 30 lbs.

Sometimes you also have to check the flexibility of your badminton racket’s shaft.

  • Stiff racket shafts will be highly useful for high tension strings.
  • Flexible racket shafts will be highly useful for lower tension strings.

With all of these in mind, it is also helpful to examine the type of racket you will be dealing with.

The string size and string tension

Another point to be considered in choosing the right string tension is the string size.  Some diameters of the badminton string will not be suitable for different types of string tensions. Now in the market the diameter or string sizes available range from 0.66 mm as the thinnest and 0.7 mm as the thickest.

Thinner badminton strings offer better performance but don’t last long. Thin strings will break more often and will also require more money because you have to change it more often. This also means that thinner string diameters won’t work with higher string tensions of you’d prefer.

Thicker badminton strings have lower performance as compared with thinner strings. But the good side of using thicker strings is that they are more durable. This also means that thicker diameter in badminton strings could work well with higher string tensions.

The type of shuttle and string tension

Yes, the type of shittle also plays a vital role in choosing a string tension. With the different materials being used in producing badminton shuttles, the game is changing. Generally, a plastic shuttle requires more effort to clear to the baseline. This is because plastic shuttles are heavier and fly differently compared to the usual feather shuttles available in the market.

This boils down to the idea of lowering down your chosen string tension from 1-2 lbs. Lowering the string tension will give you that extra power that you will be needing while doing your shot clears!

General Summary

We all know that it is somehow confusing to consider the perfect string tension for you. Always remember that there might be a lot of technical things to be considered in choosing the right string tension, it will always boil down to your preference. You yourself could actually say what is the right one that will suit your needs as a badminton player. Just don’t forget to check all out of the necessary things discussed in this post to get away from damages and further spending. As they say, “it all starts with yourself.”  With all the confusion, it will also be a good thing to consult an expert to help you out with your badminton needs, especially with your racket and string tension.


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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