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February 28, 2024 3 min read

What's the difference between a badminton racquet, badminton racket and badminton bat?

Badminton is a popular racquet sport enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. While it may seem like a simple game requiring only a racquet and shuttlecock, there is often confusion surrounding the terminology used to refer to the equipment.

In this blog post, we will clarify the differences between a badminton racket, badminton racquet, and badminton bat. Understanding these distinctions will not only help newcomers to the sport but also provide insights to seasoned players seeking to enhance their game. So let's dive in and shed light on the variations in these terms.

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Badminton Racket

The term "badminton racket" is the most commonly used and widely recognised. A badminton racket is a lightweight sports equipment used to hit the shuttlecock over the net during a game of badminton. It typically consists of a frame, strings, and a handle. The frame is made of materials such as carbon fibre / carbon graphite and titanium which provide strength, durability, and flexibility. Cheaper and more budget rackets can be made from aluminium or steel. (Note that Volant Rackets are all high-quality rackets made from premium carbon fibre and and graphite with nanotech engineering.

Badminton Racquet

The term "badminton racquet" is less commonly used, but it refers to the same equipment as a badminton racket and the spelling of "racket and "racquet" are interchangable. The difference lies primarily in regional and personal preferences in the terminology used. Some players, particularly in North America, refer to the equipment as a racquet rather than a racket.

Regardless of the terminology, the badminton racquet shares the same characteristics and components as a badminton racket. It is designed to provide players with the necessary tools to execute shots effectively, combining power, control, and manoeuvrability.

Badminton Bat

The term "badminton bat" is often used incorrectly, as it is not the appropriate term for the equipment used in badminton. In fact, referring to a badminton racket as a "bat" is an incorrect usage of the term and can cause confusion among players. The term "bat" is more commonly associated with sports like paddle, cricket and baseball, where a wooden or metal implement is used to strike a ball.

In contrast to a "bat", a "racket" or "racquet" has strings that are used to strike the shuttlecock (or ball in sports such as tennis, squash and racket ball). 

While the incorrect use of the term "badminton bat" may occasionally occur, it is essential to recognise the correct terminology to avoid confusion and effectively communicate within the badminton community.

Summing Up

Understanding the distinctions between a badminton racket, badminton racquet, and badminton bat is crucial for both new and experienced players. While the terms "racket" and "racquet" can be used interchangeably, "bat" is an incorrect term when referring to the equipment used in badminton.

By clarifying these differences, players can enhance their knowledge and engage in clear and accurate communication within the sport.

Whether you call it a racket or a racquet, the important aspect is choosing a badminton racket that suits your playing style, skill level, and personal preferences.

With the right equipment in hand, you'll be well on your way to enjoying the exhilarating sport of badminton to its fullest.

NOT SURE WHICH RACKET IS THE BEST FOR YOU? Then do our 30-second badminton racquet quiz that will help you choose the badminton racquet (or racket!) that best suits you. 

Badminton Racquet Choosing Quiz

If you'd prefer to read more articles on how to select the best racket for you, check THIS ARTICLE if you're a beginner, and THIS ONE if you're an intermediate or advanced player.

Hope to see you out there on the court soon!

We'd love to hear your comments, suggestions, tips and tricks so please feel free to comment below. If you would like us to write about something in particular, please let us know!

Jeff Tho
Jeff Tho

Jeff is an ex-international badminton player who represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games (twice as a player & once as a coach), World Championships, All England Championships and multiple Thomas and Sudirman Cups. He was the Australian National Coach, Senior State Head Coach and is the co-founder of Volant badminton & The Badminton Podcast. Jeff is extremely passionate about building the worldwide badminton community & showing the world how incredible our sport really is.

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