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May 25, 2023 2 min read

Head Light, Head Heavy & Even Balance Badminton Rackets - What's The Difference?

As a quick recap of the general differences, a head light badminton racket is often better for speed and easier to manoeuvre but doesn’t generate as much power. A head heavy badminton racket is usually better for power but is a bit slower and harder to manoeuvre. And an even balanced badminton racket is somewhere in between and is often referred to as an 'all-rounder' badminton racket. 

The Difference Between Head Light, Head Heavy and Even Balance Badminton Racquets - Transcript

"Head Light Badminton RacketsHead Heavy Badminton Rackets and Even Balance Badminton Rackets."

Okay so you’ve heard these terms around before but just what does it mean? 

These are just the different categories of rackets based on the weight distribution.

So...rackets can be: 

  • Head Light - which means it has more weight distributed towards the handle
  • Head Heavy - which means it has more weight distributed towards the head of the racket
  • Even Balanced - which means the weight lies approximately in between

It does get a bit more technical than this. For a standard racket at 675mm in length, the measurement from the base of the handle to the point at, which the racket balances determines whether it is head light, heady heavy or even-balanced.

  • For Head Light Badminton Rackets, that point is typically less than 285mm

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  • For Head Heavy Badminton Rackets, that point is typically greater than 295mm

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  • And for Even Balanced Badminton Racquets, that point is typically somewhere in between the 285m to 295mm

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With that being said, it’s not always that clear cut. Because the material used and the varying densities along the racket can play a role as well.

If there’s any doubt, always refer to the brand or manufacturer’s guide as to what category the racket you’re interested in actually falls in. 

And if you can, make sure you have a hit with that racket too! 

Anyway, we hope you’ve learnt a thing or two about the three broad categories of rackets!

NOT SURE WHICH RACKET TO GET? Then do our 30-second badminton racquet quiz that will help you choose the badminton racquet that best suits you!

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Jeffrey Tho
Jeffrey 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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