Basic Badminton Equipment & Gear You Need To Get Started
Badminton is undoubtedly a very challenging game, and not everyone can play it since it requires a lot of physical activity, and you need to have the stamina for those brisk movements throughout the game.
And like all other sports, badminton also demands some basic equipment and gear on your body and in hand before you can smash the shuttle.
I’ve always been a supporter of ‘functions’ rather than aesthetics. I know looking cool is a thing but when performance is required, you must depend more on the functions.
With all that said, below I’ve prepared a list of some basic badminton equipment and gear you need to get started.
Grab a cup of coffee, rest back and enjoy reading.
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Of course, a badminton racquet is a must, and how would you smash the shuttle towards your opponent without one?
Well, not merely a racket but the best badminton racket is a required. These racquets are available in several different types of materials and depending on the material you choose, its weight, balance, string tension, sweet spot and grip would differ.
To be honest, it can take one heck of a time for you to find a nice racket when there are hundreds of options available on the market. Do check out our latest articles on the best badminton rackets. We’ve reviewed well over 15+ best options for you.
Though you can also visit a nearby badminton shop but who has that much time? Buying it online is probably the best thing to do. Make sure to know your skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Expert and then decide on buying the right one for you.
Go for the popular brands like Yonex, Prokennex, Li-Ning, Wilson, Pro-Tech etc.
Shuttle/Shuttlecock or Badminton Birdie
If you are just starting out, you can go with a plastic shuttlecock, but I would recommend buying a plastic one. Plastic shuttles are cheap and durable. They won’t lose their form even after a session of playing badminton. Depends on how long you play.
On the other hand, the feather shuttlecocks are made for the intermediate and expert players, and they are a bit expensive as well. Feather shuttles are used at international matches. The only drawback is that they fray easily but provide a very good playing experience.
Moreover, the plastic shuttles travel a shorter distance because of the extra weight. This makes them good for developing strength and progressing at your skills. And as you transition from the plastic ones to feathered shuttles, you’ll notice the difference in your playing.
Some noteworthy brands of shuttlecocks include Yonex, Victor, Ashaway, Babolat, Carlton, RSL and Wilson. They all manufacture some of the best shuttles in the world, and they are also used in international tournaments.
I’ve been using Yonex’s shuttles since long and never had a problem. Once again, if you are a beginner, go for the plastic shuttles. They’ll help improve your strength and brisk movements.
You can wear some regular shoes out of your attire, but that would only lead to a slipped foot or twisted ankle. You need some excellent badminton shoes that are specifically designed to provide you better traction and grip which will help you to make those quick movements and stop in time and return a smashing shot towards your opponent.
Your shoes must be light in weight with good cushioning, so they provide you with better recovery from jumps, impacts and at the time of landing. If you are a regular player, opt for the shoes with heel cups as they help to increase the lifespan of your badminton shoes.
Also, never wear jogging shoes. They have no proper grip, and the traction is very poor. They won’t help you stop in an instant, and you may end up crashing into the badminton net because of a sudden slip.
A final thing to consider in your badminton shoes is the sole material. The rubber ones are the best and most affordable. They not only provide a good grip on the court but also you’re your feet comfortable throughout the play.
Do check out our article on the best badminton shoes along with buyer’s guide which tells how to pick the right badminton footwear.
It doesn’t matter if you are a casual or a non-competitive player, you also need a nice pair of badminton shorts with cotton or dri-fit t-shirt on top. This will help you properly swing your arm and open your legs easily wherever required.
You can also buy hand grips, wristbands and ankle guards for more safety. Though these might seem like the additional cost, they are worth it. Safety is more important than money. To be honest, ankle guards and wristbands are a must.
A net plays a significant role. The standard height for a badminton net is 5 feet in the centre, and 5 feet and 1 inch at the sides. You’ll also need a pair of vertical posts to set up the network. Also, make sure that the net measures 30 inches from bottom to top and comes with a uniform dark-coloured mesh.
Badminton net isn’t necessary if you are playing at a court which already has a net installed. Or if you want to setup a small court in your backyard for recreational playing, you can buy one.
If you are playing in a court, make sure it measures 44 feet long and 22 feet wide for doubles and 444 feet long by 17 feet wide for singles. Also, if you are playing indoors, the height of that area must be sufficient for the shuttle to float across the net without hitting the ceiling.
Well, that’s everything that a badminton player needs to start playing. It is a great game that keeps your physically fit. If you’ve got any suggestions to add or have any questions in my mind, feel free to leave them in the comment section.