a. Types of badminton grips There are two types of badminton grips - towel and synthetic. Towel grips are softer and good for absorbing sweat. However, this makes them prone to accumulating germs and bacteria. As such, towel grips will require frequent replacement compared to synthetic grips. On the other hand, synthetic grips are slick and less messy. However, this makes them less comfortable due to its poor sweat absorption ability. b. Size of badminton grips
Most racket grips come in four sizes. Bigger grips are favoured by players who prefer a tighter feel to generate more power. On the other hand, players that like to employ the use of deception in their games will prefer smaller grips as it allows for better manoeuvrability. 2. Shuttlecock There are two types of shuttlecocks - plastic and feathered shuttlecocks. Plastic shuttlecocks are far more durable compared to the feathered types which are commonly used. However, plastic shuttlecocks are only recommended for beginners who are just starting out. This is because feathered shuttlecocks are expensive and fray easily especially if the wrong technique is used. Hence, plastic shuttlecocks are good for beginners to use for training. Plastic shuttlecocks are usually used by young children who play badminton for recreation. Plastic shuttlecocks tend to travel shorter distances as they are heavier. Hence, they are good for building strength as you make the transition to feathered shuttlecocks. Most people will progress to using feathered shuttlecocks as they are used at all competitive tournaments. 3. Badminton Shoes Badminton shoes are designed to give you better traction and grip to stop in time to return a shot. They should also be lightweight have good cushioning to absorb impact when you jump or land.
Regular players will find heel cups useful to prolonging the lifespan of your shoes. Do not wear jogging shoes as they usually lack grip and traction. You might end up crashing through the badminton net if you are unable to stop in time to receive a drop shot. 4. Badminton Attire For casual to non-competitive players, a comfortable pair of shorts and cotton or dri-fit t-shirt is sufficient. Some players may want to equip themselves with hand grips, wrist bands and ankle guards. Each of these items serve a purpose and might also add a dash of colour to the entire get-up. When it comes to badminton equipment, select what is appropriate before turning your attention to aesthetics.
Badminton Tactics Badminton tactics may not be needed for someone who is just interested to play casual badminton without a competitive edge, where only some basic understanding about the game may be sufficient. But to really excel in it, preferably at professional level, you need to know at least some basic badminton tactics and be able to apply them during your game.
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