Is your badminton racquet lacking in POWER?
Are you wondering why you’re not PLAYING as well as usual?
Are your shots not SOUNDING as good as they were?
Are your strings LOOKING old and worn or FEELING dull?
Are you irritated by your strings MOVING?
Has your shuttle CONTROL deserted you?
Or have you simply broken a string?
If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions, then your badminton racquet needs restringing. Having your racquet restrung by a professional stringer can transform your performance, increase your confidence and bring the fun back to your game, giving you…
More POWER, More CONTROL, Greater FEEL and Greater TOUCH On The Shuttle
We stock several different strings to cover most preferences and abilities
Simply mouseover the pictures below for information on each string
We can also order any string you specify, but please allow 2 days for string to arrive
We also have most Manufacturers' String Logos, but can also do Initials, in Red, White or Black.
Understand your Strings!
The string tension in your badminton racquet plays a major part in your ability to play shots well. If the strings are too slack, then they fail to perform at optimum level, too tight and you are sacrificing power.
All strings stretch, like elastic, and therefore from the day your racquet is strung, the strings begin to lose tension (known as creepage in the trade).
Every racquet has a “sweet spot.” This is an area on the strings which produces the best results from the contact with a shuttle.
The lower the tension, the bigger the sweet spot. Consequently, beginners need to play with lower tensions as they are more likely to mis-hit the shuttle. Having a bigger “optimum power hitting area” is therefore essential in their progress in the sport.
As a player becomes more consistent, they do not require such huge sweet spots. Their needs change and they now require a faster “response” off the strings and more power.
As tensions are increased, the sweet spot reduces. A highly accomplished player, who consistently hits the shuttle well, will generate more power and enjoy the benefits of the shuttle travelling faster off the strings. The tighter strings give them more control.
Strings come in various thicknesses, or gauge, from 0.5mm to 1mm and everything in between. Most common range is from 0.62mm, very thin and responsive, up to 0.70mm which is fairly durable and suitable for all levels of player.
Tension in a Nutshell?
Whenever you increase string tension from factory settings, you will generally gain more power, but there is a point when you do not get the same return in terms of power where the gain plateaus. The point at which this happens depends entirely on the individual. A highly accomplished player may find that their tensions need to be 24lbs before they notice a leveling out on power. A lower level player may find that this is way too high and 21 lbs is a max.
Once you have found your maximum tension for POWER, then you need to decide whether you wish to sacrifice some in order to gain CONTROL and improve the repulsion characteristics of the string. As the tension increases past the optimum power tension, you will have to work harder to hit the shuttle, but it will travel more accurately and crisply.
As the strings are tighter and the sweet spot reduces, the strings do not absorb the shuttle and then propel it forwards as much (which is where power comes from in the string). Instead the shuttle moves off the strings quicker, instantly reacting to the movement of the racquet. This produces greater CONTROL.
So the trick and aim is to figure out where your maximum power tension is and how much more control you need to suit your style of play, without losing too much power. If you play Doubles and are mainly a Net Player, then tighter strings can help to quickly fire the shuttle down for the point or find that elusive gap.
DANGERS of too much Tension
Every racquet manufacturer provides information on what they deem safe tensions for their racquets. They will have a Minimum and Maximum String Tension guide either on the racquet itself, or in the info that comes with the racquet. Many players choose to ignore these guidelines and have their racquets strung considerably higher.
As you can imagine, exceeding recommended limits is potentially dangerous in two ways. Firstly, the racquet frame may crack or shatter due to the significant pressure on it. Second, when you increase tension, you also increase vibration through the racquet, which can weaken it over time.
The loss of repulsion characteristics from higher tension, means the player may have to put more into the shot to get the same power. This may result in tennis elbow, shoulder or neck injuries, which are now becoming more common because of the higher tension requirements from players.
As Stringers, we will string your racquet at higher tensions if you really want us to, but, as with chipped or cracked racquets, we cannot be held responsible for any damage that may occur to the racquet or player.