The materials used in modern day rackets are much stronger and lighter, which has changed the way badminton is played. Materials such as graphite, X-Fullerene and synthetic nylon are the main components of a badminton racket.
Evolution of the Badminton Racket
Badminton rackets have been used in various types of racket sports as long ago as the 5th century. Although, the form of the modern racket can be traced to the mid to late 1800s where the game started to take shape. Rackets have been made from many different components since the 1800s. The shafts and frame have been constructed with everything from wood to steel to aluminium to the lighter, tougher metals of today's racket. The strings of the racket have been made with a few different types of animal hair, most popularly horse hair, but today are made of a polymer nylon which will be explained later in the article.
So, What is a racket made of
The racket, simple in appearance, has many detailed components that make up the final product. The popular athletic brand, Yonex, has almost 40 badminton racket models alone, all of which are designed according to gender and playing style. While these rackets are diverse, their components are the same. Head- The head is the stringed portion of the racket. Today, almost all strings are synthetic. Synthetic nylon with tiny filament strings are the most widely used, although platinum strings are becoming more popular. Shaft - The shaft of the racket has two layers. The main portion of the shaft is graphite. The graphite is specifically generated to fit the desired playing style. Graphite is just as strong as steel, but weighs considerably less. A new development in racket technology is the outer layer of the shaft, which is X-Fullerene. "X-Fullerene is used in the resin which bonds the Carbon fibres and creating the cross-link construction. The tenfold increase in binding force makes it possible to create 5 per cent higher repulsion and 15 per cent greater stability," (Badminton Warehouse).
Time to play
Badminton rackets come in all shapes and sizes, but the materials are the same. Taking advantage of the diversity of the racket will allow professionals and recreational players alike to be competitive and have fun.