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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Broken racquet, clashes and mishits

Badminton racquets are relatively fragile compared to the more heavily constructed tennis or squash racquets. The badminton racquet is usually made up of graphite, a light but strong material.

The chief physical parameters of a badminton racquet is reduced weight for speed/handling yet strong enough to hold around 20-30lbs of string tension. To save weight, racquets are relatively hollow save for anti-vibration foam/glue.

As such, hits on the structure of the frame can easily cause cracks/paint chips or downright cause catastrophic damage like on the racquet below.

Cracked racquets are usually cause by the following reasons: mishits, clashes with partner's racuqet or clash on the floor.

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