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Ashaway Superlight 79SQ - Badminton Racket View

Ashaway Superlight 79SQ - Badminton Racket

Best suited to intermediate level players, the Ashaway Superlight 79SQ badminton racket offers a great blend of power and head speed. This super-lightweight racket weighs only 76g (2.7oz) and has an isometric head shape for a bigger sweet spot and more accuracy on off-centre hits. The racket is head heavy balanced for added power and ensures quick acceleration through the shuttle. It is perfect for hard-hitting, aggressive players seeking fast swing speed and guarantees increased stiffness and strength thanks to graphite layers reinforced with carbon nanotubes. Plus, the Ashaway Superlight 79SQ comes strung with ZyMax 70 string for maximum durability and tension maintenance.

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Yonex Astrox 99 Badminton Racket View

Yonex Astrox 99 Badminton Racket

Endorsed by a star player from Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei, the Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket offers excellent power potential with a head heavy balanced frame and Isometric head which provides an expanded sweet-spot to ensure better consistency and easy shot alignment. The racket takes advantage of numerous designs and frame technologies to ensure the best badminton performance with incredible ease. This includes the Nanometric which improves the carbon binding in the frame and subsequently makes the racket much thinner without losing the stiffness. Furthermore, there is the AERO+BOX design providing unparalleled speed and shot sensation, whilst the Namd incorporated throughout the whole racquet frame to create explosive force on each shuttle impact. The Astrox 99 is shipped pre-strung with 65 Ti string, as well as full-length cover to ensure necessary precautions when stored between use.

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Asics Gel-Fastball 3 Mens Indoor Court Shoes View

Asics Gel-Fastball 3 Mens Indoor Court Shoes

Designed for fast and agile players wanting a lightweight feel, the Asics Gel-Fastball 3 men’s indoor court shoes have a very airy and seamless upper construction with Personalised Heel Fit (PHF) technology for slippage reduction and an adaptive fit. These stylish shoes with a discreet lacing system offer efficient shock absorption thanks to Rearfoot GEL® cushioning system and feature a cushioned SpEVA™ midsole delivering a combination of flexibility and rebound. Additionally, for enhanced comfort, there is a removable EVA sockliner and the non-marking outsole is made using Wet Grip and NC Rubber® technologies to improve traction even on wet surfaces.

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Karakal Pro Tour Elite 12 Racket Bag View

Karakal Pro Tour Elite 12 Racket Bag

The Karakal Pro Tour Elite is a stylish, spacious 12 racket bag with an eye-catching design. It offers plenty of room for your apparel, rackets and accessories thanks to a large main compartment and 2 racket compartments. To separate dirty clothes and footwear from the rest of your gear, there are special wet clothing and shoe compartments and the bag has breather buttons for improved ventilation and a great air flow. There is also a zipped, soft pocket for your goggles and to comfortably carry your belongings to and from the court, the bag features padded, adjustable backpack straps and a carry handle. Made from lightweight, yet sturdy 420d jacquard polyester, the Pro Tour Elite guarantees long-lasting durability.

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Wilson Team 6 Racket Bag View

Wilson Team 6 Racket Bag

Offering an ample capacity to keep your necessities in proximity perfectly organised, the Wilson Team 6 racket bag is a stunning looking choice with block textured exterior that provides space for up to six racquets due to 2 large main compartments. The bag is excellent for storing towel, accessories and other essentials thanks to two huge external pockets, and it’s very easy to travel with on and off the court thanks to the padded, adjustable shoulder strap or carry handle. The bag is a very functional and ensure comfortable tennis or squash equipment management, plus it’s made from durable fabrics to last many training sessions and court gateways.

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Asics Blast FF Mens Indoor Court Shoes View

Asics Blast FF Mens Indoor Court Shoes

Providing incredible support and feet stability, the Asics Blast FF court shoes are meant for indoor performance and male players seeking superior comfort and highly optimised fit when moving dynamically around the court. The pair features an upper designed from polyurethane for excellent foot cosines and enhanced breathability, and takes advantage of the FlyteFoam™ technology in the midsole to ensure impressive energy transfer and bounce. Furthermore, the shoes feature the GEL™ cushioning situated in the rearfoot section of the footwear, and there is the Ortholite™ sockliner offering proper moisture absorption and superior interior ventilation. The shoes include a non-marking NC Rubber® outsole for enhanced traction and durability.

Badminton Equipment

Badminton is not for the faint-hearted, while a shuttlecock may look pretty innocent don’t be fooled because it’s faster than a squash or tennis ball thanks to its amazing aerodynamic design. The Guinness book of Records has recorded them at 162 miles per hour, compared to 151mph for its closest racket sport rival, the squash ball.


Early game play with shuttlecocks (originally a piece of light wood or cork trimmed with feathers) dates back to Ancient Greece and travelled across the Indo-Greek kingdoms through India to China and Siam.  On arrival in Europe the popular medieval children’s game battledore and shuttlecock (AKA ‘jeu de volant’) was born, and all these games involved hitting the shuttlecock with a racket to and fro for non-specified numbers of players without letting it fall to the ground.


Badminton in its current form traces back to colonial India in the mid 19th century where it was a popular pastime for the British military officers stationed there.  With the addition of a net and a court, the introduction of sides and a scoring system it began to look a lot more like the game millions all over the world enjoy today.


The Badminton World Federation (formerly the International Badminton Federation) was established in 1934.  Today it governs the sport and builds interest and participation globally.


Because it’s played with a shuttlecock, competitive badminton is an indoor sport featuring a court 44 by 17 feet and requiring 6.5 feet of clear space alongside each edge.  The floor needs to be smooth and is typically wooden or composite.  The net sits 5 foot 1 inch high at each end and 5 feet high at the centre. 


Here in the UK there are plenty of courts available for the casual player and clubs for those keen to learn, improve and compete.


If you’re concerned you might not be able to keep up with those speedy shuttlecocks don’t worry, there are a range of rackets and shuttles for all abilities added to which the humidity of your playing environment will impact on the speed at which your shuttlecock flies. 


As well as investing in the right racket and shuttlecock good shoes are a must so you can keep your rallies going with some agile footwork.


And if the speed is the main appeal for you why not try ‘speedminton’ – the latest variation of the game played in any suitable outdoor space and net free with specially designed shuttlecocks.  It’s rapidly rising in popularity as an urban sport and a great way to build fitness and improve your level for all racket sports.

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