Badminton racket strings have a limited life and after a certain time, you must change them. Even a high-quality string will be damaged, broken, or tensionless after a few games. Therefore, knowing how to change the badminton racket string is crucial if you play badminton regularly. It saves you a lot of time and money if you can change the badminton strings yourself. In this guide, I’ll be discussing the easiest way to change the badminton string.
How to Change the Badminton String
If you play 3 to 4 times a week, you need to restring your badminton racket every three months. However, it depends upon the string tension and your style of play. If you play at higher string tension, the chances of string damage are higher. Here is how you restring your racket or change the badminton string on your racket:
What do you need?
- Badminton racket frame
- High-quality badminton strings (2 packs)
- Utility Scissors
- Utility Pliers
- Unstring your racket by cutting the knots with scissors.
- Carefully remove the old strings. Do not forcefully pull the string as it can damage the holes in the badminton racket frame.
- Now locate the hole at the bottom of the frame that is closest to the shaft.
- Thread the first string through this hole and drag it through the hole that is right above (corresponding to) the hole through which you have inserted the string.
- So you have started from the center as the shaft is the middle point on the frame bottom.
- Loop the string through the top two holes on the racket frame and drag it back to the point on the bottom next to the shaft.
- Now start stringing the racket to one side of the racket.
- Here you need to ensure that an equal length of the string is left on both sides as after completing one side we will start the other side beginning from the center.
- Continue stringing up and down by interesting the string on top holes and dragging it through the corresponding hole at the bottom of the racket frame.
- When you are finished stringing one side of the racket, there must be enough string left on the top that you can properly tie off.
- If you are unable to make a proper knot, pull the strings to grab some extra string from the excess string from the other side.
- This is a crucial step as the stability of the structure depends upon how well you tie off the string.
- Use your finger to make a simple knot. Try to make a tight knot and keep it close to the hole as much as possible.
- If you are unable to make such a knot with fingers you can use pliers.
- Then tie a knot to secure the structure. You can use the split joint pliers to keep the strings taut while making the second knot.
- The knot should be big enough so that the strings can’t slide back through the holes.
- Once you have tied the knot, cut the extra string from the knot with a scissor.
- Once you have strung all the holes of the racket in a vertical direction and tied a knot in the end, it’s time to make the strings taut.
- In this step, you will pull the strings beginning from the outermost string.
- Start with the outermost string and move toward the middle of the stringbed.
- Keep a tight grip on each level to ensure that the string becomes taut.
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- Now string the other side of the racket beginning from the middle. Insert the strings on the top hole and then drag them through the corresponding holes at the bottom.
- Keep on stringing up and down and eventually, you will reach the part of the frame that is curved.
- Once you are done with stringing the other side of the racket, there should be enough string left on the top to make a secure knot.
- Make a simple knot using your fingers.
- Then make another knot on top of that to secure the structure. A thick and tight knot prevents the string from sliding back through the hole.
- Cut the extra string with a split joint plier.
- It’s time to make the strings taut.
- Pull the string tightly to reduce the slack as much as possible.
- Make knots close to the racket hole to ensure reliable tension in the strings.
Horizontal Stringing of Racket
- Vertical stringing is always followed by the horizontal stringing of the racket.
- In this part of the process, you must weave the string over and under the vertical strings that you have strung before.
- In horizontal stringing, you don’t begin for the middle as you have done in vertical stringing. Instead, start threading from the hole that is straight across and opposite to the hole from where we have started the vertical stringing.
- Insert the string in the hole and weave it through the vertical strands while keeping it tight.
- Drag it through the holes that are corresponding to the hole form where you have started threading.
- Continue stringing from right to left and left to right.
- Remember you need to follow alternative over-under or under-over patterns while stringing the racket horizontally. If you have followed the over-under pattern in the first row, follow the under-over pattern in the second row.
- When you reach the final row, you must have enough length of string to tie a proper knot. Tie a secure knot close to the racket hole by using your finger or pliers.
- Cut the extra string with a scissor or pilers.
You can check the tension of the stringbed by gently pushing it with your hands. If it feels to lose, you may consider retightening the strings. For this, you have to untie the knits and pull that string more tightly to reduce the slack in the line.
Badminton Stringing Machines
If you want to string your racket at a specific tension level you will need a badminton stringing machine. Badminton stringing machines are expensive as they come with advanced features. A stringing machine can string the racket at a given tension level with maximum accuracy. These machines are bought by coaches or badminton specialist stores. Club and sports stores offer stringing services and it costs you around $7 to $8 to string one racket.
This guide covers a detailed method of changing the badminton strings by hand. This is the most common and accurate method adopted by players. If you want to string your racket at a specific tension it is recommended to look for professional stringing services.
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