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Facts About Graphite Badminton Rackets

Nowadays, it is almost unnecessary to talk about other badminton racket materials, aside from graphite. If a badminton racket does not contain graphite, one usually will not bother to even consider it; unless you are buying one for a small kid or you just want to play the game for fun, for a few days. Aside from this, graphite badminton rackets are essential in the modern games. In the past, when one plans to buy a badminton racket, he or she will also consider other materials like steel or aluminium. However, these two materials have largely been overlooked these days. They might still be found in some rackets, but in considerably smaller amount compared to the past. So, let's focus on graphite badminton rackets then

How many different variations of graphite badminton rackets are there in the market? Well, there are quite a number, actually. First off, let's define what is graphite. Graphite is essentially a physical form of the chemical element known as carbon. Another physical form of carbon is diamond. So, essentially, graphite is made of carbon. Therefore, when you talk about graphite badminton rackets, you are also referring to carbon rackets. However, there is another popular term in the market called Carbon Fiber. So, what exactly is it, and how is it different from graphite rackets? In carbon fiber, carbon atoms are arranged in hexagonal rings, forming a polymer chain, which is later converted into carbon fiber. This type of carbon atom arrangement is not found in other types of graphite. Hence, the distinction between carbon fiber and graphite exists. Carbon fiber has the advantage of being stronger and more stable. It does not react to other elements present in the badminton racket. As a result, it offers excellent control and power. Therefore, it is a popular choice of material for rackets that are made for professional players. 

In addition, graphite badminton rackets may contain other elements as well. For instance, to save cost and to attract more consumers, many badminton rackets include a combination of fiberglass and graphite. Fiberglass is essentially glass- fiber-reinforced plastic. It is cheaper but heavier than graphite. It is still very much lighter than steel and aluminium, so is a good alternative to graphite. Many low-end graphite badminton rackets contain fiberglass, even though the brand owners do not specify this in their product description. From one of our previous blogs regarding graphite rackets, you will recall that we touch on the shortage of graphite rackets caused by the pandemic. Because of this, it gives manufacturers even more reason to include fiberglass in graphite badminton rackets.

Finally, even within graphite itself, there are several grades to consider. For instance, 24T, 30T, 40T and 50T graphite rackets. The bigger the number, the more expensive the graphite. Thus, you will see many professional rackets using 30T, 40T or 50T graphite in their construction. Not only this, but the quality and price of graphite also differ based on their origin. Japan graphite is known to be the premium one, compared to China graphite. Therefore, most professional rackets are made from Japan graphite.