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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Racket Guard

Today the badmintong and tennis rackets are light weight. The frames can be of steel, aluminium, carbon firbre, graphite, ceramic, boron or a combination of some of these. Japanese brand rackets such as Yonex is the premeir manufacture of badminton rackets. Popular western brands are Dunlop, Wilson and others.

                             cheap wooden badminton racket from Pakistan

                                             wooden tennis racket

a wooden tennis racket within  a racket guard

In the 1950s and 1960s badminton and tennis rackets were made of wood and was quite heavy. The western world monopolised the premier manufacture of the rackets. The good brands were Head, Wilson, Dunlop, Prince, Donnay etc. The cheap ones were from India and Pakistan. Unfortunately, the wooden badminton racket as well as tennis racket wobbled out of shape due to the weather. Therefore, a racket was always kept in a racket guard when not in use as in the above photo.

That was the way we were when playing racket games.


Unknown said...

I was a kid during the era (70s and early 80s) of change, when badminton rackets started to change from wood to metal and later carbon graphite. In fact, depending on your budget, you could see kids with different racket types playing with each other. While badminton is still being played these days at limited HDB courts, its appeal seemed to have somewhat waned vis-a-vis other sports.

Lam Chun See said...

I used to have a Dunlop Maxply and had to clamp it just like in you picture. Usually these rackets will carry the signature of a famous badminton star.

Besides Yoneyama, the other famous (non-Japanese) brand that manufactured alluminium badminton rackets was Carlton.