What equipment does one need to start playing?
Badminton requires a lot of movement and quick changes in direction. Therefore clothes that are loose fitting and lightweight are more suitable because you will have more freedom to move.
A comfortable pair of socks and lightweight, non-marking badminton shoes with a good sole for gripping is important. Badminton players should choose shoes designed for badminton instead of trainers or running shoes because badminton shoes have thinner soles. They are more stable, and therefore help to avoid the possibilities of injuries.
If you are just starting to play badminton, it is not necessary that you buy a very expensive racket. It is also not advisable to use very cheap rackets because they may not be durable and they could be too heavy for you. Buy a racket that is light, within your budget and one that appeals to you. When buying, look for a racket that “feels” good, flexible and strong enough to with stand the string tension that you prefer. It is best to visit a shop that has a good selection of rackets. Try as many rackets as possible to see if they feel right before you decide.
You may use plastic or feather shuttles. However, if you are just starting, and if you are conscious of costs, then plastic shuttles are ideal, cheaper and durable. They come in three speeds – fast, medium and slow. It is recommended to use medium speed to start until you are better.
Shuttles will be provided by BCA