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5 Badminton Accessories Players Can’t Live Without

Besides the bare minimum tools needed to play badminton like shoes, rackets, shuttles, and a net, there are a number of badminton accessories that players like to use, even if they aren’t mandatory.

In this article, you and I will look at the most commonly used ones, those that many players can’t live without. These accessories can serve as inspiration for what to put in your own bag or if you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves playing badminton.

Critical badminton accessories: extra racket grips

The first item on the list is extra grips. Players place these on the handle of the badminton racket to increase the size so it better fits into their palm or to make it easier to grip the racket when the game gets intense and they need to return several rapid-fire shots while switching between gripping the racket with their forehand and backhand.

Grips come in different types such as the towel grip which has the same texture as a towel and helps if you get particularly sweaty palms while playing. Players who prefer the towel grip often like to use grip powder to help get the handle stick to their hands. It looks like flour and resembles chalk used by climbers.

Some players also like to place extra cushion wrap between the raw handle and their preferred grip to make it softer to hold onto or increase its size even further.

An overgrip is also commonly used and has a sticky rubber-like feeling to it. It also helps make the racket stick to your hand, but due to sweat they often don’t last long and need to be replaced regularly, so it’s always good to have a few extra grips in your bag to switch between games.

badminton racket and shuttlecocks on a courtheadbands absorb sweat and keep the hair tied down

Headbands and wristbands

Speaking of sweat, we don't see headbands and wristbands used in many sports but badminton. They might appear old school and even trendy to some, but they serve a useful purpose in the sport.

With constantly small, explosive movements, you'll not only sweat a lot but if you have hair that isn't very short, it can feel annoying for it to fly around all the time as you move. The headbands help keep it in place and avoid getting sweat running down your forehead, into your eyes, or dripping down on the court and making it slippery.

Shoe insoles, extra thick socks, and sports plaster

Shoes are among the most important items to avoid injuries when exercising. Even the best badminton shoes might not fit your fit perfectly, so many players like to either play with insoles, an extra pair of (thick) socks that they switch if they get too sweaty, or even plaster or tape to help prevent blisters.


Bringing scissors to a badminton game might surprise you. It’s not to cut your hair when you get too frustrated with it, but rather to cut the strings on the racket if they break during the game. If they aren’t cut right away, there is a chance that the frame might be deformed which can ruin the racket.

Face towels

As with many sports, a player’s perhaps favorite badminton accessory is a face towel or a towel of smaller sizes to dry their hands, face, and racket handle throughout games or in between them.

Since t-shirts tend to get so sweaty that using them for that purpose just makes it worse, and the mats that make up the surface of a badminton court get slippery when wet, an extra towel is crucial.

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