Preamble: Over the past 2 years, I’ve gone thru purchasing many rackets in an effort to search for the perfect racket for my men’s doubles games at high intermediate level. In chronological order, I’ve had 3U’s of: Yonex TiSP SS 1[SUP]st[/SUP] gen; Panda Power 2x Trinity 2, Trinity Pro, Precision; Victor MX80, 2x MX70, MX60, BS12, SW30; Yonex VT80, VTZF (4U’s); RKEP 2x Pro 9000, XP70; Panda Power 4x(!) Precision Pro, 2x Revelation. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have gone thru this search, but through this experience and trial and error, I’ve come to realize there is a narrow range of spec that I can play really well and effortlessly with. I know that for my swing style, play style and balance between attack and defence, I prefer a racket that is moderately head heavy (4.5/5) with moderately high stiffness (4.5/5) with a moderately heavy weight (87-88g dry). Out of that list of rackets above, my current favourites are Revelation, P Pro, XP70, and MX70, but only after carefully trying out and choosing my specs after culling out the copies that didn’t work for me. The two Voltrics despite being 4U weighing only 82.5g are just too head heavy for a solid defence, and the other rackets are either too flexy or too head light for a good attack. For me. When buying rackets, even when choosing one from within a wt class (eg. 3U), there’s a certain degree of luck and uncertainty involved, since there is a possible +/- 2.5g variation within a wt class. The variation can theoretically be even up to 4.9g(!) if one is so unlucky as to get the extremes of the range. But it is most likely that manufacturers and designers choose a target range and work around it within the inevitable tolerances of the manufacturing process. Hence, it is good to see that some brands such as Panda Power and RKEP sell their rackets with measured and labelled specs of weight (wt) and balance point (bp), so the chances are much higher that the racket you choose will be the desired swing weight. If you already know what that is. But even then, I find that the measurements and labelling a tad off spec sometimes, either because of error in measurement or labelling or both. I know because I actually weigh my bare rackets with a digital scale and measure bp before I string and overgrip them. Some people may not notice 1g or a few mm bp difference, but I’m quite picky and it’s noticeable to me when I play with it. (For those who are not as sensitive to their equipment, I thank you for reading this far... you may now stop reading and go to the next thread. ) Method: So what does one do then to get the racket with the right swing wt? As discussed above, it'd be luck of the draw if you blindly pick one off the shelf at the store. And most swing weight measurement machines are not only too expensive but are also not sensitive enough for measuring badminton rackets, as they’re designed for tennis rackets and golf equipment. (My guess is that it’s more lucrative in tennis and golf as the equipment in these sports are more expensive and are more customized.) Out of desperation then, what I’ve started doing is to measure the weight of the racket head in order to get an accurate, consistent and most importantly simple way to get a handle on the racket’s swing wt. Since the tip of the racket head is the furthest away from the fulcrum of the handle, this measurement should at least be directly proportional to swing wt, even if it is not a direct measurement of swing wt. Hence, with this single number, it'd be easier to compare different rackets, rather than using the current wt and bp measurements. My setup would be as in the pic below, with the tip of the racket head on the scale, on a level surface. The handle tip would be on the edge/corner of the scale’s box, for simplicity and consistency of placement. I’m aware that there may be a slight tilt of the shaft and that the fulcrum point is a few cms up the handle, but for simplicity, consistency and reproducibility of measurement of a racket and between different rackets, this method works very well. I'm aware that several people on the forum have been using this method already and I want to just put it out there for general awareness and discussion. My preference: With this method and thru various combinations of measurement with and without strings and grip, I find that the white RKEP Elite G09 overgrip adds 0.7g and the white ZM62 string adds 2.6g to the head wt respectively. After much experience, I find that my bare head wt preference lies in a very narrow range of 38.0-38.6g. For some reason, for feather shuttles I prefer the lighter end; and for plastic shuttles I prefer the heavier end. Yes, that means that 37.4g or less, my clears and smashes suffer; and 39.0g and above, my defence and maneuverability suffers. The Revelation example in the pics above has a playing head wt of 41.6g, which translates to 38.3g bare and it plays perfectly well for me.