Thought it over: might be very limited to what i can do without a net but any practices for badminton help. i can just practice over the weekend with a net. Apologies on the grammar, sleepy. Hey guys. I'm a high school student interested in badminton and this year I was supposed to try out and missed my chance. The school was supposed to be my place to practice but unfortunately I missed the tryouts so now i'm at home with my racket collecting dust. It's my sisters racket and the strings are so loose, on top of that it's awful and heavy. There is a place for me to practice in the next city over but I have to shell out 5 bucks a visit and I don't have many friends to practice with. Setting up my own net is hard and probably unattainable (backyard is cluttered with plants and is very narrow). So what I was thinking is what exercises should I practice to keep my skill level up even though i'm not at school everyday? I can pay the 5 every weekend but it's not the best idea for 5 bucks a day. I read this over after writing it and it may sound stupid now that I think of it. Nets are pretty key to badminton. Pretty much all I want to do is get some exercise in and work on reaction. Also, my friend told me to work on wrist strength so anybody have any idea how to do that without wrist strength? Last but not least, i'm going to try to kill two birds with one stone and ask what badminton racket should I get for a beginner. Not entirely a beginner, I can smash/clear/most of the stuff I don't remember but I tend to be inconsistent. So what racket should I get? I have about 40-50 bucks that I can spend on the racket and i'll take any suggestions. I prefer light because according to a friend, i'm weak on the wrists so light helps but heavy is cool. Thanks for all responses.