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I am quite certain that this problem does not occur a lot. However, for me, it was the second time with two different rackets... Time to make an Instructable about it!

I have no pictures of the first broken handle from which I felt the wood was breaking. Gluing it was of course only good as a temporary solution. After it broke beyond "glue"-repair, I bought a new racket but I felt sad that I could not use this racket anymore that I've enjoyed for years. After all, the frame was still perfect. So I repaired it and almost 2 years later I'm still playing with this racket!

As I play with both rackets, the same happened with this other racket. I felt the wood was cracking so very slightly. If you swung the racket you could feel the backlash from the shaft in the handle. So I just went for a repair again!
 
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Step 1: Buy a handle or make one yourself!

The first time I could not find where to buy a handle, so I made one myself. It was fun but it was not that easy as my woodworking skills and woodworking tools are limited. I will include some pictures about it but I will not describe the process because it is way easier to buy one for 4,95 dollar including shipping!

I must have overlooked it the first time but you can buy handles on My Badminton Store. The advantage is that you can choose the right size (handle and shaft dimensions) and the plastic cone (front cap) and bottom (end cap) are included so you don't have to recover this from your broken racket (which is not easy).

The front cap just above the handle holds a sticker with the shaft size on it. Mine says it's a Yonex G3 handle size, so go for the G4 handle size. Indeed Yonex uses other sizes than other racket manufacturers but My Badminton Store informs you about this. If you want a bigger or smaller handle, this is the moment, choose your favorite.
Also measure the diameter of the shaft and choose the correct one on the site. Mine was 7,12mm so I went for the 7mm version.

It took almost 2 weeks to arrive (China to Belgium). So you have a lot of time to follow another Instructable in the mean time ;-).


rurtāns11 months ago
Wow!
I was searching for diameter for shaft, as I don't have racket with me and found that someone has repaired his shaft.

And You know what - I did it in same manner (as in Latvia we don't have new shift in shop )

Great work with instructions ;)

Right now going to repair my 3rd broken shaft :P
JeeCee (author)  rurtāns11 months ago
Cool! I'm happy that I could help somebody with my Instructable!

And also good to know that other people try to repair their rackets too :D.
Good luck with your repair! I hope it works out. My two repaired rackets are still in the race :).
rurtāns JeeCee11 months ago
I repaired first racket about 6 months ago and still playing too))

Have You thought about making handle lil bit longer (0,5-1cm)?
Would be a good impact on long shots, but not sure on short ones))
JeeCee (author)  rurtāns11 months ago
Super :). No haven't thought about that. Are you trying it?
rurtāns JeeCee11 months ago
I will make it 0,5 longer, but hard to say if I will feel big time changes.
Cos I changed to an another type of strings too.
But for sure I know that it is much harder to play for long shots with shorter handle - my previous made handle by mistake is lil bit shorter.
JeeCee (author)  rurtāns11 months ago
The one I fixed in this Instructable is also a little bit shorter. I blindly used the bought handle and didn't noticed that the shaft insertion hole of the handle was a little bit deeper than needed. The other one is fine. If you think the longer handle is better, let me know :).
beautifully done!!!!!....
useraaaaa2 years ago
let me gues... you fixed it with glue! right?
Fantastic job - your photos are great. :D
JeeCee (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks! :D