Racket sports like tennis and badminton have recently seen an increase in popularity thanks to Pickleball, a cross-over sport with much the same rules and fancy footwork. You can take advantage of this surge in interest and start your own racket sports brand with rackets and paddles for all three of these fun sports…
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What are Racket Sports?
Racket sports are sports that use equipment like paddles and rackets to hit a ball or shuttlecock. It is also known as ‘racquet’ sports in other parts of the world.
Sports in this niche include badminton, racketball (sometimes called squash or wall-ball), tennis, and pickleball. For most of these, the rules and movement of the game stay the same (with slight variations), so many people who have played badminton or tennis find it easy to transition to pickleball because of the similarities in the techniques and skills required.
Racket sports like these are also pretty easy sports to pick up at any time, and great for cardio workouts. Just about anyone of any age can start playing a racket sport, without needing any special skills or knowledge other than a willingness to have fun and get or stay fit.
Similarities Between Badminton, Tennis, and Pickleball
Now, pickleball is a relatively new sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong. It’s played with a paddle and a perforated plastic ball on a smaller court than a tennis court.
However, all three sports require agility, quick reflexes, and good hand-eye coordination. Players need to move quickly and use their rackets or paddles to hit a ball or shuttlecock over a net.
Players also need to have good footwork to be able to move quickly around the court. The techniques used in badminton and tennis are also similar to those used in pickleball. For example, both badminton and tennis players use a forehand and a backhand stroke to hit the ball.
Understanding the similarities in the three sports, you can see why it’s a good idea to start a racket sports brand that caters to all three sports niches. You could even expand your brand to sportswear or sneakers at a later stage. There’s really a whole lot of room for that in this niche.
Factory for Racket Sports Brand Equipment
If you want to start your own racket sports brand, here’s a factory that’s really ‘on the ball’ with their designs… This is a tennis, pickleball and badminton manufacturer who makes products for:
- Wilson (https://www.wilson.com/en-us/)
- Prince Tennis (https://princetennis.com/)
- and Fila (https://www.fila.com/)
with minimum orders on custom bags and rackets starting at about 200 to 300 pieces.
Manufacturer of Racket Sports Brand Equipment
This is Shishi City Yaotian Sports Goods Co., Ltd., a custom manufacturer of sporting goods and a verified Alibaba supplier with over 6 years on the platform. They boast a store rating of 4.1/5 and a 100% on-time delivery rate. They have 90 production machines, so are quite capable of managing your orders and will respond to messages in under 4 hours.
Pickleball paddles start at $8, going up to $10 with the carbon fiber option. Badminton rackets in the single dollars per unit, and then tennis rackets that range from $6.50 to $12 in bulk, plus a bunch of bags tyles to use as a base to customize.
A rough gauge of what a product like this would cost once shipped is about double the listed price.
Factory link: Shishi City Yaotian Sports Goods Co., Ltd.
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