Badminton Racquet Review – Yonex Carbonex 21 SP

Carbonex 21 SP. (Image Courtesy: www.youbeli.com).

Carbonex 21 SP.
(Image Courtesy: www.youbeli.com).

A classic oval and basic racquet with H.M. graphite and around 20 years old. Moreover, this racquet is a proven commodity in international competition. Excellent singles racquet and has hard hitting power. This racquet has small sweetspot, suitable for Intermediate, Advance and professional Singles players.

The racquet is head heavy and has high swing speed, and has a slim shaft. This racquet feels solid and well constructed. It is fantastic when clearing and smashing as the racquet cuts through the air efficiently. The control is good at the net. Driving is a bit challenging with this racquet, that is why it’s less used in doubles unless you have very high skill. Drops and sliced drops are accurate with this racquet. Sometimes the heaviness of this racquet maybe challenging to move around quickly.

This racquet is built with a H.M (High Modulus) Graphite with a built in.

Badminton Racquet Review – Yonex Nanospeed 9900

Yonex Nanospeed 9900.  (Image Courtesy: www.yonexusa.com).

Yonex Nanospeed 9900.
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All Yonex top of the range racquets have a stiff shaft. This racquet is certainly no lightweight when delivering power from the back of the court. the Yonex Nanospeed 9900 is a very good racquet. The technology behind this racquet has created a very strong but light head delivering tremendous speed and power.

The composition of the head as well as the shaft is the same i.e., H.M (High Modulus Graphite) and X-Fullerene. The technologies applied to this racquet is X-Fullerene, Isometric, Built in T-joint, Nanoscale Fullerene, C.S. Cap. The strings are Yonex Nanogy98 with Tension 26lbs. The racquet has a dominant color, black. Red is present at 10 and 2 o’clock positions.

The flex of the racquet is rated extra stiff which is accurate. The racquet has a solid feel. The speed at which the head swings is extremely fast. For less advance players, this can cause some pain in your wrist and shoulders. The racquet has an aerodynamic slim head which translates into superfast reaction and swing speed. Baseline to baseline hits is comfortable and the placement, accurate.

This racquet has a combination of the power of a head heavy racquet and speed of a headlight racquet.

Backhand serves, Drives, both offensive and defensive drives are excellent due to headlight balance. Forehand high serve goes high and far. Has an excellent backhand defense. This racquet is like a wall to repel steep smashes and easy to backhand lift all the way to the backcourt. The new CS cap and the long handle allows thumb grip for faster reaction time and easier for netkills. Moreover the the clear and smashes are excellent.

Definitely this racquet has the fastest racquet head swing when compared with the rest of the NanoSpeed Series. Combined with the extra stiffness of the shaft, this racquet can really sting with smashes and drives.

Badminton Racquet Review – Yonex Arcsaber 11

YONEX-ARCSABER-11.(Image Courtesy: racquetnetwork.com).

YONEX-ARCSABER-11.
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The Arcsaber 11 uses a new Yonex developed alloy called “Sonic Metal”, which is first debuted in the Yonex five star range and has a thin and stiff shaft aiding to its aerodynamic fast swing to obtain power.

With the stiff shaft and more balanced than the voltric racuqets, the Arcsaber 11 relies on your arm swing and muscular strength if you want to get a good hard smash. While the slightly head is slightly heavy and add the extra power to your smashes.

Clears to the back of the court are effortless and more importantly accurate so that one can hit the shuttle to any corner he wants with relative accuracy to the line.

Net drops are sweetly placed and also adventurous.

The Arcsaber 11 is in the top range of the Arcsaber range. i.e. a racquet that is meant to do everything well. The Arcsaber 11 does exactly this and also supports the player looking for extra power.

Badminton Racquet Review – Yonex Flashboost

yonex Arcsaber Flashboost.(Image Courtesy: badminton-coach.co.uk).

yonex Arcsaber Flashboost.
(Image Courtesy: badminton-coach.co.uk).

In 2013 Yonex surprised us all by launching two additional racquets in the Arcsaber range, namely Arcsaber 11 and the unusually named Arcsaber Flashboost.

This racquet weighs an incredible 73g, factory strung with Yonex BG65Ti and lightning fast at the net, better than a Nanospeed 9900.

You had to know where you intended to hit the shuttle because it was harder to feel the shot. So, every element of overhead technique had to work well because there
was little weight in the head to really feel it.

Moving onto drop shots, Arcsaber Flashboost performed pretty well with a high degree of precision and touch. It felt good to perform shots at a different pace and it was fun to throw an extra fast drop in occasionally for no other reason other than you can. The light frame here works well and because of the weight it’s harder to notice any drag. But, it didn’t have that crispness I got from Z Force.

Rather than expecting a really fast swing and good solid smash, could hit a better wristy stick smash than a full smash.

Flat rallies were easy to control and there is enough power from the racquet to give as good as you get.

This racquet performs better in mid-court forward, this covers defence, flat exchanges, pushes, blocks and everything around the net. Where it is weaker is at the
rear court.

I can see a lot of ladies loving this racquet because it’s so light and does the things they are expected to do in mixed doubles very well indeed.

Badminton Racquet Review – Yonex Voltric 5

Voltric 5 (www.leosrackets.com)

The Voltric 5 badminton racquet was introduced in 2011 at the All Englands, it is a predecessor of the Voltric 80.

The Voltric racquets have proven to be a success for the Yonex brand because of the technological advancements and it is also the most affordable.

The Yonex Voltric 5 badminton racquet is available in a full carry case, and it is important to note at this point that this has become the benchmark for the Voltric series of products, the “Tri-Voltage” system. This specific model is available in black with hues of yellow.

This racquet is very lightweight and its weight ranges from 85 grams to 89 grams. Its grip size is ranked as a G4 which is really the smallest of grip sizes available in the entire range.

The Voltric technology borrows heavily from the technology used in the Armortec, and is the combination of the Arcsaber and Nanospeed techniques used.

The Yonex Voltric 5 badminton racket is certainly head heavy, a trait that new users find a little hard to adjust to especially if they are more accustomed to the lightweight versions of the different rackets available. The closest comparison one can make to this is the AT900T. if anything, this is the ideal racket if you would like to have your model substituted. Its balance is similar to Voltric 7. Its shaft is medium flex, making it suitable for players involved with the league. Note that the maximum tension which is recommended is 24 lbs or below, although this is characteristic of racquets from Yonex.

Voltric 7 Badminton Racquet Review

Voltric 7.(Image Courtesy:  badminton-coach.co.uk).

Voltric 7.
(Image Courtesy: badminton-coach.co.uk).

Voltric 7 was introduced at 2011 All England open badminton championships and comes in a full length bag, which is now standard for the Voltric range. This racquet is striking in red, with flashes of white and yellow.

This particular model is only available in 4U (weight 81-85g) in UK, and grip size G4 which is the smaller of the grip sizes on offer in UK.

The Voltric range is a combination of Armortec, Nanospeed and Arcsaber technologies and so far it’s worked remarkably well on the high end Voltrics.

This is a head heavy racquet while considering balance wise, but certainly not as heavy as the other high-end Voltrics. I’d say this is very close to the weight of Armortec 900 Power.

Voltric 7 could be a good alternative to AT900 T.

This racquet has a medium flex shaft and is certainly suitable for club and league players.

Maximum recommended tension on this racquet is 24lbs which also is a typical feature of Yonex racquets.

As far as the power is concerned, clears will go effortless, despite the lower tension string but however you can still feel the weight in the head and noticeably lighter than VT80.

The Voltric range will soon replace Armortec range of racquets.

The slightly lighter head is capable of high racquet swing speeds and the weight in the head still gets delivered during the smashes. This racquet also copes well for defence and for flat rallies.

Badminton Racquet Review: Pro-Kennex Nano X2 9000

Pro-Kennex.Mbr> (ImageCourtesy: www.bedmintonove-potreby.sk).

Pro-Kennex Nano X2 9000.
(ImageCourtesy: www.bedmintonove-potreby.sk).

This racquet is an head heavy racquet with a stiff shaft and Pro-Kennex brand brings back memories. It’s the first brand of racquets who ever playing badminton owned.

The spiral graphite adds to the stiffness of the racket, and it gives us a good feel when you hit the shuttle, especially when you’re playing doubles near the net. This is a classy doubles badminton racquet.

Since this racquet is light weight, it makes us difficult to play back to back clear near to the back tramlines.

This racquet was fast in defense because of the 4U weight that was also the reason why it couldn’t clear far.

This extra weight at the top of the racquet was all it too to slow down the defensive swings considerably. The Pro-Kennex X2 9000 is able to delivery quality smashes down the line.

This racquet is equipped with “Power Wedges” (same as Yonex Voltric’s Tri-Voltage weight system) at the 2 and 10 o’clock positions with the lead weight of much help to those who smash along the way.

But the Pro-Kennex Nano X2 9000 is really fast when it’s at the front of the net, intercepting and getting them check and getting the wrist smashes in.

The drive attacks seem to take a back seat, because of its light weight it will be difficult to generate treat to these drives. So, its better to smash and play drop shots.

The spiral graphite used to make the shaft adds plenty to control at the front court.

Badminton Racquet Review: Victor Meteor X80

MeteorX80. (ImageCourtesy: my.victorsport.com).

MeteorX80.
(ImageCourtesy: my.victorsport.com).

Another incredible racquet master piece from victor! Your first look at the Victor Meteor X80, suspects it with a Voltric 80, since the design of these two racquets are comparitively one and the same except for the design on the shaft with its thing for cell-shaded graphics, and the Meteor 80 fits right in.

This racquet is built for more of a defense than for attack play. It has a heavy head with very stiff shaft. Technologies like Octablade, Peakwaves, Nano Tec, Carbon XT and Eighty-80 are embedded in it. The racquet is very gentle on the arms despite being very stiff.

The weight in the head can hardly be felt when you swing it, but the moment the strings come into contact with the shuttle you can feel the power from the shaft transfering to the shuttle and with a quick flick of the wrist is all you need to make the shuttle travel to the far ends of the court.

The light weight allowed quicker response from the wrist and the weight transfer upon hitting will take care of the distance. Thanks for the weight transfer, clearing to the backcourts were also easy, even if I ‘m out of position and had to force a clear from a lower angle. This is superb!

Head Heavy and very stiff shaft is for very good for smashing. Quick drops, fast smashes, check smashes and drives, all comes good with the Meteor X80. the smashes were of good speed, which were reasonably hard to return.

This racquet is slightly slow responsive while playing to the sides when the weight is 4U because of its light weight.

Red, black, white and Gold in a combination of ferocity and swiftness. Quick, sharp edges dominate the primary markings on the racquet shaft and head with the grand touch of gold shade.

Badminton Racquet Review: Victor Bravesword 15

Bravesword 15. (Image Courtesy: www.badmintoncentral.com).

Bravesword 15.
(Image Courtesy: www.badmintoncentral.com).

This racquet is more of a even-balanced one from victor, mostly used by high intermediate to advanced players.

It is alightly head heavy (4/5 by Victor standards) with a stiff shaft that makes this racquet suitable for fast paced offensive players. The Victor Bravesword allows controlled returns from smashes and drives.

The Bravesword 15 is excellent when it comes to flat drives as well, pushing the shuttle straight across to the other side with the speed you’d expect from a head light racquet. The added weight to the front of the racquet frame gives it an extra power boost, so helpful in accomplishing straight smashes near back tramlines.

The Victor Bravesword 15 also gives you a feel of the fast defense that comes with enough power to place the shuttle comfortably anywhere around the court or in the direction you play the bird.

This racquet is explosive and incredible, when coming to smashing the bird with accuracy.

It is made up of a smaller head frame makes it a little more challenging to place the shuttle.

The shafts stiffness makes it easy to push and slice the shuttle around the court and back to back clears were also well placed, with less shuttles sailing out of the back tramlines as compared to the other racquets.

Badminton Racquet Review: Yonex Voltric 80

Voltric 80. (Image Courtesy: www.mybadmintonstore.com).

Voltric 80.
(Image Courtesy: www.mybadmintonstore.com).

Voltric 70 and Voltric 80 are racquets for advanced players, who are aiming for more aggression with speed and power with little errors. The Voltric 80 can be called as a competitor over the ArcSaber Z-Slash. Of the two, Voltric 80 is the best bet.

Every Voltric series racquet comes with its conventional “Tri-Voltage” system, an ultra slim shaft, for better contact with the shuttle on the string bed with a extremely heavy head.

Since the head is heavy, a little more effort is needed while defending against quick shots. But that doesn’t mean you give away points – the Voltric 80’s high level of control affords its user an increased accuracy when it comes to both offense and defense.

Another added advantage of this heavy head racquet is that, it is easier to lift the shuttles to the rear court.

With every attack you can basically feel the strings hitting around the shuttle head and throwing it out with as much force as the racquet can.

Pinpoint accuracy to every corner of the court, that too with much ease. Also clears and drop shots perfectly match all those who make use of this racquet. Since, this racquet’s head is heavy, you feel more to smash than playing a slow and approaching game.

With this racquet, you can hit smashes with pinpoint accuracy and control all over the court.

This racket is used by the World Class players and no doubt, one of the best racquets Yonex has ever made.