5 Best Badminton Rackets for 2017 – Our Top Picks

Buying a badminton racket is like buying your first car in a lot of ways. There are a lot of things to consider like shape i.e a Round faced or a Square faced racket, tension of the strings, flexibility of the shaft and the overall weight of the racket. Much like the test drive matters in the making or breaking of a car deal, the feel of the racket matters just as much in the hands of the player when he holds it the first time. It is evident that badminton connoisseurs won’t have much difficulty in weighing out all the aspects which make the best badminton racket for them. But, an intermediate player who doesn’t have much knowledge will probably be flustered when it comes to picking one.

This article will walk you through the nitty-gritty of choosing the appropriate badminton racket for you. Also, we’ll show you our picks as the best badminton rackets for 2017.­

The Best Badminton Rackets for 2017

Here is a list of this year’s most successful badminton rackets. The list has been compiled based on our quality assessment of these rackets as well as their reviews.

  1. Yonex Nanoray Z($50-75$)

The Yonex Nanoray Z takes precedence over the others on account of its impeccable smashes. This racket holds the Guiness World Record for fastest smash at 493Km/hr.

This racket was made by state of the art Nano-technology which gave it its incredibly light Graphite body and shaft. It is head-light and has a stiff shaft which allows for incredible delivery of power. It has been made aerodynamic so that it allows quick swings and faster reaction times.

  1. Yonex Arcsaber 002 Badminton Racket ($75-$230)

The Yonex Arcsaber 002 has been designed for those players that require great control over the shuttle. Using its thin and flexible graphite shaft it is able to store up energy in its Square shaped head to provide the maximum accuracy for acute angle shots. It has a much larger hitting area than the standard round faced racket and weighs about 83g(4U). It allows immense maneuverability and impeccable control.

It has been used by top notch players like Viktor Axelsen and Marc Zweibler.

  1. Yonex Voltric 7 ($120-$140)

The Yonex Voltric 7 weighs about 89g(3U) with a G4 grip. The racket is entirely made of carbon fibre making it highly durable. This allows the racket to sustain high tensions of strings which allow efficient clearance and powerful smashes. This head-heavy racket has been designed to be aero-dynamic thus making its swing speed better than other head-heavy rackets.

  1. Yonex Duora 10 Badminton Racket ($189-$239)

This head-heavy racket comes with multiple grip sizes of G4 and G5 with weight 3U and 2U respectively. The Duora 10 has been designed with an Isometric shape with tense wires which allows it to give maximum repulsion. Thus, this racket is most suited to players who have a strong backhand.

  1. Victor Brave Sword ($75-$85)
    This head-heavy racket has been made of graphite and resin. It comes with in two different weights 3U and 4U with the grip configuration G5. It has high tension strings which allow greater smash power. The stiff shaft has been made slim(7.0mm) to provide better feel. This racket is great for offense.

It has been used by notable like players like Lee Yong Dae (South Korea) and Yoo Yeon Seong (South Korea).

Reviews of The Best Badminton Rackets

Given below are the analyses for our top 3 picks for this year. These analyses are an amalgamation of user reviews and our expert analysis.

  1. Yonex Nanoray Z

The Yonex Nanoray stands out on account of its incredible capacity for delivering powerful strokes. It has been competitively priced and offers greater control than other rackets which are far more expensive. Another impressive feat about the Nanoray Z is that it has been engineered using Nano-technology which is the reason for its remarkably light body. Thus, it secures the first place in our round up of the best badminton rackets for 2017.

The Nanoray Z bodes well in the amazon review section as well. As, Austin Barnes recommends it to everyone in the amazon review section because of its lightness and gave it 5 stars along with several other reviewers.

In short, this is what we thought about this product.

  • Fairly priced
  • Extremely light-easy to handle
  • Delivers excellent smashes
  • Durable

 

  1. Yonex Arcsaber 002

The Arcsaber takes the second place because of its large sweet spot, which allows direct offense for close net shots. The Arcsaber is flexible and thus allows for great control and placement. It has been priced a little towards the pricy end but it is worth every penny as there is no other racket that provides as much balance as the Arcsaber does. It comes in a variety of colors so it takes edge on other rackets on that end.

The Arcsaber major Arcsaber reviews on Amazon primarily commend it on being durable but VS says that the Arcsaber is even better than the Nanoray in terms of balance.

The bullet list below sums it all up.

  • Great balance
  • Impeccable precision and shot placement
  • A little too pricy
  • Comes in three colors- which allows personalization
  1. Yonex Voltric 7

The Voltric 7 tends to be on the heavy side. In the league of heavy-head rackets Voltric 7 is a prominent name as its unique carbon fibre body is capable of supporting extremely tight strung strings. So, its smash delivery is spot on. The shaft on account of having reasonable flex will certainly suit club players. The Voltric 7 has been reasonably priced.

It has average to excellent reviews on amazon with the majority of them being good. But, according to Ishan Butt, Voltric 7 is well suited to aggressive, intermediate level badminton players. According to him, the head is just the right amount of heavy to deal good smashes as well as a good defense.

Here’s the summary.

 

  • Best Racket for intermediate players
  • Appropriately priced
  • Great tension in the strings
  • Lacks control and balance

Choosing the Best Badminton Racket

It should be noted here that there is no such thing as the ideal badminton racket. The ideal racket varies from player to player depending upon the player’s position of play and the format of the game (Singles or Doubles).

The position preference and playing style of a player cause variation in the combination of weight, flexibility, control and power of a racket.

Choosing the right Weight:

The weight of a badminton racket is generally characterized into 3-4 categories starting with 2U(90-94g) as the heaviest and 5U(75-79g) as the lightest. 3Us and 2Us are commonly seen in sports stores.

Heavier rackets deliver more power i.e they provide greater momentum to the shuttle. Heavy rackets are great for defensive because they allow you to make backhand shots with greater ease. Thus, heavy rackets are a decent match for players who like to play at the back of the court with a decent room for making strong smashes. However, heavy rackets lack agility as their limited reaction speed becomes obvious in mid-court shots where early clearance is needed.

Lighter rackets have the obvious advantage of ease of handling. They allow you to have diversity in your shots. You can make more powerful smashes with high precision in placement with them as lighter rackets have low reaction times. However, the light rackets struggle at clearing the shuttle as efficiently as the heavy rackets as extra effort has to be put in to make backhand clearances. But, lighter rackets are a good pick for those who wish to play in a double’s formation as they allow great maneuverability which allows a prudent defense. Light rackets would also serve as the best pick for intermediate badminton players looking to climb up the proficiency ladder.

Choosing between Control and Power:

Badmintons can be divided into three types with respect to their balance between power and control.

 

  • Head-Light

Head light rackets are those which are heavier towards the grip of the racket. A racket of this type will allow greater Control. It is deemed efficient for playing shots nearer the net as well as shots which are thrown at the back of the court as head-light rackets provide high swing speeds and require high use of technique by the player. These rackets lack power.

  • Head-Heavy

Head-heavy rackets are heavier towards the head of the racket without considering the weight of the strings or the grip. These rackets provide high power and thus they’re idea for producing lengthy shots. These rackets should be chosen by more experienced players. However, they lack control.

  • Even Balance

Even balance rackets are for those who want to have the best of both worlds. They provide a balance between control and power thus they’re more suited to novice players who have not yet found their place in the court. These rackets provide reasonable control and power and thus allow the player to play at the back as well as the front of the court.

 

Choosing the right amount of Flexibility:

The badminton shaft can either be flexible or stiff. A flexible shaft is a good choice for beginners generally since they offer good defense and allow a variety of strokes with the racket. But, the shots they make might not be as accurate as stiff shafts. However, stiff shafts make excellent placement and they’re ideal for making deadly close-net shots. You can make deceptive shots with stiff shafts as well however, they require very strong swings and the wrists have to bear immense load.

 

Conclusion

Choosing the right racket requires a certain amount of knowledge about the properties which make up a good racket. It is evident from the article, that the best badminton racket would maintain a balance between flexibility, power, control and weight. The grip and the tension in the strings may vary from person to person.

From our round up, the Nanoray Z takes the title of the best badminton racket for 2017. It is light weight which allows control but it also delivers power because of its stiff shaft and Isometric face. Thus, it creates a decent balance between control, power while providing maneuverability by keeping the body light.

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