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What string and tension does Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan use? This is a big question on the minds of many badminton players and followers of this game. Before I get into that, let me tell you some basics of how different strings behave.
You might have a very good racket like the Z Force 2, but without a good string its completely useless. Also I will be focusing on Yonex strings here as most of the professional players use them. Li Ning NS strings are also pretty good (Durability is their downside).
Yonex produces 3 types of strings : Soft, Medium and Hard feeling. The difference between them is like night and day. Let me put it this way, hard feeling strings give you more accuracy than soft feeling strings, shots are a lot crispy. So with a hard string, your net shot becomes much more better and accurate. However the disadvantage of a hard string is that its not as durable as the soft one.
With this info, you can now surely tell that most of the top level players use the medium and hard feeling strings. The extremely popular BG 65 is a soft string while BG 80 is a hard string.
YONEX BG 66 Ultimax – Most popular among top players and personal favourite.
Yonex BG 80, Yonex BG 65 Ti. These are the 3 most commonly used strings in top level badminton. BG 65 is also used, but only a few players. The other strings from Yonex like the nanogy or aerosonic are just another marketing strategy as of now.
Here is the complete list of information that we have in our hands
- Lee Chong Wei – Yonex BG 66 Force (Previously BG 66 Ultimax for many years), 30 lbs. Buy with discount here !
- Lin Dan – Yonex BG 80, Mains(Up down) 32 lbs, Cross/sideways 31lbs. Buy it here !
- Viktor Axelsen – Yonex BG AB, 34 lbs (AEROBITE) Buy it here !
- Ratchanok Intanon – Yonex BG 65, 30 lbs
- Hans Kristian Vittinghus – Yonex BG 80, 29 Lbs with 25% pre stretching
- PV Sindhu – Yonex BG 80, 30 lbs
- Chris Adcock – Yonex BG 66 Ultimax, 31 lbs Buy one here !
- Akane Yamaguchi – BG 66 Ultimax, 27lbs
- Praveen Jordan – BG 65 Ti, 31 lbs
- Rajeev Ouseph – BG 65 Ti, 29 lbs
- Saina Nehwal – BG 65
- Tan Boon Heong – BG 65 Ti, 31 lbs
- Greysia Polli – Yonex BG 80, 29 lbs
- Anthony Ginting – Yonex BG 66 Ultimax, 31 lbs
- Kenichi Tago – 34 lbs
- Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen – BG 66 Ultimax