A badminton racket is a very important and personal equipment of a badminton player. The best badminton racket is one the which suits you best, but also gives you the required performance.
In this article we will be considering only the best high end costly rackets which the top professional players are using. Most of the rackets featured here costs around 200-250$. Based on your playing style, defensive or aggressive, you may like a racket better than the other in this list.
Here is the list of Top Ten Best Badminton Rackets of 2016 -17 :
10. Yonex Voltric 80 E-Tune
This is one of the newer innovations from the giant Japanese Badminton Company Yonex. This racket features detachable grommets. So they can be removed or kept so as to make your racket more head heavy or head light to suit your playing style. However on an overall view, the racket does seem a little bit bulky and slow when you hold it in your hand. World Champion Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) uses the sibling of this racket – the Voltric 70 e-tune. To have a better idea of how the racket works, you can check out this video.
Suitable For : Both offensive and defensive players
Used by : Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark), Praveen Jordan (INA)
9. Li Ning N7ii
This is one of the latest rackets introduced by Li Ning. Li Ning rackets are better than Yonex in durability. So if you are a doubles player and clash your racket with your partner often, you might consider buying a Li Ning. N7ii is a very good looking racket, and quite versatile too. Its extremely good for a doubles player at the net. However it also packs a good punch when you are hitting smashes from the back.
Suitable For : Front Doubles Player (Net Player)
Used by : Zhang Nan, China
8. Yonex Voltric LD Force ( Lin Dan)
5 times World Champion, 2 Times Olympic Gold Medalist Lin Dan used this racket in the RIO 2016 Olympics. Therefore, if you are a Lin Dan fan, you should go ahead and buy this racket. The racket has a longer and thinner shaft than the Arcsaber and Duora Series of Yonex.
Suitable For : All round singles play
Used by : Lin Dan, China
7. Li Ning N9ii
The king of badminton smashes, Fu Haifeng uses this racket. If you are addicted with hitting heavy smashes, buy this racket.
Suitable For : Offensive/Attacking play
Used by : Fu Haifeng, China
6. Arcsaber 11
This racket remains a favourite among both singles and doubles players, both male and female. Much similar to the Arcsaber 10, which was used by Taufik Hidayat, you cannot go wrong with anything using this racket.
Suitable For : Everyone !!
Used by : Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Marc Zweibler (Germany), Kashyap Parupalli (India)
5. Victor Jetspeed S10
The thing about this racket is – the most exciting doubles players of 2016 are using it. Buy this racket. Thereafter you will surely watch the players who are using it. And if you watch them, you will become a lot more creative with your doubles play.
Suitable For : All round doubles play
Used by : Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong (MAS), Kevin Sanjaya S (INA), Chan Peng Soon (MAS), Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand)
4. Yonex Nanoray Z – Speed
Tan Boon Heong hit World Record Smash of speed 493 kmph using this racket. This racket also has an extremely long shaft and unique horizontal grommets. This racket has been popular for so many years that Yonex relaunched it with a different colour. So it is now available in two beautiful colours – Neon Green & Neon Orange. However this racket might be difficult to use for defensive players as the frame of the racket is smaller.
Suitable For : Everyone
Used by : Tan Boon Heong & Koo Kien Keat (MAS), Carolina Marin (Spain), Kenichi Tago (Japan), Kirsty Gilmour (Scotland)
3. Voltric Z Force 2
Lee Chong Wei describes this racket as “Fast and Powerful racket”. This is the stiffest (least flexible) racket available in the market. You need a lot of time to get used to this racket. But once you get used to this racket, raw power and feel is what you are going to get. This racket features the thinnest shaft in Yonex history. But I am quite sure that now it has the same thickness as the shaft of the Yonex LD Force. Numerous players are using this and that speaks enough of how good this racket really is.
This is the only Yonex racket which is available in 5 colours : Black, LCW Pink, LD Ex White, LD Ex Yellow, LD Ex Yellow !!!!!
Suitable For : Highly Skilled Players
Used by : Lee Chong Wei (MAS), Kento Momota (Japan), Lin Dan (China), Srikanth Kidambi (India), Takuma Ueda (Japan), PV Sindhu (India), Chris Adcock (UK), Ihsan Maulana Mustofa (INA), Chong Wei Feng (MAS)
2. Victor Bravesword 12
This racket may be called the perfect doubles racket. And this is why Lee Yong Dae used it for so many years. Smashing, defending or driving – all made simple with this racket. Its not the best looking racket, but one of the best performing.
Suitable For : All Round Doubles play
Used by : Lee Yong Dae, Yoo Yeon Seong, Ko Sung Hyun (Korea)
1. Yonex Duora 10
Technology – superior, shape – superior, colour -superior. This racket is the latest innovation from Yonex and this racket has become popular very quickly. Unlike other rackets, this racket has a backhand side and a forehand side with different shapes. To see more details of the racket, you may see this video.
Those of you who have been previously using a head heavy racket before might find this racket less powerful at first. But once you get used to it, it simply performs so well. Unlike the z force 2 which suffers hugely in defence. It is also easier to use.
It is available in two beautiful colours.
Suitable For : Everyone
Used by : Lee Chong Wei (MAS), Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei), Vladimir Ivanov (RUS), Kamilla Rhytter Juhl (Denmark), Kim Astrup (DEN), Anders Rasmussen (DEN), Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong)
Popular Rackets which didn’t make our list
Nanoray 900, Li ning Woods N90 and N70, Victor Hypernano, Li Ning Flame N55