Best Badminton Rackets in 2107

Putting your faith into a new piece of equipment can be daunting. Will it be the right one for me? Do I even know that the right racket is for me? It is all well and good looking through the reams and reams of options out there, but you need to know what each of these highly specialised tools can offer, and you need to know if what they are offering is for you.
Putting your faith into a new piece of equipment can be daunting. Will it be the right one for me? Do I even know that the right racket is for me? It is all well and good looking through the reams and reams of options out there, but you need to know what each of these highly specialised tools can offer, and you need to know if what they are offering is for you.

1 – Senson N80
2 – Wilson Recon Carbon 80g
3 – Yonex Arcsaber
4 – Yonex Nanoray 10
5 – Browning Platinum Nano 75

Our selection of the best 2017 badminton rackets available in the UK reviewed!

1- Senson N80

Senson N80
Large and light, the single piece carbon fiber racket that expresses quality at a reasonable price.

A racket with this type of high-quality construction is geared around performance. Everything from the super light 80-gram frame, to the enlarged head and a slim shaft is pieced together to produce a piece of equipment that feels incredibly professional.

The large head naturally comes with an enlarged sweet spot adding distance to your shots, especially when paired with the sturdy, yet light weight. Additionally, the shaft, as well as the frame, has been sliced down to improve its movement through the air.

This fairly whippy, yet rugged racket, offers enough flex for a range of playing ability, but most importantly, its premium build quality is what really sells it.

2 - Wilson Recon Carbon 80g

Wilson Recon Carbon 80g
Quality starter bit of kit that won’t let you down on any fronts. The feel of a premium racket, with a trustworthy name, and a focus on details.

When a company as renowned as Wilson puts the weight of their equipment in the title, you can be assured they are proud of the fact. Through the use of Micro-Carbon technology, the guys at Wilson have managed to create a lightweight and powerful racket for a reasonable price.

Hitting that magic mark of 80g, unstrung, the Recon Carbon won’t exceed more than 90g at its playing weight with the strings on – which is how it arrives.

A pick-up-and-play type of racket, the beginner will enjoy the ease of it while the more experienced player will appreciate the quality of this medium flexible racket.

3 - Yonex Arcsaber

Yonex Arcsaber
Built for precision, the Arcsaber is a fan favourite with its light weight frame, Isometric head and balanced construction.

A superlight racket that hands full control to the player, the Arcsaber comes in at a mere 86g and that is fully strung. With the ability to wield this with ease, the most notable thing is the simplicity in which you will be able to find the shuttlecock.

It is not only the light weight that lets you improve your accuracy, it is the head shape which gives a large sweet spot for the shuttlecock to easily ping off.

Perfectly balanced and well constructed, it is in the higher price bracket, but it is also easy to understand why when this piece of equipment can add so much to your overall game; from power to precision, and everything in between.

4 - Yonex Nanoray 10

Yonex Nanoray 10
Set around a graphite frame, the Nanoray 10 aims to provide the perfect balance between weight, strength and flexibility, hitting it bang in the middle on all three counts.

Like with most Yonex rackets, the isometric head is a game changer as it provides pure accuracy even when the shots are off-centre, giving a much more forgiving hit to any level of athlete.

The graphite frame lends itself to provide a good balance between weight, and strength, as you will not need to worry about it being brittle and breakable. In fact, the Nanoray is highly flexible, and for a racket weighing just over 80g, you can feel assured with power as well as finesse.

The balance is slightly towards the shaft and handle, again, adding the feel of lightness without compromising elsewhere. It adds a lot of manoeuvrability to the head and allows for much tighter control in placing shots.

5 - Browning Platinum Nano 75

Browning Platinum Nano 75
One of the lightest rackets on the market, utilising high-quality products, the Nano 75 lives up to it Platinum status as a real heavy-hitter in the Badminton game.

Sitting between 70-75g unstrung, the feel of the Browning is almost as if it was not there at all. Produced from Nano Carbon, as well as Titanium, it is clear no expense was spared in the construction and the pursuit of quality.

Balanced towards the head slightly, this racket is able to provide ample power while maintaining control in your hand. Added to that is a medium flexibility that does not detract from power like a slightly more bendy racket, nor does it take away from the strength and durability of this one.

It is the kind of kit that an experienced player could really appreciate, but at some time, even a novice to the sport would enjoy the feel it gives in their hands.

Badminton Racket Buying Guide

The badminton racket is built and designed to be an additional appendage, it must feel like it is just an extension of your arm. That is a very good way at also going about buying a new racket, you need to look at what the racket is, and you have to look at what you are, in terms of a badminton player.

The Racket:

At its basic level, the game is about putting the shuttlecock over the net. You can strike it hard, and you can strike it soft, but you want a piece of equipment that can aid you in doing both seamlessly. So, you want both power, and you want control – sometimes one more than the other – therefore you have to look at the construction of a racket to see what it can give you.

The Head:

As this is the striking point, a key part of the game, you want it to give you the biggest advantage possible. Quality strings, at a tension that suits, and in a shape that will aid in what you are looking for all counts when selecting the head. Do you want bigger size for better accuracy? Isometric shape for more of a sweet spot? Elongated head for reach?

The Shaft:

The connection between you and the striking point, the head, is an important thing to get right as this affects the whole feel of the racket. All of the flexibility of your chosen equipment comes down to the shaft. Are you looking for bend and whip for power? Do you want the racket to be firm and precise? Or is a medium flex your go to in terms of overall play?

The Handle:

This is where you join to the racket, and it is usually quite a personal experience, so much so that you can easily change grips and covers to suit. However, make sure the feel is right through the handle. Does it feel comfortable in the hand? Does it feel connected throughout the construction? Is there a feeling of connection from you, through the handle, to the head?

In A Nutshell:

All of these different bits of a racket can influence how it performs, but you have to first understand what you are looking for personally. A bit of introspection is always required when buying a new piece of kit.

Ask yourself a few key questions, such as: what level player are you? (beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced) What is your playing style? (attack, defence, all-round) Do you aim for power or precision? Simply getting to grips with these questions will guide you in picking the right racket.

For instance: Player A is a beginner and a defensive power hitter. Player B is an advanced attacking shot maker.

Player A should aim for a heavier racket to aid with his power hitting and smashing. With some weight behind you, you will find it easier to get speed and power onto the shuttlecock. Player A should also look for a racket that has a balance point that is closer to the head, a higher balance point, as this is will be a handle-heavy racket again designed for power hitting.

For the shaft, Player A can also look for a more flexible one as it is better suited for defending smash shots, as well as making general hitting easier as less power is needed to be generated.

Player B should be looking for a lighter racket. As an advanced player, there is more ability and ease in controlling the racket for more difficult shots, fast attacks, deception, and net kills. All of this will come easier with lighter choices.

A stiff shaft also goes hand in hand with this as it adds a lot of the accuracy of the shot making. Less bending means less inaccuracy when striking the shuttlecock which ends up in perfectly placed shots.

With a stiff shaft, it is also a lot harder to generate power, so sitting back in defence and hoping to power back shots won’t work, it is about control and shot making with a stiff shaft.

 

FAQ

 

Q: How do I know what type of racket I need?

A: Identify the key traits of your style of badminton, it is a sliding scale in many cases. Decide if you are attack or defence, or somewhere in between. Do you like power or control? Are you just starting or an advanced player.
Knowing the answers about yourself will help you choose a racket that can complement, or improve, your traits.

Q: Do I really need to buy a new racket?

A: Of course, if this is your first time buy, then, of course, the answer is yes! However, if you are looking for an upgrade, you need to ask yourself two questions. What do I not like about my current model, and what am I looking for, or looking to improve, with my next one.
If you feel your game is improving for instance, and you need more accuracy, then you know that perhaps your old racket is too flexible, and you are looking for a less bendy design.
Or, are you simply looking for a better version of the current type of racket you already have? While equipment can be similar in approach, not all of them are created equal. Decide if you are happy with the type of racket you have and if it is simply going to be an upgrade.

Q: Will a new racket improve my game?

A: A lot of people will set out for a new racket simply in the hopes of suddenly being a better player. Unfortunately, it is not as clear cut as that, equipment can only aid you slightly, and can only help certain parts of your game. If you are hoping to improve your serve power, then yes, perhaps it is worth buying a new racket that is heavier and has a higher balance point.
However, it is important to remember if you start looking for improvements in one part of your game, you could compromise the other. A firmer racket will make you more accurate, but you could lose a substantial amount of power on your shots.

Q: Is it worth buying a new racket?

A: There needs to be a reason to buy a new racket. If you feel you have reached a plateau in your game, or you feel the type of player you are changing, then new equipment can facilitate the changes. However, it is not worth buying a new one in the hopes that it will change, or improve you.