Last updated on March 2nd, 2020 at 06:35 pm
What are the best badminton racquet brands? Well lets take a look at the brands you may be interested in should you wish to play this fabulous sport.
What are the best badminton racquet brands?
Let’s take a closer look at each of the eleven badminton brands listed above. Some of these you will know and some you might not depending on the part of the world you live in.
One of if not the biggest name in badminton. If you follow the professional side of the sport you can’t have failed to notice the prominence Yonex has within it. Yonex badminton rackets are some of the very best and are used by many of the top players.
Yonex also produce a range of clothing, footwear, bags, shuttlecocks, strings, grips and other accessories. If it’s to do with badminton they make it, including stringing machines.
The Japanese company was founded in 1946 but it was only in 1957 they began to manufacture badminton rackets. Yonex has and still is at the forefront of driving the sport forward with the use of the latest technology and materials.
Yonex are also one of the sport’s biggest sponsors. In fact they sponsor many tournaments. Due to the popularity of the Yonex there are plenty of counterfeit Yonex badminton rackets floating around so buyer beware.
The other big name when it comes to badminton equipment has to be Victor. The Taiwanese company was founded in 1968 and their products are now available in more than 60 countries spanning some five continents.
Victor has really come to the forefront of the sport not only producing excellent equipment, especially on the badminton racquet side but they also sponsor many of the tournaments.
Ashaway is an American company founded all the way back in 1824. They started off manufacturing fishing line. However in 1949 they began making racket strings. Skip forward to 2009 and the company introduced the ZyWeave core technology. This was believed to be the thinnest badminton string ever produced.
Their current racquet ranges include:
- Phantom Helix
- Phantom X Speed II
- Phantom X Fire II
The Phantom Helix which is rated as a medium stiff flex, with a well balanced head. The weight comes in at 85g. Moving on to the Phantom X Speed II sees another 85g racket but this one comes with a much stiffer flex. It’s also favoured by many of the sponsored Ashaway professional players. Lastly is the Phantom X Fire II which is the heaviest at 89g and also has the stiffest frame.
Ashaway’s product line-up typically retails between £130 – £150.
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The Wilson Sporting Goods Company aka Wilson is a manufacturer of various sports equipment including badminton. They are based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. However they have been owned by the Finnish group Amer Sports since 1989.
Their badminton racquet line-up is currently branded as Blaze and includes the following models:
- S 1700
- S 2700
- S 3700
- SX8000 J Spider
- SX8800 J CV
- SX7700 J CV
- SX9000 Spider
There’s a pretty comprehensive line-up with rackets perfect for amateurs and professional badminton players alike. You can expect price to range from around the £50 mark all the way up to £170.
You have probably heard of and are aware of the badminton racquet brands we just covered but let’s take a look at some of the others.
The Chinese brand was founded in 1989 by Li Ning a former Olympic gymnast. It provides various sporting goods including clothing, footwear and of course badminton racquets .
The company has fast become a big name in badminton. Their product range offers something for the more casual player as well as having some of the best professional grade badminton racquets . Their current product line-up includes the following series:
- Super Force
- Turbo Charging
- 3D Calibar
FZ Forza is a Danish company that provide an excellent range of racquets along with nice clothing and footwear range. Their badminton ranges are broken down into an easy to understand set of ranges. These cover the classic range which is aimed squarely at the beginner level. Meanwhile the rest of the range is aimed at the style the player prefers such as power or control.
- Power Trainer
FX Forza also produce shuttlecocks so they really do have all of your badminton needs covered.
This one’s another of the brands that offer plenty of options for the beginner /casual player. They offer badminton sets, shuttlecocks and footwear. The do also offer a professional range of rackets. That means they do a great job in offering something in every price range from £10 – £160.
One of the lesser known brands certainly in Europe would be the Malaysian company Felet. They manufacture everything from rackets, shuttlecocks, clothing, footwear and bags to string machines.
This German/British brand may not be the best known of all the racket makers. It was actually formed from a merger between two companies. Former British badminton player Derek Talbot formed his company following his retirement from the sport. However the company was taken over during the nineties by Schildkröt Sportarticles.
Meanwhile The Torro Company started off life in Hamburg, Germany during the eighties. However by 1992 the Talbot and Torro companies merged becoming the Talbot-Torro brand we see today.
The company have three main product lines;
The Isoforce and Arrowspeed are considered to be the more serious or pro ranges. These typically retail in the region of £30 – £70.
Meanwhile the Sportline range is firmly aimed at the casual player and this is reflected in the price. Prices can range from £8 – £30 with the high price often containing two or four rackets.
Babolat are another of the suppliers that have a pretty complete product line-up. The sell everything you could need such as racquets, shuttlecocks, strings, grips, bags and shoes. As with many sports equipment makers there also produce a full tennis range too.
Once only available in asia Apacs badminton equipment can now be purchased in the United Kingdom and Europe.
They have a full racquet line-up including pricing from under £20 to over £100. Foray and Ziggler are two of their current range. As well as racquets their also sell clothing and footwear along with bags, shuttlecocks and various accessories.
These are the most popular badminton racquet brands. There are of course a few other smaller companies that also make various pieces of badminton equipment.
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