Lin Dan’s Badminton Racket [2019 UPDATED]

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Hey everyone! It’s time for a change-up since the past 20 something posts have all been about my training regime. Today, I’m going to talk about Lin Dan’s badminton racket and what he uses to play with in 2019 all the way down to some of his early career rackets.

Let’s start with what he is using in 2019.

2019 – Present: Yonex Voltric LD Force 2019 Edition

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I’m hesitant to put this racket here because it’s basically the same thing as the Yonex Voltric LD Force that he was using before 2019. It’s basically just another marketing ploy by Yonex to put out something new so that people would buy it.

While I haven’t directly tried out this racket, I assume it would have a very similar feeling to the Yonex Voltric Z Force II and the Yonex Voltric LD Force. I definitely want to get my hands on it so that I can give a full review of the racket.

I did some research though, and the story behind this racket is quite fantastic.

Its red design on the sides actually symbolizes a phoenix rising from the ashes imitating how Lin Dan’s worst year was 2018, and he rose back up to win the 2019 Malaysia Open. Unfortunately, it does seem like Lin Dan cannot maintain his phoenix status after losing in the 2019 World Championships and other tournaments… but it does make for a cool story.

If you would like to play with what Lin Dan is playing:

Check out the Yonex Voltric LD Force 2019 Edition at Amazon.com!

2018: Yonex Voltric LD Force (Black Version)

lin dan 2018 badminton racket

I’m surprised that I couldn’t actually find information on which badminton racket Lin Dan used in 2018. I actually found pictures where I can zoom into the racket, but I have not seen anything like it.

I’m guessing it is a Yonex Voltric Z Force II that has been customed painted and is not on the badminton racket market. I have asked a few people, and I’m waiting on some responses.

If anyone finds out, I will update this section here. For now, let’s move onto the 2016 and 2017 rackets.

Edit: The racket Lin Dan is using is actually the black version of the Yonex Voltric LD Force. For some reason I can’t seem to find vendors selling it in the U.S. or Canada though.

2016 – 17: Yonex Voltric LD Force and Yonex Duora Z Strike

There was a time in 2017 where he switched to the Yonex Duora Z Strike, but the racket did not suit him well as he lost to a 16-year-old player in the Sudirman Cup.

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Lin Dan actually snapped his racket in half after the match out of anger and switched back to the Voltrc LD Force/Voltric Z Force II.

 Click here to read my Yonex Duora Z Strike Review!

OR

 Click here to buy the Yonex Duora Z Strike badminton racket!

In 2016, there has been some controversy as to what racket Lin Dan was actually using. Officials will tell you that Lin Dan was using a Yonex Voltric LD Force as that was the limited edition racket that was put out by Yonex for Lin Dan to use during the Olympics.

But during the first half of 2016, Lin Dan was actually using a limited edition Voltric Z Force II. Zoomed lin dan painted z force 2 comparisonup pictures on Lin Dan’s racket and a side by side comparison with a painted Yonex Voltric Z Force II revealed that Lin Dan may have been using a Voltric Z Force II painted in the 2016 Voltric LD Force style.

Reasoning as to why Lin Dan would do this makes sense as well since the Yonex Voltric Z Force II and Voltric LD Force have slight differences that would impact your game. And thus, it wouldn’t be smart to switch so suddenly to a Voltric LD Force during Olympic season.

 Buy a Yonex Voltric LD Force here!

2014 – 16: Yonex Voltric Z Force II Limited Editions

During the span of 2014 to the first half of 2016 (maybe even the second half like explained above), Lin Dan was using the Yonex Voltric Z Force II in different limited editions.

One of them was yellow with a metallic grey around the sides while the other sported a bright red. I do believe that the red version was more popular than the yellow, but Lin Dan did use both.

yonex lin dan 2016 yellowred limited ld voltric z force 2

 Check out my review of the Yonex Voltric Z Force II!

OR

 Click here to buy the exclusive LD Yonex Voltric Z Force II (yellow) at Amazon.com!

 Click here to buy the exclusive LD Yonex Voltric Z Force II (red) at Amazon.com! 

2010 – 13: Li Ning Woods N-90

From 2010 to 2013, Lin Dan sported the Li Ning Woods N-90, one of the best rackets Li Ning has ever lin dan 2012 racketproduced. It’s a heavy but crazy powerful racket.

Lin Dan used this racket to win a 2012 London Olympic Gold medal against Lee Chong Wei in an intense three games. He was also able to become the 2009, 2011, and 2013 World Champion with it.

Unfortunately, this racket is discontinued and can be relatively challenging to get. You may find it in an auction or on specialized sites.

 Click here to see if the Li Ning Woods N-90 is in stock at Amazon.com!

2004 – 2008: Yonex Armortec 700

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Like the Li Ning Woods N-90, the Yonex Armortec 700 is another classic badminton racket that has been discontinued. This was the racket Lin Dan used to win the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This racket will be even more challenging to get than the Li Ning Woods N-90, but I will put up a link down below if you would like to check if it’s in stock or not.

 Check if the Yonex Armortec 700 is in stock!

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy today’s post. It’s a little bit different than any post I have done before, and I will likely make some more. It’s always quite interesting to do a little bit of research into what the pro players use as equipment.

So if you’re a huge Lin Dan fan, make sure you go check out some of these rackets! Also, make sure to read my Lin Dan player study as well.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to answer them in the comment section down below. As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex Astrox 99 Badminton Racket Review – For The Elite

yonex astrox 99 badminton racket

The Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket. Many have called it the best racket for singles players ever. It is known for its huge power or as Yonex likes to market it, its “relentless attack.” But there are a few drawbacks of this racket that you may or may not know that I found after spending some time with. Let’s get into my review of the Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket.

The Yonex Astrox 99 is a racket that I disliked when I started playing with it but slowly loved it more the more I played with it. Like many rackets, it has its ups and downs. This racket, however, is a racket that I took an extremely long time to review.

There are so many things that make this racket good, but it also takes quite a long time to get used to, at least in my case. First, I’ll summarize some stats and my ratings on this racket, and then I’ll get into each individual aspect I review.

Summaryyonex astrox 99 badminton racket

Power: 9/10

Speed: 8/10

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Average Price: $270 CAD

Recommended For: Advanced Players

Extras: Stiff Shaft, Head Heavy, Graphite/Namd Shaft, Astrox Steep Smash Technology

Where To Buy: Amazon.com

Review Model: 4U G5, Tried with both factory grip, Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip, and Yonex AC102EX Super Grap, Tried both Yonex Aerobite @28lbs and Yonex BG65 @24lbs

Power

This racket generates some of the best power out of all the rackets I have tested… if you have the strength and proper swing technique.

When I first started using the Yonex Astrox 99, it was inconvenient to use. Yonex’s acclaimed steep attack on the Astrox series was working with all my smashes initially hitting the net. Smashes and clears did not have the satisfying power feeling either.

And it kept getting worse as I kept adding more strength into my swings (if you’re an experienced badminton player you’ll know what happens), which ended up in broken strings and sore arms.

Then I restrung my Astrox 99 with a more durable string at a lower tension; the Yonex BG65.

But the same thing was to happen again, and the strings broke within two weeks.

I was not very happy, so I ultimately gave up on the Astrox for a little bit and went back to using the Yonex Duora Z Strike and Voltric Z Force II.

For that “little time” I spent not using the Yonex Astrox 99 I was refining technique and building strength. I was reading other people’s reviews and opinions on the badminton racket, and it all seemed like they have the same response.

“You need to be an advanced player to be able to use the Yonex Astrox 99, and it will take time to get used to.”

So when I came back and restrung my Astrox 99 with my original Aerobite strings at 28 pounds idea, I loosened up and played with as much patience as possible. And it worked! Over time, I finally got used to the racket, and now it is my main racket that I use.

Note: When I tried it with the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip, it had a terrible impact on my ability to play. While it may not affect you or it may even benefit you, I am just noting that the towel grip is not the ultimate reason for more power. I will discuss it more in my review of the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip. I will also discuss my thoughts on the Yonex Aerobite strings in another post as well.

yonex astrox 99 badminton racket

The main reason why the Yonex Astrox 99 takes so much time to get used to and proper technique to use is because of its weight. I’m running the 4U G5 variant which is the lighter one, and yet, it weighs a lot more than a 3U Yonex Duora 10 badminton racket.

See what 4U, 3U, G4, and G5 all mean here.

A few players at a club I played at also tried my Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket and compared it to their Astrox 88D rackets. All the players noticeably saw themselves having trouble playing with the Yonex Astrox 99 and generating power with it.

One player even mentioned that my 4U Astrox 99 felt heavier than his 3U Astrox 88D, which is quite surprising!

But I’m only going to take off 1 point for being challenging to handle initially just because of how strong the racket gets after getting used to it.

Once you get used to the Astrox 99, the power rating becomes a 10/10; higher than the Yonex Duora Z Strike which currently holds the top score for me at 9.5/10.

This racket lives up to its name of relentless attack.

My smashes have been the strongest they have ever been in my life, and it’s super satisfying hearing and feeling the thundering shock every time I hit a jump smash.

Clears are also super easy with this racket as soon as you loosen up and swing correctly.

The Yonex Astrox Steep Smash and Namd technology also play a role as well, and it’s about the only time I’m ever going to say this. When I play with this racket, my smashes are also notably steeper than playing with other rackets, especially when paired the Aerobite strings.

In summary, the Yonex Astrox 99 receives a 9/10 for power because of how strong it is once you get used to it but loses one point due to how difficult it is to manage.

Speed

Speed on this racket is pretty good too. Better than lower end rackets, but it would only be average or a little bit above average for a high-end racket.

The leading quality that makes the Astrox 99 lose points in speed is its weight. As a heavier racket, it is more difficult to swing the racket and switch directions as fast as some lighter rackets can.

The speed isn’t all that bad despite the weight of the racket. It performs more than well enough for singles, and sometimes it can work for doubles too.

Granted I am using the 4U version, which is a bit lighter, but when I play doubles, I use this racket, and it performs reasonably well. However, I do notice that it is a little more clunky than playing with some other rackets like the Duora 10 or Duora Z Strike.

Bringing the racket up is sometimes slow, and I can’t kill the shuttle as fast as I want to around the front. The shuttle often hits the side of the frame when I try to play shots a little outside of my limit.

Defense is also a little slower too, and I noticed more mishits on the side of my racket from not being able to move the racket fast enough.

One of the things that make the Yonex Astrox 99 slower other than its weight is also the size of its head. It’s a little smaller than the Duora 10 but larger than the Duora Z Strike, Voltric Z Force II, and the yonex astrox 99Nanoray Z Speed.

Another factor that makes this racket slower is its head heaviness. Although it isn’t the most head heavy racket I have played with, it still certainly contributes to making the racket a little slow when it comes to drives and quick shots.

Price and Extras

Now for the price. Being one of the newest and most hyped rackets from Yonex, it is quite expensive. At $270 CAD or about $245 USD, its price is definitely something to consider.

If you’re an advanced player with aggressive play, proper technique, and a bit of strength as well, this racket is a fit for you. Once you get used to this racket, it will undoubtedly pay dividends.

If you’re a beginner or intermediate player, however, this racket may be a little too hard to use and expensive for your purposes, and thus, different rackets should be considered.

You can buy a Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket at Amazon.com here!

There are also a few extra specs on the racket that I would like to talk about a little.

One of the important things to consider on the Astrox 99 is its stiff shaft. A stiff shaft is often associated with rackets that are meant for advanced players because of its benefit to control and power with the right technique, but unforgivingness of mishits. The Yonex Astrox 99 racket’s stiff shaft is another reason why this racket is better for advanced players.

The Astrox 99 is also the first racket where Yonex implemented Namd into the entire racket to supposedly generate more power with its unique “rotation” flex. This is a bonus along with the Astrox Steep Smash if you’re into racket technology.

Like mentioned above, the racket I’m reviewing is the 4U, G5 variant but it also comes in a heavier and thicker grip variant, the 3U, G4.

Conclusion

The Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket is definitely one of the best rackets I have ever played with. Its power is unrivaled, and its speed is decent too. However, it takes time, proper technique, and strength to play well with this racket making it a choice that is more suited to advanced players.

You can buy the Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket here at Amazon.com!

That’s it for my review! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below. I would love to hear what you have to say. As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex BG80 Badminton String Review – Power Shots

yonex bg80 badminton string

Ah, the Yonex BG80 badminton string. It’s quite a popular string among the heavy smasher badminton players department. And there is substance behind the reasons why people do choose out this string. It really can produce some serious power, and it does perform reasonably well in other categories. Let me tell you more in this review of the Yonex BG80 badminton string.

Summary

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Power: 8.5/10

Control: 6/10

Durability: 7/10

Recommended For: Players That Like Smashing

Average Price: $12.99 USD

Where To Buy: Amazon.com

Power

The Yonex BG80 is a power string. The power it produces feels fantastic. I have the Yonex BG80 coupled with my Yonex Nanoray Z Speed, the racket that holds the smashing record, and my smashes are crazy powerful.

Sometimes I would even whip my racket as hard as I could, and the shuttle would be almost impossible to block; even when I’m playing with a feather shuttle.

Although Yonex puts the BG80’s repulsion power rating at 8/10, I feel like it deserves a little more. Its power is rivaling the Yonex BG66 Ultimax!

The power of the Yonex BG80 badminton string is quite noticeable. When I play with my Yonex Duora Z Strike that was using the BG85 strings, my smashes were strong, but my brother could still block some of them. With the BG80 and the Yonex Nanoray Z Speed, it was a completely different phenomenon.

My brother could not block a single full power smash; even when it was aimed right at his racket.

We also played a doubles game for fun, and it was the exact same thing. With each smash, our opponents were so devastated that they would not dare lift when I was at the back.

The hard feeling and sound are also excellent with the Yonex BG80. It is a factor that is a little different for everyone, but I feel it really adds to the satisfying feeling of the overhead shots.

The only thing that I would complain about with the Yonex BG80 is that I always need a little bit of extra power. It’s just not as easy to produce power on these strings as some other ones, but it still performs well nevertheless.

Control

The Yonex BG80 badminton strings aren’t as good in control as they are in power. My accuracy and ability to play tight to the net is about as good as the Yonex BG65 strings.

Part of the reason net shots don’t spin as much when I play with the BG80 is that I have a looser tension which I will talk about later, but even at high tensions, its control still isn’t that good.

One thing I notice that I perform severely worse at with the BG80 is my overhead backhand shots. They are much higher above the net and are consistently worse in terms of accuracy than when I play with BG85 or Nanogy 98 strings.

The reason this string isn’t as good in control as the other strings is because of its 0.68 mm stringing. That 0.01-0.03 mm difference in thickness does make quite a difference as this string is on the thicker side.

It’s not the end of the world, though. The strings still perform relatively well in terms of control and the shuttle will still go in the general direction you want the shuttle to go. It just doesn’t feel as clean as other shuttles out there.

Durability

Although the control isn’t necessarily at the top because of the Yonex BG80’s stringing thickness, that extra thickness does make a difference in terms of durability. Plus with its Multifilament and Vectran stringing, the durability does perform quite well.

Although I’ve already had one set of BG80 strings break within threeish weeks, my second one has been performing better. After multiple sessions of heavy smashing, there’s no noticeable difference except for a few small signs of the string breaking on the racket.

Another thing you may notice with these strings is that the tension lowers faster than some other strings. It’s why I cannot give the durability rating of this string above a 7 out of 10. Yonex’s score is actually 6/10 for durability if you wanted to see.

It may not be the best string in terms of durability, but it gets the job done.

Conclusion

Heavy smasher? This string definitely performs exceptionally well. And if you pair it up with the racket that holds the smashing record, the Yonex Nanoray Z Speed, you can get one of the most potent badminton smashing combinations in the world.

Get the Yonex BG80 badminton string at Amazon.com!

Do you have any questions or comments? Leave them in the comment section down below! I would love to hear and respond to whatever you have to say. As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex Nanogy 98 Badminton String Review – Wrong Yonex Category?

yonex nanogy 98 badminton string

The Yonex Nanogy (NBG) 98 badminton string is a pretty popular string. It has various ups and downs, but overall, it is an excellent choice as a badminton string for control players. After playing with the string for some time, I do feel like this string has been branded in the wrong category by Yonex though.

Let’s talk a little more about it in my Yonex Nanogy 98 badminton string review.

Summaryyonex nanogy 98 badminton string

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Power: 7/10

Control: 8.5/10

Durability: 8.5/10

Recommended For: Control Players

Average Price: ~$10-20 USD

Where To Buy: Amazon.com

Power

I can’t say much about the power with the Yonex Nanogy 98 badminton strings. They’re not the best strings for power I’ve used, but they get the job done.

Coupled with my Yonex Duora 10 racket, the repulsion power of this string isn’t as good as Yonex makes it out to be. Sure, my smashes, clears, net kills, and drives still feel okay, but the power just isn’t deserving of the rating of 10, the same as the Yonex BG66 Ultimax, that Yonex gave it.

I would say that the Yonex Nanogy 98 badminton string’s power is about the same as the Yonex BG65 badminton string and thus I give it a rating of 7 out of 10.

Don’t get me wrong, smashes and clears still feel decent with these strings. I just needed to add in a little bit of extra strength in my swings to get the power that I wanted, and it doesn’t have the satisfying sound other strings produce.

I would consider the power on these strings good if Yonex did not put it a part of their Repulsion Power string lineup. It just feels out of place and better as a control string.

Control

Yonex should have branded this string as a control string. My ability to play accurate and clean shots improved when I played with these strings. The extent of how much my accuracy improved was genuinely astounding.

I was switching back and forth with the Yonex BG80 while playing and I found that the Yonex Nanogy 98 had a notable difference than the BG80. Although both are branded as power strings, my smashes were significantly weaker than the BG80, but my accuracy was substantially better.

I also found that I was able to net roll more and play extremely tight net shots and drops that my brother had an adamant time returning. Clears and smashes were also towards the sidelines and in the corners allowing me to put extra pressure on my opponent.

Another shot where my skill increased significantly was my overhead backhand shots. Usually, my backhand shots would often be a little too high above the net. It would be enough for my opponent to net kill and get easy points. But with the Yonex Nanogy 98, I saw that my backhand, while not as powerful, hit shots that were way tighter to the net which my opponent could not net kill.

It really does feel quite good coupling the Yonex Nanogy 98 with the Yonex Duora 10 racket. Everything just feels so smooth and relaxed when I play with this combination. I highly recommend using this string if you’re a control player that plays similarly to Chen Long.

The power is enough, and the control is excellent.

It doesn’t take my top spot for a control string as of May 20, 2019, though. The Yonex BG66 Ultimax still remains as both the best control and power string. But getting the Yonex Nanogy 98 still has advantages.

Durability

What the Yonex Nanogy 98 doesn’t have in the extra power or control sectors, they have in the durability. This Yonex string seems to be quite durable.

This is one of the strings that we put a lot of pressure on, by accident. Let me tell you a story about this string while I was testing it.

The Yonex Duora 10, coupled with the Nanogy 98, is what my brother uses. He doesn’t like this using the Nanogy 98 because of the lack of power, so he wanted to try and break the strings. The catch is, he didn’t want to use scissors just to snip it up.

So then, we played a smashing game. My brother smashed as hard as he could multiple times with the strings. Once he was tired, he took a look at his strings, and saw absolutely no signs of wear at all. I took a look at it and told him, “Let me try, my smashes are stronger.”

With my stronger smashes and being known as someone who breaks strings all the time, I took the racket, jumped up a whipped the shuttle down. Then the shuttle came up, and I whipped it as hard as I could again. Then I did it over and over, again and again, and finally got tired.

I looked at the racket. There was not a single sign of the string breaking and mind you, the Duora 10 was already strung with the Yonex Nanogy 98 for half a year now.

The Yonex Nanogy 98 is 0.66 mm thick and comes with Multifilament as well as Cup-Stack Carbon Nanotube technology in the strings. This makes the string a lot more durable compared to other Yonex strings.

The main reason I didn’t give the Yonex Nanogy 98 a higher rating in the durability section is that other strings could potentially be better performing in this category. The main strings contesting right now are the Yonex BG85 and the Yonex BG65 which both have shown pretty good durability so far.

However, I haven’t had either of those strings break on me yet, and all three don’t look like they’re going to break anytime soon either. But because Yonex and other people rate the Yonex BG65 as the most durable string, I will respect that opinion and lower my score on the Yonex Nanogy 98.

Conclusion

I recommend the Yonex Nanogy 98 string to control players despite being listed as a power string. I feel like the power just isn’t up to par with the other repulsion power strings, yet the control factor is almost rivaling the Yonex BG66 Ultimax which is the best one I’ve played with.

But power certainly isn’t lacking, and durability is one of its strong points too. So now it just comes down to price.

I am happy to tell you that this string ranges in the same price range that other Yonex strings are in which is about $10-20 USD. You can go check it out at Amazon.com!

Any questions or comments? I would love to hear what you have to say and will respond as soon as possible. As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex Aerosensa 40 Feather Badminton Shuttle Review – Ultimate Yonex Shuttles

yonex aerosensa 40 badminton shuttles

The Yonex Aerosensa 40 badminton shuttles are the ultimate Yonex shuttles. Their combination of superior quality with decent pricing makes them one of the best feather shuttles you can get on the market. Learn more in this review.

Summaryyonex aerosensa 40 badminton shuttles

Speed/Feel: 9/10

Durability: 6/10

Price: ~$40 USD

Quantity: 1 Dozen

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Buy the Yonex Aerosensa 40 shuttles here!

Speed/Feel

The speed and feel of the Yonex Aerosensa 40 are top notch. We often use these shuttles in training as well as our provincial tournaments. Some people in our club sometimes don’t even notice the difference between the Yonex Aerosensa 40s and the Aerosensa 50s.

It’s just that good.

After humidifying the shuttles, they perform quite well. They’re not as good as the Aerosensa 50s though in that the Aerosensa 40s often need tipping. I usually have to tip 2 before my games to find the right speed to play with. Or else it might be too fast.

The feel of the Yonex Aerosensa 40s is quite good as well. My clears, drop shots, drives, smashes, and other shots all feel really smooth. Playing with these shuttles also results in more accurate and clean shots. The feathers on the shuttle really help it fly through the air.

Smashes and net kills are also really satisfying with the sound that the shuttle produces. Every time I go for a massive jump smash, there’s an explosion of sound that just tells the world about the power you put into the shot. Even clears might have the same effect as well.

But I feel there’s just something missing. There’s the little bit of premium feel that you get on the Aerosensa 50s that just isn’t there. And thus it receives a rating of 9/10.

Durability

What makes the Yonex Aerosensa 40s the ultimate Yonex shuttles is its durability combined with its speed and feel. I gave this rating a 6 out of 10 compared to a 4 out of 10 that I gave to the Yonex Aerosensa 50s because each shuttle lasted me way longer.

In about the same amount of playing, I broke only 4 shuttles as compared to the 6 on the Yonex Aerosensa 50s. And plus, in the playing session where I was testing the Yonex Aerosensa 40s, my partner and I played a lot more smashes and net kills.

The other thing about the Yonex Aerosensa 40s is that as it breaks down, it still remains relatively fine, and the speed and feel doesn’t change too much. Its durability is definitely one of the best I played with for a feather shuttle.

I actually got lucky in my playing session with a few shuttles that were actually able to last me a whole match! Compared to other feather shuttles I’ve tested, this is a considerable improvement as most other shuttles will die within one game.

It isn’t like the Mavis 350s or anything where one shuttle lasts multiple playing sessions, and thus I can only give the Yonex Aerosensa 40s a rating of 6 out of 10. They’re feather shuttles and fundamentally have durability as its weakness.

Price

Another weakness of feather shuttles is the price. For a dozen (12) Yonex Aerosensa 40s shuttles, it’ll cost you around $40 USD. The cost will vary though. It’s not cheap compared to something like the Yonex Mavis 300s, and they’re by no means the most affordable feather shuttles out there.

But the Yonex Aerosensa 40s’ price combined with the quality of the shuttle and its durability makes it one of the best price to quality ratio products from Yonex that I have tested.

Having quality that almost matches the Yonex Aerosensa 50s but stronger durability and lower price is why the Yonex Aerosensa 40s are the ultimate Yonex feather shuttles.

Conclusion

If you want some of the best feather shuttles you can get on the market, check out the Yonex Aerosensa 40s at Amazon.com!

Are you looking to try something even higher quality although not as worth it to buy, see my review of the Yonex Aerosensa 50s!

Don’t like playing with feather shuttles at all? Don’t worry, I have reviewed a few nylon shuttles which you can check out.

Have you tried the Yonex Aerosensa 40 badminton shuttles? Let me know if you have and what you feel about it in the comment section below. Also, if you have any questions or anything you want to say about the Yonex Aerosensa 40s or anything in general, leave a comment down below!

As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex BG85 Badminton String Review – High Hitting Sound

Yonex BG85 badminton string

It’s time to reveal a little more unknown badminton strings around the world starting the Yonex BG85 badminton strings. Although it is a Yonex string which is commonly known to the first choice of many players, many people have not seen this string before. Is the string worth it? Let’s find out in my Yonex BG85 badminton string review.

SummaryYonex BG85 badminton string

Overall Rating: 8/10

Power: 8/10

Control: 7/10

Durability: 8.5/10

Recommended For: Everyone

Average Price: $14 USD

Where To Buy: Amazon.com

Power

The Yonex BG85 badminton strings are quite good in terms of power. I’ve strung it on my Yonex Duora Z Strike at 24 pounds (check out how you should choose badminton strings and article) and definitely feel really decent power coming out of these strings.

My smashes and clears have all been of pretty good power using the Yonex BG85 badminton strings.

Yonex rates the BG85 strings at a repulsion power of 8, which is among the best for power in their ratings. I definitely do feel like my shots are stronger on these strings compared to the Yonex BG65. The multifilament string material and the 0.67 mm thickness has provided me some good results.

However, the Yonex BG85 badminton strings are not as good in power as something like the BG66 Ultimax or the Aerobite strings. The little bit of extra oomph is missing.

Control

So the Yonex BG85 performs reasonably well in terms of power, but how well does it do in control?

Yonex gives the string a rating of 7 in control, and I did the same. The control on the Yonex BG85 strings also performs decently. When I play net shots and drops, I do perform reasonably consistently.

What I like about this string is its hitting sound. Although it is an opinionated factor, as a string branded as an excellent hitting sound string, the high pitch sound that it makes when the shuttles make contact with the racket is a nice sound knowing that I hit it.

The extra thickness of the string makes it a lot harder to control the shuttle than the Yonex BG66 Ultimax. The shuttle will still go where I want it to go, but it isn’t as tight to the net or line as I want it to be.

But there isn’t much else to talk about this string. Both the power and control are pretty good, but the BG85 just lacks the little bit of extra to make it better.

Durability

But where did all that extra go? Into the durability. You may have noticed that I compared it a lot to the Yonex BG66 Ultimax badminton strings. Yonex actually made it as a variation of the Yonex BG66 (not Ultimax) strings and just added some thickness to it.

This added thickness reduced the power and control of the string, but it improved the durability drastically. So far, it’s been about 6 months, and I haven’t had to restring my Duora Z Strike yet.

I don’t see any strings starting to break in the racket either which is quite a surprise. I haven’t been playing as much, however, so I have yet to test the full extent of the string’s durability. But so far, the extra 0.02 mm of thickness compared to the Yonex BG66 Ultimax and then Vectran material of the badminton string really does make a difference.

This string is also pretty good at retaining tension. Throughout my months of playing with this string, the loss in tension is hardly noticeable except for the initial drop after the first stringing. I found myself still hitting just as powerful and controlled shots throughout my time using this string.

Its durability is really quite excellent and deserving of a high rating of 8.5 out of 10 despite other people putting this string’s weakness as the its durability.

Conclusion

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The Yonex BG85 perform decently in terms of power and control. Neither is, and neither is the best I’ve seen. It does sacrifice that special quality of shot for exceptional durability, making it a great purchase. Usually the price averages between $10-$20 USD around the same as all the other strings.

Any questions or comments? I would love to hear what you have to say about the Yonex BG85 badminton strings or anything else! As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex Aerosensa 50 Badminton Feather Shuttle Review – Top-Notch Quality

yonex aerosensa 50 badminton shuttles

Do you want to know which badminton shuttlecocks most major BWF tournaments use? As you probably may have guessed from the title, all of your favorite professional players are playing each other with the Yonex Aerosensa 50 badminton feather shuttles. And as you read this review, you’ll learn if you should buy the Yonex Aerosensa (AS) 50s badminton shuttles or not.

Let’s get into the review!

Summaryyonex aerosensa 50 badminton shuttles

Speed/Feel: 10/10

Durability: 4/10

Price: ~$45 USD

Quantity: 1 Dozen (12 Shuttles)

Overall Rating: 8/10

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Speed/Feel

Considering that the Yonex Aerosensa 50 badminton shuttles are the most used in competitive play, it’s a no brainer that these badminton shuttles have top-notch speed and feel. In fact, these are the best shuttles I have ever played with.

If the shuttles are humidified correctly and depending on the amount of moisture in your area of playing, these shuttles often need no tipping at all. If you do need to tip the shuttle, you can be rest assured that they won’t remain super fast even after tipping.

If you’re someone that has only played with nylon shuttles, when switching to the Yonex AS 50s or any other feather shuttlecock, you may notice that the speed is a lot slower than the plastic shuttles. The most noticeably slower shots will probably be smashes and drives.

At the beginning of playing with feather shuttles, you’ll also notice that it takes almost double the power to perform a lift that has the same quality as a lift that you play with the nylon shuttles. But fret not, it gets better.

Clears, drop shots, and smashes are the most satisfying shots to play with the Yonex Aerosensa 50s. Believe it or not, it does not take that much power to play any of these shots at a high-quality simply because of how the flight of shuttles plays out. A result of the goose feathers used in creating these shuttles, these fly through the air and dive really well just like a bird; hence the alternate name for shuttles and shuttlecocks, birdies.

I found that my badminton shots were significantly more accurate playing with the Yonex Aerosensa 50s.

The extra sound that you get from playing with these shuttles is also an added bonus. If you manage to hit the shuttle at the sweet spot of the racket with enough power, everyone around is going to hear a thundering shock knowing that you hit the shuttle correctly.

The added weight combined with the sound also allows you to know that you actually hit the shuttle. Having poor touch and feel is something I complained about in my review of the Yonex Mavis 300 nylon shuttles. The Yonex Aerosensa 50 feather shuttles are the complete opposite providing the best speed and feel I have tried on a shuttle.

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I gave the Yonex Aerosensa 50’s speed and feel a rating of 10/10, the max rating any shuttle can have. Something must come down for that quality of playing.

What gets sacrificed is the durability (and price which I will talk about later on).

Just on the day of writing this post, I actually went through six shuttles in a 4-hour playing session. And that’s conserving the shuttles until about 3 feathers break off. Unlike the Yonex Mavis 350s which one shuttle lasted me the whole 4-hour playing session and longer, feather shuttles are prone to break and the Yonex Aerosensa 50s are not feather shuttles that are stronger than the rest.

In professional play, players often go through tubes of shuttles in only two sets. Sometimes, when the rally is extremely intense, the shuttle would break in that rally and would have to be switched out.

Even if the feathers are not breaking off the shuttle, I noticed some severe deterioration issues with these shuttles. Often after three to four rallies or a rally of heavy smashing, I would see that the shuttle is becoming quicker even if the feathers have not fallen off yet.

Speed isn’t the only issue when it comes to weak durability. There’s a reason why professional players will switch the shuttle out as soon as one feather breaks off. It’s because one or more feathers breaking off will mess with the shuttles flight direction changing the top-notch rating of accuracy I gave to a horrible score. The shuttle will often shift to certain sides when the feather breaks off, and it can be a severe nuisance or even game altering factor.

Price

It doesn’t get better with the price. The Yonex Aerosensa 50s are one of the, if not the most, expensive shuttles you can get on the market. At around $45 USD for a dozen shuttles, these shuttles are significantly more costly than other feather and nylon shuttles alike.

You’re going to need some deep pockets if you play badminton all the time and are going to use the Yonex Aerosensa 50s.

But the quality does justify the price. It’s why professionals use it. The shuttle just performs so well that even at the high price range that’s given, people will still buy it.

Conclusion

Want to try out what the professionals use? Buy the Yonex Aerosensa 50s here at Amazon.com.

Make it a special occasion shuttle that you get. The durability along with the price makes it one of the worst economical shuttles you can get, but the quality is just too good not at least to try out.

If you absolutely detest playing with feather shuttles (which some people do), I definitely recommend you go check out my review of the Yonex Mavis 350 nylon shuttles. They may be the best nylon shuttles you can get on the market.

Have anything you want me to review? Leave your suggestions in the comment section down below! As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex BG65 Badminton String Review – The Most Durable String

Yonex BG65 Badminton string

The Yonex BG65 badminton string is the most popular string from Yonex because of its durability. It’s one of the best strings for beginners to advanced players alike. If you’re ever restringing your racket and you don’t know what to string it with, you can’t really go wrong with the Yonex BG65 badminton strings. Let me show you why in this badminton string review.

SummaryYonex BG65 Badminton string

Overall Rating: 8/10

Power: 7/10

Control: 6.5/10

Durability: 9/10

Recommended For: Everyone

Average Price: $10 USD

Where To Buy: Amazon.com

Power

Power is great with these strings. Although Yonex has rated the power of the BG65 at a 6 and equal to all other stats but durability, I feel like the string’s power still rivals the other strings from the Yonex family.

My smash and clears definitely perform well with these strings, and it feels genuinely good.

Although part of the reason the power can still perform well with these strings even when others are saying that this string lacks in power because of its 0.70 mm thickness, is because of the tension you string it at. That’s why you should read my How To Choose Badminton Strings and Tension article before choosing your strings.

Another reason you can still put out power in these strings is because of its durability. Knowing the string’s ability to maintain itself gives a huge confidence boost when using these strings. And thus, you can hit harder with these strings knowing that there’s less of a chance it’ll break.

I will talk more about the durability in the durability section.

However, I cannot give this string maximum points for power. It is certainly lacking compared to strings like the Yonex BG66 Ultimax and Aerobite strings. It still performs above average and well suitable for most players.

Control

Another factor that is extremely important when considering badminton strings is the control it can provide. Yonex, as well as many other reviewers, have put power lower than control on their rating charts but I certainly disagree.

The main problem with these badminton strings would have to be its performance in control.

I found the accuracy of my shots has decreased using these strings as compared to the Yonex BG66 Ultimax strings. My net shots and drop shots have become less tight to the net and shots are not as close to the line as I want them to be.

The string’s control certainly isn’t below average. The hitting feeling and sound are still decent, and my shots still go in the general direction I want them to go anyways.

Again there are also various factors that play into this such as string tension, racket, the court conditions, etc. Test it out for yourself and see how the strings work out and let me know down in the comment section down below. For some players, the control has been a positive with the Yonex BG65 badminton strings, but for me, control has been average.

Durability

Durability is the best trait of the Yonex BG65, and everyone agrees on that. Specifically designed for durability, the Yonex BG65 badminton string combined with its low price makes it one of the best strings for your money.

Its durability has been excellent for me. I personally like to couple this string with a 24 lbs tension for decent power and control with exceptional durability. On most of my rackets, this string has lasted for about a few months now on all my rackets except my Yonex Astrox 99.

It’s definitely an improvement from the Yonex BG66 Ultimax badminton strings which would consistently break every few weeks. This string has been performing well for a few months now still maintaining its tension.

Most of this is due to the string’s extra thickness. Sitting at 0.70 mm, it’s one of the thicker strings out there, and thus, its durability is better.

Like I mentioned in the power section, having this kind of durability brings confidence to yourself when you’re hitting shots. You can test your limits knowing that a small little miss-hit won’t break your racket.

That’s why this string is so popular. The affordability combined with its durability makes it one of the best strings worth for your money. You can test things like how far do you reach to hit the shuttle knowing that if it hits the edge or something, it won’t break as easily compared to other strings.

Conclusion

I hope this post really gives some insight into the Yonex BG65 badminton string. At about $10 USD per string packet, it’s about the same as many other Yonex strings although you can find it cheaper at some locations.

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What do you think of my Yonex BG65 badminton string review? Make sure to leave a comment down below about what you think of the Yonex BG65 badminton strings! As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

 

Alien Pros X-Tac Badminton Overgrip Review

The Alien Pros X-Tac badminton grip is one of the supposedly, higher-end grips from Alien Pros. These grips do perform well, but are they really worth their price? Find out in this review.

As you all may know, Get Good At Badminton is an ambassador of Alien Pros and thus I must make this disclaimer. Although Get Good At Badminton is sponsored by Alien Pros, I will attempt my best at an unbiased and fair judgment of their grips.

Summary

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Thickness/Feeling: 8/10

Sweat Absorption: 8/10

Grip Style: Overgrip

Price: $3.33 USD

Quantity: 1

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Thickness and Feeling

The Alien Pros X-Tac badminton grips feel quite good. They’re noted as the tackiest grip from Alien Pros, and they live up to that name.

They supposedly have highly flexible material meant to produce a balanced feel. Do they accomplish this? They do the job quite nicely.

When I’m playing with the Alien Pros X-Tac grip, my hand does not slip at all, and I feel way more secure. I do feel like there’s something as too tacky though mostly in a way that if a grip is too tacky, it becomes sticky. It has more to do with the sweat absorption which I will talk about in another section.

The Alien Pros X-Tac badminton overgrip is quite thin. It’s about the same thickness, or maybe a little thinner, as the Yonex Mesh Grap. The thickness is suitable for my hand, which are semi-large but it doesn’t push out the amazingness that the X-Dry Plus produced.

An issue that isn’t related too much to thickness and feeling though is its durability. Having only played a little bit with the grip so far, I can see parts of the grips being burnt off especially at the bottom side of the handle. Other than this issue, the Alien Pros X-Tac badminton grip performs reasonably well in terms of thickness and feel.

Sweat Absorption

I talked a little about how a grip can sometimes have this gross feeling of being too sticky. It’s usually a result of the grip’s ability to absorb sweat. The Alien Pros X-Tac overgrip is relatively good at absorbing sweat, but it’s not outstanding or anything.

One of its main problems is its ability to get rid of the sweat. It may keep your hands dry, but it doesn’t entirely move the sweat somewhere else. This can lead to the grip becoming a little moister or sticky.

Overall, it’s still pretty good at absorbing sweat, it’s just not as good as something like the Alien Pros X-Dry Plus.

Price

The Alien Pros X-Tac badminton grips perform quite well. But are they worth the price? That’s the most crucial question.

Unfortunately, I’m going to say no. At $3.33 USD for one grip, it just doesn’t perform as well as I want it to. Compared to something like the Alien Pros X-Dry Plus, it is lacking. After playing with both grips as well as a few others, the Alien Pros X-Dry Plus performs better at a lower price.

The Alien Pros X-Tac overgrip is actually close to the price of towel grips which are generally more expensive than PU grips. Where is all that money going?

Well, it’s going to things like design and the eco-friendliness of the grip. If you haven’t heard of Alien Pros, they are a company specializing in designer grips for things like baseball bats, tennis rackets, and of course, badminton rackets. These designs are always hit or miss meaning that some people may like them, some people may not want them.

There are several to choose from though, and sometimes paying a little extra for those designs may be worth it. Design is always subjective, so I cannot make it an advantage or disadvantage. I’m mostly indifferent to designs anyways.

The eco-friendliness, on the other hand, may actually be a downfall to the grip. Alien Pros claims it has an eco-friendly hydrophylic coating and biodegradable material which I do believe just because that may be the reason for the stickiness and low durability respectively.

Amid all of that, the Alien Pros X-Tac overgrip is still performs exceptionally well, and it’s not outrageously overpriced.

Conclusion

The verdict?

The Alien Pros X-Tac overgrip performs well, but it is overpriced at $3.33 USD for one grip, thus the overall rating sits at 7.5/10. They have minor flaws that sometimes prove to be annoyances like the sticky feeling and some subjective things that vary from person to person such as the thickness and design.

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What do you think? Would you buy the Alien Pros X-Tac badminton overgrip? Tell me in the comment section down below! As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

Yonex AC105EX Mesh Grap Badminton Overgrip Review

One of the first overgrips I used was the Yonex AC105EX Mesh Grap. It performs better than your standard factory grip, but when compared with other badminton grips, it may not be the best choice.

Learn more in my review of the Yonex AC105EX Mesh Grap badminton overgrip!

Summary

Overall Rating: 5/10

Thickness/Feeling: 4/10

Sweat Absorption: 6/10

Grip Style: Overgrip

Approximate Price: $12.00 USD

Quantity: 3 Grips

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Thickness and Feeling

The thickness and feel of the Yonex AC105EX Mesh Grap is definitely average. Like mentioned in the introduction, it does perform better than a standard factory grip but does not perform as well when compared to other grips.

Even though the grips are made out of polyurethane, which is a standard for most grips out there, I don’t feel as much control or power when using these grips. They also have a weird sticky feeling that takes some time getting used to.

The Yonex Mesh Grap is also fairly thin but not the thinnest overgrip in the world. It’s actually as thick as the Yonex Supergraps although they do seem like they’re smaller. It’s actually because the holes implemented throughout the grip and the general cutting off of weight on the Yonex Mesh Grap that makes it seem lighter but really it’s just lighter.

Overall, the Yonex Ac105EX Mesh Grap does perform a little better than factory grips, but it doesn’t perform as well as something like the Alien Pros X-Dry Plus grips. I also found that using the Yonex Mesh grips have cost me a few more callouses on my hand.

Sweat Absorption

Sweat absorption is something that the Yonex Mesh Grap does perform okay. It absorbs sweat fairly well and stops your hand from slipping. But as mentioned in the feeling section, it does have a sticky feeling that may throw you off.

One great thing about the Yonex Mesh Grips is how well it dissipates the moisture and sweat. Personally, I sweat a lot, so I always like to have a grip that still feels tacky after a long match. And this grip does accomplish that as after hours of playing, both my hands and the grip is still relatively dry.

It’s a vast improvement from factory grips that feel very damp after heavy usage. When I was playing with factory grips, people would never want to use my racket after I played for some time just because of how nasty it felt. With these grips, it’s no longer the case.

However, the sweat absorption qualities of the mesh grip still aren’t much to boast about. Different grips can do it just as well or even better which is why this grip’s overall rating for sweat absorption will not be that high.

Price

One of the main reasons I ranked it so low compared to different grips is its price to quality ratio. Sitting at around $12.00 USD for 3 wraps, it’s actually one of the more expensive grips out there, and you’re just not getting the value out of it.

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The price does vary though. Sometimes, the Yonex Mesh Grap actually becomes the cheapest grip you can get from Yonex. Personally, I still feel like you can definitely perform better with other grips.

Conclusion

And when you combine the price, thickness, feeling, and sweat absorption to make one sole judgment, the overall rating of the Yonex AC105EX Mesh Grap comes out to be 5/10 or just average.

There are undoubtedly other grips out there that you could get like the Alien Pros X-Dry Plus overgrip which both costs less and performs to a higher standard. So definitely consider other options before entirely opting in for the Yonex AC105EX Mesh Grap.

Do you have your own experiences or opinions? Any questions? I would love to hear what you have to say down in the comment section below! As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!