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
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:
2018: Yonex Voltric LD Force (Black Version)
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.
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.
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 up 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.
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.
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 produced. 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.
2004 – 2008: Yonex Armortec 700
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.
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!