yonex bg80 badminton string review

Yonex BG80 Badminton String Review – Power Shots

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’s Special

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.

Badminton String’s Control – Still Decent

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 – Not The Best, But Gets The Job Done

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 Of My Yonex BG80 Badminton String Review

Thank you for reading my Yonex BG80 badminton string review.

Are you a 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!

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Yonex Nanogy 98 Badminton String Review – Wrong Yonex Category?

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.

Summary – Yonex NBG 98 Reviewyonex 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, Really?

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.

At least, that is my opinion in my review of the Yonex Nanogy 98 badminton string. Do you have different thoughts? Comment below.

Control, Where The Nanogy 98’s Strength Really Is

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.

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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, The String’s Secret Ability?

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.”

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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 – A Top Badminton String Overall

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.

Any questions or comments? I would love to hear what you have to say and will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for reading my Yonex Nanogy 98 badminton string review!

How To Choose Badminton Strings and Tension

If you have been reading some of my reviews, you may have noticed that I haven’t given any stringing recommendations to any of them. This is because the string is fully up to what kind of player you are. If you have no idea how to choose any strings, you’re in the right place.

Badminton Strings

For the sake of simplicity in explaining, I will be focusing on Yonex strings in this article. Yonex likes to give ratings for their strings in factors that are Repulsion Power, Durability, Hitting Sound, Shock Absorption, and Control. They also split their strings into different categories being Control, Power, and Durability for easier classifying.

Power

Durability

  • BG65
  • BG65 Titanium
  • NBG95

Control

  • NBG99
  • BG Aerobite

Determining the string will depend on your play style and what you like. A general recommendation is that beginners start out with a more durable string such as the BG65 because weaker strings break when you mishit on the edges more easily. Once you become more advanced you could move on towards control and power strings if you’d like. Also, look at the thickness of the string. It is what determines the durability; thinner strings break more easily and thicker ones are more durable.

Another chart tells you about each string’s feel. This one is hard to describe and it’s much better to just play with the strings.

But basically, it shows you which strings feel hard or soft, have high repulsion power, and/or solid feel. Don’t worry about these factors too much because what’s truly important is the tension. What kind strings you like will come from playing more but I recommend BG65 if you really have no idea.

Tension

The tension is the most important part of choosing your badminton string and stringing it. Here’s a comparison between lower tensions and higher tensions.

Lower Tensions (18-24lbs)

A lower tension means that the strings are looser which results in less control and accuracy but it also creates more repulsion which means a player can generate more power without using much strength. Having looser strings also creates a larger sweet spot so that it makes it easier to hit shuttles. The strings become more durable as well so off-center miss hits at the sides of the racket does not break as easily.

This concludes to beginners should use lower tensions because they are not as accurate in their shots and do not have good enough hitting technique to generate power yet.

Higher Tensions (24-30lbs)

A higher tension basically gives the opposite results of a low tension. The tighter string bed allows for more accuracy in shots, less power, less durability, and smaller sweet spot.

At first glance, it may seem like stringing your racket at a lower tension is the most optimal for all players but as you get more advanced and build good technique, the control and placement of the shuttle becomes the most important part of your game. All the extra power and durability is not needed because you will have good technique which means you’ll hit the sweet spot of the racket almost all the time and won’t need the extra power boost. This is why many professionals string at tensions over 27lbs.

Also, note that the tension of the string will get looser as time goes on and it’s inevitable that you will need to restring your racket. These recommendations are meant to protect your racket from completely breaking, not guaranteeing that you will never have to change your strings but the recommendations definitely prolong the life of the string. It’s why I mentioned you can try them all out especially since stringing costs about $10 to $50 CAD depending where you are and what string.

My Recommendations

On every racket there’s a recommended string tension usually in a range like 17-24lbs, 20-28lbs etc. This is the recommendation to ensure that your racket does not break when stringing. I recommend you generally follow this unless you are sponsored or rich. Stringing at a tension higher than the recommended will void the racket’s warranty so please string at your discretion.

20-28lbs is the recommendation of this racket as seen next to the 3U

Here’s my stringing recommendation:

  • Beginner: 17-20lbs
  • Intermediate: 20lbs-24lbs
  • Advanced: 24lbs-27lbs or whatever the maximum recommended stringing tension is
  • Professional: 27lbs-30lbs+ or whatever is more than the maximum/whatever you like most since you’re a professional so you must have been playing for quite some time

What to Avoid

There are some things I want you to avoid though when choosing a string. The first thing is, don’t go for the string that’s super thin and recommended for the “world’s top players” if you’re a beginner/intermediate. Because when they have the lowest durability of other strings, they really do have bad durability. When I got my Yonex Nanoray Z Speed and Duora Z Strike, I strung them at their respective maximum 3U tensions, 27lbs and 28lbs, and they broke within the first two weeks! This is because of a few off-timed jump smashes in which I hit the edges of the string.

But this isn’t even the worst case scenario. I’ve only had to replace the strings which is quite common for any badminton player that regularly plays. I had a friend whose racket completely snapped in half due to its high tension!

I had a little cocky friend who believed he was super good at badminton (and everything else) and strung his racket at 31lbs. His technique was not the best and he would often whip his racket super hard to generate power. But bad technique prevented him from generating that power he desired. One day he whipped his racket super hard when hitting a shot that his whole frame snapped! Which meant for the rest of the day there was a broken racket ready to impale people with metal fragments at any time. Rackets breaking like that at high tensions can sometimes spell disaster.

Avoiding ego and choosing what you believe is safe and good for you is the most optimal choice. My Yonex Voltric Z Force II strung at 24lbs with NBG99 hasn’t had to be strung in 7 months now! Although it’s probably due for a change soon.

Conclusion

The general gist of this article is choose a string based on play style (if you don’t know, just choose durability) and string the tension lower if you’re a beginner and higher if you’re advanced. Don’t string at extremely high tensions and break the warranty of your racket unless you have been playing for a very long time at a high level and if you’re used to it.

If you have any questions, comments, or your own personal experiences, please leave them down below. As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!