Yonex Nanoray Z Speed Badminton Racket Review – Fast and Powerful

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The Yonex Nanoray Z Speed holds the smash record of 491km/h. The lightweight design and theoretical power makes it a very popular racket in my club.

But there’s something about this racket that makes it hard for me to play with. Here’s my Yonex Nanoray Z Speed review.

Summary

Power: 7/10

Speed: 8/10

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Average Price: $230 CAD

Recommended for: Everyone!

Extras: Smash record, Stiff Shaft, Even balance, 3U

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Review Model: 3U G4, Factory grip, Yonex BG66 Ultimax at 28lbs

Power – Theoretical?

Although the Yonex Nanoray Z Speed holds the smashing record of 491km/h, I just can’t seem to bring out that power. Compared to something like the Voltric Z Force II, smashes and clears just don’t feel as satisfying. I personally like heavier rackets with a combination of a very stiff shaft for power.

I have the 2017 3U, G4 edition of the Nanoray Z Speed. This racket’s power may not be the best for me, but it’s still very strong. I love the even balance with the stiff shaft. Stiff shafts always give the racket a solid feel especially when combined with weight for me. But unfortunately, the Nanoray Z Speed does not have this weight so does not feel as good for me.

Speed – Very Fast But Clunky

But what the Nanoray Z Speed does have, is speed. The even balance and weight allows for you to make quick shots with this racket. Drives feel really good and overall I move very fast with this racket. But there’s something wrong for me when I play with this racket.

When I play with this racket, I would often hit the edges. Shots I play are also less accurate, especially net shots. At least for me there’s some clunkiness when I play with this racket. Usually it happens with softer shots so drives, smashes, and clears are still relatively accurate and powerful.

Price and Extras

The average price of the Yonex Nanoray Z Speed in Canada is around $230 CAD unstrung. You can buy it here at Amazon.com. Some specifications of this racket is that it comes in 3U, G4 and 3U, G5. It’s a light, even balance racket with a stiff shaft.

The weight and the stiffness of this racket makes it a pretty good racket for intermediate and advanced players and it is great for all types of games. I see this racket being used in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles pro play all the time. The speed and power of this racket are great! This one is especially good for doubles because of its lightweight and even balance for defending against barrages of smashes but the power is also there for you to turn it around and unleash your own barrage.

For singles play, the speed and power is still great but I just couldn’t replicate the power that’s supposed to be there. Some of our strongest smashers in our club use this racket so the power definitely should be there but unfortunately I just couldn’t get the feel. Let me know if you have a similar or different experience with this racket!

Conclusion

The Yonex Nanoray Z Speed is definitely one of Yonex’s premium rackets. Priced at around $230 CAD, it’s a great racket with a good combination of speed and power. I gave it a 7/10 for power and 8/10 for speed and I recommend this racket for all types of advanced and intermediate players. The stiff shaft and even balance of this racket is great for singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. You can buy it here at Amazon.com.

So this is my review of the Yonex Nanoray Z Speed and as always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave it below. Good luck in your games and have a great day!

 

 

 

 

Yonex Nanoray Z Speed Badminton Racket

7.5

Yonex Nanoray Z Speed Badminton Racket

7.5/10

Pros

  • Fast
  • Powerful
  • Great Option For Everyone

Cons

  • Slightly Clunky

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