badminton brand YONEX

YONEX to set up another production facility in India

Leading badminton brand YONEX has announced that it will set up another production facility in India to boost the production of high-quality graphite racquets in the country, a move that will bring the cost of full-body racquets down considerably.

Ben Yoneyama, chairman of YONEX, announced the move at a YONEX Sunrise press conference in New Delhi. He said, “Thomas Cup champion India. I didn‚Äôt expect it! The level is going up. We are desperate to contribute to the Indian badminton growth. Now we will be making graphite, Japan standard racquets in India.”

 

Pullela Gopichand, a stalwart of Indian badminton, stated, “YONEX Sunrise has made a huge difference to Indian badminton. Their support was instrumental in India winning the first Olympics Medal at 2012. YONEX has been an integral part of India‚Äôs success story in world badminton,‚ÄĚ

Yoneyama further added, “A lot of Indian players are performing really well on the world stage, encouraging more to take up the sport. We want to cater to that audience and provide the highest Japanese quality equipment to further the sport‚Äôs development.” With the new facility, YONEX aims to amplify the production of existing T-joint racquets from 1 million to 2.5-3 million per year.

Leading badminton brand YONEX had set up a world-class production facility in Bengaluru. This marks the brand’s second production facility in India. The second factory is expected to start production by April, within a year of India‚Äôs Thomas Cup triumph.

World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen’s incredible streak ends in final, loses to Kunlavut Vitidsarn

Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn breaks Axelsen’s streak; wins India Open singles title

World Number 1 Viktor Axelsen has suffered an upset. The number one shuttler lost in the finals of the India Open singles against Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. Axelsen lost in 64 minutes to the World Championships silver medalist 20-22, 21-10, 12-21.

The defeat in the finals was Axelsen‘s first ending a streak of 13 wins, dating back to the World Tour Finals. Axelsen won the World Tour Finals last year and began the season with a Super 1000 title in Malaysia earlier in January.

At the India Open singles final, Kunlavut matched every stroke with Axelsen, providing great entertainment to the New Delhi crowd, which was treated to high-quality badminton. From 20-20, the 21-year-old converted his first game point. However, the young shutter was blown away in the second game. Kunlavut also became only the 4th shuttler after HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen and Loh Kean Yew to beat Axelsen in a completed match since the start of the 2022 season.

Earlier in the day, 20-year-old South Korean shuttler An Se Young defeated Akane Yamaguchi 15‚Äď21, 21‚Äď16, 21‚Äď12 in the women’s singles final to add another title to her already envious trophy cabinet.

In the men’s doubles final, 3rd seeds Aaron Cha and Soh Wooh Yik lost to China’s Lian Wei Keng and Wang Chang 21-14, 19-21, 18-21.

Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen storms into the semi finals of India Open

World number one Viktor Axelsen has made it to the last four in the 2023 India Open at New Delhi. The #1 shuttler defeated fellow Danish player Rasmus Gemke who suffered a leg injury during the first game and had to retire.

Axelsen, who will now face Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie, was leading the game 16-8 when Gemke had to retire. Viktor Axelsen has had a tremendous India Open defeating India’s Srikanth Kidambi 21-14 & 21-19 in the Round of 32 game and Y.Q.Shi 21-16, 16-21 & 21-9 in the Round of 16 clash.

Additionally, top seed Akane Yamaguchi beat three-time former world champion Carolina Marin to reach the semi-finals. Yamaguchi, herself a two-time world champion and the current world number one, faces Supanida Katethong of Thailand in the last four.

Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen thrashes Japan’s Kodai Naraoka to clinch the singles title at the Malaysian Open

Danish shuttler Viktor Axelsen successfully defended his singles title at the Malaysian Open 2023 after defeating Japan’s Kodai Naraoka 21-6, 21-15 in two straight games. The world number one needed only 40 minutes to secure the first trophy of the year.

Axelsen started the match with complete aggression, never allowing the opponent to settle. The tactic paid dividends for the Danish badminton player as he won the first game comfortably. Axelsen continued the strategy in the second game too. He kept up the pressure in the second game against a visibly exhausted opponent to clinch the win.

 

After the win, Axelsen was quoted as saying, “I just tried to play consistently at a high pace, and not give him many chances. If he wanted to win, he had to work really hard.” Axelsen appreciated Naraoka for the way he played in the final. He added, “I did feel tired coming into this game, but I still did my best. But he used his height well, and his smashes were too powerful for me.”

Additionally, Akane Yamaguchi defeated An Se-young to win the women’s singles final. Also, the Indonesian duo of Muhammad Rian Ardianto & Fajar Alfian managed to clinch the men’s doubles finals. The charismatic Chinese pair of Jia Yifan & Chen Qingchen won the women’s doubles. Another Chinese pair, Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong, managed to go past Arisa Higashino & Yuta Watanabe to win the mixed doubles finals.

The best Indian Badminton Players to watch out for in the 2023 India Open

The best Indian Badminton Players to watch out for in the 2023 India Open

Badminton. It is one of the most watched sports in India. After Cricket and Football, Badminton manages to get the most viewership. Such is the popularity of the sport that it has a league of its own. Named Pro Badminton League, the Indian badminton league is one of the top badminton leagues in the world. Its playing field features the top Indian and international badminton talent in the world, including Olympic and World Championship Medal Winners.  

Players like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap have become household names today. These badminton players have made the nation proud by representing the nation on the international podium and winning accolades. 

The YONEX Sunrise India Open 2023 will start on 17th January. Many Indian shuttlers will get a chance to showcase their talent. From Lakshya Sen to Krish Desai, many talented badminton players will be on the grandest stage. And the audience will have a keen eye on these shuttlers.

Here’s a closer look at the top 11 Indian Badminton Players to watch out for in the 2023 India Open tournament.

Men’s Singles

Priyanshu Rajawat

Priyanshu Rajawat is an Indian badminton player. He was part of the Indian team that won the 2022 Thomas Cup. The Indian shuttler has the highest World rank of 47. 

Priyanshu Rajawat with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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The teenage sensation has won the 2019 Bahrain International, 2021 Ukraine International, 2021 India International Challenge and 2022 India Chattisgarh International Challenge. Additionally, the shuttler was runner-up in the 2022 Bangladesh International.

Currently, the Indian badminton player has a World Tour rank of 51.

 

Women’s Singles

Aakarshi Kashyap

Aakarshi Kashyap is an Indian badminton player. She was selected to be part of the Indian team at the 2018 Asian Games. She was also a part of the national women’s team that won the gold medal in the 2019 South Asian Games.

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The high-profile shuttler has won 2020 Kenya International, 2022 Maldives International and 2022 Bangladesh International. Ms. Kashyap was on the losing end of the major finals twice. She lost the finals during the 2018 Bulgarian International and 2020 Uganda International. 

Currently, she has a World Rank of 32 in Women’s Singles and a World Tour Rank of 37.

Ashmita Chaliha

Ashmita Chaliha is an Indian badminton player. Born and brought up in Guwahati, she began playing badminton at the age of seven and trained at the Assam Badminton Academy under Indonesian coach Edwin Iriawan and India’s Suranjan Bhobora, she was also coached by Pullela Gopichand for the Asian Games. Chaliha was part of the national junior team that competed at the 2017 World and Asian Junior Championships.

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She was selected to be part of the Indian team for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Chaliha won her first senior international title at the 2018 Dubai International Challenge in the women’s singles event. She was the gold medalist at the 2019 South Asian Games in the women’s singles and team events.

The Indian shuttler won a Gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Games, winning two straight sets; 21‚Äď18 and 25‚Äď23. Ashmita Chaliha also won the 2018 Tata Open India International and 2018 Dubai International. Chaliha lost the 2022 Bangladesh International finals against Aakarshi Kashyap.

Tasnim Mir

Tasnim Mir is a former BWF World Junior Number 1 player. She is the first Indian to grab the World Number 1 ranking in the Under-19 girls singles in the BWF junior rankings. The feat hasn’t been achieved by any other badminton player,  including two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and London bronze winner Saina Nehwal.

Tasnim Mir

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Tasnim has won the 2022 Iran Fajr International and the 2022 India Chattisgarh International Challenge. As a junior, the shuttler has won the 2019 Dubai Junior International, 2020 Nepal Junior International, 2021 Bulgarian Junior International, 2021 Alpes Junior International and 2021 Belgian Junior International.

She has also participated in the doubles category. She has won the 2019 Dubai Junior International with Ayan Rashid. 

Women’s Doubles

Tanisha Crasto/ Ashwini Ponnappa

Tanisha Crasto & Ashwini Ponnappa

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Former World Championship medallist Ashwini Ponnappa has teamed up with Tanisha Crasto. The formidable pairing will definitely be having a great YONEX Sunrise India Open. With Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly cracking the Top 20, Ashwini ‚Äď Tanisha can get into the mix to offer two competitive challenges from the home side.

Tressa Jolly/ Gayatri Gopichand

Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand playing badminton

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Gayatri Gopichand and Tressa Jolly are heavily bet to win big at the YONEX Sunrise India Open tournament. The duo, who are in incredible form, upset the second-seeded Korean pair of Lee Sohee and Shing Seungchan at the 2022 All-England Championships.

Mixed Doubles

Ishaan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto

Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto

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Eighteenth-seed Indians Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto will be in the mix at YONEX Sunrise India Open. The duo, who have already clinched the mixed doubles title at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament, will look to add more to their tally. 

Akshan Shetty/ Simran Singhi

The Indian duo of Akshan Shetty and Simran Singhi are the latest duo in the mixed doubles category. The pair has participated in a total of 4 tournaments and earned 11620 points in total. 

Rohan Kapoor/ Reddy Siki

Rohan Kapoor and Reddy N Siki are ranked 66 in the BWF mixed doubles rankings. The Indian duo has participated in a total of 6 tournaments and earned 15890 points in total. 

So that’s it. These are the top Indian badminton players who are expected to surprise everyone with their performances at the YONEX Sunrise India Open.

Do you think there are any other badminton players who deserve a mention? Comment down your thoughts.

Top 7 badminton players of all time

Top 7 Badminton Players of all time

Badminton is one of the most famous sports in the world. Over the years, so many players have made us fall more in love with this amazing game. Their dedication, motivation, and thirst to win inspire the fans every time we watch them play. There rises a superstar every new decade, but only some are remembered throughout history. Let us have a look at the top 7 badminton players of all time. 

Top 7 badminton players of all time 

Lin Dan 

Lin Dan is undoubtedly, the best player in the history of Badminton. A career of over 2 decades that was filled with domination, the “Super Dan” had no competition in the business. The Chinese shutter won an Olympic Gold medal at the age of 21 years. Do we need to say anything more?

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A two-time Olympic gold medalist, a six-time All-England Champion, and a five-time World Champion, Lin Dan is the ultimate GOAT of the sport. Lin Dan won a total of 662 games in his glorious career which began in 2000. Lin Dan won a total of 66 titles. His aggression was enough to dominate any player on the court, as he was invincible during his prime. He was sharp, he was ruthless, and he was the champion of the champions. 

Lin Dan’s player profile 

  1. Date of Birth: October 14th, 1983 
  2. Handedness: Left 
  3. Years Active: 2000 to 2020 
  4. Career Records: 662 wins, 131 losses 

Lee Chong Wei 

Datuk Lee Chong Wei is the only Malaysian shutter to retain his no.1 spot for more than a year. Lee Chong Wei enjoyed a 199-week streak while being ranked no.1 from August 21st, 2008, to June 12th, 2012. Lee Chong Wei was close to perfect in Badminton Asia Championship in 2006 and 2014.

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He is also a triple Olympic Silver medalist in 2008, 2012, and 2016 Men’s singles events. Lee Chong Wei was handed the tile of ‚ÄúDatuk Wira‚ÄĚ by the Governor of Malacca, Moha Khalil Yaakob.¬†

Lee Chong Wei’s player profile 

  • Date of Birth: October 21st, 1982¬†
  • Years Active: 2000 to 2019¬†
  • Career Records: 713 wins, 135 losses¬†
  • Handedness: Right¬†

Gao Ling 

Gao Ling is touted to be one of this generation’s all-time great YONEX All-England Champions. Gao Ling experienced a decorated career in women’s doubles with a total of four titles to her name, which is the most by any shutter to date.

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Gao Ling is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. The Chinese shutter started playing Badminton at the age of 8 years and never looked back. She has also won a bronze in women’s doubles at the Olympics 

Gao Ling’s player profile 

  1. Date of Birth: March 14th, 1979 
  2. Handedness: Right 
  3. Years Active: 1993 to 2009 
  4. Career Records: 611 wins, 128 losses 

Taufik Hidayat 

The Indonesian badminton player is widely known for holding the record for the fastest smash (305 km/hr) in the history of the sport. Taufik Hidayat achieved this feat at the 2006 World Championship.

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Taufik Hidayat was a fan favourite as he held his heart in his sleeves while being on the court. Hidayat had an unorthodox style of playing the game which he had mastered throughout his career. Watching him was a treat for badminton lovers. Taufik retired in 2014 as one of the greatest of the game. 

Taufik Hidayat’s player profile 

  1. Date of Birth: August 10th, 1981 
  2. Handedness: Right 
  3. Years Active: 1996 to 2014 
  4. Career Records: 413 wins, 138 losses 

Tony Gunawan 

Tony Gunawan is an Olympic Gold medalist and has also won the World Championship with Indonesia. Gunawan later went on to win another World Championship with the United States of America.

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Tony Gunawan is remembered as the Greatest Double Player in the history of badminton. During his glorious career, Gunawan clinched titles like the 2000 Olympic Gold and the 2001 and 2005 IBF World Championships with 3 men’s doubles partners. 

Tony Gunawan’s player profile 

  1. Date of Birth: April 9th, 1975 
  2. Handedness: Right hand 
  3. Years Active: 1992 to 2001 
  4. Career Records: 501 wins, 163 losses 

Rudy Hartono 

Rudy Hartono was one of the biggest badminton players during the 60s and 70s. Rudy Harton won the All-England Championship a total of eight times, out of which he won 7 times at a trot from 1968-1974. He also clinched the World Championship in 1980. Rudy Hartono is known as the guy who revolutionized the sport. The Indonesian surely makes this list of the greatest of all time. 

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Rudy Hartono’s player profile 

  1. Date of Birth: August 18th, 1949 
  2. Handedness: Right 
  3. Years Active: 1965 to 1982 
  4. Career Records: 15 wins, 4 losses 

Liem Swei King 

It is said that it was very difficult to take the eyes of Liem Swei King when he used to grave the court. He believed in his work ethic and played the game with sheer confidence. Liem Swei King was so good at his game that there is a whole movie made about him with the title “King”. The movie takes us through the life of the two-time World Championship winner. Liem Swei King won the World Championship in 1980 and 1983.

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Liem Swei King’s player profile 

  1. Date of Birth: February 28th, 1956 
  2. Years Active: 1974 to 1988 
  3. Career Records: 14 wins, 3 losses 
  4. Handedness: Right 

So, these were the top 7 legends from badminton who have enthralled us all over the years. Do you think we missed out on any shuttler that absolutely deserved a mention in this list?

Best 5 badminton rackets available in the market

The Best Badminton Rackets Available in the Market (as per your gameplay)

Badminton is a game that requires immense skills and power in a player. To nail this sport, ample practice requires lots of focus and regular training. Despite all this, the tools essential to play this game are very different, as the badminton racket comes with different powers and features. If you want to see which badminton racket is best, read further to get a detailed description. 

While buying a badminton racket, we consider a lot of points. From price to stability, a buyer will take into consideration all the points and then make a decision. This is true when it comes to professional players. But what about the newbies? Don’t worry; Team God of Sports is here. Take a look at the tips to keep in mind before buying a badminton racket.

Which points to remember when you are purchasing a badminton racket?

1. Balance Point or overall weight of Racket:

Head Heavy Racket: A head-heavy racket means the weight shift towards the head. Head Heavy rackets will give you more power due to the momentum generated from heavier racket heads.

Head Light Racket: A Head Light balance means the weight shifts less towards the head (towards the grip). A headlight racket will give you more manoeuvrability but less power.

For starters, always go for the Even-Balanced racket rather than the Head-Heavy or Head-Light racket. Once you know your type, you can always replace your racket according to your suitability.

2. Head Shape:

Isometric: An isometric racket gives you a larger sweet spot, hence making it easier for you to hit a shot efficiently.

Oval: An oval-headed racket has a smaller sweet spot, but if the sweet spot hits, it gives you a slightly more concentrated power.

An isometric racket is easier to play with than an oval racket, as it gives you a larger sweet spot. Nowadays, 90% of rackets are made of Isometric shape.

Want to read the other tips you should keep in mind before buying a badminton racket? Read this article.

Which racket is perfect for your game style? 

For beginners 

Senston Professional Woven Badminton racket 

  • Those who have just started playing this game should go for this racket, as it can give you a grand opening.¬†
  • Badminton racket lightweight and affordable is this racket’s advantage. It is advised to beginners not to play with a badminton racket head heavy as they will not be used to the weight, which can affect their hand movements.¬†
  • It is made up of epoxy resin plastic. The resin in this badminton racket gives it stability, and the power is immense during the game.¬†
  • The grip is excellent for beginners as it is non-slip, which helps with comfort as beginners are not used to the grip yet.¬†

For intermediates 

Babolat Satelite Gravity 74 Badminton Racket 

  • This has been discussed above. The Babolat Satelite Gravity 74 Badminton Racket is used for intermediate players in the game. The best feature is that it is lightweight and preferred for defensive play.¬†
  • It gives a nice whip as it is light in weight. Because of this reason, it is advised for beginners not to play with it.¬†
  • The speed and manoeuvrability are immense and come with slim T technology.

For advanced-level players

Yonex Nanoflare 800 Badminton Racket 

YONEX nanoflare 800

  • This racket is to be used for the aggressive game as it is light-headed. This is seen in the hands of professional players. This racket can handle rapid-fire play as it is equipped to do it at an advanced level.¬†
  • The reason for its high performance is due to the single-pass grommet hole which is on the frame. There is a feature of Nanoflare in the razor frame, which helps the racket to reduce air resistance irrespective of any angle.¬†
  • It can perform faster swings. This racket gives high-level accuracy as there is stiffness in the flex of the Yonex Nanoflare 800.¬†

Other Notable Mentions: 

The above were the 5 best rackets according to us. Now, if you want some good suggestions for the rackets with their features, continue reading further. 

For Beginners 

Li-Ning 3D CALIBAR X Boost Badminton Racket

  • This racket is known to have a flexible shaft, and the weight is seen as modern, which gives perfect balance. Li-Ning‚Äôs MPCF Reinforcing Technology bolsters it.
  • The MPCF has numerous layers of carbon fiber combined with the handicraft that helps to strengthen and aids the durability and intensity of this badminton racket.¬†
  • It is designed to have high performance as there is a high-tech geometric design.¬†
  • For beginners, it is the best option as there is high power in this badminton racket. It is made out of wood and has a rubber grip. The head is created from steel.¬†
  • It is lightweight and can be carried easily, which is why it is suitable for beginners. For Intermediates¬†

Adidas Kalk√ľl A3 Legend Ink Strung¬†

  • This racket has a medium flexible handle, and the balance on the head is seen as light.¬†
  • Intermediate players use it for a defensive style of game. There is an excellent balance between power and control while using this racket.¬†
  • The weight of this is 82 grams, and due to the string pattern of compressor 76, there are more strings in a frame. This ensures that the racket has reasonable control.¬†
  • The T-Lok system is combined with the Slim 6.5 shaft, which gives excellent stability to the racket. This will make your every shot more precise than ever.¬†

For Expert Level Players

Adidas Wucht P8 Raw Badminton Racket

  • This racket is known to be the most challenging, extremely powerful, and advanced in its technology compared to the others. Wucht P8 is an optimum option for various players as it is made for advanced professional players who love to play offence in the game.
  • It is suitable for heavy hitters in types of games like singles, doubles, and mixed play.¬†
  • The shaft stiff is known to be highly rigid, and the accessibility in power. The head is heavy but not overpowering, so beginners are not advised to play with it as they cannot handle the weight.¬†
  • The racket is very durable and stable. It has numerous sweet spots in the racket, which is why it is considered the professional’s favourite. If you are searching for an attacking racket, this is your ideal choice.

All-rounders

Yonex Duora Z Strike Badminton Racket

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  • The Yonex Duora Z Strike Badminton Racket is an offensive racket that gives the best power, control, and speed, which provides any player with an upper hand in the tactical sector of this game on the courts. The Yonex Duora Z Strike Badminton Racquet has impressive features as it is beautiful for all-around games.¬†
  • It is made keeping in mind cutting-edge technology as there are two frame shapes that are merged into one, as it has impressive forehands and quick backhands.¬†
  • Players who are fond of speed and power should definitely go for this, as it gives both in the game.¬†
  • With Duora, Grommet design features are made, keeping the various thickness that is observed on both sides of the racket frame.¬†
  • It has an extra thin shaft which is the most delicate and the most robust shaft that is ever produced by this company. Due to this, every shot can be seen to have more intensity and a more decisive shot.¬†

What is the best badminton racket in 2023? 

Victor Jet Speed S 12 F G5 Speed Series Unstrung Badminton Racket 

  • This racket is quite expensive, but every penny is worth the money spent on it. It has been used by numerous famous players like Chae Yoo Jung, Sung Ji Hyun, and Kim Ha Na.
  • It is known to be around the globe as it is used for tournaments by the professionals in this port. The design of the Victor Jet Speed S 12 F G5 Speed Series Unstrung Badminton Racket has a well-balanced feature. It has a handy towel grip for a badminton racket, and its performance is heavyweight in nature.¬†
  • Let’s get into the specifications of this racket to understand it in detail. It is manufactured by the brand Victor. The weight of this racket is 89.9 grams, and the grip size is 121 mm. It is made up of graphite material. The shape is isometric.¬†

Positives 

  1. The quality of this racket is unmatchable by any, and it has an in-built connector.
  2. It is made up of hard-core technology. The high-resilient modulus graphite makes it one of a kind. 
  3. The balance is even for a consistent performance in the game. 

Negatives 

  1. It is costly, and this racket comes unstrung, which implies more money and utilization of time will be required to put it together. 

With so many options to go for, choosing a racket suitable for your game style is essential. Different features are included for beginners, intermediate and advanced rackets, which is why selecting the right one wisely can significantly impact your game. So, the next time you are going to buy badminton equipment, keep in mind these points to get the best result out of the product.

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The Ultimate Guide to different types of shuttlecocks

Badminton is a game that requires some specific skill sets and strategies to take your opponents down. But when you are a layman in the game, you understand that other than these factors, the necessary equipment needs to be purchased to refine the style. 

Why choose the right equipment for badminton? 

Badminton has various badminton types, shuttlecocks, and other equipment. The beauty of it is that these tools are made in different forms and styles. One can choose any badminton and shuttle they like according to their convenience. It is a must to play with the right game gear according to the level that you belong to. If you are a beginner and try your hand at an advanced level shuttle, it can make the game more complicated, and these kits are expensive to use carelessly. 

Three kinds of badminton shuttlecocks are available for players. It is suitable for different kinds and levels of game styles. Let’s see further what the highlights are that these shuttlecocks have and for which level of games they can be used.¬†

Feather shuttlecock: 

  • The feather shuttlecock is used by all the high-level players. You won’t see this shuttlecock in a beginner’s hand as an intermediate and professional player deals with it.¬†
  • The professionals prefer it because it is made out of goose feathers, making the quality much more elite than the others. It is not recommended for newbies because they can be too rough with it as, initially, badminton can be a difficult game to engage in that can break the feathers and damage the shuttlecocks. Experts have an idea of how to engage with the shuttle that can maintain it.¬†
  • The positive is that it can be tackled quite conveniently, unlike the other shuttles. If you are looking for some slice and net spin, then this is the right tool, as it can be accomplished using a feature shuttle.¬†

The disadvantage will be that it is less durable than the nylon one. The feathers tend to break or bend after numerous matches. There are certain ways that this problem can be dealt with if it is stored in a humid environment. When the feather gets brittle, that leads to breakage of the shuttlecock, so keeping it in humid conditions is a way to avoid this situation. 

Here are a few recommended badminton feather shuttlecocks.

Babolat 1 Badminton Feather Shuttlecock Speed 76 

Babolat 1 Badminton Feather Shuttlecock Speed 76 

  • This is the supreme quality shuttle that is available in the market. It is one of the classiest options that are available for players.¬†
  • It is made with Taiwanese goose feathers and a triple-layer cock. You do not have to buy shuttlecocks often as it is quite durable, and this speed is moderate.

Adidas Flieger FS5 badminton shuttlecock 

Adidas Flieger FS5 badminton shuttlecock 

  • If you have reached that level in your game where it is getting better, try this shuttlecock.¬†
  • It can be used for matches as well as practice sessions. This shuttlecock will give you a hands-on experience of what experts deal with in badminton.¬†
  • This is created out of the C goose feathers, and it also has a double-layer cork. These features can give you the experience of increased resistance, and the flight trajectory will improve to a great extent.¬†

YONEX Aeroclub ACB-TR Feather Shuttlecock

YONEX Aeroclub ACB-TR Feather Shuttlecock

  • This shuttle can be used for practice games and tournaments by the players.¬†
  • Yonex feature cock is made with keeping all the precision in mind. It is also suitable for various climatic conditions.¬†
  • Natural duck features are used to make this shuttle, giving this shuttlecock a great flight trajectory.¬†

YONEX Aerosensa 2 AS2 Badminton Shuttlecock

YONEX Aerosensa 2 AS2 Badminton Shuttlecock

  • The material that this shuttlecock is made up of is excellent for smashes and significant height drops. This shuttlecock is supreme in quality as the cork is solid 100%.¬†
  • This shuttle’s recovery time is shorter compared to the other shuttles. It does not get affected by cold or warm temperatures.¬†

Plastic/nylon shuttlecocks: 

  • This is used by beginners in the game as there is no need to worry about the shuttlecock breaking easily. It is inexpensive compared to the other ones available.¬†
  • They are created from a nylon material which can be observed after you touch the shuttlecock.¬†
  • Because of the material, it takes a faster flight but a slower declaration rather than the feather cock. The game, due to this reason, is quite fast as there is not much control over it.¬†
  • The best part is that this shuttlecock can go without tearing up to 100 matches which is a great option for beginners as they can practice with it regularly.¬†

Here are a few recommended badminton nylon shuttlecocks.

FZ Forza NS 10 Badminton Shuttlecock 

FZ Forza NS 10 Badminton Shuttlecock 

  • It is excellent regarding durability, as this shuttlecock will give you an experience of extraordinary playability.¬†
  • The cork is made up of natural material, and the skirt of this shuttle has been updated for the players to get the best experience.¬†

YONEX Mavis 350 nylon shuttlecock 

YONEX Mavis 350 nylon shuttlecock 

  • The best feature of the YONEX Mavis 350 nylon shuttlecock is that they are just 0.005 seconds slower than the feather shuttlecock.¬†
  • It recovers at 0.008 seconds, much faster than the other shuttlecock.¬†
  • It is similar to a feather shuttle, which is why it is excellent for beginners and intermediates in the game.¬†

Cosco AERO 777 Nylon Badminton Shuttle 

Cosco AERO 777 Nylon Badminton Shuttle 

This shuttle is used for club-level matches as it has a durable foam base that keeps the shuttlecock intact. 

YONEX Mavis 2000 Yellow Badminton Shuttlecock 

YONEX Mavis 2000 Yellow Badminton Shuttlecock 

  • If you are a beginner in the field of badminton, then this shuttle should be your first buy, as it is strongly suggested that newcomers should use this.
  • It gives a glimpse of how the feather shuttle will feel. This shuttlecock will aid in making your flight performance much better while considering any other competitors in the market. You will see this shuttle lasting for a longer time.¬†
  • It is a pocket-friendly option and is preferred by most players in the field. You can encounter an excellent flight performance from YONEX Mavis Shuttlecocks.

Hybrid shuttlecock: 

  • As the name suggests, it is the mix between two other types. It is a mixture of plastic and feather shuttlecock.¬†
  • This concept has been introduced recently, which is why it is seen in a small number. It is constructed so that the ends are that of a goose feather, and the frame is made of synthetic material.¬†
  • This goes without saying that hybrid shuttlecocks are more brittle than feather ones.¬†
  • This means that the prices are quite affordable due to reasonable manufacturing costs that give people an opportunity to play with a better quality product but at a lower price.¬†
  • The negatives here can be seen that the flight path and control could be better than the feather ones.¬†

Here are a few recommended hybrid badminton shuttlecocks.

Babolat Hybrid Badminton Shuttlecock 

This shuttle comes with a cork head and top-quality nylon features, making it durable equipment to buy. You can experience the features of durability, stability, and precision that make you improve the game to a greater extent. 

Babolat Hybrid Badminton Shuttlecock 

  • If you check out the online sites, one thing that can be observed is the shuttlecock’s speed. If this confuses you, read further to understand better what these shuttlecocks’ speed means.¬†
  • If the description says that the speed is 78, it indicates that it is the best one to buy. Speed 78 shuttlecock is the most popular one.
  • There are a lot of factors that are involved when one chooses a shuttlecock. Seeing the length of the court and the force plays a significant part, as it can affect gaming.¬†
  • The slow shuttle speed will decelerate faster and won’t reach the standard length when seen with the other shuttles. The exact opposite happens with the fast shuttle because the speed will make it travel much faster when a shot is hit, and the length it will travel will be much further.
  • The speed of these shuttlecocks ranges between the numbers of 75-79. As you can guess, if the number is less, then the shuttlecock is relatively slow, and if it is larger, the speed is faster.¬†
  • In the court, three factors can affect the entire game: temperature, humidity, and altitude. These things cannot be handled as it depends on the locations where the match is being held. Even though there are these speeds that the shuttlecocks are known to possess due to such conditions, they can change accordingly.

Speed of the badminton shuttlecocks 

65- Slow 

This is used at an altitude that is above sea level. The degree it is suitable for is above 30, which is very hot. Professionals rarely use it, and its popularity across the globe is relatively less 

76- Quite slow 

It is used for sea level altitude in matches. This speed of the shuttlecock is used for a degree that ranges between 25 to 30, which is a hot temperature. It is not seen that often in the game, which is why it is a rare occurrence 

77- Average speed 

This, too, is seen at a sea-level altitude. The temperature here is seen as average, which is between 15 to 25 degrees. It is not as rare and is sometimes seen being used in games 

78- Quite fast 

They are used for altitudes that are below sea level. This shuttle is utilized in the cold degree range from 0-15 degrees. It is the most popular one that players from across the globe use 

79 РFast 

The badminton shuttlecock is used in altitudes that go below sea level. It is used in places that have very cold that goes below freezing degree. This shuttle is also rarely used by players 

Purchase your shuttlecock using these guidelines, as it will aid you in getting your game even better. Choosing online sites to get this is the best option to go for as they give a detailed description of the product, which can help you read the things that were written above in the product description of the site for better understanding. Bring your A-game with the right shuttlecock while playing.

Top 5 great badminton players of all time and their rackets

How good is a warrior without his weapon? The warrior might possess every ability to rule the world but he can not do it without his sword. Similarly, every sportsperson requires his/her gears to dominate their opposition. Every top batter personally crafts their bat as per their needs, every footballer wants a personalized stud. It is extremely necessary for athletes to have their sporting gear as required and they only choose the best for them. 

Similarly, badminton players have specific preferences when choosing their racquet. Every badminton has different features like weight, grip size, and head. The top players in the business make sure to play with the racquet which suits their ability the most. Let’s have a look at the top 5 great badminton players in the world and the badminton racquets that they use.¬†

Top 5 great badminton players and their racquets 

1) Kento Momota 

Kento Momota is a Japanese badminton superstar who is currently ranked 10 in the BWF world rankings. Momota is known for his fearsome quick attacking skill on the court. He is also great with his lethal swings, which puts the opposition in a worrying situation. Momota has tasted glory in almost every championship he has featured in like the All-England Badminton Tournaments and World & Asian Championships. Momota was the first Japanese men’s singles player to grab World number 1 in the BWF World ranking in 2018.¬†

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 24: Kento Momota of Japan competes in the Men’s Singles Second Round match against Prannoy H. S. of India on day three of the BWF World Championships at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on August 24, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

Kento Momota uses Yonex Astox 99 Racquet. This racquet is for the shutters who want to dominate the court with dynamic smashes. The racquet helps with getting the accuracy that a player demands in his smashes. 

‚ÄúYonex Astox 99‚ÄĚ Details:¬†

  1. Head: Square/Isometric 
  2. Grip Size: G5 
  3. Weight: 4U (80-84g) / 3U (85-90g) 
  4. Balance: Head Heavy 
  5. Flex: Stiff 
  6. String Tension: 4U (20-28 lbs) / 3U (21-29 lbs) 
  7. String Used: Yonex BG80 Power Badminton String 

2) Srikanth Kidambi 

Srikanth Kidambi, is undoubtedly, one of the greatest Indian badminton players to date. He has proudly represented India globally with back-to-back glories in the Gold Coast. Kidambi won a Gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth games and recently clinched bronze in the 2022 edition. Srikanth was awarded the ‚ÄúParma Shri‚ÄĚ in 2018 and has also won numerous titles in ‚ÄúBWF Badminton Tournaments.‚ÄĚ

India’s Srikanth Kidambi hits a shot to India’s Lakshya Sen Sindhu during the men’s singles semi-final badminton match of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, on December 18, 2021. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Kidambi uses the Li-Ning Turbo Charging 75 racquet which matches perfectly with his game style. Kidambi prefers the attacking style of play and the racquet sits perfectly with it. Kidambi was a loyal user of Yonex until his contract with the company came to an end. 

‚ÄúLi-Ning Turbo Charging 75‚ÄĚ details:¬†

  1. Head: Isometric 
  2. Weight: 85-89g 
  3. Balance: Head Even 
  4. Flex: Medium 
  5. String Tension: 20-30 lbs 
  6. String Used: Li-Ning No.1 String 

3) P.V. Sindhu 

P.V. Sindhu is one of the most renowned badminton players in the world. Sindhu has made history in every tournament she has played in. She has won accolades in the Olympics and in BWF as well. Sindhu won gold at the 2019 World Championships. Sindhu is the only Indian shutter to become the badminton world champion and only the second Indian athlete to win two back-to-back medals at the Olympic Games. She reached the highest ranking of no. 2 in 2017. 

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of Team India plays a shot against Michelle Li (Not pictured) of Team Canada during the Badminton Women’s Singles – Gold Medal Match on day eleven of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at NEC Arena on August 08, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

P.V. Sindhu uses the ‚ÄúN9 Li-Ning Racquet.‚ÄĚ The racquet is mainly designed for attacking and offensive players who desire to dominate their opponents.¬†

‚ÄúN9 Li-Ning‚ÄĚ details:¬†

  1. Head: Isometric 
  2. Weight: 85-89g 
  3. Grip: G2 
  4. Balance: Head Heavy 
  5. Flex: Medium 
  6. String Tension: 24-28 lbs 
  7. String Used: Li-Ning No.1 String 

4) Parupalli Kashyap 

Parupalli Kashyap is a former World No.6 shuttler. Kashyap was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2012 by the Government of India. Parupalli Kashyap was the first Indian male player to reach the quarter-finals of men’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics. He also won Gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the men’s singles competition. Kashyap was named the Icon player for Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in 2013. He is also the husband of the famous Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal.¬†

Photo Credit: Olympics.com

Parupalli Kashyap has grinded his way to the top. Kashyap is known to be a hard worker on the court and his racquet supports him in every situation. Kashyap uses a Yonex Arcsaber 11 Racquet which Is known to be one of the best in the business.

‚ÄúYonex Arcsaber 11‚ÄĚ details:¬†

  1. Head: Square/Isometric 
  2. Weight: 85-89gm 
  3. Flex: Stiff 
  4. Grip Size: G4 
  5. Balance: Head Even 
  6. String Used: Yonex BG-65 

5) Sai Praneeth 

Sai Praneeth is one of the best Indian shutters in the world. Sai Praneeth was the first Indian male badminton player who won a bronze medal in the BWF World Championships in 36 years after Prakash Padukone in 1983. Sai Praneeth achieved the feat in 2019. Sai Praneeth was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2019.

Photo Credit: Flickr

Sai Praneeth is known for his fearless and fast-paced playing style. Praneeth relies a lot on his smashes and has been using the racquet which matches his style of play. Sai Praneeth uses the ‚ÄúYonex Voltric Z-Force II” racquet.¬†

‚ÄúYonex Voltric Z-Force II” details¬†

  1. Head: Square/Isometric 
  2. Weight: 80-84gm 
  3. Flex: Extra Stiff 
  4. Grip Size: G4 
  5. Balance: Head Heavy 
  6. String Used: Yonex BG-65 

So, these were the top 5 badminton players and their preferred racquets. Which one among them is your favourite?

How to take care of your badminton racket?

The racquet is the most important tool for a badminton player. Every player, be it a professional-level athlete or just a beginner, needs to take care of their racquet to maintain their form. It is very difficult to find the perfect badminton as per your strengths and weakness. Adding to that, a good quality badminton racquet does not come for cheap. So taking utmost care of the racquet is very important. 

Changing the strings of the racquet and keeping the badminton clean is one of the few steps to maintain it. However, there are a couple of other things as well which you need to learn in order to keep your badminton in top condition. If you learn these steps it will be easier to keep your racquet ready whenever a vital match is coming up. 

1) Maintain the strings 

Your badminton is only as good as its strings. To make your badminton give you 100% performance on the court, it is very crucial to change its strings at regular intervals. An uneven string tension or a broken string can put your entire effort on the drain. The strings are the first things to be checked in the racquets. You need to remember to constantly restring your badminton at regular intervals to ensure full use of the racquet. The string eventually becomes loose after a while. As advised by the experts, one should restring their racquet after every 2 weeks. However, it also depends upon one’s playing style.¬†

2) Storage of the Racket 

The lifespan of your racquet also depends majorly on how and where you store it. If you store your badminton casually with other equipment in a backpack, then your badminton will not be at your service for a longer period. Do not leave your badminton in humid conditions. Make sure to place your badminton in a cool dry room where it is cushioned properly. Keep your badminton in a bag of its own. Used a thermal-lined bag while travelling. 

3) Replacing the Grommets 

The grommets on a Badminton are the small black blocks of plastic that are placed around the corners of the racquet head. The strings are pierced through the grommets in order to protect the racquet head. The grommets basically act as a cushion between the frame and the string. The grommets should be replaced immediately once broken or it can damage the frame or the strings of the badminton. 

The grommets usually break near the badminton’s head and body. The strings are in danger to come in direct contact with the frame of the racquets if the grommets are broken. You can increase the life of your strings by simply replacing the grommets on time. A stringer will let you know when it is the right time to change the grommets of your racquets.¬†

4) Regular replacement of grip tape

A grip tape is essential to maintain your grip on badminton. After every game, the grip tape becomes weaker due to all the sweat in your hand. You should make sure to replace the grip tape every 1 to 2 months, which also depends on the level of your game. Remember to keep the badminton in a dry place before putting it back in the bag after every session. 

5) Racket Frame 

The frame is the most harmed part of badminton as it is always in danger of getting damaged. The frame can get damaged if the racquet is smashed on the ground while playing a shot or a smash. You might throw your badminton out of frustration which might also lead to damaging the frame. It is very important to fix the frame as soon as it gets damaged or it can cause you the entire badminton racquet. 

6) Cracks on the frame 

The cracks on the frame are one of the main reasons which shorten the durability of the badminton racquets. You should look for a crack where there are paint chips. If the impact of the damage is so powerful enough to create a crack, the paint will surely come off. The cracks on the frame are easy to notice as they occur as a thin black line on the frame. However, once the racquets are cracked it becomes difficult to string them. 

7) Don’t exceed the specified tension 

Keep an eye on the maximum allowed tension of our badminton when stretching the racquet strings. You need to make sure to remove every old string when they are broken and stretch them with new ones. Remember to not fix it by rejoining the cords as it will disrupt the racquet’s balance. Overstretched strings can cause warping, distortion or even result into the damaging the racquet.

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