Equipment is constantly evolving, so find a good badminton racket can prove difficult at times. Materials, weight, shapes. All things adapt and rebrand to attempt to provide you the best experience possible. However, this can be off putting to some as a simple name change could result in a different racket entirely! For a quality badminton racket, it should be seen as an investment, you want to extract the best performance possible at an affordable price point. If you’re a beginner, this can be difficult, finding the best possible racket. But I encourage you to try many before buying an expensive badminton racket. The subtle differences and nuances can mean everything to some people!
Today I will be reviewing the Yonex Nanoray 10F Badminton Racket which is from a very reputable badminton racket brand, Yonex! Now you might be pondering, “haven’t you already done a Yonex Nanoray 10 review before?”. The answer is yes, this is a new evolution sprouting the 10F title as shown. This racket is made using the special nanoray technology, utilising an amalgamation of graphite, nanomesh and nanotubes to provide a brutally strong and durable badminton racket. It has a thin head frame with a somewhat isometric shape, this provides really great aerodynamics whilst allowing a large sweet spot for strong smash offence.
As with most Yonex badminton rackets, it weighs in at a feather light 80 grams minimum which is an immaculate weight for this price point. This racket also includes a personal favourite balancing being head light/ handle heavy which personally I find great. It allows for great control via the wrist which excels in defence whilst the head frame technology provides offensive power during play. The whole racket has a total length of 27 inches which can provide a great range for defence.
The flex in this racket is flexible which I think is great with the handle heavy balancing as it allows for very powerful shots with the slight flexion at the frame. This also allows the racket to be more durable as it reduces the probability of fracture in an instance it’s dropped or hits a hard surface (please don’t break it in anger!).
This racket comes pre-strung with what I feel are very high quality strings and with a tension at an average of 20lb for the racket. I am still to feel loss of tension after playing over 5 intense matches so this was a really positive point as many previously tended to lose tension or even break pretty quickly! The grip is a G5 size which is pretty standard but this grip did seem to be poor quality in comparison to other rackets, but this is a common theme for Yonex unfortunately.
During play this racket felt immense with it’s power whilst maintaining it’s quick and aerodynamic movement. The balancing allowed for quick manoeuvres in defensive plays. This grip did feel quite loose in some instances whether that was fatigue or genuinely poor grip but it didn’t hinder my performance. Overall this a great performing badminton racket that I would recommend to beginners or even more intermediate players. You can check the price Here!