Yonex Armortec 50 Badminton Racquet Review

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Yonex Armortec 50 Badminton Racquet

Yonex Armortec 50 Badminton Racquet

This is my third review of a new Armortec racquet. I must confess at the outset that I’m a big fan of the Armortec range.  There’s a racquet to suit any standard of play here.  As you’ve come to expect from a racquet in the Yonex family, you’re buying quality.

Out of the bag the racquet has a nice balance. It’s not head heavy like the Armortec 30. It’s striking in appearance with purple, yellow, red and silver graphics – Yonex really seem to have escaped their bland past where every racquet was black.

The racquets has been factory strung and is pretty tight. For many players this will mean they don’t need to pay extra for a re-string thank goodness.

Technical specs for weight and grip size are 3U (85-89g) G3 which is the larger of the grip sizes offered in the Yonex range. It’s a nice size but potentially too big for those with smaller hands. That said, it’s easy to adjust the grip to suit and a good retailer should carry a range of grips and be able to re-grip the racquet in minutes.

Although the Armortec  50 is priced towards the budget end of the market, surprisingly it has a stiff shaft which I prefer. This is ideal for the bigger hitters who don’t need a flexible shaft to boost their power shots.

Being so familiar with the Armortec range, it took no time at all to get used to this racquet on court. It’s nice! With the balance slightly weighted in the head, you do feel that there’s some “meat” in the racquet. It’s still quick and the heavier head means you can really feel where the racquet is in relation to the shot, which helps with control.

Drives, clears, smashes were easy with this racquet, it delivers easily. Around the net and in defence you need to work that little bit harder compared with a Nano series racquet which is more head light but there’s the trade off.  It’s still fast, but as I say, you have to work it a little bit more. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because it means you’re playing the shot with more purpose and meaning because you’ve got to do a little bit more to get it in position.

The difference between this and the top of the range Armortec 900 Power is hard to define. The 900 is made from stronger materials which allows for greater stringing tensions. The shafts are also made from different materials but I’m not sure how much difference this makes. I assume the stronger graphite used in the top of the range 900 significantly reduces the chances of breaking when the top players generate so much power.

Under my rating system the racquet scores four stars. It’s a really good all rounder. RRP is £80.00 so shop prices will probably be less than £70.00. It’s really good value. So why the four stars? Compared with the Armortec 600 it’s just not as good. Remember, this is my personal opinion and racquets are personal to you, the player. The racquet delivered in every department, but the 600 or my 900 deliver better and this has to be reflected somewhere.

Bear in mind that these other racquets are significantly more expensive. It’s feasible that you could buy two Armortec 50’s for the price of an Armortec 900 so you’d be getting a great deal. For league play I advise buying two racquets because the last thing you want mid game is to break a string and then play with a different racquet.

Whilst the Armortec 50 is placed in the lower end of the Armortec range, it’s a really good racquet. Sometimes players buy top of the range racquets when they’re not going to get the best out of them. Put this on your list and give it a try if you’re a power player – it just maybe a late runner that will steal your heart.

8 Comments… add one

priyobroto November 30, 2011, 12:02 am

Hi Paul,
I’m looking for a new racquet after playing with my Carbonex 20. I’d like to have a head-heavy stiff/mid racquet (I’ve tried a few). I usually like to play in clears and drops, but I am a good smasher. What I lack in playing are net-control and creating deceiving angles. I have my mind set on either Armortec 50 or Voltric 5/7. Can you please suggest me which one will be better for me? And also, what is the maximum string tension of Armortec 50 (Yonex seems to discontinue this racquet, yet it’s available in stores)?

Paul December 1, 2011, 11:28 am

It’s difficult for me to advise what is the best racquet for you. I receive enquiries like yours every day and say the same thing. Your technique, style, badminton experience, physique, muscular structure and the way you feel a racquet are completely different to everybody else. So, in reality nobody can really advise you -it’ll be a wild guess based on what they perceive you like in a racquet. However there is no substitute for picking the racquet up and hitting a shuttle.

AT50 is due to be withdrawn in 2012 as I understand it. This means you could pick up a bargain. I wouldn’t have said a Cab 20 was head heavy so I’m not sure why you favour these racquets compared to what you’re currently playing with.

Bottom line is all three racquets are very good so you’ll need to choose which you feel is best. Maximum string tension on most yonex racquets is 24lbs.

To your success

Paul

priyobroto December 2, 2011, 6:43 pm

Thanks Paul,
I broke my Carbonex, so I have to buy a new one. I tried both of those racquets, Voltric 7 and Armortec 50, but reasonably speaking, I didn’t notice any difference practically (that might be due to my lack of use of various racquets), except perhaps Voltric 7 has more flex. Both of the racquets are in same price range, so I was wondering which one will be a better racquet due to it’s other features (durability perhaps).

Priyobroto

Paul December 8, 2011, 8:39 pm

Priyobroto

Tough choice here and it’s really not my call. Personally I would use Voltric 7 if it was me. It’s the latest technology, a thoroughly brilliant racquet and great value. But that’s me and you have to decide which you think is right for you.

Paul

bladerofdoom July 6, 2012, 9:57 am

Hi Paul,
I’m looking for a new racket since my old one broke. should i get Armortec 50 or Nanoray 20 i am a more offensive type player. playing more singles than doubles.

Paul July 6, 2012, 10:34 pm

Please read my article on choosing a racquet for a more detailed answer to your question.

Good luck

Paul

anki July 15, 2012, 3:27 pm

can u suggest me a racquet which consists 986 power head ???????

Paul July 15, 2012, 8:51 pm

Anki

I don’t know what a 986 power head is.

Paul