Yonex Nanospeed 200 Badminton Racquet
Having recently tested the Nanospeed 100, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Yonex Nanospeed 200 badminton racquet, the next in the range to see what this can deliver.
The Nanospeed 200 also arrived in a three quarter length cover which I prefer. It really helps to have a cover like this to undertake my armchair exercises.
Out of the bag the racquet has striking graphics in a nice purple with black and silver touches. Like the 100, this is a long size so has slightly different dimensions compared to top of the range 9900.
It’s strung really well, tight enough to play straight off without having a re-string – a nice bonus.
Technical specs are the same as 100 – 3U (85-89g) G3 larger grip size. It also has the same flexible shaft.
Colour differences aside, I was really struggling to see what changes had been made to justify this racquet. It’s only when you get one in each hand that you notice the difference – the 200 is slightly head lighter. Thank goodness I found something. Technically, there could be a different mix in the carbon but we’re not to know that are we.
Because of the slightly lighter frame, the racquet does play a little different. It’s certainly faster around the net and in defence and yet still delivers in power areas once you’ve made the adjustment for the longer flexible shaft.
RRP is a mere £40.00 – gees, how do Yonex do it? This calibre racquet for under £40.00! I’ve rated it four stars, like the 100 because it‘s better in every area of play because of the slightly lighter head and yet there’s only a £10.00 difference. Value for money, it’s great.
Racquets are so personal. If you’re a big hitter, you probably won’t give the Yonex Nanospeed 200 racquet a second look. And, it’s got the extra “whip” with the slightly longer shaft so it’s more suited to a player who puts their ego aside and uses the racquet technology to even things out on court and help them with power shots. It’s quicker around the net than 100 so you’re definitely getting a little more and in my opinion, it’s worth the extra £10.00.