Yonex Arcsaber 5 Badminton Racquet Review

Arcsaber 5

The Yonex Arcsaber 5 badminton racquet is one of three new releases by Yonex in Arcsaber range.

It’s a good looking racquet with graphics in purple, black and silver. Like Arcsaber 7, this racquet has a medium flex shaft and is a 3U (weight 85.89g) and a G3 grip (larger of grip sizes on offer). That’s where the similarities end.

There’s a question mark hanging over this racquet in terms of where it really fits, as the Arcsaber series tends to be liked and used by the better players along with high-end Armortec and Nanospeed series racquets.

The Arcsaber 7 has been a very good racquet for Yonex, although for some, they loved the flex in the shaft to give a touch more power, but felt the head was on the light side. For those critics, the Arcsaber 5 should be the perfect answer.

In the Arcsaber 5, Yonex have combined a medium flex shaft with a bit more weight in the head. This way, you get the best of both worlds in terms of smashing power, if you need the racquet to do that bit extra for you. You can certainly feel the extra weight in the head when you move the racquet although it’s not so much that you’d expect your arm to drop off with continuous use.

As usual, I used this racquet straight out of the bag, without re-stringing to suit my particular tastes.


Overhead clears are easy and you can certainly feel the additional weight in the head. It’s a more solid feel and provides confidence that there’s some beef in this racquet. There’s slight drag on the frame but nothing concerning, so don’t expect this racquet to move as fast through the air.

The extra weight kept everything together for me in a controlled way. Drops, slices, smashes were very contained. The extra weight in the head is really noticeable when smashing, and this combined with the flexible shaft provides more power for me than Arcsaber 7.


Defensively, racquets with more weight in the head are slower to move. I have fairly fast hands so this wasn’t a huge problem for me and again, this is where the heavier head scores as there’s a bit more oomph in the drive return. Also, you can feel the racquet move where you want it to go. Whilst it’s a little slower to move, it’s very controlled and I can see this being very useful for a player learning how to defend because they are more aware of the direction the racquet is moving.

For some, the heavier head will be a turn off and considered too slow defensively. If you are a very defensive player and you like to counter hit rather than play an aggressive game, then I’d be surprised if you selected Arcsaber 5 as your racquet of choice.

Net Skills

Again, you can feel the direction of the head and this can be good for developing skills around the net. It’s a really solid feel. This is an area where you need extreme control and this racquet can deliver here, albeit slightly slower than other racquets. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it means that you’re less likely to snatch at the shuttle.

Returning smashes from the net area should be a joy as the superior solid feel will help provide control and direction to the shot.


RRP on this racquet is £140 which is expensive. I’d expect the major online retailers will be discounting this racquet and expect to pay £20+ less. If I had to describe Arcsaber 5 I’d say it’s a beefed up Arcsaber 7, designed for a power player rather than defensive style. It’s a solid hitter, a powerful racquet.

Whilst I liked this racquet a lot and I can see where it fits in the Yonex range, this is not a good all-rounder racquet. It provides plenty of power and control and will be an ideal racquet for a player who needs help to generate power or someone looking to get even more power from a racquet.

Because this racquet is “designed” for a particular style of play, it’s almost a one trick pony. But it does what it’s designed for extremely well. In view of this, and the current price tag, I rate this a 3 star racquet in my scoring system. For the right type of player, I’m sure they would rate Arcsaber 5 a lot higher.


  1. Chewie January 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Paull,

    Thanks for your advice. I think I will go for the Arcsaber 5 rather than a different one with different qualities. I am happy with mine and favour the backup option.



  2. Chewie January 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for your excellent reviews. I purchased an Arcsber 5 in Oct 2010 after reading your review and also finding it for a good price (£80). I have been very happy with it indeed. I am looking for a 2nd racquet and but wondered what you would recommend? Should I go for something different or go for another Arcsaber 5? I have found it for around £70 online, which is an amazing price. I guess this is down to it being discontinued in favour of the DX models. What do you think?

    Thanks, Chewie

    • Paul January 23, 2011 at 9:43 am


      This is a tough choice. I prefer to have two racquets exactly the same. This way if you break a string in a game you can easily continue with your second racquet rather than have to make adjustments. I know a lot of players that have different racquets for different events. To me if a racquet feels that good then stick with it.

      At the end of the day, it’s your choice but £70 is a great price for a good racquet.

      Let me know what you choose.


  3. sam January 3, 2011 at 12:53 am


    Do you no which grip comes on the arcsaber 5 and wether it can be bought seperately

    Thanks Sam

    • Paul January 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Hi Sam

      The grip on Arcsaber is a black leather-type grip. Yes, you can buy them but not from UK. Email me if you want one and I’ll track down a supplier for you.


  4. Roma November 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    ArcSbr 008 is stiff racket, but if it felt flexible it may cause by the string. But i think if you used Arcsbr 10 or Arcsabr 8DX you will feel more comfortable

  5. Roma November 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I have Arcsaber 5 & 7, i think it is the best racket i ever used. I prefer Arcsaber 5 than 7 because it help me to smash better. I used to have Nano 5000, Ti 5, Ti Muscle power 88 but Arcsaber 5 is the best

    • Paul November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm


      If you don’t know by now, Yonex are remving Arcsaber 5 from their range in favour of the new Arcsaber 5DX. This racquet will be available in two colour-ways. The DX version is also able to take higher stringing tensions.


  6. Lamia-farjana August 9, 2010 at 10:55 am

    u said arcsaber 008 is stiff,bt it feels bit flexi to me…can u tell why?

    • Paul November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm


      According to Yonex, the racquet is stiff. If you are comparing to an Arcsaber 8DX it may feel more flexible as 8DX is extra stiff.


  7. Lamia-farjana August 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Paul,one thing popped in my mind. No one ever told how much mid flex shaft bend..i saw flexible,bt not medium flex. Can u tell me how much inch/cm does the shaft bend? I need to know it
    i’l wait 🙂

    • Paul November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm


      Sorry, I don’t know the answer to your question. I have never come across a particular measurement to judge the stiffness of a racquet.


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