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November 23, 2014
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JAC
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Hi,

First of all, thank you for all the help you have posted on your site, it is much appreciated and I have learned a lot.

I was wondering if you could help guide me a little, as I am a little lost in the world of badminton (although, a lot less since finding your site!). Actually, it is my son that plays badminton (although his mother and myself used to play years ago). I will try to give you as much info as possible, to see if it is possible for you to guide me.

My son is 12, rather tall for his age, and has been playing badminton seriously for about 5 years now. He takes badminton seriously, and has won various tornaments, and he just won the city championships which classify him for regional championships for the 3rd time, previously finishing 3rd and 4th in the regionals. He is pretty powerful for his age (due to him being bigger than average) and seems to play well from the back of the court. When close to the net, he is fairly quick, but sometimes his size works against him.

He started playing with a Kennex Carbonpro (I cant remember the model) that his mother used to use. When the strings got unusable (it is difficult to get raquets restrung here in Spain) he moved on to playing with my old raquet, a Yonex Carbonex 700. He likes the Yonex, and says that although it took some time to get used to the smalle “sweet spot”, it helps him play better from the back of the court, and with his smash.

I would like to buy him a new raquet from xmas, but I would like it to be a surprise. Also, all purchases have to be online, as there is no availability in sports stores anywhere near here (I would need to drive more than 400km to find one that stocks more than a couple of cheap models, Carolina Marin is famous, but her sport is not!).

I am looking at the Yonex Voltric series, specifically the 60, 70, 80, I Force, Z-Force, and the Z-Force 2. From the research I have done, I beleive all of these are decent raquets, but I am not quite sure which to choose.

Sorry for the reeeeeealy long post, but any help you could give me would be much appreciated!

Thank you.

November 24, 2014
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Are you willing to consider LI-NING N90-III used by Lin Dan the world’s champion. Read the reviews…Awesome racquet !!

Rocking the badminton !

November 24, 2014
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Thank you for your reply smashshuttle1. I have read some reviews on this raquet, unfortunately it does not seem to be easy to purchase here.

The raquets I listed are the ones that are easily available (without importing) after discarding the raquets that I thought to be of “lower” quality.

Basically, only Yonex and Victor are readily available.

Thanks again.

November 24, 2014
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There is very little information on Li-Ning N90-III. I haven’t seen one never mind played with it to review.

I’m not convinced that a 12 year old is going to get the most out of a top of the range Yonex racket. If he’s a very good player then perhaps he would, however if he is relatively new to the game as you suggest then my recommendation would be to look at Voltric 5 or 7. A super stiff head heavy racket would not be my choice and at his age could do more damage than good.

Paul

November 27, 2014
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Thank you Paul for your input.

I looked into the Voltric 5 & 7, but in the end I decided on the Voltric 70, due to finding a lot of love for this raquet on the web, and the price being very similar to the 7.

Based on the specs (and I could be totally wrong as I have never played with the raquet, nor do I know a lot about badminton), it seems to be similar to the Carbonex 7000 he is using (and likes) at the moment.

Do you think that the 70 is a bad choice and would be better for him to continue to use the Carbonex for now (based on physical issues) or should I just let him use the one he prefers?

(Please note that he is approximately 1.70m (5′ 7″) and 65kg, so he is rather large for his age).

Thanks again for your help!

December 3, 2014
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Jac

You have bought the racket now so i would let the player make the decision whether they like it or not. Frankly, they are the only person who can say whether the racket is good for them – nobody else has the right to judge.

Paul

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