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pdhsports Ultimate Top 5 Badminton Rackets's badminton expert Sophie Brealey picks her Ultimate Top 5 Badminton Rackets. Whether you're new to the game or you've been playing for years, we've narrowed down an Ultimate Top 5 of badminton rackets for all players to help make your decision a little bit easier.
Choose with confidence knowing that these rackets are loved by our customers and used by the team at My recommendations explain briefly what makes each racket suitable for different playing styles. 
You can always give us a call or drop us a line on email or via social media if you'd like more advice. At we're all racket sports enthusiasts and players and we love to help everyone find the racket to suit their game.

1. Best-selling: Ashaway Viper XT 1600
The Ashaway Viper XT 1600 has been one of's best-selling rackets for many reasons. It has an even balance and a medium flex which offers a blend of power and control which will suit anyone just getting into badminton or working to improve their technique. It also comes brilliantly pre strung in Ashaway's most popular, top quality string: Ashaway Zymaz 69 Fire. 
Sounds like the racket for you? Buy it now.

2. Best for speed: Karakal BN 60 FF
Karakal's lightest ever badminton racket! At only 60grams this racket packs a punch, no longer do you need a heavy racket to produce power, now you can swing with greater swing speed to generate massive power. The lighter weight means you you can play harder for longer with less fatigue.
Check it out here, now.

3. Best for control: Yonex Nanoflare 800 LT
The Nanoflare is Yonex's head light racket range, designed for the fast players. The newest in the range, the 800 LT, is a lighter weight version of the popular Nanoflare 800, making it a little more manoeuvrable to help you to play a fast game without decreasing your control.  
Buy it now here. 

4. Best for power: Yonex Astrox 100 ZZ>
The new Yonex Astrox 100 ZZ uses the latest solid shaft technology to increase snapback and provide a solid feel. This racket it perfect for the high performance players looking for ultimate power from the back of the court. It is also available in two weights so you can choose between all out power and greater manoeuvrability. The 3U is ideal for anyone who likes to play devastating smashes whereas the 4U will suit all round players who aren't just looking for all out power! With new Solid Shaft technology for extra snapback, this racket is great for advanced players.
Available in 3U (88grams) here and 4U (83grams) here  

5. Best for value: Babolat Powerlite
The Babolat Powerlite racket is perfect for the players looking for a top quality racket without breaking the bank. It has a head light balance and medium flex which make it easy to use to for beginners and players looking to improve their game. A great first racket!
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Sophie's choice: "Out of these 5 rackets I think I would have to choose the Ashaway Viper XT 1600. It's the perfect all-rounder racket for a great price!"

Want a more detailed guide to choosing the perfect badminton racket? Read our buying guide for more tips.  

Not seen what you want in this Ultimate Top 5? View our full range of badminton rackets - you'll be spoilt for choice!

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Note: Sophie is a Yonex sponsored player/coach and currently uses the Astrox 88S. 

5 November 2020

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