I have recently returned to playing badminton after a short stint of being abscent.
I would say I am a medium player but lack in strength and mainly play doubles.
As I lacked strength I decided to purchase an N90-III racket as I thought it would assist in my lack of strength, it certainly helped on my strength play and found smashes were 10 times better with the racket but I have now come to realize that I am lacking in speed with this racket as its quite heavy headed.
So my question is what would a better racket be to keep my strength at least partially ther but improve my speed? It seems a more head light racket is in order but when searching on badminton direct it does not seem to cater for this or indeed suggest rackets that I am familiar with.
I would suggest an even balanced racket as it will still give good power, but will still be quick and easy to handle. I don't have great knowledge on li ning or victor rackets, however for Yonex I would recommend an arcsaber 11.
Alternatively, you could try direct badminton's racket selector :
Wouldnt depend on the selector too much... just a marketing gimmick if u ask me.
If u r in UK looking for Victor rackets, u could try contacting Paul Stewart or Benwiluk (under same name here in BC). If arrangements could b made, u might even get a chance to demo most of the currently available rackets... what fun!!
Now that would be great. Who is Paul? This is my biggest bug bear to be able to try a racket out first. The mistake I have clearly made with the Ni Ling racket. Not sure its suitable for my purpose and was quite expensive.
If you like the N90 III but want a little bit more maneuverability, give the N80 a try.
Li-Ning N80 is less head-heavy but still packs a lot of punch.
The N90 III was my all time favorite racket, but after I tried the N80 I was impressed - it's my go-to racket since a while now.
I bought a 3U Li-Ning Ultra Carbon 9000. It's slightly H/H with a BP of 307 strung and gripped. Should be fast enough for what you're looking for but still have enough weight in the head for power. They are on badminton direct website too!