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12-30-2012, 11:46 AM #1
What do the 2 letter country code on yonex rackets mean? (JP/SP/TW)
I know what the codes stand for - Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. However...
When I look on http://e78.com.hk/YYa.htm (Click on the badminton icon) they sell different rackets, each racket is available in different codes.
For example, the JP Voltric 80 on e78 store costs $2100 whereas the Taiwan coded version cost $1290 which is almost half the price.
What does the 2 letter country code mean? Why do the JP coded rackets generally cost so much more compared to SP and TW coded rackets?
Most importantly, does the code affect the gameplay and quality of the racket?
12-30-2012, 12:46 PM #2
There's lots of info on this subject already on BC. Just type in country coding into the advanced search. There is no clear definitive answer though. I have used UK, BX, TWA coded rackets and they all seem good to me. There is a popular idea that JP means better quality but this hasn't been confirmed by the manufacturers. Collectors seem to prefer JP as well. Maybe you can investigate and send a letter to Yonex to find out?
12-30-2012, 02:31 PM #3
i live in the US so the only rackets i have access to is US coded. however, when i compare the rackets available online for order, it seemed that JP coded rackets have the smaller grip (G5) available. that's the only thing i see that's different between US and JP coded rackets online without inspecting them hands on.
12-30-2012, 03:15 PM #4
Last edited by demolidor; 12-30-2012 at 03:19 PM.
12-30-2012, 04:29 PM #5
12-30-2012, 04:34 PM #6
In principal yes but import rules varying from country to country might make it illegal to forbid parallel import of other codes. Probably the case in Hong Kong ... I remember at some point even GR code was for sale there .
12-30-2012, 06:32 PM #7
We have had this same topic answered in another thread created by the OP. I am not sure why the same question again in another thread.
I'd just repeat be wary about fake racquets about buying off amazon/eBay especially if from China.
12-30-2012, 07:50 PM #8
All genuine Yonex racquets have 2 sets of laser-etched serial numbers: one on the shaft, the other on the cone.
The shaft has 7 digits.
This number is supposed to be unique for each racquet.
The cone code consists of 6 numerals + 2 alphabets
The first 5 numerals indicate the date of manufacture of the racquet. In the above example, the racquet was manufactured on April 10, 2003. Like many others, I don't know what the last digit signifies. Perhaps a batch number?
The 2 alphabets provide the Distribution Code. The Distribution Code is an abbreviation for the country (or the market) the racquet is officially designated for.
Here are the Distribution Codes:
CN/CP: Chinese National Team
HK: Hong Kong
IP: International Player (allegedly)
NZ: New Zealand
SP: South Pacific (other SEA countries?)
UK: United Kingdom
As you might expect, there is no clear indication from Yonex that any differences exist in quality between the same brand of racquet, but with different country codes. However, many advanced and competitive players have insisted that they have experienced a distinct difference between say, the heaviness or stiffness or playability or even the finish of say, a AT700 3UG5 with a JP code and a AT700 3UG5 with say, a US code. Some people feel this is because the quality control for JP codes of racquets made in Japan are much more stringent and that it qualifies Yonex to have these products (JP/Made in Japan) endorsed with a special seal.
It is also interesting to note that all the higher-end products of each brand line (e.g. Arc10, Arc7, Arc8DX, Arc-ZS of the Arcsaber line) are manufactured in Yonex's Japan production facilities (Niigata?) whereas the mid- and lower-end products (e.g. Arc002, Arc008) are manufactured by their/other factories in China, Taiwan etc.
Yonex also has a digitally mastered holograph sticker to be found on all the "high-end" racquets that cannot be easily peeled off. I'm not sure if this "security feature" is also found on the lower-end racquets as well. The holograph is supposed to do some weird things when scanned by a special verification thingie that Yonex provides to it's authorised distributors/retailers.
12-30-2012, 08:07 PM #9
Too late to edit the above, but the "holograph verification thingie" does have a name. It's called an "authenticator." There's a thread lurking somewhere here about it...
12-31-2012, 12:35 AM #10
I don't have the chance to test out a JP coded racket. Is there a noticeable difference in handling/feel compared to their SP coded counterparts?
12-31-2012, 05:54 AM #11
It (JP) makes your wallet lighter so you can move around the court quicker
12-31-2012, 09:25 AM #12
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01-01-2013, 02:15 PM #16
The silly thing about this JP myth is that they are always compared to SP codes in terms of price but in the same while rackets with German codes are barely more expensive than SP if at all and probably cheaper even after taking off the VAT. That would mean rackets for the German market would be the crappiest quality? G-E-R-M-A-N-Y: home of quality brands/goods ...
Now rackets in Switzerland are pretty expensive in comparison but I don't notice a difference between SW, GR and BX for instance, yet Swiss ones are substantially more expensive even with a much lower VAT. Surprise, surprise: everything is (more) expensive in Switzerland (well except petrol and certain watches ).
But like I and some others have suggested in the past, it wouldn't be too far fetched to picture some post-production grading and selection in finishing for the home market ...
Last edited by demolidor; 01-01-2013 at 02:25 PM.
01-01-2013, 02:30 PM #17
But also Yonex Germany is a huge distributor (http://www.yonex.com/company/yonex-distributors/europe/), as is Yonex Sunrise so you can imagine them handling far bigger quantities than other distributors.