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    Hi all. Just found and joined this fantastic forum. I am a Malaysian expat currently working in Beijing. A social badminton player since primary school (3-4 times a week). Anyway was following the forum and found this "Li Ning" thread. Since i am a vivid badminton player and is working in China now, allow me to "clarify a few misconceptions

    Li Ning Badminton rackets are their own products, meaning, not Kason ,and definetly definitely not "cut and paste" Yonex clones. Also, ALL Li Ning products sales, 10% is channeled into their own R&D.

    Now the most important , the much closely followed N-series Li Ning National team rackets:
    Racket name China Player Market Price (as of Sept 2009) Type of Racket
    N90 (Wood) Lin Dan RMB 1980 Attacking
    N77 (Storm) Yu Yang RMB 1680 Tactical/Double
    N70 (Storm) Bao Chun Lai RMB 1680 Attacking
    N55 (Fire) Chen Jin RMB 1780 Attacking
    N50 (Fire) Fu Hai Feng RMB 1780 Attack Defence/Double
    N33 (Rock) Cai Yun RMB 1680 Attack-Defence
    N30 (Rock) Xie Xin Fang RMB 1680 Tactical

    So from the above, there is a few "misconception" on the rackets. N90,N70, and N55 are ALL basically almost at par with one another and the difference, really to be frank depends on the end user, i.e the player himself. If you see the price, it is more or less the same for all N-series, with Lin Dan's N90 slightly cost 200 RMB more.

    How good are those rackets? As much as we want to doubt and have no confindence in "Made in China" products, Li Ning rackets has really surprise us and prove all of us wrong, at least to me. The N-series rackets are really GOOD and at par with Yonex, if not better. Drops are accurate, control are extremely good, and for N50 and N55 the smash is FANTASTIC and lethal!. So, it is value for money and they are proud to sell at that price. Also, LYB is no moron to let his Super team all switch to Li Ning overnight if the rackets are thrash and crap.

    Over here in China, like Beijing, Li Ning choose some of the badminton court club to promote their N- series rackets. Normally it is a one day event where they book the whole club courst and they bring in many of the above N-series rackets. All u have to do is walk in, sign up and u r free to test the rackets. It is a BIG hit and rackets suchas N90, N55, N50 are very much sought after in China alone. (Long waiting time for some Li Ning shop and even online shops). So the fact that Li Ning wont survive is quite untrue. Their rackets are selling like hot cakes in China alone (1.3 Billion demands hahaha)
    Also, side note a bit, Li Ning brand name is very popular even in europe and south America (yes no typo errors) They sponsors footballs, tennis (Jelena Jankovic for example), table tennis, and even volleyballs (Brazil women team for instance)to many naitonal teams worldwide. It is huge considering this is a 100% make in China brand.

    Personally i just got my Li Ning N55 racket last week. String it with YY 68Tii string at 26lbs. The result? So far i only played with it for about 5 hours and i must say the drop, control and the smash is wonderful. (Before this i am using only a Yones MP55, so cant compare with many "Yonex masters" here hehe) Will review more after one month use.

    Conclusion ? For power smashers, go for N55 for single /double game and N50 if u r double specialist. N90 is good for single and more complete overall gameplay.

    NOTE: In conjunction with China's 60th aniversary, Li Ning is having REAL good promotion on their N series rackets, all at 40% discount!!!. I got my N55 at RMB 1k after discount, best price so far from a Li Ning shop (online price may differ)

    Lastly, if you want further info on Li Ning rackets let me know as i have tried all in the free test trial.
    Cheers.

    P/S this is strictly a personal review and final effects depends again on end users and skill sets. Also i am not a Li Ning spoke person and i like Yonex/Wilson products too hahahahaaha

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    Li Ning China is having special promotion now for Sep 2009. All N series rackets are entitled 40% discount!! If you have some friends, relatives in China, this is the best time to own your N90, N77, N70, N55, N50, N33, N30

    All N -series rackets has a warranty of 6 months, subject to terms and conditions of course

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    whoa! you serious? where did it say 40% discount for september??? and where would you buy? li-ning outlet or a local sports equip store??

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    Quote Originally Posted by hah_chu View Post
    whoa! you serious? where did it say 40% discount for september??? and where would you buy? li-ning outlet or a local sports equip store??
    I am not sure about Shanghai but in Beijing all Li Ning retail store have this promotion right now, till 30th Sept only!!! So you got few more days to grab your chance. (40% discount on their N-series rackets, Fu Hai Feng badminton shoes, and some other badminton products, including other range rackets. But N50 already sold out in Beijing. N55 and N90 still got )
    IF Shanghai doesnt have, you can call friends in Beijng (if you have) to check it out.
    Cheers

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    hmmm, is Li-Ning actually Lin Dan's company?

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    hahaha i am not too sure about that. But his image and endorsement does help boost the sales of Li Ning rackets in Mainland, particularly his N90 rackets. So maybe he is the behind BIG boss. hahahahaha Business world, u never know.

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    oooo, no wonder, he is been missing all the erm 'minor touraments'.hahaha, more of counting his earnings from Li-Ning rackets and sport-wear.

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    hahaha ya ya maybe. Anyway i missed the Open final on Saturday. Did he won in the final?

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    I'm an offensive doubles player who relies on mostly the smash. Which Li-Ning racket would you recommend?

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    Is newly crowned China Masters WS champion Wang Shixian using a new racket model?

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...3&postcount=77

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    Quote Originally Posted by passiontea View Post
    If i am permitted, i think that all rackets that we use are the same? i not sure, cause whenever i use this racket, i use that racket, i always got the same feel to it, thus in my own way, i think all racket feel the way.

    I don't know about you guys, but that is my own opinion. =)
    I do feel a difference between different rackets. E.g. I cannot for the hell of me use any armortec's. I love the feel of Carbonex and got quite acquainted with ZELM. I, not so recently, sold my 3u Arc10 to a friend who appreciated it a lot more than me -- I prefer my other 3 rackets, ZELM, Cab30, and APACs Tantrum enough that I rarely use the Arc10.

    Rackets are made differently with different balance and weight. Any player likely can, through the course of time, learn to use any racket. Some rackets are just better apt at doing stuff -- like I love my Cab30 for the feel and touch plays but the ZELM overpowers it (and everything else). Tantrum is fantastic for defense. Arc10 for me is in-between -- then again, I've seen bigger smashes than I can ever imagine from the Arc10.

    At the end of the day, its the players. If the racket makes the player feel good, its done its job.

    And no, to keep this relevant, LinDan does not own LiNing. Li Ning does... he's a lot more famous and richer than LinDan (for now) and has more olympic gold than LinDan can ever hope to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealman View Post
    Is newly crowned China Masters WS champion Wang Shixian using a new racket model?

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...3&postcount=77
    Couldnt it be the UC2200B model

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluecraze07 View Post
    I'm an offensive doubles player who relies on mostly the smash. Which Li-Ning racket would you recommend?
    For Li Ning racket, go for N50. It is the best smashing racket in the N series. However, N50 is a balance racket. If you prefer head heavy type, then go for N55 (the one i bought). Although it is advertised as Chen Jin' s single racket, i used it quite well in doubles as well. These 2 rackets (fire series) are their best for smashing and attacking power play.
    U need time to get used to this racket. First few days i feel like crap coz each hit is diff from Yonex as their sweet spot is different. Once you get the sweet spot, the smashing power and joy comes.
    Personal experience only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tckang View Post
    For Li Ning racket, go for N50. It is the best smashing racket in the N series. However, N50 is a balance racket. If you prefer head heavy type, then go for N55 (the one i bought). Although it is advertised as Chen Jin' s single racket, i used it quite well in doubles as well. These 2 rackets (fire series) are their best for smashing and attacking power play.
    U need time to get used to this racket. First few days i feel like crap coz each hit is diff from Yonex as their sweet spot is different. Once you get the sweet spot, the smashing power and joy comes.
    Personal experience only.
    I was thinking about the N50 as well. Is it comparable to the 2nd Gen Ti-10 since that's what FHF came from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twobeer View Post
    Couldnt it be the UC2200B model

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    Yup, it is a UC2200B Li Ning racket. Retailing at RMB 480 in China. So this wonder girl beat the higher ranks players using a second/third tier Li Ning badminton range. Lets see if LYB will start to notice her and give her Fang Fang's N30? hehehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluecraze07 View Post
    I was thinking about the N50 as well. Is it comparable to the 2nd Gen Ti-10 since that's what FHF came from?
    To me, N50 is better than AT700. Thats all i can say. How much is N50 selling there over your place? Cheapest in China now is at RMB1000 only. (till end Sept)
    Have you tried Yonex Nano 9900 ? Due to it s light head built, it surprises me by the overall play. Superb back end hit and drop and the thing that surprise me with Nano9900 is the ability to generate "surprise" fast smashes to kill the shuttle during doubles, most of the time before even opponent have time to react. I guess this is due to the light head factor.

    To me Li Ning N series is at par with some Top range Yonex products, but not necessary better. It all boils down in where u r from and how worth it is the Li Ning racket price at your place.
    Just my 2 Cents...

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    The cheapest way to buy LiNing is for sure buy it in China. The second best option would possibly be to order it from Chinese store. For example
    http://www.shanghai-corner.com/index.php?cPath=54_118

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