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Thread: Li Ning Racket Reviews
09-15-2009, 11:25 PM #290
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.
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
09-15-2009, 11:49 PM #291
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
09-20-2009, 09:28 AM #292
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??
09-20-2009, 09:38 PM #293
IF Shanghai doesnt have, you can call friends in Beijng (if you have) to check it out.
09-20-2009, 11:23 PM #294
hmmm, is Li-Ning actually Lin Dan's company?
09-20-2009, 11:26 PM #295
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.
09-20-2009, 11:27 PM #296
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.
09-20-2009, 11:30 PM #297
hahaha ya ya maybe. Anyway i missed the Open final on Saturday. Did he won in the final?
09-21-2009, 10:28 PM #298
I'm an offensive doubles player who relies on mostly the smash. Which Li-Ning racket would you recommend?
09-22-2009, 02:22 AM #299
09-22-2009, 02:44 AM #300
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.
09-22-2009, 03:18 AM #301
09-22-2009, 08:55 PM #302
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.
09-22-2009, 08:57 PM #303
09-22-2009, 08:59 PM #304
09-22-2009, 09:06 PM #305
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...
09-26-2009, 07:35 AM #306
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
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