Top 5 great badminton players of all time and their rackets

How good is a warrior without his weapon? The warrior might possess every ability to rule the world but he can not do it without his sword. Similarly, every sportsperson requires his/her gears to dominate their opposition. Every top batter personally crafts their bat as per their needs, every footballer wants a personalized stud. It is extremely necessary for athletes to have their sporting gear as required and they only choose the best for them. Similarly, badminton players have specific preferences when choosing their racquet. Every badminton has different features like weight, grip size, and head. The top players in the business make sure to play with the racquet which suits their ability the most. Let's have a look at the top 5 great badminton players in the world and the badminton racquets that they use.

Top 5 great badminton players and their racquets

1) Kento Momota

Kento Momota is a Japanese badminton superstar who is currently ranked 10 in the BWF world rankings. Momota is known for his fearsome quick attacking skill on the court. He is also great with his lethal swings, which puts the opposition in a worrying situation. Momota has tasted glory in almost every championship he has featured in like the All-England Badminton Tournaments and World & Asian Championships. Momota was the first Japanese men's singles player to grab World number 1 in the BWF World ranking in 2018.
Kento Momota uses Yonex Astox 99 Racquet. This racquet is for the shutters who want to dominate the court with dynamic smashes. The racquet helps with getting the accuracy that a player demands in his smashes. “Yonex Astox 99” Details:
  1. Head: Square/Isometric
  2. Grip Size: G5
  3. Weight: 4U (80-84g) / 3U (85-90g)
  4. Balance: Head Heavy
  5. Flex: Stiff
  6. String Tension: 4U (20-28 lbs) / 3U (21-29 lbs)
  7. String Used: Yonex BG80 Power Badminton String

2) Srikanth Kidambi

Srikanth Kidambi, is undoubtedly, one of the greatest Indian badminton players to date. He has proudly represented India globally with back-to-back glories in the Gold Coast. Kidambi won a Gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth games and recently clinched bronze in the 2022 edition. Srikanth was awarded the “Parma Shri” in 2018 and has also won numerous titles in “BWF Badminton Tournaments.”

Kidambi uses the Li-Ning Turbo Charging 75 racquet which matches perfectly with his game style. Kidambi prefers the attacking style of play and the racquet sits perfectly with it. Kidambi was a loyal user of Yonex until his contract with the company came to an end. “Li-Ning Turbo Charging 75” details:

  1. Head: Isometric
  2. Weight: 85-89g
  3. Balance: Head Even
  4. Flex: Medium
  5. String Tension: 20-30 lbs
  6. String Used: Li-Ning No.1 String

3) P.V. Sindhu

P.V. Sindhu is one of the most renowned badminton players in the world. Sindhu has made history in every tournament she has played in. She has won accolades in the Olympics and in BWF as well. Sindhu won gold at the 2019 World Championships. Sindhu is the only Indian shutter to become the badminton world champion and only the second Indian athlete to win two back-to-back medals at the Olympic Games. She reached the highest ranking of no. 2 in 2017.
P.V. Sindhu uses the “N9 Li-Ning Racquet.” The racquet is mainly designed for attacking and offensive players who desire to dominate their opponents. “N9 Li-Ning” details:
  1. Head: Isometric
  2. Weight: 85-89g
  3. Grip: G2
  4. Balance: Head Heavy
  5. Flex: Medium
  6. String Tension: 24-28 lbs
  7. String Used: Li-Ning No.1 String

4) Parupalli Kashyap

Parupalli Kashyap is a former World No.6 shuttler. Kashyap was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2012 by the Government of India. Parupalli Kashyap was the first Indian male player to reach the quarter-finals of men's singles at the 2012 London Olympics. He also won Gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the men's singles competition. Kashyap was named the Icon player for Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in 2013. He is also the husband of the famous Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal“Yonex Arcsaber 11” details:

  1. Head: Square/Isometric
  2. Weight: 85-89gm
  3. Flex: Stiff
  4. Grip Size: G4
  5. Balance: Head Even
  6. String Used: Yonex BG-65

5) Sai Praneeth

Sai Praneeth is one of the best Indian shutters in the world. Sai Praneeth was the first Indian male badminton player who won a bronze medal in the BWF World Championships in 36 years after Prakash Padukone in 1983. Sai Praneeth achieved the feat in 2019. Sai Praneeth was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2019.
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Sai Praneeth is known for his fearless and fast-paced playing style. Praneeth relies a lot on his smashes and has been using the racquet which matches his style of play. Sai Praneeth uses the “Yonex Voltric Z-Force II" racquet. “Yonex Voltric Z-Force II" details
  1. Head: Square/Isometric
  2. Weight: 80-84gm
  3. Flex: Extra Stiff
  4. Grip Size: G4
  5. Balance: Head Heavy
  6. String Used: Yonex BG-65
So, these were the top 5 badminton players and their preferred racquets. Which one among them is your favourite?

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