Badminton: Style on court

This year’s badminton season sees smart technologies for advanced players and innovative designs for junior players just beginning to enjoy this exciting sport. We take a look at a selection of products.

Ransome Fighter 4 Player Set

A new addition to the Talbo Torro badminton range, this family set comes complete with four rackets featuring lightweight aluminium heads and hardened steel shafts. There are three cork base shuttlecocks in a tube and there’s an easy to assemble net and post set with a matching nylon carry bag. Colourway is navy/black/white.

RRP: £29.99 || www.rsgsport.com

Carlton Razor V1.0

Designed for advanced players looking for control, this racket combines a lightweight, even balanced frame with a medium flex shaft. By creating a grommetless construction at 3 and 9 o’clock, Carlton say this ensures direct contact between the cross strings and the racket frame to give this racket ‘razor’ sharp control and feedback. This is the racket of choice for Andrew Smith, world ranking No. 12.

RRP: £200 || www.carltonsports.com

Head YouTek Xenon 9000

This racket features Head’s latest YouTek technology, combining smart material d3o, Power Helix in the racket shaft for flexibility and grommets with a friction reducing Teflon polymer at 12, 6, 3 and 9 o’clock, which are said to create a consistent tension across the string bed, whilst enlarging the sweet spot.

RRP: £139.99 || www.head.com

Karakal Tour range

New grips have been introduced into the Tour Gel and Tour Lite badminton rackets. Xtra grip has a PU surface, a finger locking ridge and air holes to help keep the grip cool and comfortable. Other new grips are a variation on the company’s Tribal and Love designs and have an embossed pattern on the surface for an enhanced feel. Tour Lite and Tour Gel both incorporate the company’s nano gel technology, and muscle system allowing the frame to be strung at a lower tension whilst still giving a high-tension feel.

RRP Tour Lite £60, Tour Gel £50 || www.karakal.com

For more, see the February issue of SGB Sports, p16.

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