Yonex has built the ArcSaber 11 for true versatility, offering an even balance of flex, response, and power for the best all-around racquet on the list. Whether you're a player who likes to play offense or a defensive minded adversary, the ArcSaber 11 has got you covered. The racquet incorporates the company's Neo CS Carbon Nanotube and CS Carbon Nanotube materials for more response on the shuttle cock as the frame bends just ever so slightly to cradle and hold it, before springing back to its original position for rapid-fire return. The result is a racquet which lets you apply whatever power and speed is required at the time. With this much flexibility, the racquet remains perfectly weight balanced without being top or bottom heavy either, so every player is bound to find something they like about this pick.
The Victor Thruster K8000 racquet is for aggressive players who like a heavy head and just a little bit of flexibility in their shaft. You get a lot of power behind every swing, shots are strong from mid and far court, and you can feel the control it gives you on the shuttle. The Thruster reacts well on defense too with the larger head managing blocks and drops with ease; the faster your swing, the stronger your drive will be.
As with many heavy-head racquets, there's a tendency for some players to get a little bogged down by the extra weight at the front. However, with the amount of power it offered by the Thruster, it's worth the effort getting used to this racquet. The Thruster comes unstrung so you can set it up however you want, up to maximum tension strength of 28 pounds.
The Nanoray 10 has been engineered using a combination of graphite, nano mesh and carbon nanotube in the frame and shaft for strength and rebound. The top of the frame is thinner for lesser air resistance and the bottom of the head has been made thicker at the sides for a more powerful return. Hitting the shuttle with some extra force always helps, but with this racquet you don't need it. Players who don't come at the game with much aggression might prefer this racquet because of its quickness. The Nanoray 10 is lightweight but the flex in the shaft will add a little extra burst to your swing.
Shot speed and control are just some of the selling points on the Brave Sword 12. Coming in at a 3U specification, this is a lightweight racquet delivering consistent power to drive the shuttle with authority. With a lighter racquet head, the overall balance of the Brave Sword 12 delivers strong shots from across the court and reacts quickly at the net with minimal effort. It has enough flexibility to smash those overhead slams while keeping the speed and agility intact. While previous Brave Swords have been faster on the stroke, the 12 doesn't lose much in comparison and each swing combines the best of both worlds every time. The slim frame balances all its components on a frame with medium stiffness and weight making this a well-rounded racquet.
In contrast to the rest, the Wilson Match Point Pro is the most affordable choice on our list. You can get your hands on this Pick for under $20 at just about any online retailer. For that price, Wilson has made the frame out of "ultra-strong steel", but don't expect to take it into serious competition. This one is strictly built for families and casual weekends where you can set up a net and knock the shuttle cock back and forth between friends. The Match Point Pro may not be a perfectly-balanced, fine-tuned weapon for domination but it will bring you hours of fun anytime you want to get a game going.