If your goal is to become a better badminton player and ensure a perfect performance in the court, then you must get yourself a quality racket.
However, Finding the right racket is no piece of cake! While some may possess brilliant control and speed but may fall short when it comes to power and maneuverability.
Keeping these things in mind, in 2013 Yonex brought a new addition to the Arcsaber series; The Yonex Arcsaber 11!
Now, is it a permanent solution to your problem?
Well, that’s for you to decide. What I can do is to explain the features, pros, and cons of the item which will help you to make an informed decision.
Read the Yonex Arcsaber 11 Badminton Racket Review find out more about the product.
Yonex Arcsaber 11 Badminton Racket Review
Quality products are often expensive. While this model might be on the expensive end of the spectrum, it certainly offers a tremendous value for money.
Yonex. Co is a Japanese producer widely known to produce sporting equipment for badminton, golf, and tennis. Now, the entire Arcsaber series is designed in such a way so as to let the player have adequate control over the racket while playing badminton.
Arcsaber 11’s lightweight feature allows you to efficiently maneuver the shots, especially if you are a beginner. Even though you might not find a huge plethora of design variations within this model, its attractive features compensate for that.
Being pretty much similar to the preceding models, i.e., the Arcsaber 10, in terms of its appearance, the Arcsaber 11 comes in 2 varieties:
- Red and White, with a bit of yellow and black
- Red and White with a bit of blue and black
A fun fact includes, this model was also used by the renowned, former Olympic champion, badminton player Taufik Hidayat. And what’s more, one of the model’s special editions was named after him!
A lot of improvements have been made to its design so that it can offer exceptional performance.
Neo CS Carbon Nanotube in either side of the racket enables the racket to withhold the shuttlecock in the stringbed for a longer time. This brings in greater accuracy and repulsion power for more pinpoint shots, particularly during the high-speed rallies.
The carefully carved out shape of the racket causes it to glide through the air smoothly without creating substantial air resistance. This feature facilitates a relatively faster movement than many other rackets. In fact, it can compete against the famous Yonex Nanospeed 9900.
The T anchor in the throat of the racket reduces the torque stull thus making every shot more precise. Sonic Metal generates the satisfying sound as the birdie hits against them.
Also, the Arcsaber 11’s skillfully constructed isometric motif and the large racket head make it possible for the shuttlecock to hit the sweet spot for greater efficiency.
It is essential that we take into account our swing speed with that of the racket’s stretchability. Often a racket that is too flexible may not fully recoil before the shuttle is hit, therefore only transferring partial energy to it. However, that’s not the case with this one.
The longer shaft also makes it more convenient to reach the more challenging shots.
The weight of a badminton racket is expressed by ‘U.’ A weight ranging from 80 to 100g is known to be more convenient among players.
Lucky for you, the weight of this thing is U3.
This moderate weight ensures increased stability during the game.
The Yonex Arcsaber 11 is an even balanced racket which comes with a huge benefit!
The intriguing physics behind this is explained below.
In contrast to this model’s weight distribution, most of the rackets on the market have a heavy head.
Although this adds to the power of each stroke, this is more suitable for singles. Since a game of singles requires less running as compared to that of doubles, the heavy head racket does not seem to be of significant inconvenience.
Headlight balance is easier to manipulate; however, the power transferred would be reduced.
In even balanced rackets, the mass is mostly concentrated at the center. It makes it suitable for both singles and doubles, and therefore it is a widely preferred choice for beginners.
You can choose from various grip sizes according to your preferences.
The grip size differs with the weight to better suit your holding ability while playing.
Now, jumping straight into the advantages and disadvantages of owning the Yonex Arcsaber 11.
- Provides great control
- Able to withstand rough use
- Comes in various grip sizes
- Easy to maneuver
- Not ideal for smashes
- A bit expensive
Frequently Asked Questions
You may still have a few questions lingering in your mind before you finally come to a decision about this product
The following questions may help to answer some of them.
1. Who is it for?
If you are a newbie badminton player, you might be skeptical wondering whether to go for this high-end item. However, many of the attributes of this model make it especially suitable for beginners, e.g., its lightweight, and even balance point.
So, if you are just starting out, then I suggest that you give this guy a try.
2. Can you string your arcsaber 11 more than 24lbs?
It can exceed up to 30 lbs without getting cracked! However, 24lbs is the recommended limit, and you may lose your warranty if you string beyond this threshold.
3. Is the Racket Pre-Strung?
No, the racket is not factory-strung. However, upon purchasing the item, it will be strung by the seller with Yonex BG-6% string. It is usually strung at 22lbs before delivery.
All said, if you prefer a racket with greater control, then Yonex Arcsaber 11 should be your go-to guy.
However, if you prefer power, then it might not be the right choice for you.
Let me know in the comments section about your decision, and if you decide to buy this one, please inform me about which features helped you made the decision.