Badminton is a sport with a massive following in India. The country has produced some top stars of the sport over the decades including Prakash Padukone, Pullela Gopichand and Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu. Quite evidently, there is a general interest among the nation regarding pursuing the sport as a career as well as playing it for recreational purpose. The only equipment needed for playing is a racket and a shuttlecock. Now, professional badminton rackets can be pretty expensive, and not affordable for everyone. So here, we look at a list of great but smartly-prized badminton rackets under 3000 ₹.
1. Yonex Astrox Smash
Astrox Smash is one of the most powerful rackets in its range from Yonex. The new version, drastically improves the rotational power helping in a steeper smash by 2.3 degrees and increased speed by 7.1%. The rotational generator system and counterbalanced head provide control on the drive. The string has Nanomesh material that increases quicker shaft take back.
2. Yonex Nanoray 18i
Known for the speed, this racket from the Nanoray series is super-light and gives supremely fast racket handling. Made of High Modulus graphite, this racket is very responsive and generates minimal vibrations.
Due to its lightweight, it is perfect for beginners and intermediates to make controlled shots and also gives ease of movement. It is excellent for playing doubles due to its weight and highly capable aero box frame.
3. Li Ning G-Tek 80 Muscle II
With an aerodynamic frame that helps in a smooth movement, this racket is ideal for beginner and intermediate players. The Li Ning G- Tek 80 Muscle II is a medium flex racket that gives the right balance of power and control and is ideal for drive and cross-court drop shots. A part of the Li-Ning Ultrasharp series, it is really light. It has an aluminium head and a graphite shaft.
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4. Li Ning Air Force 2
The most suitable racket for intermediate/club level players is this Li Ning Air Force 2. With a full military grade carbon fiber frame. Supremely lightweight at just 77 grams, this is a head-heavy yet flexible racket capable of very powerful smashes without compromising on speed. Li Ning uses the DOF (Dynamic Optimum Frame) and Aerotec beam system tech which lends optimum stiffness to sustain high string tension of 30 lbs.
- High string tension
- Large sweet spot
- Lots of power and speed
- Flexible high tensile shaft
- Not suitable for beginners
- Advanced racket but not necessarily great for top level players.
5. Li Ning CL 100
This racket from Li-Ning is a great option for all-rounders, especially defensive players. The racket has a soft flex which provides excellent control as well as is easy on the wrists. It is loaded with cutting-edge Aerotec Beam system, which gives it supreme manoeuvrability and reduces fatigue. It also boasts of the Dynamic Optimum frame technology from Li Ning, which provides it with a large sweet spot and good repulsion.
6. APACS Vanguard 11
A great all-round racket, the Vanguard 11 from APACS is similar to the Arcsaber 11 from Yonex. Despite being lightweight at around 84g, this can handle severe string tension of 38 lbs.
This translates into some sharp smashes as well as precise drop shots and flicks. The lighter weight helps in a continuous offence for aggressive players.
The Muscle Power frame technology gives tighter contact between string and frame. Being a medium flex racket, it also is suitable for beginners who love to have power.
7. Li Ning G Force Pro 2500
Packed with all modern features, the Li Ning G Force Pro 2500 is destructive for the opponent. Suited for attack-minded players, it gives 2.8 % more shuttle speed and 7.8 % less drag force. The shaft is made from Ultra Carbon Fiber which is very strong and rigid enough to sustain impact loads at low weight. It is also suitable for players who have a solid defence and look to attack from the third line with fast rallies.
8. Li Ning G Force Superlite 3600
A head-heavy racket from Li Ning, the 3600 Superlite from G Force Series is a very durable option for intermediate players. Featuring a full ultra carbon graphite frame and shaft, this has high tensile strength. Combine that with the super lightweight of 78 grams and an ability to sustain string tension of 30 lbs, you get a superb package in a very inexpensive price. If you string it at around 26 lbs, get ready for some lightning fast smashes.
Like most other Li Ning rackets, this has DOF technology for a larger sweet spot and an Aerotec Beam system to increase racket swing speed and reduce drag. An ideal option for your new racket, if you are out of the beginner mold and looking to take badminton seriously.
- High string tension
- Large sweet spot
- Lightning quick racket speed
- Will suit doubles players too
- Head-heavy rackets are not liked by defensive players
- Lacks power
9. APACS High Modulus Nano Fusion 722
Designed to hit sharper smashes, it is also equally good in drop shots and controlled netplay. The new “Slim Frame” gives improved execution in power and control as well as fast swing speed. The racket is great value for money, extremely fast, loved by players who like to play with authority.
10. Yonex Carbonex 7000
With a graphite frame of multiple layers, this racket provides durable performance and high strength. The racket is ideal for intermediates. It has a graphite shaft which is quite stiff, providing good speed and power. The racket is a medium flex and has a good feel of impact. It handles a string tension of 22lbs.
11. Yonex Arcsaber Lite
A lightweight racket from Yonex, it is highly suitable for beginners. Ideal for an all-round play, it has an even balance with a medium flex. It uses NANO AIR Spring tech, which gives great accuracy, control and power. Both the head and shaft are made of carbon graphite. It is one of the best badminton rackets under 3000 for beginners.
12. Yonex Carbonex 8000 Plus
Another racket from Yonex’s oldest Carbonex series, the 8000 plus is a great improvement over the 7000 series with more power and control. Equally loved by both beginners and intermediates, this racket weighs in at 85 grams and comes with a 100% Graphite frame.
The frame is very sturdy and is oval in shape, giving it a great feel on impact. The racket has a medium flex frame and a built-in T-joint and is made of Titanium Mesh, which helps in achieving great control and power.