Badminton is becoming popular among the masses. It has been regarded as one of the fastest indoor sports in the world. That said, you’ll see many badminton brands available in the market. However, only some of them are worthy to be in a top 5 list.
So, today we are going to talk about the top 5 badminton brands and what they offer to you as a badminton player. Not only that, but we’ll also be listing down some of the famous badminton players sponsored by these brands.
So, let’s move ahead without any further ado:
Top 5 Badminton Brands:
Yonex is undoubtedly the best badminton brand and manufacturer in the market. There should be no doubt on the top place as Yonex will always be coming on top no matter on which perspective you discuss badminton.
That said, Yonex is a Japanese based brand and is a pioneer of producing high-quality badminton stuff such as rackets, shoes, shuttles, shirts, shorts and other things related to badminton.
Besides, investing in this brand is not a piece of cake for everyone. Why? Because Yonex is the choice of elites. Although it has produced some affordable rackets in the market as well, but you’ll mainly see this brand in professional gameplays.
Apart from sponsoring most of the professional players worldwide, the brand also sponsors most of the badminton tournaments organized by Badminton World Federation.
In short, once you get used to this brand, you won’t be able to feel comfortable while using any other brand and that’s a guarantee from Yonex to you. According to Yonex, “it’s a world leader in badminton”. The statement is perfectly justified considering the work that this brand has been doing to promote the sport.
Let’s talk about some of the best badminton players who are currently sponsored by Yonex:
Kento Momota – Japan:
Kento Momota is a Japanese badminton player. He currently holds the number 1 position in World Rankings and has been performing consistently every day in and out.
The badminton player is all geared up with products from Yonex. That is, he’s been using Yonex Astrox 99 racket to ensure a better control in the game. Apart from the racket, he uses Power Cushion 65 Z shoes by Yonex for quick steps and reflexes inside the court.
That being said, the player is quite happy with Yonex. According to him, “Yonex has helped me a lot in gaining many achievements throughout my professional career. I feel comfortable and focused on the court while using the gear from Yonex”.
Victor Axelsen – Denmark:
Another young professional badminton player currently sponsored by Yonex is none other than Victor Axelsen. Victor has been reigning the BWF rankings for a long time. He is currently standing at number 3 position and that’s due to a long-term injury which made him sidelined from the courts for 6 to 7 months.
Victor Axelsen has a great height advantage. Plus the young lad is extremely quick in picking up the shots or hitting powerful smashes.
The player is currently using Yonex Duora Z Strike as this racket is helping him a lot in keeping the control of the game as well as helping his aggressive gameplay style. Other than that, he uses Power Cushion Z Men’s shoes to keep his feet comfortable while playing on the court.
Victor is also happy by being sponsored by one of the best badminton brands. He says, “Getting sponsored by Yonex was one of the happiest moments of my life. It motivated me to such an extent that I decided to be on top of BWF rankings. I’ve achieved the ranking now and now I look forward to maintaining it”.
Lin Dan – China:
People who are into badminton a lot will know that how legend of a player Lin Dan is. You simply can’t deny the fact of not considering him in the list of badminton legends. Although there is a big dip in his form since he is aging now, he was once considered as one of the most dangerous opponents.
Talking about his achievements, the player has won what every other professional dream of winning. That is, he has won two Olympic gold medals and he has won Badminton World Championships not once not twice but five times. That’s quite an achievement for a player throughout his badminton career.
Lin Dan, firstly sponsored by Li-Ning is currently working with Yonex. His special merch is also available on the official site of Yonex that includes Lin Dan edition racket, shoes, shirts, and shorts.
Dan is currently working with Yonex to promote the sports of badminton on a global platform. According to him, “I want to promote this sports globally and for this, I know that Yonex is going to support me as it is the best badminton brand in the world”.
Li-Ning is a Chinese based brand and is currently sponsoring almost all Chinese players who play on a professional level. That said, the brand is an arch-rival of Yonex and is trying it’s best to remove the domination of Yonex. However, it still needs to cover a lot of distance only to be imagined as big as Yonex.
The reason many players like this brand is that it offers top-notch badminton products within a justified price range. Even though the brand is pretty much popular in the world, it has been working for the development of sports on a minor level as well.
Besides the best badminton brand produces rackets with an elegant design. Plus, almost all top-notch technologies are included within the rackets produced by it to ensure maximum control in the game.
The brand also sponsored Lin Dan when he was young and was winning all the major and minor tournaments of badminton. So, apart from being arch-rival to Yonex, Li-Ning is trying it’s best to sign top-notch badminton players not only from China but from other countries too. Some players sponsored by Li-Ning;
Chen Long – China:
Chen Long has also been enjoying the perks of being a Badminton Elite. Back in the days when Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei were famous, Chen made his way into the Top 5 BWF rankings and he has never looked back since then. The player was ranked as Number 1 back in 2016 and he retained this position for almost a year.
Talking about his achievements, the player has also won the current Olympic gold medal. On the other hand, he’s been a World Champion two times. Well, minor achievements of the player include winning All England Badminton Tournament once.
The reason I rate Chen Long over other badminton players way too much is that he was one of the players who removed the dominance of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei back in the days. He also won a crucial final from Lee Chong Wei and lifted the World Champion title back in 2016.
Long is currently using N90IV badminton racket by Li-Ning that allows him to hit powerful smashes. Other than that he uses special Li-Ning Glory shoes that offer him better cushioning support.
According to Chen, “Badminton is my life and I want to regain Number 1 rankings in BWF although I am currently in Top 3. I want to confess my love and respect for Li-Ning that has been sponsoring me since I was a little boy”.
Jan O. Jorgensen -Denmark:
Jan O. Jorgensen is a professional badminton payer from Denmark who was formerly sponsored by Li-Ning. The player is known for his trademark trick shots. Apart from that, his footwork skills are simply awesome.
Jan has used the N90 series badminton racket by Li-Ning in his early days. He has worn a lot as a professional badminton player and was in the Top 5 rankings in 2016 as well. Unfortunately, a deadly leg injury made him sidelined from professional badminton for almost a year.
Well, the good news is that O. is now back in the badminton court and the fans will be able to see glimpses of what he did back in days more often.
Yet another well-renowned badminton brand is Carlton that has made its name globally even with the dominance of brands like Yonex and Li-Ning. That said, the company is constantly working to offer innovation in badminton gear no matter if it’s a badminton racket or shoes or any other stuff related to it.
Carlton in 2009 came up with the idea of designing badminton rackets scientifically so that the rackets can help players win big matches after putting in a lot of effort.
On the other hand, the brand just like Yonex and Li-Ning is trying it’s best to sponsor players to promote the sports perfectly. That said, Carlton is helping many badminton professionals achieve their dreams whenever it comes to playing at a higher level.
Some important players who have played with a Carlton badminton gear are as follows;
Hans-Kristian Vittinghus – Denmark:
The most skillful player I’ve ever seen after Lin Dan is none other than Hans Kristian Vittinghus. The Denmark badminton professional once was in the limelight of his career and did all he could do to win major trophies. However, luck was not like his side as that era was solely remarked by the rivalry of Lin Dan and Lee
Anyways, I’ve been following Hans for a long time. In his early days, he was being sponsored by Carlton. He used Carlton Kinesis X900 LTD in his prime days and has won so many matches with it.
Well, now the player has been officially sponsored by Victor, he holds Carlton in great regard. That is, according to him, “If it was not by Carlton, I’d still be playing badminton on a minor level only. Carlton lifted me as a boy and I’ll always be thankful for it my whole life”.
Victor is a Korean based badminton brand involved in mass production of different badminton products such as rackets, shoes, shuttles, shirts, and wrist brands. The company has been developing top-notch badminton rackets for the professional players and the players are quite happy with it as well.
One of the attributes regarding Victor is producing best badminton rackets for doubles. That said, it has sponsored many Korean double players who have won a lot of major trophies.
Although Victor is not as famous as Yonex or Li-Ning, the brand is now working more towards distributing the gear globally and signing players from other nationalities as well. Players sponsored by this brand are as follows:
Lee Yong Dae – Korea:
A legendary badminton figure from South Korea has been on the top flight for many years. Dae has changed many partners over time but he has retained the number 1 position in Men’s Double rankings for a long time.
Lee Yong Dae is quite a humble badminton player. He remains focused on his game and tries his best on the court. Plus, his understanding of different players over time is just unparalleled.
Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad:
Both these players are the current World Champions in Mixed doubles category and have been sponsored by none other than Victor.
Finally, fleet is a Malaysian based badminton brand that has been investing in the young badminton players a lot. The brand is not as recognized as other badminton companies, it is one of the reasons Malaysian players are dominating the world of badminton.
Fleet only sponsors youth players. However, it has also been recently seen in the limelight with some professional players already using this brand to win over their opponents in the best possible manner.
One other thing that you need to know about the brand is that it has got all the badminton products in an affordable price range. That’s one of the reasons many young players are interested in purchasing rackets from Fleet.
Summing Things Up:
In the world of badminton where many brands are now available with some top-notch badminton products, the dominance of Yonex and Li-Ning can’t be ignored. That said, you should set up your dreams high enough that a brand like Yonex can become your badminton sponsor.