April 15, 2020 3 min read

Today, we'd like to share with you our thoughts on the Yonex Nanoflare 700. 

If you'd prefer to watch our review, please see this video below: 

We were given the opportunity to test this racquet out in early December 2019 in collaboration with Badminton Click in Melbourne, Australia. It officially dropped on March 1st last year (2019). 

Firstly, here's a bit of background and technical details about the racquet for those that aren't familiar:

General Specs of the Nanoflare 700 we tested:

  • Head Light

  • 4U (83g) - most popular version according to Badminton Click

  • G5 (Smallest grip size)

  • 5U (78g) is also available

The key features that Yonex promotes for this racquet include:

    1. NANOFLARE Series’ Innovation: Sonic Flare System. The revolutionary new graphite material TORAYCAR M40X and SUPER HMG provide unrivalled power and stability for maximum shuttle acceleration

    2. The New Aeroframe: Highly aerodynamic, allowing for fast and easy swings, while maintaining a profile that allows the frame to compress on impact with the shuttle, and snap back, much like a trampoline, launching the shuttle from the face of the racket.

 

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A full list of technical specifications of the racquet and more information can be found at the yonex website: http://www.yonex.com/products/nanoflare-700

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Before you read below, please keep in mind that this is based on our opinion only and your own personal views may be different. Whether you choose to use or consider this racquet for yourself will depend on your own playing style, ability and preferences.


Our Review

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My likes: 
The racquet is incredibly light weight (being a 4U) and easy to maneuver with due to it's head-heavy nature. It's a racquet that you can't really get tired with, which is great for defensive play.

Jeff's likes: 
Because of how light the head of this racuquet is, it moves really quickly for defensive play, driving and front court in doubles. It also has a large sweetspot so that you can still get a good quality of shot when striking the shuttle on most parts of the racquet face. 

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My dislikes:
I'm not a powerful player in general and because of this, I really struggled to generate enough power to have much impact on court.

Jeff's dislikes: 
Because the head is very light, it's difficult to generate power and it's also a bit tricky to feel the shuttle during contact. It also has a very thick frame for its head, which meant that it didn't fly through the air as swiftly as other racquets. 

Our Ratings

Handling/Feeling:

  • Henry - 8/10
  • Jeff - 7/10

Control:

  • Henry - 8/10
  • Jeff - 9/10

Power:

  • Henry - 4/10
  • Jeff - 4/10

Speed:

  • Henry - 9/10
  • Jeff - 9/10

Aesthetics:

  • Henry - 8/10
  • Jeff - 8/10

     
    Overall Comments & Who's It For
    This racquet is very lightweight and very quick when needed. Our general recommendation is that this racquet is designed for amateur/beginner players due to its forgiving nature and lightweight. The challenge with this racquet is power generation, which is why we don't recommend it for advanced/experienced players and players who prefer a head-heavy racquet.

    If you're interested in this racquet, we have a special offer here just for you! 

    Have you had a chance to try this racquet? Do you agree or disagree?
    Please comment below! 
    We'd love to hear your opinions, comments, tips and tricks so please feel free to comment below. If you would like us to write about something in particular, please let us know!
    Main image source: Volant Wear
    Body image source 1: BWF
    Body Image Source 2: Yonex
    Body image source 3: Giphy
    Body image source 4: Giphy 

     

    Henry Wong
    Henry Wong

    Henry is an ex-state badminton player who represented South Australia as well as Melbourne University. He remains an avid badminton player in the social scenes of Melbourne. His passion for all things badminton lead him to be a co-founder of Volant Wear.


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