Updated: Oct 4, 2022
In this post, I am going to give you an introduction to Yonex badminton strings. To make this easier, I'm going to split the strings into different categories, repulsion, durability, hitting sound and control. I'll then go through each of them and tell you how they feel. If you would like to know what they sound like at 24lbs and 30lbs in tension, check out my YouTube video!
If you are new to badminton strings, first thing you need to know is that they normally come in two types of packaging: the 10-metre pack and the 200-metre reel. A 10-metre pack would be enough to string a racket, and a 200-metre reel would be enough for around 20 to 22 rackets. Nowadays, we also have hybrid pack strings, like the Yonex Aerobite and Aerobite Boost, which have two different types of strings for your mains and your crosses in a single pack. These hybrid strings also come in a reel, and naturally, there will be two types of strings in a reel.
Each Yonex string is rated on five characteristics: (1) repulsion power or quick repulsion; (2) durability; (3) hitting sound; (4) control; and (5) shock absorption. Yonex then categorizes the string based on its highest-rated characteristic. There are four major categories: (1) durability; (2) repulsion power or quick repulsion; (3) hitting sound; and (4) control. Shock absorption is not a category on its own. Here are the strings in each category:
Repulsion Power / Quick Repulsion
Yonex BG 68 Titanium
Since Yonex categorizes its strings based on the string's highest rated characteristic, you will find that there are similarities or overlaps in characteristics between strings in different categories. For instance, both the BG 66 Ultimax and the Aerobite Boost are rated 10/10 for control, but the Aerobite Boost is placed in the Control category whilst the BG 66 Ultimax is placed in the Repulsion Power or Quick Repulsion category. Therefore, the first tip you should remember when choosing your badminton racket string is to look at the ratings for all five characteristics, and not decide based on the category in which the string is placed. You can typically find this information on the string packaging or, if you are buying online, at the specification section of the product information.
Next, I will break down the characteristics of some of the Yonex badminton strings that I have played with, and share with you my experience of playing with them. I'll start with the strings in the Durability category.
Yonex BG 65 and Yonex BG 65 Titanium
The Yonex BG 65 and Yonex BG 65 Titanium have been around for ages and they are really really popular worldwide due to their excellent durability. Both strings are 0.7mm in diameter, which are considered rather thick for badminton strings.
Yonex BG 65
Yonex BG 65 Titanium
Texture-wise, the BG 65 is quite smooth and doesn't have much texture so it's really nice to string with. On its packaging it's stated that it's a "soft feeling" string, but of course, you will not be able to tell if it's hard or soft just by touching the string. You will only be able to distinguish them by hard, medium or soft feeling after you string them on your rackets and have a few hits. For me, the BG 65 feels soft in the sense that it doesn't have a very crisp feeling unless you string it to really high tensions.