Li-Ning N7 Badminton Racket | Cai Yun 2017 Sudiman Cup N7 Badminton Racquet
Model: Li-Ning Turbo Charging N7 Cai Yun Badminton Racket
Weight: 85-89 grams
Grip: Extra Small 3 1/8"
Overall Length: 675mm
Grip Length: 200mm
Balance Point: 300mm
Flex: Medium Flex
Tension: Vertical 24-28 lbs, Horizontal 26-30 lbs
Inluded: Badminton Racket Cover
This Li-Ning N7 badminton racket is tailor made for Cai Yun as well as China National Youth Badminton Team. From Ultra Sharp line ( fast swing speeds with industry leading repulsion power), the racquet is built with latest Turbo Charging tech, it comes white and silver colorways in lightweight design, and nice for both offensive and defensive badminton play. .
Technology of Li-Ning Turbo Charging N7 Badminton Racket including:
The highly popular and innovative TurboCharging aerodynamic badminton racket frame design increases swing speed by 3% resulting in increased smash speeds by an amazing 3.5%!
All-round optimized design improves racket mechanical structure for more efficient attack and defense system.
Apart from further increase of sweet point based on isometric frame, the sweet point extends upward and the hitting point is moved higher. The effective defense area is enlarged for severe drop shot and a dropping strength that bursts in a blink. The hitting velocity is improved considerably with widened stringing area and increased bounce strength.
With support of advanced calculation system, the rackets are made with extreme low air resistance and thigh intensity to enable the players’ performance in various ways.
The rackets fit into different players are all resulted from aerodynamic design. Through unrelenting tests, and the strategies that targeted at different playing, the supportive data is accumulated, LiNing beam system is thus established.
HDF SHOCK ABSORPTION SYSTEM
High-tech light shock-absorption materials filled in racket frames, improving smash performance and avoiding injuries from movements. HDF shock-absorption materials, which was filled in the racket frames, are developed by using advanced technology, with strong capabilities of shock absorption to reduce the load to the wrist and arm caused by shooting. Motional injuries could thus be effectively avoided without compromising player’s perfect performance. This new-generation material is light in weight and flexible to play.
This patented state-of-the-art badminton racket shaft technology improves flexibility and enhances the overall control and feel of the racket. Bio-Inner-Cone technology is a flagship technology that can be found on numerous high end Li-Ning badminton rackets.
STABILIZED TORSION ANGLE
This feature implements a highly elastic design that is built into the badminton racket frame to reduce torsional forces caused by hitting outside of the sweet spot. The Stabilized Torsion Angle greatly improves accuracy and consistency with each and every swing.
TB NANO POWERTEC
The application of nanometer technology upgrades the rackets’ manufacturing process in an all-round way and thus breaks the limit in hitting intensity.
A stable, fine and tenacious racket will ensure stronger hits for its player. The original LiNing TB Nano material science and technology makes it possible. The enhanced NANO technology bonds the carbon fibers and resin to an unprecedented level with natural perfection. The an ideal racket is here with 20% strength increased.
Check review on Li Ning N7 Badminton Racket below:
Li-Ning is a well-known badminton brand. They currently sponsor the Chinese National team plus numerous players on the professional circuit. They have a reputation for manufacturing quality badminton rackets.
I rarely have the opportunity to test Li-Ning rackets, so it is with great delight I introduce Li Ning N7. I hear this is the racket used by former World and Olympic Champion Cai Yun – a great player, although have not seen this for myself. Historically, he preferred head heavy rackets and used to favour Yonex Armortec 900 T where the weight was balanced towards the T rather than the top of the head.
The big frustration with Li-Ning is that many players, including myself, do not understand the racket range. It seems that Li-Ning make it so difficult to provide specs. It’s a shame because they would possibly sell more rackets if players understood them.
So, in writing this review I extend an invitation to the sales team at Li-Ning to contact me to explain their racket range and specifications and I will share this with you.
On to my review
This is a 3U (85-89g) G5 (smaller grip) It is strung with a Li-Ning string relatively tight, a touch tighter compared to some manufacturers. From initial feel I estimate N7 is a medium flex, medium head heavy racket. The case for this racket is superb in looks and accessibility of the racket. Access is via the short side and the racket simply slides in easily. N7 is a predominantly white racket with black decals. There is a classy look and feel overall so top marks to Li-Ning. I like the clear grommets too. My only issue with them is that they are difficult to buy.
There’s one other issue. Li-Ning do not make their racket stencil available for purchase. How dumb is that? Come on, if you design a racket then please ensure stringers and players can obtain spares. Rant over!
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It’s hitting time
Whilst I have reviewed a couple of Li-Ning rackets in the past, it was a long time ago and I only remember N90 II so I don’t have many Li-Ning reference points to base my review.
Initial feel is a more flexible and less weightier version of N90 II. That’s a good sign. Having played with a number of lighter rackets recently, N7 initially felt heavy. That said, with good timing and backing off trying to hit hard the racket began to show me what it’s got.
I have to say that during this review there were many occasions when I wanted to rip out the string. Personally the string feels hard without any bite and to me this hindered performance. Sadly, I hadn’t the time to restring but am confident results can only improve with a restring. So my first tip would be to ensure you ask for a restring if you wish to purchase this racket.
My first batch of clears were poor and I felt like I was hitting with a plank of wood. Backing off a touch and I soon found a good length. The racket plays stiffer than I expected which in some ways was a pleasant surprise. Readers of my reviews will know that historically I tend to favour head heavy rackets.
I could feel the weight of N7 coming through the shot which I believe allows a player to feel the racket on the shot better than say a light headed racket. There is also good aerodynamic flow with this frame.
Drop shots were a lot better and that lovely weight in the head provides a good solid feel. Whilst there was an element of touch and feel missing, I’ll lay the blame on the string. There wasn’t the bite with slice shots and quite a lot of string movement on the slice. This is caused by a combination of tension and a smoother outer string wrap.
I really like the aerodynamic qualities of this racket. There are many frames I’ve tested which could almost be considered “boxey” and lacking in speed. Not so with N7. It cuts through the air really well.
Smashes were pretty good although initially I didn’t really get the power out of this frame that I expected. This was most certainly one of those occasions where you stick at it. It seems that less is more works best with N7 and it rewards a more relaxed and yet direct hitting style. That said I cannot see “wristy” players getting much out of this racket.
Fast, mid-court exchanges were good and the aerodynamic qualities really helps. You still have to work hard on these shots which is expected with such a head heavy frame, but it produces a nice, strong punch with little backswing.
Defensively N7 performed better than expected. Of course, it won’t be as fast as a head light racket, but I like that extra weight behind the shot. The extra beef behind the lift and drive with an added solid feel on the block provide good control. But, you’ve got to work your hands and be prepared early.
Net shots and knock offs were fine although again, early preparation is a must. This is good as the racket forces good technique and good habits. You haven’t the time for snap shots and the frame moves too slow for this type of late hitting.
I could easily have been disappointed with N7. However, overall it’s a really good racket – just choose a different string. There are occasions when you can make rash decisions about a racket rather than stick with and figure it out. Sometimes this means making changes to your game and this can be good. The more I think about this racket, the more I see the likeness to Yonex Armortec 900 T, however the head is heavier.