Babolat vs Yonex? David vs Goliath? Babolat is definitely one of the biggest brands in the tennis industry. Yonex can be called the rising star of the tennis industry. The Japanese company known from badminton world is crushing the world of tennis in rocket speed. It has a lot of promising young stars under the contract and the double Y logo can be seen on more and more winning rackets. Comparing rackets of Babolat vs Yonex can be really tricky. What would we choose?
Babolat VS S.A. is a French company owned by family Babolat with headquarters in Lyon, France. Babolat was established in 1875 by Pierre Babolat, who invented natural gut tennis strings. Babolat produces rackets, apparel, shoes and other equipment for tennis, badminton, and padel. The company is still run by Babolat family and CEO is Eric Babolat. Babolat is the leader in connected sports technology and in 2015 it introduced the first connected tennis racket.
Japan Company Yonex was established in 1946 as Yoneyama Company Ltd. The original producer of wooden components started to produce badminton rackets first in 1957. In 1969 Yoneyama started producing also tennis rackets. It adopted the name Yonex back in 1974, year after it started used the famous double Y logo.
Yonex is known for unusual oval “isometric” racket frame from 1981. Currently, it produces badminton, tennis and golf equipment.
Nadal is definitely the name of the Babolat. Rafa Nadal is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when seeing the Babolat logo. Babolat has also a strong ladies line-up under the contract with a lot of top 10 members.
|Men||Rafael Nadal||Dominic Thiem||Jack Sock||Fabio Fognini||Jo Wilfred Tsonga||Sam Querrey|
|Ladies||Caroline Wozniacki||Garbine Muguruza||Karolina Pliskova||Julia Goerges||Johanna Konta||Elise Mertens|
Yonex is the leading manufacturer of badminton rackets, but recently it started to gain a strong position in tennis too. It holds a firm fourth position among men professional players and is the second most popular racket brand among ladies professionals. Denis Shapovalov, Naomi Osaka or Marketa Vondrousova are prime examples of a new generation of star players. There is no doubt, that Yonex will play a major role in tennis in the near future.
|Men||Nick Kyrgios||Denis Shapovalov||Steve Johnson||Frances Tiafoe||Hyeon Chung||Stan Wawrinka|
|Ladies||Angelique Kerber||Naomi Osaka||Coco Vandeweghe||Caroline Garcia||Belinda Bencic||Marketa Vondrousova|
Blue and white combination is a characteristic color for Babolat tennis rackets. But you can fairly often see also yellow and black color combination, or red and white. Blue and white, or white and black, or blue and black combination is less common but you can still recognize the usual double stripe.
Yonex is using mainly black colored frames mixed with white, red, orange or blue elements. However, the main eye-catcher is definitely the frame shape. The isometric head was introduced in 1981 and is still the symbol of Yonex. The oval shaped frame is not just a design symbol but also increases the sweet spot of the racket head.
Power and Spin
Babolat vs Yonex, my subjective pick is …
I played a lot with Yonex tennis rackets. I started with Ezone Xi, then used VCORE for some time and I was always satisfied. In contrary, Babolat Pure Drive is a racket that makes me feel comfortable and my power game is at its best. It is really hard to pick one racket over another. And if you like Rafael Nadal the same like Naomi Osaka, the choice has to be based on something countable. The price. Yonex VCORE Duel G is slightly cheaper as Babolat Pure Drive.