Yonex is the most popular brand when it comes to Badminton rackets. It has maximum market share for the badminton rackets from low end to the high end. The racket prices range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 20000. Some of the good badminton racquets which are preferred by tournament players are above Rs. 5000. With that kind of prices of the badminton rackets there are some fake rackets that would be available in market which are indistinguishable from the real ones. Some times people tend to go for the lowest prices in the market and may end up with the fake yonex racket.
It is very difficult to detect fake racket from a genuine racket but here are few tips. Quality of painting and printing will be inferior in fake. Serial and cone code is uneven. The serial numbers may not look smooth. Holograms may easily come off. Grommets are not good quality. Strings may not have Yonex written on it in the fake racket. The edges of the joints may still have sharp edges and not smooth.
The fake racket will start showing poor quality with time. It will bend or break but that is after you have used it and there may not be many options to get it replaced at that time. The fakes will also affect your game and you may not be able to play your true game and hit the quality of shots that you do with real.
Try buying rackets from reputed shops and if you are getting very high discounts then you need to be suspicious. Buy Badminton rackets from sports sites which deal with authorized Yonex dealers.
As a buyer I would advise that do not fall for the lowest price always because by saving small amount you may end up paying a heaving price by getting fake yonex racket. You can go to a good local sports shop or you may go to online sport store for a genuine badminton racket.