Truth is, these two rackets are new racket models which incorporate bleeding edge technology from Li-Ning. Zhang Nan competed with the Aeronaut 7000, whilst Chen Long, with the 3D Calibar 900.
Further to that, we received more questions with regards to the new rackets. The most popular question being – Why do the new rackets look similar to the old rackets?
One example is Li Junhui's racket (Turbo Charging 70I) used during the World Championships which looks similar to the N7-II Light, which inspired the writing of this article.
Why do some new racquets look the same as the older rackets, but with a different name? What does this new naming system mean?
First, let’s begin with a video.
WHAT DO THE FIRST TWO WORDS (TURBO CHARGING) BEFORE THE NUMBERING STAND FOR?
The naming system represents the 3 newly launched badminton racket silos by Li-Ning
• Turbo Charging – Fast : Aerodynamic efficiency
• 3D Calibar – Powerful : High tech geometric frame
• Aeronaut – Control : Air Stream Channel Design
HOW DO WE DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE 3 DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM RACKETS?
Leveraging on aerodynamic principles, Li-Ning built an innovative trapezoidal frame construction that energises the player with extra strong swing speed and fast reaction time.
Ideal for quick players with rapid attack and strong defensive skills
Key Word: Fast
Features a high tech geometric frame design that reduces air resistance. It produces faster swing speeds for bigger smashes.
Ideal for strong players looking for maximum power
Key Word: Powerful
Houses unique air stream channels integrated into the racket head which reduces air resistance and helps generate faster shuttlecock speeds
Ideal for players looking for best control with little to no sacrifice in power
Key Word: Control
WHAT DOES THE NUMBERS REPRESENT?
Different number of digits represent a different silo.
• Turbo Charging - 2 digits
• 3D Calibar - 3 digits
• Aeronaut - 4 digits
HOW ABOUT THE FIRST DIGIT OF THE NUMBERS? DOES IT REPRESENT ANYTHING?
• Rackets number Starting with 1/2/3
Entry level rackets
• Rackets number Starting with 4/5/6
Intermediate to professional level rackets
• Rackets number Starting with 7/8/9
WHAT DOES THE ALPHABET AFTER THE NUMBER REPRESENT?
In order to meet the needs of different players, we extend each range of technologically advanced rackets to meet different play styles
• C (Combat)
For strong, aggressive players
• D (Drive)
For fast players
• I (Instinct)
For players looking for lightweight rackets and agility.
• B (Boost)
For well-rounded and experienced players
As an example: Turbo Charging 70I is a lightweight sponsored racket for quick players with rapid attack and strong defensive skills.
Whether you are looking for speed or power, Li-Ning badminton rackets are there to cater to your needs.
For further clarification, you may refer to the below table on some old rackets that has been improvised and are now with new racket name.