How to Tell if It's a Fake Yonex Racket

Updated February 21, 2017

Yonex is a company which manufactures golf, badminton, and tennis equipment. Minoru Yoneyama founded the company in 1946 to create wooden parts for fishing nets. Yonex rackets are known for their high-tech design, stability and ease of use. Unfortunately, the Internet abounds with sellers offering subpar rackets that bear the Yonex stamp. It's important to be able to spot such rackets not only to save your money, but your time as well, as many faux Yonex rackets don't last long.

Examine the hologram sticker that comes on all Yonex rackets. Nudge under one corner of the sticker with your thumb. If the sticker responds readily, indicating that it will be easy to peel off, you most likely have a fake. Real Yonex rackets come with stickers that are tough to peel off.

Check the price. If the price is lower than £65, you most likely have a fake on your hands.

Check the lettering of the word "Yonex" on the shaft and on the packaging. If the lettering is flawed or not perfectly straight, you likely have a fake. If possible, compare the logo with another Yonex logo from an authentic racket. The fonts of fake rackets are usually slightly wider.

Locate the product number on the shaft of the racket. If there are no product numbers, you're dealing with a fake racket. Run your fingers across them. They should be engraved and thus textured. Flat, untextured letters are a sure sign of a fake.

Examine the bag that the racket comes with. A cheap-looking bag indicates a fake racket. Touch the bag. It should feel soft and supple. If it feels hard and stiff, it's most likely not authentic.

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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."