Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play

The Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play is my current favorite racket for low-intermediate players and “high” beginners who are near the low-intermediate level.

It’s solid all around the court without being amazing at one particular area but without any clear downsides.


Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play summary

The Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play is a budget- and beginner-friendly version of the professional Arcsaber 11 Pro, which in turn is a renewed model of Yonex’s original racket named Arcsaber 11. The original racket was famously used by Taufik Hidayat, a legendary badminton player.

Naturally, the Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play isn’t used by professional players as it’s built with high-beginners and low-intermediate players in mind.

But its older brother, the similar pro-edition, is used by professional players like:

  • Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (seen during Sudirman Cup 2023)
  • Aaron Chia (seen on Yonex’s website)
  • Michelle Li (seen on Yonex’s website)
  • Zheng Si Wei (seen on Yonex’s website)
  • Sapsiree Taerattanachai (seen on Yonex’s website)


Who this racket is best for

It’s among the best badminton rackets for intermediate players who prefer an all-around racket type. It’s well-suited for the intermediate player or the advanced beginner who is looking for a racket to grow into.

It helps with precision and requires you to be creative in your game to outplay the opponent rather than simply hammering a fast and powerful smash in the ground.


Who this racket isn’t suitable for

It’s not suitable for the entry-level player who’s just starting their badminton journey or the advanced player who is skilled at controlling their racket.

It’s also not a good fit for the player who loves a good power smash as it’s not built to help in that area of the game. Players who like a fast racket to defend and counterattack will also like other rackets better.


Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play’s pros and cons


  • Strong in most areas of the game, which makes it easy to play with
  • Shuttle hold: A longer contact point when hitting the shuttle helps improve precision
  • Excellent choice if you’re a low-intermediate player looking to improve your game from a one-sided smasher to intelligently outplaying your opponents
  • Great value for money


  • Lacks raw smash power
  • Not outstandingly fast in defense (but just fine)


Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play reviews

At the time of writing this, I haven’t seen any in-depth review of the Yonex Arcsaber 11 Play besides my own.

But, several reviews of the Arcsaber 11 Pro (the older brother for advanced players) can help give a better understanding of the Arcsaber 11 Play even if they aren’t the exact same racket (the Pro-model has similar attributes to the Play-model, but is of nicer material as it costs about 3x the price and is made for skilled players with great technique).




Additional information

Balance Point

Even Balance








Grayish Pearl

Grip Size

G5, G6

Weight Class





10 mm longer


BOX Frame, Control-Assist Bumper, Isometric, Slim Shaft