Taufik Hidayat is a retired Indonesian badminton player.
He is a former world and Olympic champion in men’s singles.
Full name: Taufik Hidayat
Date of birth: 10 August 1981
Profession: Badminton player
Career span: 1998-2012
Taufik Hidayat is also considered the closest rival to the dominating world champion, Lin Dan.
Also, many of his fans and experts appraise him as a legendary player in badminton history.
Taufik Hidayat became one of the premiere players in the world due to his overpowering backhand and forehand.
Achievements and career victories
Taufik Hidayat is a former Olympic, World, Asian Games, and Asian champion and the youngest world number one in the men’s singles.
He has won the Indonesia Open six times (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006).
Also, he had won a total of 27 international titles in his career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest badminton players of all time, which includes:
- Olympic Games: Gold medal in 2004 held at Athens.
- World Championships: Gold in 2005 (held at Anaheim) and silver in 2010 (held at Paris).
- Asian Championships: Gold medal in 2000 (held in Jakarta), in 2004 (born in Kuala Lumpur), and 2007 (held in Johor Bahru).
- Asian Games: Gold medals in 1998 (Doha), 2002 (Busan), and 2006 (Bangkok).
- Southeast Asian Games: Gold medal in 1999 (Brunei) and another gold in 2007 (Thailand).
- Thomas Cup: Taufi won two gold medals in 2000 and 2002 and a silver medal in 2010, respectively.
- World Cup: Bronze medal in 2006 (Yiyang).
- Asia Cup: A gold medal in 1999 (Ho-Chi-Minh) and a bronze medal in 2001 (Singapore).
- Asian Junior Championships: A gold and silver medal in 1997, which were held in Manila.
Also, take a look at this video, where Taufik Hidayat can be seen playing some of his best shots and rallies:
Badminton Rackets used by Taufik Hidayat
Now let’s discuss the types of rackets that Taufik Hidayat used and played with throughout his career:
2000-2003 (Yonex Muscle Power 77)
Taufik Hidayat used Yonex Muscle Power 77 in his starting journey.
This racket is made in China and developed in Japan and provides awesome power to the player while playing smashes and other offensive shots.
2003-2005 (Yonex Armotec 700 Old color)
Taufik used Yonex Armotec 700 old colour racket during 2003-2005 as the clears are relatively effortless, and the head heaviness aids in power generation.
This racquet feels head-heavy and ‘heavy’ compared to all modern Yonex racquets.
2006 (Yonex Armotec 700 New color)
Taufik played using Yonex Armotec 700 new color in 2006 as this racquet is a double edge sword.
On the one hand, you get unsurpassed firepower from this beast and trade power defense.
End of 2006 and early 2007 (Yonex Armotec 900 Power)
At the end of 2006 and early 2007, Taufik used Yonex Armotec 900 Power for his offensive and attacking gameplay.
Also, this racket is made to help players produce explosive smash power using Yonex’s latest technologies, MicroTi and ElasticTi.
Middle 2007- 2008 (Yonex Armotec 900 Technique)
Yonex Armotec 900 Technique racket is made using Yonex’s Latest technologies and was predominantly designed and launched for tactical and semi-offensive players.
It helps the players to produce and control power.
And Taufik used this racket from the middle of 2007 till 2008.
2009 (Yonex Arcsaber 10)
Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat are the two top badminton champions and Olympic medalists who used this racket during their era.
The frame of this racket is designed to flex at a point of impact to hold the shuttle on the string bed for longer.
2010 (Yonex Arcsaber Z Slash)
Taufik played all his tournaments and matches using Yonex Arcsaber Z Slash in 2010.
Middle 2010- 2011 (Yonex Arcsaber Z Slash Taufik Hidayat)
Taufik signed an endorsement with the Yonex, and in the middle of 2010, Taufik switched his racket and opted for his signature Yonex Arcsaber Z Slash Taufik Hidayat.
This racket is best for those players who want to increase the power and speed of their smashes.
2012 (Yonex Arcsaber Premium)
Yonex Arcsaber Premium racket was launched in 2012 and had the latest and greatest technology for enhancing speed and control.
And after its launch, Taufik Hidayat played with this racket in 2012 to check its features.
Early 2013 (Yonex Arcsaber 11 Old color)
Arcsaber 11 is an even-balanced racquet for explosive all-around play, and in 2013 Taufik Hidayat used this racket to play some of his competitive tournaments and championships.
Middle 2013- till retirement (Yonex Aecsaber 11 Taufik Hidayat)
This racket was launched by Yonex, based on an Olympic gold medalist, Taufik Hidayat preference and was a special limited edition.
And during the middle of 2013, Taufik Hidayat switched to this racket and used it till his retirement.
Rather than this, here’s the complete list of badminton rackets used by Taufik Hidayat throughout his career:
- Yonex CAB-20 Blue.
- Yonex Muscle Power 77 OC.
- Yonex Muscle Power 100.
- Yonex Armotec 7000 OC.
- Yonex Armotec 700 NC.
- Yonex Armotec 900 P.
- Yonex Armotec 900 T.
- Yonex Arcsaber ZS.
- Yonex Arcsaber 10.
- Yonex Arcsaber ZS-TH.
- Yonex Arcsaber 10 Premium.
- Yonex Arcsaber 11.
- Yonex Arcsaber 11 TH.
Net-worth of Taufik Hidayat
The 40-year-old Indonesian player has done well thus far.
Also, he is one of Indonesia’s most successful celebrities and the wealthiest player.
Taufik’s primary source of income is being a professional badminton player.
And according to the research, Taufik Hidayat Estimated Net Worth in 2022 is between $3 Million – $5 Million.
The salary of Taufik is between $500K – $700K.
And if we talk about Taufik Hidayat’s previous year’s net worth, it was approximately $1,5 Million – $2 Million.
Where did Taufik Hidayat take his training?
Taufik Hidayat was born in Bandung, Indonesia and today, he is counted in the list of top Indonesian badminton players.
He started his journey in this sport at the very young age of nine, after which he made his international debut in 1996.
Taufik joined the Bandung-based badminton club known as SGS Club as a young man, where he took his training under the guidance of Iie Sumirat.
In one interview, he stated that his father forced him to play this sport, after which he joined Pelatnas in 1996 and started taking his sessions under the guidance of Mulyono and Joko Suprianto, after which his career was decorated with silvers and golds.
Taufik Hidayat established his training centre in 2012 before retiring from the game named the Taufik Hidayat Arena.
His facility holds classes for anyone who wishes to get into this sport or improve their skills.
The Taufik Hidayat Arena is also a badminton hall where people can learn and play badminton or practice their skills.
Taufik’s playing career came to an end when the past World Champion took retirement in 2014.
Coach of Taufik Hidayat
Full name: Mulyo Handoyo
Mulyo Handoyo is a top Indonesian coach who is well-known for his heroics in coaching one of the best shuttlers in badminton (Taufik Hidayat).
Handoyo trained Taufik Hidayat from 1996 until his retirement at Pelatnas and remained his mentor throughout his career.
In one of his interviews, Taufik Hidayat states, “Mulyo Handoyo can turn a player into a champion.”
According to the news and research, it is said that this tough Indonesian badminton coach is now training Indian Shuttles at the Pullela Gopichand academy in Hyderabad and assisting national head coach Gopichand.
He’s already been helping Kidambi Srikant raise his game and will work closely with India’s singles contingent.
After which, Taufik Hidayat stated that “India’s decision of getting Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo on board was just the right investment.”