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Yonex Astrox Badminton Rackets
The headline range from Yonex, the Yonex Astrox Badminton Rackets, are the new generation of rackets to replace the hugely popular Voltric range. The Astrox rackets are built for power, aggression and an attacking game. They’re the most offensive line up of rackets from Yonex. The rackets have been engineering the empower steep attack shots and smashes.
Namd or Nanomesh Neo material is used in the Astrox serious of rackets to produce rigid action for slow shots, combined with more flex in the racket for faster snapback with shots, empowering enhanced power. The premium models in the range use Namd material, whilst the lower end models use the Nanomesh neo material. One of the big side benefits of these rackets is the way in which the rackets rebound after hit, which is key for players at the very top level when exceptional fast rallies require players to be ready to react to the next shot rapidly. The worlds very best players play with the Yonex Astrox Rackets range including, Momota in the singles with the Astrox 99, Kevin and Marcus with the Astrox 88D and 88S in the doubles amongst others.
To help you understand a little more about just why the Namd technology is so good, lets explain in a bit more detail. Firstly, what does it do? It helps the energy of a player hitting the shot with the racket transfer into the shuttle more effectively. How does it do this? Well the Namd graphite bonds in a different way to normal rackets with the graphite fibres, the resulting effect is that there’s less loss of energy from the players racket head movement swing and when the shuttle impact takes place. The result will be is if hit with correct timing you’ll notice yourself hitting the shuttle with a louder and crisper clap when playing with feather shuttles, and as a knock on effect you’ll see yourself delivering full distance clears with less effect, and greater potential for more effective smashes, without extra effort being put in.
In addition to this, the Namd technology allows the rackets to perform in a more consistent flex than normal graphite rackets. When a player is preparing their racket head for impact with increased acceleration the Namd graphite flexes and stores more energy than normal rackets, then what takes place is a full realise of power on the impact and a resulting smaller follow through in the flex of the racket as a greater percentage of the built up energy has already been released from the impact with the shuttle. In a real life game, this can give a player a significant edge, especially if they’re smashing the shot, or if they’re needing to be prepared quickly for the next shot coming towards them in the rally.
Due to the way the Astrox rackets have been made, Yonex have made them to flex in all the right ways and places to maximise the power. The new NAMD graphite technology and where it’s located in the rackets, enables a smaller swing after shuttle impact. The racket technology allows the built up energy in the racket to explode rapidly before returning to its original state. This is emphasised by the weight distribution at the grip, top area of the frame and joint, where the graphite is harder, meaning the racket flexes in all the right places, without compromising on shot accuracy.
The Yonex Astrox rackets are head-heavy looking for as much power as possible. The range updates itself from the Voltric series. What the new generation of rackets does differently however is more speed and acceleration in the graphite material; Namd. The Namd graphite attaches itself to the graphite fibre directly, enabling the shaft to flex accordingly to the swing-speed of the player, as a result the racket adapts to you, rather than you having to adapt to the racket. As explained briefly above, the Namd technology snaps back quickly in the follow-through of shots, allowing the energy in the shaft to explode out when the shot is hit, and therefore increasing the power. The Astrox rackets return to it’s original form quicker than the Voltric range, ensuring continuous, fast stroke and transition play between shots in fast rally exchanges.
The Yonex Astrox racket series has quickly become their most popular racket series ever in it’s history. So which of the racket range should you go for? Below is a basic list explaining the racket level, style of play and what kind of player it suits. Firstly, it’s important to understand that due to the Namd technology in the racket, the shaft it adapts to the swing speed of the player.
The Astrox top Japanese range breakdown is as follows, there are more models but these aren't the high end Japanese quality lines:
Yonex Astrox 99 Badminton Racket - Aimed towards attacking singles players, that are advanced level, wanting to deliver accurate shots. This is the true replacement to the popular Voltric Z-Force 2 Racket. The racket is very head heavy for powerful smashing.
Yonex Astrox 88D Badminton Racket - An extremely attacking racket, it’s designed for primarily doubles players that are naturally back court attacking players, however it can also be used for singles players too. The racket itself is used by a number of the worlds top back court doubles players. The racket also gives a good sense of feeling, which helps when controlling the power for clears or drop shots.
Yonex Astrox 88S Badminton Racket - THE most popular worlds top level racket. Name after name at the very top love this racket. It’s the perfect all round racket for top players, delivering power, speed, accuracy and head heavy balance for attacking in rallies. Originally created as the front court attacking doubles partnership racket, many other top players are also using it, including big names such as Gabby Adcock and Viktor Axelsen.
Yonex Astrox 77 Badminton Racket - an all round aggressive attacking racket made for players between intermediate and professional. Like all the Astrox rackets it lets you react fast to the changing nature of rallies with a dominance towards attack with a head heavy focus. The racket itself comes in 2 colors and weights - 3U and 4U. If you want power, go for the 3U as its heavier and will deliver more shot over power for smashing, whilst the 4U version which is lighter delivers on greater racket head speed for rapid rallies.
Yonex Astrox 66 Badminton Racket - Designed for players with a slower arm swing speed but needing power. It’s intended for intermediate level players needing a more all round game. Suits also improver level players, wanting to develop their skills to make it to elite level by leveraging some of the advanced features used in the Yonex Astrox Rackets.Yonex Astrox 55 Badminton Racket - The lightest of the Astrox racket range (5U - 78grams), its made to suite players needing to attack but also wanting more speed and ability to react quickly and easily to the changing demands of shot pace in rallies.