Yonex Astrox 99 Pro Badminton Racket Cherry Sunburst - [Frame Only]

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Weight: 3U (85-89g)
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  • Weight : 3U (85-89g) / 4U (80-84g)
  • Balance : Head-Heavy
  • Flex: Stiff

The ultimate blend of speed and control, the Astrox 99 Pro combines the power its predecessor with extra maneuverability.

Made in Japan.

  • Weight : 3U (85-89g) / 4U (80-84g) 
  • Balance : Head-Heavy
  • Flex: Stiff

Endorsed by Kento Momota, the highly anticipated Astrox 99 Pro bring numerous improvements to enhance the racket advanced and intermediate players. Similar to other Astrox models, the 99 Pro features a stiff shaft and head heavy frame for explosive power.  Yonex has introduced its latest Volume Cut Resin technology - an epoxy resin  that has been used to construct the entire frame of the racket which offers excellent strength and light weight. This combines perfectly with the new slimmer and shorter shaft, allowing players to take advantage of the increased snapback when whipping smashes from the rear court.

Additionally, Yonex has increased the frame thickness at the top of the racket which works with the Power Assist Bumper to offer increased swing weight and power. Yonex have however, worked hard to ensure that all the extra head weight does not come at the expense of speed and have introduced an EXTRA SLIM SHAFT and fully recessed frame. Finally, Yonex have also refined the ISOMETRIC HEADSHAPE, for greater forgiveness and an optimised sweet-spot. This is combined with a new stringing pattern, borrowed from the Astrox 88S, that looks to offer more control and longer shuttle hold.

Technology

VOLUME CUT RESIN: An epoxy resin that has been used to construct the entire frame of the racket, is lighter in weight and has excellent strength, allowing it to support the new extra slim shaft.

POWER ASSIST BUMPER: A tungsten-infused nylon bumper, has been added to the top of the frame for increased swing-weight and power.

ROTATIONAL GENERATOR SYSTEM : Offers counterbalanced weight distribution, with weight optimised in key areas of the racket for max control and shot transition.

NAMD: Yonex's revolutionary and premier graphite material is now present in both the shaft and the racket head.

VOLUME CUT RESIN:  an epoxy resin that has been used to construct the entire frame of the racket, is lighter in weight and has excellent strength, allowing it to support the new extra slim shaft.

Front Court Performance 

In the realm of front court plays, the Astrox 99 Pro offers an average performance when compared to its siblings in the Astrox series. This is likely due to its heavier balance point. While executing net shots, the racket smoothly interacts with the shuttle, offering a tactile touch. However, cross-nets can strain the arm a tad more than desired. Particularly in doubles, during rapid rallies at the front, the racket falls short of expectations, especially when compared to the performance of the Astrox 88s Pro. For its front court prowess, the Astrox 99 Pro scores a 6.5/10.

Defence

Defensively, the 99 Pro shines with stability. If you have a penchant for head-heavy rackets and desire unwavering racket face stability during shots, the Astrox 99 Pro won't disappoint. In singles, the defence feels fluid, but the racket's heavy balance becomes a discernible challenge in doubles. Under duress, the racket lags in recovery, posing potential challenges for doubles players. It earns a score of 7/10 in defence.

Power

Power is the arena where the Astrox 99 Pro truly dominates. It stands out as the powerhouse within the new Pro range. Smashes emanate with minimal effort, and even half-smashes pack a punch. Overhead clears and backhand clears are executed with ease. For its sheer power capabilities, the Astrox 99 Pro boasts a score of 9.5/10.

Singles or Doubles?

Crafted with a head-heavy balance and stiffness, the Astrox 99 Pro is tailored for singles players. The dynamics of singles allow players the luxury of full swings, where the 99 Pro can be harnessed to its full potential. Doubles players might find it challenging due to its slower speed. This observation is corroborated on the world circuit, where singles stalwarts like Kento Momota prefer the 99 Pro, while it finds limited takers among doubles players.

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  1. Purpose of Play

    • Beginners: Opt for even-balanced rackets, which ensure ease in learning and versatility in shots.
    • Intermediate Players: Depending on playing style, consider rackets that are slightly head-heavy (for power) or slightly head-light (for speed).
    • Advanced Players: These players often have specific preferences. They might opt for rackets that amplify power, speed, or control, depending on their playing style.
  1. Weight Class:

    • Ultralight (5U,6U,7U): Easier to control, quick swing. Suitable for beginners and defensive players.
    • Standard (4U): Provides a balanced feel. Suitable for intermediate players.
    • Heavy (3U): Emphasizes power, might be harder to maneuver. Preferred by advanced players.
  1. Balance Point:

    • Head-Heavy: Emphasizes power, ideal for smashing.
    • Even-Balance: Offers a mix of power and speed. Suitable for players who play both at the net and the back of the court.
    • Head-Light: Emphasizes speed and quick reflexes, ideal for front court plays and doubles.
  1. String Tension:

    • Beginners: 20-23 lbs. Provides a larger sweet spot and is more forgiving.
    • Intermediate: 23-26 lbs. Offers a good mix of power and control.
    • Advanced: 27+ lbs. Delivers precise control but requires consistent hitting technique.
  1. Shaft Flexibility:

    • Flexible: Easier for beginners. Generates power without much effort but might compromise on accuracy.
    • Medium: Balanced flex and suitable for many intermediate players.
    • Stiff: Preferred by advanced players. Offers precision but requires good technique to generate power.
  1. Grip Size:

  • Smaller Hands: G5 or smaller
  • Average Hands: G4
  • Larger Hands: G3

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