The most popular range of Yonex rackets is by far the Yonex Astrox series which is an upgrade of the popular Voltric series. Astrox rackets utilises a head heavy balance to cater to attacking players who value aggression above all. These attacking rackets have been engineered to allow you to deliver explosive power in every shot.
The first point is to decide if a head heavy balance is suitable for your game. Yes, head heavy frames definitely do provide you with more power with your clears, smashes and drives as the added weight provides increased momentum with your swings. The downside – if you’re still developing your technique or prefer short swift swings then the heavier balance might cause the racket to feel sluggish and slow. You will find it harder to recover between shots (especially during fast rallies) compared to using a head-light frame.
If your still wanting maximum power, then let’s delve into why the Astrox series stands out from other head heavy frames in the market. The key difference is the introduction of Namd by Yonex in the frames – Namd is a new dimensional graphite that attaches nano material directly to the graphite fiber. This is in contrast to the traditional method of adding nano material within the resin.
This technical jargon might sound confusing to all of us but it essentially means it allows for extra energy to be stored in the racket frame when it flexes – allowing for an explosive energy release when the racket comes into contact with the shuttlecock. You will find yourself hitting clears and drives with increased ease compared to other frames due to the Namd technology.
Additionally, the Namd allows the racket to quickly return back to its original form after executing a shot – enabling you to recover quickly between shots. This is possible as the Namd graphite flexes and stores more energy than traditional frames – allowing for greater contact time between the racket and shuttle to ensure minimal loss of energy from player to the shot.
Another key technology added by Yonex in Astrox frames is the Rotational Generator System. This revolutionary technology applies the counterbalance theory which deviates from the standard weight distribution throughout the frame. Yonex have instead narrowed down the weight allocation to 3 points along the racket: top of the frame, bottom of the frame and bottom of the racket handle. This allows you to have maximum control of your swings when you transition between one shot to the next.
Some of the world’s best players use the Astrox rackets :
Finally let’s decide which is the best Astrox racket for your game. If you are a developing player, you can consider frames from the Astrox Play series which offers a budget friendly racket that still packs a punch. Intermediate players such as regular club players will be suited for the Astrox Game and Astrox Tour models which come with more technology and stronger frames. We find the Tour models provide the best value as they tend to come with most of the latest technology and more playable frames (less stiff) – allowing most players to have a nice blend of power and comfort.
If you are wanting a premium frame then the Astrox Pro models offer the best choices in the market – coming with all the latest Namd, RGS ,Black-Micro Core technology.