The Astrox series from Yonex has been quite popular. Over the years, the company has added several successful racket models to it. The recent Yonex Astrox 99 took the world by storm when the company launched it in September 2018. AX88S and AX88D rackets were truly innovative with a focus on doubles players. Now, Yonex is introducing the latest addition to the Astrox series: The Astrox 100 badminton racket.

In a press release on 25th February, 2020, Yonex announced the launch of Astrox 100 racket that will offer the next level of power and versatility to your badminton skills. The two racket models Astrox 100 ZZ and Astrox 100 ZX are set for a release in March.

Astrox 100 ZZ Racket

Yonex Astrox 100 ZZ Racket

Viktor AXELSEN (Denmark), CHOU Tien Chen (Taiwan), Akane YAMAGUCHI (Japan) and many other players will start using the newest Astrox 100 racket during the 2020 season.

 

What’s Different about Yonex Astrox 100 Badminton Racket?

By developing racquet technologies in weight distribution, shaft, frame shape and cap, the ASTROX 100 enables access to power that controls the quick changes of pace in the game.

With this racket, Yonex is trying to solve the issue that affects most head-heavy rackets in the market. When the weight distribution is biased towards the head, it often makes the shots a bit clumsy. The weight causes fatigue during long rallies. To counter the effects of extra weight and add more speed and control to the shots, Yonex has enhanced existing technology and created the Astrox 100 racket. You get to enjoy more powerful and quicker consecutive shots with it.

 

A Detailed Look at the Technology for Better Understanding

1. Innovative Rotational Generator System

If you have been using Yonex Astrox badminton rackets in the past, you might be aware of the company’s Rotational Generator System. It allows the rackets to have a balanced weight distribution so that they do not wear you down. Yonex has gone one step ahead with the Astrox 100 and enhanced the system with a more precise weight distribution from the top of the frame to the grip end. Due to the changes, the racket will become quicker than the other models in the Astrox series.

2. NAMD

The company has used NAMD graphite material in the frame as well as the shaft of both the racket models. The material ensures that there is an enhanced flex in the racket for a faster snapback. This way the Astrox 100 racket comes back to its original position effortlessly. You get to unleash incredible power while playing smashes. It produces stronger shots rapidly with increased swing speed.

3. Super Slim Shaft

Yonex has created the slimmest shaft to this date with the help of high-quality graphite material. The company claims that it has helped in reducing air resistance. It also aids in enhancing the rotational power with a faster snapback than before.

4. Improved Isometric Shape and Expanded Sweet Spot

Nowadays, most rackets have an isometric shape for an expanded sweet spot. Yonex has improved its isometric shape and created a shape resembling almost a square. This change has increased the area of the sweet spot by 2.9%. It allows the players to hit powerful shots in rapid succession even if they are unable to place the shuttlecock at the center of the racket.

5. Energy Boost Cap

Yonex has even improved the cap on top of the racket handle. The Energy Boost Cap is made better with a new structure that increases flexibility and offers more support to your thumb while hitting the shuttlecock. This transforms into more power without compromising on comfort. It also helps the racket shaft from twisting and keeps it stable.

 

A Quick Overview of Astrox 100 ZZ and Astrox 100 ZX Variants

Overall, both the badminton rackets focus on enhancing your power and speed on the court. However, there are a few differences in terms of the technology used in creating them. Let’s take a look:

 

Astrox 100 ZZ

Astrox 100 ZX

Item Code

AX100ZZ

AX100ZX

Flex

Extra Stiff

Extra Stiff

Frame Material

HM GRAPHITE + Namd + TUNGSTEN + BLACK MICRO CORE + NANOMETRIC

HM GRAPHITE + NANOMESH NEO + TUNGSTEN

Shaft

Hyper Slim Shaft

Extra Slim and Rexis Shaft

Shaft Material

HM GRAPHITE + Namd

HM GRAPHITE + Namd

Joint

NEW Built in T Joint

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Stringing Advice

4U 20-28lbs, 3U 21-29lbs

4U 20-28lbs, 3U 21-29lbs

Weight and Grip Size

3U (Ave 88g) G4,5,6 and 4U (Ave 83g) G5,6

3U (Ave 88g) G4,5,6 and 4U (Ave 83g) G5,6

Length

10mm Longer

10mm Longer

Color

Dark Navy

Dark Navy

Release Date

March 20th, 2020

March 20th, 2020

 

1. The Differences in Frame Material

If you consider the differences, the frame material used in Astrox 100 ZZ is a new one. The Black Micro Core material at the top of the frame increases rigidity by 4% and absorbs vibration by 2%. The extra weight of the material is refuted by the new built-in T joint that makes the racket 1.3% lighter than other Yonex racket models. With the innovative design of the Astrox 100 ZZ racket, you can get more power from your smashes.

On the other hand, Astrox 100 ZX racket has the Nanomesh NEO material in the frame. It was also used in other Astrox rackets such as Astrox 22, Astrox 9, Astrox 7, Astrox 6, etc. The material acts as an adhesive to combine the graphite fiber with resin. It results in a stronger and more flexible frame. It allows the shaft to come back to its original position in a quick succession. This enables you to play attacking shots quickly and continuously.

2. The Differences in the Shaft

The Astrox 100 ZZ has a Hyper Slim Shaft. It includes a graphite material at the core of the shaft that delivers an 11.8% reduction in air resistance. With the solid material, the racket becomes more resilient than before and ensures stronger shots every time.

The Astrox 100 ZX has an Extra Slim and Rexis Shaft. It is a high-performance shaft with an advanced molding technique and high-quality, high-performance graphite material. The new Rexis technology allows the racket to slice through air and generates enough speed and power.

 

In Summary…

The Astrox 100 badminton racket with its two variants: Astrox 100 ZZ and Astrox 100 ZX seem to be a natural progression of the Yonex Astrox racket series. The company had not introduced any racket in the Astrox series after the highly popular Astrox 99 and the limited-edition Astrox 99 LCW racket with Lee Chong Wei. Everyone was expecting a newer model in 2020. It is smart of the company to not make any drastic changes in the racket and bank upon on improving the existing technology to offer a more powerful and versatile racket.

There is palpable excitement among players for using the new racket. Are you excited?

 

As soon as the racket is released, we will be back with a review on the performance of the racket so that you can make an informed decision.

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