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Yonex Duora Z Strike Racket Review: Dual Frame for Double Benefits
Launched in 2017, the Yonex Duora Z Strike was one of the top-performing rackets in the market. The all-around racket with a unique frame was a favorite of Danish player Viktor Axelsen and Indian shuttler Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.
When Yonex discontinued the Duora Z strike, it left a gap in the market to fill out. Victor Axelsen moved on to Yonex Astrox 100 ZZ for more power and simultaneous speed. The racket may be head heavy but it does not make the overall weight too difficult to handle. With an enhanced sweet spot and improved weight distribution system, you will enjoy the feel of AX100ZZ.
Alternatively, why not try the Yonex Nanoflare 1000Z racket? Did you know Satwiksairaj Rankireddy recently created a Guinness World Record for the fastest shot ever? He used the latest Yonex Nanoflare 1000Z model from the Nanoflare series to hit the shuttlecock at a speed of 565 km/hour and broke a 10-year-old record.
Yonex NF-1000Z is an advanced racket with the latest technology than the Duora Z strike. For example, in addition to Nanometric DR, the Nanoflare 1000Z racket also has M40X carbon fiber, ultra PE fiber, the latest energy Boost Cap, and a new built-in T joint for speed, accuracy, and control.
Why Yonex Duora Z Strike have a Cult-Like Following?
Yonex introduced the Duora series to address the diverse needs of players. It offers an enhanced performance with equally strong forehands and backhands. It boasts of the Dual Optimum System that lends an Aero+Box frame to the racket. With a box-frame, you can make your forehand shots more powerful and enjoy a solid feeling while hitting the shuttlecock. On the other hand, the Aero-part of the frame makes your backhands sharper, quicker and better than before. It ensures a reduced air resistance to make your game faster than your competitor.
The racket also has an innovative Duora grommet design that includes 8-linked grommets with different thickness on either side of the frame. It enhances the features of the Aero+Box frame and ensures a stronger performance in the game.
Learn more about Racket Specifications & Technology
Flex: Extra Stiff
Frame: H.M. Graphite / NANOMETRIC DR / Hyper-MG
Shaft: NANOMETRIC / H.M. Graphite / EX-HMG
Weight and Grip: 3U (Ave.88g) G4,5 and 2U (Ave.93g) G4,5
Recommended String Tension: 3U 20-28lbs, 2U 21-29lbs
How does the Duora Z Strike fare in comparison to others?
Because the DUO-ZS badminton racket has such unique features, it is truly one of a kind. Even after the product is discontinued, players often compare it with several top-performing rackets from Yonex. Let's understand which racket you can buy if you have been using the Duora Z-Strike.
1. The one racket that comes very close to Duora Z Strike is the Duora 10 badminton racket. With similar weight and features, players often choose one between the two options. However, both products are discontinued by Yonex and won't be available with resellers once they go out of stock.
2. If compared Duora Z strike with Yonex Arcsaber 11 Pro racket, you will find that the Duora model seems slightly more head-heavy and stiffer than the ARC11-P model. The latter is more forgiving as well.
3. Duora Z strike is similar to the Yonex Voltric Z-Force II racket because of its compact racket head. If you have played with ZFII in the past, you will find it easier to adapt to the Duora Z Strike racket. The Duora racket is slightly less head-heavy and can deliver faster shots than its competitor. Choose the latest Astrox 88-D Pro because many players find its handling and feel to be similar.
4. Astrox 77 has a larger sweet spot and the Duora Z Strike has a more concentrated sweet spot. So, it all comes down to your preferences. If you like a lightweight racket with a medium stiff shaft, you can get the Astrox 77 racket. It is suitable for singles as well as doubles players.
Is the Duora Z Strike suited to your playing style?
The racket is designed for advanced players who want to improve their shots and gain advantage over their opponents. If you want to improve your smashes with more power and longer shuttlecock hold, this is the racket for you. While playing backhand shots, the ultra-resilient material of the racket ensures higher stiffness and quicker repulsion. Viktor Axelsen, Caroline Marin and several other players have liked the racket and made it popular.
It is definitely one of the best rackets that Yonex has ever produced. But just like all good things, it demands some attention. Remember the Yonex Duora Z Strike may not be as forgiving as other racket models. But once you identify with its style and technology, it will be a treat to play on the court.