Yonex ™ Astrox 99 Customized Badminton Racquet
Yonex’ Astrox series of badminton racquets replaces the old Votric series. Players who were satisfied the Voltric series will be even happier with the new Astrox series which uses better materials and advanced engineering to deliver the same results at a higher level. As with the old series, the new Astrox series is designed for aggressive players who like to smash and drive. Where the Nanoflare series is for patient, skillful players, the Astrox series is for players who like to keep the points short by overpowering their opponents. And like the old Voltric series, the new Astrox series performs best from mid-court back to the baseline.
The Astrox 99 is endorsed by Kento Momota, the reigning World Champion. It has been redesigned to deliver more power during smashes and more durability over the long term. The new graphite in this racquet makes the old graphite in the Voltric series obsolete. The rotational generator system and counterbalanced head also surpasses the engineering in the old Voltric series. The Astrox 99 was developed with Namd, the world’s first graphite that flexes for power and hardens for control.
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Until now, the ASTROX series has utilized next-generation graphite “Namd” in the shaft, which results in a large increase in the snap back speed of the shaft, producing greater smash speeds. But the ASTROX 99 has adopted Namd in the entire body of the racquet, including the frame, doubling contact time with the shuttle, resulting in an explosive shot as the racquet returns from flexed to straight at the end of the swing. Additionally, the Energy Boost Cap shape is designed to encourage even more flex in the shaft, further benefiting from the effects of the Namd graphite.
The series trademark technology, Rotational Generator System, which contributes to a smooth transition from shot to shot also helps the player maximize the effects of the entire Namd body.
The design of the ASTROX 99 is inspired by the power and energy of the sun. The base of orange and black echo the sun spinning in the vast blackness of space, while red highlights recall the explosive solar flares that occur on its surface.
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#1 – Customers who purchase select premium Yonex badminton racquets online are offered free string, free installation, free overgrip, and free shipping.
#2 – Customers who purchase select premium Yones premium racquets in-store get $200 worth of free stringing upgrades. They are also able to take advantage of our Try-One-Before-Buy-One racquet demo program.
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The Astrox 99 is currently available only in one colour style: orange/black. As with other Yonex frames, new colour options may be released every six months. We will update this page when other colour options become available.
This is an extra stiff flex badminton racquet, which makes it suitable for big, strong, athletic athletes at the elite level. Most recreational players will find this frame too stiff to use effectively, especially on the corner-to-corner backhand clear. Players below elite level should consider other racquets in the Astrox series.
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The loop is made of a mix of advanced materials that include high modulus graphite, Namd, Nanometric and Tungsten. The shaft consists of high modulus graphite and Namd.
Available Weights / Grip Sizes
This racquet is being manufactured in a range of weights and grip sizes. The 4U version weighs an average of 83 grams and is available in one grip sizes: G5. The heavier 3U version weighs an average of 88 grams and is available in grip size 4. Both options are being imported by Yonex Canada.
The heavier of these two racquets (3U4) should be strung in the 21-29 lb range. The lighter (4U4) should be strung in the 20-28 lbs range. Players who need advice about stringing this racquet should come into our store and consult with a stringing expert.
A world-first, new dimension graphite material, Namd, greatly improves the adhesion of the graphite fibers and resin by attaching nanomaterial directly to the graphite fiber.
In high performance racquets, it is common to combine nanomaterials with resin that connects graphite fibers, but in Yonex Namd, nanomaterials are directly adhered to the graphite fibers and resin is greatly increased. This major improvement in Yonex racquets produces a shaft that flexes and stores energy, delivering explosive force on impact with the shuttle.
Yonex Badminton Racquet Full Frame Namd
The ASTROX 99 has adopted Namd in the entire body of the racquet, including the frame. This doubles contact time with the shuttle, resulting in an explosive shot, as the racquet returns from flexed to straight at the end of the swing.
NANOMETRIC* improves the bonding strength between the carbon fibres enabling us to take racquet shaft construction to another level. By reducing the amount of carbon in the shaft to make it 60%* thinner than a conventional racquet whilst retaining stiffness, YONEX has created a revolutionary lightweight racquet with lightening head speed and control.
*NANOMETRIC is the new material which applies the NANOALLOYTM Technology of Toray Industries, Inc.
New Grommet Pattern
Yonex’ new single-pass grommet hole construction provides more grommet holes and fewer shared holes than other brands. This permits for a more high-performance stringing pattern.
Rotational Generator System
Yonex rotational generator system applies the counterbalance theory in Yonex racquets. Weight is distributed throughout the grip end, frame top and the joint for maximum control. This ensures a smooth and rapid transition to the next shot.
Solid Feel Core
The built-in solid feel core in Yonex premium racquets reduces harmful miscellaneous vibration at impact. This technology, called “solid feel core” is a feature of all Yonex racquets manufactured in Japan.
Super Slim Long Shaft
This is the slimmest racquet ever produced by Yonex. It vastly reduces air resistance whilst providing maximum feel.
Yonex frames are contoured differently on different parts of the loop. Some areas feature an aerodynamic shape to reduce air resistance. Other areas feature a box shape to provide strength and power. This combination offers a quick swing with a solid feel.
Built in T-Joint
‘New’ Built-in T-Joint is manufactured from a special lightweight plastic combined with epoxy resin and a foaming agent. Yonex says that it enhances quality and performance by increasing the stability of the shuttle on the stringbed and through the air.
Yonex Energy Boost Cap
The new shape of the energy boost cap allows the shaft to flex, which ensures the maximum effect of “Namd(more flex and faster kick-back graphite material)” and stabilizes the racquet face by preventing the shaft twisting, increasing control
Isometric Head Shape
Yonex’ square-shaped ISOMETRIC frame shape is designed to keep vertical strings at a similar length. This shape produces a larger sweet spot in all directions.
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