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How to Customize the Astrox 88

A pair of Yonex Astrox 88D Badminton Racquets strung with BG80 Power.

About the Yonex Astrox 88

The Astrox 88 comes in two versions. The Astrox 88D and the Astrox 88S. The models are identical with one exception, the 88S is about a centimeter shorter than the 88D. This is because the 88S is designed for players who play mostly from mid-court to front court while the 88D is for players who play mid- to back-court. Given the marketing for this racquet, stringers should expect that the Astrox 88D will be used by smashers and drivers while the 88S will be used primarily for drops, lifts and clears.

How to String the Astrox 88D

If you are stringing for advanced to elite level men using feather shuttles, we recommend using one of these strings.

If you are stringing for rec level men using nylon shuttles, then we recommend selecting something from this group.

Nylon shuttles, of course, are much harder on strings than feather shuttles. So some men may break strings more often than they like using string from the group above. In that case, it may be advisable to switch to something more durable.

How to String the Astrox 88S

As this is a shorter racquet intended for front court usage, it is most likely to be used by shorter and lighter players (ladies, for example) than the 88D. Our advice, therefore, it to string it with thinner, less durable strings.

Our string suggestions for players using feather shuttles includes this group of string options…

Our string suggestions for players using nylon shuttles includes this group of string options ..

As always, these suggestions are just starting points. Players who are having particular issues are advised to come into the store and discuss options with our experts.

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Which Yonex Nanoflare is Best for Me?

Yonex Nanoflare Jr Badminton Racquet Head Blue Green

The Yonex Nanoflare series consists of head-light racquets that also provide extra shuttle speed and distance.

While many players around the world prefer the touch and maneuverability of a head-light racquet, the one downside to these racquets has been sacrificing the shuttle speed and power of a head-heavy racquet.

In 2019, Yonex upended that contradiction with the new Nanoflare 700, a head-light racquet built with unique technology and construction that helps adult players not only play nimbly but also achieve increased shuttle acceleration allowing them to hit deep into their opponent’s court.

To achieve this, designers and engineers at Yonex re-imagined frame design.

Firstly, the Nanoflare 700 was the first racquet to utilize the Sonic Flare System design, utilizing the latest in graphite technologies, such as TORAYCA® M40X*, to create a stable yet highly repulsive head shape.

Additionally, by designing a highly aero-dimensional shape built to compress and “snap back” they were able to realize an ultra-light racquet for players who demand agility, that was also able to launch the shuttle at speeds not before possible in a head-light racquet. This also resulted in a greater hitting feeling and less impact on the player’s arm.

Launching alongside the 700 were four other models in the head-light NANOFLARE series.

The 370 SPEED is designed for advanced players who desire improved smash speeds.

The 270 SPEED is intended for intermediate to advanced players seeking greater clears,

The 170 LIGHT is for beginning players who require the ultimate in lightness and maneuverability.

Meanwhile, the NANOFLARE JR combines the lightweight, maneuverability with added speed, distance and comfort of the 700 in a junior-sized racquet intended for competitive junior athletes.

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How to Test Drive the Yonex Nanoflare 700

Yonex Nanoflare 700 Badminton Racquet Red -Head

How to Test Drive the Yonex Nanoflare 700

Test drive the Yonex ™ Nanoflare 700 badminton racquet before you buy it. This racquet is available as part of our Try Before You Buy racquet demo program offered in our southwest Calgary store.


Demo Program Details

This program is offered only in-store. It is not available to online customers.

How much does it cost to test drive racquets?

Test driving costs nothing, but customers who enter the program are committing to buying a racquet from us at the end of the one-month trial period.

How does it work?

Test drivers put down a security deposit. This allows them to test drive any racquet we have in our demo program. They can then test each racquet for up to one week. At the end of the one-month trial period, they choose the racquet they want to purchase and their deposit is refunded against the purchase price.

How much is the deposit?

The size of the deposit depends on the number of racquets the customer wants to take out each each week. If they are testing one racquet at a time, the deposit is $50.00. If they are testing two at a time, the deposit is $100.00.

What if I change my mind and do not want to buy a racquet?

Our demo program is only offered to customers who are committed to purchasing a new racquet from us within 30 days. If you do not intend to buy a racquet from us, please do not enter our demo program.

Can I apply my demo deposit to an online racquet purchase?

Our racquet demo program is offered to in-store customers only. Demo deposits can only be applied to in-store purchases. They cannot be applied to online purchases.

How do I start?

Please come into the store with a valid credit card. One of our experts will set up a demo account and help you choose your first racquet. This process usually requires about 30 minutes on the first visit. Subsequent visits to drop off and pick up only required a couple of minutes each.

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How to String the Yonex Astrox 88

A pair of Yonex Astrox 88D Badminton Racquets strung with BG80 Power.

How to String the Yonex Astrox 88

The instructions on this page are provided as a courtesy to independent racquet stringers in our network. For more information, please consult our YouTube Channel which features hundreds of full movies and time lapse videos illustrating how to string a large variety of racquets of all kinds.


Use the YouTube speed settings to slow this down if necessary. If you have questions, please post them in the video comment’s section.


How to String this Racquet

Length Mains 18.5′
Length Crosses 14.5′
Tension Printed on frame
Pattern 20×21
Start Mains Head
Mains Skip 7H, 9H, 11H, 11T
Tie Off Mains 8T
Start Crosses 9T
Tie Off Crosses 6T
Last Cross 7H
Tie Off Crosses 5H

The outside two mains on either side of this racquet should be finished using a standard Yonex double-back method. For this racquet, the double path is 9T to 12T to 16H to 14H to 10T before tying off at 8T.

Yonex Badminton Racquet Stringing Instructions

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How to Test Drive the Yonex Astrox 88

Yonex Astrox 88 S badminton racquet

How to Test Drive the Yonex Astrox 88

Test drive the Yonex ™ Astrox 88 badminton racquet before you buy it. This racquet is available as part of our Try Before You Buy racquet demo program offered in our southwest Calgary store.


Demo Program Details

This program is offered only in-store. It is not available to online customers.

How much does it cost to test drive racquets?

Test driving costs nothing, but customers who enter the program are committing to buying a racquet from us at the end of the one-month trial period.

How does it work?

Test drivers put down a security deposit. This allows them to test drive any racquet we have in our demo program. They can then test each racquet for up to one week. At the end of the one-month trial period, they choose the racquet they want to purchase and their deposit is refunded against the purchase price.

How much is the deposit?

The size of the deposit depends on the number of racquets the customer wants to take out each each week. If they are testing one racquet at a time, the deposit is $50.00. If they are testing two at a time, the deposit is $100.00.

What if I change my mind and do not want to buy a racquet?

Our demo program is only offered to customers who are committed to purchasing a new racquet from us within 30 days. If you do not intend to buy a racquet from us, please do not enter our demo program.

Can I apply my demo deposit to an online racquet purchase?

Our racquet demo program is offered to in-store customers only. Demo deposits can only be applied to in-store purchases. They cannot be applied to online purchases.

How do I start?

Please come into the store with a valid credit card. One of our experts will set up a demo account and help you choose your first racquet. This process usually requires about 30 minutes on the first visit. Subsequent visits to drop off and pick up only required a couple of minutes each.