In this post we will do the Astrox 88S review, which was launched near the beginning of 2018 along with its “twin racket”, the Astrox 88D.
These rackets were launched having as main targets the doubles players. As proof of this, the face of 88D is Kevin Sanjaya and 88D Marcus Gideon, one of the most successful players in recent years in the world badminton.
Although this is a fact, many other professional players have started to use this racket and even in individual ones, as was the case of the top Danish player Viktor Axelsen.
Here at Astrox 88S review we will show you what some of the features of this racquet are, implemented technologies, pros, cons and also compare with the 88D version.
Ready? Let’s go then.
Quick note: S stands for skill and is best suited for players playing alongside the net, D stands for dominance and is best suited for players playing deep down the court.
All About YONEX Astrox 88S Review
See below your specifications given by the manufacturer:
|Weight / Grip Size:||4U (Ave.83g) G4,5
3U (Ave.88g) G4,5
Rotational Generator System
Many “physically weak” players sometimes complain that some head-heavy balance rackets become too feel too heavy in a longer game or training and they become more tired or even difficult to control.
It is for this reason that this system has arisen, which consists in placing different anchors of weight by the racket, namely in the upper head of the racket, in the inferior part of the head of the racket and at the end of the handle.
In this way, the transition between movements is more controlled and it is not necessary to have so much force to hold the movements and to be able to change almost instantaneously to the next one.
Frame Design and Flex Point
The Astrox 88S was created with more flexibility throughout the head of the racquet in order to be able to hold the shuttlecock longer and thus also increase its accuracy, unlike the D version only in that level of flexibility in the upper half of the head.
The 88S is also 5mm shorter than its twin, giving it in theory even faster movement for the player who is next to the net.
By using this type of technology, they can make the shaft thinner than conventional, thus increasing the speed of the swing and the impact force with the shuttle.
It’s all a question of weight loss and aerodynamic gain, and only the strongest players can feel this difference in their movements. You have to be able to pull as hard as you can with your arm.
Namd is state-of-the-art graphite that has been introduced in the highest line of Astrox racquets, making it more flexible and snapback faster, giving a more compact and powerful swing, mostly noticeable in smashes.
Unlike the Astrox 99, which was later launched, which is composed entirely of this material, the 88S and D have only their shaft made of “Namd”.
By having this form, the spacing between the ropes is the same, which makes your beat is much more consistent even when it does not strike precisely in the center of the racket, thus significantly improving its control.
A badminton game is not just strength and smashes. If you do not have consistency in your game, you will lose all points even without the opponent using a smash.
Other features we can point to are:
- Aero + Box frame;
- Built T-Joint;
- Slim Shaft;
- Energy Boost Cap;
Now we’ll look at your performance across the various types of bids and see what your strengths and weaknesses are.
The clears are made quite easily. You feel good about your ability to cut the air while swinging, which is one of its main characteristics and that makes you can play for a long time without feeling tired, something that happens with other top-heavy balanced rackets.
Drop-shots are not difficult to do with this racket as well if you apply the correct technique.
Its flexibility allows short, fast and precise movement and for this reason, the Astrox 88S is recommended for players of doubles who play on top of the net, having high performance in all movements required for this position, from net kills to drop shots
In terms of power, it is felt that the Astrox 88D can charge more power in a smash or at least more quickly, but if you think the S version is not an attack racket then know that you are wrong.
Not being a racquet for amateurs or beginner players, applying the right technique and having the correct tension, your smashes will come out fast and powerful, not getting lost in practically anything for other alternatives.
Being a racket made for players of doubles and especially for the member that is next to the net and needs the maximum of reflexes possible to counter all the movements that they see towards her, she is quite fast and versatile in its handling.
There may be better rackets for defense, but they are sometimes rackets that focus too much on a defensive style and if you do not have the strength to compensate for the racket’s lack of weight, some moves like smashes may leave a little to be desired.
No need to be afraid of your choice in this case… You will hardly be disappointed in this aspect.
YONEX Astrox 88S
As you can see, the Astrox 88D is a racket made for a more offensive and aggressive game, hence the name “Dominance” and maybe because of this some players will end up preferring it when they are undecided between version D and S.
However, the Astrox 88S is faster, has greater flexibility, more control and gives a feeling of greater versatility… All these are advantages and the difference between firepower is minimal and can be compensated with a proper technique no problem.
If you have the opportunity to try or buy the Astrox 88S (it is one of the most expensive rackets in YONEX today), do so because it is a great racket and you will hardly be disappointed with it.
And so, did you know more about this racquet with our YONEX Astrox 88S review, since its characteristics, if it is good to attack, defend, price, etc…?
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