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Yonex Astrox 99 LCW Badminton Racket

$ 320.00
$ 250.00
Availability: 1 In Stock

Check out Badminton Warehouse's First Impressions of the Yonex Astrox 99 LCW badminton racket in our "Expert Reviews"

The Astrox 99 LCW badminton racket is a special edition racket from Yonex to celebrate the great career of Lee Chong Wei, one of the greatest badminton players ever. The Yonex Astrox 99 LCW badminton racket, like the Astrox 99, is a head heavy racket with an extra stiff shaft. A perfect singles badminton racket, the Astrox 99 LCW badminton racket has a firm and stable feel. It is equipped with a rotational generator system and a counterbalanced head that adapts to each shot for improved shot-making. This badminton racket will allow you to control your drives and attack the opponent with increased speed and precision.

Yonex staff traveled to Malaysia several times to consult with Lee Chong Wei, hear his thoughts and opinions, and get his approvals on designs, arriving at a racket which expresses his commitment to the game and passion for badminton.

The base color, green, was selected by Lee Chong Wei to represent liveliness, speed, and power. It's also his lucky color. The contrasting purple, adding to the dynamism of the design, represents the dignity and top level of his career.

Features:

  • Level: Advanced
  • Flex: Stiff
  • Frame Composition: H.M. Graphite / NAMD /NANOMETRIC / Tungsten
  • Shaft Composition: H.M. Graphite / NAMD
  • Weight: 4U (80-84.9 gms.)
  • Grip Size: G5
  • Balance: Head Heavy
  • Stringing: Custom Stringing Available
  • Recommended string: (20-28 lbs.)
  • Color: Green/Purple
  • Racket Cover: Yonex Full Cover
  • Made in: Japan

Technology Used:

Isometric

The ISOMETRIC equalizes the length of the main and crosses strings in the string-bed, enlarging the sweet spot for more consistency and accuracy even on off-center hits.

Yonex Isomtetric Technology image at Badminton Warehouse
New Grommet Pattern

The single-pass grommet hole construction provides more grommet holes for a high-performance stringing pattern.

Yonex New Grommet Pattern image at Badminton Warehouse
Solid Feel core

The built-in solid feel core cuts harmful miscellaneous vibration at impact. Solid feel core is carried in all rackets manufactured in Japan.

Yonex Solid Feel core image at Badminton Warehouse
New Built-in T-Joint

‘NEW’ Built-in T-Joint is manufactured from a special lightweight plastic combined with epoxy resin and foaming agent that enhances quality and performance by increasing the stability of the shuttle on the string bed and through the air.

Yonex Built-in T-Joint image at Badminton Warehouse
Aero + Box Frame

Aero + Box Frame combination produces a solid hitting feel and quick swing.

Yonex Aero + Box Frame image at Badminton Warehouse
Rotational Generator System

By applying the counterbalance theory, weight is distributed throughout the grip end, frame top and the joint for maximum control. The transition to the next shot can be performed smoothly and with rapid succession.

Yonex Rotational Generator System image at Badminton Warehouse
Namd

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 rackets, it is common to combine nanomaterial with resin that connects graphite fibers, but in NAMD, the nanomaterial directly adheres to the graphite fibers and resin is greatly increased. This major improvement produces a shaft that flexes and stores energy, delivering explosive force on impact with the shuttle.

Yonex Namd image at Badminton Warehouse
New Energy Boost cap

The new shape allows the shaft to flex, which ensures the maximum effect of “NAMD (more flex and faster kick-back graphite material)” and stabilizes the racket face by preventing the shaft twisting, increasing control.

Yonex New Energy Boost cap image at Badminton Warehouse
New Full Frame Namd

Until now, the Astrox series had utilized the next-generation graphite "NAMD" in the shaft, which resulted in a substantial increase in the snapback speed of the shaft, producing greater smash speeds. But, the ASTROX 99 has adopted NAMD in the entire body of the racket, including the frame, resulting in a twofold increase in the contact time with the shuttle. This imparts the shuttle an explosive power shot as the racket returns from flexed to straight at the end of the swing.

Yonex New Full Frame Namd image at Badminton Warehouse
Super Slim Long Shaft

One of the slimmest rackets produced by Yonex vastly reduces air resistance while providing maximum feel.

Yonex Super Slim Long Shaft image at Badminton Warehouse
Nanometric

NANOMETRIC improves the bonding strength between the carbon fibers taking racket shaft construction to another level. By reducing the amount of carbon in the shaft to make it 60% thinner than a conventional racket while retaining stiffness, Yonex has created a revolutionary lightweight racket with lightening head speed and control.

NANOMETRIC is the new material that applies the NANOALLOY Technology of Toray Industries, Inc.

Yonex Nanometric image at Badminton Warehouse

Customer Reviews

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Where is my order shipped from?
  • All orders are shipped from our warehouse located in Schaumburg, IL (suburb of Chicago).
    How long will it take for me to receive my order?
  • The delivery time varies. Here are typical deliver times (ground service) to different regions across continental USA:
  • Midwest: 2 - 3 business days
  • East Coast: 3 – 4 business days
  • Southwest: 4 – 5 business days
  • West Coast: 4 – 5 business days
  • We also have expedited (2-day & 3-day) shipping options available for guaranteed delivery.
  • First impressions
    The Astrox 99 badminton racket is quite striking and exudes power. The version we looked at was the 4U/G5 and even that felt quite solid. Unless have extremely strong wrists and shoulders, we don’t recommend going to the 3U/G5 version. Extremely stiff and head heavy, the Astrox 99 has a definitely more solid feel compared to the Astrox 88D, the racket most male international singles players were using until the Astrox 99 was introduced. That said, it may not be the best option for everyone. The Astrox 88D or even the Astrox 88S/Astrox 77 may be more suitable options for players seeking an all around badminton racket. Here's a deep dive into the Astrox 99 badminton racket!
    Smash - 10
    The verdict is unanimous. BW experts agree that the smashing ability with this racket deserves a 10. During testing, they were able to send smashes thundering down to the opponents' court with ease. In fact, one of our experts clocked 300km, beating his earlier record of 275km.
    Drop - 8.5
    Getting precise drops took a little bit of practice and adjustment. During the first week of testing, BW experts achieved about 60% accuracy for drops. By the 2nd week though, they were able to get to 80% accuracy. All of them agreed that because of the heavier feel of the Astrox 99, it took more time to master the drop.
    Clear - 9
    Clears are an important element of the game both for attacking and defending. A flat clear, if executed well, can be as effective as a smash. Overall, our experts liked the crisp feeling of clears and were able to achieve a high level of accuracy with respect hitting the shuttle to the opponent’s back line.
    Drive - 7
    Our experts felt it was a tad difficult to achieve attacking drives with the Astrox 99 badminton racket. While a singles player will prefer the Astrox 99, an attacking doubles player may consider the Astrox 88D a better option for attacking drives from the back of the court.
    Defensive Lift - 9
    The Astrox 99 provided excellent control to execute precise defensive lifts on opponents sharp drops. They felt the stiff shaft contributed to quick snap action resulting in lifts deep into the opponent’s backcourt.
    Net Kill - 7.5
    Net kills are quite often tricky and difficult to execute requiring incredibly fast racket speed and swing. The Astrox 99 badminton racket, with its heavy head, is not ideally suited for perfect net kills. You can still achieve excellence with the net kill but with extended use. Our experts gave the Astrox 99 a score of 7.5 for net kills.
    Summary
    The Yonex Astrox 99 badminton racket is an obvious choice for intermediate and advanced singles players who value power, speed, and precision. In the opinion of the expert staff here at Badminton Warehouse, the Astrox 99 badminton racket is on par with the Yonex ZForce2 badminton racket, a long time favorite of the attack-minded badminton player. Like the ZForce2, the Astrox 99 badminton racket takes a little bit of getting used due to head heavy feel. Namd, a uniquely flexible graphite designed to increase frame torque. From the baseline the Astrox 99 racket feels comfortably crisp on contact. It also feels significantly stiffer than the Astrox 77 and the Astrox 88S and also a tad stiffer than the Astrox 88D. Full swings find their mark with ease, and there is more than enough velocity to bring the shuttle down hard. The Astrox 99 feels solid, with plenty of power in addition to touch for dropping the shuttle short.
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