Yonex ASTROX 77 (2017)

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  1. TigerSmash

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    Had a good session with AX77 yellow 3ug5 today. IMO the main difference between 77 and 88s, is that 88s feels like it has refined control, feels more stable and accurate due to the stiffness in the shorter shaft and overall just feels more solid. The rotational system, if you wish to believe it, feels like its much more tuned than the 77. I can't really fault the 88s except that it does get tiring after a 2 hour session, but for me this is because I don't play much during the week.

    The AX77 doesn't have as much of the control feeling of the 88s, I think mainly due to the flexible shaft. It feels a tad bit more head heavy than 88s, and I feel I can smash slightly harder with the 77. I needed to tune my backhand and backhand defense, as my timing was out, I didn't have this problem with 88s. Overall there is much less strain on the arm, partly due to the flexier shaft and a big sweet spot. In the AX77, you can conserve more energy as it's definitely less taxing, which is probably why the female players use it.

    For my own personal preference, I'd choose 77 over 88s for doubles. I find defending flows better around the stomach area probably because the racket is more forgiving.

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    Nice comparison and interesting conclusions that you prefer 77 more for doubles.

    Could the difference you're feeling in control be down to the string setups, or are you running the same on both rackets?
     
  3. TigerSmash

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    Both rackets were 3UG5, string setup for both were no1 26x28. I did have my usual grip on the 88s, AC402 on wood to cone area. On the 77, the plastic wrap was still on and g10 grip, but I had enough play time on it to come to my conclusion.

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    before 88 came out, kevin sanjaya is not a female lol
     
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    Before 88 there was no 88 lol

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    I was just lazy to type out the s lol smartass.
     
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    Cracks at the cone.[​IMG]

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  8. Ch1k0

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    Well 1 year is a fair enough time for such typical YY traits to eventually emerge

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    That's just cosmetic, in the clear coat layer only. Pretty common with heavy use especially on the front and back of the cone where the shaft flexes the most.

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    I've only played like 20 games with it. My 1st Yonex racket that shows this. Thanks guys. Didn't know is common.

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    Oh yeah. You can find these even on the extra stiff ZF. Nothing wrong really. Like visor said, it's just cosmetic. I've seen it on my BS12s over the years too for example.

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    How good is the control in Astrox 77? Is it good enough?
     
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    Once again its more technique based.

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    But the shaft is flexible..so technically shouldn't it have less control?..that's why I asked if the control is good enough?
     
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    Definitely takes some getting used to especially if compared to stiffer and more head heavy rackets. Of course depends on your technique too.
     
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    When you are comparing this with the n9ii are u using the 77 3U or the 4u ?
     
  17. Ch1k0

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    3U. I've never owned a 4U AX77

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    I have the n9ii and n7ii, hands are getting itchy and thinking if it’s worth getting the 77
     
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    Find a cheap one.

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    What would u say is the thing about 77 that is worth getting ? The head heaviness ?
     

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