YONEX ASTROX 99 (AX-99)

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  1. Ch1k0

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    It was 4U and I never said harder :p
     
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    Done some plays yesterday's with AX99 3ug5 JP stock, AB Boost @27lbs, OG grip removed and put on 2 AC102EX
    I have DZS 3ug4 BG80 @28lbs - OG grip + AC102, AX88S 3ug5 BG80@ 28lbs - OG grip + , Arc11 3ug5 OG @BG80 24lbs - OG grip removed 2*AC102
    I used to have zf2 3ug4, D10 3ug4, LDF 3ug4

    My usual go to is DSZ - Sporadic use on AS88
    I found that G5 fits my hand more so my comparisons to DZS might not be accurate for those who are using G5
    Frequent reluctant net player in MDs
    Sporadic XD plays

    My first impressions:
    + Over-head clears: Really pleasant, there is a bit of lagging compared to DZS and AX88S - you can really feel the weight after sending the shuttle away
    + Smashes: do have more power and angle is a bit steeper (probably because of moving from stiffer shaft and less head-heavy DSZ)
    Drive: expected from head-heavy, not too much punching but the hold time that the offered by the frame did make some surprised factors exchanging flats
    Feedback: when smashing is not as good as AX88S (maybe because of string - BG80 is all-time hard feeling and ear-sounding ping)
    Defence: Significantly less manoeuvrable than the rest. But if you can anticipate then the return of smashes is really rewarding (shuttles are punched to further towards baseline)... One point to note is that smash-blocking with this racket is effort-less
    + Drops/Slices and half-smashes: This is where the racket really shine as the frame glides smoothly and sends the shuttles at speed with better angles.
    Net interception: probably not the best candidate in this criteria - But the racket and the specs are not for MDs front court anyway :p

    I will need to have more time on the rackets to have a more connection :) - but so far so good ( will probably keep my AX88S :D )
     
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    Finally got to do some weight measurements lately. Head weight of zf2: 45g, ax99: 45g, 900C: 44g. All 3U racquets. Is the 4U ax99 really 4-5g lighter in the head?
     
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    Sounds about right. My initial 2 pieces of 4U AX99 that I got from my retailer's first batch were consistent measuring in the 41.5g region with BGAS and original grip only. Take out the AS and it should be the rough 40g region.

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    But I thought the average difference between a 3U and 4U in total is around 5g. So in this case all of the weight got taken out of the head? Sounds like a completely different racquet to me..
     
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    Beats me mate. I still found it in that form to be really unwieldy.

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    I did not find any ax99 4u5 produced on or after 10/2018 with a head weight >38g dry, >41.5g wet. The bp of that is 38g/84g * 675 = 305 unstrung, ~315 strung. Anyone able to get a head heavier ax99 4u5 that is produced after 10/2018? I want a head heavier ax99, and 3u is too heavy :eek:
     
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    Milking Datuk one more time[​IMG]
     
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    That's one fine-looking Z-Force II AS99, there!
     
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    Been following this guy on instagram and he seems to have news of the latest stuff. If this is indeed the new AX99 LCW I'd be a little disappointed.. Frame looks like a cheaper AX88S. I'm wondering why they would use this colour scheme which looks cheap imho.
    [​IMG]
     
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    It's YY mate. They rely on brand name and athletes names to sell now more than releasing an actual exceptional product.

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    Can't comment much because its working on me:confused: Probably still gonna have to buy this AX99 LCW because it's likely the last LCW (at least cosmetic wise) racket. I actually would've preferred the previously leaked AX99 LCW with the pink decals. I thought the colour scheme would've been pink blue or yellow:(
     
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    Anybody needs closeups?[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    If I grip my usual way past the cone, this new AX99LCW is probably gonna look identical to the AX88S..
     
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    Hmm. If it basically looks like an AX88S, i'm still sticking to the former. Loving it lately and not thinking of getting the 99

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    Comes in 3, 4u g4, G5, g6
    Preorder in August [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the pictures. I'm reeally finding it hard to understand Yonex's rationale on its price tag of 27,000 Yen.
    Yes, it may be a LCW limited edition racket.. but it is surely a steep price, having to just put his design/logo on it..
     
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    I'm pretty sure when it arrives in Singapore you'll be able to get it at a discount.. I don't think it will make sense for a AX99LCW to cost $300+ when the regular AX99 was on sale for $180. Can't speak for the rest of the countries though..:(
     
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    woulda been nicer if more purple and more of a callback to shb 02 ltd/lcw
     

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