Join The Doubles Revolution - 3rd Generation Astrox 88S & 88D Pro

Join The Doubles Revolution - 3rd Generation Astrox 88S & 88D Pro

The introduction of the third-generation Astrox 88S Pro and Astrox 88D Pro is a testament to Yonex's commitment to excellence. Designed to cater to the nuanced needs of doubles players, these rackets offer unparalleled precision, power, and playability. This comprehensive guide dives deep into the technological advancements and specifications that set the Astrox 88S Pro and 88D Pro apart from their predecessors and competitors, highlighting why these rackets are the top choice for champions.

Astrox 88

In the fast-evolving world of badminton, Yonex stands at the forefront, continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and performance. The introduction of the third-generation Astrox 88S Pro and Astrox 88D Pro is a testament to Yonex's commitment to excellence. Designed to cater to the nuanced needs of doubles players, these rackets offer unparalleled precision, power, and playability. This comprehensive guide dives deep into the technological advancements and specifications that set the Astrox 88S Pro and 88D Pro apart from their predecessors and competitors, highlighting why these rackets are the top choice for champions.


Section 1: The Third Generation Astrox 88 Series

The Astrox 88S Pro and Astrox 88D Pro represent the pinnacle of badminton racket technology. As the third generation in the esteemed Astrox series, these rackets have been meticulously refined to offer players an even greater edge on the court. Understanding the distinct playing styles in doubles badminton, Yonex has engineered each model to enhance the performance of the front court and rear court dominators.


Section 2: Astrox 88D Pro - Unleashing the Rear Court Dominator

The Astrox 88D Pro, with its stiff flex, longer frame, and innovative technologies, is tailor-made for the attacking doubles player who commands the back court. Here's a detailed look at the specs and technologies:

  • Frame and Shaft Composition: The integration of HM Graphite, CFR, and Tungsten in the frame, coupled with HM Graphite, 2G-Namd™, FLEX FORCE, and Ultra PE Fiber in the shaft, ensures a perfect balance of strength, flexibility, and lightweight performance.
  • 2G-Namd™ FLEX FORCE: This technology enables quicker shaft flex and snapback, generating explosive power for smashes and drives.

Namd

  • ISOMETRIC™ Frame: The iconic Yonex ISOMETRIC™ frame design enlarges the sweet spot for more consistent accuracy on off-center hits.
  • Rotational Generator System: This system optimises weight distribution throughout the racket, enabling faster recovery and seamless transitions between shots. Counterbalanced Weight Distribution - 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, with rapid succession.

.Rotational Generator System

  • POWER ASSIST BUMPER: Located on the sides of the frame, this feature adds weight for powerful smashes without compromising swing speed.
  • AERO+BOX Frame: Combining aerodynamics for speed and box shape for stability, this frame design offers the best of both worlds.

AERO+BOX Frame

  • Ultra Slim Shaft: Designed for aerodynamic performance, the ultra-slim shaft cuts through the air with minimal resistance, allowing for quicker swings.

  • Stability weight distribution - The added weight distribution on the sides of the frame enhances stability during the swing, resulting in maximised smash power. And allowing for the effective breakdown of defences during back-court attacks.

Stability Weight Distribution

 

Section 3: Astrox 88S Pro - Mastering the Front Court with Deception and Speed

The Astrox 88S Pro is the ultimate weapon for the front court player specializing in net play and swift interceptions. Here's what makes it stand out:

  • Frame and Shaft Composition: Similar to the 88D Pro, it employs HM Graphite, CFR, Tungsten, and Ultra PE Fiber, ensuring durability and lightweight agility.
  • Super Slim Shaft: Slightly thicker shaft than 88D Pro, the super slim shaft of the 88S Pro enhances manoeuvrability and speed, allowing for rapid responses and subtle net shots.
  • Technological Synergy: Sharing the same advanced technologies as the 88D Pro, including the ISOMETRIC™ frame, Rotational Generator System, and POWER ASSIST BUMPER, the 88S Pro is optimised for front court dominance with an added emphasis on speed and agility.
  • Expanded sweet spot, The tailored 5mm longer racquet length enables fast manoeuvrability, while the expansion of the sweet spot area by optimising the frame design increases precision. Supports fast rallies and secures points from front court attacks.
expanded sweet spot

Section 4: Why Choose the Astrox 88S Pro and Astrox 88D Pro?

Choosing the Astrox 88S Pro or Astrox 88D Pro means opting for a racket that complements your playing style while pushing the boundaries of technological innovation in badminton. With their unique combination of power, precision, and speed, these rackets are engineered to elevate your game to championship levels.

 

Section 5: Which ones for you?

Naturally both rackets pack a punch! There are characteristics that are very similar with the stiff frame and head heavy balance. It is important to choose the right one!

So ask yourself a question: can you handle the power and dominance the Astrox 88D Pro 3U requires?

The Astrox 88S Pro is a lot easier to handle, it’s fast quick and able to manipulate the shuttle in multiple magnitudes, however I usually do recommend the 3U Astrox 88S Pro as that extra bit of weight gives you better feel and a bit more power against it’s 4U counterpart, as the 88S Pro is easier to play with and can be controlled better the 4U lacks a bit of kick!

The Astrox 88D Pro 4U however is a perfect racket for anyone looking for mean power in their attack, that tend to find themself predominately phasing to the back of the court more, and don’t want anything to strenuous on the shoulders/arm, the racket is perfect for any level, looking for that extra kick, with the 3U version designed mostly for national/international level players who can handle the weight and produce fast enough swings to get the most of out of it.

 

Conclusion: Join the Champions with Central Sports

Central Sports is your go-to destination for the Yonex Astrox 88S Pro and Astrox 88D Pro. With our unmatched services, including same-day dispatch on restrung rackets with next-day delivery, and custom racket shaft personalisation with text or flags, we ensure that you receive not just a racket, but a comprehensive winning experience. 

Trusted by the best, including badminton champions Ben Lane, Sean Vendy, and YouTube sensation CKYew, Central Sports stands as the UK's number one badminton retailer for a reason. 

Elevate your game with the Astrox 88S Pro and 88D Pro – because when you choose Central Sports, you're choosing the path to victory.


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Technology breakdown 


Frame Materials: HM Graphite, CFR, Tungsten

The frame of the Yonex Astrox 88 series rackets, made from High Modulus (HM) Graphite, Carbon Fiber Reinforced (CFR) polymer, and Tungsten, represents a pinnacle of modern badminton racket design. HM Graphite ensures a strong yet lightweight structure, providing players with the ability to generate fast swing speeds and powerful shots. CFR adds durability and flex control, enhancing the racket's ability to return to shape quickly after impact for consistent performance. Tungsten, a high-density metal, is strategically placed in the frame to optimise weight distribution, improve balance, and increase the sweet spot's size for more power and precision. This combination of materials results in a racket that offers exceptional playability, control, and power, catering to aggressive and tactical gameplay.


Shaft Composition: HM Graphite, 2G-Namd™, FLEX FORCE, Ultra PE Fiber

The shaft of the Astrox 88 series rackets employs a sophisticated blend of HM Graphite, 2G-Namd™ technology, FLEX FORCE, and Ultra PE Fiber, creating a synergy that drastically improves shot accuracy and power. HM Graphite provides the foundational strength and responsiveness. 2G-Namd™ technology introduces a unique nanomaterial that enhances the adhesion of the graphite fibres, allowing for a more flexible shaft that snaps back faster, generating explosive power. FLEX FORCE technology further increases the shaft's flex and speed of snapback, enabling powerful, whip-like smashes and quick drives. Ultra PE Fiber, known for its high tensile strength, contributes to the racket's lightweight and durability, ensuring that players can enjoy a combination of heavy attacking shots and enduring playability.


Joint: NEW Built-in T-Joint

The newly designed built-in T-Joint in the Astrox 88 series rackets innovates the connection between the frame and the shaft, ensuring improved stability and accuracy. This enhancement minimises the potential for torque or twisting during impact, leading to more precise shots. By integrating the T-Joint into the design, Yonex has significantly reduced the weight while increasing the structural integrity of the racket, ensuring that players experience a seamless transition between shots with reduced air resistance and improved handling.


Technologies: 2G-Namd FLEX FORCE, ISOMETRIC™

The 2G-Namd FLEX FORCE technology is a testament to Yonex's innovation, providing a quantum leap in shaft performance. By enabling the shaft to flex more and return to its original position faster, it allows players to generate powerful shots with less effort. The ISOMETRIC™ frame design is another hallmark of Yonex rackets, creating an expanded sweet spot that offers greater control and power across the entire string bed. This technology ensures that players can deliver consistent and accurate shots even when the shuttlecock is hit off-centre.


Rotational Generator System, POWER-ASSIST BUMPER, AERO+BOX Frame

The Rotational Generator System optimises the weight distribution throughout the racket, ensuring a unique balance that aids in quick recovery and smooth transitions between shots. This system allows for agile handling and enables players to maintain momentum and speed throughout their play. 


The POWER-ASSIST BUMPER is equipped at the top of the frame, adding weight for increased power behind smashes without sacrificing swing speed. 


The AERO+BOX Frame combines the best of aerodynamic design and structural stability, offering players the ability to swing the racket with less air resistance while maintaining a solid impact feel.


Ultra PE Fiber, Tungsten, Ultra Slim Shaft

Ultra PE Fiber is celebrated for its high durability and tensile strength, which contributes to the racket's lightweight yet robust construction. 


When combined with Tungsten, the result is a finely tuned balance and weight distribution that enhances swing speed and power. 


The Ultra Slim Shaft, designed for minimal air resistance, allows for quicker and more agile shot-making, giving players the advantage in fast exchanges and rallies.


Energy Boost Cap Plus, CFR

The Energy Boost Cap Plus maximises the shaft's bending power, translating into more energy transfer from player to shuttlecock. 


This feature, coupled with the Carbon Fiber Reinforced (CFR) materials, ensures that the racket not only flexes optimally during the swing but also provides a smooth and comfortable feel, reducing the risk of arm fatigue. 

Together, these technologies offer players an unmatched combination of power, speed, and endurance, making the Yonex Astrox 88 series a formidable choice for competitive play.



Specs

ASTROX 88 D PRO

Made in Japan

Flex: STIFF

Frame: HM Graphite, CFR, Tungsten

Shaft: HM Graphite, 2G-Namd™, FLEX FORCE, Ultra PE Fiber

Joint: NEW Built-in T-Joint

Length: 10mm longer

Weight/grip: 4U (Avg. 83g) G5, 3U (Avg. 88g) G4

String advice: 4U 20-28lbs, 3U 21-29lbs

Colour: Black / Silver

Code: 3AX88D-P

Technology: 2G-Namd FLEX FORCE, ISOMETRICT™, Rotational Generator System, POWER-ASSIST BUMPER, AERO+BOX Frame, Ultra Pe-Fibre, Tungsten. Ultra Slim shaft, Energy Boost Cap Plus, CFR

 

 

Specs

ASTROX 88S PRO

Made in Japan

Flex: STIFF

Frame: HM Graphite, CFR, Tungsten

Shaft: HM Graphite, 2G-Namd™, FLEX FORCE, Ultra PE Fibre

Joint: NEW Built-in T-Joint

Length: 5mm longer

Weight/grip: 4U (Avg. 83g) G5, 3U (Avg. 88g) G4

String advice: 4U 20-28lbs, 3U 21-29lbs

Colour: Silver/Black

Item code: 3AX88S-P

Technology: 2G-Namd™ FLEX FORCE, ISOMETRICT™, Rotational Generator System, POWER ASSIST BUMPER, AERO+BOX Frame, Ultra PE Fiber, Tungsten, Super Slim Shaft, Energy Boost Cap Plus, CFR

 

Elevate Your Game with the Revolutionary Yonex Astrox 88S Pro and 88D Pro: A Comprehensive Guide!

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