Yonex Astrox 100 ZX Review

The Yonex Astrox 100 ZX is another top of the line Yonex badminton racket. It was launched in March 2020 together with its older brother, the Astrox 100 ZZ. 

The two rackets have more similarities than differences, but the cheaper ZX does perform slightly worse than its older sibling.

That being said, the 100 ZX is definitely still a top-class badminton racket. 

Let’s have a proper look at it.

Key Features

The Astrox 100 ZX is Black, Blue, and Orange. It’s basically identical to the ZZ, you’ll only be able to tell the difference between the two up close.

It has a flat area around the top of the grip, which will give you better control when serving and changing grips during netplay.

Also, the head shape of the racket is slightly different from most modern badminton rackets. 

It is slightly more boxed from the top of the head, which increases the size of the sweet spot. This makes it easier to produce high-quality shots.

Now let’s have a quick look at the specifications of the racket.

Hard facts about the racket

BalanceHead-Heavy
FlexExtra Stiff
ShaftHM Graphite / Namd
WeightU4 / 83 grams OR U3 / 88 grams
Grip sizeG4 OR G5
ColorsBlack, Blue, and Orange
Stringing advice4U: 20-28 lbs, 3U: 21-29 lbs

Yonex Astrox 100 ZX Review – Overall Rating: 9.5/10

Overall, I love this racket just as much as the ZZ, even though the ZZ might be a tiny bit better. 

The reason why I am giving the two rackets the exact same overall rating is because of the difference in price.

Even though the Astrox 100 ZX is not cheap, you will save more than a few weeks worth of shuttlecocks by choosing it over the ZZ.

Now let’s get into the review.

Power – 9/10

The Astrox 100 ZX has no issue with power at all. 

You can smash very hard with this racket, and hard drives are no problem at all either. The power is a tiny bit weaker than the ZZ. 

That being said, since the racket is also a fair bit cheaper, it’s to be expected that it’s not AS powerful as its older sibling.

Overall, I am very happy with the power of the Astrox 100 ZX.

Note that I am reviewing the U4 version of the racket, the U3 might offer a bit more power as it’s heavier.

Speed – 9.5/10

Speed is a point where I actually feel that the ZX is better than the ZZ. It’s easy to react to attacking shots and change grips at the net.

The head is slightly lighter, which makes it move very fast.

That being said, you might need to put a tiny bit more effort into your shots to achieve the same result.

I know I am constantly comparing the two rackets to each other, which might not be completely fair. 

The Astrox 100 ZX is its own racket, and it is worthy of its own spot on the badminton racket scoreboard.

Control – 10/10

The Astrox 100 ZX offers great control in both clears and drop shots. There is not a very noticeable difference here when compared to the ZZ.

As I have already mentioned, the racket feels light, which improves the control around the net as well.

Specific Shots Rated

  • Smash – 9/10
  • Drop – 10/10
  • Clear – 9.5/10
  • Drive – 9/10
  • Defensive block – 8/10
  • Net kill – 9/10
  • Defensive lift – 8/10

My Personal Impression

I really love the Astrox 100 ZX, and I appreciate the fact that Yonex have come out with two quite similar rackets at the same time.

It gives us badminton players the opportunity to get exactly what we need from our rackets.

Let’s get into the pros and cons I noticed while reviewing this racket.

Pros

  • I found this racket very powerful, clears, smashes and hard drives were easy to give lots of speed.
  • Astrox 100 XZ is very fast, I could easily react to smashes and maneuver it at the net.
  • Very fairly priced and well below the price point of the Astrox 100 ZZ, which is a big plus.
  • The racket is slightly head-heavy, which helps increase the power of it even more. That being said, the racket is glides through the air easily, so it doesn’t feel draggy at all.
  • It’s possible to choose between 4U and 3U as well as G4 and G5, which is great.

Cons

  • Not entirely as good as the ZZ racket.
  • Still a fairly high-priced racket, definitely not a beginner’s price.
  • This is an advanced badminton racket, which might not be completely suitable for beginners.
  • It is not a doubles racket, even though it could still be used for it.

Two Alternatives To The Astrox 100 ZX

If you’re not entirely sure about the AX100ZX, here are a couple of alternatives that might work better for you.

Astrox 100 ZZ – Stating The Obvious

The Astrox 100 ZZ is the obvious alternative to the Astrox 100 ZX. You can read all about it in my Astrox 100 ZZ review.

For now, here are the main differences between the two:

  • ZZ has a solid shaft core, while the ZX has the more traditional hollow shaft.
  • ZZ is a bit stiffer than the ZX, which might give you a feeling of more control.
  • ZZ is slightly slower to maneuver, but you need to put in a little bit less effort into the shots.

Victor Bravesword 12 – A Great All-Around Racket

If you don’t care too much about all the fancy new technologies but simply want a high-quality badminton racket that can do pretty much everything, the Bravesword 12 might be a better fit for you.

It was first launched in 2010, so it’s an older model by now.

About the Bravesword 12:

  • It’s an evenly-balanced racket, which makes it easier to pressure your opponents on the midcourt. 
  • It performs well in all aspects of the badminton game – defense, attack, and at the net.
  • Not as strong of an attack as Astrox 100 ZX and other head-heavy rackets.
  • Great for both doubles and singles.

Should you buy the Astrox 100 ZX?

If you want to have a go with a top of the line badminton racket, the Astrox 100 ZX could be the right choice for you.

It’s fast, powerful, accurate, and reasonably priced. What more do you want in a badminton racket?

That said, the ZZ does offer a tiny bit more, but also comes at a higher price point.

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