Yonex Duora Z-Strike Badminton Racket
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The Ultimate Attacker's Racket.
Standing at the forefront of badminton innovation, Yonex Duora Z-Strike combines the radical Duora concept with the attacking power from Yonex's Z-Series range. Duora Z-Strike is designed to boost the power, speed and control of your shots, providing you with mammoth power and allowing you to outplay your opponent from all areas of the court. Thanks to the head-heavy balance and extra-stiff flex, this racket offers ferocious smashes to players that love to go on the offensive from the very first point. The introduction of Yonex's new HYPER-MG graphite allows you to push and drive at your opponent in an instant, while the HORIZONTAL-A CONCEPT ensures that this racket has a larger sweet spot in a smaller head size. Additionally, the new DUORA GROMMET design maximises the power on your forehand and speed on your backhand, while the T-ANCHOR reduces racket twist, dramatically increasing the stability and accuracy of your shots. When brought together, this results in a racket that offers you fantastic performance in every scenario, making it a truly all-round racket.
- Frame Material: H.M. Graphite / NANOMETRIC DR / Hyper-MG
- Shaft Material: H.M. Graphite / NANOMETRIC / Hyper-MG
Made in Japan.
From the first shot this racket provided pinpoint accuracy, allowing me to clear and smash consistently. Although the racket is stated to be evenly balanced, in practice it felt head-heavy. In turn, this meant that the racket provides excellent feel from each hit. The racket is marketed as an 'extra-stiff' flex racket, and this is absolutely the case, as there was very little lag and a very solid feel, providing a similar feeling to the Z-Force 2. Because of the small head and the extra stiff shaft, I would not recommend this racket for beginners, as you need the correct technique to utilise it fully. Additionally, this racket is suited for singles play, and doubles players that play towards the back of the court.
DUAL OPTIMUM SYSTEM: Yonex’s revolutionary frame design which features alternating box and aero-shaped structures on either side of the racquet. Incorporating the carbon graphite material NANOMETRIC DR, DUORA racquets are afforded firm shuttle hold and high repulsion.
DUORA GROMMET: The new DUORA Grommet design features 8 linked grommets made with differing thicknesses on either side of the frame. When hit on the box side, thicker and harder grommets on the aero side result in a stiffer string bed, ultimately increasing launch power on the shuttlecock.
HORIZONTAL-A CONCEPT: Yonex has designed a new grommet pattern called the HORIZONTAL-A CONCEPT that has helped us create the smallest frame in our history. The pattern anchors 4 strings horizontally to allow greater flex in the string bed and to create an enlarged sweet spot at the top of the frame, so even off-centre shots can be powerful.
HYPER-MG: Hyper-MG is the most elastic graphite material utilized by Yonex. It is equipped into the bottom half of the DUORA Z-STRIKE frame allowing for instant repulsion on drives.
NANOMETRIC-DR - NANOMETRIC DR is a new carbon material developed by Yonex based on our unique NANOSCIENCE technology. Created from a material originally developed for next generation space aviation by Toray Industries, Inc., this marks the first time it has been used within the racquet industry. By combining firm shuttle hold and high repulsion, NANOMETRIC DR puts the DUORA into a class of its own.
T-ANCHOR - A new composite material T-ANCHOR used in the T-joint helps reduce excess torque when hitting an off centre shot.
Pro Player Endorsements
- Carolina Marin
- Lin Dan
Weight 3U (85-89g unstrung) Balance Head-Heavy Flex Extra Stiff Factory Strings UNSTRUNG Recommended String for Power Yonex Aerobite Hybrid - 0.67/0.61mm
Recommended String for Durability Yonex BG65Ti - 0.70mm
Recommended String for Control Yonex Nanogy 99 - 0.69mm
Stringing Tension Range 20-28lbs
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