I’m a big fan of this badminton racket. It suited me really well and I had a great time testing it over the three-five weeks. I wouldn’t want any more head weight and consider it is close to perfect for me, except for the grip size. Mark didn’t get on as well with it which just reminded me that we can’t all like the same racket despite the marketing etc.
My only negative comment about this racket is that Yonex have used a grommet strip at the 12 o’clock position. Additionally, there are clear plastic U grommets at the throat. To date, nobody is selling spare grommets for this racket which really annoys me. As a stringer, I like to have spares for most rackets. It’s disappointing that Yonex have released the racket without catering to the needs of stringers by ensuring replacement parts are available.
There are a number of professional players using Yonex Duora Z Strike including new World Champion Viktor Axelsen, Olympic Champion Carolina Marin and a host of other singles players. I’m surprised there are very few doubles players using this great racket.
RRP is a weighty £200 and online retailers are selling for around £170 mark. It’s a lot of money for one racket and as always, players need to justify this in terms of what they get in return. I think Duora Z Strike is a superb racket and up there with the best of Yonex. For me, it’s as good as Voltric LD Force but I recognise it’s not as forgiving. Congratulations Yonex on giving us another great racket.
Having thought carefully about my feelings about the racket, plus the issues Mark had, balanced with a hefty price etc, I am awarding Yonex Duora Z Strike a five star bronze.