I’ve tested a few 4U weighted, head heavy rackets over the years and most have proved to be excellent rackets and sold very well. A new Yonex racket generally sells well without proving itself in the market, due to clever marketing and player endorsement, so I this racket, on paper, should perform well.
Astrox 77 has a unique feel and differs from other Yonex rackets I’ve tested. There’s an almost hollow feel to this frame which is unusual. This coupled with the lighter frame dampened my excitement when hitting overhead clears. The results were OK but not as I would expect from a racket of this calibre. I can’t quite understand the reason why, but this racket is lacking in power and feedback off the shot. It could be it works better with a different string and tension combination.
Drop shots were crisp and the lighter frame gave them a snappy feel. Whilst I could play a good range of shots, I never felt as though I really had command of the racket, lacking feel most of the time. The hollowness of the frame didn’t help although the shots I hit were of a good standard. Maybe this is one of those rackets that needs more time to settle in?
Onto the smash. Again, the frame moves well but is lacking power. I should be able to generate good racket head speed and it simply wasn’t coming through sufficiently. The head isn’t too heavy to fatigue the arm, but the entire racket felt like it needed beefing up a little.
Flat drives were quick and again, there is no sign of fatigue. The racket continues to move well and deliver crisp drives, although needed a lot more work to achieve a decent result.