2020 – Present
The Yonex Astrox 100 zz is the first badminton racket to come with a fully solid racket shaft. Racket shafts are generally hollow on the inside, but the Astrox 100zz has a solid core. This racket is stiff and has a compact head shape – which is preferred for fast play. The racket has been used by both doubles players and singles players at the top level.

Hiroyuki Endo using a Yonex Duora Z strike in 2019

2018 – 2020
Hiroyuki Endo is currently using a Yonex Duora Z Strike. In the photo above, the shaft of the racket near the handle looks different because Endo puts adhesive tape on the shaft. Its just a unique thing that he does.

The Duora Z Strike is not a very common racket for doubles players. If you watch him play closely, it can be seen that Endo clearly changes his hand grip up and down the racket handle. This is a technique many doubles players use. This technique helps you a lot if you are using a heavier racket for doubles.

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