First impressions here.
The Asan / Setiawan pairing took the men's doubles circuit by storm back the mid of 2014. The pairing had an impressive technique, and was somehow able to turn the tide on their opponents and own the game both front court and back.
If the opponent tried to force the lift, the Indonesian pair would use cross court drives from their smashes and turn the rally into a battle of front court speed, which they easily win.
And if the opponent thinks the smaller Asian frames of the Indonesians weren't built for smashes and attempts to turn the game into a defensive slugfest, Asan's mad angles and power will put a stop to that.
Drive, and Setiawan will probably intercept. Lift, and Asan will put the shuttle beyond your defensive reach. The combination of front court speed and back court flexibility gave rise to the creation of what must be the perfect doubles racket for the pair - the Yonex Nanoray 900.
I've had the chance to take the racket to the court for both doubles and singles sessions, and I must say that I am tremendously impressed with Yonex's latest head light offering.
Note: This is a review of my experience after using the racket for a few sessions. I am by no means a professional player, and so you should take my judgement with a pinch of salt. I welcome comments of any sorts.
Yonex Nanoray 900
Est, Dry Weight: 85g (3U)
Grip Size: G5
Strings: Yonex Nanogy 98 @ 28lbs
Let's begin with the basics. The weight distribution of a racket dictates how fast one can swing the racket and change its direction. This agility in the racket head control lends greatly to the defensive flexibility of a racket.
While it might also mean that the racket can't get enough power into a hit, the speed of reaction and increased angle of reply balances that out. The player might want to choose their rackets based on that.
The headlight Nanoray 900 gives me a very comfortable defense. I find myself waiting for the smash just so that I can put the shuttle to somewhere I want the opponent to run to. I get more time to think about where to put the shot, and that gives me quite the confidence.
The lack of power in the reply does at times put me in trouble, but the quick response and agility of Yonex Nanoray 900 has helped more than hampered.
Another thing that I find happening a lot is the agility for me to followup to the net following a drive off an attack. The speed of the racket is nothing short of amazing, and turning defense into attack comes naturally.
While control isn't usually a flexible shaft thing, the NR900 is fast enough for you to time your shots better. This microsecond allowance allows me to give the racket a higher rating for control.
While I do find the backhands with the racket a little lacking in length, the forehands and smashes do not suffer from the same lack of control. Tight netshots are also quite easy to pull off, and I do have to emphasize that the very light weight of the racket head plays a key role in this.
Another wonderful thing that the Nanoray 900 allows me to do are trick shots! I'm quite the fan of the occasional showmanship, and the fast racket movement of the racket gives me plenty of time and confidence to pull off a few shots here and there.
I don't think anyone can destroy the shuttle like Asan with this racket, but one can try!
For me, the flexible shaft lends itself to an insane angle for attack, and I find myself hitting the service line on some of the back court jump smashes. While it took me awhile to get used to smashing with the wrist instead of the arm (full-on smashes kept going too low for me), the feeling of having the shuttle hit the floor in front of my opponents is one that I thoroughly enjoy.
Another thing I like about the Yonex Nanoray 900 is the power and creativity you can give your front court attacks. My buddy was telling me how my racket was literally right behind my back on one of my intercepts.
This is owing to the speed and flexibility of the racket, which translates to a very powerful hit when you're intercepting.
Not really something I would rave about. The grey and green color scheme isn't really eye catching. Perhaps that was why they had to release a black/white limited edition so quickly into the release of the racket.
Yonex Nanoray 900