Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip Review

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In my opinion, a good badminton grip is as vital as a quality racket, especially in high-intensity sports like badminton where quick grip changes are a constant occurrence. I have found that changing my grip can instantly improve my game and I always come away thinking “Why didn’t I change this sooner?!”.

Here, we review the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip, which is a great option for those who have sweaty hands and enjoy the soft feel of a towel grip.

Yonex Towel Top Trump Card - A Top Trump Style card to compare the categories we have ranked each grip

Ideal For - Players with Sweaty Hands

Pros

Cons

The Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip is specifically designed for players who have sweaty hands causing their grip to become slippy and affecting their performance. The absorbant towel material helps absorb the sweat keeping your grip nice and dry.

If you don’t know what a towel grip is or want some more general information about grips, check out our article Everything You Need To Know About Badminton Grips.

We performed several tests and rated each grip we tested according to 7 different categories. We found that the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip performed well for absorbancy as we expected, but ranked lower in other key areas and left us slightly disappointed. To see how it stacks up against the others, check out our other article Best Badminton Grips.

Let’s see how we ranked the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip after our in-house tests. All the grips we talk about have been bought, tried, tested, and scored out of 10 in each of our 7 categories to give you the best information for picking your next grip.

Tackiness - 4/10

What we thought

  • Not Tacky – But not designed to be 
  • Soft Feel 

The Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip doesn’t have a tacky finish but we would expect this from a towel grip. The purpose of a towel grip is to absorb the sweat for players whose hands get particularly sweaty during play and find the other styles of grip get loose because they’re not designed to absorb the sweat. So, although the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip ranks low in this category, for those who love towel grips, this doesn’t matter.

The Test

To determine how tacky (or grippy) the grips were, we had one person hold the racket on the grip side and the other person try to pull the racket out of their hand. Depending on how easy it was for the person holding the grip to hold onto the racket determined the tackiness score of the grip.

Testing the tackiness of the Yonex Towel grip

Comfort - 7/10

What we thought

  • 100% Cotton
  • Soft Feel 
  • Can Feel the handle – Not padded

The Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip feels soft to the touch and is made from 100% Cotton. The Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip isn’t padded which may be more or less desirable for you depending on your play preference. We found we were able to really feel the handle underneath the grip, which is great if you are a touch player looking to feel every shot.

The Test

After re-griping the racket the team each held the racket and ranked how comfy the grip was to hold.

Yonex Towel grip on Racket

Durability - 8/10

What we thought

  • Durable
  • Excessive Sweating May Lead to Excessive Wear

In our tests, we found that the grip showed good durability when looking at the grip itself. However, we did observe fibers on our exfoliating glove after the test. This may suggest that in a game situation, where sweat is also involved, the longevity of the grip may suffer. In addition, we found when regripping the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip the finishing tape used at the end of the grip was too small. We felt that the end could come loose, meaning that the durability of the grip would come into question. We also noted that after extended use, the fibers become compressed.

The Test

To test the durability of the grip, we used an exfoliating glove as an accelerated stress test, rubbed the grip for 30 seconds, and ranked them based on the amount of wear we saw on the grips.

Testing the durability of the Yonex Towel grip

Style - 3/10

What we thought

  • 4 Different Colors
  • Red, Black, Yellow, and Orange

In terms of the number of colors available, the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip ranked second lowest with the number of colors available to us. However, color availability may vary from country to country. 

The Test

We ranked each grip from 2 to 10 based on the number of available colors and patterns that can be purchased for that grip.

Yonex Towel grip in packet

Absorbency - 10/10

What we thought

  • High Absorbancy
  • Keeps the Hand Dry
  • Great for Sweaty Hands

This is where the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip really shines. Designed to elevate comfort and performance during play by offering improved absorbency the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip lives up to expectations. After wetting my hand, the grip absorbed the simulated sweat with next to no change to the grip’s feel. This grip is worth investing in if you have previously had trouble with other slippier grips due to sweaty hands.

The Test

To test the absorbency of each group, we first put our hand in a bowl of water and gave it a shake-off to give a level of wetness to the hand that would simulate sweating. We then tested how this simulated sweat affect the grip.

Testing the absorbency of the Yonex Towel grip

Ease of Regrip - 7/10

What we thought

  • Second Fastest in Speed Test
  • Instructions provided
  • Speed – 1 min 20 sec

The Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip can come as both a single grip and a wheel. The most common form we observed was the single grip, which has a specific, already-decided length. This means that you have to fit the grip length to the racket handle. We found when regripping that the length wasn’t quite enough and left the end of the grip messy and potentially liable to unwinding. The worst feature of the grip is there is no pre-cut start or end. This means you will have to cut these yourself, which can be tricky for beginners. However, the grip has full adhesive backing. There are regripping instructions provided with the grip and the speed of the regrip was the second quickest of all the regrips, even with having to cut the ends. 

The Test

To determine how easy it is to regrip a racket using each grip, we took into consideration two factors. 

1) Whether or not instructions were provided when purchased and 

2) We performed a speed test to see how fast we could regrip a racket.

Price - 6/10

What we thought

  • Great to Trial
  • Expensive 
  • May not be able to find all colors

Value for money is not one of the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip strong suits. On average you will be looking to pay around ~£3.00 per grip, which when you consider the Victor Towel grip at £1.11 per grip is very pricey. You are effectively paying for two things if you choose to buy the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip, the ability to test out using a towel grip at a much cheaper price and the Yonex Brand. Neither of these things is a bad thing and we felt that performance-wise, the two towel grips are hard to split apart but price-wise, there is a clear winner.

The Test

As for price, we considered the actual price of one grip and the value of buying the grip in bulk. Then using these prices and by taking into consideration the scores of each category, we scored each grip on whether it was good value or not.

Yonex Towel Top Trump Card - A Top Trump Style card to compare the categories we have ranked each grip

Overall - 45/70

Yonex Towel grip

Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip

The Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip is a unique and specialized option for badminton players who value exceptional absorbency, durability, and prestige associated with the Yonex brand. 

In our tests, it proved to be a reliable choice for those with sweaty hands who appreciate the feel of a towel grip. 

While it lacks tackiness, it compensates with a comfortable, 100% Cotton feel. The grip is thinner than some towel counterparts but it exhibits good durability, although excessive sweating may impact longevity.

Style-wise, it offers a limited color range but the standout feature is its exceptional absorbency, making it ideal for those with sweaty hands. 

Regripping is relatively easy, thanks to its full adhesive backing and included instructions, but we found that the finishing tape was a little small and therefore could affect durability. 

Despite being pricier than some competitors, it provides a worthwhile investment for those wanting to experience a towel grip for the first time and value the Yonex brand.

In summary, the Yonex AC402EX Towel Grip is a worthy option for those who have sweaty hands and want to test a new type of grip. It is a cost-effective way to trial a towel grip but still maintain excellent performance from a trusted brand.

If you want to see how it stacks up against the other grips we tested, check out our article Best Badminton Grips.

Is this your next grip?

Other Yonex Options

Here are some of the other options that Yonex has on offer.

Yonex Super Grap

Yonex Super Grap grip in packet

Yonex Hi-Soft Grap

Yonex Hi-Soft grip

Yonex Grip Powder

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