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tistrapukcipeht
03-16-2012, 10:06 AM
I'm a 4.5 good all around game based on consistency and topspin game with western grip.

I saw this racket and liked it right away, I guess it had to be my new rackets.

I bought 2 of those sticks, the shop strung them for me one with Yonex Super 850 (58/56) and another one with Poly Tour HS 1.25 (53/51), string job and strings for free.

So far I like more the one with HS, really superb control and accuracy, easy to play, nice feel (I don't know if it's the racket or string or both) a little stiffer than I'd like at this point, great topspin, I am very pleased with the balance between control and power. Sweet spot is really huge.

With the 850 string, it is almost too powerful and very soft, I'm not digging this softness and control offered with this set-up. Everything else is great.

I'm thinking about either doing a hybrid or lowering the tension with HS anther couple Lbs.

I think this is a better racket than RDX 300, even though is not supposed to offer as good control, so far I like the Xi 100 better.

Anybody else using the Xi 100?

Boricua
03-16-2012, 10:09 AM
I'm a 4.5 good all around game based on consistency and topspin game with western grip.

I saw this racket and liked it right away, I guess it had to be my new rackets.

I bought 2 of those sticks, the shop strung them for me one with Yonex Super 850 (58/56) and another one with Poly Tour HS 1.25 (53/51), string job and strings for free.

So far I like more the one with HS, really superb control and accuracy, easy to play, nice feel (I don't know if it's the racket or string or both) a little stiffer than I'd like at this point, great topspin, I am very pleased with the balance between control and power. Sweet spot is really huge.

With the 850 string, it is almost too powerful and very soft, I'm not digging this softness and control offered with this set-up. Everything else is great.

I'm thinking about either doing a hybrid or lowering the tension with HS anther couple Lbs.

I think this is a better racket than RDX 300, even though is not supposed to offer as good control, so far I like the Xi 100 better.

Anybody else using the Xi 100?

Im using the Vcore 98. But, try LTec poly strings with your Ezone and see how it does.

tistrapukcipeht
03-16-2012, 10:20 AM
Im using the Vcore 98. But, try LTec poly strings with your Ezone and see how it does.

No thanks.

I think they're way over priced for what it is and too much BS around and about it. String in this way, that way, hell no!!

I find it hard to believe that somebody would pay $22 bucks for a set of polyester or synthetic gut, and that would be so much better than everything else, which it is not, to each their own.

I trust other companies that have history in making great strings. I only have 2 hours with the HS, so I'm still waiting for it to play softer, I'll report whenever I'm done testing it.

Have you used the Xi 100??

Boricua
03-16-2012, 12:28 PM
No thanks.

I think they're way over priced for what it is and too much BS around and about it. String in this way, that way, hell no!!

I find it hard to believe that somebody would pay $22 bucks for a set of polyester or synthetic gut, and that would be so much better than everything else, which it is not, to each their own.

I trust other companies that have history in making great strings. I only have 2 hours with the HS, so I'm still waiting for it to play softer, I'll report whenever I'm done testing it.

Have you used the Xi 100??

No and Ive never used the LTEC with the VCore either. I used the VCORE with with Alu Big banger Original and felt it stiff after four hours. If the LTEC is much different Ill say so. Im waiting for it. Its an experiment Im trying as I dont string my rackets so if this LTEC is how its marketed then its worth it. If not, back to the drawing board. At least there are dozens and dozens of strings to try. A friend of mine uses cheap Gosen Polynon and he dies for it....

Peter Szucs
03-16-2012, 03:00 PM
I'm a 4.5 good all around game based on consistency and topspin game with western grip.

I saw this racket and liked it right away, I guess it had to be my new rackets.

I bought 2 of those sticks, the shop strung them for me one with Yonex Super 850 (58/56) and another one with Poly Tour HS 1.25 (53/51), string job and strings for free.

So far I like more the one with HS, really superb control and accuracy, easy to play, nice feel (I don't know if it's the racket or string or both) a little stiffer than I'd like at this point, great topspin, I am very pleased with the balance between control and power. Sweet spot is really huge.

With the 850 string, it is almost too powerful and very soft, I'm not digging this softness and control offered with this set-up. Everything else is great.

I'm thinking about either doing a hybrid or lowering the tension with HS anther couple Lbs.

I think this is a better racket than RDX 300, even though is not supposed to offer as good control, so far I like the Xi 100 better.

Anybody else using the Xi 100?

Love it!
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=413698

tistrapukcipeht
03-16-2012, 06:07 PM
No and Ive never used the LTEC with the VCore either. I used the VCORE with with Alu Big banger Original and felt it stiff after four hours. If the LTEC is much different Ill say so. Im waiting for it. Its an experiment Im trying as I dont string my rackets so if this LTEC is how its marketed then its worth it. If not, back to the drawing board. At least there are dozens and dozens of strings to try. A friend of mine uses cheap Gosen Polynon and he dies for it....

Today's 2 hour session was better, but the string is very solid, I can tell you it maintains the tension better than Big banger, it hasn't moved yet, at least by now, around 4 hours, I am liking this string now, but for sure next time I will string it around 48 lbs and see what happens. I'm impressed because I played with Big banger original, luxilon timo, adrenaline (garbage) and timo.

A lot of spin as well, I'm sure if it is the racquet or the string, so it is good now, more to come later.

tistrapukcipeht
03-16-2012, 06:08 PM
Love it!
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=413698

Yeah, great racquet, looks very nice too.

Today's session I started to be more consistent and my ground strokes are getting into shape with this thing.

tistrapukcipeht
03-17-2012, 07:15 PM
I had an awesome practice today, was hitting really well and being able to flatten out my shots and to hit with heavy topspin.

This racquet is very maneuverable making it easy to generate some extra RPM, the balls were even felling hot after some rallies. My second serves are very good with this racquet, a lot action and I'm more consistent as well, so I'm going for my 1st serves every time without being afraid of double fault. The frame is very solid, surprised me being so light and this solid.

The string now plays very nice after 6 hours, still hasn't moved much, but it is very comfortable now and control is really good still after 6 hours unlike the Luxilon Big Banger Original.

I'm going to stick with this string here for a couple more string jobs, and lower a bit the tension next time to get more free power and comfort.

tistrapukcipeht
03-20-2012, 05:53 PM
Ok, after around 12/15 hours playing with this frame I can tell more about it:

Strung with Yonex Poly Tour HS (as suggested by the shop seller):

Racquet 1- strung @ 53/51
Racquet 2- strung @ 50/48

Serves- Very easy and feels really good hitting the sweet spot, the ball just flies off the racquet in a blink of an eye. I have been able to hit my slice serves both on the T and on deuce court with ease with a lot of slice, the ball is really moving away from the returner, I had to adapt this serve to this racquet due to how much spin, so I had to target more the middle and let the RHS and spin curve and hit the mark.

2nd serve- I didn't have a good 2nd, but this racquet has allowed me to generate a lot of RHS and put a lot of action on the ball so my 2nd serve is more reliable than never, my DF count has gone to less than 5 per set.

FH- unbelievable. This racquet allows so many ways to hit a forehand, with hard drives, flat, with heavy topspin, forehand with just arm use, all go in.

BH- due to the humongous sweet spot I have been hitting clean as a whistle, however my slice isn't that good, maybe due to a more open string pattern.

All in all, I'm quite happy with this racquet, I just had my second racquet strung with 3Lbs looser and from the first hit it is already very comfortable with great control and power balance, this is truly an amazing racquet, the stability and quality is off the charts for such a light racquet and as much more as I play more I like it.

Let's see how long I'll be playing with this racquet before my greed takes over and I decide to buy another racquet.

Peter Szucs
03-21-2012, 02:12 AM
Let's see how long I'll be playing with this racquet before my greed takes over and I decide to buy another racquet.
Dont do it. Believe me this one is a keeper.
I have played the Pro Open before and really liked it for its control and softness over other stiff tweeners, but i missed some power and stability. With the Xi i get the same control but with even more softness, more power and much better stability.

Chyeaah
03-21-2012, 02:26 AM
I have an 100S. Xi's are garbage for me.

anyways stringing crosses lower really opens up the sweetspot, this is one thing i find with Yonex racquets.

Try RIP Control/PPA, or if you want to use polys then ask some poly fan, although i found B5E to me nice, but it's low powered. Maybe BHB7/Thick poly cross?

tistrapukcipeht
03-21-2012, 09:00 AM
I have an 100S. Xi's are garbage for me.

anyways stringing crosses lower really opens up the sweetspot, this is one thing i find with Yonex racquets.

Try RIP Control/PPA, or if you want to use polys then ask some poly fan, although i found B5E to me nice, but it's low powered. Maybe BHB7/Thick poly cross?

What's garbage about it? Have you demoed it?

What is your experience with Yonex racquets, besides the 100S?

Have you used the Poly Tour HS?

Why are you giving me advices on strings if I am completely satisfied with what I play, I would take Yonex Poly Tour HS string over any of these strings you mentioned. I have played with Luxilon strings (many of them), Babolat (Pro Hurricane Tour, RPM Blast, VS Gut), Tecnifibre (Black Code, NRGm XONE, TGV) and some others not worth it to mention.

You are just one of these guys that knows nothing and keep talking BS about things you don't even know, just because there are threads and praise about some strings it does not mean there are good. That is why you have to be yourself and not jumping on bandwagons like you do.

Be humble and stop talking this non sense you talk in several threads I have read, most of your post are pure garbage.

KFwinds
03-21-2012, 10:27 AM
I would be interested in hearing about the Xi 98 if anyone has experience with it...

Chyeaah
03-21-2012, 12:31 PM
What's garbage about it? Have you demoed it?

What is your experience with Yonex racquets, besides the 100S?

Have you used the Poly Tour HS?

Why are you giving me advices on strings if I am completely satisfied with what I play, I would take Yonex Poly Tour HS string over any of these strings you mentioned. I have played with Luxilon strings (many of them), Babolat (Pro Hurricane Tour, RPM Blast, VS Gut), Tecnifibre (Black Code, NRGm XONE, TGV) and some others not worth it to mention.

You are just one of these guys that knows nothing and keep talking BS about things you don't even know, just because there are threads and praise about some strings it does not mean there are good. That is why you have to be yourself and not jumping on bandwagons like you do.

Be humble and stop talking this non sense you talk in several threads I have read, most of your post are pure garbage.

I've used it before, just doesn't suit my game.

I've tried the 98D, 100S, Xi 98 and some older models which I do not know of, I think it's the RDiS Mid Plus?

Peter Szucs
03-22-2012, 05:31 AM
I've used it before, just doesn't suit my game.

I've tried the 98D, 100S, Xi 98 and some older models which I do not know of, I think it's the RDiS Mid Plus?

So in short you did not hit with the frame this thread is about.

tistrapukcipeht
03-22-2012, 07:00 AM
I've used it before, just doesn't suit my game.

I've tried the 98D, 100S, Xi 98 and some older models which I do not know of, I think it's the RDiS Mid Plus?

You didn't use the racquet because you can't say specific facts about what you didn't like, even though you can make up anything, I just don't believe you used.

The best part is when you call something "garbage" just because it didn't fit you, as if something can only be good if you like it.

tistrapukcipeht
03-22-2012, 07:02 AM
Comments: It's my first Yonex ever and I must say although is a great stick is also difficult to work with. However on ground strokes and volleys is amazing. I just received my 2nd xi and I will use different string setup.
From: Manuel, 3/12



Comments: I agree with the consensus of all the other users. The new xi 100 is by far an improvement in all aspects over the old Ezone 100. The older Ezone is my racket (X1 BIPHASE) and I decided to demo both the 98 and 100 Xi models. The 100xi was more powerful and no loss in control with groundstrokes. When I contacted heavy balls I was not pushed around and could respond with equal pace. The best part for me was the decent ball return when I was forced into a desperate lunge at the ball. I made shots I could not with the old ezone. Touch and low volleys to sharp angles made me smile. I have just placed my order for the 100 xi. As for the 98 xi, I found the racket to have a deadened response. Even when adding racket head speed I felt the racket under deliver. I tried several times in the same demo session to see if I liked it and I never did. The playability for me between the 2 models is vastly different
From: Gerald, 2/12



Comments: I have hit with a lot of racquets, but never have I tried a racquet that is stiff and powerful yet SO comfortable and with so much control! Amazing technologies went into the xi series - no gimmicks here. The stability is phenomenal - my hitting partner's shots are usually heavy and with massive spin. But it's like the xi knows how to pull some Jiu Jitsu magic, off-setting that pace and spin and then let me hit the ball the way I want it. Of particular mention is the xi's sweet spot. I am not joking but it feels like practically the whole racquet face IS the sweet spot! "Off-center" hits on the xi are balls that actually hit the frame. I can't say enough good things about what Yonex has done with the xi series. I have gone through at least 15 different types of racquets in the last 3 years and it's been frustrating, to say the least. The search is finally over. I bought 2 xi 100 and they will be with me for a long time. I think the xi 100 or 107 would appeal to most players out there. Have an open mind, give Yonex a try.
From: DH, 2/12



Comments: Agree with both Matt and Kevin. This new ezone is a definite improvement on the old one not that that was bad. The frame does look a little less pronounce maybe it is the color Kevin. But the power and control appears to be vastly improved. Overall a great racquet and a purchase I am extremely satisfied with.
From: Craig, 2/12



Comments: This Yonex XI 100 has been hands- down my favorite first day with a frame ever. Great power but loads of forgiveness here. I really wanted a 100 in frame with a 16x18 string pattern, and after hitting the Wilson Juice 96 and 100, and the Wilson Prostaff BLX 95 and 100, this Yonex was the clear best for my game. The only thing that seemed a little off was the control on the serve, but that could be slightly attributed to the 16x18 string....or the fact that my serve is on and off regularly no matter what racquet I use. I found better directional control on ground strokes then I have seen in any previous racquet, and great maneuverability and control at the net as well. I used to own the EZone 100 from last year and never really got into a groove with that one and ended up selling it, but this one was far different. Once you see this racquet in person you immediately notice that the Isometric shape is more pronounced in the new XI then other Yonex frames, even compared to last year's EZone. However, it was not so square that it was off-putting while playing. I think the dull paint scheme helps with that fact....if this frame was brightly colored then the shape might be a little more distracting. Anyway, great frame that I will have in the bag for a long long time.
From: Kevin, 2/12
String type and tension: Dunlop Explosion 18g, 54lbs



Comments: I used the older model and was waiting for this new one.I have been using this racquet for 4 sessions now. Yonex ezone Xi 100 is a total different racquet and much better than the older one somehow they manage to do it. The feel is much,much better on ground strokes, the connection between all 3 elements is better. The power of this racquet comes easy, it is very, very maneuverable, very stable and solid like the older one, yet more comfortable. The swing spot seemed to be bigger as well. Awesome racquet that helped my weak one handed back hand. My second serves got better control and pace with this new racquet as well, I highly recommend it. I think it is better than VCORE 100S.
From: Matt, 1/12

tistrapukcipeht
11-07-2012, 09:39 AM
Looking at the TW review, they confirmed a few things of what I have said about this wonderful racquet.

Ground strokes/serves (either one), feel and touch, volleys are above average.

Topspin and rippers are really well balanced.

Slice isn't great, probably the worst aspect but still not as bad as some others I've tried.

Only thing I don't agree is related to stability, I think this is extreme stable for 300g, the most solid I've tried in the 300g type. I had/have no stability problems with it at all.

They scored 85 overall.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/YEZX1/YEZX1Review.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/reviewvideo.html?pcode=YEZX1&vid=OJEmc6DrSTc

BTW Brittany and Sihoban, if you could chime in, what is the string and tension you ladies used to play test it?

tistrapukcipeht
11-07-2012, 09:42 AM
Comments: I tried and demo'ed at least 15 racquets after doing months of research. The reviews on many racquets didn't correlate with my playing experience when tested. My racquets tested include: Head Youtek Instinct IG and S, new Extreme Pro 2.0 and MP, Radical, Wilson BLX Juice 100, Pro Open, Prince EX03 Warrior 100 Yonex V Core 100S, Volkl Organix V1, Babolat AeroPro Drive GT, Pure Drive and many others. I played with this EZONE Xi for 4 hours and immediately bought two of them. There was a big difference in the comfort and control compared to the other racquet. The other racquets were good at one thing or another, but for me to switch racquets it had to do many things much better. This EZONE was good at just about everything. Not too heavy or light, very solid (played like a heavier racquet) generated a lot of spin with ease and felt I could place my volleys anywhere with the amount of touch/feel this racquet had. It is a very powerful racquet but at the same time great touch, you would think you would be giving one up for the other, but not the case with this racquet. I have a heavy kick serve which is now more consistent because of the amount of spin generated, I had to adjust some since my balls were landing shorter in the box, but fewer of them are getting returned. Huge sweet spot. My only complaint is that I let my wife hit with them and now she won't pick up the racquets I bought her last year. Until I buy her one, I'm having to get them after her matches and rushing to my matches. Amazing racquets!
From: Kurt, 11/12
String type and tension: Solinco Tour Bite 16L @ 60 lbs

Comments: I only tested this racquet for 2 hours before deciding to buy. The demo felt great, giving me the added power and pop that I was looking for. I've been a Wilson user all my tennis life (20+ years), but I cannot find a midplus Wilson racquet that suits my game. I've always played with a 98 size frame and would have preferred to stay with the same size in the Yonex Ezone, but it was a bit heavy for me. This Ezone Xi 100 took a bit of getting used to as others mentioned. My baseline shots sailed long, but since I always string at 1-2 lbs above mid tension for more control, I felt that my shots would be fine once I got my own strings. I used Gamma Professional 17, strung at 54 pounds and played a doubles match with my new racquet last night. I could not be happier with the results. My shots from the baseline were deep and mostly accurate. The bigger and higher sweetspot really helped whenever I had to reach. My serves were livelier than my old Wilson Blade Lite 98. I thought the extra Isometric is just another gimmick or marketing ploy, but from my experience, it actually does make a difference. I'm definitely happy I made the switch.
From: Jocelyn, 10/12
String type and tension: Gamma Professional 17g @ 54lbs

Comments: I playtested a long list of racquets in the search for the perfect fit. I tried the Pure Storm, Pure Storm Team, Blx Blade Team, Pacific Comp, Pro Open 11 & 12, Donnay X-P Dual, and IG Instinct. I knew from the first hit that this one was solid and stable with great feel on volleys and touch shots. My two-hand backhand returns are sick with this thing and my forehand has plenty of controlled power and spin. Several of my hitting partners have tried it and have enjoyed hitting with the Ezone XI. I think some don't give it a serious look because they are hung up on the squarish oval frame construction. I know from hitting with it though that the Isometric square shape really stabilizes the sweetspot. It is a 67 on the stiffness rating, but it is still comfortable with a multi strung at mid tension (I have experienced some arm and shoulder issues so I'm playing with a multi now, but it also played great with a poly hybrid). If you aren't afraid to try something new and different, go for the Yonex Xi and forget all that crap about Yonex being too square or for girls!
From: Kris, 8/12

Comments: I played with the EZone 100 for a couple of years and agree totally with Pancho below regarding the EZone Xi. It is a different racquet even though the specs are about the same and took me a few times to get used to it. Great pop on the serve and the volleys. Groundstrokes took the most adjustment, but I am hitting shots that as an older former tournament player I didn't think I could hit anymore. Great on the arm, almost no vibration, and with arm friendly string like I use a very comfortable play. While at first I didn't know, now I do- a great frame.
From: Tony, 8/12
String type and tension: Babolat VS NaturalThermoGut Touch (Mains), Babolat Xcel (Crosses), 58 lbs

Comments: As a former #1 Pac-10 player I love this racquet. I'm not 25 any more, but this racquet strung with a softer string that's strung at 56 lbs works great. It's easy on the arm/elbow. It's definitely a step up from the EZone 100. It has great pop on the serve and volley. If you use topspin on your ground strokes you'll be just fine. I would highly recommend this racquet to someone who wants a "tweener" racquet that will serve them well.
From: Pancho, 7/12
String type: Tecnifibre X-1 Biphase

Comments: I tried this racquet with a not-too-powerful poly (strung above mid-range) and still had a great deal of trouble keeping the ball in the court. Simply too much pop for players with a full swing. Felt light for its weight, not very stable, but very comfortable for a racquet a bit on the stiff side. In this weight class, I found racquets like the Wilson Pro Open and Prince Warrior 100 to offer more controllable pop. Beautifully finished but Yonex seems to use the thinnest and frailest grips available; the bottom of the grip was actually starting to fray a bit just from handling the racquet in my home, before I had ever played with it.
From: Mike, 6/12

Comments: Great one! Try using an hybrid setup (Wilson Ultimate Duo), great control and spin. The muted feel disappears and is very arm friendly.
From: Oscar, 6/12
String type and tension: Luxilon ALU Power, 50lbs / NXT tour 52lbs
Headsize: 100
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: Nice stick, but lost out to Yonex VCORE 100 S for me. Felt less stable and less solid on contact, a bit too much power, a bit less feel, excessive power from the ground and on volleys being the biggest limitations. The kick serve is sick with this racquet though.
From: Anon, 5/12

Comments: I have played with this demo for a few days and while I have served well with it, I cannot say the same about my groundstrokes. While this racket is very fast through the swing, it does not have the mass of my trusty RD7 and as a result, it does not hit a very 'heavy' ball. Plus, if I hit the ball without tempering my swing, it will sail long.
From: Pat, 5/12

Comments: This racquet has remarkable power and control. The feel and touch is there as well. Serves seem to truly take off and accelerate. I concur with the other remarks on sailing, long balls - this can be reigned in by an adjustment to add the topspin on forehands, underspin and driving movement on backhands and downward motion on volleys. Very comfortable - a nice stick to play several times comfortably throughout the day.
From: Matthew, 4/12
String type and tension: Prince Synthetic Gut / Volkl, 55 lbs

Comments: I LOVE this racquet! I had been playing with the Yonex RDiS 300 and found that racquet allowed me to hit the shots I wanted -- topspin, slice, etc. when I wanted. But, this racquet is such a huge improvement, my coach said it was like night and day. It is much more powerful and allows me to swing much faster, creating more spin. It also feels much softer than the RDiS, even though it is rated as a stiffer racquet. I have it strung with all Babolat RPM Blast, while the RDiS was strung with a RPM Blast Hybrid (with natural gut), yet this racquet allows for much more touch on both volleys and drop shots. I do agree with one of the other reviewers and noticed that balls can fly long much easier with this racquet if I don't put a lot of topspin on my groundstrokes, under spin on my slice, and hit down on my volleys, but it's an adjustment I'll live with for the added power. This racquet is AMAZING.
From: Jennie, 4/12
String type and tension: RPM Blast 56 lbs
Headsize: 100 sq. in
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: Just demoed this for two days. First of all, this is a very comfortable feeling frame given it's rather high stiffness rating. My demo was strung with a very good multi at probably just above mid tension. With the multi I found the power a little too much for ground strokes, and had a few flyers. However I think a poly at about mid would help reign this one in just enough, and it would still offer a very confortable hit. This frame felt very solid on all shots, with no flutter at all. And mishits were almost zero given the seemingly huge sweet spot. The weight and balance made it very maneuverable from everywhere, and yet the stability was also exceptional. Volleys were great as touch was there in spades. If I have one minor nitpick, it's the grip shape. I prefer the Prince more rounded-off shape, and this one felt more like a Head or even Volkl. Overall though, this offering from Yonex is really good. It delivers an excellent balance of elements that would likely assist anyone's game from about the 3.5 level on up. Absolutely worth a demo if you have never hit with a Yonex before.
From: Tom, 4/12

Comments: I was getting arm pain with the Babolat pure storm so I decided to go back to Yonex, this racquet is very forgiving on my one handed backhand and slice which is great as it gives me confidence. The kick serve is awesome with massive spin. The only problem I find is my forehand needs a lot of spin to prevent the ball from sailing. I tried putting lead tape at the handle and raising my string tension all the way to 60lbs and kind of worked.
From: Carlos, 3/12

mrc
11-08-2012, 08:33 AM
You need to hit the Gold 99 From Donnay. Amazing Racquet. If you classic feel with a nice sweetspot and tons of Feel. Its awesome...

tistrapukcipeht
11-08-2012, 12:57 PM
You need to hit the Gold 99 From Donnay. Amazing Racquet. If you classic feel with a nice sweetspot and tons of Feel. Its awesome...

I doubt Donnay will come close to Yonex, I also don't like lead in my racquets which is frequently found on Donnay racquets to match specs, as some here have experienced, this is misleading customers in my books.

I also became an Yonex guy, so I don't use round racquets anymore :) , I stick with them because it's reliable and I know what i get, lastly my local shop doesn't carry Donnay.

Nostradamus
11-08-2012, 05:15 PM
I'm a 4.5 good all around game based on consistency and topspin game with western grip.

I saw this racket and liked it right away, I guess it had to be my new rackets.

I bought 2 of those sticks, the shop strung them for me one with Yonex Super 850 (58/56) and another one with Poly Tour HS 1.25 (53/51), string job and strings for free.

So far I like more the one with HS, really superb control and accuracy, easy to play, nice feel (I don't know if it's the racket or string or both) a little stiffer than I'd like at this point, great topspin, I am very pleased with the balance between control and power. Sweet spot is really huge.

With the 850 string, it is almost too powerful and very soft, I'm not digging this softness and control offered with this set-up. Everything else is great.

I'm thinking about either doing a hybrid or lowering the tension with HS anther couple Lbs.

I think this is a better racket than RDX 300, even though is not supposed to offer as good control, so far I like the Xi 100 better.

Anybody else using the Xi 100?

Krista Hardebeck is using it and she is WTA level player in NCAA

tistrapukcipeht
11-09-2012, 07:45 AM
Krista Hardebeck is using it and she is WTA level player in NCAA

I don't know who she is, but on Yonex site there many players using it and many reviews as well, to me is the best 100sq in from all of those I tried.

smirker
11-09-2012, 12:12 PM
Tried it, didn't like it, have moved on. Unpredictable string bed and way too much power. A liability on volley too. Don't think the gut hybrid I had it strung with helped to be fair but I don't want a racket that is only suited to full poly. Now with a Kennex Ki5 which has more controlable power.

tistrapukcipeht
11-09-2012, 02:07 PM
Tried it, didn't like it, have moved on. Unpredictable string bed and way too much power. A liability on volley too. Don't think the gut hybrid I had it strung with helped to be fair but I don't want a racket that is only suited to full poly. Now with a Kennex Ki5 which has more controlable power.

Never heard of unpredictable string bed.

I guess you don't have good volleys, this racquet is amazing on volleys, solid, quick...

I think control comes with technique, if Federer picks up this racquet I cn guarantee you He will put the ball where He wants, therefore you control the power and you control the racquet, of course it has its limits depending how you swing, needless to say it's powerful, but you should be able to control depending on your level, with higher racquet head speed, I'm ripping with it, most of the people that left the feedback and including TW gals have been able to use the power to their benefit.

If you only try a racquet with one string set up at one tension, I think it will be hard for anybody to find their ideal, with any racquet it will take time to figure out how to use the racquet and what works best. When i demoed all i looked for was a solid feel and free power, the rest I could provide myself and adjust, so if anybody is committed to switch to any racquet they have to stick with for a long time, but it doesn't happen here at TW forum, because everyone is looking for the quick fix.

Of course no racquet will be good for everyone, but you bailed out a way too early, if you only tried one string set up at one tension.

I'm moving to gut/poly from December until February , maybe it will be multi only or gut and multi, since I don't play as much in the winter.

Good luck with your new racquet.

smirker
11-10-2012, 03:28 AM
Never heard of unpredictable string bed.

I guess you don't have good volleys, this racquet is amazing on volleys, solid, quick...

I think control comes with technique, if Federer picks up this racquet I cn guarantee you He will put the ball where He wants, therefore you control the power and you control the racquet, of course it has its limits depending how you swing, needless to say it's powerful, but you should be able to control depending on your level, with higher racquet head speed, I'm ripping with it, most of the people that left the feedback and including TW gals have been able to use the power to their benefit.

If you only try a racquet with one string set up at one tension, I think it will be hard for anybody to find their ideal, with any racquet it will take time to figure out how to use the racquet and what works best. When i demoed all i looked for was a solid feel and free power, the rest I could provide myself and adjust, so if anybody is committed to switch to any racquet they have to stick with for a long time, but it doesn't happen here at TW forum, because everyone is looking for the quick fix.

Of course no racquet will be good for everyone, but you bailed out a way too early, if you only tried one string set up at one tension.

I'm moving to gut/poly from December until February , maybe it will be multi only or gut and multi, since I don't play as much in the winter.

Good luck with your new racquet.

Tistra, I don't know what your agenda with Yonex is but they just don't suit my game. I have tried three Yonex frames and disliked them all so obviously the isometric head shape does not work for me.

By unpredictable I mean the ball would catapult off the strings at time with seemingly the same swing. I also framed far too many balls for my liking.

I don't need a power boost from the racket as I can generate plenty of my own. The Yonex was way too powerful and verging on a beginners stick power level wise. I expect I might have fared better with the Xi 98.

Re my volleys, they were just fine with the PD and now the PK Ki5 thanks:)

A chacun son gout as they say in France.

tistrapukcipeht
11-10-2012, 05:51 AM
Tistra, I don't know what your agenda with Yonex is but they just don't suit my game. I have tried three Yonex frames and disliked them all so obviously the isometric head shape does not work for me.

By unpredictable I mean the ball would catapult off the strings at time with seemingly the same swing. I also framed far too many balls for my liking.

I don't need a power boost from the racket as I can generate plenty of my own. The Yonex was way too powerful and verging on a beginners stick power level wise. I expect I might have fared better with the Xi 98.

Re my volleys, they were just fine with the PD and now the PK Ki5 thanks:)

A chacun son gout as they say in France.

As I said, no racquet will suit everybody, if doesn't suit you, you have to be glad you moved on, I have nothing to do with it at all, I wish you luck though.

I have nothing to do with Yonex either, besides a customer of their product :) .

As I said your reasons aren't valid, one string set up expecting to play like heaven, beginners frame because of too much power, I can counter those reasons all day long with other examples, but I'm not here to be arguing with a fellow Tmember about these things, life is too good to be wasting with it.

What was the tension you had with your set up, I'm moving on to gut/poly and intending to start with gut 62/Yonex Poly Tour HS 58 .

Probably in December I will test it.

smirker
11-10-2012, 01:29 PM
As I said, no racquet will suit everybody, if doesn't suit you, you have to be glad you moved on, I have nothing to do with it at all, I wish you luck though.

I have nothing to do with Yonex either, besides a customer of their product :) .

As I said your reasons aren't valid, one string set up expecting to play like heaven, beginners frame because of too much power, I can counter those reasons all day long with other examples, but I'm not here to be arguing with a fellow Tmember about these things, life is too good to be wasting with it.

What was the tension you had with your set up, I'm moving on to gut/poly and intending to start with gut 62/Yonex Poly Tour HS 58 .

Probably in December I will test it.

No arguements from me, one man's meat is another man's poison!

Judging by those tensions you mention I strung it too low at 56/52. A stiff frame with those tensions would kill my arm so glad that me and the Xi parted company. That tension is necessary to control the power level or full poly which again I can't use. The Ki5 is more my type of racket, providing enough power but also the requisite level of control.

I am not saying the Xi is a bad racquet, just that it didn't suit me personally. Don't take it as a personal afront.