Prince Tour 100 vs. Yonex VCore 97 (315g)... discuss

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  1. donnayblack99

    donnayblack99 New User

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    I'm looking to make a drastic switch due to a nagging elbow problem. I've never hit with either stick, although each seems to compliment my game. I'm a former D1 player who has always played with a traditional "player's stick." Im getting older now and I need the forgiveness and extra pop.
    I've never even picked up a Yonex frame and I'm quite intrigued.
    I've always been a Prince fan and I know that the new Tour 100s are very forgiving for someone in my situation and I like that I can get it in a 18x20.

    I'm looking for a little guidance from the TW community... Thanks in advance. :twisted:
     
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  2. dhdriver

    dhdriver Rookie

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    I've demoed the Prince Tour 100 18x20 before and it was very comfortable. I believed I've tried it with Prince Beast in one and Luxilon Big Banger Original and both felt very comfortable. I didn't pick them because I like a stiffer frame.

    I have yet to try out the Vcore 97 (I ended up getting the 89 and loving them). But I've always had a great experience with Yonex racquets.

    I hope this helped.
     
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  3. McLovin

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    I assume you mean the 310g, not 315g? I just switched to the VCORE Tour 97 310g this week. I will tell you that it has a firm feel (which I like), but not harsh on the arm. But if you've never used Yonex before, the head shape might feel odd to you.

    The EXO Tour 16x18 is supposed to be a real nice frame, but not much power (look for posts by mikeler), and I presume the 18x20 version will have even less.

    I'd say demo both from TW, as well as a couple others & see what you think. The demo program is a great way to get a swing in w/ some other sticks (only $20 for up to 4 racquets).

    A couple others to consider are the Dunlop F3.0 Tour, the Technifibre TFight 315 Ltd., and, if you can get by w/ a tapered beam, the Pacific X Force Pro. All are available in 18x20 patterns.
     
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  4. Brian72

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    I only have experience with the Prince EXO 3 Tour 100 16 x 18. I played with it for about 1 1/2 years. I switched in November to the Becker Melbourne. I really enjoyed that racquet from the baseline. I added weight at 9 and 3 and at 12, and counter balanced in the handle with a final over all weight of 352 grams. The lead made all the difference in power and stability. Top Spin was awesome. My serve was as good as it has been with any racquet. The only area I struggled with was at the net. And that is where I am weakest. Switching to the Melbourne I noticed an immediate difference at net.

    A fully poly string job was my best set up. Goldenset Snake bite at 54lbs was money for me. I played them with Synthetic Gut, not so good. It's a racquet I might come back to. I miss the extra topspin at times. I've noticed my angles aren't quite as sharp with my current racquet. However, I haven't played around with my string set up. So I'm sitting tight.

    If you can handle the difference in feel, that everybody mentions, the Prince is a great racquet if you're willing to make some modifications.
     
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  5. donnayblack99

    donnayblack99 New User

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    THanks

    Thanks guys! I'm looking at the Donnay x-Dual Platinum... looks like a players stick with a little pop and solid stability...
     
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  6. cjmower

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    Just some quick thoughts on the new Yonex Vcore 97 (310) since I also just switched to it. I too had some concerns about the Yonex head shape as McLovin pointed out above, however this particular racquet I felt was not near as tricky to adjust to as I thought it would be. I definitely like it more than anything else I have tried that is out right now. I also absolutely love volleying with this racquet. A lot of fun to use and I wish I had been exposed to Yonex earlier.
     
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