Vcore 89 - The New Standard Bearer

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  1. Vcore89

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    Vcore 89 - Standard Bearer

    3 weeks ago I switch from BLX PST 90 (before that was KPS 88, before that...) to Vcore 89! I haven't found the perfect racquet yet, but this is as far as I am concerned the second best--the best of course is still out there.

    It is essentially a pocket rocket!
     
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  2. treblings

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    which kind of playing style would you say it´s suited for best?
     
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    I agree, this racket can do it all if you like smaller head sizes.
     
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  4. parasailing

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    I demoed this racquet a while back and it is a very solid racquet. It does remind me of the Pro Staff line. Unfortunately for me, it felt a tad stiffer than I am use to.
     
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    I got to my first finals w/ this racquet. It must be good.
     
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    Vcore Tour 89 felt very close to the touch and feel of PS 85. Very near! While I love my BLX PST 90 for the serve (and K88 before that and...), For me, Vcore 89 has the total package.

    I like to construct my points most of the time so this slightly lower-powered serving stick (comparatively speaking) just serves me right. But on times when I play serve and volley, wow, my volleys are noticeably better than when I am wielding the BLX PST 90, K88, K90, etc.

    Plus, I didn't shank any balls up to this point anyways (for almost a month now) with Vcore 89 simply because the sweetspot is literally much more bigger than the ping-pong ball size sweet spots of the aforementioned racquets.

    Mine are strung with a full bed of Axon Mono and Turbo Twist @ 60 lbs. Will also be stringing (2 racquets) with Alu Power since I've grown accustomed to it for a few years now. I will string a fifth racquet with Bi-Phase since I miss the feeling of synthetic gut--just a bit.:)
     
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  7. Roforot

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    I saw you also posted in the Angell thread and that you have a few Vantage frames. What do you like about the vcore compared to Vantage other than it's has a new racquet on the block excitement? I'd imagine a "customized" frame should meet your needs better? Or has your style/preferences changed?
     
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    I've always loved Yonex frames in particular RDX500 mid (of them all; over MP1 Tour), I am a tennis fan more than a racquet fan but I do try some other frames such as Wilson, Head, Prince and Babolat just like most every tennis fan would.

    Now, Vantage's pricing is very competitive so I thought I'd try them (who wouldn't?). Easily, one can order a customized racquet in the range of $400+ (from other companies as well).
     
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  9. brian14190

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    How does the 89 compare to the RDS001 Mid? They seem to have very similar specs.
     
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    Comparing my RDS001 mid to Vcore 89 strung with full poly...it's a lot stiffer. I like Vcore a lot for volleys and half volleys. Mainly due to the 16 x 18 versus 16 x 20 string plane imo.
     
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  11. markiev37

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    I just switched to this racquet a week ago(played three matches) from the aerostorm tour cortex. This racquet is far superior in everyway. it may be a little stiffer than the babolat but my shoulder has adjusted. It's such a solid frame.....btw, I will restring this weekend and it looks like I need to start at the head for the mains and not at the throat...looked on yonex website but could not find info
     
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    how would any of you vcore89 users compare the racket to the prestige mid line? does it play similar?
    maybe i can give the answer myself, since with a bit of luck i can demo the vcore89 tomorrow:)
     
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  13. Vcore89

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    Personally, I'll rate it Vcore89, BLX PST 90 and IG Prestige Mid.
     
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  14. stronzzi70

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    I had couples RD TI 50 standart, really nice sticks........I would like to know if the V core 89 tour is close in the stiff departament.
     
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  15. TonyB

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    How does the 335 swingweight feel? That's K-Factor 90 territory, and most people claim they can't wield that racquet for 3 sets because of the high swingweight.

    With the Yonex Tour 89 at 343 grams and 335 swingweight, that seems to make for a fairly light but heavy swinging frame. An odd combination.

    I usually prefer the reverse: 360 grams and 325-330 swingweight.

    Can anyone comment on this?
     
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    Yesterday I added 3 grams at 12 o'clock under the grommets and voila it is a bit more powerful on serves comparing to BLX PST 90. But of course it altered the swing weight.

    Anyways, nowadays I don't try to tweak any of my racquets but just so that I know thus I tried adding 3 grams of lead. This tweaked racquet will be in my bag just in case but will be using my regular Vcore 89s which is in itself adequate.
     
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  17. nkjwlf

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    First hit

    Just hit with my with V Core 89 today. It has a leather grip and overgrip strung with Luxilon 4g at 55lbs. The racquet is a best on serves. Pinpoint accuracy and bombs on flat serves. Volleys were as good as can be expected with poly strings. My forhands were sailing a little long compared to my Yonex RD 7's that were weighed up to 13.5 ounces strung with Tourna Big Hitter Silver. I switched from my normal semi-western forehand to my old full Western forehand that I used to hit with when I had Prince Original Graphite mids. Unbelievable difference. The spin and power was back. I swore to myself to never go back to the full western grip but the V Core 89 made every shot feel so effortlessly. It brought me back 15 years wnating me to hit Western and use the same grip fore my 1HBH. Yes I use the same grip for backhand and forehands. The spin and power was there and I flet like I could place the ball anywhere on the court. I don't know if it was the racquet, the 4G strings, or a combo of both. I had no shoulder or wrist pain and just felt connected to the racquet. Two big thumbs up to the V Core 89. It did feel a lil bit light when returning serves though. I put 7 inch strips of lead tape running from 1 o'clock to almost 4 o'clock. The racquet felt a little dead at the top of the hoop. I haven't weighed it yet, but im guessing its back to stck balance since I put a leather grip on it. Any thoughts on my observations?
     
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  18. Vcore89

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    Slowly but surely I see there will be lots of dedicated followers of Vcore 89 because it delivers in nearly all fronts (stock). Anyways, every time I hit the courts, I am just loving the volleys more and more. Bravo!
     
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    3 months later, it is still my goto racquet. Definitely the best at net thus far.
     
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  20. roundiesee

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    Horses for courses I suppose; I have tried it albeit only for a short period, and did not like it at all because of the "stiffness"; perhaps it was the strings that came with that particular Tour89, but I was expecting more after all the positive reviews, :(
     
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    I finally got to hit with it yesterday. I loved it. Only problem for me is that I felt like I swung way too fast with it. I added some lead and it totally helped but still feels a little too fast.

    Also it was strung with Kirschbaum Pro Line X at 50lbs. I don't know how I feel about that because a lot of my shots were sailing out. Any suggestions on what tension I should string these bad boys at for polys Vcore89?
     
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  22. Vcore89

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    It's predecessor the RDiS100 mid 93 sq. in. is stiffer in comparison. Same stringbed density. Perhaps it is the string density cramped into it's 89.25 square inch head size that renders it stiffer with comparable racquets.

    For me, it is just the perfect feel although I am good with K90 or K88 too, which is stiffer compared to Vcore89. The previous 2 I miss them for their serving prowess but overall I'll stick to Vcore89!
     
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    Can't say anything much about string tension because I have been stringing mine with full poly at 60 pounds the last 4-5 years. It suits me.

    No problems with me regarding swing speeds, all are in stock form except one with 3 to 6 grams of lead under the grommets at twelve o' clock.
     
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  24. Greg G

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    I'm currently using Dunlop Black Widow, strung at 52/50. Kinda settling in that general vicinity. Went down from 55/53.
     
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    Hi guys,
    I am awfully tempted to make the switch!!! I am a current BLX Pro Staff 90 user, I really like this stick as it is smooth and not that 'harsh'...... my question I have read is the Yonex grip is smaller? I usually use a Wilson in a 4 1/4 BUT add 2 overgrips.....what grip should I get if I wanna buy a Yonex Vcore 89 Tour? I cannot demo as my country does not have this racket at all:confused:. Any advice/help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
     
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    I use G3 for the Vcore89.

    ...used grip 3 with the Wilson BLX PST 90, K90, K88, etc. Same with Prestige mids and all other racquets I've mostly owned with 2 exceptions. Radical midplus at G2 and RDX 500 mid at G4 (because they we're out of stock at the time); I'd rather go for G4 instead of G2 but I find G3 to be my perfect grip across grip shapes. G3s on my Vantage racquets too among other brands I've had.
     
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    Now, 3 of my Vcore89s are strung with Luxilon (ice blue) Alu Power and the other 3 with WC Turbo Twist. The former is a tad more powerful and the latter a softer feeling.
     
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  28. dhdriver

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    So today I finished playtesting with the vcore 89s. I really want to like them but for some reason the balance of the racquet really throws me off. Coming from the Head YTPM I am used to have that mass in the head (I play with them stock). So when I was hitting with the 89s I found that I swing a lot faster than before. But more importantly, I feel like I need some weight in the head.

    Did any of you guys customize your vcore89s with lead tape? Everything about it felt great, but I just miss having some mass in the hoop.
     
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    Probably you should gradually add 3 grams at the top hoop, then 6 grams, 9 grams 12 grams (initially start at 12:00 and gradually spread out till it's about 10:00 to 14:00)?

    Occasionally when i grab my lightly leaded racquet (@3-6 grams), i can already feel the additional oomph without adapting to my altered swingspeed too much.
     
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    Hmm... you're the expert! Gotta go buy more lead tape now haha. Thanks for the advice!

    Oh I'm probably gonna string it up with a poly between 54-52. Maybe string the crosses lower too. Can't wait!
     
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    Borrowing this thread to clear this doubt I got regarding Yonex's isometric head shape.
    With the introduction of the 89T, I read that how the head shape allows it to play more like a 95sqin frame... Why is it previously on other Yonex models there isn't any comparison eg the RDS or even on the RDiS
    So if any Yonex gurus can share if this forgiveness is only unique to the Vcore89T or is it experienced throughout other Yonex models.

    Really interested to know, becos all these talk abt the 89T I'm not only interest to try out this frame but if possible other mid sized Yonex frames too
     
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  32. c_hari_c

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    Recently switched to the vcore from Prestige Mid. I regret I didn't switch sooner. The vcore 89 is a far superior racket compared to the Prestige mid in every aspect. The head size also feels more like a 93 or 95 even though it says 89. Large sweet spot. Incredible feel at the net. Ground strokes are a pleasure especially flat. Overall amazing so far.
     
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  33. stronzzi70

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    1000% correct........
     
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  34. ASH1485

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    just ordered two of these vcore 89, based on alot of reviews around here and every where regarding this racket. i cant demo in my country so i had to go with my instinct as i'm really attracted to the specs plus the looks

    got some questions for users of this stick and hopefully i can get some help

    first, I bought them unstrung, i have a couple of sets of Alu Power and Pacific tough gut , which set up shall i go for ? full gut - full poly - hybrid ( which for mains and crosses ? )
    i'm open for any other set up suggestions.

    second, leaded or stock ? how do you people prefer it ?

    i really hope that the vcore 89 is the one i was looking for after so many racket changes in such a short time. I dont wanna buy any moe rackets at least for another 3 years :)
     
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  35. WINZOWAR

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    All Yonex. It's the head shape. My RDS001 mids have a much larger sweetspot than my Prestige mids.
     
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    Go with Gut mains at 52. ALU crosses 49. Let it sit for a few days. Judge this set up after 4/5 hours of play. Under no circumstances tell anyone about vcore 89 and your set up.
     
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  37. Vcore89

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    So far, so good. Can't complain and definitely it is my racquet for a very long time, I'm sure. However, I am a bit intrigue with the Vcore 97. I might give it a try one of these days and see how it compares to the 89.

    Of all mid pluses, only Head LM Radical grabbed my attention AND the overpowered extra light Babolat NCT Tour; which remains my favourite when I'm playing lazy tennis. On occasions I'll still whip out my trusty leaded RDX500 mid.:)

    ...so I shall hope that the 97 would be a lot better (oh yes, I expect it to be or I'll be disappointed) than Head LM Radical MP.
     
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    Borrowed the Tour 97 and play tested it for 6 hours on the courts. A lot better in the spin department compared to my old LM Radical midplus BUT I'll stay with my Tour 89, suffice to say. Way to go VCore Tour 89. Indeed it is the ultimate racquet for me thus far.
     
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    So I just received an RDiS 100 mid. Have any of you guys tried both the RDiS 100 mid and Vcore 89 and can compare? Just holding the RDiS I can tell its seems a lot bigger than the Vcore 89. Ill be taking it out for a test later today.
     
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    I have always strung with Lux Alu Pwr at 60 lbs. Same with TF X-One Biphase 17. These 2 strings are my mainstay (always on a full bed, either polys or synthetics). Never went lower than 55 lbs strung though (noticeably easier on my arms but I still crave the directional control of 60 lbs).

    I'd be stringing 3 of of my Vcore 89s with Tecnifibre ATP Razor Code 17 at 60 lbs later and see how it goes.

    Swinging fast actually is a good thing with serves but as for your forehands and backhands sailing long I'd say string a bit tighter; say, at 52 lbs?
     
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  41. ASH1485

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    need to add my experience with this racket to this thread,
    NRG2 is just pure gold on this thing especially after 2 hours of hitting.
    Also recently tried the yonex poly tour that bright yellow one, strung it at 52 and loved it as well, it is very soft and low powered.
    next is the Tecnifibre x one biphase
     
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    I'm using Gamma Professional which is very nice as well. If you are in the mood to try it I'd love to hear how it differs from nrg2 and x1 as those are the strings I've liked the most in the past.
     
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  43. Vcore89

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    Not an option for me to follow the Stan Man's way, racquet-wise.
     
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  44. BallstriKer

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    Hey Vcore89,

    I see that you also have tried some Vantage frames. Was it the 95"? Can you please comment on serving with the Vcore Tour 89 vs serving with the Vantage? I'm interested in both frames actually, and not really sure which to get (no demo program in my country). The only way I'd go with the 89 is if it serves significantly better (feel, power, precision).

    Thanks ;)
     
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    My friend has both the 89 and 97 frames.

    He likes the 97 never uses the 89.

    We both agree the 89 has a very small sweet spot,though we are both are use to playing 95 plus sized frames.

    For me when I hit the 89 in the sweet spot got decent power,not in the middle,radical reduction in power.

    The 97 is much more user friendly.

    The frame for me feels too stiff,power is only so-so.

    This is one frame that for me just didn't do it.

    My friend still uses it and he has many to choose from!
     
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