Yonex 98 XI users

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  1. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

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    Whats your string set up? I am at 52 pds with NXT Tour and the Jeez, the stick has lots of POWER. I've never had a racquet or demoed one so powerful.
    Too much I think, but dont want to restring higher tension cause stringing is not cheap. Got to adjust my stroke versus when I used the Bio 300 Tour.

    Edit this is for the Ezone
     
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  2. Anton

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    Ezone xi98 needs more then 52 lbs I feel - it's a 16x19 98" frame, though with a bit shortened mains.

    Playing with a demo right now and with synthetic gut at what feels like around 60 lbs it feels good - power is very manageable and I feel confident going for flat shots as well as spinning in the short low balls. That's with a leather grip and a bit of lead on 10 and 2.

    Getting my new one strung up with 16 NXT2 mains and 16 Hyperion crosses at 60lbs - that should really dampen this crisp frame and make for tons of spin.
     
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  3. acura9927

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    60 lbs is the highest Yonex recommends for the 98 Ezone XI, your elbow can take that? I should have stuck with RIP Control, this NXT Tour is just too lively. Its still an excellent feeling string just too much power added to a powerful frame.
     
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    I like to use Yonex PolyTour Spin at 45. It's GOLDEN!!! (well, the string is blue)
     
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  5. Anton

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    I meant NRG2, played with it today - very comfy and the soft Hyperion poly lets NRG2 move quite a bit even at 60 lbs

    I may go to 62 next time
     
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  6. Shaochieh

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    I play rhis stick as my main racket and I use cyclone 17 around 57lbs.
     
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    I agree with you. Go for Rip Control and it will reduce the power.
     
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    Luxilon ALU Power strung at 48/46 lbs. With a low power poly i think I can go lower
     
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  9. Anton

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    EZONE XI 98?
     
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  10. RollTrackTake

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    Anton have you given a review on the Ezone XI 98? I've been curious as to how it compares to the Donnay Pro 1 97 being that the listed specs or so similar.
     
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  11. Anton

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    xi98 is easier to swing, feels more crisp and is more solid per weight.

    Yonex does have a bit thicker frame but it still plays like you have more stringbed to work with than the 97.


    keep in mind, I never did warm up to Pro One 97, it swung too heavy for the stability and the sweetspot I was getting. It felt good once I added enough weight, but at that weight it swung like a log.
     
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  12. mirceam

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    No. Vcore 98Xi
     
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  13. RollTrackTake

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    Thanks Anton. I've been meaning to try out the Ezone XI 98 for quite some time now. The one observation you made that its easier to swing is key. when i'm on the run and really stretched with the Pro 1 i can't whip it as quickly as i'd like consistently. i've noticed this more playing more advanced players this past fall season. what worries me about the yonex is that I played with the RQ-380 back in the day and didn't get used to the head shape. The reviews of the Ezone XI 98, Yonex's reputation for building quality, very near to spec frames and the specs are enough to give it a go though. I'll probably demo and hit it side by side with my P1. Now if only they dropped the price since they've got the new version I'd really be in trouble!
     
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  14. Brian11785

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    How does the EZONE XI 98 match up compared to the RQIS 1 Tour XL (the prior racquet that Ivanovic endorsed/"used")?

    I have no intention of switching from the XL (I've been using if for several months now) anytime soon, but it'd be pretty funny if I did progress to the EZONE when I do (see: when they are on the $79.99 aisle at TW.) Funny since Ivanovic is probably one of my least favorite WTA players to watch.
     
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  15. Anton

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    Never played with that one, 25 mm hoop with 95" head just didn't make any sense to me.
     
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  16. Anton

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    Yep Ezone should be better defensively because of overall better strigbed stability and quicker swing. In the pro one, without some weighting, ball would die if hit outside the low sweet spot.
     
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    True. Though I hit pretty flat, so it isn't as much of an issue. The 95 is plenty big for my purposes. The weight and balance are spot on for me though.

    I look forward to doing a curiosity demo of some of the newer Yonexes (EZONE 98, VCORE XI 98, 95D, etc.) once it warms up a little.
     
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  18. tendat

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    I have been using the ezone xi 98 since october and love it. it replaced my vcore 98 which cracked -_- I use poly tour spin 60/58 in my main racket and in the other 58/56. Definitely a powerful racket. but thanks to the (low powered?) string which has 5 sides, and the 16/19 string pattern i can keep it in with the spin. Im thinking of trying out the poly tour pro in it which i used in my vcore. has anyone tried it in the ezone xi 98? tension? Also thinking of poly tour hs the green one. many say it is very low powered which would tame the xi 98. I cant imagine stringing at such low tensions
     
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  19. martini1

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    I finally got to play with my new ezone xi 98. First string job is the rip control full bed at 55. The stick got pretty good control and enough power. It is less powerful than what I have expected, after reading others' reviews.

    After the first session the strings are already moving! I could tell a better set up for me would be poly mains ans perhaps a few more grams on 10 and 2.

    Btw, the head shape feels very round on this stick. I don't feel like playing a square shape head at all.
     
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    Played with leather and 2grams at at bit lower than 10&2.. Had trouble controlling the ball on full stroke, just couldn't get the easy spin from load and release of the wrist, so I moved the lead up about an inch and a half...wow crazy difference, that really changed the way racket hit for me. Now I could really get a nice load up weight and just let the racket fly through the stroke for solid pace and spin that really brought the balls down.

    So my advice is to play around with the lead on this one, it seems to be very sensitive to even minor changes
     
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  21. tendat

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    @martini1 yes, it is more rounded than the usually square head shape, but nonetheless does retain a little bit of it. coming off of a vcore, there is a difference, with the mains being longer than the ezone xi 98. the rqis line was when the introduced the "Aero Shape Head" and yonex has incorporated it in ever incarnation of the line. interestingly enough, the first ezone 100 was rather "normal"/square no? when i tried it it was far too light, super thick beam n bad demo string job. This is the tech explanation of Aero Shape

    "The Aero Shape of RQiS Series racquets creates more frame thickness for higher repulsion. Compared with a conventional frame, the Aero Shape creates a thinner, more flexible shaft that sends hits downcourt with more top spin. The YONEX Aero Shape together with the Cup-Stack Carbon Nanotube structure, instant-recovery Elastic Ti frame, and Dual OPS shaft create racquets that deliver the perfect mix of speed, power and control.

    @Anton So where exactly did u place the lead again?? how many strips? how long? i have 2 layers of head guard stretching from 10-2 n the racket is a big sluggish. in my vcores, which had leather grips, i put some strips in the throat n it was good. thanks
     
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  22. Anton

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    On my racket I have 4 pieces of lead 1.5"x0.25" at just bellow the top loop corner bends. So its basically 1.5g total at a bit above 10 &2 (and 1.5mm TW leather on handle)


    Not sure how much your headguard tape weights and even more gravely not sure how much your particular frame weights...and where.

    Given that, it's tough for me to give you any useful advice beyond most obvious one - take off one layer of head guard tape and see how it goes ;)
     
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  23. klementine

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    Anton!?

    How's the comfort of this frame with a leather grip?

    The 98d and 100s were just too stiff/harsh with a leather.
     
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  24. Anton

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    Well i do have a tournatac over grip on. Personally I'm loving it.

    With nrg2 16 main and Hyperion 16 cross, both at 60lbs the stringbed feels really smooth and comfy 8 hours in.
     
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  25. tendat

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    @Anton. ok I'll try it out. I remember reading somewhere here that adding lead at 10 n 2 or around that area enhances yonex rackets. Can anyone find that post/thread? Whats ur string n tension? I have poly tour spin 60/58 on one and 58/56 on the back up.

    @klementine79 this racket is much more comfortable than the vcores. even though i did not experience any arm pain even with polys at 60 in them. perhaps it was the fact that i played with softer polys. I had a leather grip on said vcore and it was good. cant comment on the xi 98, but it has the classic yonex flex which is synonymous with the brand name. TW rates stiffness of the vcore 98d at 65 and 66 for the ezone. also due to the SD grid in the handle, its very comfortable. The new ops shaft gives it the flex n cradle as opposed to the vcore which stays rigid for control rather than power, which each line cater towards. i actually played with out a shock absorber on the ezone xi 98 due to the comfort and dampening from the handle n throat. When i played no shock on the vcore it felt hollow n pingy.
     
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  26. klementine

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    Fantastic. Thanks Anton & tendat.

    The flex for the ezone xi98 is 63, the same as the 95d, which did not produce any harsh/stiff vibes for me, even with a leather grip. The 98d and 100s were murder with anything but a multi/syn.gut, + the leather put it over the top for me.

    Interesting racquet for sure. That tapered beam could be just a little thinner for my tastes in the middle, but hey, I went into the 100s demo expecting not to like it and ended up falling in love with that one. Looking for a similar Yonex that's more comfortable.

    It's a crap-shoot every 2 years with Yonex. Can't believe they're actually re-introducing two of the same racquets (98d+100s). They usually scrap everything and start over, which I can't stand!
     
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  27. Anton

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    Just put my xi98 on the scales -11.85oz with just the strings and original grip, so that's over 0.3oz over the TW spec. With overgrip, leather grip and a bit of lead I was actually swinging a 12.5oz racket.

    I thought it swung a bit a hefty - :twisted:

    So I've reworked my setup a bit - 1.5g at 12, original grip and 4g at handle base - 12.2oz.

    Feels pretty swift now and carries the stroke nicely, though will need some match/court time to finalize.
     
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