Yonex Ai 98: tell me more about her

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  1. sma1001

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    It will be ok if you use an OG from day one. But it's also fine to change it of course - if you have a preferred feel.
     
  2. tribesmen

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    MAZ1, where are you come from ?

    My brother has played Ai98 for eight months w/o overgrip and stock Yonex grip is still ok. We're from EU. IS there different quality for different markets ?
     
  3. kimguroo

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    I don't know Japanese but You might already know what the DR means (Dynamic repulsion).
    In my opinion, it might be just paint job since Specs are identical to AI98 (actually it's not a bad idea since AI98 was one of the most popular yonex rackets).
    Seems like Yonex just came up with the term/idea from already existing Yonex's technology then applied to Upcomming version of Ezone DR. I don't think we will see very different rackets between AI98 and DR.
     
  4. kimguroo

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    I don't think Yonex makes different quality racket for certain regions especially "made in Japan" rackets.
    Just different product code number. For example, serial number ends with "JP" for Japanese market and "US" for US market etc...
     
  5. mpournaras

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    Thats good to hear. It does have the feel I like
     
  6. WYK

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    Must be. The Yonex grip on my AI98 is as good as what came on my Wilson braideds, Prince, Babs, and better than the Dunlop(as far as wear and quality wise - I admit I like the feel of the Dunlop and Wilson very much, though). I'm in Ireland, and the racquet is from Spain, but I suspect originally from TW Europe.
     
  7. cuonglaiphoto

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    I also got my racquet from TWE, and I see the stock grip is okay, not as bad as some of you guys mentioned here.

    I've been reading lots of thoughts about the Yonex grip being bigger than others. My Tech LTD 315 is 3/8 and I got the Ai98 with 3/8 grip as well and they feel pretty spot on. I don't feel the Yonex grip is bigger than the Tech. There is only difference is the feel from the leather of the Tech, and that would be all.
     
  8. Bartelby

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    The current stock grip is thin and light weight but quite good whereas the old style Yonex grips were that but not durable.
     
  9. sma1001

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    The oddity with Yonex is not the grip size per se, but the buttcap. The buttcap has considerably less flare which takes some getting used to and can make the grip feel smaller in my experience.
     
  10. ace18

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    agreed, i had to wrap my overgrip several times around the butt cap in order to build up the flare to my liking. Without doing so, I felt like my hand could just slip off the end of the butt cap.
     
  11. WYK

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    I found it nice. I grip the racquet with the base of it in the palm of my hand for my serves and forehands(allows me to whip and pronate better/faster with less stress on my forearm than a higher grip). With less flare, I can more easily keep it more consistent an angle to my backhand(which is a bit higher up the grip).
     
  12. mugener

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    Planning to own this yonex pretty soon, but from what you said, that made sense that it would have less obstruction when whipping with less flare.
     
  13. MAZ1

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    On all 4 of my yonex; after about 3-4 hours of play the grip is totally shot, deteriorated and loose.
    The grip becomes so loose, that you can see the base handle between the grip tape with the smallest effort to pull it apart.
    You can actually move the racquet handle inside of the grip type loose.
    Like I said not just on the Ai frames but also the Vcores that I have.
    I use a bit of tape on my thumb and index finger due to skin cracks, not sure if that has anything to do with it?
     
  14. WYK

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    Ah yeah, yours is entirely different. I had to be careful not to damage my wrap whilst adding lead to the handle on my 98 because the sticky back on the grip is so strong. And even on rewrap it's still in place after a dozen or so matches.
     
  15. MAZ1

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    The stock grip wrap on mine doesn't have adhesive on the full length of the wrap, but one line of adhesive that runs the length of the handle (not on the actual grip).
     
  16. ImageIsEverything

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    I think we will see a lot of juniors using the ezone ai98 and the new dr98 because of Kyrgios(I know he uses the Xi98). I'll admit thats what got me interested in it, although given that image is of course, everything, I will say Ana looks slightly better than Nick in her Ai98 ads. I found the Ai98 to be too underpowered and too flexy for my liking.
     
  17. cuonglaiphoto

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    I experience things just a little different. I feel that the Ai98 gives out great power. Coming from the Tech 315, I somehow feel the swing weight is just a little low comparing to the Tech, but the power is there. I just gotta adjust the timing a tiny bit to generate the power needed. Not sure what kind of strings and string tension you got, but mine was strung with hybrid of Cyclone and synthetic gut at 21/22kg. Really good hitting racquet.
    I just added 2 grams at noon and another 2 grams on the handle to increase the stability a bit. Will report back later.
     
  18. realed

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    The more I play with this racquet, the more I love it. Tonight I was in the zone and nailing everything with confidence.
     
  19. cuonglaiphoto

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    It's nice to know the racquet works well with you.

    I tried the racquet with 2g of lead at noon but it seems I prefer its stock form. Just took the lead off and get it some hitting later.
     
  20. ace18

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    After 4 months of use, I think I've finally settled on my go to string for this racquet. I tried Tour Bite, Volkl Cyclone, Yonex PTP, Yonex PTHS, Gamma Livewire, Technifibre Multifeel and Ytex Square-X. The winner is Ytex Square-X. It feels crisp, gives me very good bite on the ball, is relatively soft on the arm. IMO, has less power than PTP and PTHS. I strung it at 47 lbs. Since purchasing this racquet, I've really struggled with my serve. Something finally kicked in because the last 2 nights my serve is back to where it was prior to the switch. The Yonex strings are both really awesome and are highly suggested for this frame as well.
     
  21. fantom

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    I cut a section of old leather grip length-wise (about 3/4 inch) and wrapped one layer around the bottom of the butt cap to build it up a bit. It works great.
     
  22. Laniarty

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    I switched the stock grip with a leather one, and then used a length of old yonex supergrab wrapped around the bottom of the grip 4 or 5 times, that built up the buttcap layer. Then a fresh layer of supergrab on top of that. Feels great. :)
     
  23. realed

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    Thanks! Leather grip and lead at 3 and 9 work for me!
     

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