Yonex Question

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  1. recreationalplayer

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    On the subject of quality control, uniform weights, balances etc., between similar models, those who voice their opinion almost w/out exception put Yonex on top.

    I have never hit w/Yonex and see very few used, in fact know of no one who uses Yonex. I use Babolat. I am curious as to why so few people use Yonex, why relatively few professionals use Yonex and why among the pros, why women are the majority users.

    Aside from not having tons of $$$ to pay the top pros to use one, is there an oddity about the feel or other playability characteristic of Yonex that turns people off ?
     
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  2. McLovin

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    Two words: rectangular head

    If you could hit w/ a Yonex blindfolded, you would probably love their frames, but many people cannot get past the head shape.

    Admittedly, I hit w/ many Yonex over the years, but my last 5 frames have been traditional shaped heads. When I last demoed Yonex, I had a hard time getting past it again, even when I know their frames are solid.
     
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  3. McLovin

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    oops.. wrong thread
     
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  4. Boricua

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    I think Yonex has tried to create less rectangular heads in comparison to the past.
     
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  5. Boricua

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    I think its all mental. Ive used Yonex, went back to Babolat and going back to Yonex. Yonex is very solid and big sweetspot. Perseverance is the key.
     
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  6. McLovin

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    I agree, which is why I'm keeping my eye on the VCORE Tour 97. Word is they are releasing the 310g version in the US mid-January (the 330g is just a tad too heavy).

    My last Yonex was the RD Power 10 Long, which I loved and might even use today if they continued to make them.
     
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  7. Boricua

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    Did you demo the 330? I used a RDIS 100 MP which is just a bit lighter and it is manageable. The good thing of the 330 (compared to a 310) is that you get more plowthrough, get more control, can defend better against big serves and you absorb impact better. I myself just bought two which are on their way.
    Lighter VCOREs like the 100 and the 98 did not have the qualities I mentioned and I sold.
     
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  8. johnxyz

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    Not all Yonex sticks are the same - the Yonex frames mfg'd in Japan are better quality than the models offshored to China. Only the top pro line are still built in Japan???
     
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  9. Boricua

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    From the limited information that I have, the top selling VCOREs and Ezones are made in Japan. Top quality control.
     
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  10. McLovin

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    Not yet. I'm waiting for the 310 to come out so I can demo side-by-side. I prefer heavier sticks, but after the C10 Pro, I realized there is an upper limit to my aging shoulder, and 350g strung w/ overgrip & dampener is it.

    My X Force Pro is 320 unstrung, which comes to ~348g w/ string/overgrip/dampener/tax/tag/title/tip/etc. So I'm guessing the 330g will be too heavy. The thought was to get the 310 & add 10g of lead in the throat so as not to change the balance point.
     
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  11. Boricua

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    The good thing about the Yonex is that it is all sweetspot so your arm and shoulder dont receive much vibration or impact.
     
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  12. mirceam

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    marketing.
     
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  13. McLovin

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    My shoulder problems are more fatigue-related than anything. Over the course of a 3 set match, I lose strength and can no longer control shots chest-high or above, and then my serve loses what little pop it had in the beginning. This happens mainly on clay.
     
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  14. zapvor

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    babolat quality control is crap you know that right? if not yet you will find out soon enough.

    yonex needs better marketing. thats why
     
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