Yonex VCore Tour 97 users thread.

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  1. tistrapukcipeht

    tistrapukcipeht Professional

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    Whether you play with the heavy version or the light version share your thoughts here.

    I had used Ezone Xi 100 with a lot of success for at least a year, made my play offs at 4.5 level twice and made the semis once. Now I play 5.0 and decided to give myself a new set of racquets, after buying a VCore Xi 98 and messing with it for 3 weeks, I sold it and got the 97T, which fit well to me.

    Comparing to the Ezone Xi it has less power, a little less access to topspin, less forgiving, but I gained a little better accuracy, flat balls have a more linear trajectory, the slice is a bit better, it swings faster and quicker despite being heavier, maybe because of the balance, it feels very nice as well, not as dampened as the Ezone, although I prefer how the Ezone Xi feels.

    Anyway I'm glad for now, though I'm not selling my set of Ezones.
     
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  2. eidolonshinobi

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    I use the 97t (330g).  I love the racquet, but longer sets have been tough with it because of the weight.  Otherwise I've loved my experience with it so far.
     
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  3. tistrapukcipeht

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    Lift some weights buddy.

    I normally don't like heavy racquets, and that one is like, atp level type.

    The lite one is very nice too, in almost everything. I have found it to really reward racquet head speed and flat down the line shots, awesome precision.

    I had opportunity to hit with BLX Blade 18x20, besides being stiffer with weird feel, it was a little slower and not as stable as this one or VCore Xi 98.
     
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  4. eidolonshinobi

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    Weights aren't the problem. It's muscular endurance. I'm a religious weight lifter, and I think that's more the problem that anything. I can't get big AND expect to maintain that muscle mass while playing long games of tennis.
     
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  5. McLovin

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    Bingo! I demoed both the 310 & the 330, and while I enjoyed the mass of the 330, there is just no way my shoulder can handle that much mass over 3 sets.

    I've ordered a 310 and plan on putting some weight in the throat/handle to bring it up to 320 unstrung. Strings will start with gut mains @ 54lbs, Mosquito Bite crosses @ 52, and I will go from there.
     
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  6. gnahZ

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    How does the 97T (Both 310g and 330g) compare to the new Vcore Xi 98?
     
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  7. tistrapukcipeht

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    VCore Xi 98- a lot more free power, smaller sweet spot(still big), a littler stiffer, more crisp and muted than 97 310g. I traded mine for Vcore 97 tour 310g.
     
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  8. tistrapukcipeht

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    One thing I noticed yesterday, was the accuracy on flat serves out wide on the ad court. Really great, Kick serves don't kick as high as with the Ezone Xi, but mishit serves still go in, while with the Xi some would take off, anyway, not racquet's fault but rather player's fault.

    Great racquet!!
     
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  9. normrose

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    Can someone advise me how to remove the Yonex butt cap so that I can insert some lead weight.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  10. eidolonshinobi

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    I might just have to do this. I've never experimented with lead before...I guess there's a first for everything. I won't be able to do it for a while though.
     
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  11. rolleroh

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    Just got my 310 today----

    Static Weight & Balance were DEAD ON-- both Unstrung & Strung........

    Laced up w ProLine II 16g M @ 56 w Cyber Flash 1.20 X @ 53.......

    Racquet looks REAL nice, & DEF feels like SW right around 325// VERY solid stick & NO WAY SW only 314 (very good thing to me).........

    Will swing it tomorrow morning & post an update after---
    Looks & feels like a great weapon
     
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    Oh yeah------

    String bed/ hitting area seems huge for 97' racquet!!

    Changed out replacement grip w Dunlop Viper Dry & wrapped one wrap of 1/4" lead tape w electric tape to build up but cap under replacement grip---
    Feels WAY better than stock handle setup
     
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  13. Sander001

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    You need to train your fast twitch muscle fibers.
     
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    wat. I said I needed more muscular endurance when it comes to wielding this racquet for longer periods of time...fast twitch wont help me here.
     
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    I used to think Ezone was great but I found out the frame sucks in volleying. It is the thick beam problem. Vcore is much better for volleying.
     
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  16. tistrapukcipeht

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    No you suck at volleying not the racquet. How can I volley well with it, or other people?

    Though VCore Tour 97 has some minor advantages as far as string pattern being tighter and holding the ball a little longer and giving a little better direction maybe?

    Nadal can volley with aero pro which is the same thickness is ezone.
     
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  17. rolleroh

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    Re: Beam Width


    I've come to realize beam width is primarily a preference spec.....

    Used to think Stiffness was dependent on thick beam, but clearly not the case w the stick this thread is talking about & Blade being just couple examples,,,,,,

    You either like/don't like thin/thick beam or do not care--- if you are comfortable & confident w racquet in hand the beam width is rarely, if ever, an actual playability spec IMO,,,,,

    FYI-- prefer thin personally, but have played w enough various sticks to realize my point above, at least personally
     
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    Did not have chance to swing today bc son got sick and home from school, but very anxious to know the power level of the 310,,,,,

    Any comments??

    Thanks
     
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  19. tistrapukcipeht

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    Not powerful, but not low powered like some other racquets, sweet spot is pretty, big for such racquet, the blade 18x20, dunlop 400 tour, wilson pro open don't have half of the sweet spot of this racquet, tension adjustment to whatever strung on it is the key for power. I'm enjoying this frame a lot.

    Really powerful is the ezone xi 100, bazooka!

    Amazing is the paint scheme and quality of finish, unbeatable.
     
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  20. Ess

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    Can anyone comment on the power level and comfort differences between the 330 and 310 please?
     
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  21. Swan Song

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    I switched to the VCore Tour 97 (330) in July 2012 from the Ti-80 and have not looked back ever since. Compared to the Ti-80 in stock form, it is a lot stiffer and heavier so it did not allow me to customize to my desired specifications. However, after adjusting to a different specification that I liked, the racquet immediately clicked in. The 16X20 pattern provides a more consistent stringbed that compliments the Isometric headshape and the 3D Vector shaft, which rounds out the outer part of the throat makes the racquet feel thinner than the Ti-80, which is a huge plus. At first, I did not expect myself to switch to this racquet when it first came out because it was stiffer than the Ti-80, but I think the Yonex engineers adjusted the layup very nicely to provide a firm playing frame that absorbs harmful shock and provides a clean feel.
     
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  22. corners

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    Swan Song, could you say a little bit more about the Vcore Tour 97 vs. the Ti-80? When you say you were a little leary of the 97 at first because it's stiffer, were you, at that point only looking at the stiffness measurement? Now, having played them both for a while, how would you compare them in terms of comfort? I believe the Ti-80 had the classic Yonex firm head/flexible shaft design. How would you characterize the flex of the 97?

    And how about power, does the 97 give you any extra pop?
     
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  23. krl2013

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    vcore 97

    Hi - i am a 4.5-5.0 level here in the atlanta area. play aa-4 in alta (switch between lines 1 and 2), so semi-competitive. I used to play with a radical mp for a long long time starting with the radical twin tube, etc. Then I demo'd and bought a ton of different rackets (prestige, pure drive, radical, dunlop, extreme, vcore, etc.) I initially liked the vcore 97 because it was stable and very control oriented but after 1-1.5 hour of solid hitting, my arm got tired and lost a little bit of control and stability. I just recently switched to the vcore xi 98 and I think it is the best racket out there. The sweet spot feels bigger, it is lighter, more forgiving and powerful.

    Going out on a limb here. Most players do not and should not play with the prestige pro's, vcore 97's etc especially if you do not have well developed strokes and fitness level of the competitive college players or pro's. A racket of that nature will only make you frustrated. A more forgiving racket with a larger head and more powerful is my way to go..
     
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  24. Moz Fan

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    Can anyone comment on how powerful the 97t (330) is? Are their any power issues with balls sailing long? Currently with a IGPP and wondering the power level realative to that. The TW University power level is very, very high. Would you say the 330 version is a low powered racquet like the TW description says?
     
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  25. tistrapukcipeht

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    There is this dude from yonex facebook, the guy is the yonex racquet's wizard, when the racquet's came out he reviewed both, look for his review on Yonex VCore tour info, or something like that.
     
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  26. eidolonshinobi

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    It's pretty powerful, but the power comes from the "free power" potential that is usually associated with these hefty frames. If you've got the strokes and can control the racquet well enough, then it's fine. I've only had issues with the power when it came to FH returns.
     
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  27. tmc5005

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    Have you looked into using the Yonex VCORE 95D? It has a lot more flexible frame than any of the VCORE XI models.
     
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