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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I really have enjoyed a syngut/poly hybrid, as well as full poly at low tension (40lb). I think I might stick with the latter because of the quality/ease of the spin, combined with the excellent feel. It's also quite powerful. Still hitting more unreturned serves and groundstrokes than ever...
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    How worrying is the rise of NextGen against Djokovic?

    Happy to see the next gen stepping up - no matter what happens in 2020, the big 3 can't keep going much longer. If these guys can build some confidence, I think the curtains will be closing soon.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Tried a full bed of cheap poly (Isospeed Basline Spin - 16) strung pretty low (40lb) and that feels pretty good. I'll see how it lasts in terms of playability. So far, I like it.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    I cannot deny that I hit the ball harder, with more accuracy, and consistency with this racquet than I ever have. I do think that part of it is that I'm coming off a plateau and actually improving as a player, so it's not all racquet, but I really love the feel on contact, and I can swing...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Regarding the flex, I would say HD feels pretty flex-y. It's no noodle, but I can feel it the flex when hitting the ball, not as much as with something really soft like the Head Elektra (sub 50 RA), which is a bit like a slingshot, but definitely more flex than my Ultra Tours.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    That's a pretty darn good review - in alignment with my experience so far.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    4 weeks in and I'm still loving the HD. This is all anecdotal, but I feel like I'm serving bigger, with more spin and accuracy. My kick serve occasionally even kicks a bit sometimes. Might just be improvement overall, but the racquet ain't hurting me. Same goes for all shots really. I'm...
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    Do you enjoy the Laver Cup?

    I am a fan, but I think they should do it every two years vs. every year. On the other hand, they want to maximize Fed/Nadal participation. I also think the "Europe" vs. "World" thing is not that great. I'd prefer to see them come up with a different team strategy. Europe dominates the top...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Everyone is different, but for me it was the exact opposite. I love the Ultra Tour, and had played with it exclusively for almost a year, but to me, the HD works better for my game at the moment. Part of it is the feel on contact, which I like a lot more, and another is that it just seems...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Yeah, I'll have to see how it lasts. I do hit a pretty flat ball most of the time. Ultimately, I'm still searching for my ideal string setup, so I don't have clear "go-to" option that I always use, and I like to experiment (part of the problem). I think I will also try a full bed of syngut at...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    I had a full bed of multi in mine, and it's great. I just switched that out to a hybrid with syngut in the mains and cheap poly in the crosses (50 on mains, 46 on crosses), and I think I like that better. More accuracy and a bit more spin. As for power, I have not had any power struggles with...
  12. K

    Yonex butt cap restock?

    I second that - I would live to get a couple more of those in L4.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    I got crushed last night by a 4.5 guy that I play with (I'm a 4.0). He's just better than me, and no racquet will change that. But, we do have a lot of great rallies and games, and sometimes I make it interesting. This racquet can really wallop the ball. I'm not known for hitting lots of...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    It would be nice if this thread could go back to talking about the racquet in question instead of flexing about how big we can hit the ball...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    I wouldn't mind if it were a bit denser. That's perhaps my one complaint.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Yeah, I've played about 10 hours with it, and haven't felt a twinge in the old elbow (usually where I feel it). I do have it leaded up a good deal and a full bed of multi doesn't hurt, but even with those same specs I've felt a bit of pain here in there with other racquets. Anyway, as many...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    I have a mild case of golfer's elbow - never impairs me but sometimes I feel a twinge after playing. This was definitely true with the Ultra Tour. I have not felt anything with the HD. But, I'm also playing with a full bed of multi, which is what I do with the UT as well. With that setup...
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Not sure what that means - there are lots of frames for sale over there, including the v7 Blade. But, the more the merrier, it will help me pick up a couple more without paying the full price!
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Yeah, they are almost exactly the same (weight/balance/strings). I haven't measured the swing weight.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    That is interesting. I feel the exact opposite, at least about the power. HD feels plenty powerful for me, and more so than the Ultra Tour I have. But, that's why you gotta try these things out for yourself.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    I'm sure you are right about that - the UT is in the ballpark (same basic weight/balance, same strings), but I have not measured the SW on either one yet.
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    "Your kid is good, he needs a control frame"

    I find that even knowing that to be true doesn't take the fun out of buying new frames and hoping that they will make me better... It's just that occasionally I see things with clear eyes, before going back to my rack-o-holic ways.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    For what it's worth, the 18X20 pattern on the HD is a bit more open than some other 18X20s I've played with. For instance, the ultra tour is a bit tighter. So, while it is 18X20, it's not a ridiculously dense 18X20. I think that's why I'm feeling like I get more kick and spin with the HD than...
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    "Your kid is good, he needs a control frame"

    I agree with that. Specs can help you find what you like, but the key is to feel comfortable with the racquet you play with, and like it. Sadly, racquets alone can't really improve our tennis...
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    Yonex VCORE Pro 97HD... Strings???

    I'm lazy and I don't like to string my racquets too often, so I use a low powered multi (prince premier control 15L) at 52lb, which seems to work quite well. I might try some poly at 40lb at some point, but I prefer multis.
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    Nadal might just have de-chickened himself mentally

    He's in a good place now, but it's hard to stay there. He's been there before and fallen out of it, so that'll probably happen again. I can't think of a time he's one multiple slams 2 years in a row, and it's hard to imagine that he'll start doing that now.
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    Do you see Nadal winning one more US Open title?

    He keeps surprising me, but I don't know how much longer he'll e able to keep it up. I think once the dam breaks and one of these young guys wins a slam, the door might close permanently on the big 3.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Sure thing - I have it weighted up almost exactly the same (mid 350G, 32cm balance). I got there by adding a leather grip and some lead and then adding a bit more here and there till it felt right. So, when I got the HD, I did the same basic thing - though I'm sure the swing weight is different.
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    It's now on the Yonex Website! VCORE Pro EMERALD

    Played another couple sets with the HD tonight. A few new realizations - all good: - one is that I love the Yonex grip shape. It just works for me somehow a bit better than Wilson. - the second thing is how great it feels to let this racquet do the work. I have it weighted up to about...
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