2019 Yonex Regna (Japanese exclusive)

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
^^^ I gotta say, I agree with the raves in this review. I've been hitting with it for 3 months, and the honeymoon ain't over yet. Haven't added an ounce of weight except for an overgrip. Swings like a feather, hits like a sledgehammer. Brings me joy every time I hit. I think there might be one or two in the FS area if anyone's still looking to try one out.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
Do you guys use dampeners with your Regnas?
I do not - I've settled in on using OGSM 17 mains with Cream 17 crosses, strung about 50lb. Lasts a good long time, feels very good, and no dampener required, but then I don't generally like a dampener.
 

Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
A latest Regna 98 review from Tennis Spin.
It’s officially now the worlds best racquet! In all seriousness, it is a pretty sweet stick and stays in my bag along with the blade pro and the Vcore 95. The Blade Pro is a demanding mistress. The Regna is more like the ex you keep getting back with because she really is a lower maintenance, high performance option that should never have been temporarily put on the back burner!
The Vid has me thinking I’ll throw some fresh strings in her and rest the Blade for a bit, I’m so easily led..... :)
 

JGads

Legend
It’s officially now the worlds best racquet! In all seriousness, it is a pretty sweet stick and stays in my bag along with the blade pro and the Vcore 95. The Blade Pro is a demanding mistress. The Regna is more like the ex you keep getting back with because she really is a lower maintenance, high performance option that should never have been temporarily put on the back burner!
The Vid has me thinking I’ll throw some fresh strings in her and rest the Blade for a bit, I’m so easily led..... :)
And where does the VCore 95 fit into that mix?
 

Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
And where does the VCore 95 fit into that mix?
It’s a good racquet too! Mine is strung with gut poly hybrid and being winter in Australia, that’s not great as it gets wet at night, so it’s having a rest. I initially tried the 95 with full poly (poly tour strike) but it felt a little muted.
 

YK

Rookie
As a pubic service announcement, I sent one of my untouched 100s, 4 3/8, back to TW for a return last week. Not sure how long it'll take them to process it and if they will put it back up on site at all but...
If you like the 98, don't mind tinkering a bit, and 400 bucks is not an issue on a grand scheme of things, I do recommend trying a 100. I didn't like it as much in a stock form but with 10 grams of tungsten under the trap door I like it better than the 98. More power but nothing uncontrollable and definitely more help on defense, bigger sweet spot with more forgiveness, more spin for sure. A pretty strong point for me was that while 98 Regna doesn't do things a whole lot better than other comparable 98 Yonexes, I think that 100 is notably better than their other 100 options. I didn't like 100 VCore at all. I own one of 100 Ezones in a + version and it is a rocket launcher. I am on a 16 ga poly at 54 lbs and it still hits it as if I am playing baseball. Regna 100 has thinner beam, better feel and just the right amount of power. I returned the second Regna 100 racquet after an honest admission that chances of me going back to competitive play, where I need a second stick, are slim to none. I probably should let one of my 98s go as well for the same reason but I am just too lazy.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
My latest string combo is Alpha Gut 2000 17 in the mains at 50lb and Cream 17 at 50lb in the crosses. Super sweet hitting - great feel, good pop, nice spin. Doesn't feel out of control, but doesn't hold you back. I'm now also playing with no overgrip straight on the leather - I added a bit of blu-tak under the buttcap. Amazing.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
It’s a good racquet too! Mine is strung with gut poly hybrid and being winter in Australia, that’s not great as it gets wet at night, so it’s having a rest. I initially tried the 95 with full poly (poly tour strike) but it felt a little muted.
Which 95 is that? The '18 or '21 version?
 

tomato123

Professional
Been playing with the Regna 98 for the past month and a half now and it’s an all around solid racquet.

Tried gut/poly and it was good but I need to try again due to a weird sudden drop in tension, very possible due to playing in crazy humid conditions and the racquet being in my bag when it started to rain lightly during one outing.

Right now I am playing with T1 Black Knight at 47lbs and it feels just right. I think going medium to low tension suits the frame well for a full poly setup. Going to try the white poly tour rev in the near future when it releases.

I am not quite sure what exactly this “spring action” feel is supposed to be, but there is definitely a “ball crushing” feel from this racquet I haven’t gotten from any other racquet I’ve tried. Like, when you make good contact and hit hard, you really feel like you are crushing the ball. Like how it would feel in my dreams of hitting like Stan the man even though he does not use the Regna.
 

tomato123

Professional
My latest string combo is Alpha Gut 2000 17 in the mains at 50lb and Cream 17 at 50lb in the crosses. Super sweet hitting - great feel, good pop, nice spin. Doesn't feel out of control, but doesn't hold you back. I'm now also playing with no overgrip straight on the leather - I added a bit of blu-tak under the buttcap. Amazing.
The Roland Garros wilson pro overgrip is also nice for keeping it close the leather aesthetic!
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
The Roland Garros wilson pro overgrip is also nice for keeping it close the leather aesthetic!
I don't care about the aesthetic much. I just hate changing overgrips. Leather never needs to be changed, really. Just cleaned and conditioned every once and a while.
 

Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
Played my league matches this week with the Regna instead of my usual Blade Pro. I played better overall, huge improvement in emergency defence, especially picking up smashes. The Regna's shear manoeuvrability advantage over the BP seems to be yielding a better overall result for my level of play.
Poly tour pro 1.2 at 50 pounds is feeling good in this stick. Looks like I'm back in Regnaville for at least the next week while it has fresh strings!
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
Regna's shear manoeuvrability advantage over the BP seems to be yielding a better overall result for my level of play.
I know what you mean there. I have been playing better and better with the Regna's but for some reason decided to try out something much heavier. I love the feel of a heavy frame, but just play better with the Regna. I did decide to add some weight to the Regna, and now have it up to about 335 grams, 32cm balance, and the swing weight (measured with the cool SW1 machine) is 328 (vs. 319). This feels really good hitting on the wall and serving, though I haven't played any matches with it yet. It has a more satisfying heft to it now, but is still not too heavy, and so it seems like a good compromise for now.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Can they make this Regna with specs of SI index of 70, and 27.5 inches long and swing weight of 320. I will buy 5 of those rackets:D
 

tomato123

Professional
Can't say enough about how gorgeous this Regna is. IMO the stock photos online do not do the racquet justice to its aesthetics, especially in the natural light outdoors.
 

Venusmen

New User
Hi guys.

What's the difference between 2016 and 2019 Regna ? I can find 2016 Regna 98 for less than 200 euros (used), while 2019 is around 400 cause new.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Any recommendations on strings or tensions? I just got mine in - 1 has 17g Lynx Tour at 50# and the other has 17g Cyclone at 50#. The issue I'm having is the launch angle seems rather low - almost like an 18/20. I'd like to raise it a bit so I may try 48/45 for the tension next time. Just wondering what some other folks are using.
 

CountMonte

New User
The first tike I tried it came stru by with element @45.
Best honeymoon ever.

Got a second one, forget which string,@55 and noticed launch angle was too low if that helps...
 

tomato123

Professional
Any recommendations on strings or tensions? I just got mine in - 1 has 17g Lynx Tour at 50# and the other has 17g Cyclone at 50#. The issue I'm having is the launch angle seems rather low - almost like an 18/20. I'd like to raise it a bit so I may try 48/45 for the tension next time. Just wondering what some other folks are using.
48 lbs with polyesters (black knight, silver 7 tour, all 17 gauge) have worked well for me. In my experience, lynx tour had a pretty low launch angle compared to other polys. Are you getting the same low launch with cyclone?
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
I mentioned this on the 'holic thread, but I'm stringing Alphagut 2000 in the mains at 48lb and Cream in the crosses at the same. It lasts me for ages (20+ hours), but I'm not a string breaker as a rule. I find the launch angle is pretty perfect with that setup, though, in that it basically goes where I expect it to - very predictable.
 

Casper777

Rookie
I did something to my Regna 98 and its GREAT!!

Well many will call it dumb but I actually remove the leather grip on one of my Regna and replaced it with some regular Babolat grip.

It remove about 7gr from the racquet and made the balance go from 32 to 32.5 approx

I find it à bit more forgiving that way actually and its good to be able to remove some weight as its almost impossible on most sticks
 

Venusmen

New User
I did something to my Regna 98 and its GREAT!!

Well many will call it dumb but I actually remove the leather grip on one of my Regna and replaced it with some regular Babolat grip.

It remove about 7gr from the racquet and made the balance go from 32 to 32.5 approx

I find it à bit more forgiving that way actually and its good to be able to remove some weight as its almost impossible on most sticks
Nice. I just ordered mine. I was thinking if adding 3 grams at 12. But your way is also to consider. Anyway I have to get it first and try. I was thinking of stringing it with Hyper G Soft 1.20 at 48. Anyone tried it on the Regna 98 ? I want a soft poly with good amount of spin because I dont hit with so much topspin and HGS gives me a lot of it. So if anyone has suggestions... :)
 
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Kozzy

Semi-Pro
Nice. I just ordered mine. I was thinking if adding 3 grams at 12. But your way is also to consider. Anyway I have to get it first and try. I was thinking of stringing it with Hyper G Soft 1.20 at 48. Anyone tried it on the Regna 98 ? I want a soft poly with good amount of spin because I dont hit with so much topspin and HGS gives me a lot of it. So if anyone has suggestions... :)
That's great news! I have been happy with lots of different string combos. Multi mains with cream crosses works pretty well, with good comfort, control, and pop, but I wouldn't call that high spin. I think a shaped poly in the mains is probably the ideal for spin, as in most cases. I'm liking Black Knight at about 40lb crossed with isospeed baseline spin at the same right now. I think I've added about 15G total - about 7 in the handle (Blue Tak) and 8 around 10/2. Strung, that gives me about 335g static, 330 SW and a 32cm balance, which is ideal for me. The one thing I would say overall is that if you like a bit of launch angle, string lower.
 

Casper777

Rookie
Nice. I just ordered mine. I was thinking if adding 3 grams at 12. But your way is also to consider. Anyway I have to get it first and try. I was thinking of stringing it with Hyper G Soft 1.20 at 48. Anyone tried it on the Regna 98 ? I want a soft poly with good amount of spin because I dont hit with so much topspin and HGS gives me a lot of it. So if anyone has suggestions... :)
Well, I tried many polys in there and you definitely have to use a soft one! Ice Code is quite nice.

Recently I put some Still in Black X8 and the raquet plays fantastic!!! It's a polyamide string and i get great pop, nice control and superb comfort!!

Next tests will be some "control" multis like Volkl Power Fiber Pro and Solinco X Natural... But I'm really really happy with the X8 so far!
 

Venusmen

New User
Well, I tried many polys in there and you definitely have to use a soft one! Ice Code is quite nice.

Recently I put some Still in Black X8 and the raquet plays fantastic!!! It's a polyamide string and i get great pop, nice control and superb comfort!!

Next tests will be some "control" multis like Volkl Power Fiber Pro and Solinco X Natural... But I'm really really happy with the X8 so far!
I've never heard of that french brand and Im french! I've been living in China for 3 years now and can't find Isospeed, Tier one, Mayami etc. All those smaller brands aren't on taobao sadly. I found Still in but not X8.
I think I'll try Hyper G soft, Tour Bite soft, maybe 4G soft and Poly Tour Pro. All in 1.20.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
That's great news! I have been happy with lots of different string combos. Multi mains with cream crosses works pretty well, with good comfort, control, and pop, but I wouldn't call that high spin. I think a shaped poly in the mains is probably the ideal for spin, as in most cases. I'm liking Black Knight at about 40lb crossed with isospeed baseline spin at the same right now. I think I've added about 15G total - about 7 in the handle (Blue Tak) and 8 around 10/2. Strung, that gives me about 335g static, 330 SW and a 32cm balance, which is ideal for me. The one thing I would say overall is that if you like a bit of launch angle, string lower.
I tried full bed of Lynx Tour and Cyclone initially in mine. I've switched one of the to Triax mains crossed with ProLine II. I seem to like the multi mains setup better. I may switch the other one as well to Triax mains crossed with BK maybe.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
I just remeasured both of mine as carefully as I could.

Regna 1
337g
6.5 pts HL
328 SW
12.35 TW

Regna 2
338g
6pts GL
330 SW
14.2 TW

Regna 1 has multi mains and Regna 2 has full poly. That could account for the slight weight difference. I can't figure out why there is such a big Twist weight difference though.

I'm not that fond of the Yonex leather so at some point I may replace one of them with Head Hydrosorb pro and see how that feels/plays.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
I just remeasured both of mine as carefully as I could.

Regna 1
337g
6.5 pts HL
328 SW
12.35 TW

Regna 2
338g
6pts GL
330 SW
14.2 TW

Regna 1 has multi mains and Regna 2 has full poly. That could account for the slight weight difference. I can't figure out why there is such a big Twist weight difference though.

I'm not that fond of the Yonex leather so at some point I may replace one of them with Head Hydrosorb pro and see how that feels/plays.
Those specs are pretty close to what I had, but I've done some adjustments - swapped out the Yonex leather for Oehms leather and removed some weight from the handle (Yonex leather is lighter, abut 18g where the OEHMs is about 22g, in this case, anyway). I now have them both set at 332g, 325 SW and a 32cm balance. Gonna see how that plays tomorrow with Black Knight mains and Isospeed Baseline Spin crosses.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Those specs are pretty close to what I had, but I've done some adjustments - swapped out the Yonex leather for Oehms leather and removed some weight from the handle (Yonex leather is lighter, abut 18g where the OEHMs is about 22g, in this case, anyway). I now have them both set at 332g, 325 SW and a 32cm balance. Gonna see how that plays tomorrow with Black Knight mains and Isospeed Baseline Spin crosses.
How are you removing weight from the handle, besides removing the leather grip? What other weight is there?
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
To get to 335g, I added about 7g in the handle and about that much to the hoop, give or take. So I took that weight back out after adding a heavier leather grip. I also removed lead I'd added from the hoop, and added some back to match things up. So now I've got slightly lighter frames to play with.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
Wow, this new setup is awesome. I think 325 SW for this racquet is right about perfect, for me anyway. The Oehms leather is super comfy. Swings super light through the air, even compared to 330 SW that I had before. Also, the Black Knight at 38lb crossed with Isospeed baseline spin at 38 is really fun to play with. Really nice spin and control. Amazing dwell time. I feel so confident serving, and on groundstrokes, with the knowledge I can swing out and bring the ball in with some extra spin. Fun stuff.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
I started to find the full poly just a bit too stiff and low powered for me. So, I've switched over to cream 17 in the mains and OGSM 17 in the crosses, strung around 40lb. Amazing comfort/feel hitting the ball, and great spin - also reasonable power. Some might not like such low tension, but this seem perfect to me, after two outings.
 

Venusmen

New User
I started to find the full poly just a bit too stiff and low powered for me. So, I've switched over to cream 17 in the mains and OGSM 17 in the crosses, strung around 40lb. Amazing comfort/feel hitting the ball, and great spin - also reasonable power. Some might not like such low tension, but this seem perfect to me, after two outings.
So nice to read your feedbacks! Sadly I cant find those strings in China :(
I just got my Regna. So happy! I'm gonna try Tour Bite Soft 18. What tension would you recommend ? I was thinking 50lbs or 48lbs cause it's a thin gauge. Or lower ? And also would you recommend to string the crosses lower ?
Thanks
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
So nice to read your feedbacks! Sadly I cant find those strings in China :(
I just got my Regna. So happy! I'm gonna try Tour Bite Soft 18. What tension would you recommend ? I was thinking 50lbs or 48lbs cause it's a thin gauge. Or lower ? And also would you recommend to string the crosses lower ?
Thanks
Hard to say - it's such a subjective thing. I am finding that lower tension in the Regna suits me best, and a more powerful setup too, as it's a fairly low powered frame inherently. Low tension cream/ogsm helps add some juice.
 

tomato123

Professional
So nice to read your feedbacks! Sadly I cant find those strings in China :(
I just got my Regna. So happy! I'm gonna try Tour Bite Soft 18. What tension would you recommend ? I was thinking 50lbs or 48lbs cause it's a thin gauge. Or lower ? And also would you recommend to string the crosses lower ?
Thanks
Welcome to the club! I would just go with the tension you normally string your racquets with and adjust from there.
 

joseph e.

New User
So nice to read your feedbacks! Sadly I cant find those strings in China :(
I just got my Regna. So happy! I'm gonna try Tour Bite Soft 18. What tension would you recommend ? I was thinking 50lbs or 48lbs cause it's a thin gauge. Or lower ? And also would you recommend to string the crosses lower ?
Thanks
lower tension (and softer string) works best, in my experience. been using yonex rexis at around 45 lbs and really enjoying it.
 

Venusmen

New User
Hard to say - it's such a subjective thing. I am finding that lower tension in the Regna suits me best, and a more powerful setup too, as it's a fairly low powered frame inherently. Low tension cream/ogsm helps add some juice.
Have you tried Gosen Ak Pro Cx ? It seems like a great string
 

Archie

New User
I personally played with VCore Pro 100 2020 (matte green) which was good, provided good control but it was but quite boring racquet, without abibily to create extra pop when needed.
I also played with a previous VCore Gual G 100 which was a very low powered racquet.
In comparison to them, companies like Head, Wilson, Srixon now insert some special fibers into the throat and their racquets become springier (like Head 360+ vs old 360, Wilson Blade v7 vs old v6, Dunlop\Srixon 200LS etc.) - when I have a ball on the string bed, the racket makes a pause, then adds some pop and releases the ball with extra power and spin (so now it's not needed to look for a power string and I solve a more conplicated task to find a proper control string to tam new power of modern frames)
Do I understand right from this thread that Regna provides the same effect that allows to create extra features on the shots?
Or when you write "springing effect" you mean something else (e.g. like feeling the ball with NatGut)?
 

joah310

Professional
I personally played with VCore Pro 100 2020 (matte green) which was good, provided good control but it was but quite boring racquet, without abibily to create extra pop when needed.
I also played with a previous VCore Gual G 100 which was a very low powered racquet.
In comparison to them, companies like Head, Wilson, Srixon now insert some special fibers into the throat and their racquets become springier (like Head 360+ vs old 360, Wilson Blade v7 vs old v6, Dunlop\Srixon 200LS etc.) - when I have a ball on the string bed, the racket makes a pause, then adds some pop and releases the ball with extra power and spin (so now it's not needed to look for a power string and I solve a more conplicated task to find a proper control string to tam new power of modern frames)
Do I understand right from this thread that Regna provides the same effect that allows to create extra features on the shots?
Or when you write "springing effect" you mean something else (e.g. like feeling the ball with NatGut)?
I don't know about the new one, but the old regna literally felt like the throat of the racket was bending and springing back
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
I personally played with VCore Pro 100 2020 (matte green) which was good, provided good control but it was but quite boring racquet, without abibily to create extra pop when needed.
I also played with a previous VCore Gual G 100 which was a very low powered racquet.
In comparison to them, companies like Head, Wilson, Srixon now insert some special fibers into the throat and their racquets become springier (like Head 360+ vs old 360, Wilson Blade v7 vs old v6, Dunlop\Srixon 200LS etc.) - when I have a ball on the string bed, the racket makes a pause, then adds some pop and releases the ball with extra power and spin (so now it's not needed to look for a power string and I solve a more conplicated task to find a proper control string to tam new power of modern frames)
Do I understand right from this thread that Regna provides the same effect that allows to create extra features on the shots?
Or when you write "springing effect" you mean something else (e.g. like feeling the ball with NatGut)?
I'm not sure - I don't really get the spring effect thing. Perhaps it's there. I have really enjoyed playing with it but might move away from it as I'm gravitating back toward heavier frames with tighter string patterns. We'll see - I always go back and forth.
 

Venusmen

New User
So I played with my Regna 98 strung with Tour Bite Soft 18 for the first time last night. I was a bit nervous because I really wanted to like it. And I wasnt disappointed! It's such a great frame. It plays great on every shot. I felt right at home since the first shot, no adaptation needed. It feels heavy but really easy to swing. Great control but also great power when I need it, great launch angle, great feel. It's also the kind of frame that allows to be more crafty on the court and I really like that feeling.
But after 2 hours I felt that my elbow was a bite sore. Then I felt some pain and worried that my golfer elbow was back. I kept a heating patch the whole night and no more pain. So maybe it was just my muscled cause a patch was never been able to cure me like that before. So I will see next time. I just added 1 gr at 3, 1 gr at 12, 1 gr at 9. Maybe it will be even better.

Then I'll try some other strings. Or hybrid TBS with something softer on the crosses.
Im quite interested in Polytour Air and Gosen G spin 3 at the moment.
To sum up it's a lovely frame.
 

joseph e.

New User
I personally played with VCore Pro 100 2020 (matte green) which was good, provided good control but it was but quite boring racquet, without abibily to create extra pop when needed.
I also played with a previous VCore Gual G 100 which was a very low powered racquet.
In comparison to them, companies like Head, Wilson, Srixon now insert some special fibers into the throat and their racquets become springier (like Head 360+ vs old 360, Wilson Blade v7 vs old v6, Dunlop\Srixon 200LS etc.) - when I have a ball on the string bed, the racket makes a pause, then adds some pop and releases the ball with extra power and spin (so now it's not needed to look for a power string and I solve a more conplicated task to find a proper control string to tam new power of modern frames)
Do I understand right from this thread that Regna provides the same effect that allows to create extra features on the shots?
Or when you write "springing effect" you mean something else (e.g. like feeling the ball with NatGut)?
Been using the Regna 100 (2019 version) since April and can't say I've noticed any particular "springing effect." It is, for me, the best frame I've used since I started playing tennis again a few years ago but, if anything, it actually feels less springy and much more direct and crisp than some of the other recent racquets I tested before settling on the Regna.

The way I see it, the move towards "springier" frames you're describing reflects the current trend towards more flexible frames (clash, gravity, etc.) and lower RA's, especially in the throat, but I don't really think it has to do with any particular fibres or technologies. It's just the way the market is going to save our arms (after breaking them with overly stiff racquets...).

As far as the Regna 100, I would say it actually has less pop and power than the green VCore Pro 100 you're mentioning, and which I also used for a while. In fact, the reason why I like the Regna so much is that it doesn't bring anything "extra" to your shots. It's a precision tool, and the most "honest" frame I've hit with, so to speak. An extension of the arm, and sometimes brutally so... It won't compensate for poor technique or lazy legs, and won't be of any help on your bad days. When you're hitting the ball properly, however, it's the most satisfying and best-feeling racquet I've used.
 
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Casper777

Rookie
Hey guys... just wanted to share a new string test I made with my Regna 98 and it fits very well in my view!!

Put some Tecnifibre HDMX at 23 kg. I had that set around for some time and thought it would fit this raquet quite well. Was right!

Super arm friendly and powerful, gained some good depth with it. Biggest surprise was the grab I had on the ball. For a multi (kind of), I was really able to get good spin and nice effects on serve. Control was also top!!

Then not sure it's worth the super, mega, extra price of this string, but for those who have unlimited budget, could be a great option. (I thing durability is more that of a multi so this could maybe justify the price tag)
 
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