2020 Ezones... The Winner is... (at least for me)...

So I have purchased, played many sets with the Ezone 98, 98+, 98 Tour, 100, and the 100+... I really like how I play with the Ezones and I guess I'm always curious about how the different models play. Background I am a 4.5/5.0 former highly ranked junior, in my 40s, very fit and athletic, 6'3", have a one-handed backhand with fairly heavy topspin (only slice about 10% of the time) and a big serve (125+... truthfully). I play an all court game but don't serve and volley. I play singles and hate playing doubles (but I want to change that).

The winner is... 100+

I know what you're thinking... the 100+ is only for short, weak, beginners with terrible serves who will never make it in tennis or in life... If a real player uses the 100+ the first strike will send the ball into deep space... No really I was using the Tour (which I like) and then used someone else's Pure Aero Plus for fun, and thought that it was pretty darn good and I played better because it was less demanding. The launch angle was very high though and it had a lot less control than the 98 Tour. I really like the Ezone 100, so on a whim I bought the 100+. It has great controllable power, swings much easier than the Tour, and has the most spin (by far) of the Ezone line. Serves are easy - flat serves are powerful, kick serves have a lot of spin. Most of all I like the fact that it has great plow-through but the launch angle is higher than the 98s... Sometimes I felt like the ball was landing too short with the 98s, and heavy spin second serves would sometimes dump into the net. The launch angle is not as high as the Aero though. All in all, it is a very fun and easy racket to play with. I only play twice a week now so I guess I like the extra help... The 100+ feels stiff, but not uncomfortable or unstable (like I would sometimes feel with the 98+). The sweetspot is much larger than with the 98s. Another benefit is that with the extended length racquets the head size "feels" smaller in the hand -- the 100+ feels a lot less bulky than the regular 100 -- which makes it much more comfortable to use on the one-handed backhand than the 100. I think that if you like the Ezones and want a racquet that will be fun and give you a little help, try the 100+.

I though I would let you guys know my experience.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah, I have tried all the Ezones except the tour. I ended up favoring the 98+ and regular 100. That said, the 100+ was not a bad frame. In this case I prefer the PA+ 2019, which I think is my favorite of the bunch (including the new pure drive).
 
Yeah, I have tried all the Ezones except the tour. I ended up favoring the 98+ and regular 100. That said, the 100+ was not a bad frame. In this case I prefer the PA+ 2019, which I think is my favorite of the bunch (including the new pure drive).
Yeah if they made the PAP with a slightly tighter string pattern to bring down that launch angle it would be a pretty incredible frame. The 100+ has a lower launch angle... side by side they are close with the PAP seeming to be more headlight.
 

DaylightBlue

New User
From most to least...

98 Tour
98+
98
100+
100

... but that is on a medium pace shot... on heavy shots or hard serves...

98 Tour
98+ = 100+
100
98

The plow-through seems to make a difference in the comfort.
Kind of expected the 100 to be uncomfortable due to the high stiffness rating
 

RkyMtn

New User
Justin, thanks for the post! I love the 2020 Yonex lineup, as well. I have a 98 and 2 100's (one of the 100's has added lead tape and the other standard so I can A-B test weight changes between these 2 racquets). Now you have me wondering about getting a 100+ (just what I need, another $200+ expenditure and another racquet to try and find a place to stowe somewhere - like you, I have a number of racquets, old and new that I like). Thanks for the info, Justin!!
 

meowmix808

New User
HELP!!!! Anyone know where to get the 2020 Ezone 98 bumper and grommets? I've contacted TW, TE, and Yonex. TW and TE says they have not been sold any and Yonex wont respond lol.
 

Wheelz

Semi-Pro
Thanks for the review. But there's nothing weak or beginners(ok maybe short guys!) about swinging a 335sw extended stick :). I play with the 98+ and think it's great and getting better as I get to know it. The regular 98 also felt great with added weight. Seems like that line shines with added weight.
@meowmix808 also looking for grommets here!
 

happyandbob

Hall of Fame
I agree 100%. I demo'd the 100+ on a whim, having previously hated every extra length racquet I've ever tried. It fit like a glove. Controllable power on groundstrokes and my flat serve jumped up about 5 mph. Everyone I play against now is incredulous that I've added so much serve power as a 50 yo. I'm regularly hitting 115 flat serves and probably touching 120 every now and then.
 
Ezone 98 Tour is their best at the moment...their best in a long time....
Its good but best depends on the user’s needs. It’s a lot different than the others in the line. If I was going to pick one racket in the line for all it would be the regular 100. Anyone can pick up that racket and play well. Beginner or advanced. I like the 100+ because it makes my one-hander easier and complements my strength which is serving. The 98 Tour has rock-solid stability and a power decrease compared with the rest.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I’m a big fan of Yonex and their racquets. Honestly the best Ezone is the one you play your best tennis with.

I made the switch to the 2020 Ezone 100 about 1.5 half years ago. I played with it for about 6-7 months and started customizing by adding a leather grip and tungsten tape. I then switched to the Ezone 98 and loved it, only thing missing was a little bit of weight. I now have the Ezone Tour and I couldn’t be happier, I feel at one with this racquet (at stock) on all facets of the game.

So I say enjoy your Ezone regardless of what model you have.
 
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I’m a big fan of Yonex and their racquets. Honestly the best Ezone is the one you play your best tennis with.

I made the switch to the 2020 Ezone 100 about 1.5 half ago. I played with it for about 6-7 months and started customizing by adding a leather grip and tungsten tape. I then switched to the Ezone 98 and loved it, only thing missing was a little bit of weight. I now have the Ezone Tour and I couldn’t be happier, I feel at one with this racquet (at stock) on all facets of the game.

So I say enjoy your Ezone regardless of what model you have.
Well said.
 
My only knock with the all the 98s is that the stringbed is a little inconsistent. Shots hit in the sweetspot have a different launch angle than ones hit outside it. I guess it’s because of the pattern where it is much more dense in the middle. That’s even with the tour. The stability of the Tour seems to fix that somewhat. All great rackets for sure.
 

happyandbob

Hall of Fame
No doubt you are serving better and that’s great, particularly at 50. However, 115 regularly? Ok.
Well, I suppose it's not entirely the racquet either. I switched from the Clash 100 Tour strung with RPM Rough to the Ezone 100+ strung with multifilament mains because the Ezone with poly was too harsh for my elbow. So the extra power is probably coming from the combo of the two.
 

Wheelz

Semi-Pro
I agree 100%. I demo'd the 100+ on a whim, having previously hated every extra length racquet I've ever tried. It fit like a glove. Controllable power on groundstrokes and my flat serve jumped up about 5 mph. Everyone I play against now is incredulous that I've added so much serve power as a 50 yo. I'm regularly hitting 115 flat serves and probably touching 120 every now and then.
Life goals; now I know what I want to do at 50. Very nice !
 

meowmix808

New User
Thanks for the review. But there's nothing weak or beginners(ok maybe short guys!) about swinging a 335sw extended stick :). I play with the 98+ and think it's great and getting better as I get to know it. The regular 98 also felt great with added weight. Seems like that line shines with added weight.
@meowmix808 also looking for grommets here!
I feel like they wont be releasing the bumper and grommets... Its probably less than half a year before they release a new Ezone and maybe they just dont want people fixing their sticks.
Kind of annoyed that Yonex wouldnt even respond to my question when they have responded to other questions previously.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
HELP!!!! Anyone know where to get the 2020 Ezone 98 bumper and grommets? I've contacted TW, TE, and Yonex. TW and TE says they have not been sold any and Yonex wont respond lol.

Thanks for the review. But there's nothing weak or beginners(ok maybe short guys!) about swinging a 335sw extended stick :). I play with the 98+ and think it's great and getting better as I get to know it. The regular 98 also felt great with added weight. Seems like that line shines with added weight.
@meowmix808 also looking for grommets here!
I feel like they wont be releasing the bumper and grommets... Its probably less than half a year before they release a new Ezone and maybe they just dont want people fixing their sticks.
Kind of annoyed that Yonex wouldnt even respond to my question when they have responded to other questions previously.
They didn't seem to be available ANYWHERE in the USA, I ordered quite a few sets from Europe. I'll be posting them for sale when they come in. (y)
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
I agree 100%. I demo'd the 100+ on a whim, having previously hated every extra length racquet I've ever tried. It fit like a glove. Controllable power on groundstrokes and my flat serve jumped up about 5 mph. Everyone I play against now is incredulous that I've added so much serve power as a 50 yo. I'm regularly hitting 115 flat serves and probably touching 120 every now and then.
What's up Pistol Pete, hope retirement is treating you well.

I'm not sure I've ever heard of a 50 yo bombing 120mph
 

happyandbob

Hall of Fame
I'm not sure I've ever heard of a 50 yo bombing 120mph
I understand the skepticism. Here is what I do to maximize serve power

1) I only hold the racquet with 3 fingers on the racquet to maximize whip (like this guy does
)
2) I don't pause in trophy position so I don't lose my upward and rotational momentum. The timing is different, but it adds a lot of serve power.
3) I'm using a plus racquet with multifilament mains, which I'm finding to be way more powerful than my Clash with poly strings
4) I was a pitcher in high school and could bring it pretty good -- 75-80 mph on a good day -- and it translates well to the serve
 
I know what you're thinking... the 100+ is only for short, weak, beginners with terrible serves who will never make it in tennis or in life.
I don't think this is true. You might ask why.
The 100 provides a good base for customization. 100 inch head size and 300g racquets are not really made for beginners.
Racquets in this weight range are popular, yes. I'm thinking about the Head Extreme & Instict, Wilson Ultra & Burn, Babolat Pure Drive & Pure Aero.
Actually, women with a good ranking commonly play with those, if you look at the spec sheet here.

I made the switch to the 2020 Ezone 100 about 1.5 half years ago. I played with it for about 6-7 months and started customizing by adding a leather grip and tungsten tape
This is the key here. You add weight and also get more control. Furthermore, the balance of the racquet is also lower.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I am 42 and I can easily hit 115... that’s my routine “always in” serve... I’ve been clocked many times over the years... yes it can be done...
I’m 48 and I can serve 100-110 mph. I posted that in a thread once before and there a lot of non-believer posters that said that a recreational player could NOT serve 100mph serve. I have an In/Out line calling device and it registers the serve speed. I ended up posting photos of the screenshots to prove the serve speed. Then someone chimed in “oh it’s easy to serve in a serve practice”. You can’t win with this board. :-D
 

A_Instead

Legend
mostly anyone can serve 100 with proper technique and tools... problem is...most can't master proper technique...
 

skeeter

Professional
Have an in-bound EZ 100 coming my way. Favorite string set-ups? Me, strong 4.0, all courter, singles/doubles. Not a big spin-monster, mostly flattish drive shots but moderate topspin here and there; not a string-breaker. Thanks.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Have an in-bound EZ 100 coming my way. Favorite string set-ups? Me, strong 4.0, all courter, singles/doubles. Not a big spin-monster, mostly flattish drive shots but moderate topspin here and there; not a string-breaker. Thanks.
I love tour sniper in it for full poly. If you want a luxury ride, full gut could be amazing. This frame has good control so if you get the tension right you may be goating.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Have an in-bound EZ 100 coming my way. Favorite string set-ups? Me, strong 4.0, all courter, singles/doubles. Not a big spin-monster, mostly flattish drive shots but moderate topspin here and there; not a string-breaker. Thanks.
That's one of the things I admire the most about this frame, you can use a variety of string setups and it's still a great racquet. My first choices are YPTP or Hyper G(both in16L), but that's only if you have access to stringing machine. Otherwise I would go with a reputable synthetic gut.
 

happyandbob

Hall of Fame
My first choices are YPTP or Hyper G(both in16L), but that's only if you have access to stringing machine.
Just curious, why YPTP only if he has access to a stringing machine? Hyper-G breaks on me all the time, but I've never broken YPTP before it goes dead. or are you just referring to the frequency of stringing because they are poly?
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Just curious, why YPTP only if he has access to a stringing machine? Hyper-G breaks on me all the time, but I've never broken YPTP before it goes dead. or are you just referring to the frequency of stringing because they are poly?
Yep exactly, I only leave mine strung no more than 8-10 hours max. I believe you get the best performance out of these strings within the first 6-8 hours. That is a lot of restringing and if you don't have access to a stringer or stringing machine, it could be somewhat costly.
 

AMGF

Hall of Fame
I’m 48 and I can serve 100-110 mph. I posted that in a thread once before and there a lot of non-believer posters that said that a recreational player could NOT serve 100mph serve. I have an In/Out line calling device and it registers the serve speed. I ended up posting photos of the screenshots to prove the serve speed. Then someone chimed in “oh it’s easy to serve in a serve practice”. You can’t win with this board. :-D
I believe you. That was me last month, I’m 46. Not only can club players serve 100mph, they can serve 120+mph. It just takes proper technique and some work.

I think people in general (especially men) don’t bother with technique and just butcher the ball and that seriously limit their ability to crack 100mph.

By the way Ezone 98+ with gut/poly rocks. Best serving frame I had so far, but I haven’t tried the EZ100+. Prince Beasner was great too.
https://flic.kr/p/2k4h1s9
 

happyandbob

Hall of Fame
By the way Ezone 98+ with gut/poly rocks. Best serving frame I had so far, but I haven’t tried the EZ100+.
I can't say enough good things about the Ezone 100+. I just beat someone yesterday 7-6, 7-5 who routinely beats me in match play -- once a 6-1, 6-2 shellacking. I had three service winners in the last game of the second set. So frigging happy with that racquet.
 

happyandbob

Hall of Fame
Yep exactly, I only leave mine strung no more than 8-10 hours max. I believe you get the best performance out of these strings within the first 6-8 hours. That is a lot of restringing and if you don't have access to a stringer or stringing machine, it could be somewhat costly.
True that. That's exactly why I ended up buying a stringing machine -- Gamma X-6. That and now I get the joy of hearing my wife asking "What? You're stringing your racquet again?"
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I believe you. That was me last month, I’m 46. Not only can club players serve 100mph, they can serve 120+mph. It just takes proper technique and some work.
120's? That's very impressive! The highest I've ever done was 119! I might have some work to do on them courts.:p Regardless of the serve speed, we all seem to agree that the Ezone is stellar in all it's variations.
 

AMGF

Hall of Fame
120's? That's very impressive! The highest I've ever done was 119! I might have some work to do on them courts.:p Regardless of the serve speed, we all seem to agree that the Ezone is stellar in all it's variations.
119mph is mighty impressive! It’s not that common at all to see people break 110mph (or even 100mph). I was stuck to 119mph for a while and with lots of work I got the elusive 120mph. The amount of work to get every mph over 110mph is crazy, at least it was for me.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
I believe you. That was me last month, I’m 46. Not only can club players serve 100mph, they can serve 120+mph. It just takes proper technique and some work.

I think people in general (especially men) don’t bother with technique and just butcher the ball and that seriously limit their ability to crack 100mph.

By the way Ezone 98+ with gut/poly rocks. Best serving frame I had so far, but I haven’t tried the EZ100+. Prince Beasner was great too.
https://flic.kr/p/2k4h1s9
How do you like that pocket radar? Worth buying?
 

AMGF

Hall of Fame
How do you like that pocket radar? Worth buying?
It's expensive, but the data is really good. I had the Speedtrac before and it was all over the place at times. The pocket radar works like pro radars in the sense that it will tell the fastest speed it reads and have the ability to read at great distances. It can also read speed of balls both coming towards the radar or away. Next to pro radar costing 5 times as much the precision is to the 1mph. If the price doesn't scare you, it's definitely a good device.
 

skeeter

Professional
That's one of the things I admire the most about this frame, you can use a variety of string setups and it's still a great racquet. My first choices are YPTP or Hyper G(both in16L), but that's only if you have access to stringing machine. Otherwise I would go with a reputable synthetic gut.
Thanks. Yeh, don't have a stringing machine (yet) so would prefer something a little more durable. A hitting buddy of mine likes that newish TF Triax (kind of a multi/poly mix of sorts in one string) in a Wilson 104 blade he plays with and really likes it. As an outlier, and more out of curiosity than anything else, anyone ever tried that in the EZ (or other racquet)?
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Thanks. Wonder what a hybrid of gut and TS would bring to the table....
Grapplesnake replied to me on that question and said that TS shouldn’t cut much through gut so it could be a really good option. It lasts quite a while so if I ever went GP again, I’d use TS or RS Lyon as my cross.
 
I can't say enough good things about the Ezone 100+. I just beat someone yesterday 7-6, 7-5 who routinely beats me in match play -- once a 6-1, 6-2 shellacking. I had three service winners in the last game of the second set. So frigging happy with that racquet.
That's my experience. My usual opponents just can't beat me since I started playing with the 100+. I play with a lot more confidence because I know I'm in command of the point. I'm so happy I tried the 100+...
 

skeeter

Professional
Grapplesnake replied to me on that question and said that TS shouldn’t cut much through gut so it could be a really good option. It lasts quite a while so if I ever went GP again, I’d use TS or RS Lyon as my cross.
As I don't have any TS on hand, I did have a half set of Lyon so had it crossed with gut mains. Spot on, PP; really nice feel, no string movement (strung it at 54/52), good control but nice pop as well. Thanks for the tip; a winning combo for sure and look forward to trying it with TS at some point.
 
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