2021 Yonex VCore 95

TagUrIt

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I know there are 2018 VCore 95 and 2021 VCore threads in existence. However I wanted to start a new a separate thread exclusively for this exceptional racquet. Please feel free to share your experiences, string setups and general knowledge with the new VCore 95.

My experience demoing the VCore 95.
Day 1 I hit with my ball machine. It played very well. I had absolutely zero expectations of hitting the ball clean. I though I would frame and shank every shot because of the smaller head size. I felt very connected to the 95. It was very spin friendly as advertised. The 95 is a solid point and shoot type of racquet. I like a the weight on it too, so the 95 suits my style. I feel that in a match with strong 4.0 or 4.5 players the 95 won’t get pushed around because of the static weight.

Day 2 of my Yonex VCore 95 demo. I attended a 2 hour tennis high level juniors clinic.My first time hitting with/against other players. Let me say the VCore 95 plays like a 98, but even better. You don’t even notice that the headsize is smaller. Maybe because of the Yonex isometric design. The 95 did EVERYTHING well and right. I had amazing ground strokes and volleys were again effortless. Serving OMG! Serving was easy and powerful. I served bombs with this racquet!!! It played so well that I forgot I was demoing, I just played tennis. At the end of the clinic my buddy texted me and said “Tag you were playing like a monster today”! I said it’s the new racquet.


Day 3
I played a practice match against my 5.0 hitting partner and it held up great. I have singles match tomorrow night, if I can get the same performance, that’ll be the deciding factor.

Day 4
I played and won my league match, 6-2 and 5-1 from time. Biggest take away from the match my opponent said I was definitely a 4.5 not a 4.0.

Day 5 I returned the demos and ordered 2 VCore 95’s
Day 6 I returned an brand new unused Ezone Tour to TW to exchange it for a new 95.

I think the 95 would be an excellent choice for a high level doubles player. If anyone is the least bit curious about the new the VCore it’s worth a demo and don’t be intimidated by the smaller headsize.

I strung the 95 with Gamma Synthetic Gut 16 in the mains 55lbs and Yonex Poly Tour Pro Blue 16L in the crosses 52lbs. I ordered some new reels Yonex Poly Tour Rev in 17 and Yonex Poly Tour Air in 16. Very excited to see how they play in the 95. I’ve carried four racquets before and I find that my sweet spot is three racquet in the bag. I have my own stringing machine so restringing is never an issue.
 
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TagUrIt

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How does it play compared to the 2018 95?
I honestly don't know, this is my first time hitting with a 95. I did demo the 2018 VCore 98 though, I thought it was way too stiff and extremely unforgiving on off-center hits. The 2021 VCore 98 played much better and wasn't nearly as stiff and seem to have a larger sweetspot. I enjoyed the 2021 VCore 98 and really expected (coming from the Ezone Tour) that it would be my next racquet. However when I played with the new 95, I completely ignored the new VCore 98. Doesn't mean it was bad, just my game seemed to be elevated by this stick.
 

ferocious4hand

Semi-Pro
I went from an EZT to V95 as well. the EZT was a great racket but gave me some arm issues. The V95 is a great racket, solid from all over the court. Power and spin a plenty, stable and easier to maneuver compared to EZT.
EZT's string bed is a bit more forgiving (98 and all) but V95 is not harsh by any means even mishits. Love the V95, add some weight for more plow through and spin action. can't go wrong with this stick.
 

ichaseballs

Semi-Pro
I think the 95 would be an excellent choice for a high level doubles player. If anyone is the least bit curious about the new the VCore it’s worth a demo and don’t be intimidated by the smaller headsize.
I got the 98 assuming doubles is easier with bigger head size. is this bad logic?
i am really enjoying the 98, never thought of even trying the 95 tbh... until i saw your post :unsure:
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I got the 98 assuming doubles is easier with bigger head size. is this bad logic?
i am really enjoying the 98, never thought of even trying the 95 tbh... until i saw your post :unsure:
If you're playing well with the 98 I would stick with it, however don't be intimidated by the smaller head size of the 95. Funny story, I played an indoor match and the guy next to me also had a new VCore 98, I told him I had the 95 and he should give it a try one day. He said "Oh I'm not good enough to play with the 95". The 95 does NOT play like a smaller head size frame. I am just as proficient with it as I was with my EZT which was a 98. I can swing the VCore faster and with much more accuracy.
 
How does it play compared to the 2018 95?
I played the two side by side. Wrote some thoughts here: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/tennis-warehouse-yonex-vcore-95-98-100-2021-playtest.686258/post-14967930

They have slightly different personalities, mostly due to the stiffness differences and VDM, but they also have a lot in common. The 2021 version is in less need of customization. I'm still rocking the previous gen, but I think both are pretty solid.
 

elsk

New User
My Vcore95 2021 arrived today and I took it out for a hit against the wall and it was a very good first hit. I did not get on with the previous version when I demoed it due to the low stifness rating, I prefer stiff rackets such as the RF97 and Pure Strike. This season I have been playing with an AI98 and DR98 actually been hitting better with the softer AI. Initial feeling is that the racket is quite powerful in stock form and very comfortable due to the VDM, I feel like against a good opponent I will require more power so may experiment with some lead tape. Serves were particularly pleasing, really nice accuracy but again I may need more power for a match situation.

I have a match tomorrow so will report back then, currentrly rocking Head Lynx Tour at 52 in stock form.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
My Vcore95 2021 arrived today and I took it out for a hit against the wall and it was a very good first hit. I did not get on with the previous version when I demoed it due to the low stifness rating, I prefer stiff rackets such as the RF97 and Pure Strike. This season I have been playing with an AI98 and DR98 actually been hitting better with the softer AI. Initial feeling is that the racket is quite powerful in stock form and very comfortable due to the VDM, I feel like against a good opponent I will require more power so may experiment with some lead tape. Serves were particularly pleasing, really nice accuracy but again I may need more power for a match situation.

I have a match tomorrow so will report back then, currentrly rocking Head Lynx Tour at 52 in stock form.
String it at mid 40's, that will fix your power problem without making the maneuverability suffer with lead tape
 

m1k

New User
Been playing with my Vcore 95 2021 for 3 weeks now. Coming from a PS97 no CV version, I definitely noticed less control but instead gain much more pace and spin, the control is still decent! Feedback from players i've played against in practice or matches is that I have much better pace and depth but I still have good placement of my shots.

No issue with the sweetspot, feels larger than my PS97.

Tried it with a Wilson leather grip and counterweight at 12, it got too sluggish, switched back to original replacement grip and put 5g total lead at 3 and 9 suited me better.
 
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TagUrIt

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How does it compare to the 2021 VCore 98? I was able to demo the 98.
(I cut and pasted this from my demo experience)
Had an Ezone Tour and because of some golfers elbow I decided to demo the VCore 95/98.

My first day out with both sticks, I hit with my ball machine. They both played well. I felt more connected to the 95 than the 98. Both are spin friendly as advertised. The biggest differences between the two is the control. The 95 is a point and shoot type of racquet. I like a heavier racquet also, so the 95 suited my style. I feel that in a match with strong 4.0 or 4.5 players the 98 might get pushed around because of the pace and lack of weight. Day 2 of my Yonex VCore 95 demo. It’s selfish to say I didn’t even pick up the VCore 98. I attended a 2 hour tennis clinic and never put the VCore 95 down. On this outing, I hit with/against other players. Let me say the VCore 95 plays like a 98, but even better. You don’t even notice that the headsize is smaller. Maybe because of the Yonex isometric design. The 95 did EVERYTHING well and right. I had amazing ground strokes and volleys were again effortless. Serving OMG! Serving was easy and powerful. I served bombs with this racquet!!! It played so well that I forgot I was demoing, I just played tennis. I love my Ezone Tours, but this VCore 95 has me seriously thinking about adding it into my arsenal. Or even replacing my EZT altogether. (Ended up selling the Tour and buying the VCORE 95) I also think the 95 would be an excellent choice for a high level doubles player. If anyone is the least bit curious about the new Yonex VCores I would say demo them.

I strung both the 95 and 98 with Gamma Synthetic Gut 16 in the mains 55lbs and Yonex Poly Tour Pro Blue 16L in the crosses 52lbs
 

PMF

Rookie
After about 14 hours of court time, my opinion has not changed. This is a very good racket! Right now, I am using NXT Power 17 at 50#. Very interested in trying those new Rexis strings. I also have a pack of VS Touch 17g and YPTP 16L in my bag. Would love to try a gut main/poly cross hybrid.
 

Chuonfood

Semi-Pro
I hit with the Vcore 95 today. It was strung with Babolat Nat Gut 16 50# mains and Solinco Confidential 16 50# crosses, overgrip Yonex, Tourna Pete Sampras ring dampener.

Right away I could feel the weight - felt to have good balance. The racquet was able to handle heavy balls, was stable on contact. Found it easy to flatten out balls. Spin was there if I really wanted it. It's true the 95 size plays bigger, more like a conventional 98.

Where this racquet surprised me was in serves. I could not fault using this racquet. I could easily generate spin on serves also. My backhand slices were also more consistent and was easily able to dial them in.

The bad: my balls were sailing long. It had so much power that I needed to generate spin more often to have them land in. Maybe it was just bad technique. Or maybe it was the strings? I may have to try full poly bed next.

Question: which string would you try on this racquet?
-Weisscannon ultra cable 17
-Dunlop black widow 17
-Solinco hyper g 16
-Lux 4g 16
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
The bad: my balls were sailing long. It had so much power that I needed to generate spin more often to have them land in. Maybe it was just bad technique. Or maybe it was the strings? I may have to try full poly bed next.
Question: which string would you try on this racquet?
-Weisscannon ultra cable 17
-Dunlop black widow 17
-Solinco hyper g 16
-Lux 4g 16
I had that issue with balls sailing on me too. I strung a full bed of Poly Tour Rev at 52lbs. My normal poly set up is 55lbs, I've just come to conclusion that lower tensions and poly don't work for my game. The string bed has too much power and is like a trampoline. I even raised my syn gut/poly hybrid to 57/54.

I hate to choose the one I have more experience with, but I think Hyper G would play very well in a VCore 95. My next string setups for my VCores will be a full bed of Poly Tour Pro, Poly Tour Air and Poly Tour Rev all at 55lbs. I'll even give Hyper G 16L a go after I try these out.
 
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Crashbaby

Rookie
I hit with the Vcore 95 today. It was strung with Babolat Nat Gut 16 50# mains and Solinco Confidential 16 50# crosses, overgrip Yonex, Tourna Pete Sampras ring dampener.

Right away I could feel the weight - felt to have good balance. The racquet was able to handle heavy balls, was stable on contact. Found it easy to flatten out balls. Spin was there if I really wanted it. It's true the 95 size plays bigger, more like a conventional 98.

Where this racquet surprised me was in serves. I could not fault using this racquet. I could easily generate spin on serves also. My backhand slices were also more consistent and was easily able to dial them in.

The bad: my balls were sailing long. It had so much power that I needed to generate spin more often to have them land in. Maybe it was just bad technique. Or maybe it was the strings? I may have to try full poly bed next.

Question: which string would you try on this racquet?
-Weisscannon ultra cable 17
-Dunlop black widow 17
-Solinco hyper g 16
-Lux 4g 16
How fresh was the string job? If not fresh, it may have been a factor. Also Gut/poly takes some adjustment, full poly is easier to keep balls in play. Gut/poly is more lively and needs more attention to technique. If the strings are fresh, I’d just give myself more time to adjust. I have gut/poly in mine with zero issues strung at 53/50.
If you prefer full poly, I’d try poly tour strike or head lynx tour at around 50 lbs.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
I hit with the Vcore 95 today. It was strung with Babolat Nat Gut 16 50# mains and Solinco Confidential 16 50# crosses, overgrip Yonex, Tourna Pete Sampras ring dampener.

Right away I could feel the weight - felt to have good balance. The racquet was able to handle heavy balls, was stable on contact. Found it easy to flatten out balls. Spin was there if I really wanted it. It's true the 95 size plays bigger, more like a conventional 98.

Where this racquet surprised me was in serves. I could not fault using this racquet. I could easily generate spin on serves also. My backhand slices were also more consistent and was easily able to dial them in.

The bad: my balls were sailing long. It had so much power that I needed to generate spin more often to have them land in. Maybe it was just bad technique. Or maybe it was the strings? I may have to try full poly bed next.

Question: which string would you try on this racquet?
-Weisscannon ultra cable 17
-Dunlop black widow 17
-Solinco hyper g 16
-Lux 4g 16
I play hyper G 18 in my VC95 at 45 lbs.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Been on and off with the 2021 but I like it. I'm rotating the Solinco 98 and 100 as well...kinda just experimenting.

I've played it with Dynawire, Blackout/Synthetic, and now PTP/Rexis. I want to try a full bed of PTP as well as a shaped poly. As mentioned by others, it doesn't feel like a 95 and more like a 98. I was getting nice spin even with Dynawire (great synthetic and suggest it if you like SG). Currently playing with it stock but am thinking of leather and a little lead on the hoop.

I picked up another one and the specs were surprisingly off. I've worked with a few Yonex racquets and the specs were usually very close. The SW was a big discrepancy but I can work with it and hope to match it up.

1st 307g
286 SW
310 balance

2nd 306g w plastic so prob 305g with out
274 SW
307 balance
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
I hit with the Vcore 95 today. It was strung with Babolat Nat Gut 16 50# mains and Solinco Confidential 16 50# crosses, overgrip Yonex, Tourna Pete Sampras ring dampener.

Right away I could feel the weight - felt to have good balance. The racquet was able to handle heavy balls, was stable on contact. Found it easy to flatten out balls. Spin was there if I really wanted it. It's true the 95 size plays bigger, more like a conventional 98.

Where this racquet surprised me was in serves. I could not fault using this racquet. I could easily generate spin on serves also. My backhand slices were also more consistent and was easily able to dial them in.

The bad: my balls were sailing long. It had so much power that I needed to generate spin more often to have them land in. Maybe it was just bad technique. Or maybe it was the strings? I may have to try full poly bed next.

Question: which string would you try on this racquet?
-Weisscannon ultra cable 17
-Dunlop black widow 17
-Solinco hyper g 16
-Lux 4g 16
Try lux 4G
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I've been using the Extreme Tour for a while, and whilst I like it, it didn't compliment my game as well as I would like. Most of my 4.5 opponents are crafty around the court, which favors a more solid frame on slice and volleys f.inst. - again for my game. If I was in my 20s, with great athletic movement and high RHS, well, then any racket would work tbh :-D

I didn't love the new VCore 95 after the first hit, as I did with the previous version. And if that was still readily available at a discounted price, I might have bought that one. But I got a great price on the new one (Europe, locally) so that's what I went with.

The new VCore 95 is a very nice frame. It's more muted than the previous version, but it doesn't need any customization ime. It's rock solid on volleys, and it has more feel that say the ET or any type of PS 16x19 frame. Imo, the previous version had 6.1 95 DNA. This frame even more so (compared to the other branch of 95 DNA, the Prestige).

That being said, the QC on the two frames I got unstrung were a little bit off: 308.8g and. 308.7g unstrung with plastic wrapping on the handle.

The one I have strung, is strung with PT Spin in the mains (44 lbs) and PT Pro in the crosses (40 lbs), and that feels great.

Edit: weighed one w/o plastic, and that came to 306.3g. Btw i checked the calibration on the scale using a 100g calibration weight and it was spot on. Even though these are not spot on 310g, they look and feel like you would expect of Yonex QC <3
 
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