2021 Yonex VCore 95

AA7

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Any of you with low swingweight ones.... Did you end up weighing it up and how much? I ordered one and would like to get to low 320s or else a bit worried that it may be too light... Anyone with sub 320 SW.. does it still hit a heavy ball? I'll update when I receive the racket as well....
 
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Roquestil

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Any of you with low swingweight ones.... Did you end up weighing it up and how much? I ordered one and would like to get to low 320s or else a bit worried that it may be too light... Anyone with sub 320 SW.. does it still hit a heavy ball? I'll update when I receive the racket as well....
The majority will have sub 320 SW since its 316 stock. I added 3 grams at 3 and 9. Now at 325 swingwight. I just needed the extra stability but plow was nice stock
 
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djNEiGht

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I got a pair that the SW was 10 pts off. Fortunately, I am enjoying the heavier one and will mod up the other to match. I also plan to add leather and a little lead at 12 so the discrepancy wasn't too much to worry about other than the fact that Yonex is often praised for the QC
 

daman sidhu

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Played my first match with the 95 yesterday(I usually play with the 98). It was very hot and the balls I was hitting in warmup with 98 seemed to be sailing a little long, so i switched to the smaller frame.

What I really like about the 95 is I can hit out with it without worrying about too much power which will sail some balls long. I like the option of switching between the 98 and 95 depending on how I'm feeling that day and the conditions.
 

CosmosMpower

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Played my first match with the 95 yesterday(I usually play with the 98). It was very hot and the balls I was hitting in warmup with 98 seemed to be sailing a little long, so i switched to the smaller frame.

What I really like about the 95 is I can hit out with it without worrying about too much power which will sail some balls long. I like the option of switching between the 98 and 95 depending on how I'm feeling that day and the conditions.
I'm surprised you can switch back and forth. The balance and maneuverability are so different.
 
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daman sidhu

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I'm surprised you can switch back and forth. The balance and maneuverability are so different.
Yes, I typically am not able to, but the feel of both is quite similar at least to me so I'm not too bothered by it. If i keep liking the playability of the 95 I might switch to it permanently, but I like how 98 helps me against the big hitters slightly.
 

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Yes, I typically am not able to, but the feel of both is quite similar at least to me so I'm not too bothered by it. If i keep liking the playability of the 95 I might switch to it permanently, but I like how 98 helps me against the big hitters slightly.
I think the feel is pretty similar but the 98 feels more head heavy and more sluggish but more free power.
 

PMF

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Any of you with low swingweight ones.... Did you end up weighing it up and how much? I ordered one and would like to get to low 320s or else a bit worried that it may be too light... Anyone with sub 320 SW.. does it still hit a heavy ball? I'll update when I receive the racket as well....
Please let us know what you think. I was worried about the same thing, but ended up preferring the stock SW. Very nice stick IMO.

I unfortunately made the mistake of letting one of my buddies try mine, who was using an old Ultra Tour, and after 15 minutes his response was “OMG I love this. Please let me have it”. That was about a month and a half ago, and now I kind of regret selling it to him. He is clearly playing better.
 
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Please let us know what you think. I was worried about the same thing, but ended up preferring the stock SW. Very nice stick IMO.

I unfortunately made the mistake of letting one of my buddies try mine, who was using an old Ultra Tour, and after 15 minutes his response was “OMG I love this. Please let me have it”. That was about a month and a half ago, and now I kind of regret selling it to him. He is clearly playing better.
i like my blade v7 18m quite a lot and it seems that this racket is a good fit with people who like the blade... ability to get more spin, ease of use (whip...though I think blade is pretty whippy as well) and finally bigger sweetspot is interesting to me. I like the idea of 16x20 pattern as well... main thing for me is control though.... Predictable stringbed is really helpful for my game so hopefully it will deliver on that one. I also have OHBH. As long as the racket is not anemic on defense (at least able to get the ball back when pulled wide etc...) then it seems it's a good one. I am going with Lynx Tour 51lbs...
 
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Yes, I typically am not able to, but the feel of both is quite similar at least to me so I'm not too bothered by it. If i keep liking the playability of the 95 I might switch to it permanently, but I like how 98 helps me against the big hitters slightly.
98 is a bit too lively for me. It hits a really heavy spin but it's not quite my style of play.... i can hit spin but I don't want to rely on hitting with spin to keep the ball in. I am not saying it's the case with 98 but I like rackets that you never really feel like you have to hold back...
 

CosmosMpower

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i like my blade v7 18m quite a lot and it seems that this racket is a good fit with people who like the blade... ability to get more spin, ease of use (whip...though I think blade is pretty whippy as well) and finally bigger sweetspot is interesting to me. I like the idea of 16x20 pattern as well... main thing for me is control though.... Predictable stringbed is really helpful for my game so hopefully it will deliver on that one. I also have OHBH. As long as the racket is not anemic on defense (at least able to get the ball back when pulled wide etc...) then it seems it's a good one. I am going with Lynx Tour 51lbs...
You must have gotten a really head light Blade V7 18M then. Mine was 2 pts HL, it felt like swinging a 2X4 and the Vcore 95 feels like a feather in comparison.
 

PMF

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i like my blade v7 18m quite a lot and it seems that this racket is a good fit with people who like the blade... ability to get more spin, ease of use (whip...though I think blade is pretty whippy as well) and finally bigger sweetspot is interesting to me. I like the idea of 16x20 pattern as well... main thing for me is control though.... Predictable stringbed is really helpful for my game so hopefully it will deliver on that one. I also have OHBH. As long as the racket is not anemic on defense (at least able to get the ball back when pulled wide etc...) then it seems it's a good one. I am going with Lynx Tour 51lbs...
Yeah, I love the v7 Blade 98 18x20 as well. It‘s such a unique feel. Very addictive. Especially for doubles (in my game). With the VCore 95, I have a feeling you will enjoy the OHBH and ease of serving.
 
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You must have gotten a really head light Blade V7 18M then. Mine was 2 pts HL, it felt like swinging a 2X4 and the Vcore 95 feels like a feather in comparison.
yeah 2 HL...i bet that was like north of 340sw.... mine are 5pts hl.. (just a little under the buttcap) and all sw330ish...
 

daman sidhu

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98 is a bit too lively for me. It hits a really heavy spin but it's not quite my style of play.... i can hit spin but I don't want to rely on hitting with spin to keep the ball in. I am not saying it's the case with 98 but I like rackets that you never really feel like you have to hold back...
I hear you. I am actually working on hitting heavy spin on my balls so I can hit out and not worry about them sailing long. All the VCore rackets are very spin friendly so that is one of the reasons I like this frame coming from an EZone which was more flatter.
 
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SaaKha

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Played with the frame again this Saturday. Didn’t start off great but kept telling myself it’s not the racquet and it’s the fact that I just woke up 30 minutes prior and needed time to wake up lol. As I focused up it was smooth sailing. This thing really is good at almost everything. The one slight knock I could say is that I’m struggling a bit with touch and finesse but I feel like that will come along the more I use the frame. Serves really stands out with this one though. Can get a lot of action and serve absolute bombs. Which is weird because I played with the previous version and couldn’t dial in my serves at all. More than likely will pick up a second frame. Will also string it up with Cream after the Black Knight goes dead.
 

pow

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rule #1: always the racket's fault.
This is solid advice backed by years of exhaustive TalkTennis research.
I'd like to add the following points of scientific research:

If you hit two forehands long consecutively, then it is time to cut the 15 minute old ALU Power from your racquet because it has bagged out due to the fact that you struck the ball so hard with your 370SW 14oz racquet. If you dare hit two or more additional forehands with this old poly setup, you will get permanent tennis elbow because all of the poly elasticity is gone.

If you hit five consecutive forehands long, it is time to replace the racquet entirely because the stiffness has deteriorated from the racquet due to your heavy topspin forehands causing the microfibers in the graphite to shatter on impact. The racquet is no longer capable of producing the same topspin as when you purchased it a month ago because it is now a wet noodle.
 
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Classic-TXP-IG MID

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This is solid advice backed by years of exhaustive TalkTennis research.
I'd like to add the following points of scientific research:

If you hit two forehands long consecutively, then it is time to cut the 15 minute old ALU Power from your racquet because it has bagged out due to the fact that you struck the ball so hard with your 370SW 14oz racquet. If you dare hit two or more additional forehands with this old poly setup, you will get permanent tennis elbow because all of the poly elasticity is gone.

If you hit five consecutive forehands long, it is time to replace the racquet entirely because the stiffness has deteriorated from the racquet due to your heavy topspin forehands causing the microfibers in the graphite to shatter on impact. The racquet is no longer capable of producing the same topspin as when you purchased it a month ago because it is now a wet noodle.
You also forgot...

Due to the string bagging out, and now a need for a new racquet... an exhaustive search for a new string, able to handle the immense forces being produced by the very high RPMs and RHS, must now begin.

Although I don't fit into any of these categories... I must admit, I will use any excuse out there in order to purchase more gear.

However, maybe the three things I should be doing, but I'm not... are:

- Buy a mirror... in order to properly look at myself.

- Make an appointment with a psychologist and/or addicts help and recovery group to discuss my problems and addictions.

- Go out and practice my technical and physical proficiencies, in order to improve as a player.

Tongue-in-cheek aside...

- I have A PROBLEM
- I LOVE my problem
- I'm WORKING ON my problem
- I wish COVID would ALLOW me to work on it more.

I hope you all have a great day... and that you are managing to keep your addictions within healthy levels. Cheers :) :giggle:
 

daman sidhu

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They did not do a galaxy black version of the previous 95, so I highly doubt they would do it this time, if they even did it at all.

I have heard there will NOT be a galaxy black edition for any of the 2021 models
I've seen the video of Karue from the My Tennis HQ playing with the blacked out 95, which lead me to believe it will might come out sometime soon, but it could be just a prelease version like he says.
Still would be cool to get it in black as it looks awesome in that paint!
 

CosmosMpower

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I've seen the video of Karue from the My Tennis HQ playing with the blacked out 95, which lead me to believe it will might come out sometime soon, but it could be just a prelease version like he says.
Still would be cool to get it in black as it looks awesome in that paint!
Nothing a can of black krylon can't fix
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

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I've seen the video of Karue from the My Tennis HQ playing with the blacked out 95, which lead me to believe it will might come out sometime soon, but it could be just a prelease version like he says.
Still would be cool to get it in black as it looks awesome in that paint!
That may be one of the blacked-out VC95 racquets that the Pro had, which he may have given to Karue (as his paint-job racquets with the current colours may have been coming to him). So it may be a Pro Stock, as well as blacked out.

The current VC95 would look nice in black with the blue "stripes" or sections that the current paint version has (2021). I guess time will tell.
 

Ryebread

Professional
Karue had a pre production blacked out model, this is normal.

I was told by a good source that a new pj would come out, this was a month ago.
But since then, someone more recently was given info that it would NOT come out. this source is above in this thread.
not sure who's right and who's wrong.
 

nnewihe

Rookie
After tinkering with all different lead setups and leather grip, I came to the realization that this racquet plays best stock (at least for my game). This doesn't really make sense to me, but my performance was the ultimate deciding factor. For reference, I have a build more like a running back 6 ft , 215 lbs than a tennis player and I'm a longtime PS85 and PS90 user so I can handle the heavy racquets. Using a leather grip alone killed the power on the racquet and reduced launch angle/topspin. If using the leather grip, adding weight to the hoop is beneficial to restore/enhance the power and get more spin. However, with the racquet just stock, I get the ball in play and I can mix in pace and spin on groundstrokes and serve. Only downside with the racquet stock is that it doesn't volley as well as the PS85/PS90, but that is probably likely a user error.
 

CosmosMpower

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After tinkering with all different lead setups and leather grip, I came to the realization that this racquet plays best stock (at least for my game). This doesn't really make sense to me, but my performance was the ultimate deciding factor. For reference, I have a build more like a running back 6 ft , 215 lbs than a tennis player and I'm a longtime PS85 and PS90 user so I can handle the heavy racquets. Using a leather grip alone killed the power on the racquet and reduced launch angle/topspin. If using the leather grip, adding weight to the hoop is beneficial to restore/enhance the power and get more spin. However, with the racquet just stock, I get the ball in play and I can mix in pace and spin on groundstrokes and serve. Only downside with the racquet stock is that it doesn't volley as well as the PS85/PS90, but that is probably likely a user error.
Yep stock is best the major advantage of the frame is that it’s super maneuverable while having just enough power and stability as well in stock form. It plays great with a thin string at mid to high 40s. If you need more power just lower the tension more.
 

CosmosMpower

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I got a pair that the SW was 10 pts off. Fortunately, I am enjoying the heavier one and will mod up the other to match. I also plan to add leather and a little lead at 12 so the discrepancy wasn't too much to worry about other than the fact that Yonex is often praised for the QC
What was the SW of the frames in your pair?
 

aaron_h27

Professional
After tinkering with all different lead setups and leather grip, I came to the realization that this racquet plays best stock (at least for my game). This doesn't really make sense to me, but my performance was the ultimate deciding factor. For reference, I have a build more like a running back 6 ft , 215 lbs than a tennis player and I'm a longtime PS85 and PS90 user so I can handle the heavy racquets. Using a leather grip alone killed the power on the racquet and reduced launch angle/topspin. If using the leather grip, adding weight to the hoop is beneficial to restore/enhance the power and get more spin. However, with the racquet just stock, I get the ball in play and I can mix in pace and spin on groundstrokes and serve. Only downside with the racquet stock is that it doesn't volley as well as the PS85/PS90, but that is probably likely a user error.
Adding a leather grip doesn't remove power from a racket.
 

nnewihe

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Adding a leather grip doesn't remove power from a racket.
Yes, you're right. However, I must subconsciously adjust my stroke mechanics because of the change in balance with the leather grip and I don't get the same power/spin as the stock version. Again, this is just particular to me and plenty of folks have liked this racquet with the leather grip and a couple of grams at 3/9.
 

aaron_h27

Professional
Yes, you're right. However, I must subconsciously adjust my stroke mechanics because of the change in balance with the leather grip and I don't get the same power/spin as the stock version. Again, this is just particular to me and plenty of folks have liked this racquet with the leather grip and a couple of grams at 3/9.
Leather grip probably slowed down your RHS a bit.

I don't see the need to add a leather grip on a 7 pts HL frame, but to each their own. It's probably 8-9 pts HL once you add a overgrip.
 

CosmosMpower

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Leather grip probably slowed down your RHS a bit.

I don't see the need to add a leather grip on a 7 pts HL frame, but to each their own. It's probably 8-9 pts HL once you add a overgrip.
Nah overgrip won’t make that much of a difference maybe .5 point.
 

riddick

New User
True, adding an overgrip (extra 5-6g spread evenly on the handle) won't make much of a difference to the balance point.

Replacement grip is different. A heavier leather replacement grip may add extra 10-15g to the handle. When you swing the racquet, the RHS may be slower. Also more effect on the balance point.
(Though the swingweight remains more or less the same)
 

CosmosMpower

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Thanks. That 274 sw looks really low. I just measured a pair of Vcore Pro 97 310's (green) in a store with a RDC with the cardboard placard taken out. They were within 1 SW point of each other 283 and 284 unstrung. One was 10.8 ounces one was 10.9 so with plastic removed both were a bit under spec on weight. Balance was spot on 12.2 inches on both. I need to take my VC95 in and borrow their RDC again to see what the specs on my frame are.
 

aaron_h27

Professional
Nah overgrip won’t make that much of a difference maybe .5 point.
That's true but let's say the playtesters used a 1.30 gauge poly in the frame with no OG and it came out to 7 pts HL strung.

Now the consumer who purchases the racket uses a thinner1.20 gauge poly plus an overgrip, it could easily be 8-9 pts HL after those modifications. No leather grip is needed for such HL frames
 

CosmosMpower

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That's true but let's say the playtesters used a 1.30 gauge poly in the frame with no OG and it came out to 7 pts HL strung.

Now the consumer who purchases the racket uses a thinner1.20 gauge poly plus an overgrip, it could easily be 8-9 pts HL after those modifications. No leather grip is needed for such HL frames
Doubt it mine is spot on 7HL with no modifications except overgrip, Yonex triangle dampener and full bed of 18 gauge hyper g
 

aaron_h27

Professional
Doubt it mine is spot on 7HL with no modifications except overgrip, Yonex triangle dampener and full bed of 18 gauge hyper g
There are variances in frames.

I used a DR 98 a while back and mine came out to be 7-8 pts HL strung with OG, even though stock specs had it at 6 pts HL.

But anyways my point is that there is no such need for leather grip on headlight frames
 

Nate7-5

Professional
Finally got to demo the VCore95 and I knew within 10 minutes that I should have bought it instead of the 98. Really allows you to swing out with confidence because of the low power and control. Also thought felt great in stock form like the VCP HD.

Its strung with PolyTour Air 1.25 and measured 320 swingweight on a Gosen machine. I think they are around 53lbs and it does feel too high - probably going to try something in 1.20 around 48lbs per Cosmos' suggestion. After that, I will try gut/poly at ~56/52 (got half packs of 4Gsoft/PolyTour Fire and want to try PolyTour Rev as a cross).

Not a fan of the Yonex glued stock grips so I'm always looking to replace them. I think its the biggest weakness in their product catalog - which is odd because they make great overgrips. I tried this Diadem Vintage Feel Hybrid grip on my VCP HD and it seems to provide a firm yet comfortable feel without adding too much weight over the stock grip (forgot to weigh it by itself but I will next time).

My choices for 1st string job:
Solinco Confidential 1.15
Kirschbaum Max Power 1.2
Yonex PolyTour Spin hybrid
Hyper-G Soft 1.25
Hyper-G 1.15 hybrid
Luxilon ALU 1.25 or 1.15
Tourna BHS7T 17g
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