Dimensions of Yonex EZONE Xi 98

Wuppy

Professional
Can anyone measure and tell me the dimensions of the face/hoop of the Yonex EZONE Xi 98? I.e. the length and width of the strung area?

Thanks, it looks like a very wide, short face.
 

corners

Legend
Can anyone measure and tell me the dimensions of the face/hoop of the Yonex EZONE Xi 98? I.e. the length and width of the strung area?

Thanks, it looks like a very wide, short face.
I don't have one to measure, but I demoed this frame and compared the head size/shape to several other racquets. The length of the hoop is the same as the Wilson BLX 90, very short. The width at 3&9 is about the same as other 98s, but is wider than any other 98 above and below 3&9 because of its very square shape. In general, I feel that this frame has more useable surface area than any other 98 in existence. A head shaped like a pancake griddle, basically. It hits nice too but didn't quite have the feel I like.

I think Yonex is doing a similar thing with the new VCORE 89 Tour. If the feel is right, heads shaped like this are perfectly suited to driving flat balls and hitting heavy spin, in my opinion.
 

Wuppy

Professional
Thanks, yeah I was wondering the size because you're right it's very square. And I agree it's probably good for brush-up shots which I love to hit. Definitely an interesting racquet.
 

YK

Rookie
Longest mains are 12 3/8, longest crosses are 9 1/2. The cross that runs about 3 inches from the bottom is 8 1/4, the cross that's 3 inches from the top is 8 1/2, so widened top is not an illusion. Doesn't do anything ecstatic for the spin in my hands, but the sweet spot does feel higher on the stringbed than with conventionally shaped sticks, or regularly-shaped Yonexes for that matter.
Overall good stick, kind of in-between tweener and player specs. Needed some lead for my tastes, but not much. Biggest issue that I have with it is serve, not as much power as I'd like, and I think this is likely a combination of my chronic technique error and racquet's sweet spot location.
 

A_Instead

Legend
Yes, Sweet spot is high in the string bed. Its very solid.
Have mine strung at 40lbs and works fine. I am getting the same heavy ball as my 2012 PDR but with more control.
 

counterpuncher

Hall of Fame
Played again last night with mine, it definitely encourages you to brush up on the ball. The semi aero throat and the lower trajectory off the string bed definitely rewarded these shots more than any flat drives.

Very solid stick imo, with good stability and plow through for its weight and just enough flex.
 

DAWRTAJACI

New User
A Instead - did you say you're hitting heavy balls with this racquet? Can you please tell me more in comparison with the PDR. I'm thinking buying Yonex EZONE Xi 98 but can't see a comparison between the PDR. The one thing that I hate with the PDR is the balance, I want it be a little more headlight. I know this racquet says 6pts headlight vs 5 for the PDR. Can you feel the difference?

Thanks....
 

YK

Rookie
Assuming that PDR is a Babolat Pure Drive, the 2009 version I have here, with a leather grip, weighs 11.4 with 5+ points headlight balance, strung. The 98 Xi that I bought from TW came in at 11.6 strung with a just over 7
points headlight. Not really apples to apples since Babolat isn't really stock with that additional weight, and strings/tension are different, but I felt that Babolat hit harder and heavier. With tiny bit of lead, my Xi is 11.8 oz/6 points headlight right now, and hits as heavy if not better than Babolat, with better feel and control. I need to have both restrung with same strings and tension for a final decision on this, but that's my preliminary opinion.
 

corners

Legend
A Instead - did you say you're hitting heavy balls with this racquet? Can you please tell me more in comparison with the PDR. I'm thinking buying Yonex EZONE Xi 98 but can't see a comparison between the PDR. The one thing that I hate with the PDR is the balance, I want it be a little more headlight. I know this racquet says 6pts headlight vs 5 for the PDR. Can you feel the difference?

Thanks....
The xi is 325g stock strung while the PDR is 335. If you add 10 grams to the xi (easy to do since the stock Yonex grip is so light, about 12 grams) you can bring the xi to 9HL.
 

DAWRTAJACI

New User
Thanks YK and Corners - I'm really looking forward in purchasing the Xi98. I'll try it stock first them make adjustment to it.
 

A_Instead

Legend
My 2012 PD Roddick with overgrip and dampner is 336 grams
Xi 98 with overgrip and dampner is 339 grams so the specs are close.
I have to hold my swing back a little with the Roddick as its string bed is livelier. Both crush the ball unlike anything I have ever used before. And I have tried a bunch. They are similar in terms of power and it come down to personal preference. I just like the Xi more.
 
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counterpuncher

Hall of Fame
Xi 98 is simply too fat for me. I guess people's tastes differ.
Interestingly although I share your opinion, I am playing better with the Xi 98 than I have with my thinner beamed PST and IG Rad Pro. So in terms of racquet selection, I have to go with my results, rather than my opinion.
 

Wuppy

Professional
Interestingly although I share your opinion, I am playing better with the Xi 98 than I have with my thinner beamed PST and IG Rad Pro. So in terms of racquet selection, I have to go with my results, rather than my opinion.
I think that's very wise. Reminds me of the time I used to play golf all the time. I was in a pro shop looking for a new putter and saw the ugliest putter I'd ever seen. Tried it and it felt great and I was sinking long putts. Bought the putter. Still cringe when I see it, but I do putt great with it.
 

DAWRTAJACI

New User
Hey guys just an updated. Finally hit with the xi 98 yesterday. I'm so happy that I switched from Roddick Gt to this one. The racquet has the pefect balance, weight for my liking. A_instead is right, you really can really hit heavy with this racquet and pretty stable on hitting backa against a heavy ball too. I think I will not put lead tape on it. I like it stock......
 

A_Instead

Legend
I give credit where credit is due on the Xi. The ball doesnt seem heavy coming off the racquet. But it is. If you play with someone on a reqular basis they will tell you. I play a game or two with another racquet and then switch to the Xi. (2012 Pure Drive) It is a noticiable difference to them and I can see they have to make adjustments for the added weight/pace.
 

YK

Rookie
For the amount of power I get from this stick on the ground strokes, I would've expected to get a bit more boom on the serves. I have to hit my serves perfectly, the timing, the extension, the pronation, the weight transfer, whole nine yards, to bring out the pop; with groundies, even catching it late or shortening the swing doesn't seem to affect the power that much. That's been my only gripe with this stick so far.
 

A_Instead

Legend
YK. The Xi 98 requires proper technique, but with the proper technique comes high reward. Keep practicing with it, you'll start to see what it can do for you on serves just like you see with your groundies. Its serving attributes are equally impressive as its ground strokes once you figure out how to use it.
 

YK

Rookie
I think that Xi 98 is particularly unforgiving of one common mistake that average players make on serve: allowing ball to drop too low. This is my biggest error on serve, and that's why I think I incur extra-penalty.
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
When I demoed Xi 98, I hit some great kick serves with it. The flat serves didn't impress me much. Maybe it needs more weight.
 

Uvijek Argen

Semi-Pro
RollTrackTake, my piece of advice is to demo even the specs are right for you. Why I said that? You might wont like the material that is made of. I thought at first that remind me the RDS001 MP, but it has a totally different feeling.
The material (or technology) of this racket feels similar to the Babolat AeroPro Drive and that's one racket I definitely don't like cause the same reason(material feeling). I tried with 3 different strings set up Im familiar with and all feel the same in the Xi98. Other than that is a control oriented racket, kinda low power to said the least. Nothing else come to mind. I was a little disappointed cause I being a Yonex user for time to time for many years.
 
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