Ezone 100: is it actually arm friendly?

Was very surprised to see a 69 RA strung spec... Which is right up Babolat tweener realm, and stiffer than a Pure Aero (2019).

But I've soon nothing but stellar reviews and nobody complaining about arm issues... what's the deal there?
 

25-TENNIS

Semi-Pro
The 2020 version? That one is definitely stiff (doesn't feel as stiff as 2018), but is has some technologies that improve comfort, like VDM (Vibration Dampening Mesh). So it's armfriendly for sure.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Was very surprised to see a 69 RA strung spec... Which is right up Babolat tweener realm, and stiffer than a Pure Aero (2019).

But I've soon nothing but stellar reviews and nobody complaining about arm issues... what's the deal there?
ALL Ezone rackets from Yonex are arm friendly. they aimed at market with tennis elbows and they did a great job
 

A_Instead

Legend
I have to watch any racket as my wrist will indicate after 5 minutes it's a no go..
Owning both 2020 ezone 98 and 100...no issues with either..
 
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
-yonex has a interesting concept with this line, the EZONE and the DR
-yonex is getting very close to the babolat feel with their high stiffness , seeking control, and their trying to dampen the throat
-they are getting stiffer, in the upper headarea of the racquet, but the throat and the handle material is dampening more with different concepts and materials
-im not sure if this is working EVERYTIME, as some models are better than others, but the new ezone is nice
-the throat area of the new 2020 yonex.ezone is very comfortable, pair that with 100" head and it becomes unique comfortable racquet
-i got to hit with it a bit, and felt good, i guess this is their answer to be competitive with the wilson.CLASH
-a few months back, i hit with the lime green ezone, i like that alot more than the DR blue version,, but i think i like the new 2020 ezone best
 

A_Instead

Legend
Babolat became the standard that others aim towards.. In most cases...
Some do better than the std...some do not..
It would be cool if the Clash became a standard that others aim for....
 

dje31

Professional
@1HBHf: I want to say that that stiffness profile has been part of Yonex design philosophy for some time now: a fairly firm-to-stiff head / hoop, but a more flexible throat / shaft area. I believe their JDM Regna line has that profile above and beyond the rest of the lines.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
@A_Instead
-kinda agree "babolat being standard",, i would say they have their own signature
-i think yonex is trying different things and getting close to babolat by happenstance, but i think they know equally as many % of tennis players dont like babolat for that same reason
-if the wilson clash has shown 1 thing, is that club players and pro players preffer different racquets at the different levels of play
-comfort in my racquets needs to be at the top
-i do like the inovation SOME companies try!!, others seem to just copy, UNTIL they find something unique for themselves
 
@1HBHf: I want to say that that stiffness profile has been part of Yonex design philosophy for some time now: a fairly firm-to-stiff head / hoop, but a more flexible throat / shaft area. I believe their JDM Regna line has that profile above and beyond the rest of the lines.
How can one tell where the stiffness comes from? I don't think I've ever noticed this difference...

Also, what's the effect of having a flexible head/hoop vs throat?
 

25-TENNIS

Semi-Pro
-yonex has a interesting concept with this line, the EZONE and the DR
-yonex is getting very close to the babolat feel with their high stiffness , seeking control, and their trying to dampen the throat
-they are getting stiffer, in the upper headarea of the racquet, but the throat and the handle material is dampening more with different concepts and materials
-im not sure if this is working EVERYTIME, as some models are better than others, but the new ezone is nice
-the throat area of the new 2020 yonex.ezone is very comfortable, pair that with 100" head and it becomes unique comfortable racquet
-i got to hit with it a bit, and felt good, i guess this is their answer to be competitive with the wilson.CLASH
-a few months back, i hit with the lime green ezone, i like that alot more than the DR blue version,, but i think i like the new 2020 ezone best
Why did you like the 2018 and 2020 better? Are they better in performance, feel, comfort? I'm currently playing with a DR Lite (with lead 300g, so almost same as DR100), so would like to know if it suits my game better.
 

A_Instead

Legend
For those who can reference the Wilson Kobra Tour..that was a great racket..a flexable controlled arm friendly Wilson feel leather grip puro aero.
Ugly to most...prettyful to others..
 

lima

Semi-Pro
Was very surprised to see a 69 RA strung spec... Which is right up Babolat tweener realm, and stiffer than a Pure Aero (2019).

But I've soon nothing but stellar reviews and nobody complaining about arm issues... what's the deal there?
That's what I want to know also. Usually the numbers don't lie. Stiff racquet can "feel" soft, but the stiffness is still there
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Why did you like the 2018 and 2020 better? Are they better in performance, feel, comfort? I'm currently playing with a DR Lite (with lead 300g, so almost same as DR100), so would like to know if it suits my game better.
-the 2020 version is better tech, no doubt about that, it just dampens the vibration better IMO,
-the 2018 is a bit muddy waters to me, i really am not sure
-the DR (EDITED BELOW) blue 2018 just felt stiffer, felt more vibration and/or weird weight distribution (could have been the setup i had and/or the string, tension)
-i do remember trying this racquet with caution, friend of mine was going through tennis elbow more from switching to this (2018) frame
-but plz try for yourself, as i just tested these models briefly, and these were "my limited", impressions of these line of racquets

-btw, lead and tension/strings can have a big impact on the feel of these sticks, tinker, and youll find your "golde lock zone"
 
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
-CORRECTION
-looks like i got my versions confused!! my bad, so many racquets
-i think i got these correct now, plz correct me if im wrong!!??!!
-the y.ezone.DR is from 2015, this is the racquet i liked (i found comfortable)
-the y.ezone is from 2017, this is the racquet i did not like as much (bad update IMO)
-the y.ezone is from 2019, this is the new one (2020) and i like a fair amount (good compromise with new tech)
 

25-TENNIS

Semi-Pro
-CORRECTION
-looks like i got my versions confused!! my bad, so many racquets
-i think i got these correct now, plz correct me if im wrong!!??!!
-the y.ezone.DR is from 2015, this is the racquet i liked (i found comfortable)
-the y.ezone is from 2017, this is the racquet i did not like as much (bad update IMO)
-the y.ezone is from 2019, this is the new one (2020) and i like a fair amount (good compromise with new tech)
And how do you find the power, control and spin of the 2020 in comparison with the DR?
 

A_Instead

Legend
2020 has more of everything...it doesn't have that "feel" some people love about the DR..I am in that group didn't care for the DR std length line..
The DR98 plus was great racket.
Seems like those who use yonex really love them..like the Prius..
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
And how do you find the power, control and spin of the 2020 in comparison with the DR?
-in the video, they (TW, i concur), describe the string pattern of the NEW ezone "2020"(2019), a bit tighter-pattern in the middle, thus more control, less power "typically"
-spin tends to like/favor more open patterns!, also more open = more power "typically"
-but that said, if a racket feels better to you, youll swing better with it, and any minor differences in spin/control between 2x similar frames, wont be as noticeable
-these 2x rackets are soo close (spec wise, frame thickness, pattern), i could not call it without more extensive play, or side by side testing
-all i can say is "i liked the feel", of the 2019 better than the 2017 version!
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
My short experience with an ezone 100 (dr) is stay low tension if doing full poly.

It can be a bit "shocky" otherwise.
Thinking gut/poly is where I will end up with it.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
YES! Absolutely it is very arm friendly. I’m extremely happy with my EZONE 100! I’m stringing mine with Yonex Poly Tour Pro at 52lbs.
 

Crocodile

Legend
I would sought of say that the Yonex is somewhere in the middle in terms of comfort. Yes it’s more comfortable than a Babolat but not as comfortable as a Pro Kemnex.
 

topspn

Legend
I have slapped a leather grip and weight in the head on my ezone 100. No discomfort at all in spite of the high RA. Easy to play frame and very forgiving hitting yet a tame launch angle and surprising control for its power and head size. It is not too open of a patten in the middle. I’m stringing it with confidential @53lbs
 

lima

Semi-Pro
I have slapped a leather grip and weight in the head on my ezone 100. No discomfort at all in spite of the high RA. Easy to play frame and very forgiving hitting yet a tame launch angle and surprising control for its power and head size. It is not too open of a patten in the middle. I’m stringing it with confidential @53lbs
Can you compare comfort with some other racquets?

Thanks!
 

topspn

Legend
Can you compare comfort with some other racquets?

Thanks!
Hmm..so I have 70RA TC100s for instance I string up with full poly @54lbs. Also have a new FS Nova that also plays comfortable for a higher RA frame. I’d say the Ezone 100 may be a smidge less plush but I have not felt any ill effects or wrist, forearm, elbow or anywhere really.
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
-are you both getting these numbers from somewhere? or do you have something to measure with
-i like this notion of a vibration meter
-tnx

I think vibration frequency is a good (but not the only) proxy for frame stiffness/comfort. The new yonex ezone 100 has a higher (150+) frequency yet maintains arm-friendliness, likely due to the VDM dampening tech. I thought the new ezone 98 played stiffer/crisper than its 64 RA would indicate, which is validated by its 149 vibration frequency. Previous versions of the ezone 98 were low 140s.

The new v7 Blades are in the low 130s and those are universally regarded as soft even though their RA is 62.
 

pow

Hall of Fame
I wouldn't call the ezone 100 arm friendly at 69 stiffness. I play with aero pro and pure drive and I don't have any arm issues but I wouldn't call them arm friendly at their rated stiffness. I'm not saying you will be hurt but if comfort and joint safety is your priority, I think there are better choices out there.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
I have tried the DR 98 and the extended version a while back. The extended version definitely felt more flexible IMO. I wouldn't say these frames were overly stiff to today's standards but the upper hoop played a bit too firm for my taste and arm. These frames had a 64 RA.

If the Ezone 100 has a 69 RA, I would say it's quite stiff and would not be a frame for players with any sort of arm problems. IMO the most arm friendly racquets I have played with are the Blade v7 98 16 x 19 and the Angell K7 Red. It comes down to personal preference regarding feel and whether the user has any arm problems. Definitely not saying that the Ezone is not good frame just wouldn't consider it high on the list for being arm friendly.
 

bloodx

New User
Was very surprised to see a 69 RA strung spec... Which is right up Babolat tweener realm, and stiffer than a Pure Aero (2019).

But I've soon nothing but stellar reviews and nobody complaining about arm issues... what's the deal there?
I have a very sensitive elbow its a little sore and stuff the next day after playing with most rackets, but since I got my first ezone 100+ few months ago my elbow
isn't sore or stiff at all the next day. Don't know how it's made but its super awesome for my arm.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Had never used silicone in the handle of a racket before, but gave it a go on my 100 and it really does "clean" up the feel, imho.

Did use blutak first to determine the desired weight before commiting to silicone as its kinda not reversible.
 

25-TENNIS

Semi-Pro
Had never used silicone in the handle of a racket before, but gave it a go on my 100 and it really does "clean" up the feel, imho.

Did use blutak first to determine the desired weight before commiting to silicone as its kinda not reversible.
Had never used silicone in the handle of a racket before, but gave it a go on my 100 and it really does "clean" up the feel, imho.

Did use blutak first to determine the desired weight before commiting to silicone as its kinda not reversible.
Which 100 do you use? 2018 or 2020?
 

naturallight

Semi-Pro
I demo'd the 2020 Ezone 100 vs the 2019 Bab PA. Despite the higher stiffness and higher vibration, the Ezone indeed felt more comfortable. Ezone was strung with PTP, Bab I believe Blast Rough. Bab had a lot more control.
 

A_Instead

Legend
Agree with natural light..have both the Ezone 2020 100 and the Pure Drive..
Ezone more comfy..Pure Drive more control and can hit a bigger ball with it..
Once I sell..my next try will be the new ultra 100..
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Which 100 do you use? 2018 or 2020?
Well it was actually the DR, which is supposed to be close to the 2020.

Just had a longer hit with it and the silicone wasn't the perfect solution I had hoped. The elbow felt better but my hand was feeling shock. Might consider a double OG approach to alleviate.
 

25-TENNIS

Semi-Pro
Well it was actually the DR, which is supposed to be close to the 2020.

Just had a longer hit with it and the silicone wasn't the perfect solution I had hoped. The elbow felt better but my hand was feeling shock. Might consider a double OG approach to alleviate.
I play with a DR Lite (with lead 300g), but I don't feel any painful vibrations.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
I play with a DR Lite (with lead 300g), but I don't feel any painful vibrations.
63 ra. Different animal.

For the regular 100, the stock grip is very thin, light and brittle. Replacing it with a more standard synthetic grip could be the fastest way to make it more comfortable. Personally finding a prince durapro to feel a lot better on it.
 

25-TENNIS

Semi-Pro
63 ra. Different animal.

For the regular 100, the stock grip is very thin, light and brittle. Replacing it with a more standard synthetic grip could be the fastest way to make it more comfortable. Personally finding a prince durapro to feel a lot better on it.
The DR lite is 69Ra. Not sure if it is the same, but I didn't like the stock grip either.
 

Babolix

Rookie
Despite it high stiffness rating, the Ezone 100 2020 is really confortable. I had arms problems in the past (with some babs, espacially the pure strike) and none with the ezone 100 (2020). The 98 is plusher but not as easy and fun to play.
Now I'm just lookin for the best string/tension to put in. What's yours ?
 

fox

Semi-Pro
I wouldn't call the ezone 100 arm friendly at 69 stiffness. I play with aero pro and pure drive and I don't have any arm issues but I wouldn't call them arm friendly at their rated stiffness. I'm not saying you will be hurt but if comfort and joint safety is your priority, I think there are better choices out there.
The case here is it feels nowhere as stiff as Babolat frames...
 

Babolix

Rookie
The case here is it feels nowhere as stiff as Babolat frames...
Yes. Nowadays, we can't just look at the stiffness rating cause there are so much tech incorporated in the frames. So some 65RA without dampening tech or materials inside the frame could be more aggressive on the arms than some 69/70ra with it to absorbe the vib. (Note : the SW should also be mentioned when talking about pain, mostly for shoulders)
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Despite it high stiffness rating, the Ezone 100 2020 is really confortable. I had arms problems in the past (with some babs, espacially the pure strike) and none with the ezone 100 (2020). The 98 is plusher but not as easy and fun to play.
Now I'm just lookin for the best string/tension to put in. What's yours ?
When I first transitioned over to Yonex from a Wilson Clash Tour, I had the 2020 Ezone 100. I must have gone through at least 10 different strings before finally setting up with Yonex Poly Tour Pro at 55lbs. I would say this is the best fit for me, but the strings are only good for about 10-12 hours. I have my own stringing machine, so restringing isn’t an issue. I would highly recommend PTP, but only if you have access to restringing. Otherwise try a different type of string, that has a longer lifespan. After the 100, I went to the 2020 98 and now the Tour,
 

Babolix

Rookie
When I first transitioned over to Yonex from a Wilson Clash Tour, I had the 2020 Ezone 100. I must have gone through at least 10 different strings before finally setting up with Yonex Poly Tour Pro at 55lbs. I would say this is the best fit for me, but the strings are only good for about 10-12 hours. I have my own stringing machine, so restringing isn’t an issue. I would highly recommend PTP, but only if you have access to restringing. Otherwise try a different type of string, that has a longer lifespan. After the 100, I went to the 2020 98 and now the Tour,
Thanks. Poly tour pro is a good string, espacially for yonex frames. For the moment, I'm going with Head Experimental (Lynx tour) and its champagne colour. What I read sounds like a regular lynx with more bite, control and tension maintenance + Weird colour. We ll see ! ;)
 
I had DR EZONE 100 and sold it. But not becuse the discomfort. It's amazingly comofortable for a racquet at this RA! Still, copoly at high tensions will kill your arm with any racquet...
 

Ares2323

Rookie
Thanks. Poly tour pro is a good string, espacially for yonex frames. For the moment, I'm going with Head Experimental (Lynx tour) and its champagne colour. What I read sounds like a regular lynx with more bite, control and tension maintenance + Weird colour. We ll see ! ;)
The Lynx tour is a completely different string to the Lynx. Yes it has more rotation but less power and not as comfortable as the Lynx.
 

Yamin

Semi-Pro
Definitely not arm friendly for me. I had to stop using one after 5 minutes yesterday and it was strung with a softer string... I've been seeing a lot of conflicting results when it comes to comfort. I think Feeling arm friendly and being arm friendly are two different things.

If you have actual arm issues, I would strongly recommend against using this. If you're a player that occasionally has some pain here and there you'll be fine.
 
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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Mine is very comfortable. Been comparing it to babolats and also my ultra tour. I use the same string in all of them, which is full poly silver 7 tour ( a stiff string).

expected the s7t to be stiff like it was in the babs, but it feels fantastic.

the 100 is a stiff frame but yonex has made high ra frames in the past that never bugged my arm and felt great on contact. The 100 is another one like that.
 

Babolix

Rookie
I hurt my arms on the new speed MP 360+ with lynx on it. No hurt, injury or problem on the ezone with PTstrike even @55lbs. Maybe it depends of bodies, type of strokes or else but for me the MX40 + VDM + ezone conception make it a real arm friendly frame when talking about solidness at impact. For those who like noodles, clash are really more naturally soft because of the low RA (55) and big thickness. But between, if there is no dampening technology, every frame can be dangerous with a poly inside. Even the thin gravity can cause arm problems. The ezone absorbs a lot of bad things but if you put bigbanger alu or Tourbite @60lbs, yes, it will hurt !
 
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