Ezone 100: is it actually arm friendly?

SolitaryMan

New User
I took up tennis a few months ago after a thirty year break. I had an unused 4-5 year old Wilson BLX sitting around with an L2 grip, smaller than I used to use. Says 254gm on the frame - assume that refers to unstrung. For about 10 half-hour lessons it was fine comfort-wise, although didn’t play too well with it. Then played two sets with some more advanced players - my wrist was in agony the next day. A month later it was still sore, so headed into the local shop and picked up some demos.

First four were painful to play with - Head Gravity MP, an Extreme and I believe also a Gravity Pro, plus a Tecnifibre TFlight. Every shot hurt my wrist, I was starting to worry I may not be able to play.

Then I tried an Ezone 100 (2020). No pain at all - even after nearly an hour. The difference was just astounding, even though all the demos were strung with the same poly.

Next up was a Head Radical Pro - only had a brief hit with it but seemed good too, however local stocks of the current edition are all sold and the new one won’t be available for several months.

I also tried a VCore 100 which, whilst not as easy on me as the Ezone 100 was comfortable. I also tried a Pure Strike - some pain, not as comfortable as either of the Yonexes, but surprisingly better than the TF and Heads.

I have a couple more to try, but it looks like I will go with an EZone and actually be able to play tennis again. I think that the small grip on my current racket made things worse - gripping too tightly at times.
 
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n80aoag

Rookie
Ezone 100 is not arm friendly to me. I'm sure with a good string set up it can be soft and comfortable, but at the detriment to control and durability of the strings. I hit with the 2018 ezone 100 and DR 100, and while stiffer and more powerful/comfortable, respectively, I wouldn't go to either as my first choice if comfort were a priority.
 

fox

Semi-Pro
Ezone 100 is not arm friendly to me. I'm sure with a good string set up it can be soft and comfortable, but at the detriment to control and durability of the strings. I hit with the 2018 ezone 100 and DR 100, and while stiffer and more powerful/comfortable, respectively, I wouldn't go to either as my first choice if comfort were a priority.
The point is 2020 version has VDM which previous ones didn't have.
 

Babolix

Rookie
Exactly, 2020 has VDM & MX40 (that gives flexibility), no comparison with 2018 (I had) on confort. Blue 2020 is a winner on that point.
 
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n80aoag

Rookie
The point is 2020 version has VDM which previous ones didn't have.
This is true. My only experience with the 2020 lineup is with the Ezone 98 (all black prototype with blue lettering). It did feel more muted than the 2018 98, thanks to the VDM.
 

TfReAk

Rookie
I recently got to hit with the ezone 100 2020. Strung it with msv co-focus 1.18 and Wilson nxt at 23,5/23,5kg (DT 37).

All I can say it is the best racket I hit with in a long time. The racket hits easy from both wings and I found it pretty stable at net. The control was also good. The only thing I had to get used to is on serves.

I had some arm injuries in the past, but everything still feels good with the Ezone 100. I think I’m going to stick with this one (for now).
 

ryushen21

Legend
This isn't entirely on topic but I'm considering switching to the EZone frames. Has anyone here played extensively with both the 100 and the 98? Those are my two front runners. Coming from dense 18x20 control frames, the 98 is appealing in that it has 8 mains in the throat but I'm wondering if there is an appreciable difference in free pop/power between the 98 and 100.
 

1990's Graphite

Hall of Fame
This isn't entirely on topic but I'm considering switching to the EZone frames. Has anyone here played extensively with both the 100 and the 98? Those are my two front runners. Coming from dense 18x20 control frames, the 98 is appealing in that it has 8 mains in the throat but I'm wondering if there is an appreciable difference in free pop/power between the 98 and 100.
 

Babolix

Rookie
This isn't entirely on topic but I'm considering switching to the EZone frames. Has anyone here played extensively with both the 100 and the 98? Those are my two front runners. Coming from dense 18x20 control frames, the 98 is appealing in that it has 8 mains in the throat but I'm wondering if there is an appreciable difference in free pop/power between the 98 and 100.
I tried both. If you come frome a 18/20, go with the 98. It has far less power and feels a lot more solid than the 100. So it will be far nearer to your previous racquet. This said, the 2 problems I met and made me chose the 100 are : _The 98 has far less spin too. _And the power is some time erratic. Somewhat of a on/off effect. So it's a more difficult stick with less progressivity and you'll have to be careful on the choice of the string you'll put on it (low tension will open it).
When you add this too problems, you realise that the ball can launch far... Too far... And then I lost some confidence to attack. If you don't attack with the 98, here come problems... :(
The 100 will be better if you need more easy progressivity and at the end : more power. Same if you need more natural spin. It has a good control and stability also.
If you're really advanced and can manage it, try the Ezone 98 Tour which is the 98 without all the bad points. But it's heavier.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I tried both. If you come frome a 18/20, go with the 98. It has far less power and feels a lot more solid than the 100. So it will be far nearer to your previous racquet. This said, the 2 problems I met and made me chose the 100 are : _The 98 has far less spin too. _And the power is some time erratic. Somewhat of a on/off effect. So it's a more difficult stick with less progressivity and you'll have to be careful on the choice of the string you'll put on it (low tension will open it).
When you add this too problems, you realise that the ball can launch far... Too far... And then I lost some confidence to attack. If you don't attack with the 98, here come problems... :(
The 100 will be better if you need more easy progressivity and at the end : more power. Same if you need more natural spin. It has a good control and stability also.
If you're really advanced and can manage it, try the Ezone 98 Tour which is the 98 without all the bad points. But it's heavier.
That's incredibly helpful. Some recent matches have hit me with a healthy dose of humility and the realization that 360g+ frames aren't doing me any favors in my playing and development.

From what you're saying, it sounds like the 100 may end up being a better choice. I usually string with full poly at 48 and like to drive the ball with a decent amount of spin on it but I'm not a spin junkie by any means.
 
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Jorgehermo

New User
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
How much weight are you using? Have you had any arm issues?
 
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happyandbob

Hall of Fame
I've been playing with the Ezone 100+ for a couple of months. It's a wonderful racquet and I love it, but I can't hit with it anymore because my elbow won't tolerate any poly in that frame.

I tried using the latest multis, including Triax, and multi-poly hybrids, but then it turns that wonderful frame into a ball launcher and I can't take full swings.

I've had to go back to the Clash 100 Tour.
 

Robbymack

New User
I’m only a few weeks into my ezone 100’s (Xmas presents from the mrs) but I can say for my game they are definitely arm friendly. More so with a full bed of multi @ 60 lbs but those only last me 2-3 hrs max so I’ve switched it up with poly on the mains and multi on the crosses @ 53 lbs. Definitely less arm friendly with that string set up. Gotta play with the tension a bit as I think it could be strung in the high 40’s and be a little more comfortable on the arm and not too much of a trampoline. Frankly about my only complaint of this frame is I wish it was a bit heavier (yes I know their are heavier versions but I like bigger heads). Need to add some lead as I’ve completely lost the feel on a one handed slice backhand.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
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?
One has to remember that the RDC machine measures mostly RA of the hoop as the throat is generally supported on the machine during the measurement. So one can have a stiff hoop and soft throat and still measure as stiff even if the racket feels soft because the manufacturer put more flex into the throat.

My Phantoms all feell softer than the Clash despite having higher RA because much of the softness in Phantoms comes from the narrow throat near the handle which won't show up on an RDC measurement.
 
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