Ezone 98 elbow problems anyone?

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Hi everyone, I’ve been using the ezone 98 for about 2 months now. I use poly tour pro 1.25 at 48/46 and I’ve started feeling some small elbow pain. Has anyone else had elbow problems with the 2020 ezone, and if so what did you do? I like the racquet like a Babolat but I don’t wanna switch. Should I lower tension or try a hybrid?
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
You never answered my question in another thread on how many hours you have been playing with the poly. The Ezone is a fairly stiff racquet and you definitely should cut out the poly when it starts feeling harsh to your wrist/elbow.

How many hours have you played with those strings? If it is more than 15 hours, it is probably dead and therefore feeling harsh while transmitting more vibrations/shock to your arm. You need to cut out poly as soon as you get some discomfort and not wait for it to break. With strings like ALU Power, this can happen in 6-8 hours. With softer polys, it might be in 12-15 hours. Don’t play with poly because it does not break easily - the lifetime in terms of playability while feeling comfortable is very short.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
You never answered my question in another thread on how many hours you have been playing with the poly. The Ezone is a fairly stiff racquet and you definitely should cut out the poly when it starts feeling harsh to your wrist/elbow.
Sorry, my bad. I usually play about 2-3 hours a day 4 days a week, not including tournaments. I restring every 2-3 weeks but I can feel the string losing tension around the end of week 1. I’ve had a bed in for about that time.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
If you play that much, cut out the poly after every week as soon as you start feeling it get harsh. Don’t wait till you start losing control of shots as that takes longer in some cases. Or try stringing with softer strings. When people say that a poly ‘goes dead’, it is not the same as losing tension - it is more related to losing its resilience.
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
If you play that much, cut out the poly after every week as soon as you start feeling it get harsh. Don’t wait till you start losing control of shots as that takes longer in some cases. Or try stringing with softer strings. When people say that a poly ‘goes dead’, it is not the same as losing tension - it is more related to losing its resilience.
Agree. When playing that much, you have to cut the poly out weekly if you are not breaking it.
 

Yamin

Semi-Pro
Most Babolats will be worse. The 98 ezone is pretty soft. If it's just light pain you should just rest a little and stretch or exercise it. Your setup all things considered isn't harsh.

If you're playing outside cold can be the reason. Drop your tension if that's the case. Lynx doesn't have as good of tension maintenance and goes dead faster but you won't have any arm issues if you need a round poly.

I don't personally use hybrids but obviously would help.

I don't think you need an equipment change given what you've described.
 

ichaseballs

Rookie
ezone is not an elbow breaker, but its not the best choice for those with elbow issues. i think with the right strings, its manageable.
it has given me some elbow soreness. esp the tour. even the standard 98.
the ezone vdm + throat hides a lot of the stiffness, just as cortex does for babolats.
definitely try a hybrid, thats where i am at. i love ptp too much to give it up. you can even try full ptp @ 42/40 lbs. (protip: always ask for no prestretch and two piece.) i did that for a year or two.
and like some have stated, dead strings can magnify the stiffness. you may not notice elbow issues until after playing.
 
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Alexh22

Professional
It is not the string. I demoed the 2020 ez 98 and had to stop due to hand / forearm pain. I had to go back to my dr and AI. Yonex has the stiff vcore line why making the ez so stiff is beyond me.

I think it is just how the new ez98 is designed. Ra doesn’t tell the full story. It is a stiffer feeling racquet that does not have much feel. It is unfortunate.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
It is not the string. I demoed the 2020 ez 98 and had to stop due to hand / forearm pain. I had to go back to my dr and AI. Yonex has the stiff vcore line why making the ez so stiff is beyond me.

I think it is just how the new ez98 is designed. Ra doesn’t tell the full story. It is a stiffer feeling racquet that does not have much feel. It is unfortunate.
Next to the Pure Drive, it seems anecdotally that the Ezone seems to cause the most elbow issues at my club - I don’t know which models and I also know that in almost 100% of cases, it is because of the players playing with poly way too long after it is ‘dead’. But, the Ezone does seem to make players susceptible to elbow issues more easily than many other racquets that the same guys abuse by using poly for too long.
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
Try tail weighing and adding weight at the tip. It helped soften my Vcore 98, which hurt my arm a bit in stock form.
 

jalapeno74

New User
I had this problem with the Ezone 98 as well.

Really enjoyed playing with it but any off-center hit would be jarring for my elbow. Tried soft polys at low tension as well as a multi but it never really took out the off-center issues.
Had to stop using this one and ever since my elbow got better.
 

Alexh22

Professional
They can do well with Dr 98 or AI 98 any given day. But yonex killed both lines to make way for new products.
 

AKB

New User
Posted about this in the Ezone 2021 thread, I’m glad there is a separate post about this. I don’t think the 100 has this issue, it’s specific to the 98. There isn’t enough mass in the top hoop and it vibrates pretty harshly because of the 305 gram weight and 6 pt head light balance.

I ordered a new frame and will experiment with bumping the weight to 310, SW to 330 and 5 pts HL. I’ll report back this week.
 

topspn

Legend
Sorry, my bad. I usually play about 2-3 hours a day 4 days a week, not including tournaments. I restring every 2-3 weeks but I can feel the string losing tension around the end of week 1. I’ve had a bed in for about that time.
Keep track of how many hours you have laid with a string bed. Don’t let it exceed 10 hrs and you can use an app like tenniskeeper which allows you profiles for different racquets, strings and keep track of hours you’d played them. Another is to go to a softer poly or perhaps lower tension a bit.
 

Crashbaby

Rookie
I have customers having wrist pain with the tour version.
The high swing weight combined with the balance is only for very skilled/strong players in my opinion. I hated it in stock form. Once I added a leather grip it transformed it into a much easier to use stick. So much easier to swing that it was like using a completely different racquet. That was my experience.
 
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