Help to buy Yonex racket!!!

GEGD

New User
Hello good day!!!
I'm wanting to buy a pair of yonex rackets, but I don't know which model to stay for ...
I am interested in the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) or the Yonex Vcore 98 (305).
My level is between intermediate / advanced (but pulling intermediate), I am 39 years old and I am 1.76 meters tall.
My current racket is the Prince Tour 100 16X18, although it is a super maneuverable racket, my wrist and arm are feeling the high swingweight ...
Which of the 2 yonex rackets do you recommend?
If you have any questions to ask me here I will be to answer !!!

Many thanks!!!
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
I currently own 2 vcore pro 97 310 (green version) and 2 vcore 98 (galaxy black edition). They are both excelent racquets, but quite different. If you are able to demo both it would help a lot, if you can't, the vcore pro has less free power and is more control oriented, it is very whippy and easy to swing. The Vcore 98 has way more free power and a higher launch angle, so i really need to focus on hitting with enough spin.

To be honest, on my average day i really prefer the Vcore 98, since it is easier to play.

When i am clicking, and playing my A game, the vcore pro gets out of the bag.
 

GEGD

New User
I currently own 2 vcore pro 97 310 (green version) and 2 vcore 98 (galaxy black edition). They are both excelent racquets, but quite different. If you are able to demo both it would help a lot, if you can't, the vcore pro has less free power and is more control oriented, it is very whippy and easy to swing. The Vcore 98 has way more free power and a higher launch angle, so i really need to focus on hitting with enough spin.

To be honest, on my average day i really prefer the Vcore 98, since it is easier to play.

When i am clicking, and playing my A game, the vcore pro gets out of the bag.
Thanks for your answer!!!
Does Vcore Pro 97 need some lead or does it really work very well?
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
Thanks for your answer!!!
Does Vcore Pro 97 need some lead or does it really work very well?
In stock form, the Vcore Pro 97 is a bit unstable, so it needs a few grams to perform better, but, if you intend to add some weight, i would look at the HD version.
 

GEGD

New User
In stock form, the Vcore Pro 97 is a bit unstable, so it needs a few grams to perform better, but, if you intend to add some weight, i would look at the HD version.
There are 2 issues with the HD, the first is that it exceeds my weight limit of 310 grams without maximum stringing ...
The second ... is 18x20 ... I don't like the closed patterns.

On the other hand, the vcore 98 is stable in stock form ??? Or do you have to put a few grams of lead?

As for the sweet spot, which of the two has the biggest / permissive sweet spot ??? And also which of the two rackets has the sweet spot more at the tip of the racket? I like to hit the ball there ...
 

fundrazer

Legend
There are 2 issues with the HD, the first is that it exceeds my weight limit of 310 grams without maximum stringing ...
The second ... is 18x20 ... I don't like the closed patterns.

On the other hand, the vcore 98 is stable in stock form ??? Or do you have to put a few grams of lead?

As for the sweet spot, which of the two has the biggest / permissive sweet spot ??? And also which of the two rackets has the sweet spot more at the tip of the racket? I like to hit the ball there ...
So here's one thing I'll say in regards to static weight, for a while I was playing with DR98 and also Blade 98 16x19. Was a Prestige MP user for a while and thought that something lighter would help me out. Swinging fast wasn't necessarily the issue, but my arm would fatigue I think and my serve in particular would drop off over a match.

97HD came out and I was super curious to try one, but also thought that maybe the weight would be an issue. It's really not. It swings through the air very fast, and it's very stable as the other poster mentioned. The one thing though is that the 18x20 requires an adjustment again, and it's definitely a control oriented racquet. Big power potential is there though. I've hit some devestating forehands with it :)

The VCore 98 will probably have the bigger sweetspot. The pro line isn't anemic in any way, but the red VCores and the EZone line definitely have more easy power. Not sure as to stability as I haven't played it, but we do have quite a few people on the board who have played it or currently are wielding it.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
In stock form, the Vcore Pro 97 is a bit unstable, so it needs a few grams to perform better, but, if you intend to add some weight, i would look at the HD version.
I agree that the vcp97 310 needs weight. I found just switching the grip to a leather grip added enough weight without making it more head heavy. Stability issue resolved.
 

kailash

Professional
Hello good day!!!
I'm wanting to buy a pair of yonex rackets, but I don't know which model to stay for ...
I am interested in the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) or the Yonex Vcore 98 (305).
My level is between intermediate / advanced (but pulling intermediate), I am 39 years old and I am 1.76 meters tall.
My current racket is the Prince Tour 100 16X18, although it is a super maneuverable racket, my wrist and arm are feeling the high swingweight ...
Which of the 2 yonex rackets do you recommend?
If you have any questions to ask me here I will be to answer !!!

Many thanks!!!
As others suggested, demo those. I would also add Ezone 98 to that list.

My recommendation is VCore Pro 310.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Thanks for your answer!!!
Does Vcore Pro 97 need some lead or does it really work very well?
I have yet to come across a yonex frame, that DOES NOT need lead!!
all of them do at the 3/9 position, handle, head and/or shoulders, to better suit my game
just a little lead in different spots, makes a big/hughe difference
the main consideration though, is the weight and power of the racket that fits your level/style
once you have selected the frame, the lead can dial in the racquet for you
the grip size is also important, not all grips are the same, specially going from one manufacturer to the other
the yonex grips are a bit square-ish, with very little BUTT!!, I don't know how the prince once compare

like suggested by others, DEMO before you comit! specially if your going to be buying 2x!
 

fox

Semi-Pro
I have yet to come across a yonex frame, that DOES NOT need lead!!
all of them do at the 3/9 position, handle, head and/or shoulders, to better suit my game
just a little lead in different spots, makes a big/hughe difference
the main consideration though, is the weight and power of the racket that fits your level/style
once you have selected the frame, the lead can dial in the racquet for you
the grip size is also important, not all grips are the same, specially going from one manufacturer to the other
the yonex grips are a bit square-ish, with very little BUTT!!, I don't know how the prince once compare

like suggested by others, DEMO before you comit! specially if your going to be buying 2x!
Yes lead your racquets to 350 because you are Federer
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
There are 2 issues with the HD, the first is that it exceeds my weight limit of 310 grams without maximum stringing ...
The second ... is 18x20 ... I don't like the closed patterns.

On the other hand, the vcore 98 is stable in stock form ??? Or do you have to put a few grams of lead?

As for the sweet spot, which of the two has the biggest / permissive sweet spot ??? And also which of the two rackets has the sweet spot more at the tip of the racket? I like to hit the ball there ...
As already stated by @fundrazer the HD is easier to swing than other 320g racquets, and is quite whippy which generates a good amount of spin for an 18x20 pattern.

Vcore 98 is, imo, more stable in stock form than the vcore pro, but it can be better with more weight. I currently play mine with a leather grip and 4g on the hoop.

As for sweetspot, the vcore 98 is a little better, also in my opinion, since i find that off center shots with the VCP often land short.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Yes lead your racquets to 350 because you are Federer
yes, thanx for recognizing my skillz!!
maybe YOU should pick up a YONEX racquet and some lead and go hit with it , before you talk!!
or you should stay home and read on what lead tape does to a racquet, again, before you talk!!

btw, i have and i do know what lead does to a yonex racquet, thats how I KNOW what im talking about
sooo "new guy"!, until you do, **** down and shut-up!!
 

RGT

Rookie
I currently own 2 vcore pro 97 310 (green version) and 2 vcore 98 (galaxy black edition). They are both excelent racquets, but quite different. If you are able to demo both it would help a lot, if you can't, the vcore pro has less free power and is more control oriented, it is very whippy and easy to swing. The Vcore 98 has way more free power and a higher launch angle, so i really need to focus on hitting with enough spin.

To be honest, on my average day i really prefer the Vcore 98, since it is easier to play.

When i am clicking, and playing my A game, the vcore pro gets out of the bag.
Perfectly said! I might add for the OP that if he wants to maintain that easy power of the tt100 and enjoy that great stability, the vcore 98 will fit your bill. I tested the tt100 as well and I preferred the vcore 98 because it has plenty of (controlled) power and ample stability in stock form, but found it easier to use.

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Dragan

Semi-Pro
There are 2 issues with the HD, the first is that it exceeds my weight limit of 310 grams without maximum stringing ...
Many people have a "mental barrier" set at 300g or 310g for the racquet static weight. As you can see in the image below, actual differences between 300g, 310g and 320g are pretty negligible (~3%):



From this perspective, not such a big difference, right?

You should take into consideration swing-weight and balance of the racquet, as these properties affect the playability of a racquet much more than its static weight (additional weight is distributed more towards the handle, so 320g head-light racquet can be actually whippier and more maneuverable than 300g racquet, except when serving).
 

High Lama

Rookie
Is there a reason you have to get a Yonex racquet? They are the most expensive it seems. I found the the blue VCore 330 to swing lighter than expected. I found the new green VCore HD to swing heavy despite others saying otherwise. I measured the swing weight of the two and sure enough the blue 330 has lower swing weight by 7 than the HD. I guess because of the extra strings in the hoop.
 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
Can’t go wrong with any. Used the ezone 100 in the past, now using vcore 100. Great build quality and standards are good.
 

FuzzyYellowBalls

Professional
The weight difference between HD and 330 Vcore pro is negligible, but the head balance isn't, the HD is nicely head light and shouldn't be an issue for anyone. The HD shines on serve and volley. If you were to lay an HD side by side with a Vcore pro 97 310 or 330, it would be very hard to tell at first glance which one was "open" pattern and which one wasn't.
 

JackSockIsTheBest

Professional
Hello good day!!!
I'm wanting to buy a pair of yonex rackets, but I don't know which model to stay for ...
I am interested in the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) or the Yonex Vcore 98 (305).
My level is between intermediate / advanced (but pulling intermediate), I am 39 years old and I am 1.76 meters tall.
My current racket is the Prince Tour 100 16X18, although it is a super maneuverable racket, my wrist and arm are feeling the high swingweight ...
Which of the 2 yonex rackets do you recommend?
If you have any questions to ask me here I will be to answer !!!

Many thanks!!!
I have demoed both including the ezone & aero but I switched to the aero but my second choice would be the Vcore Pro 97, hope that helps!
 

GEGD

New User
Hello guys!!! For those who told me to demo first, I tell you that I live in Buenos Aires - Argentina and there is no such possibility here ... Long ago the tennis houses did, but eventually they took it out and if you want to try something you have to buy ...

I wanted to tell you that in the end I decided on the Vcore Pro 97 310 and bought 2.

I must congratulate Yonex for the great quality control they have on their rackets, the 2 that I buy are really in specifications that the painting says:

Racket 1 (strung): 327.4g 320mm
Racket 2 (strung): 327.6g 320mm

I am more than happy for the purchase made, I hope the rain will pass soon to be able to go out to the fields !!!

Thank you to everyone who helped and gave your comment about it!
 

JoaoN

Semi-Pro
Hello guys!!! For those who told me to demo first, I tell you that I live in Buenos Aires - Argentina and there is no such possibility here ... Long ago the tennis houses did, but eventually they took it out and if you want to try something you have to buy ...

I wanted to tell you that in the end I decided on the Vcore Pro 97 310 and bought 2.

I must congratulate Yonex for the great quality control they have on their rackets, the 2 that I buy are really in specifications that the painting says:

Racket 1 (strung): 327.4g 320mm
Racket 2 (strung): 327.6g 320mm

I am more than happy for the purchase made, I hope the rain will pass soon to be able to go out to the fields !!!

Thank you to everyone who helped and gave your comment about it!
Good choice, don't forget to tell us how you liked the racquet. Out of curiosity, you got the emerald green or the blue version?
 
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