How Would You Compare These Two Yonex Frames?

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
Just came off the court with the EZONE XI 98 and must say it was an enjoyable frame to hit with. Definitely prefer it to the DR I used to hit. Wondering if anyone has any clear comparisons between it and the frame I’ve recently switched to, the VCORE 98 (305). I have that weighted up closer to 312-313 unstrung, and played the Nicky Kygs stock. Will be doing a side by side this weekend but just curious if anyone can shout out obvious differences if they’ve played both.
 
VC98. More comfortable. Very spin friendly. Fast swinging. Killer red paint job. Definitely improves with a some weight in the hoop to aid stability. Reminds me of the 95D but with an open string pattern and more user friendly.

XI98. Brassy. Stiff. Slightly unstable in stock form.

You should add the 2020 year Ezone 98 to the comparison. With 3g under the bumperguard to bring up the swing weight, that is superb in (almost) stock form.
 
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EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
VC98. More comfortable. Very spin friendly. Fast swinging. Killer red paint job. Definitely improves with a some weight in the hoop to aid stability. Reminds me of the 95D but with an open string pattern and more user friendly.

XI98. Brassy. Stiff. Slightly unstable in stock form.

You should add the 2020 year Ezone 98 to the comparison. With 3g under the bumperguard to bring up the swing weight, that is superb in (almost) stock form.
I came off the court today with a strong impression that the XI98 is the superior racquet. The VC98 in just 10 balls is what I've always have felt about it: spin friendly, good power/control, but no connection to the ball and a lack of ball feel. The XI98 on the other hand, doesn't have the same spin potential or power but it really just gives out what you put in. Control is better than the VC98 and the feel is 110% superior.

I haven't played any 5.0's yet so I don't know about stability, but against 4.0-4.5's I am hitting clean winners off of any rally ball that I can set up for and rip. Brassy and stiff a little, but for me that usually actually is what I prefer. It allows me to feel the ball/gives me feedback. Strung with PTP 17 @53.
 
I came off the court today with a strong impression that the XI98 is the superior racquet. The VC98 in just 10 balls is what I've always have felt about it: spin friendly, good power/control, but no connection to the ball and a lack of ball feel. The XI98 on the other hand, doesn't have the same spin potential or power but it really just gives out what you put in. Control is better than the VC98 and the feel is 110% superior.

I haven't played any 5.0's yet so I don't know about stability, but against 4.0-4.5's I am hitting clean winners off of any rally ball that I can set up for and rip. Brassy and stiff a little, but for me that usually actually is what I prefer. It allows me to feel the ball/gives me feedback. Strung with PTP 17 @53.
Horses for courses really - everyone's different at the end of the day but I couldn't stand the brassy, stiff feel of the XI98 and there was no other characteristic about it that stood out for me. The VC98 had a more pleasant, much less jarring feel on contact, though it's still a racquet for the modern player with a topspin game rather than an old school touch player.

Incidentally, I'd say the 17 (1.20mm) is also too thin a gauge for the VC98. 1.25mm or 1.30mm would be a better choice for it's more open string pattern. If you want more connectedness, just go with a firmer string. PTP is a good string but it's also pretty soft and muted.
 
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EasternRocks

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Horses for courses really - everyone's different at the end of the day but I couldn't stand the brassy, stiff feel of the XI98 and there was no other characteristic about it that stood out for me. The VC98 had a more pleasant, much less jarring feel on contact, though it's still a racquet for the modern player with a topspin game rather than an old school touch player.

Incidentally, I'd say the 17 (1.20mm) is also too thin a gauge for the VC98. 1.25mm or 1.30mm would be a better choice for it's more open string pattern. If you want more connectedness, just go with a firmer string. PTP is a good string but it's also pretty soft and muted.
Yeah for sure. YMMV. I am not a touch player or old school, I'm a lefty that plays a modern baseliner game. I just seemed to like the increased feedback/direct feeling response that the XI98 gives when you strike the ball. The VC98 is a great racquet and I bought 3 and leaded it up to about 313 unstrung, but there was something missing for me. I wasn't able to volley well with it and just couldn't seem to maneuver my opponents the way I like to, as opposed to hitting through them. That being said, that is definitely where I enjoy the VC, it allows me to hit with more spin and there's a little more gas in the frame to rely on if you're stretched far out wide and you need to hit a recovery/bail out ball. The 98, like you said, does seem to have less of a jarring feel, but here again, I think this comparison is indicating that I do like frames with a bit more of a "rawer" feel upon contact.

I have tried every single string possible with the VC because I thought it was a very string-sensitive frame. It surely is, because it is a pretty muted feeling frame versus the brassy XI, but each time I've come up with the same impression of its glaring weakness (for my game). I tried gut/ALU, ALU/gut, Green Yonex/Multi, Black Yonex full both in 16L and 17, Yellow Yonex full both in 16L and 17, Red Yonex full in 16L.

We will see if the XI 98 is just a honeymoon phase. Just some immediate .02 I wanted to share for anyone interested in knowing an ex-collegiate player's impressions on 2 high level tournament-ready frames.

Background, btw, is a AI/DR modified (forget the weight, but 315 is as high as it could have been, unstrung) and a very brief stint with the VCP97 310 leaded up to about 313.

If anyone wants to talk more about any of these racquets, VC98/XI98/DR98/AI98/VCP97310 as well as the HD97 which I also hit for a bit before giving up on it due to its heaviness, slide into the DM's! I've played so many different setup's in these racquets, sans the XI98. I've only played YPTP1.20 in it since I just got these.
 
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mnttlrg

Semi-Pro
Just came off the court with the EZONE XI 98 and must say it was an enjoyable frame to hit with. Definitely prefer it to the DR I used to hit. Wondering if anyone has any clear comparisons between it and the frame I’ve recently switched to, the VCORE 98 (305). I have that weighted up closer to 312-313 unstrung, and played the Nicky Kygs stock. Will be doing a side by side this weekend but just curious if anyone can shout out obvious differences if they’ve played both.
I feel that the VCore 98 is actually a far deadlier frame in terms of spin shots, but it is less forgiving. The sweet spot is small, but it does some amazing things when you get it right. The Xi has more of a frying pan style to me. It may have a bit more plow, but it doesn't top out at nearly as good of a ball as the VCore does for me. The VCore also swings quite a bit faster for me.
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
I feel that the VCore 98 is actually a far deadlier frame in terms of spin shots, but it is less forgiving. The sweet spot is small, but it does some amazing things when you get it right. The Xi has more of a frying pan style to me. It may have a bit more plow, but it doesn't top out at nearly as good of a ball as the VCore does for me. The VCore also swings quite a bit faster for me.
VC98 definitely has more spin potential. I don't know about sweetspot, I think both are pretty similar. VC98 in stock definitely swings faster, but it lacked stability for me. My target unstrung is usually 310 at the minimum.

Will post some videos of me playing this week hopefully with the XI.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I have tried every single string possible with the VC
Every possible string? Really? ;)

VC98 definitely has more spin potential. I don't know about sweetspot, I think both are pretty similar. VC98 in stock definitely swings faster, but it lacked stability for me. My target unstrung is usually 310 at the minimum.

Will post some videos of me playing this week hopefully with the XI.
I think the VC98 has a generous sweet spot.

Racket head speed = stability IMO. The faster you can swing a racket, the more impact you have on the ball. At 323 grams strung (weight courtesy TW), the VC98 is not a lightweight by any stretch. It has enough mass for me to be as stable as my old C10s while still being fast enough to allow me to swing faster than I ever did with the C10.
 
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