I see why people are polarized about Ezone comfort

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
People usually agree something like Babolat Pure Strike is harsh and stiff, while something like Head Gravity is soft and comfortable. But I read a lot of mixed comments about the EZone, specifically the EZone Tour, some saying it's very comfortable and muted, others saying it gave them tennis elbow and was very stiff.

I demoed the EZone Tour for the first time this week, and it felt like a metal baseball bat with a rubber coating lol. i guess some people feel the rubber dampening, others feel the metal bat. for me it was more of a metal bat experience that was well hidden....great racquet, like a pure drive tour with more plow through, but probably not for me long-term because of the stiff feeling
 

Crocodile

Legend
I have had some feedback from some players about the tour version and some of them complained about arm problems.
I believe Jonas from Tennisnerd had arm problems from the tour as well. I think it’s got a bit to do with the weight distribution of this racquet and frame geometry.
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
Havent tried the tour but the ezones feel like they have a very stiff hoop and flexy throat. Which is probably how they get good power and pop from a supposedly flexy racquet. Some i guess will feel the flexy throat, some will feel the stiff hoop.
 

AKB

New User
Havent tried the tour but the ezones feel like they have a very stiff hoop and flexy throat. Which is probably how they get good power and pop from a supposedly flexy racquet. Some i guess will feel the flexy throat, some will feel the stiff hoop.
This is the answer, it’s dependent on where you hit the ball on the string bed with the 98 series. Towards the top is jarringly stiff and in the center is incredibly soft. If you hit in the top third of the racket, you need lead tape at the top to keep it softish. Minimum of 2 grams at 10/2 to make it feel similar to the rest of the string bed. Higher the better.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-i personally went looking for, and found this disparity myself!!
-several good players i know/knew ,(with solid strokes) have/had developed arm issues
-i find/noticed that the last few releases of the y.vcore's and/or y.ezone's sticks to be "too lite" and hollow feel
-colors are cool, dampening material helps, but that is still not enough for me
-the sweet spot is still fairly large, but the feel at impact is getting to close to where the babolat racquet are now !!?!!
-not my jam!!
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
@AKB
-yeah, agree
-ive been testing/demoing several versions since the Ai release, and all needed lead mods (to bring them close to what i like/prefer)
 

Chris Wilson

New User
I've actually had this issue with the Vcore 98. I liked the racquet enough to buy a couple (trying to move up the power scale from my former Blade 18x20s), but after 6 weeks, I have a terrible case of golfer's elbow. I've never had elbow issues in the past (even during prolonged stints with the Pure Strike and Pure Aero), but I've always felt Yonex's to be stiff. I'm looking for alternatives to the Vcore now -- any suggestions welcome!
 

Alexh22

Professional
For the ezone line they stopped using the right material after the dr. I have owned all gens of ezone sand the 2018 one is the worst followed by the 2020 new ezone. The feel is really off. Even my xi 98 feels more comfortable.
 
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Mike75

New User
I've actually had this issue with the Vcore 98. I liked the racquet enough to buy a couple (trying to move up the power scale from my former Blade 18x20s), but after 6 weeks, I have a terrible case of golfer's elbow. I've never had elbow issues in the past (even during prolonged stints with the Pure Strike and Pure Aero), but I've always felt Yonex's to be stiff. I'm looking for alternatives to the Vcore now -- any suggestions welcome!
VCORE Pro 97HD. Have been playing with an Ezone 100 with either a full gut (50) or gut/poly (50/45) setup and found my elbow did not like it. Had to go down into the low 40's to get comfort but that's just way too much power with this frame. Switched to the Vcore 97HD with the same same gut/poly setup and no elbow issues. Hell of a lot more control too. It's a heavier frame, but if you can handle it, it's a fun stick.
 

GreenClay

Rookie
People usually agree something like Babolat Pure Strike is harsh and stiff, while something like Head Gravity is soft and comfortable. But I read a lot of mixed comments about the EZone, specifically the EZone Tour, some saying it's very comfortable and muted, others saying it gave them tennis elbow and was very stiff.

I demoed the EZone Tour for the first time this week, and it felt like a metal baseball bat with a rubber coating lol. i guess some people feel the rubber dampening, others feel the metal bat. for me it was more of a metal bat experience that was well hidden....great racquet, like a pure drive tour with more plow through, but probably not for me long-term because of the stiff feeling
I thought that the Ezone Tour felt soft, but yes, it gave me elbow and wrist problems. And FWIW, the DR never did
 

kailash

Professional
Anyone still playing with the Ezone Tour without any arm problems?

Also, is there a new version coming out soon?
 

makey98

Rookie
Interesting thread. Playing with 2020 ezone tour and noticed elbow a bit sore after serving a lot. But more of a bone soreness than a muscle issue. Attributed it to not being in shape after coming back to tennis this summer after 20 year break. Tried various polys and the Head Velocity and now a VS/RPM hybrid. Couple weeks ago played more in a week than I usually do, about 6 hours of hard hitting and a developed golfers elbow that I am still messing with. Was thinking it was string and strength fitness related so started doing some dedicated forearm and wrist strengthening things but now thinking the racquet is the issue……
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
what more could you ask for?? :D
-i guess i want the "goldy lock e-zone" ;)
-good comfort, with plenty of what i consider good/great dampening, like the w.blade v8s
-with the speed of the ezones
-static weight of the y.v.pro330
-in a 16/20 string pattern
 
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
what more could you ask for?? :D
-today i got to string a osaka limited edition ezone racquet
-white/gold ezone
-now thats a great looking frame!, clean and sharp look to it
-a wawrinka 95", 16/20 pattern, y.vcore.pro, 320-325g unstrung swing weight, in white/gold would be my ultimate pick
 

socallefty

Legend
People usually agree something like Babolat Pure Strike is harsh and stiff
I think that used to be true only with the Gen 2. The current G3 has vibration dampening built in at different spots on the head and it doesn‘t feel harsh - especially the Tour version with a vibration frequency spec of 139 Hz.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I have the Ezone 98 Tour and have played with it for a while. I’ve hit with the AI, skipped the DR (*demoed and felt not too different from the AI), and the last two gens of Ezone 98. The Ezone 98 Tour is the best Yonex I’ve used, even better than the Tour G 330 in creating effective shots for me. I personally really like this racket because it is very well-rounded and is really predictable with real nice soft feel. It does everything well from the serves, ground stroke, volleys, spin potential, control and plow. No arm problem what so ever, thankfully.

The Gravity Pro is known for being plush and soft, but one of my hitting buddies developed a major arm (*shoulder, wrist and tennis elbow) problem from using it. There are more to arm injuries than just rackets causing the problems. His issue was being late on making contact using the Gravity Pro. He’s used heavier rackets like the C10 Pro and Power Bridge 10, as well as lighter tweener like the Pure Drive. What he settled on was the older Touch Prestige Pro, which he felt he could swing much quicker. He hasn’t had arm problems since.

I think the Ezone 98 Tour is a fantastic racket and is the best Ezone to date. I do think it is a racket that requires some time to adjust & learn its attributes because it is somewhat heavy, powerful and has a decent swing weight that will take some time to get familiarized, especially if the player was using something that was lighter, or had lower swing weight.
 
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