Modifying Vcore Pro 97 310

VamosRafa69

New User
I have recently switched to the vcore pro 97 and like it a lot. I find that it is slightly under powered at times. I have had trouble returning big serves with it. I was wondering if anybody has experience with this racquet and what modifications they have added. I am going to be adding a leather grip (for preference) and I use hyper g 17 at 54#
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I admit I only hit with it once, but I thought it just needed a bit of lead at 12. I thought the stability was already very good, but the swingweight was a bit too low and the balance a bit too headlight for a 310g racquet. If I were going to add a lot of weight with a leather grip and a whole bunch of lead, I would check out the stock 330g version first.
 

JeanF

New User
I have tested a lot with my vcore pro (310 gr.) frames and I agree with you that it lacks some power and mass in certain situations if you're playing with it in stock form.
With the right modifications you will be able to transform it to a really good playing frame, but you have to invest some serious time and attention to it since the vcore pro is very string and modification sensitive.

After testing many settings with several different strings and adding leadtape on different spots on the frame I finally ended with the following setting which gives me the best personal prefered playability:

4x 13 cm lead tape, starting from the tenth cross string (counted from the hoop) upward to the first cross string. (see undermentioned photo)
I figured out that this modification was giving me the necessary extra power and above all some extra stability without the feel that the frame is getting sluggish or losing its fast and whipy feel.
With adding extra lead tape at the 12 h position I experienced that the frame felt somewhat sluggish and lost its good playability, something I also discovered with my ezone 98 frames.

Static weight (strung with Cyclone 1.25 mm. + Tecnifibre leather base grip + Yonex SG overgip) = 340 gr.
Balancepoint = 32 cm, and SW = 336 (both strung)

Adding a leather grip will give you a even more direct feel, but also less dampening of vibrations coming from the frame; something several vcore pro players are complaining about.
Furthermore a leather grip will make your balancepoint value definitely lower, so when you decide to add a leather grip you have to counter weight the balance with lead tape in the hoop.
I play with a Tecnifibre leather base grip of 1,5 mm. thickness but I have some serious doubts to go back to the Yonex synthetic/leather tour grip because with this grip I find the playability of the vcore pro a bit more forgiving and less direct.



 
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dnj30

Semi-Pro
I'd give yourself some adjustment time with it before rushing to the lead tape. I felt the same way about it at first, thought it needed a little help. After playing a while with it now I think it's fine in stock form.. But, of course, each of us are different
 

GN-001

Rookie
personally I thought the frame was really underpowered in stock form (could be the strings). Also I felt abit of instability/vibration around 3&9/2&10. So about 2 grams at 12+ 2 grams each at 3&9 works for me. I counter balance with a Kimony leather grip (worlds thinnest leather grip to keep the Yonex grip size), Wilson pro overgrip and added 10grams at the buttcup.

About 340 strung.

Also tried JeanF's set up. Really nice and solid. Although I like some lead at 12 to make it more polarised.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
First try stringing at 47 lbs..on a constant pull machine...go 2lbs lower if still not enough..
Add 2 grams weight total at 10 and 2..
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
the vcore line is LOW power model/line!
Maybe try the DR or SV lines

2me, the new vcore.pro has too much power, vs previous models
its the 16/19 pattern and its thin frame ( speed through the air),
Its finiky with weight and tension

Im thinking the premise of this racquet was SPIN,, soo they got it!, but messed with stability by doing so.

This is what I did to tame the power
I lowered the tension, fb.poly 50/48
added lead to handle only, 10pt HL
now I can swing out..

I still prefer the vcore.tour.g which I switched to from wilson
im liking the vcore.dual a little more than pro.version..
this 3rd version vcore.pro,, is not the same model/line anymore, not a fan of the pattern change....
This frame might be interesting with 16/20 pattern...
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
I have recently switched to the vcore pro 97 and like it a lot. I find that it is slightly under powered at times. I have had trouble returning big serves with it. I was wondering if anybody has experience with this racquet and what modifications they have added. I am going to be adding a leather grip (for preference) and I use hyper g 17 at 54#
Did you ever settle on a set up that suited you? Have the VCP97 and need to add some weight to beef it up a bit as well.
 

VamosRafa69

New User
Did you ever settle on a set up that suited you? Have the VCP97 and need to add some weight to beef it up a bit as well.
i added a head leather tour, played with it, and hated it. since then i have been using it stock with a wilson pro/ tourna OG, a yonex shock, and hyper g 16. if it aint broke dont fix it.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
Yonex messed up this stick. I've had the VCP 310 and 330, with lead never could get it as stable as my Duel G 310.
 

ron schaap

Professional
do you prefer the 330 over the 310 ?
i thought the 310 was too skinny and unstable
i hope to try the 330 at some point
the 330 and 310 gr versions of the vcore tour g have exactly the same dimensions, same with duel frames, so probably same too with vcore pro 97 models. There is only weight difference.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
probably same too with vcore pro 97 models. There is only weight difference
Not really, the Vcore Pros are 20mm, Tour G and Duel G are 20.5mm. Also, there just seems to be less material from width from inside of grommet to outside. So it's thinner in both dimensions. This really helps the VCP feel faster, but also really makes it feel less stable. Others have mentioned the VCP feeling more flimsy as well.

I had the VCP 330 for a few weeks, had great pop and wicked fast, I could catch up to ball that was so late and get through it. But I started noticing more flutter with volleys, serve return and pickups. And I could not solve it with lead, the frame did not take lead well in my opinion.

I'd say the Duel G 310 with some lead, gut/poly is the best set up. Stable, quick, pop, not as much feel as Tour G, but much better on volleys, returns and pickups.

And to all Yonex players, get the Tourna Power Cap to give a nice flair to the butt of the stick. One installed I trim off the bottom of the silicon, the piece is about 6g and trimming it brings it down to 3-4g. Keeps the stick from becoming too HL. Mine are all around 9pts HL.
 
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!<-_->!

Hall of Fame
I'm playing mine with 2" of lead at 2&10 and a leather grip, overgrip and dampener. Overall weight comes out to be 343g. Not sure what the balance is. I played the Duel G with the same mods and prefer the Duel G more, but they've been hard to come by so I just ended up switching to the VCore Pro. Duel G was noticeably flexier and pocketed the ball better.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I'd give yourself some adjustment time with it before rushing to the lead tape. I felt the same way about it at first, thought it needed a little help. After playing a while with it now I think it's fine in stock form.. But, of course, each of us are different
Agreed. I play with a 350 gram,335 SW frame and prefer this racquet at stock weight. It’s crazy.

I think the key is I string full poly at 45#s. The OP was 10 pounds tighter than me. This is definitely a frame you can play with in the low 40’s to generate extra power without needing to add lead.
 

dnj30

Semi-Pro
Agreed. I play with a 350 gram,335 SW frame and prefer this racquet at stock weight. It’s crazy.

I think the key is I string full poly at 45#s. The OP was 10 pounds tighter than me. This is definitely a frame you can play with in the low 40’s to generate extra power without needing to add lead.
I play it with full bed of tour bite 17 at 56#..yes pretty high but I like a really dead stringbed.. Very low powered, but lots of feel. Few years in with this frame and I'm very pleased. Think Yonex really got it right with this one

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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I play it with full bed of tour bite 17 at 56#..yes pretty high but I like a really dead stringbed.. Very low powered, but lots of feel. Few years in with this frame and I'm very pleased. Think Yonex really got it right with this one

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Nice, are you more of a flat hitter?
 

dnj30

Semi-Pro
Nice, are you more of a flat hitter?
Not really. Heavy topspin forehand that's a weapon when I'm on and a nightmare when I'm off. Backhand a little flatter but still decent spin, definitely my more reliable shot. . . Played at higher tensions my whole life regardless of what frame I was using. , just what I'm used to. Whenever I've messed around with lowering tension I lose control, hit it long too often. Thats more about my swing flaws than the particular frame I'm using.

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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Not really. Heavy topspin forehand that's a weapon when I'm on and a nightmare when I'm off. Backhand a little flatter but still decent spin, definitely my more reliable shot. . . Played at higher tensions my whole life regardless of what frame I was using. , just what I'm used to. Whenever I've messed around with lowering tension I lose control, hit it long too often. Thats more about my swing flaws than the particular frame I'm using.

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Yeah I played at high tensions my whole life too until around 5 or so years ago when I went low poly and just never looked back. I have a pretty high takeback and modern semi western stroke though, and it works for me. I think that this frame has such good ball feel that it adjusts to a lot of styles of play.

People used to think Yonex was more for flatter hitters and then Tiafoe and Kyrgios show up playing retail frames and change that narrative. I honestly thought there was no way I would like this racquet without lead, considering my frame over the past year but I was totally wrong.

I definitely think Yonex got this one right and I missed out on this lighter version in the past due to growing up with heavier frames and thinking I always needed to go in that direction when its not really true for the more modern stuff.
 

dnj30

Semi-Pro
Yeah I played at high tensions my whole life too until around 5 or so years ago when I went low poly and just never looked back. I have a pretty high takeback and modern semi western stroke though, and it works for me. I think that this frame has such good ball feel that it adjusts to a lot of styles of play.

People used to think Yonex was more for flatter hitters and then Tiafoe and Kyrgios show up playing retail frames and change that narrative. I honestly thought there was no way I would like this racquet without lead, considering my frame over the past year but I was totally wrong.

I definitely think Yonex got this one right and I missed out on this lighter version in the past due to growing up with heavier frames and thinking I always needed to go in that direction when its not really true for the more modern stuff.
Yup.. You played the tec 315ltd for years, right? Me too. Still love that stick, still have 3 of them. As Ive gotten older I needed something a bit lighter bc the tec, although an amazing stick, was just a little too heavy for me with the lead. Found myself fatigued after a few sets. The Yonex is similar playing racket(a bit stiffer but still a soft frame). It's turned out perfect for me. Maybe I'll get one strung at 45# and give it a try.
Never getting rid of the tecs, tho.

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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Yup.. You played the tec 315ltd for years, right? Me too. Still love that stick, still have 3 of them. As Ive gotten older I needed something a bit lighter bc the tec, although an amazing stick, was just a little too heavy for me with the lead. Found myself fatigued after a few sets. The Yonex is similar playing racket(a bit stiffer but still a soft frame). It's turned out perfect for me. Maybe I'll get one strung at 45# and give it a try.
Never getting rid of the tecs, tho.

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Yeah I still have my Tecs too. That was a rather low powered frame for sure, but what a great one.

Yeah try it at 45#s if you get a wild hair. The main thing to think about is to make sure you are dropping the racquet enough. You dont even need to fully brush the ball, you will still be able to come through the ball and hit big shots with it. You know the frame well by now so you may just adjust to it. Worth a shot because it opens up the power potential of the racquet a lot.

Something I just noticed about this frame - it has a very high twist rate of 14 points. The 330 is not much higher than that. So I think that is playing a huge factor in why this racquet is such a beast in stock form. Majority of frames are in the 12-13 range.
 

dnj30

Semi-Pro
Yeah I still have my Tecs too. That was a rather low powered frame for sure, but what a great one.

Yeah try it at 45#s if you get a wild hair. The main thing to think about is to make sure you are dropping the racquet enough. You dont even need to fully brush the ball, you will still be able to come through the ball and hit big shots with it. You know the frame well by now so you may just adjust to it. Worth a shot because it opens up the power potential of the racquet a lot.

Something I just noticed about this frame - it has a very high twist rate of 14 points. The 330 is not much higher than that. So I think that is playing a huge factor in why this racquet is such a beast in stock form. Majority of frames are in the 12-13 range.
Thanks.. Will give it a try.

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Babolix

Rookie
Don't know if it will help but here is my experience :
Pimp and custom 310 and 330g versions with everything your said, never find the point... I bought the 290g version which is far really easier to custom and find the final perfect thing (power, controle, swingweight, maybe stability could be better but for me, it's great now). The thing is the different basic balance 13.18in / 33.48cm / 3 pts HL that allows more free power, heavy balls... So if you are struggling with the heavier version that gets heavier and heavier without giving the answer, here is the trick.
 

mark b.

Rookie
Gee. I bought one from TW after reading several posts about modification due to low power. It was used, so I removed the grip, replaced it with a new Babolat white Syntec. Removed the crappy used poly and replaced with full bed of Volkl V-Torque Tour 17 @ 57lbs. Put a white Tourna Overgrip on. Put vibration worm in. Then, I put 4 strips of 1/4" lead tape at 3 & 9, 4-inches long. End result was 343 grams or 11.9 ounces.
Did someone say this racquet is under powered? I hit mostly flat and I was launching frozen ropes to the other baseline without even trying.
Too powerful I say. Yes, even with a poly strung at 57. I have since removed two of the four strips and it's tamed the power a little. I may have to remove the lead altogether. "Is it because I hit flat with an eastern forehand that this is quite a powerful frame?" Would appreciate comments on power levels.
 
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