Moving from VCORE Pro 97HD to VCORE 98.

tdhawks

Semi-Pro
I hate to say it, but the sad reality is this frame has become too demanding and I need to move towards more of a tweener. It is a great stick but I need something a little more powerful and forgiving.

With that being said, has anyone switched from the HD to the VCORE 98? What are your thoughts?

I hit with the 98 today and clearly it is a lot lighter, but it did feel nice not having to generate all the power on my end. I think with a little lead to add a little mass I could really end up liking this frame. Granted, it was only my first time out with the stick.
 

RickySpanish

New User
While I didn't make this exact switch, I dropped down in weight and increased headsize about 6-8 months ago. I went from dunlop 200 series to yonex vcp 310. I loved the classic feel of the racquet and hit well with it, but eventually my game suffered. Turns out I was using too much arm and not as much of the rest of my body. As soon as I switched back to my 12+ oz racquets, all aspects of my improved. I wish I demoed the 330 but I'm hitting so great with my old racquets I see no need.
 

Leen

New User
Ezone maybe a better alternative if you are sticking with the Yonex line.
Even though they are both called "Vcore" they are like polar opposites in frame Catagory Spin/Power vs Players Frame/Control. Its like switching from a Prostaff to the Pure Aero I would say.
Ezone at least is a little more control oriented vs the Vcore 98.

That said, when I was demoing rackets, the Vcore Pro was too demanding and felt like I did not get much return on the effort using the racket. I ended up going with the Ezone in the end, so there maybe bias to my above mentioned.
 

tdhawks

Semi-Pro
Ezone maybe a better alternative if you are sticking with the Yonex line.
Even though they are both called "Vcore" they are like polar opposites in frame Catagory Spin/Power vs Players Frame/Control. Its like switching from a Prostaff to the Pure Aero I would say.
Ezone at least is a little more control oriented vs the Vcore 98.

That said, when I was demoing rackets, the Vcore Pro was too demanding and felt like I did not get much return on the effort using the racket. I ended up going with the Ezone in the end, so there maybe bias to my above mentioned.
I played with the DR for three years before purchasing the latest version of the EZONE. I couldn’t gel with the new EZONE at all. I tried customizing it to my liking and nothing ever worked. 4 months of tinkering and that’s when I demoed and then purchased the HD and went that route.

I get what you’re saying and appreciate the recommendation, but I’ve got one of those bad boys sitting in my bag right now that didn’t suit my game. I was actually able to generate more spin with my HD than with my EZONE and spin suits my game the best, that’s why I was testing out the latest VCORE.
 

tlsmikey

Rookie
I went from Vcore Pro 97 (non HD) to Vcore 98 and i've been happy. I traded some control for more spin and a bit more power. The switch from the HD would be more dramatic though as getting spin out of an 18x20 is challenging for me.
 

Leen

New User
Oh for sure then. Honestly, I like spin too and was personally looking into the Vcore 98 myself. I'm not a big fan of the red though. If the galaxy black comes back, it maybe my next racket I pick up then. I also used the DR98 too and agree non of the new Ezones compare.

I also demoed the Vcore 95 too, it was not as demanding as the Vcore Pros and I could place my shots on a dime with that thing.

I've been using the Wilson Blade 16x19 v7 as of right now. Control is there but I am itching for more spin potential myself.

I'm pretty sure you are aware of the new Vcore Pros coming out too, maybe worth something to look into too.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I hate to say it, but the sad reality is this frame has become too demanding and I need to move towards more of a tweener. It is a great stick but I need something a little more powerful and forgiving.

With that being said, has anyone switched from the HD to the VCORE 98? What are your thoughts?

I hit with the 98 today and clearly it is a lot lighter, but it did feel nice not having to generate all the power on my end. I think with a little lead to add a little mass I could really end up liking this frame. Granted, it was only my first time out with the stick.
Try out the VCore 98 and the 100. I think you will find a lot to like in both of those.
 

nochuola

Rookie
I did try to make this switch a while ago. Spoilers alert: I sold my VCore 98. I'm not saying the VCore 98 isn't a good racquet. It is definitely more forgiving and powerful, but I just never properly gelled with it. I never felt entirely connected to the ball on more finesse shots like pickup volleys, half volleys, touch volleys (and have I mentioned volleys?), while these shots are pretty much trivial for me with the VCPHD.

I do want to note that I have my VCPHD customized to around 355g strung, and the mass more than compensates for the lower power, but if you compare them in stock form, the VCore 98 definitely helps more in the power category. To me, no amounts of "forgiveness" in a racquet can overcome lazy footwork and poor focus, so that usually isn't a big part of my consideration. As for spin, if I'm being honest, I think 90% of spin is in technique. I get just as much spin on my regular VCPHD + syngut/poly hybrid as I do on the VCore 98 strung with shaped poly (and I am quite spinny if I do say so myself). I think the "spin potential" of a racquet should only be a consideration if spin is literally the only thing you want to maximize, otherwise you get marginal improvements at best, usually at the expense of other areas.

So in short, the VCore 98 didn't suit me because I struggled with finesse and control which are big parts of my game, while I got marginal to no improvements in the other areas like power, spin, and forgiveness. However, if you are more of a baseliner, or you don't feel like you have the same issues with control and finesse like I did, then VCore 98 might indeed be a better choice for you.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I did try to make this switch a while ago. Spoilers alert: I sold my VCore 98. I'm not saying the VCore 98 isn't a good racquet. It is definitely more forgiving and powerful, but I just never properly gelled with it. I never felt entirely connected to the ball on more finesse shots like pickup volleys, half volleys, touch volleys (and have I mentioned volleys?), while these shots are pretty much trivial for me with the VCPHD.

I do want to note that I have my VCPHD customized to around 355g strung, and the mass more than compensates for the lower power, but if you compare them in stock form, the VCore 98 definitely helps more in the power category. To me, no amounts of "forgiveness" in a racquet can overcome lazy footwork and poor focus, so that usually isn't a big part of my consideration. As for spin, if I'm being honest, I think 90% of spin is in technique. I get just as much spin on my regular VCPHD + syngut/poly hybrid as I do on the VCore 98 strung with shaped poly (and I am quite spinny if I do say so myself). I think the "spin potential" of a racquet should only be a consideration if spin is literally the only thing you want to maximize, otherwise you get marginal improvements at best, usually at the expense of other areas.

So in short, the VCore 98 didn't suit me because I struggled with finesse and control which are big parts of my game, while I got marginal to no improvements in the other areas like power, spin, and forgiveness. However, if you are more of a baseliner, or you don't feel like you have the same issues with control and finesse like I did, then VCore 98 might indeed be a better choice for you.
I'm about to demo the new VCore 98, as I want a little more forgiveness and pop that my '21 VCore has to offer.
I played for quite a while with both the '18 VC98 and VC95, and had the same experience as you. What the VC98 has to offer in the spin, forgiveness and power departments compared to the VC95, comes at price: less control and feel. I gave up on the Extreme Tour for the same reason; I'm just not fit enough to grind it out from the baseline (on clay), with big TS for several shots in a row, in a 2+ hrs match. I need the easy points, mixing it up and going to the net.

I'm curious to see if the new VC98 is an improvement on the previous generation.
 

yessir

Rookie
I'm about to demo the new VCore 98, as I want a little more forgiveness and pop that my '21 VCore has to offer.
I played for quite a while with both the '18 VC98 and VC95, and had the same experience as you. What the VC98 has to offer in the spin, forgiveness and power departments compared to the VC95, comes at price: less control and feel. I gave up on the Extreme Tour for the same reason; I'm just not fit enough to grind it out from the baseline (on clay), with big TS for several shots in a row, in a 2+ hrs match. I need the easy points, mixing it up and going to the net.

I'm curious to see if the new VC98 is an improvement on the previous generation.
So what did you find out??
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
So what did you find out??
imo, the new VC98 is not that different than the previous one. The ‘18 version was perhaps a bit livelier. I prefer both the Extreme Tour and Radical MP (360+) for this type of racket.

when it comes to Yonex,
VC95 ‘18 > VC95 ‘21 > VC98 ‘18/‘21
 

ZZdark

New User
My friend has the black 2018 Vcore 98 stock and it doesn't play much different than my 2021 so can confirm. If you want to save money and buy the old one lead it up to 347 grams (counter weight so you keep the balance) and that's what I have my 2021 Vcore 98s at.

Used to main the 2018 Vcore 95 and it has a denser stringbed so more control and precision. The ohbh and slices felt amazing on the 95.

But for match play I got more pop and forgiveness on serves and returns for the 98. 2018 volleys better and has better feel. Haven't tried the 2021 95 yet.
 

glenWs

Rookie
I’ve been playing the VCore 98 and recently found out that I hate it for singles play. Too much power. No confidence. Hit through the court too often. Played singles with the VCore 95 and loved it. Much more control. Fewer long balls. I am now demoing the new VCore Pro 97 as a possible happy medium since I play a lot of doubles. Power in the wrong hands is nothing but a recipe for bad unforced errors. Placement I think beats power. Played the green 97 Pro and really liked it. The new one is more forgiving and comfortable.
 
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