New Ezone racket

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Has anyone ordered one from TW? I ordered Monday morning and it still has not shipped

What's your order status say? I placed my order Monday night and it's still waiting to be processed. Kinda disappointed about it actually. Probably won't arrive until after my birthday :(
 

mikeeeee

Professional
What's your order status say? I placed my order Monday night and it's still waiting to be processed. Kinda disappointed about it actually. Probably won't arrive until after my birthday :(

My status said shipped but there was no tracking info, and no invoice.

Fortunately I just got the email saying it was shipped. Unfortunately that means it won't get here until Monday the earliest. So much for 2 day shipping. I wonder what would have happened if I shelled out the $10 for next day?
 

FoldingChair

Semi-Pro
Just got my DR 98 today from TW. I ordered it on the 3rd. I got to hit with it for an hour but I don't feel like that's enough time to truly give my opinion on the racquet. I'm coming from an AI 98 but so far, I can hardly spot the differences between the two. Like I said, I believe that I need more time on court to formulate my opinion.
 
I've always wanted to like Yonex sticks but could never get used to the barely flared buttcap. I wonder if the new buttcap has more of a flare. Anyone? Thanks!
 

lefty100

Rookie
I've always wanted to like Yonex sticks but could never get used to the barely flared buttcap. I wonder if the new buttcap has more of a flare. Anyone? Thanks!

I know what you mean, I often felt I could not get a good hold on the handle of my Ai98 especially if I also had an overgrip on. Out of frustration, I swapped out the synthetic gip and put on a leather grip with overgrip and have had no problems since due to the more pronounced edges providing better grip for my fingers.
 

Bbuky

New User
For me the DR 98 is an improvement on the Ai 98. It feels more solid and stable. The butt cap is also slightly more flared than previous models I have used.
 
For me the DR 98 is an improvement on the Ai 98. It feels more solid and stable. The butt cap is also slightly more flared than previous models I have used.

@Bbuky Thanks for your feedback for those of us who cant get their hands on one ATM.

How does the DR98 swing compared to the Ai98? More/less maneuverable? Easier/harder to whip head round?
 

mikeeeee

Professional
I wish Yonex would put thin beams on more of their racquets. Seems like the 98 has the same beam thickness as most 100" heads and I hit the frame a lot on the 100" ezone that I have.

The prince Textreme is 100" and has a really thin beam and I found it very nice. Still love Yonex though, they have a great feel.
 

Bbuky

New User
@Bbuky Thanks for your feedback for those of us who cant get their hands on one ATM.

How does the DR98 swing compared to the Ai98? More/less maneuverable? Easier/harder to whip head round?
Honestly I don't feel much difference. I have hit with the DR for maybe 6-8 hours and it's just a better version of the Ai.
 

Bbuky

New User
And for what's it's worth I use Babolat vs Natural gut 16 @ 57 in mains and yonex poly tour HS 16L at 53 in cross.
 

phanker

Semi-Pro
Very easily fixed with some tape or wrap underneath. I actually prefer the yonex's butt cap as it allows me to customize how I want the flare to be shaped exactly.

I've always wanted to like Yonex sticks but could never get used to the barely flared buttcap. I wonder if the new buttcap has more of a flare. Anyone? Thanks!
 

Dan Z

Semi-Pro
same here.. personally I just put an elastic band over the stock grip and then two supergrap overgrips on top. works a treat for me
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
I now have a couple of more hours with the DR98 and it grows on me by the minute. It is a tad more solid compared with Ai98 and the precision you get from this frame is amazing.
It still is a little bit to demanding for me though when under extreme pressure compared to a frame like the Pure Aero Tour where i get a lot of help on "emergeny shots"

I have also got a DR100 now that i will string up with Luxilon Element 1.25 mm this weekend and take out for a spin. I will compare it head to head with the Pure Aero Tour. I dont have any stock Pure Aero home at the moment, but that would have been the most fair comparasion
 

julian

Hall of Fame
Not sure if it is a mistake but from pic posted with the spec and my limited Kanji , DR100 is potentially a little bit more flexible than DR98 in feel by looking at the location of the arrow on the feel/flexibility scale ( grey bar side is firm = 硬, white bar side is soft = 柔) That's the opposite of Ai 98/100 series. Also these will be made in China ( 中国製).
What is the price range for both?
 

pepka

Professional
I now have a couple of more hours with the DR98 and it grows on me by the minute. It is a tad more solid compared with Ai98 and the precision you get from this frame is amazing.
It still is a little bit to demanding for me though when under extreme pressure compared to a frame like the Pure Aero Tour where i get a lot of help on "emergeny shots"

I have also got a DR100 now that i will string up with Luxilon Element 1.25 mm this weekend and take out for a spin. I will compare it head to head with the Pure Aero Tour. I dont have any stock Pure Aero home at the moment, but that would have been the most fair comparasion
... and?
How is it next to your modded PAT?
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
I now have a couple of more hours with the DR98 and it grows on me by the minute. It is a tad more solid compared with Ai98 and the precision you get from this frame is amazing.
It still is a little bit to demanding for me though when under extreme pressure compared to a frame like the Pure Aero Tour where i get a lot of help on "emergeny shots"

I have also got a DR100 now that i will string up with Luxilon Element 1.25 mm this weekend and take out for a spin. I will compare it head to head with the Pure Aero Tour. I dont have any stock Pure Aero home at the moment, but that would have been the most fair comparasion

Keen to hear your opinion on the 100.
 

mikeeeee

Professional
Well it finally came in! The bag it came with is pretty nice and definitely appreciated. Here is some photos with comparisons to my Ezone Lite 100 which is my first ever racquet. I'm about to go play with it for the first time, but just holding it in my hands has me very excited. I demo'd the AI 98 and liked it so this should be a good experience. It has such a nice feel to it and looks very sharp.

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jaspert

Rookie
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Got a DR 100 last week strung with Yonex poly tour pro 125(52lb). I added a bit of lead on the handle to make it more head light (balance 32.5cm) and it's an easy transition from my Ai 98.

It is firmer than ai98 but still damped so there is no elbow pain after a few hours . With the thicker beam and higher stiffness , there is more pop but there's enough control so it it is easier to get depth when pulled wide on defense. Easy to hit flat or spin depending on situation.

Anyway, after one practise session , I was confident enough to use it in our season opening match the next day in singles and doubles last weekend. Loving the new pain job.
 
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avocadoz

Professional
General advise: for precise specs everyone should check mostly on express tennis. I have found many errors on tw on several sticks.
There's quite a difference in SW listing between TW and TE. What to believe? Or is Yonex's QC not as good as everyone raved about.

DR 98:
TW - 324
TE - 317

DR 100:
TW - 326
TE - 321
 

mikeeeee

Professional
After hitting with the 98 for about an hour and a half, I have to say that it's pretty stiff feeling. Pretty jarring on my arm and I wasn't too thrilled about it. I think the problem is that I have a full bed of Lux ALU power spin at 60lbs.

I think this racquet needs a hybrid set up for it to feel comfortable, and I'm going to try that next. When I put a full poly in I'm going to string it at 50-53lbs and hopefully that helps the stiffness. Otherwise, I thought it hit very nice. My backhand was improved, as well as slicing. At net it was a lot nicer to work with than my other racquet and the shot placement was really really nice. I could hit the corners pretty easily as well as go down the line when I was pulled off the court. I really hope I just made a poor decision with the string job and It will be better on my arm in the future. If anyone has stringing suggestions I would love to hear your experience with this racquet. I have black code S, cyclone, and the wilson spin hybrid on the way so I can try out different setups.

Otherwise I'm going to get the Prince Textreme 100T. I really enjoyed hitting with that one recently.
 

achapa8807

Semi-Pro
I think this frame is one of the most plush and easy on the arm frames that Yonex offers. It may be that you have a stiff poly at 60!

FWIW, I've got Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 in mine at 54 and it feels just right.
 

jaspert

Rookie
Agree with stiff poly at 60lb being the main reason for the stiffness issue.

I use the stiffer DR100 with full bed of yonex PTP 125 strung in the low 50' range and I don't have any jarring feeling.

Definitely string it at lower tension or try a softer poly before giving up on it.
 

Sean Ha

New User
I have been playing with Wilson Juice 100 for couple years with no complaints. Four weeks ago I decided to demo Yonex AI 100 (300gr) for fun and found in love with it immediately. AI 100 gave my volley and forehand shot plenty of power with very control and precise ball landing location. This is the same time that DR 100 (300gr) about to release so I ordered the DR 100 with expectation that it will perform better or at least equal to AI 100. Last week my DR 100 arrived and I strung it with ALU Power 125 at 51lbs (main) and Cyclone at 47 lbs (cross). This is the same string setup as my AI 100 demo racket. For 2 days I hit my DR 100 against the ball machine for about 800 balls and don't feel the comfort and precision (both volley and forehand) as I had with demo AI 100. I fore sure notice that 15%-20% of my balls was hit with off center and the racket shank often. Hope to fix the problem I place 3 grams of lead at 10am and 2pm - DR 100 is actually 0.1oz lighter than AI 100 and also 4 point HL instead of 3 HL (AI 100) and test my hit again today. Still shank and loose the stability of the racket. Very disappointed after much anticipation of the DR 100 release.
I will retrung my DR 100 (300 gr) with full bed Babolat Origin 16 black full bed at 58 lbs and test again. If it still not perform I will sell my DR 100 and buy an AI 100 instead. Any comment or suggestion is appreciated
 

avocadoz

Professional
I have been playing with Wilson Juice 100 for couple years with no complaints. Four weeks ago I decided to demo Yonex AI 100 (300gr) for fun and found in love with it immediately. AI 100 gave my volley and forehand shot plenty of power with very control and precise ball landing location. This is the same time that DR 100 (300gr) about to release so I ordered the DR 100 with expectation that it will perform better or at least equal to AI 100. Last week my DR 100 arrived and I strung it with ALU Power 125 at 51lbs (main) and Cyclone at 47 lbs (cross). This is the same string setup as my AI 100 demo racket. For 2 days I hit my DR 100 against the ball machine for about 800 balls and don't feel the comfort and precision (both volley and forehand) as I had with demo AI 100. I fore sure notice that 15%-20% of my balls was hit with off center and the racket shank often. Hope to fix the problem I place 3 grams of lead at 10am and 2pm - DR 100 is actually 0.1oz lighter than AI 100 and also 4 point HL instead of 3 HL (AI 100) and test my hit again today. Still shank and loose the stability of the racket. Very disappointed after much anticipation of the DR 100 release.
I will retrung my DR 100 (300 gr) with full bed Babolat Origin 16 black full bed at 58 lbs and test again. If it still not perform I will sell my DR 100 and buy an AI 100 instead. Any comment or suggestion is appreciated
Does the DR 100 swing faster than the Ai 100? Is the swingweight lower?
 

avocadoz

Professional
AI 327; DR 326 - Almost same
Yeah, I know that's what was listed on TW but I hit with the Ai 100 before and I feel like the sw is much lower than the listed 327. How does the DR swing compare to the Ai 100? Do you notice any difference? I'm getting the DR 100 tomorrow and can't wait to find out.
 

Sean Ha

New User
Yeah, I know that's what was listed on TW but I hit with the Ai 100 before and I feel like the sw is much lower than the listed 327. How does the DR swing compare to the Ai 100? Do you notice any difference? I'm getting the DR 100 tomorrow and can't wait to find out.
May be SW # on both AI and DR are wrong in TW. I did not notice any different in swing speed between the AI (300gr) and DR (300gr) when test hitting
 

Toyo

Rookie
I have been playing with Wilson Juice 100 for couple years with no complaints. Four weeks ago I decided to demo Yonex AI 100 (300gr) for fun and found in love with it immediately. AI 100 gave my volley and forehand shot plenty of power with very control and precise ball landing location. This is the same time that DR 100 (300gr) about to release so I ordered the DR 100 with expectation that it will perform better or at least equal to AI 100. Last week my DR 100 arrived and I strung it with ALU Power 125 at 51lbs (main) and Cyclone at 47 lbs (cross). This is the same string setup as my AI 100 demo racket. For 2 days I hit my DR 100 against the ball machine for about 800 balls and don't feel the comfort and precision (both volley and forehand) as I had with demo AI 100. I fore sure notice that 15%-20% of my balls was hit with off center and the racket shank often. Hope to fix the problem I place 3 grams of lead at 10am and 2pm - DR 100 is actually 0.1oz lighter than AI 100 and also 4 point HL instead of 3 HL (AI 100) and test my hit again today. Still shank and loose the stability of the racket. Very disappointed after much anticipation of the DR 100 release.
I will retrung my DR 100 (300 gr) with full bed Babolat Origin 16 black full bed at 58 lbs and test again. If it still not perform I will sell my DR 100 and buy an AI 100 instead. Any comment or suggestion is appreciated

Thanks for the comparison, Sean. I too am a recent convert to the AI 100 coming from an APD and like yourself am totally amazed at the comfort, feel, stability and precision of the Yonex.

I found the AI is quite string/tension sensitive and I would imagine the DR would be the same. I notice that my AI doesn't play the same with a tension drop (similar to most other rackets I suppose, especially with full poly) To compare both rackets, you should have the exact same string/tension setup to get an accurate comparison.

I'm looking forward to demoing the DR but if I find that there isn't that much of an improvement, hopefully I can pick up another AI when the price drops.
 

Toyo

Rookie
May be SW # on both AI and DR are wrong in TW. I did not notice any different in swing speed between the AI (300gr) and DR (300gr) when test hitting

If you compare the listed specs on both TW and TE, they're totally different.
 

Sean Ha

New User
Thanks for the comparison, Sean. I too am a recent convert to the AI 100 coming from an APD and like yourself am totally amazed at the comfort, feel, stability and precision of the Yonex.

I found the AI is quite string/tension sensitive and I would imagine the DR would be the same. I notice that my AI doesn't play the same with a tension drop (similar to most other rackets I suppose, especially with full poly) To compare both rackets, you should have the exact same string/tension setup to get an accurate comparison.

I'm looking forward to demoing the DR but if I find that there isn't that much of an improvement, hopefully I can pick up another AI when the price drops.
Agree. May be I should follow string selection from Nick Kyrgios or Ana Ivanovic.
 

Toyo

Rookie
Agree. May be I should follow string selection from Nick Kyrgios or Ana Ivanovic.

My favorite string with the AI100 is Yonex Poly Tour Pro 17g strung at around 52 lbs. Even with a full bed the comfort is comparable to a multi but with better durability and control.
 

DJTaurus

Hall of Fame
I don't like poly tour pro and I found it stiff despite so many people suggest the opposite. But when I had the ai98 it really played excellent on that stick compared to any other string I tested.
 

MAZ1

Rookie
I don't like poly tour pro and I found it stiff despite so many people suggest the opposite. But when I had the ai98 it really played excellent on that stick compared to any other string I tested.
PTP stiff? I haven't heard too many people say that! Perhaps tension high?
PTP 17 on my ai98 @ 53 is super comfy like butter.
 

Dragy

Legend
I'm testing PTP 120 right now in my ai98 initially strung at 55. After first two hours as it settled it's not that boardy and pingy as it felt initially, but still rather unpowered/unforgiving on off center shots. However, I maybe should blame my tension choice. Also it doesn't feel crisp so far. But I'll be dialing in with this for some more time.
For info my first string in that stick was Cyclone Tour 16 strung at 55, at it played soft, spinny, until tension loss made it a bit overpowered. Notching was very moderate.
 

mikeeeee

Professional
I have Solinco Tour Bite 17 +Vanquish 16 Hybrid coming tomorrow along with several other strings. Def going to string the full poly beds at 53lbs because it seem to be one of the more popular tensions. Interested in seeing how the hybrids play in it.

It started to loosen up a little bit after playing so I'm sure it will be a great frame once I can experiment and dial in the stringing
 

nysaga2222

New User
I play with AI 100 Lite leaded up from 275 gram to 290gram very headlight with all the lead tape in handle. Played best tennis of my life with Kirschbaum Proline2 (4.5 level beating a few 5.0). Last 3 months tried and played just as well with Lux 4G Rough but developed tennis elbow. I liked the durability of Lux very much but not worth the pain.

Last week I ordered and played with DR100 300gram. Its a little more head heavy than I like. Thought about leading up the handle like I did with my AI 100 Lite but then the racquet would be too heavy for me. I'm in process of exchanging for the Dr 100 285 gram and leading up the handle. A few things I noticed with Dr100...it's a lot more plush and softer feeling than the Ai where I lost some control and feel. I'm hoping it's just me not used to the 300gram and it being head "heavier" than my customized Ai lite. I'll try the 285 gram model in a week.

Tension for Proline2: 52/49
Lux 4G rough :50/47
 

dje31

Professional
Are there any DR98 vs DR100 head to head comparisons?

I'll make it easy, using broad, sweeping generalizations: If you hug the baseline and are never more than two meters from it, get the 100.

Anyone else, playing doubles, all-court, S&V, or doesn't otherwise think the net is radioactive, get the 98.

Easy-peasy. You're welcome.
 

Sean Ha

New User
Thanks for the comparison, Sean. I too am a recent convert to the AI 100 coming from an APD and like yourself am totally amazed at the comfort, feel, stability and precision of the Yonex.

I found the AI is quite string/tension sensitive and I would imagine the DR would be the same. I notice that my AI doesn't play the same with a tension drop (similar to most other rackets I suppose, especially with full poly) To compare both rackets, you should have the exact same string/tension setup to get an accurate comparison.

I'm looking forward to demoing the DR but if I find that there isn't that much of an improvement, hopefully I can pick up another AI when the price drops.
Today I played my DR100 300gram version with full bed Babolat Origin at 58 lbs ... experienced same problem as previous setup ... I feel that the head weight is too light and that makes the racket unstable. I am definitely drop the DR 100 and play with the AI 100 which gives me amazing shots with power, stability and precision
 
E

eaglesburg

Guest
Now guys...is the DR really better than the AI, or is this the usual new-racket placebo effect craze?
 
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