New Yonex Exone Pics

JOSHL

Professional
I don't see why not. Fill yer boots!

Disclaimer: I'm an old school, old fart (52), all-courter, 4.5, mostly Eastern and Continental grips, all kinds of spin and flat, playing since I was 7.

Your results may vary...no promises...but danged if it doesn't work for me.
Funny because I had the same set up in my Duel G 330 but at 55lbs. It was nice.
 

dje31

Professional
Funny because I had the same set up in my Duel G 330 but at 55lbs. It was nice.
When I first got mine, I strung one on the low end of recommended tension, and one on the high end, just to put them through their paces, and see how they would (or wouldn't) work for me. I always do that when I change racquets.

Absolutely hated it at the high end...cut them out after 2 outings, realizing that tension range wasn't going to work for me.

Mid to low--even lower than MFR's rec'd range---is sweet. Exceeded my expectations. Don't hesitate to experiment.

That and I have the crosses ~10% lower than mains.
 

dje31

Professional
Do you have your own stringing machine, JOSHL? If so, what make / model? Or do you just buy string by the reel?

I spent a summer in the 80s stringing at a shop, and have thought about buying one. Would make things cheap and convenient.

I'd definitely pick up Cyclone19 and OGSM17 reels.
 

JOSHL

Professional
Do you have your own stringing machine, JOSHL? If so, what make / model? Or do you just buy string by the reel?

I spent a summer in the 80s stringing at a shop, and have thought about buying one. Would make things cheap and convenient.

I'd definitely pick up Cyclone19 and OGSM17 reels.
I do have a machine. Just got into it about 6 months ago or so. I bought a gamma x-2 which is cheap but it works just fine!
 
For me it's ok. My problem with the ezone racquets cosmetically are:

1) Wide beam/aero throat
2. Matte finish at least on the DR
3. secondary colour

The duel g to me is a much better looking racquet.

I miss that frame and wish I never would have gotten rid of it. Loved the green and orange paint scheme.
 

dje31

Professional
A few relevant items to this thread. I just picked up my two EZXi98 from restringing...which reminds me:

. new strings rule...really need to acquire a stringing machine;

. yes, my two tensions are spot-on for me, my game--such as it is--and this racquet;

. saw my first blue DR98 in the flesh at the shop. Sharp looking, definitely more rounded head, not the same mold as the EZXi, but definitely the same as Ai98;

. if the '18 EZone 98 is as much of a refresh of my EZXi98 as I suspect it might be, and is offered in blue, I can see adding two to my quiver. Yes, I'm shallow like that.
 

dje31

Professional
One of the many things I like about my EZXi98 is that, with the strings and tensions I use, I don't need a string vibe damper. I know of and used plenty of store-bought and homemade solutions.

Hoping, when they put out a blue version of the '18 EZone, the same holds true. If not, it's not a deal breaker, and I can accommodate.
 

dje31

Professional
Well, it doesn't hurt that they have more men on their endorsement roster, with Stan's success in majors, and others getting exposure, though not always the kind you want (see Nick K)

So as a brand, they're less likely to be pegged as a. "chick stick."
 
They've historically been (and still are) focusing on and making money with their Badminton line. Call me biased, but I do think the popularity of the DR98 (which started from the AI98) is a factor in their recent increased interest towards investing more in Tennis. As a consumer, I love to see brands step up. It creates nervousness in other brands, which hopefully would encourage them to output better products, so ultimately we as consumers win with better and more options to choose from.
 
They've historically been (and still are) focusing on and making money with their Badminton line. Call me biased, but I do think the popularity of the DR98 (which started from the AI98) is a factor in their recent increased interest towards investing more in Tennis. As a consumer, I love to see brands step up. It creates nervousness in other brands, which hopefully would encourage them to output better products, so ultimately we as consumers win with better and more options to choose from.
I agree, in almost every situation competition is good.
Doubt we will see racquet prices drop, but we should see more options and development for what it's worth.
 
Looks like Ruud is using the new stick right now or PJ at least. I kinda like it.
The paint job on the racquet Ruud is using is slightly different. More black around the hoop. Actually it's all black around the hoop. If that is how they will look then that would be awesome. But why would they show us a different looking paint job on the Yonex website?
 
From what I can determine, and this is early days, looks like :
1) The sweet spot is bigger and higher up the hoop
2) The grommets are bigger and a new and more aligned system
3) The quake-shut gel is more dampening
4) The hoop is stiffer
So, in aggregate, it seems to me that the new racquet will be :
Stiffer but counteracted by a more comfortable string bed and less racquet vibration (more muted feel).
 
From what I can determine, and this is early days, looks like :
1) The sweet spot is bigger and higher up the hoop
2) The grommets are bigger and a new and more aligned system
3) The quake-shut gel is more dampening
4) The hoop is stiffer
So, in aggregate, it seems to me that the new racquet will be :
Stiffer but counteracted by a more comfortable string bed and less racquet vibration (more muted feel).
That's what I think too but 4% increased sweet spots or other elements are impossible to distinguish by human hahaha so it might be slightly crispier than DR but basically same racket. Surprised to see that they strung racket at 40lbs for 98 and 48 for 100. Usually they strung racket around 50. Either slightly less power or stiffer feeling than DR.......
 
From what I can determine, and this is early days, looks like :
1) The sweet spot is bigger and higher up the hoop
2) The grommets are bigger and a new and more aligned system
3) The quake-shut gel is more dampening
4) The hoop is stiffer
So, in aggregate, it seems to me that the new racquet will be :
Stiffer but counteracted by a more comfortable string bed and less racquet vibration (more muted feel).
OH OH, more power from extra stiffness is a nono for me, since I play it with extra weight.
 
From what I can determine, and this is early days, looks like :
1) The sweet spot is bigger and higher up the hoop
2) The grommets are bigger and a new and more aligned system
3) The quake-shut gel is more dampening
4) The hoop is stiffer
So, in aggregate, it seems to me that the new racquet will be :
Stiffer but counteracted by a more comfortable string bed and less racquet vibration (more muted feel).
Regarding 2, I think the grommets are the same, but how the holes are drilled/placed combined with the structure of the grommet gives way to the Micro Offset Layout tech that supposedly adds to comfort.

Regarding 4, I gathered that the Hyper-MG was added to 12 and 6 is a stiffer material, but that's not where you feel the flex differences like you would at 3 and 9. In the top and bottom, Hyper-MG will act more as a stabilizer than a stiffener. I dunno. That's what I gathered.

I hope the the feel is mostly the same. I noticed the drop in weight and the 5mm difference in balance point - I bet the Hyper MG will balance out the lighter weight with more power and this could be like a Pure Strike! Then I won't have to keep thinking I want to switch over to the Strike.
 
From what I can determine, and this is early days, looks like :
1) The sweet spot is bigger and higher up the hoop
2) The grommets are bigger and a new and more aligned system
3) The quake-shut gel is more dampening
4) The hoop is stiffer
So, in aggregate, it seems to me that the new racquet will be :
Stiffer but counteracted by a more comfortable string bed and less racquet vibration (more muted feel).
This assumption seems spot on. ;)

Assuming that this assumption is true. Comparing it to the DR98. It's basically going to be just as plush, comfortable and accurate while offering a bit more power due to a slightly larger sweet spot and the MG technology. Sounds like the racquet of my dreams.
 
That's what I think too but 4% increased sweet spots or other elements are impossible to distinguish by human hahaha so it might be slightly crispier than DR but basically same racket. Surprised to see that they strung racket at 40lbs for 98 and 48 for 100. Usually they strung racket around 50. Either slightly less power or stiffer feeling than DR.......
You'd be surprised how even a 4% increase in sweet spot would improve string bed comfort, especially when it's moved towards the top of the hoop, effectively increasing the racquet's leverage.

I have to admit, my own pet-peeve with both the 98 and 100 has always been the relatively stiff string-bed which forced me to play with lower tensions than I would otherwise, which then subsequently made me more sensitive to even tiny drops in tension. A more forgiving string-bed and bigger sweet spot might allow for higher tensions, less tension sensitiveness and hopefully more spin which the Ezone line has always been deficient in.
 
Wish I could understand what they're saying, but we can see it in action here.
Does anyone else think it looks like they're getting less pop than in some of the other videos? Might not mean anything, as they could just be taking it a bit easier or something, but it kinda stood out to me.
 
Regarding 2, I think the grommets are the same, but how the holes are drilled/placed combined with the structure of the grommet gives way to the Micro Offset Layout tech that supposedly adds to comfort.

Regarding 4, I gathered that the Hyper-MG was added to 12 and 6 is a stiffer material, but that's not where you feel the flex differences like you would at 3 and 9. In the top and bottom, Hyper-MG will act more as a stabilizer than a stiffener. I dunno. That's what I gathered.

I hope the the feel is mostly the same. I noticed the drop in weight and the 5mm difference in balance point - I bet the Hyper MG will balance out the lighter weight with more power and this could be like a Pure Strike! Then I won't have to keep thinking I want to switch over to the Strike.
If you take a very close look at the grommet design, it looks like the racquet can only be strung uni-directionally. That's how Yonex have been able to perfectly align the strings. I'm assuming also, for this reason, the diameter of the grommets are also bigger then before. But which grommets? All of them or only at 3 and 9 ??

Regarding 4, I'm not sure either, but I would probably veer more towards stiffness than stability.
 
Haha i would agree, at least 4.0. Solid strokes, stable footwork, good directional control and placements. They are quite obviously holding back their power for the sake of the video, testing the ezone, and just goofing around and having fun.
Spot on. Very good mechanics and footwork. If you watch their vids you can see their skills and that they do hold back. Maybe 3.5 in Florida :)
 
The paint job on the racquet Ruud is using is slightly different. More black around the hoop. Actually it's all black around the hoop. If that is how they will look then that would be awesome. But why would they show us a different looking paint job on the Yonex website?
Casper Ruud has been using the DR100, so I doubt he'd be sporting the new ezone 98 now. It's much more likely the new ezone 100.
 
If you take a very close look at the grommet design, it looks like the racquet can only be strung uni-directionally. That's how Yonex have been able to perfectly align the strings. I'm assuming also, for this reason, the diameter of the grommets are also bigger then before. But which grommets? All of them or only at 3 and 9 ??

Regarding 4, I'm not sure either, but I would probably veer more towards stiffness than stability.
I guess we'll all know towards the end of this month!
 
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