Got my Vcore 100 demo racquet delivered yesterday. I played this morning 2 hours with it, singles match. I have 2 more games this week so will get 4 more hours to try it out.Thank you Viking, will wait for your review!
Perhaps I should not comment too much based on only 2 hours of playing, but these are my first impressions:
- Higher launch angle than the Ezone 100
- Slightly more comfortable than the Ezone 100 (feels a bit less stiff)
- Slightly less power than the Ezone 100
- Feels "thinner" than the Ezone 100 even though frame is just 1mm thinner (Vcore 25 mm / Ezone 26 mm).
I liked it. The last 20 minutes I played with my Ezone 100 and could be that I am more used to it, but I did notice a bit more power and above all, I felt more comfortable with the launch angle. I have previously tried Pure Aero and with that racquet I really had a problem with the high launch angle. The Vcore 100 is for me far better than the Pure Aero though. I don't use an extreme "top spin" grip when hitting. I do however dislike having to "think" about maximising topspin to keep the ball in. I prefer to hit through the ball naturally and usually I get enough topspin.
Based on first impression though, I prefer the Ezone 100; main reason being a lower launch angle which for me translates into better control. I hit naturally with a decent amount of topspin but with the Vcore the ball flew on me a few times unexpectedly. I think the Ezone´s more control oriented string pattern in the sweet spot could suite me better. The Ezone also felt just a tad more stable.
Anyway, I really need more time with it. On Friday I will play another 2 hours and perhaps I will gel more with it.
Interesting though that two so similar racquets, from the same brand, can still feel quite different. That really surprised me. For sure, the strings are not the same but both are poly strings at around 23 kg (approx. 51 pounds) and both are "softish" polys. My Ezone 100 has Head Lynx Edge and the Vcore 100 demo I am not sure. Looks like Babolat RPM Power.
I would definitely order a demo. Playing styles differ so much and what feels good to someone, will feel awful to someone else.
I forgot to mention that I bought the Ezone 100 with the Tennis Warehouse "spec matching service". It has a 288 swing weight, unstrung, and should be close to 320 - 322 with my overgrip, dampener etc. The Vcore 100 demo racquets I have no way of telling what it is but at the least it feels quite similar when swinging it.