I usually play with the HD and natural gut. I am leaning toward switching to the 95 with poly. I have a 1 handed backhand. The HD is slightly more powerful on serve, slightly better at controlled flat shots and better at extreme touch volleys and lobs. The 95 is more maneuverable, you can see the spin difference if you add topspin, literally see it in the air, slice lefty serve has more junk on it, defensive shots and quick changes/returns are slightly easier and less footwork is demanded to get a shot back. The two sticks are so so so similar though, I didn't win or lose points because of one or the other, just slight 5% changes to these different categories.Can you compare it to the VCP97HD by any chance?
I'm very curious about this, but I have to defer to your judgement if you are hitting with a current college level player (div 1). The highest level I hit against are high 4.5s, but after owning a 95 and demoing the 98, the weight and stability for me of the 95 is noticeable against "heavy" hitters and the block back return of heavy serves is easier and more solid with the 95. Maybe it has something to do with my 1 handed backhand. But, still, the 98 is what I would all a spinny power stick and the 95 a distant cousin, just like the previous Vcore generation, I can use Vcore Pro 330 and HD easily swapping to the 95 of the Vcore, but not the 98.I finally demoed the VCore 95 last night(I play with a 98). At first it felt great to me, very plush and solid through contact.
Then i started hitting with a high level college player and struggled hitting his fast shots back. I switched back to the 98 and it was much easier to keep up with him. 95 still seems a great racket but at least for my game under pressure I need the slightly larger frame to compensate. I will try it out some more today and rest of the week, but feel like I made the right choice with the 98inch frame.
On a separate note, I have strung the 98 with Champions Choice at 55/50 and it feels absolutely fantastic!
That's a tough one, do you play non-yonex often? If you overlay the 98, onto the 95, onto the HD 97, the head size difference is about a fingernail, you can barely see it. Anyway, I believe you, I just always found it interesting all these Yonex sticks are so close in size, the 95 shocks some people, just thinking they can't use a 95 when it is really the same in sweet spot size, just a little bit more agile.The issue wasn't so much as the stability of the racket but me missing the sweet spot on hard to reach balls due to my opponents pace, adding to that the surface of my clubs indoor courts is the fastest i've played on. I still have the racket and will try and hit with it again tonight and next week.
I think you'll find the Vcore Pro 97 HD and the Vcore 95 the best 1 handed backhand sticks from Yonex. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the HD requires foot prep and rewards flat strokes, the 95 you can kind of get away with arming it more and if you do topspin, it boosts that a little. The 98 is slightly more power but the control trade off for me was larger than the power gain.Any OHBH'ers playing with the vc98? And if so, what are your thoughts on backhand side.
I played with the vc98 today, that was 320sw. I really think these VC Sw is coming on average midn310s hence people lack power and stability. I did not have any of those issues . Remotely....
Forehands were really good.. very whippy racket that hits the crap out of the ball. Very easy spin and pop.. feel is very muted but not a problem for me. You almost do not feel much. It's not muted like blade v7 18m but it's a little different...Anyways.. it's a really aggressive racket where I enjoyed my hit quite a bit . However, it was only an hour hit and I mostly hit forehands as it was more drilling with my coach . I got few backhands.. but couldn't really dial the backhands.. it's way too early to judge anything on it but I am wondering if other folks who are using this racket that hit 1H'er are grooving with it or not....