Racquet after DR98 ...?

tdhawks

Semi-Pro
I have had my DR 98’s since they hit the market. Needless to say, they have given me my money’s worth and some. I don’t know how much life they have left in them.

Where I’m going with this is, for those of you who have moved on from the DR mainly because they moved on from production or you weren’t able to find them anywhere, what did you go with?

Is there anything out there comparable?
 

PMF

New User
As a DR98 user since 2016, I have been struggling with this issue as well. The only racquets that I have considered switching to are:

1. Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310)
2. Yonex Ezone 98 (305)
3. Wilson Ultra Tour
4. Wilson Clash
5. Head Graphine 360 Speed Pro

All of these frames are great, but for one reason or another, I have not switched!
 
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rh310

Hall of Fame
Same situation. I'm pretty well into a playtest for the VCORE 95 and I'm pretty happy with it. Just ordered two more.

I string the DR98 at 51x48 (16g VS Touch mains, ALU Power 16g crosses).

I string the VC95 at 49x46, same mains but switch to 16Lg ALU Power on the crosses.

Good luck. The DR98s are hard to replace for sure.
 
[QUOTE="tdhawks, I don’t know how much life they have left in them.

What do you mean? They have as much life in them as you want. Unless of course you snap the frame. I have only just brought a couple of these 2mths ago. I came from a Babolat Pure drive that gave me TE. I love the soft feel of these rackets and wish i had of brought one when they first came out. Better late than never I suppose. I plan to stick with them for a couple more years at least..
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
a recent release that's getting a lot of attention:
Wilson.clash, try both side x side for better comparison
clash.100 and clash.100.tour
 

Anton

Legend
I have had my DR 98’s since they hit the market. Needless to say, they have given me my money’s worth and some. I don’t know how much life they have left in them.

Where I’m going with this is, for those of you who have moved on from the DR mainly because they moved on from production or you weren’t able to find them anywhere, what did you go with?

Is there anything out there comparable?
Don't change a racket just to change a racket.

Feeling adventurous? Slap some lead on.
 
I have had my DR 98’s since they hit the market. Needless to say, they have given me my money’s worth and some. I don’t know how much life they have left in them.

Where I’m going with this is, for those of you who have moved on from the DR mainly because they moved on from production or you weren’t able to find them anywhere, what did you go with?

Is there anything out there comparable?
They should have plenty of life left still! New grommets maybe needed but easy and cheap to find.

Original Pure Strike 16x19 is pretty good not as arm friendly and I have added some lead but you should find a way of sticking to drs
 

AMGF

Professional
Went from DR98+ to VCore98+, I don’t regret my move one bit. VC98+ feels more comfortable, has more power and spin potential. It’s a DR turned to 11.

I’d imagine the non extended version to be similar. It’s worth a test drive imho.
 
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blai212

Semi-Pro
Went from DR98+ to VCore98+, I don’t regret my move one bit. VC98+ feels more comfortable, has more power and spin potential. It’s a DR turned to 11.

I’d imagine the non extended version to be similar. It’s worth a test drive imho.
+1 what he said...absolutely fell in love with vcore 98 galaxy...not sure if it’s just me but the galaxy versions feel way softer due to the black matte rubbery finish


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ron schaap

Professional
Don't change a racket just to change a racket.

Feeling adventurous? Slap some lead on.
And or a completely different hybrid or different stringtension. Unless one is a pro, one only need to replace the grommets now and then. Racquets dont wear that quickly!
 
The EZONE 98 is a huge upgrade from the DR. It feels a bit odd when you first switch, but once you settle in...EZONE is gold. I would recommend you demo the VCORE98 though. That frame is super popular and great to play with as well. I can't even keep mine in my bag because all my clients keep wanting to play with it.
 

ej28405

New User
The EZONE 98 is a huge upgrade from the DR. It feels a bit odd when you first switch, but once you settle in...EZONE is gold. I would recommend you demo the VCORE98 though. That frame is super popular and great to play with as well. I can't even keep mine in my bag because all my clients keep wanting to play with it.
Just curious (in your opinion) what makes the Ezone 98 a huge upgrade from the DR? I've been using the DR now for a couple weeks and really starting to gel with it. I also used the Ezone 98 alongside the DR when trying to decide but I eventually gravitated towards the DR due to its much better feel and net play (I play 95% doubles). I thought I served a bit better with the Ezone 98 and was splitting hairs on ground strokes. It was kind of like a 1a and 1b for me.
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
For me the Ezone 98 lacks the feel that the DR98 provides, and plays much stiffer. The Vcore 98 is somewhere in between the two. It may take a few goes to get the string and tension combination right on these. For me YY PTP 1.25 at 48 worked well in the VC98.
 
If you want (slightly) more spin and power, try the Vcore SV98. It will also have a slightly less muted feel which I like.
The Vcore Pro 330 (despite its heavier weight) does not feel nearly as heavy when swinging as I would have thought. Plays great. If it's too heavy then try the 310. I think one of these will make you happy.
 
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