Testing Feedback for: 360+ Speed MP, Yonex Vcore 98, Yonex Vcore Pro 97 310gr, Blade V7 98 18x20

meametz

New User
Hi All,

I tested the above mentioned rackets for a week and would like to chime in with my feedback. All 3 were strung with Isospeed Black Fire at 25 kgs all around.

For reference: i am a relatively new player. Been playing for around 2,5 years. Didn't have proper training other than videos, reading, feedback sessions with friends, wall etc. Level is R7 in Switzerland so i think around 4.0 USTA? Also i used all 3 in match play against an opponent i often lose to as well to see how i would perform under pressure.

I've been happily using Blade V7 18x20 with Hyper G 17 for the last year but wanted to venture off to see if a more open pattern would give me more power especially with serves.

- Speed MP: It took some time to get used to since it's quite different from my Blades. It's a very user-friendly racquet and i think anyone who's trying to improve could use this with a lot of success. I didn't hate anything about it and i didn't get overwhelmed by heavy shots of the opponent but i thought a bit of lead tape to the hoop could be experimented with. I'll try and update if i can have that done. Planning to keep this for an extra 10 days when my renting period ends so overall happy with it.

- Vcore Pro 97: I wasn't even planning to get this initially but ended up going for it to try. I had never used a 97 sq inch racket before but i loved it initially. Felt great control and accuracy with forehands. Also it was very fun to slice with even though i saw some people rated slices as a week point. I felt like it was a very stable and solid racket. The dealbreaker for me is the backhand. I feel like i cannot generate enough power with my 2HBH with this one. I am sure that could be overcome with better technique but not sure if i'm willing to put the effort when i can perform much better with other rackets. I still want to try the 330 gr version to see if more heft would help with that.

- Vcore 98 Black: This one performed good overall in all areas i tried. It's a nice middle of the road racket. I think it's solid for any intermediate player and wouldn't disappoint much in any area. As a downside to that: i didn't feel like it's great for any particular thing and felt no attachment to it. Feels solid like any Yonex but the cosmetics are not great and it felt a bit muted.

- Blade V7 98 18x20: I've been using these for a year and i think they're great overall. After all the testing i might still stay with them. The reason i started searching for options was that i sometimes felt like i would appreciate a bit more easy power especially when tired or tight/under pressure. I feel great with this racket when things are going good and my strokes are fluid and confident but if/when my technique starts to break down, it's as easy to "make-do" like, say, the speed would be. This is of course %100 on me and not racket's fault but i a more headlight racket could possibly help get over those moments easier for someone at my level whose technique breaks down when under pressure.

Overall: i'm just enjoying testing different sticks and trying to see what would be best for me right now. The idea i have currently is a headlight 98" with relatively low flex ratings and a bit more heft than, say, 310 grs. Any suggestions are appreciated.

This is kinda my first post here so sorry for the text wall but i've been reading and learning a lot from here so wanted to contribute a bit going forward and i hope it helps to some of you even if a bit.
 
Good input. Thanks. I am playing with Blade 98 18x20 2015 since released and looking to change due to me getting older. I have tried a lot but it is hard to decide and to replace the Blades. What do you think of Clash 98?
 

meametz

New User
Thank you
I tried Clash 98 along with Clash 100 and Blade v7 16x19 during the process which ended up with me buying my current blades.

I really wanted to like the Clash even more than the Blade but just felt too, dunno, unpredictable for me (even the 98). I'm sure all those sticks i mentioned are good enough and given enough time, one would get used to them (launch angle, flex etc) but i just remember feeling much at home with the v7 18x20.
 

Lorenn

Professional
Thank you
I tried Clash 98 along with Clash 100 and Blade v7 16x19 during the process which ended up with me buying my current blades.

I really wanted to like the Clash even more than the Blade but just felt too, dunno, unpredictable for me (even the 98). I'm sure all those sticks i mentioned are good enough and given enough time, one would get used to them (launch angle, flex etc) but i just remember feeling much at home with the v7 18x20.
I know you are mostly looking at 98, but since you mentioned your two handed backhand. Speed Pro might be a good choice since you like 18x20. I would look at Techifibre Tf40 315. Gravity Pro and Tour. If you like to try 16x19. Speed MP, Radical MP and Radical Pro.

In the old days we would have a group of friends on two courts and winners stayed on until they lost. So you would hit tired a few times. Normally how I handle it is playing the game differently depending on how much energy I have left. Basically 0-4.

4 ALL Out
3 High level but Energy is keeping up
2 Starting to feel Energy Decline
1 Low Energy
0 Really Low Energy


The lower the number the more efficiently I try to play. Normally the goal is to play at 3 with bursts of 4. Normally second wind will come after a game of relaxing and playing conservatively.(playing at 0-2) Many players I play want to play at 4 the whole time. Normally you just wear them out and they never recover. Normally less than a Set. I find thinking this way helped me to learn to relax and play. Helped my overall efficiency.
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
- Blade V7 98 18x20: I've been using these for a year and i think they're great overall. After all the testing i might still stay with them. The reason i started searching for options was that i sometimes felt like i would appreciate a bit more easy power especially when tired or tight/under pressure. I feel great with this racket when things are going good and my strokes are fluid and confident but if/when my technique starts to break down, it's as easy to "make-do" like, say, the speed would be. This is of course %100 on me and not racket's fault but i a more headlight racket could possibly help get over those moments easier for someone at my level whose technique breaks down when under pressure.
yeah.. this was my logic while using v7 and explore other options...... 25 rackets later....

v7 is a great racket.. you will get something that boosts that power and then you will miss v7 precision etc... they all have advantages and disadvantages...
 

Yamin

Semi-Pro
Based on your enjoyment of the speed MP and the blade, you could probably blind buy the Speed Pro and be happy. The Speed pro is a much easier to use blade and is the 18x20 I would recommend to most people if the swing weight sounds appropriate. More power, higher launch angle, easier to use balance, more spin than the blade with less heft, at the expense of control.
 

meametz

New User
yeah.. this was my logic while using v7 and explore other options...... 25 rackets later....

v7 is a great racket.. you will get something that boosts that power and then you will miss v7 precision etc... they all have advantages and disadvantages...
Yea i am aware that there's always a trade-off with rackets so it's futile to try and search for a stick that does everything perfectly. Mostly tryna find what works and then maybe fine tune it
 

meametz

New User
Based on your enjoyment of the speed MP and the blade, you could probably blind buy the Speed Pro and be happy. The Speed pro is a much easier to use blade and is the 18x20 I would recommend to most people if the swing weight sounds appropriate. More power, higher launch angle, easier to use balance, more spin than the blade with less heft, at the expense of control.
I also tried and loved Speed Pro when picking a racket for my wife. I didn't get it this time around because i couldn't justify switching to it because the specs are so similar. But i remember feeling great when i first used it and if what you say about launch angle, spin potential and power are right it might be the one. I'll try and rent it among my second batch and see how it feels. Thank you
 

Yamin

Semi-Pro
yeah.. this was my logic while using v7 and explore other options...... 25 rackets later....

v7 is a great racket.. you will get something that boosts that power and then you will miss v7 precision etc... they all have advantages and disadvantages...
Lol glad I'm not the only one. Spent a couple hundred going from V7 and hyper g back to it (after testing all softer strings/rackets).....
 
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Like you OP I am relatively new to tennis and started with the v7, being a newbie I bought both the 16x19 and 18x20 versions. A few months ago I demoed some racquets because that damn v7 wasn’t making the ball go fast enough. I bought the vcore 98 black and it’s all a bit disappointing because the ball flies around for sure but it doesn’t have any of the feeling I get from the blade.

I’ve come around on the 16x19 blade, worked with the pro a bit on technique and am working on finding the right string setup and where to add a bit of weight. I’ll probably sell the yonex.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
3rd gen pure strike is a winner. If 305g is too light then you could try the tour version which is 320g. Have only hit with the 16x19 which is a semi string eater (great pop+spin tho) so maybe you’d enjoy 18x20.
 

meametz

New User
3rd gen pure strike is a winner. If 305g is too light then you could try the tour version which is 320g. Have only hit with the 16x19 which is a semi string eater (great pop+spin tho) so maybe you’d enjoy 18x20.
I actually started with Pure Strike 98 305 gr gen 2. I loved it but i developed Golfer's Elbow due to bad serve technique and high stiffness so i'm afraid to go back to that now. If it weren't for that, you're right, the specs of PST are great other than stiffness. I still think it's a great racket but i spent months in pain and am a bit hesitant to go down that route again :D
 
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