Ultimate racquet of choice - tournament players and/or coaches

tomkowy

New User
I’m currently using Gravity Tours and thinks that’s the way to go if you want to add weight. Pro and Tour are nearly identical spec wise (I think) outside of SW. I haven’t ever added lead but I’m interested in doing so but have no clue where to start lol
They are different frames, Tour has a wider beam and is more powerful. If you spec the Tour to Pro weight and balance, it could be quite powerful.

Adding lead - add 1g at 3 o'clock, 1g at 9 o'clock and 2g under the buttcap. Same balance, but 4g more and a bit higher swingweight. You should feel more power and stability. Don't go too much at first - even 4 grams more into total weight make a difference.

Thats how I came up with the ratio because it doesnt feel too solid and doesnt offer much plow yet its on a heavier side of racquets.
Isn't that because Gravity Pro is low powered and quite muted at the same time? If the sweetspot wasn't 5 mm higher than typical, it would be very very low powered. It's a bit like a 27.25 racquet in 27 package. It does not feel very solid but I found it to be very stable and solid overall - if you swing with full power. Also adding weight does not help - it's still muted.
 

galapagos

Professional
They are different frames, Tour has a wider beam and is more powerful. If you spec the Tour to Pro weight and balance, it could be quite powerful.

Adding lead - add 1g at 3 o'clock, 1g at 9 o'clock and 2g under the buttcap. Same balance, but 4g more and a bit higher swingweight. You should feel more power and stability. Don't go too much at first - even 4 grams more into total weight make a difference.


Isn't that because Gravity Pro is low powered and quite muted at the same time? If the sweetspot wasn't 5 mm higher than typical, it would be very very low powered. It's a bit like a 27.25 racquet in 27 package. It does not feel very solid but I found it to be very stable and solid overall - if you swing with full power. Also adding weight does not help - it's still muted.
yes, thats very possible. But if you add mass to make it more HL then you are slightly increasing plow through and this increases power in theory... yes gravity is very muted because of the headsize but maybe added mass would make it feel less "anemic" . I just don't feel the racquet going through the ball despite the heavier specs. If you add this muted feel on top of that then it drives me crazy. Speed Pro is much more solid in feel and the specs are quite similar. Something must be in the headshape :)

Gravity , i really wanted to love you :)
 

galapagos

Professional
Ok, so time for Tecnifibre TFight RS305 review and feel free to join 18x19 fan club thread here - click . Let's protect the sacred string pattern that Djokovic, Medvedev, Agassi are using (and many more) .

(foam filled army TC95 and RS 305 both with Tecnifibre Razor Code)

Very interesting and refreshing to play something so unique and amazing at the same time. Watching Djokovic and Medvedev is always inspiring but 18x19 legacy is much bigger. Agassi was my favourite player as a junior, I still remember Denis Istomin's run during Australian Open 2017 when he defeated Djokovic.

How does it play?
It's a hybrid of my 4 favourite frames - Angell TC95, Yonex Ezone Dr 98, Wilson Blade, Head Prestige MP

1) When I look at the beam thickness and the grommet it reminds me a lot of Yonex Ezone Dr. It even makes similar sound while swinging. It kinda feels very similar in my hands. I sold yonex eventually because it was not stable enough - RS 305 is stable in stock form and I had absolutely no desire to add more mass to the head.

2) The feel is very soft yet solid. Some might say, ok - it is still kinda similar to yonex ezone dr but I would go even further and say it reminds me of my Angell custom racquets. Yes, I am a huge fan of foam filled sticks. The combination of comfort AND solidness is UNMATCHED. Only few frames managed to feel similar on contact - Tecnifibre RS, Angell TC and Head Speed Pro 360+. I think Prestige MP 360+ is somewhere there too but it's been a while i last demoed it.. Feel is one of the best aspect of Tecnifibre RS305. Man, its even softer than my Angell and still packs the same solidness. Yes, 67 ra RS foam filled and with DNA of Yonex Ezone Dr feels closer to my around 60ra Angell TC95. Big surpirse here.

3) Quality control - frame was on spec. I meassured weight and balance.

4) Similarity with Blade and Prestige is a bit more vague. First Blade because the specs are very similar but for some reason Tfight RS is much faster and user-friendly. On the other hand it doesnt offer such plow that Blade is offering. They are both kinda "more forgiving prestiges with more power and spin potential" BUT when it comes to power I would say Tecnifibre RS305 is actually closer to Prestige line. It's a low powered frame. Maybe it's a string (Tecnifibre Razor Code at 23kg) or maybe I was already used to my heavy angell with 16x19 pattern but at first I struggled to hit the ball with same pace as i can with angell (especially serves). It reminded me of my playtest with Graphene Touch Prestige MP. But 18x19 is definitely helping with spin potential and comfort.

5) spin potential is pretty much the same you can get out of 16x19 frames with 1.30 gauge while still retaining lower launch angle ( I used 1.25 gauge). This combined with lower powered response gives me huge confidence in acceleration. I took this babe to my league matches and back then I kinda struggled with my form YET I managed to win everything in my group. Of course the frame is good but it's not a "performance monster" like I could say with Speed Pro. The potential must be unlocked, similar to Prestige line. For me it was the excitement and easiness that made the difference.

6) like i said, stability is there, i hate when the racquet is unstable in stock form. When I add lead to the frame its only to find the feel and plow (tweak the movement), never to find the stability.

Ok, so what could be improved because there is no perfect racquet:

First, I think that in stock form RS 305 is just too light. I would just prefer to have a bit more of everything. I am used to 310-325 grams sticks so its different feel. Yes, its a modern frame but I would say it shares many characteristics of a classic sticks like prestige. I also think that Medvedev is playing with heavy setup yet very headlight, same with Istomin and Tipsarevic. It just works for them and I also have a preference for this specs. So I did some customizations:



First I tried to make it 315g/315mm balance and it already came to live. It felt more natural, the power increased and was very welcomed. Overall the easiness I loved in this frame improved. I could play with slightly more relaxed motion but the precision was still there.

still I felt that it can be better so later I made it around 320g/310mm balance and YAP ! this was my setup.
I did try to customize blade that way once and it didnt go well. Blade is great the way it is OR with very gentle mods. RS305 likes to be heavy and headlight. thats why I would like to see something like Tecnifibre RS 320 Tour or something like that... 310mm balance and no mods needed :) Or even go a bit further. 325g / 305 mm balance ? Well Tecnifibre guys would have to experiment a bit with weight distribution but take notes from Medvedev, Istomin and Tipsarevic :)
Once you end up with heavier frame and call it a "Tour" maybe make it a tad thinner to cut through the air a bit better and to make it look more classic (very optional). I feel old everytime I pick a racquet that has above 22mm thickness. It felt a bit better under my hand than Head Speed Pro :) At the end performance is the most important thing so I will take whatever is best but definitely heavier and more HL setup would be a great option !

Who is this frame for ?
If you liked Yonex Ezone but wanted more control, plow and stability while retaining similar spin potential - this is a must demo for you
if you love Blade but its too demanding for your wrist or shoulder - must demo
if you love Angell tc95 18x20 but want more forgiveness and easiness - must demo
if you love Speed Pro but it's a bit too big for you and the response is slightly too powerful - this is a demo
Only prestige guys will probably stick to their prestige frames. RS305 is too big departure because of the thickness and weight distribution. But I believe slightly different specs could mix the lineup a bit.

standout features:
-comfort and solidness (foam filled!) -feels like 60-64 ra
-better spin potential while retaining low launch angle of 18x20 pattern frames
-control but also easiness

to improve:
- I would like to see a heavier and more HL version of it
- maybe slightly thinner beam but hard to say how it would affect performance

rating: 7.5 / 10

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cheers !
 
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galapagos

Professional
Ok, so time for Tecnifibre TFight RS305 review and feel free to join 18x19 fan club thread here - click . Let's protect the sacred string pattern that Djokovic, Medvedev, Agassi are using (and many more) .

(foam filled army TC95 and RS 305 both with Tecnifibre Razor Code)

Very interesting and refreshing to play something so unique and amazing at the same time. Watching Djokovic and Medvedev is always inspiring but 18x19 legacy is much bigger. Agassi was my favourite player as a junior, I still remember Denis Istomin's run during Australian Open 2017 when he defeated Djokovic.

How does it play?
It's a hybrid of my 4 favourite frames - Angell TC95, Yonex Ezone Dr 98, Wilson Blade, Head Prestige MP

1) When I look at the beam thickness and the grommet it reminds me a lot of Yonex Ezone Dr. It even makes similar sound while swinging. It kinda feels very similar in my hands. I sold yonex eventually because it was not stable enough - RS 305 is stable in stock form and I had absolutely no desire to add more mass to the head.

2) The feel is very soft yet solid. Some might say, ok - it is still kinda similar to yonex ezone dr but I would go even further and say it reminds me of my Angell custom racquets. Yes, I am a huge fan of foam filled sticks. The combination of comfort AND solidness is UNMATCHED. Only few frames managed to feel similar on contact - Tecnifibre RS, Angell TC and Head Speed Pro 360+. I think Prestige MP 360+ is somewhere there too but it's been a while i last demoed it.. Feel is one of the best aspect of Tecnifibre RS305. Man, its even softer than my Angell and still packs the same solidness. Yes, 67 ra RS foam filled and with DNA of Yonex Ezone Dr feels closer to my around 60ra Angell TC95. Big surpirse here.

3) Quality control - frame was on spec. I meassured weight and balance.

4) Similarity with Blade and Prestige is a bit more vague. First Blade because the specs are very similar but for some reason Tfight RS is much faster and user-friendly. On the other hand it doesnt offer such plow that Blade is offering. They are both kinda "more forgiving prestiges with more power and spin potential" BUT when it comes to power I would say Tecnifibre RS305 is actually closer to Prestige line. It's a low powered frame. Maybe it's a string (Tecnifibre Razor Code at 23kg) or maybe I was already used to my heavy angell with 16x19 pattern but at first I struggled to hit the ball with same pace as i can with angell (especially serves). It reminded me of my playtest with Graphene Touch Prestige MP. But 18x19 is definitely helping with spin potential and comfort.

5) spin potential is pretty much the same you can get out of 16x19 frames with 1.30 gauge while still retaining lower launch angle ( I used 1.25 gauge). This combined with lower powered response gives me huge confidence in acceleration. I took this babe to my league matches and back then I kinda struggled with my form YET I managed to win everything in my group. Of course the frame is good but it's not a "performance monster" like I could say with Speed Pro. The potential must be unlocked, similar to Prestige line. For me it was the excitement and easiness that made the difference.

6) like i said, stability is there, i hate when the racquet is unstable in stock form. When I add lead to the frame its only to find the feel and plow (tweak the movement), never to find the stability.

Ok, so what could be improved because there is no perfect racquet:

First, I think that in stock form RS 305 is just too light. I would just prefer to have a bit more of everything. I am used to 310-325 grams sticks so its different feel. Yes, its a modern frame but I would say it shares many characteristics of a classic sticks like prestige. I also think that Medvedev is playing with heavy setup yet very headlight, same with Istomin and Tipsarevic. It just works for them and I also have a preference for this specs. So I did some customizations:



First I tried to make it 315g/315mm balance and it already came to live. It felt more natural, the power increased and was very welcomed. Overall the easiness I loved in this frame improved. I could play with slightly more relaxed motion but the precision was still there.

still I felt that it can be better so later I made it around 320g/310mm balance and YAP ! this was my setup.
I did try to customize blade that way once and it didnt go well. Blade is great the way it is OR with very gentle mods. RS305 likes to be heavy and headlight. thats why I would like to see something like Tecnifibre RS 320 Tour or something like that... 310mm balance and no mods needed :) Or even go a bit further. 325g / 305 mm balance ? Well Tecnifibre guys would have to experiment a bit with weight distribution but take notes from Medvedev, Istomin and Tipsarevic :)
Once you end up with heavier frame and call it a "Tour" maybe make it a tad thinner to cut through the air a bit better and to make it look more classic (very optional). I feel old everytime I pick a racquet that has above 22mm thickness. It felt a bit better under my hand than Head Speed Pro :) At the end performance is the most important thing so I will take whatever is best but definitely heavier and more HL setup would be a great option !

Who is this frame for ?
If you liked Yonex Ezone but wanted more control, plow and stability while retaining similar spin potential - this is a must demo for you
if you love Blade but its too demanding for your wrist or shoulder - must demo
if you love Angell tc95 18x20 but want more forgiveness and easiness - must demo
if you love Speed Pro but it's a bit too big for you and the response is slightly too powerful - this is a demo
Only prestige guys will probably stick to their prestige frames. RS305 is too big departure because of the thickness and weight distribution. But I believe slightly different specs could mix the lineup a bit.

standout features:
-comfort and solidness (foam filled!) -feels like 60-64 ra
-better spin potential while retaining low launch angle of 18x20 pattern frames
-control but also easiness

to improve:
- I would like to see a heavier and more HL version of it
- maybe slightly thinner beam but hard to say how it would affect performance

rating: 7.5 / 10

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cheers !
perfect timing for this Grand Slam racquet review :)
 

edelp

Semi-Pro
Ok, so time for Tecnifibre TFight RS305 review and feel free to join 18x19 fan club thread here - click . Let's protect the sacred string pattern that Djokovic, Medvedev, Agassi are using (and many more) .

(foam filled army TC95 and RS 305 both with Tecnifibre Razor Code)

Very interesting and refreshing to play something so unique and amazing at the same time. Watching Djokovic and Medvedev is always inspiring but 18x19 legacy is much bigger. Agassi was my favourite player as a junior, I still remember Denis Istomin's run during Australian Open 2017 when he defeated Djokovic.

How does it play?
It's a hybrid of my 4 favourite frames - Angell TC95, Yonex Ezone Dr 98, Wilson Blade, Head Prestige MP

1) When I look at the beam thickness and the grommet it reminds me a lot of Yonex Ezone Dr. It even makes similar sound while swinging. It kinda feels very similar in my hands. I sold yonex eventually because it was not stable enough - RS 305 is stable in stock form and I had absolutely no desire to add more mass to the head.

2) The feel is very soft yet solid. Some might say, ok - it is still kinda similar to yonex ezone dr but I would go even further and say it reminds me of my Angell custom racquets. Yes, I am a huge fan of foam filled sticks. The combination of comfort AND solidness is UNMATCHED. Only few frames managed to feel similar on contact - Tecnifibre RS, Angell TC and Head Speed Pro 360+. I think Prestige MP 360+ is somewhere there too but it's been a while i last demoed it.. Feel is one of the best aspect of Tecnifibre RS305. Man, its even softer than my Angell and still packs the same solidness. Yes, 67 ra RS foam filled and with DNA of Yonex Ezone Dr feels closer to my around 60ra Angell TC95. Big surpirse here.

3) Quality control - frame was on spec. I meassured weight and balance.

4) Similarity with Blade and Prestige is a bit more vague. First Blade because the specs are very similar but for some reason Tfight RS is much faster and user-friendly. On the other hand it doesnt offer such plow that Blade is offering. They are both kinda "more forgiving prestiges with more power and spin potential" BUT when it comes to power I would say Tecnifibre RS305 is actually closer to Prestige line. It's a low powered frame. Maybe it's a string (Tecnifibre Razor Code at 23kg) or maybe I was already used to my heavy angell with 16x19 pattern but at first I struggled to hit the ball with same pace as i can with angell (especially serves). It reminded me of my playtest with Graphene Touch Prestige MP. But 18x19 is definitely helping with spin potential and comfort.

5) spin potential is pretty much the same you can get out of 16x19 frames with 1.30 gauge while still retaining lower launch angle ( I used 1.25 gauge). This combined with lower powered response gives me huge confidence in acceleration. I took this babe to my league matches and back then I kinda struggled with my form YET I managed to win everything in my group. Of course the frame is good but it's not a "performance monster" like I could say with Speed Pro. The potential must be unlocked, similar to Prestige line. For me it was the excitement and easiness that made the difference.

6) like i said, stability is there, i hate when the racquet is unstable in stock form. When I add lead to the frame its only to find the feel and plow (tweak the movement), never to find the stability.


Who is this frame for ?
If you liked Yonex Ezone but wanted more control, plow and stability while retaining similar spin potential - this is a must demo for you
if you love Blade but its too demanding for your wrist or shoulder - must demo
if you love Angell tc95 18x20 but want more forgiveness and easiness - must demo
if you love Speed Pro but it's a bit too big for you and the response is slightly too powerful - this is a demo
Only prestige guys will probably stick to their prestige frames. RS305 is too big departure because of the thickness and weight distribution. But I believe slightly different specs could mix the lineup a bit.

standout features:
-comfort and solidness (foam filled!) -feels like 60-64 ra
-better spin potential while retaining low launch angle of 18x20 pattern frames
-control but also easiness


rating: 7.5 / 10

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cheers !
I "hate" you my friend... jaja. Guess need to try this one...
 

galapagos

Professional
I "hate" you my friend... jaja. Guess need to try this one...
i love you too :) make sure to string it low. between 21-23kg with 1.25 gauge. If you use 1.20 then maybe 23kg is a nice starting point.
Foam filled satisfaction guaranteed. It's not packed with performance like Speed line. I would say for your reference its like a speed line moved towards angell TC95. Definitely somewhere around those top frames but hard to put it on one shelf as it shares many interesting things from every racquet I liked so far. I am not a fan of the weight distribution. I prefer heavier, more hl setup with this frame. If you are a leather guy then it's perfect. For lead guys it's messy ;p
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
i love you too :) make sure to string it low. between 21-23kg with 1.25 gauge. If you use 1.20 then maybe 23kg is a nice starting point.
Foam filled satisfaction guaranteed. It's not packed with performance like Speed line. I would say for your reference its like a speed line moved towards angell TC95. Definitely somewhere around those top frames but hard to put it on one shelf as it shares many interesting things from every racquet I liked so far. I am not a fan of the weight distribution. I prefer heavier, more hl setup with this frame. If you are a leather guy then it's perfect. For lead guys it's messy ;p
Why not try the rs315 then ?
On my side i will test rs305 with razor code blue 1.25 at 21/20 kgs as i got rid of element
 

galapagos

Professional
Why not try the rs315 then ?
On my side i will test rs305 with razor code blue 1.25 at 21/20 kgs as i got rid of element
RS 315 has different string patter 16x19 but it sounds like a good demo as well. Just the 18x19 sounds more special to me. I am normaly more 18x20 player but with my tc95 16x19 i get best match results. Easier to play good (or uncomfortable for the opponent ) but also easier to make mistake.

18x19 foam filled RS was great. Amazing balance of control and spin potential. More forgiveness, more comfort. I am big fan of 18x19 obviously. BUT still pattern is not everything so i hope tecnifibre and head will keep pushing. Head is there but simply dont want to share the sticks to the public. Tecnifibre could offer „tour” version. Especially after their recent success. I really dont like customizing my rackets. They already made the „champion” stick so why not offer it to the public with similar specs ? RS already has quite big SW so it wont get thaaat much more demanding with different weight distribution (heavier static weight , much more headlight)

i would love to see angell tc95 and tc100 in 18x19 pattern.
 

galapagos

Professional
OK! Here it is, Yonex Vcore 95! Don't be fooled. Biggest Yonex 95" representative is Wawrinka who endorses Vcore 97 (LIE!) .




It's my first time with vcore 95 family and I am very positively surprised. I really didn't like Vcore 97 Duel G (16x20) - very anemic, unstable, no plow. I really didn't like Vcore 97 (from 2019) - brassy, unstable, no plow, horrible feel... I put the blame on the low static weight, low SW and low balance. Frame design looks good. (SORRY FOR THE SIDENOTE)

but if I didn't like 97 with such specs, why should I like the same specs under even smaller headsize (95) ? I believe all 95" frames should be at least 315g with MINIMUM SW 322 and up to 335.

BUT! It wasn't that bad. It was ok. First the string pattern 16x20:

I would say the launch angle is closer to 16x19 patterns rather than 18x20. More crosses make the frame a bit lower powered which can lead to more control. 16 mains gives higher launch and spin potential. It felt really similar to my angell tc95 16x19 in terms of how I feel the ball jumping off the stringbed (even though I use 1.30 gauges in tc95)

Vcore 95 is a bit more on a muted side but still great feel I would say. It's not countervail, or Babolat Project one7. It's like you take a blade from 2015 and move it a bit towards that Yonex Dr feel. And I think it comes mostly from a thicker beam.

Performance:
The potential of this frame is amazing. BUT its only a potential. In stock form its slightly too unstable with not enough plow. Who makes 310g/310mm balance 95" frames???? It wasn't THAT bad however disappointing. For example Dunlop CX200 Tour 18x20 (previous model) 315/310 was kinda in similar circle.

Sometimes the ball get's that little boost that I also experienced in Yonex Vcore HD 18x20. If they managed to make that boost more consistent instead of surprise then I would love it. So I think Yonex Vcore 95 has some hot spots where the ball is reacting different to the strike. I prefer uniform flex without any surprises but more control.

Serves were great but again...310grams... They were great for what the frame can offer in this baby package xDD Blade can offer you more, prestige can offer you more, Angell can offer you more and I can go on and on...

Is it a demanding 95? Yes and no. Isometric shape gives you that little help and I found no issues compared to some 98". But the smaller headsize with lower mass makes the frame demanding in terms of finding that consistent response. You hit it perfect ? The ball gets boost in power, you hit slightly off? The ball dies. You hit a bit more off center? Racquet twists in your hand (UNSTABLE but ok for its headsize and mass). 16 mains setup is making the sweet spot a bit bigger so it's not THAT hard to find the magic spot. But the variation of performance between sweet spot, slightly off and off center hits is quite big.

It's for creative players, no counter punchers (not enough plow and power). Sometimes when you are in defensive positions you need to try put the ball back deep and recover. With 95 vcore its a bit harder. I would say it's better to find angles with this frame rather than depth from difficult positions.

Slices were ok but I wouldnt go crazy over them. Decent.

Backhand was ok but lacked plow again.

Conclusion - great frame (design) but if you are a competitive player with experience then you will have to customize it. Otherwise there are better frames that are ready to go from the start. Luckily I think it doesnt need much weight. Maybe around 4 grams to the head and some in the handle to keep the balance HL.

Vcore 95 is in trouble ! The lower mass and SW makes it possible to swing for less advanced players but the 95" headsize makes no sense for those players. On the other hand it makes no sense for those advanced players to play with such a small headsize with so little mass. There are many many many more frames that can meet the demands of those advanced and less advanced players.

I give it a 6.8 rating. In stock form I would prefer Radical MP 360+ (rating 6.8) but if we compare the potential vcore 95 after customizations then it could get up to frames like Gravity Pro, Tecnifibre RS, Blade v7, Angell TC95, Prestige Mp 360+...

Very refreshing demo anyway !

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Spin Diesel

Rookie
On my journey for my new racket of choice, I also tested the Vcore 95. I even tried adding some weight but it didn‘t help much for me. It was still missing plow and didn‘t feel right.

It‘s low powered, doesn‘t offer easy spin but at the same time, I found it doesn’t offer enough control to compensate for it. I just never knew how to play with it.
For comparison - I was also testing the Prince 93P 18x20 and the Vcore 98, which I both could adapt to, somehow:
The Prince doesn‘t offer a lot of free spin but it‘s just so precise that I could hit a lot flatter overall and still play decently.
The Vcore 98 offers a lot of power and easy spin that I could aim for bigger targets with a lot of margin and it could work as well.

My new racket of choice, the Tecnifibre 305 RS is even somehow in a similar category but for me it has just a bit more pop and plow, feels more solid and yet offers a more predictable response.
 

EggSalad

Rookie
After reading the VCore 95 review, I thought I had missed the Prestige 360+ MP review. Good thing I hadn’t. I’m looking forward to your take on that racquet.
 

tomkowy

New User
My new racket of choice, the Tecnifibre 305 RS is even somehow in a similar category but for me it has just a bit more pop and plow, feels more solid and yet offers a more predictable response.
What racquet were you using previously? Why did you switch? I'm asking because 305 RS looks interesting for me also
 

Roquestil

Rookie
OK! Here it is, Yonex Vcore 95! Don't be fooled. Biggest Yonex 95" representative is Wawrinka who endorses Vcore 97 (LIE!) .




It's my first time with vcore 95 family and I am very positively surprised. I really didn't like Vcore 97 Duel G (16x20) - very anemic, unstable, no plow. I really didn't like Vcore 97 (from 2019) - brassy, unstable, no plow, horrible feel... I put the blame on the low static weight, low SW and low balance. Frame design looks good. (SORRY FOR THE SIDENOTE)

but if I didn't like 97 with such specs, why should I like the same specs under even smaller headsize (95) ? I believe all 95" frames should be at least 315g with MINIMUM SW 322 and up to 335.

BUT! It wasn't that bad. It was ok. First the string pattern 16x20:

I would say the launch angle is closer to 16x19 patterns rather than 18x20. More crosses make the frame a bit lower powered which can lead to more control. 16 mains gives higher launch and spin potential. It felt really similar to my angell tc95 16x19 in terms of how I feel the ball jumping off the stringbed (even though I use 1.30 gauges in tc95)

Vcore 95 is a bit more on a muted side but still great feel I would say. It's not countervail, or Babolat Project one7. It's like you take a blade from 2015 and move it a bit towards that Yonex Dr feel. And I think it comes mostly from a thicker beam.

Performance:
The potential of this frame is amazing. BUT its only a potential. In stock form its slightly too unstable with not enough plow. Who makes 310g/310mm balance 95" frames???? It wasn't THAT bad however disappointing. For example Dunlop CX200 Tour 18x20 (previous model) 315/310 was kinda in similar circle.

Sometimes the ball get's that little boost that I also experienced in Yonex Vcore HD 18x20. If they managed to make that boost more consistent instead of surprise then I would love it. So I think Yonex Vcore 95 has some hot spots where the ball is reacting different to the strike. I prefer uniform flex without any surprises but more control.

Serves were great but again...310grams... They were great for what the frame can offer in this baby package xDD Blade can offer you more, prestige can offer you more, Angell can offer you more and I can go on and on...

Is it a demanding 95? Yes and no. Isometric shape gives you that little help and I found no issues compared to some 98". But the smaller headsize with lower mass makes the frame demanding in terms of finding that consistent response. You hit it perfect ? The ball gets boost in power, you hit slightly off? The ball dies. You hit a bit more off center? Racquet twists in your hand (UNSTABLE but ok for its headsize and mass). 16 mains setup is making the sweet spot a bit bigger so it's not THAT hard to find the magic spot. But the variation of performance between sweet spot, slightly off and off center hits is quite big.

It's for creative players, no counter punchers (not enough plow and power). Sometimes when you are in defensive positions you need to try put the ball back deep and recover. With 95 vcore its a bit harder. I would say it's better to find angles with this frame rather than depth from difficult positions.

Slices were ok but I wouldnt go crazy over them. Decent.

Backhand was ok but lacked plow again.

Conclusion - great frame (design) but if you are a competitive player with experience then you will have to customize it. Otherwise there are better frames that are ready to go from the start. Luckily I think it doesnt need much weight. Maybe around 4 grams to the head and some in the handle to keep the balance HL.

Vcore 95 is in trouble ! The lower mass and SW makes it possible to swing for less advanced players but the 95" headsize makes no sense for those players. On the other hand it makes no sense for those advanced players to play with such a small headsize with so little mass. There are many many many more frames that can meet the demands of those advanced and less advanced players.

I give it a 6.8 rating. In stock form I would prefer Radical MP 360+ (rating 6.8) but if we compare the potential vcore 95 after customizations then it could get up to frames like Gravity Pro, Tecnifibre RS, Blade v7, Angell TC95, Prestige Mp 360+...

Very refreshing demo anyway !

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My experience with this racquet is that it’s pretty average stock. Night and day once you add 4-6 grams to your liking around the hoop.
 

Spin Diesel

Rookie
What racquet were you using previously? Why did you switch? I'm asking because 305 RS looks interesting for me also
My previous racket was the Prince Phantom Pro 100P, previous generation.
I chose it mainly because of wrist pain and it was pretty much the softest racket around at the time. I mean it‘s a good racket as well. I find it just lacks a bit of maneuvrability and it also doesn‘t feel good as soon as you hit a bit too much towards the upper hoop. But I never felt any pain since using it and it was working quite well for me, so I kept using it.
Just now I thought it was time to see, if there‘s anything that fits me better and the 305 RS has just a great balance of characteristics for me.
 

galapagos

Professional
Time for the Tecnifibre TF40 315g (used?/endorsed by Arthur Rinderknech)



I did shadow swings with TF40 305g that day as well. Let me tell you that they swing very similar (feel). TF40 315g has lower SW (323 instead of 326) and lower balance point (31 insead of 32.5).. I went with 315g, more HL setup because its my usual spec anyway (although I am ex-blade user)

Initial observations: the headsize looks more like 95" than 98". Probably paintjob playing mind games. When it comes to forgiveness it felt closer to what I would expect from 98" or a more forgiving 95".

It felt slightly more powerful than Tecnifibre RS305. Weird hah ? It could be strings but there was that small boost in power similar to what I experience in some Babolat frames or Angell TC97 or Yonex Vcore HD 18x20. It's gentle but noticeable. In fact the closest frames to TF40 are Angell K7 Lime and Angell TC97 18x20.
Kinda very classic design with modern twist/feel ? While Tecnifibre RS is more "modern" with classic touch/feel. In comparison Head Prestige MP 360+ (review still to come) is the leader of classics and even with their modern solution of 98" headsize it's still unchanged regarding classic feel/response.

Comfort is top notch. Absolutely no concerns.

Standout feature: slices
The best slices from all reviewed racquets so far. Crazy precision. It's flying soo linear. So clear. Simply amazing. Not many frames have standout features.

I think this frame doesnt take well additional weight at the top. It had protection tape (which is not that heavy anyway) and the racquet felt rather heavy. Heavier than 315g Dunlop CX200 Tour, heavier than Prestige MP 320g (but also more stable with more plow). My guess is that the TW is pretty high on that one. The feel is very solid and no twisting. That's probably coming from a thicker beam (22mm). This can be good or bad depending on your expectations. More stability, more power but less maneuverability. I would add more weight to the handle to find easier acceleration. 320g/305mm balance sounds like a good idea.

That day I was also demoing Yonex Vcore 95 16x20 and Tecnifibre TF40 was simply better in stock form. Power potential made a huge difference. Easier to switch from defense to offense. Easier to finish the point. It's just easier and ready to go. But also packed with heavier feel.

Serves were ok. Nothing to report here but it's just average good. My friend struggled here due to heavier feel (he is Prestige 360+ MP user).

I imagine players using leather grip will love this frame after that little customization.

Topspin is pretty much as expected from 18x20 98" frame. Nothing better, nothing worse. I think that little boost in power comes from 22mm beam and it offers some interesting options for producing heavier ball. Yonex HD was "boosting" more in comparison. Forum members often describe it as "flex in the hoop".

TF40 is more gentle and it's boosting in a very consistent way. "Expected boost".

It's closer to Blade line rather than Prestige (performance) but Blade is not "boosting" so much. More uniform flex perhaps with blades? That's why I mentioned babolat. Maybe it would be an easy switch for Dominic Thiem and his Pure Strike. Or maybe it's like IG prestige MP on steroids? Hard to say...

Overall I would prefer a slightly thinner beam TF40 or 320g/305mm setup or just slightly lower SW to make it easier to cut through the air :) I think the stability is so great on that frame that it wouldn't suffer much.

WHO IS IT FOR: I think it's a great option for somebody that expects slightly more power than Prestige MP or expects more comfort from his Pure Strike (no jarring/empty feel). Like I said Angell K7 Lime felt very similar to me. Blade is kinda similar too in performance but the feel is more "uniform" with blades. Amazing slices and stability... feels a bit heavy despite lower static weight than my usual sticks.

I give it a 7.1 rating. Similar story to Gravity Pro. It's a stick you want to love but somehow feels a bit heavier than other options with as good/similar performance. Slices will be remembered ! I would choose it over Gravity (slightly) because I have no idea how to modify Gravity to my needs. TF40 has standout feature of slices where Gravity has forgiveness but at my level you need to find and hit the sweet spot anyway...

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smithie

Rookie
I guess my reviews are a bit lengthy :p
also my heart is crying everytime I think about Gravity on paper vs Gravity in my hands. And even in my hands it feels great but at the same time kinda mleh. Go figure...
You should give the Gravity Tour version a try - it might give you that modification window that you lacked in the Pro
 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
Time for the Tecnifibre TF40 315g (used?/endorsed by Arthur Rinderknech)



I did shadow swings with TF40 305g that day as well. Let me tell you that they swing very similar (feel). TF40 315g has lower SW (323 instead of 326) and lower balance point (31 insead of 32.5).. I went with 315g, more HL setup because its my usual spec anyway (although I am ex-blade user)

Initial observations: the headsize looks more like 95" than 98". Probably paintjob playing mind games. When it comes to forgiveness it felt closer to what I would expect from 98" or a more forgiving 95".

It felt slightly more powerful than Tecnifibre RS305. Weird hah ? It could be strings but there was that small boost in power similar to what I experience in some Babolat frames or Angell TC97 or Yonex Vcore HD 18x20. It's gentle but noticeable. In fact the closest frames to TF40 are Angell K7 Lime and Angell TC97 18x20.
Kinda very classic design with modern twist/feel ? While Tecnifibre RS is more "modern" with classic touch/feel. In comparison Head Prestige MP 360+ (review still to come) is the leader of classics and even with their modern solution of 98" headsize it's still unchanged regarding classic feel/response.

Comfort is top notch. Absolutely no concerns.

Standout feature: slices
The best slices from all reviewed racquets so far. Crazy precision. It's flying soo linear. So clear. Simply amazing. Not many frames have standout features.

I think this frame doesnt take well additional weight at the top. It had protection tape (which is not that heavy anyway) and the racquet felt rather heavy. Heavier than 315g Dunlop CX200 Tour, heavier than Prestige MP 320g (but also more stable with more plow). My guess is that the TW is pretty high on that one. The feel is very solid and no twisting. That's probably coming from a thicker beam (22mm). This can be good or bad depending on your expectations. More stability, more power but less maneuverability. I would add more weight to the handle to find easier acceleration. 320g/305mm balance sounds like a good idea.

That day I was also demoing Yonex Vcore 95 16x20 and Tecnifibre TF40 was simply better in stock form. Power potential made a huge difference. Easier to switch from defense to offense. Easier to finish the point. It's just easier and ready to go. But also packed with heavier feel.

Serves were ok. Nothing to report here but it's just average good. My friend struggled here due to heavier feel (he is Prestige 360+ MP user).

I imagine players using leather grip will love this frame after that little customization.

Topspin is pretty much as expected from 18x20 98" frame. Nothing better, nothing worse. I think that little boost in power comes from 22mm beam and it offers some interesting options for producing heavier ball. Yonex HD was "boosting" more in comparison. Forum members often describe it as "flex in the hoop".

TF40 is more gentle and it's boosting in a very consistent way. "Expected boost".

It's closer to Blade line rather than Prestige (performance) but Blade is not "boosting" so much. More uniform flex perhaps with blades? That's why I mentioned babolat. Maybe it would be an easy switch for Dominic Thiem and his Pure Strike. Or maybe it's like IG prestige MP on steroids? Hard to say...

Overall I would prefer a slightly thinner beam TF40 or 320g/305mm setup or just slightly lower SW to make it easier to cut through the air :) I think the stability is so great on that frame that it wouldn't suffer much.

WHO IS IT FOR: I think it's a great option for somebody that expects slightly more power than Prestige MP or expects more comfort from his Pure Strike (no jarring/empty feel). Like I said Angell K7 Lime felt very similar to me. Blade is kinda similar too in performance but the feel is more "uniform" with blades. Amazing slices and stability... feels a bit heavy despite lower static weight than my usual sticks.

I give it a 7.1 rating. Similar story to Gravity Pro. It's a stick you want to love but somehow feels a bit heavier than other options with as good/similar performance. Slices will be remembered ! I would choose it over Gravity (slightly) because I have no idea how to modify Gravity to my needs. TF40 has standout feature of slices where Gravity has forgiveness but at my level you need to find and hit the sweet spot anyway...

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More good content mate.

Would love to see a review of the Prince Phantoms as well, especially the 97P.
 

bersimon

New User
@galapagos your reviews are really top notch! Have you considered the Prince Tour 100P? In my opinion it offers a great blend of control, feel, maneuverability and power. In some ways I find it is in between a Speed Pro and a Blade 98. For me the decisive part was the better maneuverability compared to the two since I always played with heavy/head-light sticks, like the Prince Phantom 93P, Head LM Prestige MP and Yonex Vcore SV 95.
 

galapagos

Professional
I actually find the G360+ SP fantastic for touch shots, drop shots, spin, flat, loopy, slow shots, fast shots, and volleys... it's definitely not a one-trick pony.
Hm perhaps you cought me on exaggeration :) speed pro is absolutely a fanstastic frame and my rating reflects that. The feel is really great on that one. Now i see my review for such a frame is a little bit short and lacking.

for me thinner beams are master of touch shots. You are more synched with the frame. BUT speed pro 360+ indeed offers great touch. Its just the look of it that makes it „tricky” for me to trust fully. I often have to pinpoint the ball with my students.
Do you know any other 23mm beam with such connection ? I have never experienced that hence my „tricky” review :)
But speed pro is almost a complete frame and i can see many nextgen players with it next to gravity.
 

galapagos

Professional
You should give the Gravity Tour version a try - it might give you that modification window that you lacked in the Pro
Actually one of my students will get it this friday. I will try it as well then! :) was thinking between gravity tour and prestige tour. I think gravity is the better choice. We will see!
 

smithie

Rookie
Actually one of my students will get it this friday. I will try it as well then! :) was thinking between gravity tour and prestige tour. I think gravity is the better choice. We will see!
This is a similar story to me (ish), my coach uses it and let me play with it whilst I was demoing other frames. The gravity series was never on my radar originally but I loved it from the first hit so I ended up demoing all the variants. My order of preference was: Tour > Pro > MP
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Hm perhaps you cought me on exaggeration :) speed pro is absolutely a fanstastic frame and my rating reflects that. The feel is really great on that one. Now i see my review for such a frame is a little bit short and lacking.

for me thinner beams are master of touch shots. You are more synched with the frame. BUT speed pro 360+ indeed offers great touch. Its just the look of it that makes it „tricky” for me to trust fully. I often have to pinpoint the ball with my students.
Do you know any other 23mm beam with such connection ? I have never experienced that hence my „tricky” review :)
But speed pro is almost a complete frame and i can see many nextgen players with it next to gravity.
It is a special frame. I was pleasantly surprised when I tested it out. Wasn't expecting to like it at all, but after one hit, I ordered the black version. The only area that I have some difficulty with is the serve, but I'm working on it.
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
It is a special frame. I was pleasantly surprised when I tested it out. Wasn't expecting to like it at all, but after one hit, I ordered the black version. The only area that I have some difficulty with is the serve, but I'm working on it.
I hated it every minute i played with it, plastic feeling something like that.... :)
Tomorrow test of firestorm in rs305 !
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
I hated it every minute i played with it, plastic feeling something like that.... :)
Tomorrow test of firestorm in rs305 !
Thanks for letting me know. To each his own... that's why we are all different.

Hope you're enjoying the RS305. I have 2 305 XTCs, and I enjoy them very much.
 

galapagos

Professional
Time for the Head Graphene 360+ MP 18x20 review ! I don't know anyone using this frame (Karatsev is the strongest endorser) BUT I can see some young players in the future popping up with a prostock of this model.



I tested every prestige MP from IG version (had even anniversary edition in my hands) so there was IG (innegra), Graphene, Graphene Xt and Graphene Touch. I think i didnt skip any names?

Innegra - great frame, fast but stable enough, suprisingly good spin potential, some users were reporting issues with elbow or wrist (not me)
Graphene - very demanding (they increased SW a lot on this one), the feel was a bit harsher. I know nobody that liked that frame. In fact most users at this point probably switched to Yonex Vcore Duel G which maybe was at that moment the closest thing to IG prestige (but needed more lead)
Graphene XT - kinda hollow feeling, it was a bit like innegra without the feel
Graphene Touch - It was a step into right direction. I know some Head sponsored coaches that were on the edge of switching their brand after 4 horrible years with prestige line (Graphene and Xt). Most were aiming at the Yonex Vcore line but Touch edition managed to keep some of them. In my opinion it was slightly anemic, required low tensions or some mods but the feel in my opinion was already nice. Of course if we compare it to competition frames back then it would fade out. At this point Wilson was already all over the place dominating with Blades. Yonex also took a big share out of Head's Hands (lol) - internet wasn't helping either. Most were still favouring IG line. HUGE problem for Head.

and here we are - 360+ MP. Or should we say Recuperation line?

Yes, this is my favourite edition and I like it even more than the legendary (not anymore!) IG / innegra. First of all in stock form I think the specs are pretty much spot on for me. Maybe I would prefer a slight (but very small) bump in SW but I guess it depends on quality control.

I was holding 6 different Prestige MP 360+ in my hands from different users and in different time. The first one (demo version in a store) felt the best to me. One was slightly too heavy and rest of them were the closest to each other and slightly faster than the demo version. I am very sensitive to specs but I would say the QC on prestige line is good and above average.

Performance - Prestige that is able to take out some Blade users from Wilson camp ? It's much more forgiving and spin friendly than previous versions. It's a frame that can be used by 4.0. Friends coaches noticed slight bump in power and spin (especially serves) with only a small drawback on volleys.

I think this is near perfect frame for somebody that in general prefers lower powered response but quite nice forgiveness and spin potential for 18x20 pattern. So far I was saying that all IG fans should try Dunlop CX200 Tour. Now I say pick 360+ graphene version.

Also right now If I had to change my current racquet of choice (Angell TC95 16x19 with 1.30 gauge strings) I would pick between Head Prestige 360+ MP or Tecnifibre Tfight RS305 and change the gauge to 1.25... maybe Blade V7 18x20 but haven't tried it yet.

What could be improved? That's the BIG question for Head and for the fans. I know many players that already stocked up with that edition in fear that Head will ruin their upcoming release.

I don't know the answer to this question. First because we need to respect the prestige line and the overall DNA of the racquet. It should remain control oriented with great touch and feel. It should still remain maneuverable and let more demanding players mod it a bit (probably leather +tiny amount of lead at 12"). I hope they will not increase the flex in the hoop that kinda shoots off the ball with a slight boost (Yonex Vcore 97 HD has it and its taking away the confidence). They could slightly (JUST SLIGHTLY) push the performance towards Speed Pro. Or just slightly add more plow. I would be surprised if they could manage to create something similar to 360+ but with even more spin potential and same control. That would be crazy good.

Why I haven't switched? First because I already have 3x customized angells. Second, because it's not any better. It's just as good just like Tecnifibre Tfight RS and probably Blade 18x20. BUT the main reason is that I currently play with 16x19 pattern which enables me to play good vs better players (if that makes any sense?). From difficult situations it's easier to hit amazing counter attacks. It's easier to serve a bomb and kick serves. Even if during practice I felt confident with Prestige I am not sure how it could affect my results.

Yes I have Tecnifibre RS305 in my bag (modified) and I do believe that 18x19 is the perfect meet in the middle. Why I haven't switched to RS305 ? Because I would have to modify all the purchased racquets to make it more HL and I am very OCD (I had maybe like 6 angells with very very similar specs but I couldn't compete with some of them because they felt heavier or lighter than my nr. 1) . I have one RS for fun hitting or to restart my brain.

I give it a 7.5 rating. Slightly more plow and spin potential would be appreciated. Otherwise the best Prestige I tested ever.

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Spin Diesel

Rookie
I hated it every minute i played with it, plastic feeling something like that.... :)
Tomorrow test of firestorm in rs305 !
When I demoed the Speed Pro, I found it to be a great racket but I didn‘t really like the feel as well. But then, I also didn‘t love how the 305 RS felt but now with my strings and tension I do! So maybe the stringjob in that Speed Pro demo wasn‘t to my liking as well.
 

galapagos

Professional
@galapagos your reviews are really top notch! Have you considered the Prince Tour 100P? In my opinion it offers a great blend of control, feel, maneuverability and power. In some ways I find it is in between a Speed Pro and a Blade 98. For me the decisive part was the better maneuverability compared to the two since I always played with heavy/head-light sticks, like the Prince Phantom 93P, Head LM Prestige MP and Yonex Vcore SV 95.
Thank you! I did consider it long time ago when i was switching from Graphene Speed Pro. Now i dont feel the vibes but maybe one day. It seems like its popular in US?
 

bersimon

New User
@galapagos I would get a demo of the Tour 100P. Since you liked TF305, Blade 98 and Speed Pro this stick falls right in between all of those. And it plays well with more reactive or control oriented polys as well as multis. Give it a shot
 

galapagos

Professional
@galapagos I would get a demo of the Tour 100P. Since you liked TF305, Blade 98 and Speed Pro this stick falls right in between all of those. And it plays well with more reactive or control oriented polys as well as multis. Give it a shot
I checked the specs and it seems to have high stiffness. Does it have any softening techs? For example RS is foam filled. Rest are soft by the design.
 

bersimon

New User
I have a sensitive arm but neve had any discomfort with this racquet. The listed stiffness is 66 but it vibrates as the TF305 (TWU data) and as far as I can tell, it feels softer that what the numbers are saying! IMHO the textreme and the twaron are really playing a big role here and the feel is pretty good considering that I was a prestige player until graphene era. Also the relatively low SW allows for some lead at 12 to bump it up to your preferred specs (other locations it won't make sense as the TW is already high).
 

bersimon

New User
I checked the specs and it seems to have high stiffness. Does it have any softening techs? For example RS is foam filled. Rest are soft by the design.
I have a sensitive arm but neve had any discomfort with this racquet. The listed stiffness is 66 but it vibrates as the TF305 (TWU data) and as far as I can tell, it feels softer that what the numbers are saying! IMHO the textreme and the twaron are really playing a big role here and the feel is pretty good considering that I was a prestige player until graphene era. Also the relatively low SW allows for some lead at 12 to bump it up to your preferred specs (other locations it won't make sense as the TW is already high).
 

galapagos

Professional
I have a sensitive arm but neve had any discomfort with this racquet. The listed stiffness is 66 but it vibrates as the TF305 (TWU data) and as far as I can tell, it feels softer that what the numbers are saying! IMHO the textreme and the twaron are really playing a big role here and the feel is pretty good considering that I was a prestige player until graphene era. Also the relatively low SW allows for some lead at 12 to bump it up to your preferred specs (other locations it won't make sense as the TW is already high).
I think Pouille was playing with this racquet before switching to Babolat right?
 

galapagos

Professional
Oh man. So refreshing to see Murray back on tour. I wonder which frame is the closest to his personal choice.
 

tomkowy

New User
Oh man. So refreshing to see Murray back on tour. I wonder which frame is the closest to his personal choice.
It’s always nice to see how he outmaneouvre’s opponents with bigger ewaporacja.
Some knowlegable people on the forum say he’s playing PT57A with very high SW (370-380)
 

galapagos

Professional
It’s always nice to see how he outmaneouvre’s opponents with bigger ewaporacja.
Some knowlegable people on the forum say he’s playing PT57A with very high SW (370-380)
yap , but its 16x19 pattern. So I guess the closest frames are Radical Pro, Prestige Pro, Yonex Vcore 97? Angell TC95/TC97, Wilson Blade 16x19? It's even hard to come up with the list but I am not an expert in prostocks. (no experience)
I mean closest in performance. Not closest as "replacement".
@dr325i ?
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
yap , but its 16x19 pattern. So I guess the closest frames are Radical Pro, Prestige Pro, Yonex Vcore 97? Angell TC95/TC97, Wilson Blade 16x19? It's even hard to come up with the list but I am not an expert in prostocks. (no experience)
I mean closest in performance. Not closest as "replacement".
@dr325i ?
If you must, I’d say IG Prestige PRO (293.1). I am using the PT57A 16x19 last 12 months and have stocked up on them as my favorite frames. I also have 360+ prestige MP 16x19 (pro stock TGT345.2) I. My bag and use it sometimes with no issues to switch from one to the other. But nothing really replaces the plushness of the PT57A2
 
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