Vcore 98 (2021), 360+ radical pro, Blade 98 v7 or Extreme tour

GermanBeast

New User
Hi Forum,

i am looking for a new racquet in 2021. I played with the IG radical pro a long time, but then wanted a racquet that plays easier. I switched to the pure strike third gen, because everything goes easier with it. But after the hooneymoon phase, I noticed that the feel is too muted and I missed the plush feel of the IG rad pro.

What I am looking for?

I am looking for a racquet that has the easy playability of the PS with a nice plush and comfortable feel like the IG rad pro.

After Reading many reviews and feedbacks, I made the following list:
-Blade 98 v7 16/19
-360+ radical pro
-Vcore 98 2021, maybe with some lead
-360+ Extreme Tour with lead

What I don‘t like?
-head size bigger than 98 sq.i
-too thick beams,
-closed string pattern like 18x20

What I have tested in the past?
I tested some 100 sq.i, but realized that I doesn‘t like these frames
-textreme Tour 100 310 -> was not bad but feels like a pan.
-360+ Gravity Tour -> wasn‘t stable and too light
-Vcore 98 red one (too light and brassy)
-dr98 don‘t know why, but It feels not right for me. Touch was not the greatest
Vcore pro 97 310 (no plow through and too head light)
-phantom 100X 305 (feel was nice, but not enough control and plow through

What do you think could ne the right racquet from my list or do you have some other recommendation?

My play style is quite versatile.
I like to open up the court with spin and finish the point at net or with a forehand drive. I play a OHB, but more slice than topspin. That I want to change.

Greetings from Germany and sorry for my english
 
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elsk

New User
Similar list to me love the PS but the gen 2 hurt my arm and gen3 18x20 is a bit too much swinweight for me to handle.

Do yourself a favour and remove the bladev7 from this list, I own one and it is nothing like the PS and not a good racket in my eyes. I only bought it to play during winter when I tend to have arm issues.
I would add the vcore95 and the 2020 Ezone98 to this list.
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
I would maybe add the new Radical MP as well - a lot of folks seem to prefer the new MP over the Pro. Feedback for both seems quite positive, though.
 

Lorenn

Hall of Fame
Greetings from Germany and sorry for my english

Better than mine:) Longtime LM Radical user who switch last year to the Gravity Pro/Speed MP. Hitting Partner normally uses Speed MP, but will switch to Radical MP when feeling tired.

Extreme Tour was not a bad racquet. It needed extra weight. It felt liked it prefers to hit with spin, but doesn't demand it. Just always slightly hinting you should hit with more spin.

Radical Pro I really enjoy hitting with it. Really easy to hit a good one handed backhand. Gravity Pro hits well, but I have to give it just a little extra oomph with one handed backhands. Forehands I slightly prefer Gravity Pro. Serves I do reasonably well with both.

Radical Mp I prefer the pro, my hitting partner prefers the MP. I found it easy to swing. My timing felt as if I had to hold back. This would likely be easy to overcome given time. I could see it being a deadly weapon with practice and maybe a little extra weight. Hitting partner plays great with the Radical MP when tired.

Vcore 98 one of my friends just switched to it. It played reasonably well. A little extra weight would be nice. I prefer the Radical Pro and Speed MP.
 

studpuffin

New User
I've played with the Blade 98 v7 16x19 and the VCore 98 2021.

I personally find the Blade 98 to have plush feel (probably due to low RA racket + thinner beam) and to be more control-oriented vs. the VCore 98. That said, the Blade 98 lacks a bit of stability and plays better with lead at 3 and 9. I prefer this more for an all court game, especially for slices and touch shots. This will probably be less powerful than your Pure Strike.

The VCore 98 2021 has a bit more of a dampened/muted feeling, but more stability and power (higher RA + thicker beam) on ground strokes. I prefer this for a baseliner's game, especially if you hit with spin. Stability helps with serve too.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-new 2021 head.radical.PRO, its a 98" stick, very solid, my favorite of the new ones so far (y)(y)
-new 2020 head.prestige.PRO, its 95", nice on the 1HBH, among other shots/things (serve)!!
-2019 v7 wilson/blade(16/19), very nice, spin, comfort, playability, 97" (y)
-the wilson PS racquets are not for everyone
--the w.ps.RF is heavy but lots of plowthrough, good if you can handle the weight
--the w.ps is nice and lighter, but im finding it needs soft mains strings for BEST comfort while playing

-i hate to say it, but the new 2021 y.vcore.98 is "same-ol, same-ol" from the previous version, just a bit more comfortable :sneaky:
-lots of lead needed to make a serious racquet (too much IMO); its a tweener, fast racquet with no weight behind it
-its "a bit" nicer now, but not for me
 
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GermanBeast

New User
thanks for your reply.

The new radical mp could be an option, but then I would add 10 gr. or more of lead at 6 o'clock. Then should be the radical pro the better solution isn't it?
The Yonex regna 98 sound interesting, but holy sh...t is it expensive and on top of that the whole importing process to Germany. I think, it is not worth this effort.

@1HBHfanatic: I played for a few months with the youtek IG prestige pro. Great feel, super stable and also a really nice control, but it was too demanding for me. I had a lot of effort to get good pace and power to be consistent.
I also played a few months with the RF. For the first 30-45 min it was the best I have ever hit, but after that it was like swinging piece of metal. The lighter PS version I also don't like. The string bed was really inconsistent and erratic.

Could you compare the dampened and comfortable feel of the new vcore 98 with the Pure Strike 3gen or another racquet?
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
@GermanBeast
-the new graphene 360+ technology made all the head racquets lighter, faster and more comfortable
-the prestige's are not as heavy and cumbersome to use anymore; i like them a lot now
-some of the old/classic "purest" players who loved that heavy PRO feel of the prestige's might not like the update,
-the 2020 prestige line has a new-school feel to it!!, slick, fast, and yet still solid!!
-combine that with the head.lynx/tour ,(high power copolys of today) and you now have a very comfortable solid racquet

-i've tried several of the head.MPs of the past, (2019, 2017, 2013) but i always felt the need to add lead in the 4 corners of the head!?, and more in the handle to make it feel good for me (10-12pt HL)
-ill do the same to the new (2021) rad.mp to compare!?!, when i get to try it
-but the MPs have been a bit "string sensitive" to me
-softer strings imo work best for me on the MPs

-i dont mess too much with babolats (not for me; stiffness too high for my arm),
-based on my "limited" experience with the brief hits of the b.pure.strike:
-the vcore98 has a bigger sweetspot in comparason to the babo.p.s.,
-the stiffness is noticeably lower ,(a bit) on the yonex racquets, IME !?!
 

flipflap

Rookie
Your post is quite recognizable (maybe this is a incorrect translation of a Dutch sentence).

Maybe you are not looking for more plushness but more crisp? Because it sound that a lot of slightly plush racquet are too underpowered for you...

I play a lot with the pure aero vs (the previous "storm" version), the new one is supposed to be more powerfull, 98inch with 16x20 strings.

This weekend first time with the new speed mp, it's 100 but have read a lot of good things about it, add some lead here and there...
 

GermanBeast

New User
@1HBHfanatic: I read some reviews of the 360+ prestige pro. It seems that it has more power and an easier access to spin than the previous versions. Sounds like I have to give it try. Could be a good match for me.

@flipflap: No, I am looking for a racquet with more plushness. It can be a little bit crisp, but not too stiff. The power level should be similar to the pure strike or a bit lower.
 

Icedorb217

Semi-Pro
You might want to check out the new technifibre tflight rs frames then. They are also in a similar spec range as what you listed above.
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
What's your definition of "too thick beams"?

I think the Ezone Tour would be a good fit of your "like a Pure Strike but more plush/feel" (although admittedly comparing to the P17, not the 3rd Gen), not sure if the 24mm Beam at the head puts you off though (19mm at the throat however).
 

GermanBeast

New User
With too thick beams I mean racquets with a beam at the head > 23mm, ideally would be <= 22mm.
So, the 24mm of the EZONE tour is too thick for me.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
What strings and tensions do you use? I use a Pure Strike Tour and the feel is good with poly strings strung at low tensions around 20-21 kg. The feel is more muted if you increase the tension above 24-25 kg or if you use softer strings. I recommend trying soft polys like HyperG or Cyclone Tour at low tensions first before you switch racquets. It also plays fantastic with a stiff poly like ALU Power at low tension, but you have to be willing to restring within 8 hours as it goes dead quickly.
 

GermanBeast

New User
For the pure strike I used the Head lynx with a tension of 24/23 kg because the racquet is quiet stiff. Normally, I play the ALU power indoors with 25/24 kg and on clay 24/23 kg. I am not sure if it helps when I string at low tension, but I could try of course.
 
Could try the new Prestige tour, would certainly feel nice, just need to check the feel to see if it is to your liking. with a soft string and a rubber band dampener, who knows.
The second pick can also be the old graphene 360 radical pro, with a soft string it also has potential I think. I'm not so sure the newest version has improved in the feel department. You can also try that new v6 blade 16x19. the v7 blade seems to have a mixed response about its feel flex tech. for that reason, I'd also not go with the clash 98. Ezone 98 might work with some lead. same with the vcore 95. ProKennex qtour pro 315. that's about all I can find in terms of 98 sq in rackets with a decent feel. there are some 18x20s but you said you are looking for pure strike-like playability and these are all very user-friendly.
 

GermanBeast

New User
Maybe, I have found my new racquet of choice.

I had the chance to demoed the 360+ radical pro and Wilson blade 98 v7. The blade convinced me. It plays very similar to the pure strike 3rd gen, but with a much better feel and response. Spin, power and control are very close. The comfort is also next level than the PS.
The only downside is the stability. It is not as solid as the PS or radical pro. I noticed it on volleys and my 1hbh.
If I want to weight it up without changing balance, I have to add lead on 6 o'clock, right? Would adding 5 grams of lead making it a bit more stable?
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Maybe, I have found my new racquet of choice.

I had the chance to demoed the 360+ radical pro and Wilson blade 98 v7. The blade convinced me. It plays very similar to the pure strike 3rd gen, but with a much better feel and response. Spin, power and control are very close. The comfort is also next level than the PS.
The only downside is the stability. It is not as solid as the PS or radical pro. I noticed it on volleys and my 1hbh.
If I want to weight it up without changing balance, I have to add lead on 6 o'clock, right? Would adding 5 grams of lead making it a bit more stable?
3 and 9 is the place to go for more stability. Swingweight is 12 and sweet spot is 2 and 10, so I would add the weight at 3 and 9.
 

studpuffin

New User
Agreed with SinneGoat. I have my blade with lead and 3 and 9, and counter balanced with some weight in the handle (lead, blue tac etc).
 
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