Yonex Ai 98: tell me more about her

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  1. I'm not good

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    Im getting it in the mail today. Will post a review after some hitting weather permitting.
     
  2. Sambuccashake

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    I sold one of them but still have an ai98 "lite".
    Are they very different when leaded up or are they feeling like the standard version?
     
  3. zoobears

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    yes different

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  4. I'm not good

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    Got rained out after about 20 minutes so I don't have too much feedback.

    Initial Impressions: Looks pretty dang good to my eye but then again I am a fan of green. I can see how some people might be turned off by it. The typical Yonex frame shape doesn't seem so pronounced to me, very different than my blade but not in a bad way.

    As some have said here before, the feel is definitely muted. But that is not an insult, as it is a muted solid feel at strike. Compared to my blade 93 this racquet is definitely: Lighter, lower powered, more spin oriented, MUCH more forgiving. With this racquet, it gives you the confidence to ramp up the swing speed without worrying about a mis-hit, which allows you to hit with even more spin and pace. I was getting a ton of pace on my first serve but dumped a lot of 2nds into the net as I was not used to the increased spin.

    Don't have any complaints thus far, hope to get out tomorrow with the sun and hit some more.
     
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  5. tmc5005

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    Love this racquet it has been on my top 10 most arm friendly list for a long time but the new DR 98 is even better. IT is more flexible, more headlite and has all the anti damping technology of the Ai 98 plus the added nanometric DR material making it play even more flexible.
     
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    ill get a dr98 when they go on sale and the "Zx98" is the next big thing with ├╝ber dynamic repulsion
     
  7. zoobears

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    na

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  8. 1990's Graphite

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    After much chopping and changing I've decided to leave lead at 3 and 9 total of 3 grams with an overgrip to counter it. This setup works fine. Lead at 10 and 2 was ok also but found better consistency when at 3 and 9. Even if dr98 prices dramatically drop it won't be enough to sway me. I do however look forward to the next lineup ai98 > dr98 > ..98 ?
     
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    Try giving it a second string job. It could be that the first set of strings pulled the grommets into the frame, but left the gut loose and dead feeling. Put some syn gut in it @4 lbs lower than the gut tension before you abandon it.
     
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  10. Had one of my AI98's restrung, my coach put babolat spiraltek in the crosses and RPM blast in the mains, at a lowish tension (48-50lbs), I also added 2gms at 3, 2 grams at 9, and 6gms under the overgrip at the buttcap to counterbalance it (350gms total) and the thing is a weapon now.

    Bit TOO much power, the ball flies off the racquet and you have to make sure you get spin on it, but it is easy to get spin too if you aren't lazy and swing correctly. It was solid on volleys, and solid on serves and returns too.

    It is light years better than my pure strike 18/20's, they are awesome in the sweet spot, but were killing my arm on off centre hits.

    I was going to sell my ai98s but am definitely keeping them now.
     
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    Where can you buy Yonex Ai 98 grommets?

    Does the ai 98 share same grommets as dr 98?

    Thanks.
     
  12. 1990's Graphite

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    Tennis warehouse has them in stock. Dr98 grommets do not fit.
     
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  13. mike84

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    Thanks.

    9.99$ each for grommet need x3

    $20 for shipping flat rate fee WOW.

    Can't believe what ripoff tennis warehouse is for anyone out side USA :mad:

    Plus being in US dollars.

    So with shipping 3 grommets for ai 98 is $80 Canadian.
     
  14. Readers

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    They are not in business to just sell you some grommets, the shipping is great when you buy more stuff, I bought 3 frames, over 10 sets of strings, and some misc item and 2 days shipping came up to 27. I don't see anyone doing better. Also TW has nothing to do with weak Canadian dollar.
     
  15. Tommy Haas

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    I'm very surprised the DR98 grommets don't fit the AI98. I thought the two frames were identical in dimension and only differed in frame material.

    What are the differences between the two besides the frame material that makes the AI98 softer and the DR98 stiffer? Is the string pattern geometry different?
     
  16. Simon_the_furry

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    My question exactly.
     
  17. mike84

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    I am also curious why wouldn't DR 98 fit?

    DR98 grommets are on eeeebay easy to find yet ai 98 grommets are rare.
     
  18. 1990's Graphite

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    Stringers on these forums have posted that they don't fit. Not sure exactly why maybe spacing or sizing of tubes. You can still find ai grommets. Many tennis shops still have them.
     
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  19. fantom

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    Mike is in Canada. I believe that's why he can't get them.

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  20. Simon_the_furry

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    Weird.
    really weird.
    Maybe you could sand them down a bit and make them fit?
     
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    Lol Are you talking about the racquet or about Ivanovic? She's married.
     
  22. fantom

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    The post you replied to was from 2014...

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  23. Tommy Haas

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    Is the Ai98 more flexible than the DR98 and if it is, is it more flexible in the hoop or throat?
     
  24. zoobears

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    its more flexible in the ass.

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  25. Tommy Haas

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    I watched a Youtube video on using the Babolat RDC and it looks like the flex of the racquet is measured at the hoop.

    There really could be validity to the AI98 being more flexible in the throat while the RDC of the DR98 being a point lower.

    It also looks like the new nanometric fibers make the DR98 snap back faster versus the AI98 not having it and giving it a softer feel.

    This may explain why most feel the AI98 feels softer and more flexible than the DR98 while the RDC indicates otherwise.
     
  26. Tommy Haas

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    I went ahead and bought an AI98 with a spare grommet set at pro shop since TW didn't carry it anymore. The grommets for the AI98 Lite are the same.

    Now I just need to find a string setup that'll compliment the flexy frame and also be nice to my elbow.

    I wasn't able to swing out with the DR98 because it was too powerful for me and upping the string tension just made my TE worse.
     
  27. Tommy Haas

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    The AI98 definitely feels like it has more flex than the DR98. I like how I get more feedback from the it compared to the DR98's muted feel.

    I'm wondering if all the users who went to the DR98 just played with the wrong grip size. All the AI98s that I see for sale are in pencil grip sizes. The pencil grip works best on stiff and powerful frames like Babolats.

    The AI98 is too soft and flexible to play with such a small grip. You need the play with the correct grip size to avoid having it twist in your hand. Maybe this is what excaxerbates the fluttering some have described.
     
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  28. Simon_the_furry

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    That's what I found. I normally use a 3/8, but I only found a 1/4 Ai for sale, so I tried it with one overgrip and hated it. I put a second overgrip on and BAM, amazing.
     
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    Just returned from a two month holiday from Europe (Serbia) and spent playing rec. tennis on euro clay, and of course I packed one racquet for the journey, the AI98. I decided to experiment with some lead (again) and new strings..
    I used natural gut in the mains (vs touch) and alu power rough in the crosses, and WOW ! I must say this combo is just as nice as a yonex poly hybrid!!!
    Playing on avg twice a week and the hybrid is still in tact ! I have also decided to leave 1.5g of lead at each 3 and 9" positions which corrects that slight 'flutter' The feel with natural gut is amazing !

    I do remember seeing a thread somewhere that also confirms dr98 grommets do not fit the AI98... I have not tried though..
     
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  30. darklore009

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    I bought it because of the hype that the TW reviwers and the poster said about it. This racket didnt work for me at all. Didnt work for my playstyle as a flat hitter with this racket.
     
  31. Simon_the_furry

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    Try the VCORE Si 98.
     
  32. chikoo

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    I am planning on gifting AI98 lite strung with Yonex 850 @52lbs to somebody who plays with an old Prince O3 red 105.

    Will he like it?
     
  33. chikoo

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    I know I am verrry late here...but I just started looking at the AI98, and this thread, and found this Quake Gel information incorrect, and thought it might be best to update it for any future readers.

    1. The AI98 comes with Quake Gel in the Handle. It is not something introduced in the DR.
    2. The Specifications for the AI98 and AI98 Lite are bundled together in one specification with the difference being the weight & balance point. Evidently the weight difference is in the handle based upon the shift in the balance point, with the AI 98Lite (LG) with a lighter handle.
    3. The NANOMETRIC thingamagic exists in the AI, not just the DR.

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  34. Simon_the_furry

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    Do yourself a favor and get one.
    It's awesome. :D
     
  35. chikoo

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    I have ordered one to gift somebody special, and it is arriving tomorrow. If it feels great in my hands, I will order another one ;)
     
  36. parasailing

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    The AI 98 is more flexy at the throat area and the DR 98 feels more crisp. Both good racquets but ended up selling both of them. Both lack plow in stock form and didn't want to spend time customizing it with lead tape to get the right feel.
     
  37. chikoo

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    Just got the Ai98 Lite in my hands. Took a ball and did a pseudo serve action in my backyard. The ball shot out from the face of the racquet like a cannon ball !!!

    Now need to test it out more thoroughly.

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  38. chikoo

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    I posted pictures just above...
     
  39. chikoo

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    I have determined that it feels like a Lexus, as compared to the other cars out there. I guess the Japanese heritage is at work here.
     
  40. beltsman

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    I am going to put some Hyper G in this and try it out.
     
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  41. 1990's Graphite

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    You will love it, I think one of the DJ's here DJ or DJtaurus had it too high, as I always state go around the 50 mark with this string in this frame, it makes it come alive and compliments the muted feel. I have been testing the ps97s (2015) and loving that too ;-)
     
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    Don't tempt me on the PS 97s! I have enough racquets! I'm still searching for the Holy Grail (aren't we all?), which for me is a PCG 100 with more power. I've hit with the PS 97 and RF 97 and wasn't too impressed, but I have not tried the 97S. Next up will be Head, the Extreme Pro line looks like it might nail the specs of my dream PCG 100.
     
  43. DJ-

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    Welcome back ! :) yes that was me who strung it too high with hyperG at 54, wayyyy too high, go 50lbs and see what you think, it's a great string. I tried gut / poly also nice, but poly is best in this frame. So far my fave tied string job for ai98 is sping / yptp hybrid and hyper G full bed !!
     
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