Yonex Ai 98: tell me more about her

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  1. Moveforwardalways

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    Nope. Check your facts.

    And Ivanovic started getting pushed around and hit off the court when she switched to the Ai98.

    This is why the Ai98 didn't last long in the Yonex line up. You can't even give these racquets away now.
     
  2. Power Player

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    I already know the facts. You don't get pushed around because of flexy fames or else Murray and Djoker would not be world #1s. This is all common knowledge. The DR98 was the upgrade from the AI and is a best seller. You think people don't add weight to frames?

    Stop trolling, it's weak.
     
  3. Tommy Haas

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    I also think frame flutter is more apparent if you play with a pencil grip.
     
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  4. Simon_the_furry

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    I'd happily take one, thank you.
     
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  5. skeeter

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    Power, what lead adjustments, if any, are you adding to your DR? Any string preferences?
     
  6. Power Player

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    I played it stock and will play the xl version stock with a leather grip. Keeping it simple.
     
  7. DJ-

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    Yeah, a thicker overgrip did assist
     
  8. CodyZzZ

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    I am interested to hear your thoughts on the DR98 vs the TC97, could you sheld some light please?
     
  9. skeeter

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    Thanks. Look forward to your thoughts on the XL.
     
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  10. ckhirnigs113

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    Ai98 is still my main stick. I have 3 and have them weighted up to 346 grams. They don't get pushed around at this weight, but they are still relatively easy to swing. I use natural gut in the mains of all of them with either poly or synthetic gut in the crosses. Great sticks!
     
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  11. DJ-

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    The Ai98 was my main stick for a long time before switching to others and now the TC97 18x20. The Dr I tried for a few hours so take my observations regarding the dr lightly. The Dr ha a different kind of flex and is more stable than the Ai98. The Ai98 had more flex in the throat region. The Angell is a solid frame, feels just like a head pro tour 630/280. It is more solid, and had a solid feeling all round the hoop. The ezones to me feel more flexy, but in a different way, neither good or bad, very muted which require full poly or hybrids, where the angels shine with all strings. The ezones still have 8's mains in the throat so they are control oriented for an 'open pattern'. My main difference was the ezones required full strokes, no muscle type shots or they would land short or in the net. The Angells you can use a wider range of shots and mechanics. This has been my experience so far, I have had about 10hours with the TC97 (Gut poly hybrid). Flatter serves are maybe a touch quicker with the ezone. Spin, surprisingly I get more with my tc97, but then again I have always produced ample spin in 18x20's and with gut / poly. They are both worthy sticks, depends on what type of feel you like. I grew up in the 90's playing with Rossignols and then Head classics, so I am use to the square shape of the Rossingols and Yonex, and also the feel of classic solid racquets. The angels might also play heavier than they are, not by much though, due to their foam filled construction. Give them both a whirl, if you don't like them they will re-sell well....
     
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  12. Tommy Haas

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    I love the Ai98's flexible throat, but I bought my frames one grip size (4 1/2) too large and don't play with then anymore. I think a 4 3/8 grip would suit me better.

    This frame works best with normal grip sizes. Pencil grips cause the frame flutter that many write about when missing the sweetspot. You need more of the grip to hold onto with such a flexible frame.
     
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  13. MagPro

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    Picked up the lighter version (g I think) added a leather grip and matched the added weight to 3 and 9. Plays pretty nice. Strung at 45 poly/SynGut hybrid. A little more power than a typical players frame. Didn't seem to be pushes around too much on heavy shots. How does the LG heavier version compare. BTW I bought the lighter one on accident but, may end up liking it.
     
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    What are the unstrung customized specs now? Did you bring it to specs of 310g? Thinking of buying 2 lite versions and match them with one 310g version I got. Need some room for customization :)

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    I used a TW thin/narrow leather grip which added 8 grams to the handle. Added 4 grams at 3 and 9. So 16 grams total. Strung with my hybrid was only 320 grams total. So 304 unstrung. Too bad there's no trap door in the butt cap to add more weight easily.

    My normal racquet is a Prince Tour 95 with similar upgrades. That come in around 350 grams strung. Since the Ai 98 is slightly more head heavy the lack of weight isn't that noticeable?
     
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  16. JamesRowe13

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    Has anyone added a leather grip to this frame? And what was the outcome? Was lead needed in the head to counter balance? Or did it just play better more headlight?

    Thanks
     
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    I have hit one with leather. It was good... great actually

    Flexy-ish frames + leather = heaven

    I felt it just played better headlight and the feel was better for sure.... helped get rid of a bit of that muted feel while maintaining all the playing characteristics.

    My one warning would be to either:
    1. choose a thin leather grip
    2. get a normal leather but move a grip size down

    Yonex ships with thin stock grips and adding a normal (Wilson for instance) leather grip will make the grip feel AT LEAST one grip size larger... adding to that, leather does not compress as much so it feels even larger compared to a synthetic grip
     
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  18. Mike Bascombe

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    Ai 98 is my main. I've addes a piece of over grip at the butt under a leather grip to give a bteer shape and lead at 3/9 and it's pefect for me now. Flexible, sweet, powerful and stable. Strung with poly at 54.
     
  19. JamesRowe13

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    Ok great thanks for the advice! Will be adding a normal leather grip, are there any you recommend?

    And mike, how much weight did you add at 3 and 9 in total?

    Thanks again.
     
  20. Mike Bascombe

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    3g each side so not much. I used a head leather grip with Tourna overs and I like it a lot.
     
  21. Simon_the_furry

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    Tourna overs.....:(
     
  22. JamesRowe13

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    Got my leather grips on the way, will be using white Yonex SuperGrap over them. Hopefully this will improve the feel of the string bed, as it is too muted whilst using Poly Tour Pro 1.25 currently. Any string recommendations? Looking for a bit more spin on serves, hopefully the more headlight setup will help improve this aspect.
     
  23. Mike Bascombe

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    Tourna Big Hitter black at 54 working well. Spinny as hell and very plush.
     

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