Yonex EZONE (2018)

anfield

Semi-Pro
Got those two (EZONE 98 305 g, EZONE 100) demos from TW today, strung with Poly Tour Pro. Hopefully it doesn't rain tomorrow! Looks like they have never been played with before. The stock replacement grip looks different from the DR line.

I got them both as well. Screw Yonex for making these lime green, they are really going to have to play better to give up my blue DRs. Oh, it rained all day. Will give them a go tomorrow.
 
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whorng

Rookie
I them both as well. Screw Yonex for making these lime green, they are really going to have to play better to give up by blue DRs. Oh, it rained all day. Will give them a go tomorrow.
The Ezone 98 paint job is so much better than the Ezone DR 98 lime green. However blue is still the best.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
The Ezone 98 paint job is so much better than the Ezone DR 98 lime green. However blue is still the best.
Well, they just came out with a black PJ of the SV line... maybe in a year, we'll see a blue version of this new EZONE line!
 

TennisManiac

Professional
Well, they just came out with a black PJ of the SV line... maybe in a year, we'll see a blue version of this new EZONE line!
If they do, Yonex should allow us to send back our black/green versions for an updated paint job for free. I have a huge problem with manufacturers pulling that bs. Wilson did it with their Pro Staffs and Yonex has done it with their DRs and SVs. It's all a pathetic little trick to make us buy more of their product. They shouldn't be allowed to do that crap. It's not right.
 

mscream

Semi-Pro
Did anyone compare the specs of the EZONE 98and the DR98? Weight is spot on. Tip weight is exactly the same, 161 g for the EZONE 98 and 164 g for my DR98s with 3 g at 12. It doesn't feel as if the SW is < 320, it feels as if they removed weight from the handle and maybe from the lower part of the head. To me it feels like a less HL balance than the DR98. Balance feels closer to the PS17 to be honest. Did anyone measure the specs?
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
If they do, Yonex should allow us to send back our black/green versions for an updated paint job for free. I have a huge problem with manufacturers pulling that bs. Wilson did it with their Pro Staffs and Yonex has done it with their DRs and SVs. It's all a pathetic little trick to make us buy more of their product. They shouldn't be allowed to do that crap. It's not right.
It's just marketing. You may need to look inward to address the real issue. ;-)

Yonex has done this with other lines in the past. Ti 80s had paintjob updates throughout the year. The RDS001 had a small PJ update, too.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
It's just marketing. You may need to look inward to address the real issue. ;-)

Yonex has done this with other lines in the past. Ti 80s had paintjob updates throughout the year. The RDS001 had a small PJ update, too.
Inward? The new lime versions looks like I puked my insides on the racket. It's like Nickelodeon designed it. I'm about to go hit with them and I'm going to be really pissed if I love them and want to make the switch. I'd be halfway tempted to black it out with a Sharpie. I've never thought about this with any other stick I've owned or demoed. It's just that ugly.
 

TennisManiac

Professional
Inward? The new lime versions looks like I puked my insides on the racket. It's like Nickelodeon designed it. I'm about to go hit with them and I'm going to be really pissed if I love them and want to make the switch. I'd be halfway tempted to black it out with a Sharpie. I've never thought about this with any other stick I've owned or demoed. It's just that ugly.
My feelings exactly. I'm going to hate to make a switch to such an ugly racquet. Blacking the puke green color out with a sharpie actually sounds like a great idea.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Inward? The new lime versions looks like I puked my insides on the racket. It's like Nickelodeon designed it. I'm about to go hit with them and I'm going to be really pissed if I love them and want to make the switch. I'd be halfway tempted to black it out with a Sharpie. I've never thought about this with any other stick I've owned or demoed. It's just that ugly.
I support the Sharpie Movement... but essentially if you keep your eyes on the ball you won't see much of the racquet... well maybe when serving... I understand your feelings on the colour scheme... so go wild with the Sharpie... or be patient and the new colour scheme will arrive in due course... of course, it could be a worse one...
 

mscream

Semi-Pro
Played with the EZONEs today, to be honest I'm not too impressed by the 98, at least not yet. It feels closer to the SV line and doesn't have that plush feel of the DR98. For me, more of an orthogonal update, not an improvement of the DR. Maybe the PTP is strung too tonight, usually it plays better at lower tensions. Will have another chance to play tomorrow.
 

Crashbaby

Rookie
Strung with PTP 17g at 46 lbs with 2 grams added at 12 this was underpowered for me, comfortable with lots of spin and control. So, after about 5 playing sessions I restrung it with my normal natural gut/PTP hybrid at 50/47 and now it feels much better. Now very powerful and just fantastic to serve with. I'm liking it. I think it still needs some more weight though, so a leather grip is going to be my next mod. Loving the new cosmetic with lots of mat black and the neon green. I call it "the green hornet"
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
I dunno, even though the new 98 is stiffer, I can still feel it flex too much when serving. It just does not have that pop the 100 has, which is too erratic. I wish they made the 98 with a 68 RA @ 325g unstrung. They are both too light. I taped them up but it's just not the same when you have a stock heavy stick. I bought a 97 Fed, it's amazing. I just plow through so many balls and my one-handed backhand has gone up two levels. It makes you really work on your footwork and form. I felt the Ezones let me cheat a bit and the level of control and power I have with the Fed is just intoxicating.

I'm also have the Radical XT Pro on demo, what a stick. I can tee up on my forehand serve like never before. It does have this brassy feel, but it's fine with me. I just wish the Fed had the same head shape as the Radical, which is almost isometric. I feel the sweet spot is bigger on the Radical than the Fed, but I have full copoly in the Fed. When I demoed it, it had NXT and felt amazing. I guess I'll have to go to a gut poly hybrid. I'll see how both perform in my indoor clinic with fast courts.

As much as I love my DRs and the new Ezones, they just can't compare, for me. The 98 is too soft and lacking pop, the 100 lacks control and both lack stability. Tape helps them, but I don't think you should be adding over six grams total. It's like putting in a Ferrari engine into a Honda. You may be able to go fast on the straightaways, but you won't be able to brake and take the turns like the Ferrari because the WHOLE car was built for that engine. Bye Bye Yonex.

And yes, I did try the Wawrinka, it's too flexy. I can feel that upper hoop bending. Not my thing. Not a fan of the SV 98 either.
 
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whorng

Rookie
I dunno, even though the new 98 is stiffer, I can still feel it flex too much when serving. It just does not have that pop the 100 has, which is too erratic. I wish they made the 98 with a 68 RDC @ 325g unstrung. They are both too light. I taped them up but it's just not the same when you have a stock heavy stick. I bought a 97 Fed, it's amazing. I just plow through so many balls and my one-handed backhand has gone up two levels. It makes you really work on your footwork and form. I felt the Ezones let me cheat a bit and the level of control and power I have with the Fed is just intoxicating.

I'm also have the Radical XT Pro on demo, what a stick. I can tee up on my forehand serve like never before. It does have this brassy feel, but it's fine with me. I just wish the Fed had the same head shape as the Radical, which is almost isometric. I feel the sweet spot is bigger on the Radical than the Fed, but I have full copoly in the Fed. When I demoed it, it had NXT and felt amazing. I guess I'll have to go to a gut poly hybrid. I'll see how both perform in my indoor clinic with fast courts.

As much as I love my DRs and the new Ezones, they just can't compare, for me. The 98 is too soft and lacking pop, the 100 lacks control and both lack stability. Tape helps them, but I don't think you should be adding over six grams total. It's like putting in a Ferrari engine into a Honda. You may be able to go fast on the straightaways, but you won't be able to brake and take the turns like the Ferrari because the WHOLE car was built for that engine. Bye Bye Yonex.

And yes, I did try the Wawrinka, it's too flexy. I can feel that upper hoop bending. Not my thing.
This comparison does not make sense.
The Ezone is a completely different racquet compared to the RF97...
If the RF97 is your preferred spec of course the Ezone is not for you.
In fact every low stiffness raquet with <= 11.5 oz is not for you...

Here is my extreme comparison of the Ezone 98 vs the Wilson US Open 25" Junior.
The Wilson US Open 25" Junior is way too light, too short, and completely unstable. I have absolutely no power and control on any type of shot.
I tried adding a **** ton of weight and had it professionally extended to 27", but it just does not feel the same.
It's like putting a Formula 1 engine into a Kia...
Bye Bye Wilson US Open 25" Junior.
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
Played with the EZONEs today, to be honest I'm not too impressed by the 98, at least not yet. It feels closer to the SV line and doesn't have that plush feel of the DR98. For me, more of an orthogonal update, not an improvement of the DR. Maybe the PTP is strung too tonight, usually it plays better at lower tensions. Will have another chance to play tomorrow.
Thanks. This seems to reinforce most of TW's and TT's general consensus with the new EZONE vs DR. Definitely sticking to my DRs for the time being. @Yonex, if you created this for DR98 fans, you messed up and you're at least not getting my money until you get this sorted.
 

TennisManiac

Professional
Not quite sure why people keep comparing this to the DR. It's not supposed to feel as plush and as muted as the DR. It's not the same frame. You have to go into it as if you're trying out a new frame from Yonex. It sits directly between the DR and the SV. Which may not be suitable to many people if they love the plushness of their DR. If you love the DR... don't even bother demoing this frame. Just stay with your DR. If you're looking for the ball to come off of the string bed a little faster and don't mind a slightly stiffer feeling frame... then the new Ezone may be just what you're looking for. IMO the new Ezone offers the same amount of control, slightly less comfort (but not bad), more power and more spin potential. What more could you want?
 

whorng

Rookie
Not quite sure why people keep comparing this to the DR. It's not supposed to feel as plush and as muted as the DR. It's not the same frame. You have to go into it as if you're trying out a new frame from Yonex. It sits directly between the DR and the SV. Which may not be suitable to many people if they love the plushness of their DR. If you love the DR... don't even bother demoing this frame. Just stay with your DR. If you're looking for the ball to come off of the string bed a little faster and don't mind a slightly stiffer feeling frame... then the new Ezone may be just what you're looking for. IMO the new Ezone offers the same amount of control, slightly less comfort (but not bad), more power and more spin potential. What more could you want?
The new Ezone replaces the DR so you have to make the comparison. The only way we know the new model is stiffer with more power/spin/control is because comparisons were made.
If BMW updates their 3 series from a 6 cylinder, hydraulic steering, sporty suspension to a turbo 4 cylinder, electronic steering, luxury suspension you will still have to make the comparison even if it is like a different car. In the end it is a BMW 3 series.
If you are a happy DR 98 user or somebody who uses similar specs, I say demo the new frame.
This will give you a chance to see if the new Ezone is an improvement in the areas you want.
 
Not quite sure why people keep comparing this to the DR. It's not supposed to feel as plush and as muted as the DR. It's not the same frame. You have to go into it as if you're trying out a new frame from Yonex. It sits directly between the DR and the SV. Which may not be suitable to many people if they love the plushness of their DR. If you love the DR... don't even bother demoing this frame. Just stay with your DR. If you're looking for the ball to come off of the string bed a little faster and don't mind a slightly stiffer feeling frame... then the new Ezone may be just what you're looking for. IMO the new Ezone offers the same amount of control, slightly less comfort (but not bad), more power and more spin potential. What more could you want?
I couldn't agree more.
 

Chipnkick

Rookie
I like both the DR and Ezone 98. New Ezone needs a string with good feel like alu power. I like the Xi 98 alot and the new ezone feels the same. DR is pretty dampened in comparison.
 

TR3NT

Rookie
I like both the DR and Ezone 98. New Ezone needs a string with good feel like alu power. I like the Xi 98 alot and the new ezone feels the same. DR is pretty dampened in comparison.
I am a pure strike P17 user and recently hit with a mates Xi98 and DR98. I loved the Xi98 possibly even more than my strikes but wasn't really a fan of the DR but he had modded it a bit. I am tempted to buy a new ezone 98 and if you say they feel pretty similar gets me even closer to pulling the trigger.
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
Not quite sure why people keep comparing this to the DR. It's not supposed to feel as plush and as muted as the DR. It's not the same frame. You have to go into it as if you're trying out a new frame from Yonex. It sits directly between the DR and the SV. Which may not be suitable to many people if they love the plushness of their DR. If you love the DR... don't even bother demoing this frame. Just stay with your DR. If you're looking for the ball to come off of the string bed a little faster and don't mind a slightly stiffer feeling frame... then the new Ezone may be just what you're looking for. IMO the new Ezone offers the same amount of control, slightly less comfort (but not bad), more power and more spin potential. What more could you want?
People compare it because it is a natural potential upgrade path for any DR user, and that's what EZONE testers use as a reference point for DR98 users that are still considering or on the fence. I think everyone is free to compare any two racquets in their consideration, let alone a successor racquet in this case. Ironically, I think you offered a good comparison and it is because of comparisons like yours that I (and likely several DR98 fans) will sit out this time.

What more do I want? An even better version of the great DR98.
 
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anfield

Semi-Pro
This comparison does not make sense.
The Ezone is a completely different racquet compared to the RF97...
If the RF97 is your preferred spec of course the Ezone is not for you.
In fact every low stiffness raquet with <= 11.5 oz is not for you...

Here is my extreme comparison of the Ezone 98 vs the Wilson US Open 25" Junior.
The Wilson US Open 25" Junior is way too light, too short, and completely unstable. I have absolutely no power and control on any type of shot.
I tried adding a **** ton of weight and had it professionally extended to 27", but it just does not feel the same.
It's like putting a Formula 1 engine into a Kia...
Bye Bye Wilson US Open 25" Junior.
What did you string the 25" Junior with? Strings are half the battle.
 

mscream

Semi-Pro
People compare it because it is a natural potential upgrade path for any DR user, and that's what EZONE testers use as a reference point for DR98 users that are still considering or on the fence. I think everyone is free to compare any two racquets in their consideration, let alone a successor racquet in this case. Ironically, I think you offered a good comparison and it is because of comparisons like yours that I (and likely several DR98 fans) will sit out this time.

What more do I want? An even better version of the great DR98.
I agree, you would expect a racquet line to stay constant in terms of it's most important characteristics. Also, normally each manufacturer would want to have a distinct portfolio to cover the most important market segments. I'm sure no one would argue that a flexible, soft Pure Drive with lots on control and no power would not be a natural progression of the Pure Drive line - it would be a completely different racquet.

For me personally the EZONE 98 lost the traits that I loved in the DR98, which is a shame because I found it to be very unique on the racquet market. Also, the EZONE feels very close to the SV line, not sure what their business rationale is have two similar racquet lines on the market.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
I am a pure strike P17 user and recently hit with a mates Xi98 and DR98. I loved the Xi98 possibly even more than my strikes but wasn't really a fan of the DR but he had modded it a bit. I am tempted to buy a new ezone 98 and if you say they feel pretty similar gets me even closer to pulling the trigger.
I think this is Yonex's Pure Strike. Feels about the same, except this has the Yonex comfort.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
TennisManiac is on the right track. Simply looking at the head shapes of the EZone line speaks volumes:

EZone Xi --> '18 EZone (traditional isometric)

EZone Ai --> EZone DR (rounded isometric)
Yup. Totally agree. And that's why I went with the trusted setup of PolyTour Spin at 45 in my EZONE 98. It doesn't work, though. Next I'll try PolyTour Pro or Fire at 50.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I think this is Yonex's Pure Strike. Feels about the same, except this has the Yonex comfort.
That's an interesting observation. I enjoyed my PS but the combo with stiff polys gave me TE. Right now, I've migrated to the DR 100 due to a local blow out sale (over), but I'd love to get some control back and I didn't really gel with the AI and DR 98, esp. on in power dep, where the PS shines.

After a few weeks with the PS, I noticed some arm fatigue in the muscle area just above the TE area, similar to f.inst. what I experience with the RF97A. How does the Ezone 98 compare in this regard? Thanks :)
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
That's an interesting observation. I enjoyed my PS but the combo with stiff polys gave me TE. Right now, I've migrated to the DR 100 due to a local blow out sale (over), but I'd love to get some control back and I didn't really gel with the AI and DR 98, esp. on in power dep, where the PS shines.

After a few weeks with the PS, I noticed some arm fatigue in the muscle area just above the TE area, similar to f.inst. what I experience with the RF97A. How does the Ezone 98 compare in this regard? Thanks :)
I demoed the DR and Pure Strike together back when they were first out. I found them to be similar enough that I didn't depart Yonex. The Strike gave more rotation on the ball and a little more power than the DR. Now the EZONE has seemed to address those two characteristics. No, the new EZONE isn't a DR and I'm not mad about it.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
That's an interesting observation. I enjoyed my PS but the combo with stiff polys gave me TE. Right now, I've migrated to the DR 100 due to a local blow out sale (over), but I'd love to get some control back and I didn't really gel with the AI and DR 98, esp. on in power dep, where the PS shines.

After a few weeks with the PS, I noticed some arm fatigue in the muscle area just above the TE area, similar to f.inst. what I experience with the RF97A. How does the Ezone 98 compare in this regard? Thanks :)
I'm just started playing again this summer, picked up a couple DR 100s on sale and loved them as I was getting my game back in gear. Then made the mistake of hitting the PS79A, got a great deal on I so could not turn it down, but before I tried the new Ezones. I am almost there with the new 98 but hate the color and more importantly, still feel a bit too much flex and it feels underpowered when coming from the DR 100. Even if you crush a shot, you just don't get that feel that you did. So this got me on a search for a 98 size stick, that's stiffer and has some weight. So with the new Ezone demos came the Radical XT Pro and the regular PS97. The PS97 is too flexy and feels weak, esp compared to the Fed 97.

So give the Radical XT Pro a try, it has power and control, but quite stiff and feels "brassy." But for me, still more comfort than the Pure Strike P17 -- that just feels like an armbreaker. It also has a bigger sweetspot because of the oblong hoop, kind of like a Yonex. More importantly, it just has the feedback when you crush a shot, which is often. Not the same feel when you crush a Fed 97 which is more natural feeling, the Radical almost feels metallic but it's a lot easier to play with and a hear myself saying wow more often than any DR or Ezone. Oh, and they are on sale for $159.

Edit, I've tried all sorts of tape combos with the DR and Ezones 90 and 100s.
 
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Anton

Legend
I'm just started playing again this summer, picked up a couple DR 100s on sale and loved them as I was getting my game back in gear. Then made the mistake of hitting the PS79A, got a great deal on I so could not turn it down, but before I tried the new Ezones. I am almost there with the new 98 but hate the color and more importantly, still feel a bit too much flex and it feels underpowered when coming from the DR 100. Even if you crush a shot, you just don't get that feel that you did. So this got me on a search for a 98 size stick, that's stiffer and has some weight. So with the new Ezone demos came the Radical XT Pro and the regular PS97. The PS97 is too flexy and feels weak, esp compared to the Fed 97.

So give the Radical XT Pro a try, it has power and control, but quite stiff and feels "brassy." But for me, still more comfort than the Pure Strike P17 -- that just feels like an armbreaker. It also has a bigger sweetspot because of the oblong hoop, kind of like a Yonex. More importantly, it just has the feedback when you crush a shot, which is often. Not the same feel when you crush a Fed 97 which is more natural feeling, the Radical almost feels metallic but it's a lot easier to play with and a hear myself saying wow more often than any DR or Ezone. Oh, and they are on sale for $159.
good chance 50 cents worth of lead would fix your DR98 problems.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
good chance 50 cents worth of lead would fix your DR98 problems.
I've tried all sorts of tape, putty etc. My issue with the Ezone 98 and especially with the DR 98 is it feels too flexy, for me. The Ezone 98 is much crisper, but still feel that throat flex that makes it feel too mushy, for me. I really want to like this stick but when compared to the Radical XT Pro and Fed 97 I just don't feel as in control and that I'm hitting as hard.

Even when pure I pure a shot with a taped up E98 I still question if I hit it well. If Yonex made it at 68 RDC and 325g I'd be a happy camper.
 

Crashbaby

Rookie
I've tried all sorts of tape, putty etc. My issue with the Ezone 98 and especially with the DR 98 is it feels too flexy, for me. The Ezone 98 is much crisper, but still feel that throat flex that makes it feel too mushy, for me. I really want to like this stick but when compared to the Radical XT Pro and Fed 97 I just don't feel as in control and that I'm hitting as hard.

Even when pure I pure a shot with a taped up E98 I still question if I hit it well. If Yonex made it at 68 RDC and 325g I'd be a happy camper.
I believe the Ezone 98 is supposed to have throat flex. If you look at another Yonex, say a SV95 which has a much, much thicker throat, and put them side by side you'll quickly see that the Ezone is positively dainty in comparison. Same with RF97. Maybe the SV95 would suit? Also the supposed 95 head size is nearly identical to the 98 when you lay them on top of each other. Having all three rackets and seeing them next to each is a real opener and answers the stiffness (or lack of) observations you observed.
 

elias_ch

New User
I like both the DR and Ezone 98. New Ezone needs a string with good feel like alu power. I like the Xi 98 alot and the new ezone feels the same. DR is pretty dampened in comparison.
Tried a demo with Ezone 98 & Poly Tour Pro and thought racquet offered tons of power and some balls were really sailing long! have you tried with a stiffer string?

I tried DR98 with alu power feel and felt it has more balanced control to power ratio.
 

Crocodile

Hall of Fame
I think this new E Zone is a step backwards from the DR series. The DR series has a more solid foam filled sensation whereas this new E Zone feels more like the new Head Instinct which feels like a tin can and is as solid as plasticine.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
I believe the Ezone 98 is supposed to have throat flex. If you look at another Yonex, say a SV95 which has a much, much thicker throat, and put them side by side you'll quickly see that the Ezone is positively dainty in comparison. Same with RF97. Maybe the SV95 would suit? Also the supposed 95 head size is nearly identical to the 98 when you lay them on top of each other. Having all three rackets and seeing them next to each is a real opener and answers the stiffness (or lack of) observations you observed.
I demoed the SV98, was not impressed, felt it was a bit too flexy, esp in upper hoop. And uncomfortable to boot. Maybe the 95 can work.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
The SV? Flexy? I thought it was way too stiff.
I think I specified flexy in the upper hoop, which is something I really don't like. This is right from their website:
"The VCORE SV’s innovative SV Frame design allows players to get a firm grip on the ball and launch it effectively. The inside of the upper portion of the frame has been equipped with our new NANOMETRIC XT carbon. Boasting greatly increased flex over typical carbon."

I might give the SV95 a go, maybe it's less flexy up there because of the smaller hoop. Can anyone who's played in chime in please.
 
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Swan Song

Professional
I think I specified flexy in the upper hoop, which is something I really don't like. This is right from their website:
"The VCORE SV’s innovative SV Frame design allows players to get a firm grip on the ball and launch it effectively. The inside of the upper portion of the frame has been equipped with our new NANOMETRIC XT carbon. Boasting greatly increased flex over typical carbon."

I might the the SV95 a go, maybe it's less flexy up there because of the smaller hoop. Can anyone who's played in chime in please.
The SV95 is more flexible than the SV98, but the flex is more uniform.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
I think I specified flexy in the upper hoop, which is something I really don't like. This is right from their website:
"The VCORE SV’s innovative SV Frame design allows players to get a firm grip on the ball and launch it effectively. The inside of the upper portion of the frame has been equipped with our new NANOMETRIC XT carbon. Boasting greatly increased flex over typical carbon."

I might the the SV95 a go, maybe it's less flexy up there because of the smaller hoop. Can anyone who's played in chime in please.
Huh. You may looooove the EZONE 98, then.

So, I played for the first time with PolyTour Pro 120 at 50lbs last night. Nope. Not the same as PTP at the same specs in the DR98. I think I'll have to drop it down to 45. PolyTour Spin 125 at 45 launched everything long. Maybe it will be different with PolyTour Pro. Still trying to find the right string.
 

chsu74

New User
Tried a demo with Ezone 98 & Poly Tour Pro and thought racquet offered tons of power and some balls were really sailing long! have you tried with a stiffer string?

I tried DR98 with alu power feel and felt it has more balanced control to power ratio.
I have not found alu power to be a friendly string to the DR. Either it is too boardy or the ball sails long.

Alu spin gives more feel despite thicker with Goshen Micor poly cross.
 

TennisManiac

Professional
After hitting with the new Ezone for a second time I've decided that I still like my slightly moded PS97 better in every category. As much as I can't stand Wilson's QC... I'm going back.
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Crazy that there's so little action on the Ezone 98 thread. Is it really not that good? Does it at least swing faster than the DR98. I feel like it should given the specs and lower swingweight, but there doesn't seem to be a consistent concensus.
 

TR3NT

Rookie
I hit with one the other night. Definitely crisper and less muted then the DR but feel it also has more potential for spin. I liked the lighter weight and it felt very similar to my current raquet of choice the Strike P17 16x19.
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
I hit with one the other night. Definitely crisper and less muted then the DR but feel it also has more potential for spin. I liked the lighter weight and it felt very similar to my current raquet of choice the Strike P17 16x19.
So the latest 98 swings a little bit faster than the DR? If so, I may have to check one out. I also like the PS 16x19, but feared that all poly in that racket (which is what I'd prefer) might not feel so great on my arm in the long run. How would you say comfort levels compare?
 

TR3NT

Rookie
Yeah I think it swings a faster than the DR which I liked. To me I felt my PS was comfier and I can certainly feel the harshness at the top of the EZONE that other people have stated. I have played full poly in my strikes since they were released without any issues for what it's worth.
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Yeah I think it swings a faster than the DR which I liked. To me I felt my PS was comfier and I can certainly feel the harshness at the top of the EZONE that other people have stated. I have played full poly in my strikes since they were released without any issues for what it's worth.
Thanks for the input. Alright, I have two great rackets in my bag (Duel G 310 & DR98), so I'm just going to stick with these rather than trying to chase the dragon.
 

mscream

Semi-Pro
I have demoed it and didn't like it - for me, not an improvement over the DR98. I will wait for the successor of the VCORE Duel G line, and if that doesn't work out for me then I will have to cast the net a bit wider.
 
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