Yonex EZONE 2020 AO

Gemini

Hall of Fame
Does anyone have the unstrung specs for the 2020 Ezone 98+ ? Weight, SW, Balance and Stiffness ?


From the Yonex site. These are unstrung specs.

Head Size98 sq.in.
Weight305 g / 10.8 oz
Grip Size1 - 5
Length27.5 in.
Width Range23 mm - 24 mm - 19 mm
Balance Point325 mm

Strings add around 25-30 swing weight points. So you're most likely looking at roughly a 304 swing weight unstrung. I'm not sure the innate stiffness changes whether strung or unstrung -- 64.
 

NRMM

Rookie
Thanks Gemini! Guys, would love to hear from your experience on best strings setup for control (full bed or gut/poly or even poly/gut) on the 98 or 98+ so far?
 

vanworth

Rookie
Couple of questions on the standard 98. Do the grips still run large like on the DR? How does the power level compare to last generations ezone 98s? Cheers
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
Thanks Gemini! Guys, would love to hear from your experience on best strings setup for control (full bed or gut/poly or even poly/gut) on the 98 or 98+ so far?
98+ user. I'm currently stringing a full bed of Tecnifibre Black Code 4S 17 at 48 lbs. Great spin production but just a little too much pop. I'm finding that when I try to flatten my shot trajectory, the natural elasticity at that tension slingshots a bit too much and I miss long. Same on serves. At 48lbs, 4S plays comfortably for me but I really need more control. I'll increase the tension by 10% and give that a try before I think about a different string. My reason for choosing 4S is the ratios of string stiffness, spin production and tension maintenance seem to be pretty favorable according to TW's string database.
 

vanworth

Rookie
I can only comment on the grip size. I would say yes. The grip sizes of the current Ezones run similar to the DRs.
Thanks

I’d be interested in what people think about the last gen ezone’s power compared to this one, I found the last gen a little too powerful for my liking.
 

phl92

Professional
What could you recommend me:
I am a tall (but not super tall) guy with huge hands. That's why I experimented a lot with my grip. Atm my Ezone 98 2020 has a plastic shrink on it and quite a thick grip + 1 Wilson OVergrip. All this of course added a lot of weight and switched the balance into a very heavy but headlight racket.
I have no accurate data only about weight it is now 344grams heavy (when I did the 'finger balance test' my racket was almost vertical, so I guess it was very HL).
I played some hours with this setup. I didn't play too well with it, it was especially difficult to add topspin on my FH and BH slicing was almost impossible.
Now I added 3g of lead to 12 o'clock, to counterbalance my racket a bit. Topspin and slice shot improved drastically, but still I often have problems to control the ball, mainly because balls are flying.

My racket is heavy now, 347g and I guess my SW is between 324-328. I am a 193cm tall and 94kg guy, so I can swing this weight still quite easily, but I am not sure if I should add more weight to make it a bit more Head heavy?
 

Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
What grip size did you buy? If it was a 3, I would sell it and get a size 4 (4 1/2”). If you already have a size 4, add another 2 grams spread at 12 and see how it plays.
 

MikhailT

Rookie
What could you recommend me:
I am a tall (but not super tall) guy with huge hands. That's why I experimented a lot with my grip. Atm my Ezone 98 2020 has a plastic shrink on it and quite a thick grip + 1 Wilson OVergrip. All this of course added a lot of weight and switched the balance into a very heavy but headlight racket.
You can look into using balsa wood to grow your grip, it could be lighter than a shrink wrap and a thick grip. Also you could try to get a Ezone 98L. Based on specs I think its only difference from the normal 98 is that it has 20g less of weight in the handle.
 

vanworth

Rookie
Picked up an Ezone 98 yesterday, hitting with it today. I have a lot of reservations from the reviews and reading this thread through but I've tried more rounded racket but have really struggled with directional control.

I think I might have some serious isometric muscle memory that means it is really hard for me to adapt to rounded rackets.

The only non Yonex rackets I have really gelled with are the original pure strike and the TF40 which both have more square looking racket head shape so it doesn't seem a coincidence.

Interested to hear if anyone else has had this issue?
 

vanworth

Rookie
Picked up an Ezone 98 yesterday, hitting with it today. I have a lot of reservations from the reviews and reading this thread through but I've tried more rounded racket but have really struggled with directional control.

I think I might have some serious isometric muscle memory that means it is really hard for me to adapt to rounded rackets.

The only non Yonex rackets I have really gelled with are the original pure strike and the TF40 which both have more square looking racket head shape so it doesn't seem a coincidence.

Interested to hear if anyone else has had this issue?
Way too powerful, anyone managed to tame this beast?
 

NRMM

Rookie
Way too powerful, anyone managed to tame this beast?
Im playing with an extended 98 to make it a 98 plus and I’m having no issues with too much power. Great controlled power with VS/lynx tour at 55/53. And I’m coming from a much more controlled closed pattern of a blade 18x19
 

vanworth

Rookie
I strung my blade v7 16x19 at 48lbs what would be the right tension for the ezone 98? So as the compare fairly, obviously a bit tighter as ezone feels a lot more powerful but would be interested on how tight I should go to even up the playing field
 

vanworth

Rookie
Has anyone managed to mod the Ezone 98 regular to give it some good ploughthrough? Not hitting a heavy ball with this racket yet but think some lead in the right places could do it
 

Wheelz

Professional
Has anyone managed to mod the Ezone 98 regular to give it some good ploughthrough? Not hitting a heavy ball with this racket yet but think some lead in the right places could do it
What are your specs ? I think the most important thing, before anything else, is have a good contact point infront of your body. I agree it's not an easy racquet to use. I play it stock but I had one that was over swingweight. I tried a Vcore100 lately, much easier to be lazy on the footwork and hit a good ball. Ezone I'm rarely off the balls of my feet and I focus on my balance and contact point.
 

vanworth

Rookie
What are your specs ? I think the most important thing, before anything else, is have a good contact point infront of your body. I agree it's not an easy racquet to use. I play it stock but I had one that was over swingweight. I tried a Vcore100 lately, much easier to be lazy on the footwork and hit a good ball. Ezone I'm rarely off the balls of my feet and I focus on my balance and contact point.
Don't have a measuring machine for SW. Weight is 345g, leather grip plus 4 grams lead in handle. 4 grams at 10 and 2 on head, balance is around 10pts HL.

If that doesn't work I'll add 2 grams at 3 and 9 and leave it at that, next step will be to just sell it. I'm quite keen to keep it and make it work even if only to be my third spare racket when I break strings or just want to try something different.
 

unini

New User
I added 2g at 10 and 2 recently, but it seems started to hit forehand with way too much spin, my shots always were pretty flat and now it making very high loop. I hardly believe in such huge change, but strings same, grip same.
 
Ezone 100 user here. Has anyone moved from the 100 to the 98?

My game has been improving quite a bit this past year, and I have been yearning for a racquet that has a bit more precision and touch.
The 100 has been great for me, but I feel the need to move on.
After trying a friend's Clash 98 it really opened my eyes! Boy that was a fun stick, felt great too. I loved the (slightly) smaller head size.

Would it be reasonable to switch the the 98? I'd like to stick to the Yonex brand, because of their quality control, and I like all things Japanese...
I know I need to demo it, but I don't want to demo loads of racquets again, it just confuses me. A clean switch would be nice.
 

Ryebread

Professional
Ezone 100 user here. Has anyone moved from the 100 to the 98?

My game has been improving quite a bit this past year, and I have been yearning for a racquet that has a bit more precision and touch.
The 100 has been great for me, but I feel the need to move on.
After trying a friend's Clash 98 it really opened my eyes! Boy that was a fun stick, felt great too. I loved the (slightly) smaller head size.

Would it be reasonable to switch the the 98? I'd like to stick to the Yonex brand, because of their quality control, and I like all things Japanese...
I know I need to demo it, but I don't want to demo loads of racquets again, it just confuses me. A clean switch would be nice.
You will love the 98 Ezone if you liked the clash 98
 
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Ryebread

Professional
Ah excellent, I'll give one a demo.
I hope it's what I'm looking for, would you care to comment on how the Clash and Ezone compare? Any notable similarities/differences?
I have played a collective five months with the Clash 98.
I have put it into the closet a few times.
Why? I'm a holic, addicted to trying new frames.
And also, there are times I felt the string bed was inconsistent.
I have a lot of love for it. See here: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...tion-for-clash-98.685631/page-3#post-15284658

Once I found the Ezone 98, about two weeks ago. I bought one right away.
It's like a more precise/controlled version of the Clash 98.
It is a smidge lower in put away power, but it has nice power for sure.
It's more firm, obviously, but the RA is 64 and very comfy.
Let's say Rafa is a 10/10, when it comes to hitting with spin.
And there are folks who are a 0/10, who hit extremely flat, like a ton of 4.5/5.0 females I see playing around here....
I'm a 5/10. The Ezone let's me be me.
If I want to flatten a ball and hit a line drive zinger, I can do that.
If I want to hit with a windshield wiper motion and hit spinny balls, I can do that too.
With the C98, you have to hit with spin at a 8/10 level, or it'll sail on you. I can do that, but it makes me tired.

The E98 allows me to relax and hit how I'm wired. The launch angle is a little different. So I don't hit long as much, as I do with the Clash.

Everyone is unique. Everyone has a frame that will allow them to be them.

But there is not one thing, the Ezone 98 is an EASY to use racquet for an anyone! Clash 98 is not.
An upper intermediate/advanced player, who is wired for this type of frame, would love it, the E98.

If you look at the string beds, in the middle of the C98 it appears almost like it's an 16/20.
The middle of the C98, it's a tight bed.
The sweet spot is a little small.
When you miss the sweet spot, it's not jarring, but I think you can have some inconsistencies there.

With the E98, the string bed is not super tight in the middle, and it's not super open either, like the Vc98.
It's just a nice balance for a 16/19. It's a chameleon.

One note, if you always were curious about going down a size in grip, do it. I think you can go down a size and use an OG and be ok.
The E98 grip feels little bigger than normal.

Balance:
The E98 and C98 are both headlight.
But the C98 is in unique territory here. it is VERY VERY VERY headlight... it's the most HL frame I've ever seen actually.

Stability:
For their HL balance, they are both quite stable.
E98 has great stability, for it's easy to swing static weight and SW.
It has good feel, although it's slightly muted.
Wonderful for serve and strokes...
It is good at the net, too
So, it's quite versatile, obviously.

C98 is much heavier static wise and SW wise. Not much more stable though.
Hitting with it, if you have the right swing path, can feel intoxicating.
But you need to play with it for a longterm demo.

Good luck
 
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I have played a collective five months with the Clash 98.
I have put it into the closet a few times.
Why? I'm a holic, addicted to trying new frames.
And also, there are times I felt the string bed was inconsistent.
I have a lot of love for it. See here: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...tion-for-clash-98.685631/page-3#post-15284658

Once I found the Ezone 98, about two weeks ago. I bought one right away.
It's like a more precise/controlled version of the Clash 98.
It is a smidge lower in put away power, but it has nice power for sure.
It's more firm, obviously, but the RA is 64 and very comfy.
Let's say Rafa is a 10/10, when it comes to hitting with spin.
And there are folks who are a 0/10, who hit extremely flat, like a ton of 4.5/5.0 females I see playing around here....
I'm a 5/10. The Ezone let's me be me.
If I want to flatten a ball and hit a line drive zinger, I can do that.
If I want to hit with a windshield wiper motion and hit spinny balls, I can do that too.
With the C98, you have to hit with spin at a 8/10 level, or it'll sail on you. I can do that, but it makes me tired.

The E98 allows me to relax and hit how I'm wired. The launch angle is a little different. So I don't hit long as much, as I do with the Clash.

Everyone is unique. Everyone has a frame that will allow them to be them.

But there is not one thing, that tells me that the Ezone 98 is not an EASY to use racquet for an anyone!
An upper intermediate/advanced player, who is wired for this type of frame, would love it.

If you look at the string beds, in the middle of the C98 it appears almost like it's an 16/20.
The middle of the C98, it's a tight bed.
The sweet spot is a little small.
When you miss the sweet spot, it's not jarring, but I think you can have some inconsistencies there.

With the E98, the string bed is not super tight in the middle, and it's not super open either, like the Vc98.
It's just a nice balance for a 16/19. It's a chameleon.

One note, if you always were curious about going down a size in grip, do it. I think you can go down a size and use an OG and be ok.
The E98 grip feels little bigger than normal.

Balance:
The E98 and C98 are both headlight.
But the C98 is in unique territory here. it is VERY VERY VERY headlight... it's the most HL frame I've ever seen actually.

Stability:
For their HL balance, they are both quite stable.
E98 has great stability, for it's easy to swing static weight and SW.
It has good feel, although it's slightly muted.
Wonderful for serve and strokes...
It is good at the net, it's quite versatile, obviously.

C98 is much heavier static wise and SW wise. Not much more stable though.
Hitting with it, if you have the right swing path, can feel intoxicating.
But you need to play with it for a longterm demo.

Good luck
Wow, thank you so much for the detailed reply. E98 sounds right up my alley.
I don't think I'll downsize my grip, I'm already on size 2 with my E100 (I'm a 5ft11 male).
Which is great for my topspin and serve, but I sometimes struggle to find the continental on my slice.

SW appears less than the E100, I hope that won't make much difference. As I tend to overdo it when things are too light.
And I know the tour will be too much for me.

Thanks again!
 

Ryebread

Professional
Wow, thank you so much for the detailed reply. E98 sounds right up my alley.
I don't think I'll downsize my grip, I'm already on size 2 with my E100 (I'm a 5ft11 male).
Which is great for my topspin and serve, but I sometimes struggle to find the continental on my slice.

SW appears less than the E100, I hope that won't make much difference. As I tend to overdo it when things are too light.
And I know the tour will be too much for me.

Thanks again!
sounds like the grip will be ok for you.
the tour is more firm and could introduce issues for wrist/elbow. the regular is fine for comfort.
if you don't want one that is too light, I'd check out a local store so you can weigh it and check balance OR use the racquet expert at Tennis warehouse, you pay a few bucks, to get a stick that is perfect.
yonex doesn't have too many pigs out there, OVER weight by more than a gram or two, but they do have a few out there that are UNDER weight by 2-3 grams, which you don't want!!! you specifically.

good luck
 
Oh man, so I ordered an E98, haven't even hit with it yet and there's something wrong!
Check it out:


It's missing that shockless grommet transparent thing, and the left grommet looks suspect too.
Will be contacting the retailer soon as. Has this ever happened to you?
 
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Gemini

Hall of Fame
Oh man, so I ordered an E98, haven't even hit with it yet and there's something wrong!
Check it out:


It's missing that shockless grommet transparent thing, and the left grommet looks suspect too.
Will be contacting the retailer soon as. Has this ever happened to you?
I've never had this happen. I thought the clear piece at the throat was actually part of the entire grommet strip that pokes through the bridge/yoke. Send it back.
 

PMF

Rookie
Oh man, so I ordered an E98, haven't even hit with it yet and there's something wrong!
Check it out:


It's missing that shockless grommet transparent thing, and the left grommet looks suspect too.
Will be contacting the retailer soon as. Has this ever happened to you?
Yep. This has happened to me before. On a DR98, a few years ago, at my local pro shop. They could not find the missing part, so they gave me a whole new grommet set, and restrung the racquet. No charge.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
Oh man, so I ordered an E98, haven't even hit with it yet and there's something wrong!
Check it out:


It's missing that shockless grommet transparent thing, and the left grommet looks suspect too.
Will be contacting the retailer soon as. Has this ever happened to you?
Are there real difference with the older DR98 model?
 

phl92

Professional
I read some parts of the thread, but maybe some people could refresh the data on their experiments with their Ezone.
Which string setup + tension you liked so far best on the Ezone 98 ?
Do you use a leather grip?
Which lead optimization you find best?

I have been playing my Ezone 98 now I almost one year and so far I definitely liked a hybrid setup most.
Due to my triceps issue I was going slow and also we had a long lockdown here, so I couldnt play the whole winter.
Solinco Tour Bite in the mains, and Wilson NXT power was a great string setup (but not very durable). But as I said I currently go the safer way and play Multis only (Rip Control)
I have played my Ezone most time with a bit of lead (approx. 2g in total) at 11 and 1. Recently changed to 1,5g in the tip.
My Ezone is quite heavy with 343g strung, due to a shrink sleeve and thick replacement grip (I have huge hands).
However I am thinking about cutting the shrink sleeve off and get back to a leather grip to feel the bevels more.... weight wise it wouldn't change too much therefore.

Would like to here some reviews of people you have used their Ezone now for ome while
 

Hit 'em clean

Semi-Pro
Has anyone managed to mod the Ezone 98 regular to give it some good ploughthrough? Not hitting a heavy ball with this racket yet but think some lead in the right places could do it
I strung mine up between 46 and 48lbs with Yonex PTP... 48lbs is a little better IMO. You can add 2-3g to the tip at 12 to increase the swing weight. I really still like the Ezone 98 a lot... good power/spin/feel. Problem I ran into was that the swing weight was just a too little for my taste and I always found myself really swinging at the ball to create the extra power/spin (heaviness) that I'm used to, to move the ball through the court. Outside of sheer speed I just kept finding the weight of shot lacking a bit. In all fairness I'm not a sprightly around the court as I once otherwise I would've been fine with playing more shots. At my current state I need my shots to effect my opponent to take pressure of my reduced mobility. When I added 2-3g to the tip the weight of shot improved a lot, but of course you'll lose some of the whippiness and easy swinging nature of the frame. I just couldn't find a middle ground so I move on, but it's still a great racquet and one of the best serving racquets I've hit with.
 

Hit 'em clean

Semi-Pro
Oh man, so I ordered an E98, haven't even hit with it yet and there's something wrong!
Check it out:


It's missing that shockless grommet transparent thing, and the left grommet looks suspect too.
Will be contacting the retailer soon as. Has this ever happened to you?
That's a major problem... it's literally missing the grommet strip that is supposed to be there. You need to contact the shop where you bought it from and have them provide the grommet and restring it free of charge or provide you with a new racquet. That's a big, bad oversight by whoever strung it...

Thank you
 

MikhailT

Rookie
I read some parts of the thread, but maybe some people could refresh the data on their experiments with their Ezone.
Which string setup + tension you liked so far best on the Ezone 98 ?
Do you use a leather grip?
Which lead optimization you find best?

I have been playing my Ezone 98 now I almost one year and so far I definitely liked a hybrid setup most.
Due to my triceps issue I was going slow and also we had a long lockdown here, so I couldnt play the whole winter.
Solinco Tour Bite in the mains, and Wilson NXT power was a great string setup (but not very durable). But as I said I currently go the safer way and play Multis only (Rip Control)
I have played my Ezone most time with a bit of lead (approx. 2g in total) at 11 and 1. Recently changed to 1,5g in the tip.
My Ezone is quite heavy with 343g strung, due to a shrink sleeve and thick replacement grip (I have huge hands).
However I am thinking about cutting the shrink sleeve off and get back to a leather grip to feel the bevels more.... weight wise it wouldn't change too much therefore.

Would like to here some reviews of people you have used their Ezone now for ome while
Few months ago I got the Ezone 98L, which I modded to specs of DR98 by adding a leather grip, two overgrips and 40cm of lead tape distributed between 1-2 and 11-10 o'clock. The resulting specs are 325pts swingweight, 32.5 balance, 325g weight. Surely some of the whippiness was lost but I prefer the plowthrough and the heavy weight of the ball with this setup.
I tried full multi and few hybrids and for now settled on round poly mains with multi crosses at 22/23kg.
 

Wheelz

Professional
I read some parts of the thread, but maybe some people could refresh the data on their experiments with their Ezone.
Which string setup + tension you liked so far best on the Ezone 98 ?
Do you use a leather grip?
Which lead optimization you find best?

I have been playing my Ezone 98 now I almost one year and so far I definitely liked a hybrid setup most.
Due to my triceps issue I was going slow and also we had a long lockdown here, so I couldnt play the whole winter.
Solinco Tour Bite in the mains, and Wilson NXT power was a great string setup (but not very durable). But as I said I currently go the safer way and play Multis only (Rip Control)
I have played my Ezone most time with a bit of lead (approx. 2g in total) at 11 and 1. Recently changed to 1,5g in the tip.
My Ezone is quite heavy with 343g strung, due to a shrink sleeve and thick replacement grip (I have huge hands).
However I am thinking about cutting the shrink sleeve off and get back to a leather grip to feel the bevels more.... weight wise it wouldn't change too much therefore.

Would like to here some reviews of people you have used their Ezone now for ome while
strung with poly around 48 depending on weather and stiffness of string. Could go lower as well. One of my ezone came stock at 325sw, the other one I added weight at 12. No dampener and leather grip. Right now I am playing 1.25 Solinco Confidential, but played with SIgnum Xperience before that (at a lower tension). Poly tour pro is also very nice in it 1.2 or 1.25
 
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phl92

Professional
After todays play I face a small mystery:
I broke quite fast today my strings on both my Ezone 98 2020 which are both 343g static weight, and with 1,5g lead at the tip (so I guess around 322-324 SW). I dont know their exact balance but they are quite HL because I use on both of othem a shrink sleeve and thick and quite heavy replacement grip + 1 Wilson OVergrip.

Now after breaking both on my session I had to play with my 12 years old Wilson nCode nPro 18x18. I didn't play with it for a while, and when I took it out of my bag I felt quite a difference and I thought the switch will be hard. But I played my best tennis for more than 1 hour. Hitting was super easy, and mishiting was almost impossible, even when a little bit late.
When I make the "finger balance test" the Wilson is quite a bit more HH.
After the play I asked my partner what he thinks how much lighter this racket is compared to my Ezones. I guessed around 5g lighter, he though at least 10g.

Now at home on the weight the result is quite shocking! The Wilson is even 1gr heavier with 344g!
How can this be? I am still holding the rackets in my hands and the Wilson even though it is more HH feels so much lighter! The Wilson is speced with 305g unstrung but due to shrink sleeve and 2g lead also heavier made. SW I cannot find reliable sources, but I guess it's stock quite low (maybe 310SW, so with lead I guess not more than 316-320).

Can someone give me any ideas why a HH racket which weighs the same weight feels lighter in the hands?
 

Maverick13

Rookie
Does anyone play a hybrid of Poly Tour Pro and a multi in their EZone? I’ve been playing a full bed of PTP and want to mix in a multi for some more power and wonder what will pair well?
 

Ryebread

Professional
Does anyone play a hybrid of Poly Tour Pro and a multi in their EZone? I’ve been playing a full bed of PTP and want to mix in a multi for some more power and wonder what will pair well?
What tension are you playing?
I have not had any luck with hybrids.
 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
Does anyone play a hybrid of Poly Tour Pro and a multi in their EZone? I’ve been playing a full bed of PTP and want to mix in a multi for some more power and wonder what will pair well?
Have a hybrid of Kirschbaum Evolution mains and Head Velocity crosses in mine and like it. Strung at 53 on the ezone 100.
 

avocadoz

Professional
I finally hit with the Ezone 98 and I quite like it. It was lacking a bit of control for me but that's probably due to the old string in the demo. My biggest negative is the buttcap. The flat ass is such a turn-off.
 

phl92

Professional
Ther
I finally hit with the Ezone 98 and I quite like it. It was lacking a bit of control for me but that's probably due to the old string in the demo. My biggest negative is the buttcap. The flat ass is such a turn-off.
Easy to make larger. The other way round not.
 

Ryebread

Professional
I finally hit with the Ezone 98 and I quite like it. It was lacking a bit of control for me but that's probably due to the old string in the demo. My biggest negative is the buttcap. The flat ass is such a turn-off.
after hitting every possible option since august 2020
ezone 98 is my jam!

try a soft round poly at 52 mains, 51 crosses, great control with a mild-vertical stroke - for me - meaning I don't add ridiculous amt of spin. I sort of hit in between flat and spin. the launch angle on this racquet allows me to hit and relax (lower launch angle). so when I hit hard, the ball doesn't go long very often. but it's not hitting the net either.
 

avocadoz

Professional
I had a second outing with the Ezone 98 restrung with Lynx Tour at 57 lbs and the racquet plays great. Much better control than the demo string that came with it. It still felt comfortable at that tension and I still had plenty of putaway power. I had an adjustment period at first due to not getting used to the headshape and higher sweetspot on the stringbed. Groundstrokes and volleys were great. It's surprisingly stable for its weight and I didn't feel the need to mod at all. The only shot I still struggled a bit with is the serve. I remember in the past struggling to serve with a yonex racquet. Again, I think it might be due to the isometric shape. Overall, I really like it as it's a bit easier to use and making me work less in matches versus my current racquet of choice, the Prestige MP 18x20. I have sensitive elbow, and if the racquet continues to play pain-free with poly at a high tension, I might consider a full switch. It seems the Ezone 100 is also very popular but I picked one up, looked at it, and immediately put it down. I'm used to playing 98 sq.in. frames and the Ezone 100 in particular looks like a giant frying pan with the square headshape and thicker beam. It just looks a bit ridiculous like I'm playing with an oversized frame.
 

Ryebread

Professional
I had a second outing with the Ezone 98 restrung with Lynx Tour at 57 lbs and the racquet plays great. Much better control than the demo string that came with it. It still felt comfortable at that tension and I still had plenty of putaway power. I had an adjustment period at first due to not getting used to the headshape and higher sweetspot on the stringbed. Groundstrokes and volleys were great. It's surprisingly stable for its weight and I didn't feel the need to mod at all. The only shot I still struggled a bit with is the serve. I remember in the past struggling to serve with a yonex racquet. Again, I think it might be due to the isometric shape. Overall, I really like it as it's a bit easier to use and making me work less in matches versus my current racquet of choice, the Prestige MP 18x20. I have sensitive elbow, and if the racquet continues to play pain-free with poly at a high tension, I might consider a full switch. It seems the Ezone 100 is also very popular but I picked one up, looked at it, and immediately put it down. I'm used to playing 98 sq.in. frames and the Ezone 100 in particular looks like a giant frying pan with the square headshape and thicker beam. It just looks a bit ridiculous like I'm playing with an oversized frame.
tension, frames, strings...
all sooooo subjective
but with that said, 57 seems pretty high.
although, I bet you're not talking poly?
if not poly, I guess you could try to move down to 55 / 54 next and see if you still get that control

talking poly?
many folks play this frame in the mid to upper 40's
I still get great control at 52/51
I am actually going to try 51/50 next and work my way down
I string at home every two weeks with this frame
with my previous frame, clash 98, I had to string every week.
not with the ezone98
(playing 5-8x a week)
 
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MikhailT

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Few months ago I got the Ezone 98L, which I modded to specs of DR98 by adding a leather grip, two overgrips and 40cm of lead tape distributed between 1-2 and 11-10 o'clock. The resulting specs are 325pts swingweight, 32.5 balance, 325g weight. Surely some of the whippiness was lost but I prefer the plowthrough and the heavy weight of the ball with this setup.
I tried full multi and few hybrids and for now settled on round poly mains with multi crosses at 22/23kg.
I have now switched to full poly, which turned out to add to weight significantly, so I have removed all the lead. The swingweight according to the SwingTool is now 320. I have the Poly Tour Spin in the mains at 23kg and Weisscannon Scorpion at 22kg in the crosses (which is supposed to be similar to YPTP). Plays and feels very nice.
 
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