YONEX EZone 98+ first look?

Okay boyos I've been hitting and giving the ezone 98+ a good 5-6 hours so far and i think i can make some verifiable observations about the frame. For starters im a 4.5-5.0 with a 2HBH who likes to hit the snot out of the ball until ofc i aggressivelyframe it;).

Power: This rackets got tons of power when you smack the sweetspot. If i had to give it a number id say around 8/10. If you can get the racket moving it's just a bazooka but i always felt the control was just good enough to bring the ball in most of the time.

Spin: holy guacamole Batman this thing is totally different from the standard length in this aspect. Even after my strings have lost most of their tension im getting kick on my groundies that mirror the more open 16x19s. You wouldn't think so with the 8 mains on this thing but wow it's packing the heat for sure. I am using hyper g 16L @ 50 lb as a reference tension.

Control: this racket is very similar to the dr98 in that there's more control than say a pure aero or pure drive but less so than a blade or other 18x20. I could place my shots well and if i was set up good i could crush some good winners from the back court. Pretty good balance of control and pop on most shots.

Comfort: okay so to start out hyper g 16L is a pretty stiff string so the frame didn't feel overwhelmingly comfortable to me like the previous version but i think with a change of string it could be better. I would agree with others saying it's closer to the dr98 because i can feel the flex in the frame on well hit shots. So for the rest of you not using a stiffer string like hyper g or tour bite, it should be plenty plush.

Stability: More stable than the standard version but not rf97 or tour 97 330 stable. If you hit a bit flatter it helps compared to a more full western grip. I've always considered the ezones not the most stable but stable enough for most people to use, with some adjustment.

Serves were absolute bombs when you clock em right and kick serves were good enough for me. Volleys were sometimes difficult because of the extra power but with some adjustments it gives well controlled and directed volleys.

Drawbacks: As much as i loved the power, that seemed to be its only weakness for me. As many shots I'd like to have been around center court with spin seemed to fly dangerously close to the baseline. Then again, i have only hit with it for so long so maybe i just need more time.

I encourage anyone who wants a comfortable, powerful, and spin friendly controlled option like the dr98 but with a little more pop and spin on tap should give this one a try. I used 2 overgrips on a 3/8 grip and the balance was PERFECT.
 

achapa8807

Semi-Pro
Been bouncing back and forth between my custom EZONE 98s and the plus version, and I will probably end up putting the plus up for sale here and just buy another standard and modify it to match my current two. As much as I LOVE the feel of it, something is missing. I’ve tested three different tensions with my string of choice and no luck. It’s not a bad stick, but I just feel like I’m in more of a groove with the SW and balance of my standard EZONE 98s. I’ll still stand by my review and comments about the frame, though.
 

Crocodile

Hall of Fame
From a feel perspective I liked the DR range over this new E Zone thing. Now I haven't hit with the E Zone plus 98 but did hit with both the 98 and 100 standard length new sticks, well they feel quite cheap and tinny compared to the older DR range which had a more rich foamed filled sensation to them. I'm not happy with the E Zone update and hope I can still track down some DR 98 pluses which offer a c10 like comfort and some impressive stability with its extra long length.
 

mooshooorson

New User
Does anyone else have experience with this racquet yet? Comparison to Vcore SV 98+?
I've played with both the dr98+ and sv98+ and as someone said earlier the ezone 98+ kinda plays in between the two.

it's softer than the sv98+ but crisper feeling than the dr98+.

it's early but the plushness of it is significant compared to the sv98+. it also seems to be whippier than both the sv98+ and dr98+.

i'll keep playing with it to get a better handle on it.
 

tim-ay

Rookie
I've played with both the dr98+ and sv98+ and as someone said earlier the ezone 98+ kinda plays in between the two.

it's softer than the sv98+ but crisper feeling than the dr98+.

it's early but the plushness of it is significant compared to the sv98+. it also seems to be whippier than both the sv98+ and dr98+.

i'll keep playing with it to get a better handle on it.

I’m really interested in this racket. It sounds really great, suppose it’s time to demo. Please continue to share your thoughts. Not much info about it out there yet.
 

mooshooorson

New User
I’m really interested in this racket. It sounds really great, suppose it’s time to demo. Please continue to share your thoughts. Not much info about it out there yet.
Just came off the court after hitting some more with the Ezone 98+. Having hit with SV98+ as recently as Tuesday of this week, the differences between the two are fresh in my mind.

Ezone 98+ is certainly plusher and offers that DR98+ like feeling at contact. It's probably not as plush as the DR98+ but noticeably plusher than the SV98+.

It's a fast feeling racquet on groundstrokes and at least for me, I feel I can whip it through the hitting zone faster than the SV98+. I was hitting a heavier more heavy top spin ball today. That could be just for today, but my intention was not necessarily to do so. For whatever reason, the Ezone 98+ with the same swing and technique generated more aggressive top spin.

Still haven't served a lot with stick, but it seems to swing fast in that department as well. Gotta spend more time with it serving.

Finally, the few volleys I hit were inconclusive. Clean volleys felt great, but off-center and reaction volleys felt a little bit more unstable than the SV98+. Definitely nothing definitive yet, but something I'll continue to observe and try.
 

achapa8807

Semi-Pro

Seems like a nicer update to the DR98+ than the Ezone 98 was to the DR98.
It certainly is. Although I no longer play with this racquet and have moved on to the VCORE Pro 97 330, I still think it was a great update to the EZONE series. You don't quite get the same feeling as you would with a DR 98+, but the racquet is better for a lot of people who were turned off by the EZONE's feel at impact. This is the way the frame should have felt and played as the standard version. Some say Yonex took a step backward with the EZONE update to the DR, but I have seen a fair amount of junior and college level players using it. Go figure.

I'm just excited that Yonex is getting more and more players using their racquets.
 

Sardines

Professional
Just came off the court after hitting some more with the Ezone 98+. Having hit with SV98+ as recently as Tuesday of this week, the differences between the two are fresh in my mind.

Ezone 98+ is certainly plusher and offers that DR98+ like feeling at contact. It's probably not as plush as the DR98+ but noticeably plusher than the SV98+.

It's a fast feeling racquet on groundstrokes and at least for me, I feel I can whip it through the hitting zone faster than the SV98+. I was hitting a heavier more heavy top spin ball today. That could be just for today, but my intention was not necessarily to do so. For whatever reason, the Ezone 98+ with the same swing and technique generated more aggressive top spin.

Still haven't served a lot with stick, but it seems to swing fast in that department as well. Gotta spend more time with it serving.

Finally, the few volleys I hit were inconclusive. Clean volleys felt great, but off-center and reaction volleys felt a little bit more unstable than the SV98+. Definitely nothing definitive yet, but something I'll continue to observe and try.
Interesting. On a Playsight court, I hit for 30mins and played a set with the Ezone 98+ today, off a buddy's new stick with Cyclone 18L(m)/YPTF17(c), just for kicks to see what it was about. I weighed it up with blue tac to simulate my own SV98+, which means 336g, 32.7cm balance. Couldn't do swing weight, but it weighed about 2g heavier than my SV98+, unmodified. I also hit with my SV98+ immediately after, reprogramming Playsight so it doesn't mess with the stats, as a comparison.
I found the EZ98+ to be slightly less stiff overall, but on the top 1/3 of the racquet head, it felt as crisp as the SV98+. It had less power and bite than the SV98+, even though it swung with what I felt was more mass. It did feel more plush, especially off the ground and volleys. Being 16x19 with 8 throat mains on the bridge, I found I had to adjust my swing a bit faster to generate the same pace and spin. Block and punch volleys were good, since my weight mods gave it some stability, but slice volleys lacked that bit of sting. My fave shots were the short angle and drop volleys, where the EZ98+ executed with less concentration than the SV98+, which requires much more deft touch to dampen the stiff response.
The playsight data showed I had 3mph less off the ground, with avg 60rpm less overall too. Serve was 4mph less too. This is compared to my last playsight hit with the SV98+ with same strings and the same opponent. I know the EZ98+ had lower swing weight, but it was noticeably less whippy than the SV98+, being thicker by 2mm.
From memory, I'd say the EZ98+ is slightly slower, control version of the SV98+. However, the SV98+ ace in the hole is the 6 mains on the throat, which opens the string pattern for more power and spin, but obviously a bit less precision. I feel I can control the SV98+ and appreciate the cheat of more power on serve and off the ground. On practice serves, the ball was certainly about 6" lower on the fence compared to the SV98+, but serve % was up a bit.
 

parasailing

Hall of Fame
Finally got a chance to hit with both the DR 98 and Ezone 98 Plus versions and I love the plush feel of the DR 98 Plus. The Ezone 98 Plus is a bit stiffer and Yonex got it right with the DR 98 Plus. It does not flex as much as the AI 98 but is not as stiff as the DR 98 or any other the other racquets Yonex has.

Coming from the 2015 Blade 18x20, this racquet helps my backhand and serves are amazing on this racquet. Long time Blade user who loves the great control, stability, plow, and comfort of the 2015 model. However, once I got my hands on the DR 98 Plus, I found it offers all the benefits of the Blade but with additional benefit of being better on serves and improved backahnd.

Having play with it for about 10 hours now, I am still getting use to hitting volleys and need more time to groove my forehand. You can definitely flatten shots with this racquet. Too bad, they don't sell this racquet any more so will need to find used ones on the forum.
 

Kurt0707

New User
I have rexently been playing with new EZONE 98 which i got theough a great deal, it played great especially on serves and groundstrokes.

However, the extended version feeling is different, it is more muted, less crisp, and more comfortable. For me at least a much better feling, and nit too plush. (havent tried dr98+ or dr98)

I was worried about the high swingweight, but it felt very easy to swing. My one handed backhand was more solid, and this racquet is very stable. At the net, drop and half volleys are amazing. Serves needed some adjustment, it was not as easy as the standard version, but power and precision are there when dialed in. The head shape is also differe t than standard version. I think it is more suitable for advanced players looking for power, control, comfort and stability. Having read mang reviews, it seems its a unique racket.

My only concern is coming back to standard lenght sometime in the future, is this something that is difficult to adjust even within ezone series? have found a ezone dr98 at a local store and thinking about buying it too since it has so many fans...
 

vanworth

Rookie
I have rexently been playing with new EZONE 98 which i got theough a great deal, it played great especially on serves and groundstrokes.

However, the extended version feeling is different, it is more muted, less crisp, and more comfortable. For me at least a much better feling, and nit too plush. (havent tried dr98+ or dr98)

I was worried about the high swingweight, but it felt very easy to swing. My one handed backhand was more solid, and this racquet is very stable. At the net, drop and half volleys are amazing. Serves needed some adjustment, it was not as easy as the standard version, but power and precision are there when dialed in. The head shape is also differe t than standard version. I think it is more suitable for advanced players looking for power, control, comfort and stability. Having read mang reviews, it seems its a unique racket.

My only concern is coming back to standard lenght sometime in the future, is this something that is difficult to adjust even within ezone series? have found a ezone dr98 at a local store and thinking about buying it too since it has so many fans...
I have been back and forth between plus and standard both DR and Ezone 98s so can help with this. There is an adjustment when you go back (assuming you spent decent time with the plus length). You will notice the serve power being lower and not so many short points, your ground game may have suffered a little as you got used to less rallying.

I love the plus lengths but think I prefer standard with a little lead to give them similar power to the plus lengths but with a little better maneuverability. I think the DR98 actually plays closer to the Ezone 98+ than the DR98 plays to the regular Ezone, like you say the stability and extra plow is noticable and the DR feels better for those things than regular Ezone.

Finally, if same length rackets Ezone and DR do feel different to me, they are fairly interchangeable but there will be a little adjustment. Personally think if you love one type don't bother with the other. I currently play DR98 and may get a couple of Ezones purely because I only have 2 DR98s and want more for backup and this is the same line at the end of the day. If you find a racket you love, try not to be tempted elsewhere and stock up on it! Wish I had done that!
 

Kurt0707

New User
I have been back and forth between plus and standard both DR and Ezone 98s so can help with this. There is an adjustment when you go back (assuming you spent decent time with the plus length). You will notice the serve power being lower and not so many short points, your ground game may have suffered a little as you got used to less rallying.

I love the plus lengths but think I prefer standard with a little lead to give them similar power to the plus lengths but with a little better maneuverability. I think the DR98 actually plays closer to the Ezone 98+ than the DR98 plays to the regular Ezone, like you say the stability and extra plow is noticable and the DR feels better for those things than regular Ezone.

Finally, if same length rackets Ezone and DR do feel different to me, they are fairly interchangeable but there will be a little adjustment. Personally think if you love one type don't bother with the other. I currently play DR98 and may get a couple of Ezones purely because I only have 2 DR98s and want more for backup and this is the same line at the end of the day. If you find a racket you love, try not to be tempted elsewhere and stock up on it! Wish I had done that!
Thank you for your insights, really helpful. Yes I realized that with the extended version games are shorter, but I do get tired faster (especially now that its hot and very humid outside), even with additinal SW of only 10. But the feeling is addictive..
 

vanworth

Rookie
Thank you for your insights, really helpful. Yes I realized that with the extended version games are shorter, but I do get tired faster (especially now that its hot and very humid outside), even with additinal SW of only 10. But the feeling is addictive..
Bare in mind then that the standard DR is 5 grams heavier than Ezone+, so you may still get tired
 

Kurt0707

New User
I am also quite happy with the new Ezone 98 with some customization, so I dont think I will go for DR version, but will work on my strength and condition to be able to handle extended length for longer periods.. I also have an Angell Lime 98 which has a similar plush feeling and very stable, so I dont think I need a similar racket. I am already very happy and confident with power, comfort and especially serving of new ezone 98 for matches, and dont mind a little crispy feel.. just need to work on my physical condition for extendes version for now. thx
 
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