Yonex Ezone DR 98 + Lead tape + string suggestions

Javizzle

New User
Allo Allo!

I'm looking for some suggestions on where to put lead to my Ezone Dr 98.

Long story short, I love the feel of the DR but i feel it lacks a bit of bite due to its incredible flexy frame. I was okay with that as I've had a history of shoulder problems. With that being said I do want to find a bit of a balance and have a bit more spin & power.

Question 1: Lead. So far i've added @ 3 & 9 w/ counter balance to increase stability but found that it did decrease some of the 'bite' and flattened out my stroke a bit. I've tried decreasing @ 3 & 9 and adding some at 12, but it still doesn't feel great like that. Anyone using the DR (or anyone) have some suggestions?

Question 2: Looking for some nice string combos too - at the moment i've been enjoying 16 Alu power rough and a multifilament of some sort (have used NRG2, X1 BP, Solinco Vanquish) @ roughly 52 lbs.

I'm a 5.0+ and am 3 years post-op on a labrum repair. Thanks :)
 

StanAO14

Rookie
I think you first of all have to change your Sting setup. Full poly for example at 52 mains and 48 crosses (or even 48 mains and 44 crosses). Since the string pattern is tight despite being 16*19, lowerering the tension and even more so on the crosses will increase power slightly and spin (because the mains have 'room' to move, increasing snap back). Multi is not helping with a crisper feeling. With regard to lead tape I would try some at 10/2 and counterbalance at handle. With Lead At 12 my ai98 was also not feeling right, with lead at 3&9 it did. Despite having shoulder problems full poly is not harmimg your arm I think (I have had the same issues) because the frame is so flexy and as long as you cut it out in time.
 

Fireball

Rookie
I'm evaluating Dr 98 for the moment and will most likely switch to it (from Blx Blade 98 18x20). I don't have any problem to generate spin and the power seems quite good to. Reading your description Javizzle it seems like you should consider another racket instead of trying to convert it to something different. Maybe something like Blade 16x19, PS97S or Dr100 would be a better fit for you?

I do agree with StanAO14 that it's better to experiment with various string setups before any tempering with adding weight is done.
 
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eaglesburg

Guest
Allo Allo!

I'm looking for some suggestions on where to put lead to my Ezone Dr 98.

Long story short, I love the feel of the DR but i feel it lacks a bit of bite due to its incredible flexy frame. I was okay with that as I've had a history of shoulder problems. With that being said I do want to find a bit of a balance and have a bit more spin & power.

Question 1: Lead. So far i've added @ 3 & 9 w/ counter balance to increase stability but found that it did decrease some of the 'bite' and flattened out my stroke a bit. I've tried decreasing @ 3 & 9 and adding some at 12, but it still doesn't feel great like that. Anyone using the DR (or anyone) have some suggestions?

Question 2: Looking for some nice string combos too - at the moment i've been enjoying 16 Alu power rough and a multifilament of some sort (have used NRG2, X1 BP, Solinco Vanquish) @ roughly 52 lbs.

I'm a 5.0+ and am 3 years post-op on a labrum repair. Thanks :)
I am finding that after you adjust and start finding the bigger up sweet spot this racket has plenty of power and spin. It has a feeling of biting and spinning the ball when I hit the sweet spot that I never had with apd.
 

mikeeeee

Professional
Full poly bed is a must with the DR. I tried a hybrid and it just wasn't giving me control. With the softer poly strings these days, I really can't come up with a good reason to not be using a full bed (personal preference obviously).

Try Poly Tour Pro 125 and you will be impressed.
 
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eaglesburg

Guest
Full poly bed is a must with the DR. I tried a hybrid and it just wasn't giving me control. With the softer poly strings these days, I really can't come up with a good reason to not be using a full bed (personal preference obviously).

Try Poly Tour Pro 125 and you will be impressed.
What tension? And do you like it better than alu smooth?
 

RichVentura

Rookie
Full poly bed is a must with the DR. I tried a hybrid and it just wasn't giving me control. With the softer poly strings these days, I really can't come up with a good reason to not be using a full bed (personal preference obviously).

Try Poly Tour Pro 125 and you will be impressed.
Mikeee, Why is full poly a must in DR98? I use gut in mains and poly crosses and mostly play doubles, and I don't need ground stroke topspin as much but love the feel of natural gut. For doubles don't you feel that full poly is not as important in DR98?' Feel maybe more important than spin in doubles?
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Adding lead to the hoop of the frame can certainly make it feel more stable through the ball. I'm a fan of that feel myself and I've applied lead at 3/9 o'clock to get more of that "solidness" with a few of my racquets in recent history. Player preferences vary, so finding the feel you want may require some patience, since you're also experimenting with string setups that can also change your overall feel.

Along with that solid feel that I usually get with a heavier racquet, I also like the handling and "swing behavior" I get with my heavier racquets when they have a familiar balance - for me, that's usually around 9 pts. head-light (HL). Even if a frame isn't especially heavy, I can get an impression of more sluggish handling when the balance is down toward 5-6 pts. HL or less.

I bring up the issue of balance because it sounds like you've only leaded your hoop. If that tuning has diminished the HL balance of your frame by even a couple balance points, it may not be working well for you if you're used to a different balance. Whenever I add lead to the hoop of my racquet, I typically also need to add weight to the handle to counterbalance - move the balance point back in a more HL position. While 1/4" lead tape seems best to apply to my hoops, I prefer to use 1/2" lead tape under my grips. Effective counterbalancing usually includes adding more weight to the handle than out on the hoop.

As for strings, I'm not a poly user, but you may find some feel and bite if you try some thinner poly options, either in a full bed or a hybrid. Although it may not be as durable as a thicker gauge, a thin poly (around 1.20mm) should also be less "clunky" or dead compared with heavier gauges. That may help with getting some of the liveliness or power that you want. Since I string for several local players, I've gathered impressions on different setups they use and I've also sampled a couple of different poly hybrids in my frames just see how they feel and behave for me.
 

mimibighead

New User
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25 at 55 Mains / 53 Crosses. I used to swear by 4G but this racquet needs a softer poly compensated by striking slightly tighter.
 

clutch21

Rookie
I'm curious if anyone is using syn gut in their DR 98? Is so, what tensions and what mods have you made to your racquet?
I strung up my DR with Biphase @ 58. It felt awesome from the baseline and I was able to keep most my routine groundies in with decent control. Flat serves were a dream. The comfort also couldn't be beat. Where I struggled though, were the short put away balls that demanded the extra spin to keep in. I also tended to overhit on volleys and bigger cuts. A synthetic gut could be a better option though as multi's like biphase have a ton of power.
 
Oh WOW just strung up a stock DR98 with Luxilon Alu Power Soft at 50 and it is fantastic. Lots of spin, lots of control, enough power and comfortable. Let's see how it holds up.
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
Question 1: Lead. So far i've added @ 3 & 9 w/ counter balance to increase stability but found that it did decrease some of the 'bite' and flattened out my stroke a bit. I've tried decreasing @ 3 & 9 and adding some at 12, but it still doesn't feel great like that. Anyone using the DR (or anyone) have some suggestions?
How much did you put at 3+9 o'clock (total)?

Higher twist weight does flatten out the shot a bit because you cannot count that much on the racquet twisting because of the collision with the ball. So you have to use a slightly more closed launch angle instead (and correct a swing path a bit to more vertical, in case it's needed). 3+9 o'clock mass can give you even more spin than previously, but only if you use a slight modification of your technique like this.

The other thing you can do is to place the half of the mass at 3+9 o'clock of what you've previously added.

Another good option for Yonex might be 10+2 o'clock instead of 3+9. Because of having a more squarish head shape, 10+2 o'clock still increases twist weight (stability) significantly, yet the effect will be more power from the baseline compared to 3+9 o'clock, and wider sweet spot for the baseline shots (compared to 3+9 o'clock placement). Again, quantity makes a difference, that is, how much stability added do you need, and how willing you are to adjust the technique to take benefit from a higher twist weight (which is indeed great for trading heavy shots).

Novak is using a high twist weight setup. His technique is adjusted to such a setup. His shots never lack spin or a control - he might not be the guy using the most spin on the tour, but he's not the flat hitter either.
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
Ordered some stringing it with tonic guy mains 57 lbs and yonex pro poly cross at 55. Too high? I prefer a tight string bed. Also recommendations for a durable gut? I can still change my orders.
 

Sardines

Professional
Another good option for Yonex might be 10+2 o'clock instead of 3+9. Because of having a more squarish head shape, 10+2 o'clock still increases twist weight (stability) significantly, yet the effect will be more power from the baseline compared to 3+9 o'clock, and wider sweet spot for the baseline shots (compared to 3+9 o'clock placement). Again, quantity makes a difference, that is, how much stability added do you need, and how willing you are to adjust the technique to take benefit from a higher twist weight (which is indeed great for trading heavy shots).
Yes, on the SV98+, I found installing the 1g under the edge of the bumper guard and another 1g continuously the inside of the hoop toward the 10/2 marks, stabilized the frame quite a bit. Noticeably increased power too, which forced me to string higher.

is 57 lbs tonic gut mains, 55 lbs yonex poly pro cross too tight?
That's usually personal. I usually string 57-59lbs on Ball Feel but 53-55 on Longevity. My crosses are usually around the 48-50lbs mark. It's more about stiffness of the poly.

Do you think the Ezone with the Volkl Cyclone is a good combo ?
I restrung my DR98+ demo with VC 18L. I liked it better than the 16g 4g they had on. Gave it a bit more spin and power. I ultimately chose the SV98+ though.
 
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brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
For lead: if I'm adding lead at all it's always going to start at the handle then move up. I find that I get better playability from the racquet when I can swing it faster. Making it more headlight helps the racquet speed. Adding weight to the hoop adds to stability but can decrease racquet speed. If you plan on customizing the balance significantly then go with the lighter model and customize from there.

I typically like dense patterns so thicker polys strung a touch tighter works for me in the DR.
 

John Z.

Rookie
Tonic+ 16g mains (52 lbs), KPL2 17g crosses (48 lbs). Super plush.

Replacing Yonex grip with Wilson sublime adds a few grams to handle and makes the frame more head light. Also make L3 feel like normal L3 size (Yonex handles typically feel small because their grips are thin).
 

mjwtpro1

Rookie
If you have a DR 98 blue be careful removing the tape....my lead at 3 and 9 took off some blue decals upon removal. Hate the matte paint jobs. >:<
 

flanker2000fr

Professional
Do you think the Ezone with the Volkl Cyclone is a good combo ?
It's quite good, and relatively easy on the arm. I have been using the DR98 on Cyclone 17 strung at 52 lbs, and was pleased with the result. But I like it better on a Solinco Hyper G 16L or 17, strung at 52. A bit stiffer, but still manageable for my elbow, and I found it better for topspin / control.
 
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