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WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
the biggest deifference between the two is that the dr 98 feels like a tweener, is more comfortable and (most important) is better for a spin oriented game with high net clearence (like nadal, kyrgios forehand etc.). the duel g on the other hand has a more classic and "stiffer" feel and is better suited for flatter trajectory. so they are quit different in my opinion (played with both)
What do you mean by feels like a tweener? More responsive? That's what I mean. You see people calling it low powered and then other people are comparing it to APD/PD.
 

Anton

Legend
What do you mean by feels like a tweener? More responsive? That's what I mean. You see people calling it low powered and then other people are comparing it to APD/PD.
It is like APD, only softer (hence less power/spin and more control+comfort) and with more weight in the handle.
 

Hansen

Semi-Pro
What do you mean by feels like a tweener? More responsive? That's what I mean. You see people calling it low powered and then other people are comparing it to APD/PD.
i mean that the dr 98 has a slightly insubstantial, muted, disconnected, "plastic" feel. it doesn´t feel like a classic players frame, but it plays like one and is best suited for players who use the spin potential of a racquet to control the ball.
 

mikeeeee

Professional
Strung Solstice power 17 @ 55/54 and it's really nice. Much better feel than I anticipated based on how it felt stringing.
 
I just got my Dr 100 about a 2 weeks ago. So far I have mixed feelings. My serves have plenty of power and spin. My volleys are very good. Yet my groundstrokes are not as good as my previous racket (Wilson Burn 100s). I'm adding some lead tape to the racket to increase weight and stability. Not sure if I'm going to keep the racquet or trade it in for the Pro Staff 97 or Blade 98 16x19. Any suggestions for helping my groundstrokes? The strings I have in the racket is the Luxillon Element.
 

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Arm starting to bother me a bit, particularly if I'm hitting serves. Doesnt always happen after a hitting session, but it's been a bit more frequent. Dunno if I'm arming the ball too much or if it's dead rpm blast crosses(vs gut mains).
 
What do you mean by feels like a tweener? More responsive? That's what I mean. You see people calling it low powered and then other people are comparing it to APD/PD.
It is a decently powered stick IMO. At first, I thought the stick was exceedingly low powered with a small sweet spot and difficult to play with. That was before I started working on my stroke mechanics and the kinetic chain. Now I love the stick. The feeling at contact is like butter. I would recommend trying a string like Velocity from Head in the Dr 98. Low powered multi with great feel and comfort. Also, seems to have great durability too. Maybe string higher to hone in that power. Just a thought.
 
Has anyone tried adding lead to the Dr 98 plus with success? I have heard recommendations on this thread to add lead at 10+2 on the Dr 98, but did not know if this advice carried over to the plus version, or if I should add it at 12 O'clock. I know much of this is experimentation, but wanted to know what you guys thought.
 

mikeeeee

Professional
It's funny. This is my biggest frame and it's the one I mishit the most with. Something must be off with the weight distribution to cause my timing to be off. I'm going to add 2 more g of lead at 9 and 3 to see what happens.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
Alright guys I'm about to place an order and join the club. Want to order some strings at the same time. What are some good string options? Hopefully ones that last a while.
 
Alright guys I'm about to place an order and join the club. Want to order some strings at the same time. What are some good string options? Hopefully ones that last a while.
I really like head velocity. Low powered multi with excellent comfort and control for a multi filament. I have heard good things about Velocity mains, and a smooth copoly cross. The school of thought is based on the gut/poly thread you can find on this string forum.

My emphasis is always poly like performance with better comfort. If your a hard hitter, maybe bab tonic 15l/head hawk 17 cross. 55/50. Or Max power cross, 17g, 55/46.
 
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Tommy Haas

Hall of Fame
Longtime Babolat Xcel user here. For the DR98 and it's open string pattern, I'd use and have used Xcel 16g strung at the max tension range if using a crank or lockout machine. The DR98 is a powerful frame and the high launch angle doesn't help, but I take big long fast cuts at the ball.
 

Anton

Legend
Arm starting to bother me a bit, particularly if I'm hitting serves. Doesnt always happen after a hitting session, but it's been a bit more frequent. Dunno if I'm arming the ball too much or if it's dead rpm blast crosses(vs gut mains).
Poly string itself doesn't go dead it just locks up by cutting into main, but in the case of natural gut main that doesn't reduce comfort much because the individual fibers snap
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
Poly string itself doesn't go dead it just locks up by cutting into main, but in the case of natural gut main that doesn't reduce comfort much because the individual fibers snap
Wouldn't thicker polys then last longer? Is there anything you can do about it locking up?
 

Anton

Legend
Wouldn't thicker polys then last longer? Is there anything you can do about it locking up?
It lasts longer as far as not breaking, but actually thicker poly locks up more (deeper, wider cut-in).

You can slow down the cutting in by reducing friction. One way to do that is to rub on silicone lube to cross strings every 1-2 hours of play.



And like I said, natural gut main will not lock up.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
It lasts longer as far as not breaking, but actually thicker poly locks up more (deeper, wider cut-in).

You can slow down the cutting in by reducing friction. One way to do that is to rub on silicone lube to cross strings every 1-2 hours of play.

Hmmm interesting. Would a multi/poly combo have the same advantages as the gut with the individual fibers tearing?
 
Hmmm interesting. Would a multi/poly combo have the same advantages as the gut with the individual fibers tearing?
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/head-velocity.586942/page-3#post-11172499

From my experience, velocity has good durability and snap back. Have not heard of this string fraying early, and I stalk the string forum. I think it's worth a try. If unsure, gut/poly is a tried and true string setup. I just want you to have comfort and control. I know full polys have taken out way too many elbows. The playabiliy duration should be better too.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/head-velocity.586942/page-3#post-11172499

From my experience, velocity has good durability and snap back. Have not heard of this string fraying early, and I stalk the string forum. I think it's worth a try. If unsure, gut/poly is a tried and true string setup. I just want you to have comfort and control. I know full polys have taken out way too many elbows. The playabiliy duration should be better too.
That would actually make sense. I never had shoulder problems until I started serving tennis balls for hours on end with dead poly. lol. Thanks.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
yes, but poly cross destroys multi mains, natural gut lasts many times longer.
So I guess my options are: multi or gut/poly. Are those babolat combo packs (pro hurricane/vs) sufficient? I might try that in 1 racquet and multi in another and compare.
 
So I guess my options are: multi or gut/poly. Are those babolat combo packs (pro hurricane/vs) sufficient? I might try that in 1 racquet and multi in another and compare.
I would recommend browsing through the gut/poly thread. Most of those pre-made gut/poly combos are not recommended on the forum. You want a slick poly that is not subject to premature denting. The two I recommended , head hawk and Max power, are not subject to early denting. You could make a post on the gut/poly thread and see what responses you get on your specific needs and setup.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
I would recommend browsing through the gut/poly thread. Most of those pre-made gut/poly combos are not recommended on the forum. You want a slick poly that is not subject to premature denting. The two I recommended , head hawk and Max power, are not subject to early denting. You could make a post on the gut/poly thread and see what responses you get on your specific needs and setup.
Sounds good.
 

Anton

Legend
So I guess my options are: multi or gut/poly. Are those babolat combo packs (pro hurricane/vs) sufficient? I might try that in 1 racquet and multi in another and compare.
It's ok, but I'd recommend Klip Legend 16 with 16L/17 softish slick poly that doesn't lose too much tension. String +3lbs main, +1lbs cross from the usual tension you use.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
It's ok, but I'd recommend Klip Legend 16 with 16L/17 softish slick poly that doesn't lose too much tension. String +3lbs main, +1lbs cross from the usual tension you use.
I assume you guys buy in reels? Because buying 2 different individual packs seems very expensive. Much more expensive than the babolat hybrid. Especially from here in Canada. Unless you can use them both twice.
 
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Anton

Legend
I assume you guys buy in reels? Because buying 2 different individual packs seems very expensive. Much more expensive than the babolat hybrid. Especially from here in Canada. Unless you can use them both twice.
No such thing as reels for natural gut (it's a continuous fiber of the cow's actual gut)

One set is good for two stringjobs (2 sets of mains), this gut is also better, softer and more consistent than VS Team gut.
 

toaster

New User
So I gave my DR 98 a second chance. This time the DR was strung with an Alu Power. It took same time to adjust. Forehands felt great at the end. My 2HB was ok, but still room for improvement. However, Iost quite some pop on my first serve. It feels somehow too flexy and the feeling was not nice at all. Maybe it will take some time to adjust, I dont know. My Prestige XT S feels - which the same stiffnessrating - more crisp and I get more pop out of it.

What are your opnions on serve?
 

ttc2000

Rookie
So I gave my DR 98 a second chance. This time the DR was strung with an Alu Power. It took same time to adjust. Forehands felt great at the end. My 2HB was ok, but still room for improvement. However, Iost quite some pop on my first serve. It feels somehow too flexy and the feeling was not nice at all. Maybe it will take some time to adjust, I dont know. My Prestige XT S feels - which the same stiffnessrating - more crisp and I get more pop out of it.

What are your opnions on serve?
Hi Toaster,

I have tried a few settings on the DR98, I started with 356g with lead on the handle and the hoop. Groundstrokes were good, but struggled to control the big serves.

Took all the lead off the hoop from 2 and 10, serves was a lot better. Racquet at 352g.

Added the 4g lead back to hoop at 3 and 9, again struggled to serve. Racquet at 356g.

Took 2g off the hoop and serves improved a tiny fraction. Racquet at 354g.

Took a further 4g off the handle and serves improved a little. Racquet at 350g.

Took the 2g of lead off the hoop, re-applied 4g to the handle bringing racquet to 352g and it was excellent for serving again.

It seems for me any lead added to the hoop makes me struggle to serve big and control it.

Strung with Gamma Live wire 16g@55IBS for mains and Head Hawk 17g @53IBS for crosses. Also using string savers, Yonex leather grip and blue tourna grip.
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
I just bought the DR98+ recently. Great frame. Serving is better as well as spin and groundies compared to my other frames I've used.
 

ZirkusAffe

Semi-Pro
How long do multis last you guys? I've always used poly. Before that synthetic gut, but always broke them.
Cyclones are my default now for the DR98 (18g or 19g) good value, I bumped the tension up to 55lbs they stay firm and the thin gauge I will play them until they break which I usually don't (well in my APT I've broken them).
I like the Solinco strings Hyper G or Revolution (my fave, great tension maintenance), YPTS (low low powered but comfy).
 

ZirkusAffe

Semi-Pro
Hi Toaster,

I have tried a few settings on the DR98, I started with 356g with lead on the handle and the hoop. Groundstrokes were good, but struggled to control the big serves.

Took all the lead off the hoop from 2 and 10, serves was a lot better. Racquet at 352g.

Added the 4g lead back to hoop at 3 and 9, again struggled to serve. Racquet at 356g.

Took 2g off the hoop and serves improved a tiny fraction. Racquet at 354g.

Took a further 4g off the handle and serves improved a little. Racquet at 350g.

Took the 2g of lead off the hoop, re-applied 4g to the handle bringing racquet to 352g and it was excellent for serving again.

It seems for me any lead added to the hoop makes me struggle to serve big and control it.

Strung with Gamma Live wire 16g@55IBS for mains and Head Hawk 17g @53IBS for crosses. Also using string savers, Yonex leather grip and blue tourna grip.
Interesting, I like lead in the Ezone XI 98, so when I got my DR98 I put some at 3 and 9 but I didn't like it either so I took it off and it seems to be better with a little weight in the handle (7-8ish HL) with nothing in the hoop.
The only difference is (which is sort of a big difference) my Xi usually is setup hybrid synth crosses and poly mains, DR is full poly only... I want to go back to adding a little lead in the hoop but I'm serving and hitting the DR better than I have since I got it last year.
 

mscream

Professional
Will be interesting to see if they release an extended version in the Ezone line right from the start...according to rumors...
 

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Would be kinda weird then to have released the DR plus models at that time. Chris mentioned that they had received a prototype, so maybe it was in the works for a while. But at the same time, TW raved about the DR98+ in reviews, so they would kinda compete against each other for sales I guess.

Really curious to see this new version. I would hope that not much changes from the current DR98, but who knows, maybe they found a way to improve it (although this would probably be subjective).
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Looks very interesting...

To me when watching the video the frame shape looked more like a Vcore 95D at around 12 to 13 seconds... also there seem to be 6 yellow grommets at the throat... does that mean it has 3 loops on the throat?...

The real answer is we'll find out in August...
 

!<-_->!

Hall of Fame
Feel like Andy might be hitting with it in the most recent video they posted, the shoe review of the K-Swiss shoes.
 

fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Btw I dunno if we have any Street Fighter players round here, but the 2nd male voice in the teaser video sounds like the in game announcer for 3rd strike. When he says "engaged" I just can't help think of fights starting. Fight starts with "engage."

Random post but I thought I'd just say it. Guess I'll also say that the arm problems I was having are gone for now. Not sure what the problem was...maybe crap serving technique. Hit around for ~30 minutes today and played 2 sets of doubles. Happy with how I played for the most part, just a few derps on volleys. No soreness or pain whatsoever afterwards. feelsgoodman.
 
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rjp1977

Rookie
Got to hit with my DR 98 for the first time last night and enjoyed it. Nice and comfy and really liked it on serve. I agree with the statements about the grips being larger. I've come from the traditional Head grips so that may of course have something to do with it.

Also, am I alone in preferring the original paint to the new blue version?
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Got to hit with my DR 98 for the first time last night and enjoyed it. Nice and comfy and really liked it on serve. I agree with the statements about the grips being larger. I've come from the traditional Head grips so that may of course have something to do with it.

Also, am I alone in preferring the original paint to the new blue version?
I too much prefer the original paint on the DR 98 to the blue version... although I have never held the blue on in my hand, so maybe not fair to comment...
 

rjp1977

Rookie
I too much prefer the original paint on the DR 98 to the blue version... although I have never held the blue on in my hand, so maybe not fair to comment...
I want to get a 2nd one and can't decide whether to get the same colour! Although I may wait to see if the new Yonex in August is an Ezone update.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
I want to get a 2nd one and can't decide whether to get the same colour! Although I may wait to see if the new Yonex in August is an Ezone update.
I think waiting is a very good idea... even if it's not, the new version will be launched by next year, at which time (should you not like the new version) the old one will be on sale probably at bargain prices... win/win... ;)
 

rjp1977

Rookie
I think waiting is a very good idea... even if it's not, the new version will be launched by next year, at which time (should you not like the new version) the old one will be on sale probably at bargain prices... win/win... ;)
True. Think I'll have to demo if it's got lots of fancy new tech in it!
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
I too much prefer the original paint on the DR 98 to the blue version... although I have never held the blue on in my hand, so maybe not fair to comment...
Having hit with both the standard length yellow version and the blue DR98+, I prefer the blue. Pictures don't do it justice. It's the best looking frame and paint job that I have owned thus far.
 
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