Yonex Ezone DR CLUB!!!!~~~!!!

Tmano

Professional
I need some help here guys. I'm considering switching to yonex but i get confuse all the time by users using once DR another time Ezone Dr or just Ezone.
I watched a TW review in which i believe they testing the model right after the AI and they were swearing about it as much better racquet than the AI.
Thanks
 
I need some help here guys. I'm considering switching to yonex but i get confuse all the time by users using once DR another time Ezone Dr or just Ezone.
I watched a TW review in which i believe they testing the model right after the AI and they were swearing about it as much better racquet than the AI.
Thanks
Ezone DR = DR for short
Ezone (just this word, without DR) is another model, newer than Ezone DR
 

vanworth

Rookie
I need some help here guys. I'm considering switching to yonex but i get confuse all the time by users using once DR another time Ezone Dr or just Ezone.
I watched a TW review in which i believe they testing the model right after the AI and they were swearing about it as much better racquet than the AI.
Thanks
Here is the order, oldest first.

Ezone Xi98 to Ezone Ai98 to Ezone DR98 to just simply Ezone. Ai and DR are the ones worth getting in most people's eyes, the Ezone is to be avoided absolute arm killer in upper hoop and overpowered as many have noted.
 
Try VCORE 98. Been happy with the switch.
I might also switch but not sure yet. I felt like it swung pretty similar and power/spin level also similar. But I didnt feel the ball as well as with the DR. Was that a correct feeling or could it have been that it was a different (stiffer) string?
 

Tmano

Professional
Here is the order, oldest first.

Ezone Xi98 to Ezone Ai98 to Ezone DR98 to just simply Ezone. Ai and DR are the ones worth getting in most people's eyes, the Ezone is to be avoided absolute arm killer in upper hoop and overpowered as many have noted.
Here is the order, oldest first.

Ezone Xi98 to Ezone Ai98 to Ezone DR98 to just simply Ezone. Ai and DR are the ones worth getting in most people's eyes, the Ezone is to be avoided absolute arm killer in upper hoop and overpowered as many have noted.
Thank you vanworth!!!! last night I got to read some more reviews here and there on TWBoard, and there were some people talking about a what I'm guessing now after you lined up the different models, of a Ezone DR 98 310g. I looked it up on goggle but I could only find a 305g.
Did I miss it or it's just hard to find?
Thanks again!
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Thank you vanworth!!!! last night I got to read some more reviews here and there on TWBoard, and there were some people talking about a what I'm guessing now after you lined up the different models, of a Ezone DR 98 310g. I looked it up on goggle but I could only find a 305g.
Did I miss it or it's just hard to find?
Thanks again!
The DR is discontinued. You might only find it in second hand markets. The 305g you find is the current EZONE model.
 

Tmano

Professional
The DR is discontinued. You might only find it in second hand markets. The 305g you find is the current EZONE model.
I see, so which racquet was that I read about of 310g? I'm guessing not the one currently for sale on TW due to the 305g instead of the 310g.

Thanks
 

vanworth

Rookie
I see, so which racquet was that I read about of 310g? I'm guessing not the one currently for sale on TW due to the 305g instead of the 310g.

Thanks
You could try the Ezone but I would demo and check your arm first before spending any hard earned cash. No doubt it could be a good racket for some but just didn't work for me.

DR98 is almost impossible to find for a reasonable second hand price anymore, if you are patient a few may turn up on second hand markets but I have seen them sell for around $150 in battered condition recently.

There is a new model out soon apparently January 2020. There is little to no reliable info on it at this point but it may be worth waiting as if they go back to a similar frame to the DR98 or AI98 it could be a real winner.

Other similar options are the Prince Textreme Tour 100 310g, Blade 16x19 and Clash 98. If I run out of DRs these are the ones I would consider switching to. Yonex Vcore 98 is another option but a little more powerful.
 

chsu74

New User
I might also switch but not sure yet. I felt like it swung pretty similar and power/spin level also similar. But I didnt feel the ball as well as with the DR. Was that a correct feeling or could it have been that it was a different (stiffer) string?
I switched for a softer setup due to wrist injury and did not stay with the same string setup. I do think the VCORE98 plays a bit softer but that is what I wanted. Trajectory of ball is a bit different also so you need to make adjustment. Easy transition though.
 

Tmano

Professional
You could try the Ezone but I would demo and check your arm first before spending any hard earned cash. No doubt it could be a good racket for some but just didn't work for me.

DR98 is almost impossible to find for a reasonable second hand price anymore, if you are patient a few may turn up on second hand markets but I have seen them sell for around $150 in battered condition recently.

There is a new model out soon apparently January 2020. There is little to no reliable info on it at this point but it may be worth waiting as if they go back to a similar frame to the DR98 or AI98 it could be a real winner.

Other similar options are the Prince Textreme Tour 100 310g, Blade 16x19 and Clash 98. If I run out of DRs these are the ones I would consider switching to. Yonex Vcore 98 is another option but a little more powerful.
Thanks Chsu74!
What's so great about the Ezone DR 98? I read that it is a very stable frame and comfortable which is a plus with a low medium power. what doe this frame do better than the frame you listed for me before:
Prince Textreme Tour 100 310g, Blade 16x19 and Clash 98 ?

Sorry for the too many questions, I'm trying to get a grasp of this frame/s which I know nothing at all about. However. I feel like that Yonnex nowadays is the only frame I would switch to from Head.
 
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Sean4016

New User
Been playing the DR98 310 with leather grip, overwrap and lead at 3&9 for the past 3 doubles matches. Strung one with Wilson NG 16 at 52 lbs and one with Head Intelitour hybrid at 50. I am in love with the Intelitour in this racquet. So easy on the arm and wrist. Quite low powered and very muted feel but it just seems to work so well for me. Mine are weighing around 352 grams strung. Such a great stick.
 

vanworth

Rookie
Thanks Chsu74!
What's so great about the Ezone DR 98? I read that it is a very stable frame and comfortable which is a plus with a low medium power. what doe this frame do better than the frame you listed for me before:
Prince Textreme Tour 100 310g, Blade 16x19 and Clash 98 ?

Sorry for the too many questions, I'm trying to get a grasp of this frame/s which I know nothing at all about. However. I feel like that Yonnex nowadays if the only frame I would switch to from Head.
I think the best way I can sum it up is it is the most controlled real tweener racket I have played with, so the power is there and there is a fairly large sweetspot with forgiveness due to the isometric headshape. This racket has the forgiveness of a 100in but the control of a 98in.

For me it has that perfect balance, so medium power with great control, and great arm comfort, something very rare imo.

You either get super power little control or very low power and great control usually with other rackets.

What is your game style? What rackets have you played with and enjoyed in the past?
 

Sean4016

New User
I think the best way I can sum it up is it is the most controlled real tweener racket I have played with, so the power is there and there is a fairly large sweetspot with forgiveness due to the isometric headshape. This racket has the forgiveness of a 100in but the control of a 98in.

For me it has that perfect balance, so medium power with great control, and great arm comfort, something very rare imo.

You either get super power little control or very low power and great control usually with other rackets.

What is your game style? What rackets have you played with and enjoyed in the past?
Great summary. Spot on.
 

Tmano

Professional
I think the best way I can sum it up is it is the most controlled real tweener racket I have played with, so the power is there and there is a fairly large sweetspot with forgiveness due to the isometric headshape. This racket has the forgiveness of a 100in but the control of a 98in.

For me it has that perfect balance, so medium power with great control, and great arm comfort, something very rare imo.

You either get super power little control or very low power and great control usually with other rackets.

What is your game style? What rackets have you played with and enjoyed in the past?
Thank you!
I 'm coming back (started playing again in May) from 3 years of non playing tennis since herniated disk. I'm what I believe a solid 4.5 maybe not yet that solid:D though, I'm mainly a baseliner counter puncher but also play aggressively. Now I also tend to got to the net to shorter the point as well. I used for a long time the Microgel PMP, then switched 5years ago to the Grapheme radical Pro. After the injury 3 years ago I sold everything. Now since may I tried a few racquets but I settle with the Head speed touch MP with some lead tape at 12, however I still have some reserve about it...maybe the Speed touch pro would have been a better choice. I also gave a try with the Babolat Pure drive 2015 model with some lead tape added at 12 , which I still have and I thought it was ok. However I'm not
 

aaron_h27

Semi-Pro
Been playing the DR98 310 with leather grip, overwrap and lead at 3&9 for the past 3 doubles matches. Strung one with Wilson NG 16 at 52 lbs and one with Head Intelitour hybrid at 50. I am in love with the Intelitour in this racquet. So easy on the arm and wrist. Quite low powered and very muted feel but it just seems to work so well for me. Mine are weighing around 352 grams strung. Such a great stick.
52 lbs full bed? Wow! I don't know if i could control that, I like 64 lbs with full NG, but im going to to try 58 and see if i can tame the power
 

joaovitorss

New User
I often see the hype on the DR98, never heard anyone dislike this stick. Not so much hype on the DR100 though. As a DR100 owner, I would like to know if the DR98 is that much of a better stick? I know it depends of your style of playing and other factors, but I ask in general.
I have been playing tennis for a little over 3 years, so I haven’t tested many racquets, but since I got my DRs a year ago I have stepped up my game for sure (probably around 4.0 atm), also due to playing five days a week, but I really like them. Can anyone familiar with both compare those sticks and give some thoughts about them?

Thanks!
 

chsu74

New User
Thank you!
I 'm coming back (started playing again in May) from 3 years of non playing tennis since herniated disk. I'm what I believe a solid 4.5 maybe not yet that solid:D though, I'm mainly a baseliner counter puncher but also play aggressively. Now I also tend to got to the net to shorter the point as well. I used for a long time the Microgel PMP, then switched 5years ago to the Grapheme radical Pro. After the injury 3 years ago I sold everything. Now since may I tried a few racquets but I settle with the Head speed touch MP with some lead tape at 12, however I still have some reserve about it...maybe the Speed touch pro would have been a better choice. I also gave a try with the Babolat Pure drive 2015 model with some lead tape added at 12 , which I still have and I thought it was ok. However I'm not
Welcome back! DR98 is a solid stick. The AI98 plays very similar with 95-98% of control feel. It is a total surprise to me that they will no longer make it. Take a page out of Prince Graphite pocketbook and print the DR98 money already..

Yonex has hit a sweet spot for me personally. I noticed that Yonex racquets seem to have gained traction for folks on tour as well.

Since you are coming back from injury, finding a softer stick as one age is recommended. I find myself lowering string tension looking for softer and softer setups.
 

Tmano

Professional
Welcome back! DR98 is a solid stick. The AI98 plays very similar with 95-98% of control feel. It is a total surprise to me that they will no longer make it. Take a page out of Prince Graphite pocketbook and print the DR98 money already..

Yonex has hit a sweet spot for me personally. I noticed that Yonex racquets seem to have gained traction for folks on tour as well.

Since you are coming back from injury, finding a softer stick as one age is recommended. I find myself lowering string tension looking for softer and softer setups.
thank you! starting over it was a bit of work, figuring strings out, possible frames and so on.
Yes, people really realized that Yonex produces quality racquets not just racquets for the mass. I missed 3 years and here i found myself with tons of new frames that came out but that they are actually already old and newer that keep coming out on the market available for players. Too many this is madness in y opinion and of course the quality of the racquets really dropped.
I would also praise Tecnifibre for they good job!!!

As far as myself i'm pretty much good to go and ready to commit to a frame if i find it lol
Right lower tension are great, i have always played with a tension around 44-46 full poly and i will probably keep it that low.
I really leaning towards Yonex, either the Ezone DR 98 310gr or the previous AI or even the DR 98 and let's put the Vcore 97 310g as well.
 

mscream

Semi-Pro
Would be great to still be able to get a DR98! Let’s hope they go back to the DR with the next EZONE iteration. Not sure what they were thinking with the current one - never met anyone who thought it’s an improvement. Just take the DR mold, fancy new paint job and release it :-D a valid improvement would be a buttcap with more flare u that’s about it.
 

Poseidon

New User
Hello from me,
I use my stock dr98 with Wilson NXT since I prefer the comfort and muted feeling.
I experimented with some poly strings at both medium and low tensions, but they seem too harsh for me and make my arm go numb after 1.5h of play when my sessions sometimes go up to 3h. The thing I liked with poly is the higher spin in my game and was wondering if some lead could help bring down the stiffness, especially in the upper hoop area, where there are a lot of vibrations in case of mishits.
Or would it just make matters worse and it's better sticking with the stock frame and experimenting with hybrid setups?

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hurworld

Hall of Fame
Hello from me,
I use my stock dr98 with Wilson NXT since I prefer the comfort and muted feeling.
I experimented with some poly strings at both medium and low tensions, but they seem too harsh for me and make my arm go numb after 1.5h of play when my sessions sometimes go up to 3h. The thing I liked with poly is the higher spin in my game and was wondering if some lead could help bring down the stiffness, especially in the upper hoop area, where there are a lot of vibrations in case of mishits.
Or would it just make matters worse and it's better sticking with the stock frame and experimenting with hybrid setups?

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Try adding small amount (1g or so) lead tape at 12 o'clock position to reduce vibration at the upper hoop.

Other ways you can reduce harshness of poly is to use natural gut/poly hybrid, NXT/poly hybrid, or synthetic gut / poly hybrid. Having smooth round poly in the cross would allow more spin than full bed NXT, while still retain comfort/power from the main strings.
 

aaron_h27

Semi-Pro
Worked just fine for me. I am a 37 year old 4.5/5.0 that plays mostly doubles. Had no control issues at all.
I tried 60 lbs yesterday and it was great for the first session, now its too loose. Second serves going long all the time.

My 64 lb racket that was strung 2 months ago had more control

I guess if i was a touring pro I'd do 61 lbs and get a racket strung each match, but full natural gut is expensive for a rec player
 

n8dawg6

Legend
never met anyone who thought it’s an improvement
i do. it has a little more pop and the paint is better. surprisingly well-balanced stick and id wager if folks hadnt read “stiff upper hoop” on here and seen the whole board jump on the bandwagon ... ah but i digress. there are a couple of us on here although we are admittedly in the minority.
 

vanworth

Rookie
i do. it has a little more pop and the paint is better. surprisingly well-balanced stick and id wager if folks hadnt read “stiff upper hoop” on here and seen the whole board jump on the bandwagon ... ah but i digress. there are a couple of us on here although we are admittedly in the minority.
I don't think you can attribute all the arm pain people suffer to one reviewers comments, it defo hurts my arm, maybe I am imagining it in your view lol. it is a good racket similar to the Pure Strike 98 imo and slightly more comfortable than that but very different to the DR98.
 

vanworth

Rookie
I often see the hype on the DR98, never heard anyone dislike this stick. Not so much hype on the DR100 though. As a DR100 owner, I would like to know if the DR98 is that much of a better stick? I know it depends of your style of playing and other factors, but I ask in general.
I have been playing tennis for a little over 3 years, so I haven’t tested many racquets, but since I got my DRs a year ago I have stepped up my game for sure (probably around 4.0 atm), also due to playing five days a week, but I really like them. Can anyone familiar with both compare those sticks and give some thoughts about them?

Thanks!
I think if you want a Pure Aero with good control the DR100 is great. For me I just needed a little more control which is why I went with the DR98. 100 will defo suit some people who want a little more free power though!
 

vanworth

Rookie
Thank you!
I 'm coming back (started playing again in May) from 3 years of non playing tennis since herniated disk. I'm what I believe a solid 4.5 maybe not yet that solid:D though, I'm mainly a baseliner counter puncher but also play aggressively. Now I also tend to got to the net to shorter the point as well. I used for a long time the Microgel PMP, then switched 5years ago to the Grapheme radical Pro. After the injury 3 years ago I sold everything. Now since may I tried a few racquets but I settle with the Head speed touch MP with some lead tape at 12, however I still have some reserve about it...maybe the Speed touch pro would have been a better choice. I also gave a try with the Babolat Pure drive 2015 model with some lead tape added at 12 , which I still have and I thought it was ok. However I'm not
My hitting partner used the Head Speed MP, not sure which version but from what I can tell they are fairly similar through the years. A good option for sure, higher launch angle than DR98 feels similar in power and control.
 

Tmano

Professional
My hitting partner used the Head Speed MP, not sure which version but from what I can tell they are fairly similar through the years. A good option for sure, higher launch angle than DR98 feels similar in power and control.
Vanworth, are you saying that the Ezone Dr 98 has a lower launch angle and that it can hit flat just fine as well? Because I would love that!
 

aaron_h27

Semi-Pro
This frame needs lead at 3 & 9 after experimenting with different set-ups over the last 6 months. I can't go without lead at 3 & 9, racket twists too much even with low tensions
 

Tmano

Professional
Well I am in as well! I bought the black and lime which I like better at least on pic.
I have never spent that much money ever for a racquet, but I felt confident based on so many good things I read about it here. To be honest it will be always better than the Speed touch MP I'm using now.
I was also very tempted to get or probably to demo before to buy it the Vcore 310. It sounds a very nice racquet.
 

Rally

Semi-Pro
I'm stringing a DR 98 for a friend who is getting back into tennis and need recommendations for what to put in it. My friend has an eastern forehand and a one-handed backhand. The strings I have are Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25mm, Wilson Revolve 1.25mm, and Forten Sweet 16 Synthetic gut 1.30mm.

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Nick777

Semi-Pro
I'm stringing a DR 98 for a friend who is getting back into tennis and need recommendations for what to put in it. My friend has an eastern forehand and a one-handed backhand. The strings I have are Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25mm, Wilson Revolve 1.25mm, and Forten Sweet 16 Synthetic gut 1.30mm.

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Yptp/forten 22.5/23.5, if hes getting back into tennis after a long time better avoid full bed of poly
 

vanworth

Rookie
I'm stringing a DR 98 for a friend who is getting back into tennis and need recommendations for what to put in it. My friend has an eastern forehand and a one-handed backhand. The strings I have are Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25mm, Wilson Revolve 1.25mm, and Forten Sweet 16 Synthetic gut 1.30mm.

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I think rounded polys work better for flat hitting in this frame, Poly Tour Pro is rounded I think? At least felt it when I last touched it but may be wrong!

I'm play-testing a few things at the moment to find my preferred weight, string set up and grip size for this racket. So far I have tested an unmodified set up (327g) vs one with 10g lead at the bottom of the handle and 2 grams of lead at 12 (340g). Both with Volkl Cyclone 17 strings at around 55lbs tension, definitely preferred the slightly heavier set up in this test, thinking of adding a gram each at 3 and 9 as well for a little more stability without adding much more swingweight.

Next test is some lower tensions, to see if heavier is still the better option with looser strings.
 

Tmano

Professional
I got mine DR 98 today!
First impression by just looking at it i thought the head size was more of a 95 sqin instead of 98. I compared it to a microgel mp i have and the dr 98 is not definitely bigger at all than the MMP. Second thing is that for a 16x19 it has a pretty tight string pattern...again lightly wider than my microgel mp. Which that translate in good control!
I can't wait to try it!
 

Chingoo1255

Rookie
I bought two on sale right before they all got gone. Had both strung with the most expensive free Technifibre multi at mid tension. I love the rackets but cannot play with them! I’m a racket-holic and have wide range of different sizes, weights, balance, and swing weights. I can gel with them all but I’ve never been able to figure out Yonex rackets. One is brand new unplaced and the other has 2 hrs? I sure wish I could see the benefits of these sticks.
 

SumYungGai

Semi-Pro
I bought two on sale right before they all got gone. Had both strung with the most expensive free Technifibre multi at mid tension. I love the rackets but cannot play with them! I’m a racket-holic and have wide range of different sizes, weights, balance, and swing weights. I can gel with them all but I’ve never been able to figure out Yonex rackets. One is brand new unplaced and the other has 2 hrs? I sure wish I could see the benefits of these sticks.
I feel you, man. I finally got a few after searching out. They feel pretty good to use, but I just can't see myself using them as my stick. Weighted them up and everything, just not feeling it.
 

Dim Sim

Rookie
I bought two on sale right before they all got gone. Had both strung with the most expensive free Technifibre multi at mid tension. I love the rackets but cannot play with them! I’m a racket-holic and have wide range of different sizes, weights, balance, and swing weights. I can gel with them all but I’ve never been able to figure out Yonex rackets. One is brand new unplaced and the other has 2 hrs? I sure wish I could see the benefits of these sticks.
Put YPTP 1.20 at 48m 46c and see how that goes before you write it off.
 

Chingoo1255

Rookie
So I blew the dust off of them last night. Based upon where my balls were going, I felt that the DR sure seemed to swing faster than all my rackets. I was pulling most of my shots to the left. Felt like I was unable to go down the line deuce side. I went back to my regular racket and I could go down the line again. Maybe I’m over thinking
 

Tmano

Professional
Last night i strung the DR with Head Lynx blue at 45/47. Did anyone strung the DR full bed with Lynx or Lynx Edge?
 

agab

New User

Here is short video. I am using DR 98 and Cyberflash string set up. Love this combination especially if you are having arm issues.
 

ron schaap

Professional
I'm stringing a DR 98 for a friend who is getting back into tennis and need recommendations for what to put in it. My friend has an eastern forehand and a one-handed backhand. The strings I have are Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25mm, Wilson Revolve 1.25mm, and Forten Sweet 16 Synthetic gut 1.30mm.

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There is really no need to go any softer than the already soft poly of poly tour pro in the soft Ezone dr frame. Otherwise you wont get any feedback of the ball impact anymore, making control very difficult.
 

achapa8807

Semi-Pro
There is really no need to go any softer than the already soft poly of poly tour pro in the soft Ezone dr frame. Otherwise you wont get any feedback of the ball impact anymore, making control very difficult.
I think that was my issue with the DR. I was using PTP and not a firmer feeling poly. I ended up selling it like a dummy.
 

Rally

Semi-Pro
There is really no need to go any softer than the already soft poly of poly tour pro in the soft Ezone dr frame. Otherwise you wont get any feedback of the ball impact anymore, making control very difficult.
I strung up a PTP 1.25mm x Forten Sweet 16g hybrid at 54 lbs in the mains and 56 lbs in the croases. My friend enjoyed it a lot more than the 16g natural gut x PTP hybrid I put in my dad's DE 98. So far he's played with it for around 4 hours and he's been making me work a little harder for my points than before.

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Tmano

Professional
There is really no need to go any softer than the already soft poly of poly tour pro in the soft Ezone dr frame. Otherwise you wont get any feedback of the ball impact anymore, making control very difficult.
Do you think that Lynx full bed would be to soft as well?
Thanks
 
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