Does anyone know if the ai98 grommets work in the dr98?
I bought six sets and the seller sold me mistakenly ai's and isn't assuming the mistake so I was wondering if it would be a total loss keeping them?
Just my luck..
According to several people in the thread above, the grommets between the two are unfortunately not interchangeable.
I agree with you Elshami!Just to add on my post above, from my experience with the stick, I had the best results in a 1.20 strings and especially Yonex poly tour pro yellow.
Well, the other guy said that he used Dr 98 grommets in his Ai 98, check this post:
According to several people in the thread above, the grommets between the two are unfortunately not interchangeable.
Do you know any place where to get those grommets? I have 3 DR98 left that could use new grommetsWell, the other guy said that he used Dr 98 grommets in his Ai 98, check this post:
I have several Ai 98 and Dr 98 spare grommets sets, and visually they look identical to me, apart from different relief imprint on the outside of the bumper guards.
I buy grommets from an online "depot of racquets", based in the UK. I believe you will be able to Google out this company without a problemDo you know any place where to get those grommets? I have 3 DR98 left that could use new grommets
Edit and update of the YPTP yellow 1.20I agree with you Elshami!
Sunday i played with the DR 98 with the YPTP yellow with the 1.20 gauge strung full bed at 46lbs and I really liked it! Nice power control spin and comfy!
One thing is for sure - all Yonex premium racquets are made in Japan. Yonex opened a huge new manufacturing facility in 2016 in Niigata to replace the old manufacturing HQ, and there is another factory in Tokyo which I think specializes in badminton racquets and shuttlecock production.Not sure if this has been discussed on here yet. I bought two Ezone DR98s about two years ago and love them. Slightly modded and I can't tell the difference between the two. Just got a third used one. It was 27 inches exact unlike my other two (27 1/8) and it feels lighter and not as solid. I have it set up exactly as the other two. Are there different production batches or production sites? Or any other reason why it would be different.
It still plays well but I don't like it quite as much.
Yes, it is slightly longer than let’s say Ai 98, but that’s different topic (apparently, DR 98 mold is designed like that). If I understand you, you initially said is that one of your three DR 98 racquets is 1/8 inch longer than the other two.I thought most DR 98s were an 1/8 inch longer. That's what I've read on here before
I can feel it especially on my backhand that plays sort of extended, yea mine also a bit longer tooNo, my first two are 27 1/8. I just picked up a third and it's 27 on the dot. It also feels less stable. Asking if there are different production sites or batches that aren't as good
I prefer DR98 to DR100. It is softer, plusher and more comfortable but bit less forgiving. Also provides better feel. When I am tired or I feel I have problems with evaluation of the distance so I am not hitting in the sweet spot I switch to DR100 but only then... However my DR98 is modified with some lead at 9 & 3 while DR 100 I play in stock form.My impressions after first play with DR 100:
O.K., since playing once with both EZONE 100 and DR 100 and loving them both, I had to chose between DR 100 and EZONE 100.
I liked EZONE 100 better, but:
1. I wasn't sure if it was because for some reason this guy EZONE felt much HL than his DR. And I prefer HL.
2. I wasn't sure it was because I just played 80% of the match time with EZONE and got used to it.
3. I kept reading about the upper hoop stiffness of the EZONE and although I didn't feel it I was afraid my elbow will feel it someday (like I felt with VOLKL, altough no-body else felt it). I have a very sensitive arm/elbow.
4. DR was much cheaper in end of the year sale
I bought DR - the green one. And last nite played with it and it was fun!
Why it was fun?
1. Easy power. I usually play with heavy and less heavy "players racquet" (VOLKL VS10 325, PRINCE O3 TOUR MP, HEAD PRESTIGE TOUR 660) and as I'm getting older and older (and my technique is not getting better) and I found it harder and harder to have enough time for full swing, I was delighted by the option to just aim and target, accelerate a little bit and seeing my opponent having so much trouble getting back the ball...
2. Net. I really didn't expected it to be so good at net, from what I read. But it is a superb racquet for keeping "defending" at the net until your opponent is exhaust or just punching the ball away, if you have enough time. Maybe it's because the big sweetspot, maybe because the maneuverability - I was like a wall at the net, and even overheads were easier to take control of.
3. Slice. Another surprise. With a lot of depth and spin, like I never felt, which actually helped me approaching the net, instead of my usual hard hitting flats to the corners.
4. Top Spin. I actually didn't use it that much, because my flats were working so good, but from time to time I did hit TopSpin and it was very easy and amazing.
5. Versatility. When I felt that my opponent is reading my game too well, I started changing my strokes pace, angles and it was so easy that I felt I could do anything with the stick.
6. Comfort. I strung it with YONEX POLY TOUR PRO 125. I though I did a mistake, and should have bought a thinner gauge but it was okay. I played about 90 minutes, 30 minutes more than my usually and after about 60 minutes I started to feel some soreness and my elbow, but nothing serious. Maybe it was because I framed couple of times. Maybe because I still have to adjust to his racquet. But, as oppose to my experience with Pure Aero Plus, this racquet is very "quiet" and you rarely feel noticeable vibrations, in spite the high stiffness and poly strings - which is a recipe for disaster in other frames....
7. Control. I must say that I mistakenly strung with a much lower tension than I desired, because of measuring the tension of my drop-weight machine from the wrong side... So, it was really 36M/33C instead of 48M/45M. It is way lower than YONEX recommendation of 45, and I was afraid the balls gonna fly everywhere, but actually only when I get very nervous before winning the match, no matter how hard I hit the ball fell in. I think this racquet really suits compact swings.
The few things I was lacking, it maybe I will find them later are TOUCH (especially touch-volleys) and SERVE. I didn't fell confident enough to hit drop-shots, which is an important part of my arsenal. My serve is usually my weakest aspect of the game, and it was a little bit better, especially second serve, but didn't find a way to use the EASY POWER in my first serve. Will have to work on it!
Never tried 98 bcz i understood it's more a "player racquet", and... I don't think i'm weak but at 44 you need some extra-power to stay in the rallies / dictates.....I prefer DR98 to DR100. It is softer, plusher and more comfortable but bit less forgiving. Also provides better feel. When I am tired or I feel I have problems with evaluation of the distance so I am not hitting in the sweet spot I switch to DR100 but only then... However my DR98 is modified with some lead at 9 & 3 while DR 100 I play in stock form.
I am an amatour and still 44 as well In my opinion you should try it. Power level difference is not that big. I am using DR100 only because of my sight problems... bacause of that when I am tired and my good eye is tired I misshit and bigger frame helps me a bit. But recently I can tell that I started to consider selling my DR100 as DR98 works much better for me. If only I can be in the position well in advance (meaning mainly that I need to keep my weight at reasonable level ) I can adjust and DR98 does the work much better in all areas for me.Never tried 98 bcz i understood it's more a "player racquet", and... I don't think i'm weak but at 44 you need some extra-power to stay in the rallies / dictates.....
I don't know how to make the sweep spot bigger for you but I believe that with some lead tape you can improve that and I'm sure someone here will help you with it. I'm not just good with lead tape placements.Hi all, I'm playing recreational tennis and I'm 44 years old....I have Yonex Ezone DR98 (1 yellow and 1 blue) and I was mostly satisfied with the power and control since I have problems with the tennis elbow - so I really need to have the racquets with the low flex rating.
The only problems with these 2 Yonex racquets are :
1) I cannot play defensive style with these 2 Yonex racquets against any aggresive players - each time, Yonex is "asking" to play aggresively back too, what I cannot do against better recreational players than me
2) I think these 2 Yonex have smaller sweet spot so I really need to hit the ball every time at the center - what I can't do so I need perhaps larger sweet spots, I guess also 98-inch is a problem with these 2 Yonex too
Do you know how to solve my 2 problems above? Besides better footwork
FYI, I'm using 1.25/17 Volkl Cyclone for great spin...any experiences with that combination perhaps? Maybe thinner Volkl Cyclone would be better?!
I would appreciate honest & experienced feedback, thanks...
I've private messaged you before. I have an almost brand new AI98. Email me email@example.comI finally broke down and bought a used DR98 to compare my old faithful Ai98's (x3). I found it very similar, but I find I can swing out with more control with the Ai98 using the same string setup. This may be due to the fact that I've been using these Ai's for 4-5 years now and am extremely comfortable with them. Needless to say, I didn't find anything in the DR that would make me switch from the Ai's. I've put the DR98 up for sale/trade here, and I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for a great condition Ai98 so I can keep playing with the frame indefinitely.
Hi Soznie. I would recommend Head Sonic Pro Edge (a soft co-poly) for sensitive arms or those suffering from tennis elbow. I have been playing with this string in my YONEX EZONE DR 98 310g racquet for two years now, and I find the durability/playability (longevity), comfort and control to be excellent. I have it strung at 48lbs on the mains, and 44lbs on the crosses.Do you guys have any good string recommendations for sensitive arms for this racquet? Soft co-poly like PolyTour Air, maybe?
What grip size are your racquets? If you want to trade, I have a pair of dr 98's standard length 1/4 grips. I just got them... gonna try them out. I used the + version for a little bit a while ago.Hi guys ! Im currently playing with ezone DR 98+, and before I was playing with regular DR 98. I wanted to try again the normal lenght racquet buy unfortunally i sold the one I had. BUT I do have 4 DRs 98+, so I was thinking of reducing the handle size a little bit on 2 of them, probably to make it to the half way between extended and regular. Has anyone tried this? Will this changes affect too much the racquet specs like balance and weight? Looking for opinions, thanks !
If the dry, yellow-ish foam has a 'finished', flat surface, it is a factory finish. But it is NOT Quake Shut Gel. You can easily remove the thin foam layer with a small knife if you want to add some weight to the inside of the handle.I bought a used DR 98. When I removed the buttcap I saw that it's filled with some dry yellow-ish foam. Is that from the factory, or did someone else put it in?
Just choke 1cm on the handle if it bothers you. Dont make a fuss about itHi guys ! Im currently playing with ezone DR 98+, and before I was playing with regular DR 98. I wanted to try again the normal lenght racquet buy unfortunally i sold the one I had. BUT I do have 4 DRs 98+, so I was thinking of reducing the handle size a little bit on 2 of them, probably to make it to the half way between extended and regular. Has anyone tried this? Will this changes affect too much the racquet specs like balance and weight? Looking for opinions, thanks !