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

Elshami

New User
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.
 

dax_q

Rookie
Anyone want a near new Ezone AI 98 310g size 3 grip? I bought another Ezone DR and the seller threw this one in as well. I have no need for it and would love to sell
 

brkt000

New User
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?
 

Galdust

Rookie

aaron_h27

Professional
DR 98 is a great serving stick, don't know if its because of the extra .125 inch or what but i love it. The Ezone 98 also got good serving reviews by TW.

I finally was able to hone in control on my groundies by switching from full gut to gut/poly. DR 98 is too powerful of a stick for full gut IMO. Unless you want to string it super high, then durability goes out the window, plus its expensive. I did hit some of my best serves with full gut, but the tradeoff on groundstrokes is worth it
 

Tmano

Professional
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.
I 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!
 
I read a lot of complaines about the stiffness of EZONE comparing to DR, and it seems very strange to me. I played about 5 minutes with DR 100 and then with EZONE 100 for about 40 minutes and then again with DR 100 for 10 minutes. What I noticed every time I switched was: EZONE was much HL and comfortable! I also didn't feel that "upper hood" stiffness at all! And although it was string with YPTP and poly ALWAYS hurt my arm, I felt O.K. the day after! It's confusing since I'm in a dilemma between buying one of them and can't decide, although based on my personal experience it's defently EZONE. But maybe for the long run DR is better??
 

Rafedovic

New User
Don’t be persuaded by the DR’s popularity or the stiffer flex rating of the Ezone. I think the DR100 is reported to be a much stiffer feeling frame than the DR98, maybe that is why you can’t notice much difference? Maybe search a little on that aspect because I’m not sure.

If you like the Ezone better and it feels soft enough then go for it. You know how it feels for you. A few grams of weight fixed the upper hoop stiffness in my DR98 but I’m not sure about the 100. If you like the stock Ezone then you don’t have to try and fix anything either.
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro

According to several people in the thread above, the grommets between the two are unfortunately not interchangeable.
Well, 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.
 

Zen007

New User
Hmm I'm also considering if I should get an ezone dr 100, but my issue is the square inch of the frame as I normally like the play with a 95 or 98 sq inch frames. Could it be a deal breaker for me? In my play and form used, also does anyone have a used blue ezone dr 98. That they can offer at a decent price?
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
Do you know any place where to get those grommets? I have 3 DR98 left that could use new grommets
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 problem :)

I recently ordered two sets of DR 98 grommets (less than a month ago, they should be still on stock).
 
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Tmano

Professional
I 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!
Edit and update of the YPTP yellow 1.20
I love it still and I confirm all I said but it only lasted me 4 hours!!!!!!! I'm desperate LOL
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
Strung up my trusty DR98 with a fresh bed of Kirschbaum and tried to smack some forehands with @Bender . Static 357g SW 335ish, 8-9HL. Cant do this with anything stiffer lol.

 

dax_q

Rookie
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.
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
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.
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.

Their lower grade and junior racquets are made in China, but these racquets do not carry "Made in Japan" designation on the frame and butt cap.

Now, different production batches theoretically may result in sublimely different feel (Roger Federer even complained about the changed feel of the black and white RF97 which he attributes to paint job, so he still plays with his trusty all-black RF97).

Last, but not the least, graphite binding resin in every racquet tends to soften over time, particularly if you are hard hitter, and two different-aged racquets with the same specs may feel slightly different (newer/less used racquet will probably feel crisper).
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
Did you measure unstrung or strung racquets? Also, it would be interesting to compare heights and widths of the heads specifically. One of the heads may be just slightly deformed (compressed) vertically, due to repeatedly used high tension difference between mains and crosses.
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
Well, if the difference is really 1/8” (~3mm) as you said, that is pretty significant deviation from standard length. It is hard to imagine that such a racquet would pass quality control process not only in Yonex factory built in 2016, but in any serious production plant.

You may expect slight differences in weight and balance, due to varying amount of bonding resin on the carbon sheets etc. but not in dimensions of the racquet. Molds for the same racquet model are made of steel and they do not change from batch to batch, and they absolutely determine the size and shape of the racquet, at the sub-millimeter level.

Try to find videos on Youtube about racquet manufacturing process (Wilson, Head, Yonex etc.). For example:


 
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 :)

So:

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!
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
I thought most DR 98s were an 1/8 inch longer. That's what I've read on here before
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.
 
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dax_q

Rookie
No, 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
 

Nick777

Semi-Pro
No, 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 can feel it especially on my backhand that plays sort of extended, yea mine also a bit longer too
 
Anyone want a near new Ezone AI 98 310g size 3 grip? I bought another Ezone DR and the seller threw this one in as well. I have no need for it and would love to sell
Are you still trying to sell that Ai98? I can’t seem to private message you for some reason.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!!!

May 2020 be filled with great health, prosperity, lots of tennis, and fantastic gear purchases and product lines.

Looking forward to talking to you all throughout the coming year. :giggle:
 

TwinTurbo

New User
I am very happy with pretty economical set up I am using in my DR98:
Signum Pro Plasma Hextreme Pure 1,25 at 23kg mains
Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution at 22kg in crosses
Very good control, comfort, pocketing. String bed is very predictable. It plays very well until mains start to move to the sides which takes probably ca. 10 hours of play.
 
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TwinTurbo

New User
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 :)

So:

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!
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 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.
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.....
 

TwinTurbo

New User
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 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.

I settled recently with good economical set up:
Signum Pro Plasma Hextreme Pure 1,25 at 23kg mains Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution at 22kg in crosses Very good control, comfort, pocketing. String bed is very predictable. It plays very well until mains start to move which means approx. 10 hours of play...

But I have to admit I started flirting with Vcore Pro 97 310g, leaded a bit and I see in it also has nice potential... :)
 

Tmano

Professional
Out of curiosity, in which category of racquet falls the Dr 98?
Maybe a player racquet, a tweener, a modern racquet and such.
 

5th_league

New User
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...
 
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Tmano

Professional
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 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.
about the question #1, I think it depends on you style and if you allowed your opponent to be aggressive.
If your opponent is an aggressive player, hitting corners moving you left and right with precise shots well there is not much you can do that hanging in there as much as you can. To produce an aggressive shot while being the one under pressing it is not easy. Good foot work can help you and maybe anticipation too but you might want to be the aggressive player sometimes and risk more so you don't get pushed around.
The racquet should be fine since flexible and so absorbs fine the pace from your opponent and allows you to have more directional control even just to push back the ball.
I'm not sure what you mean the racquet asks to play aggressively as well. My guess is that you are trying to say the racquet has too much power for you to control. Well it depends on your tennis level here and maybe a different string set up would help you. I let other suggesting the string set up since not great at that for myself so I'm not confident I would suggest something it would work for you.
 
I 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.
 

dax_q

Rookie
I 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.
I've private messaged you before. I have an almost brand new AI98. Email me dax_q@hotmail.com
 

Kurz

New User
Do you guys have any good string recommendations for sensitive arms for this racquet? Soft co-poly like PolyTour Air, maybe?
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.
 
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