Yonex Ezone Tour 98

Thanks for the feedback, did you experience more control with the confidential 17G, than Focus Hex and Hyper G?
I haven't tried the Confidential yet, but I hear very good things about it from those who have used it extensively. It's like a middle ground between Hyper-G and Tour Bite, or basically what Hyper-G would be if it were gunmetal gray—stiffer, more controlled, crisper, with more feel and better connection to the ball. Confidential is more stiff and controlled fresh off the stringer than MSV, but once it opens up, it seems to have similar power/control to Focus Hex; Focus Hex has a little more spin than Hyper-G and little less than Tour Bite, which means more spin than Confidential (For spin, Hyper-G>Confidential). With Confidential, do NOT string above around 53 lbs; it plays super stiff before it breaks in even at low tension. Once it breaks in it opens up and gets more lively (more controlled than Hyper-G still) but holds tension really well. As far as the MSV goes, its playability stays about the same throughout its life, and tension is also held really well. Better than any thin gauge string I've tested thus far. It is also more controlled than Hyper-G. String around 53lbs with the MSV. Don't go 55-60lbs with either string unless you want to play with a wooden plank; these are stiff polys.
 
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
isn't it made only for people with 2-handed backhands ??
:giggle:
-yeah i think it is!, or i've said that before,,,,,, butttttt
-the color is so sikkkkk, i could pretend to be a 2hander for a bit :giggle::laughing:
-i would still add lead in the handle and 3/9
-add the bump i like to the butcap,
-make it a 10pts HL balance for a 1HBH white/dream!!
-i did this to the current ezone 98 and it was okay
-until they come out with a vcore.pro in white, this will do for me. haaaaa
 

Frans Bleker

Professional
If you watch a RDC loading a racquet, you'll actually see that the racquet tends to bend in the HOOP rather than the throat.

Don't let the facts and actual experience get in the way.
That's why I called it ''pretty close''. Your reading comprehension is also something you can work on.
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
She doesn't have any visible lead on it compared to the AI, so Yonex has done some mods.
Actually paid some more attention to Naomi’s frames watching 1/4 of US Open - noticed racquets both with and without lead strips. So should be some variance with specs?
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
Actually paid some more attention to Naomi’s frames watching 1/4 of US Open - noticed racquets both with and without lead strips. So should be some variance with specs?
The other poster captured some macro shots of her racquet on TV while it was zoomed by the camera, and couldn't see any lead tape.

It is definitely possible that Naomi is experimenting with different racquet setups, but it's more likely that the lead tape is very well camouflaged and difficult to see (not a typical "natural" color lead, but white colored tape on a white racquet).
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
It is definitely possible that Naomi is experimenting with different racquet setups, but it's more likely that the lead tape is very well camouflaged and difficult to see (not a typical "natural" color lead, but white colored tape on a white racquet).
Is there a chance she has and "old" batch requiring lead tape, and a "new" batch (possibly experimental) with extra mass already there off the factory? Her strips are 4-5", so around 4g total at 3&9, nothing which couldn't be built into the layup, with no noticeable stifness change.

Doesn't look camouflaged here... or... some weird black scratch
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
Is there a chance she has and "old" batch requiring lead tape, and a "new" batch (possibly experimental) with extra mass already there off the factory? Her strips are 4-5", so around 4g total at 3&9, nothing which couldn't be built into the layup, with no noticeable stifness change.
No doubt Yonex can make the racquet with exactly her preferred weight/balance/swingweight right in the factory which would fit the same mold, but using different graphite layup, but not sure that it would not affect the feel and stiffness/flex of the hoop. Professional players are typically very sensitive to the equipment they use (one of the reasons she still plays with Ai 98).
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
No doubt Yonex can make the racquet with exactly her preferred weight/balance/swingweight right in the factory which would fit the same mold, but using different graphite layup, but not sure that it would not affect the feel and stiffness/flex of the hoop. Professional players are typically very sensitive to the equipment they use (one of the reasons she still plays with Ai 98).
Yeah I agree they try to keep variables same... unless they go for real change like Roger, or Rafa with SW of his frames.
Still wondering why we cannot see lead tape on some of her frames while it’s clearly visible on other... :unsure:
 

mike841

Rookie
That's why I called it ''pretty close''. Your reading comprehension is also something you can work on.
It's patently clear from your posts that you have no experience of RDCs, no experience of testing multiple racquets and have just been guessing, when the reality is that you don't have a clue.
 

tlsmikey

New User
Back to Ezone Tour 98.

Just got mine in last night and went for a quick hit with hit. I'm a 4.5 (45 year old player) with a UTR around 7.8 at the moment. Western forehand and one handed backhand. I'm coming from a Vcore 97 Pro that I added lead tape to at 3 and 9 to weight it up to 334g strung.

Hitting with the Ezone tour 98 at 51lbs using solinco confidential it certainly has a ton more pop than my Vcore pro ever had and the stability on volleys is incredible. If you play doubles at all, this is a great stick. Reminds me a lot of the Clash 98 in terms of volley stability. Ground strokes put above average spin on the ball and the frame feels moderately comfortable. Certainly doesn't vibrate on off-center shots like it did with the Vcore 97. I think the biggest adjustment for me is the swing weight. Even though both sticks weigh within a gram of each other strung and the balance is supposedly very close, the Ezone tour feels a bit more cumbersome. I kept wondering if I can generate enough swing speed with this racquet to really rip through the ball. I tried a regular Ezone 98 and it was too light, but this feels maybe 10% too heavy to me. Will keep hitting with it and see if I can adjust.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
Could you please get over yourself?
You are experiencing the life cycle of a standard mike841 troll game plan. It’s really not any more creative than that of a standard troll, but sometimes it can be funny.

Step 1: mike841 comes into a thread and immediately makes an abrasive and condescending post out of nowhere. It usually involves a repetitive phrase about about you not having a clue.
Step 2: mike841 posts something that is either wrong, pretentious, or something personal about you that he couldn’t possibly know.
Step 3: mike841 continues to make personal attacks.
Step 4: Several well respected posters will correct him on something and kindly tell him to stop making personal attacks and leave.
Step 5: mike841 will usually make one more unnecessarily toxic post.
Step 6: mike841 gets run out of the thread.
Step 7: mike841’s posts get deleted by a moderator and/or he gets temporarily banned.

Your experience may vary. Good luck.
 

5point5

Professional
Back to Ezone Tour 98.

Just got mine in last night and went for a quick hit with hit. I'm a 4.5 (45 year old player) with a UTR around 7.8 at the moment. Western forehand and one handed backhand. I'm coming from a Vcore 97 Pro that I added lead tape to at 3 and 9 to weight it up to 334g strung.

Hitting with the Ezone tour 98 at 51lbs using solinco confidential it certainly has a ton more pop than my Vcore pro ever had and the stability on volleys is incredible. If you play doubles at all, this is a great stick. Reminds me a lot of the Clash 98 in terms of volley stability. Ground strokes put above average spin on the ball and the frame feels moderately comfortable. Certainly doesn't vibrate on off-center shots like it did with the Vcore 97. I think the biggest adjustment for me is the swing weight. Even though both sticks weigh within a gram of each other strung and the balance is supposedly very close, the Ezone tour feels a bit more cumbersome. I kept wondering if I can generate enough swing speed with this racquet to really rip through the ball. I tried a regular Ezone 98 and it was too light, but this feels maybe 10% too heavy to me. Will keep hitting with it and see if I can adjust.
Try a leather grip
 

5point5

Professional
This racket frfr. Definitely still a modern frame but with classical hints, especially with a leather grip thrown on.

Idk if I'll be able to get over the fact that it's a Yonex, but for now this looks like my new stick.
 

Corey Klein

New User
This racket frfr. Definitely still a modern frame but with classical hints, especially with a leather grip thrown on.

Idk if I'll be able to get over the fact that it's a Yonex, but for now this looks like my new stick.
Mr. Manly Wawrinka dumped his wife and kid for an 18 year old Vekic. He uses Yonex, so...

I have to rewrap the base grip because I'm lefty. I might put on a lighter leather grip so it doesn't throw off the balance too much. I liked the Wilson shock shield, but once the gel wears down, it pales in comparison to a leather grip.
 

5point5

Professional
Mr. Manly Wawrinka dumped his wife and kid for an 18 year old Vekic. He uses Yonex, so...

I have to rewrap the base grip because I'm lefty. I might put on a lighter leather grip so it doesn't throw off the balance too much. I liked the Wilson shock shield, but once the gel wears down, it pales in comparison to a leather grip.
Pros hardly ever use the rackets they're endorsing. He prob has a paintjob over his old Prestiges.
 

dkmura

Rookie
As a longtime EZONE user, I first demo'd the 2020 EZONE update, but found it not much better than my 2018 EZ98 frames. But examining the specs of the EZ98 Tour had me intrigued. As a 65-year old 4.0 all-courter, I'm not the player I once was. But the specs of this slightly beefier Yonex seemed right up my alley. I had TW string it with Kirschbaum Pro Evo 17 at 51M/49C and found that if you swing the EZT hard, it responds with pace, spin and power. But take your foot off the gas and reap mishits and unforced errors on groundstrokes and returns. Serving was a pleasure, with more pace and spin, but getting properly setup for the following volley proved challenging. Plow through was another strength, but my lack of overall mobility made timing difficult. Overall, I agree with others that the EZ Tour was slightly softer in flex than my 2018 EZ98s (particularly higher on the face), yet I didn't find the EZ98T much harder (or tiring) to swing. Early impressions of the EZONE Tour were made over one practice session and three sets of doubles, and I think it was a worthwhile purchase.
 
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ryoma_sama

New User
Who in their right minds is spending $380 on a Yonex?
As much as I like to splash cash on racquets, I wouldn’t spend that much on a frame unless a pro played with it. I would have to sell a racquet or two to even afford that Regna [emoji848]


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