Yonex Ezone Tour 98

riddick

New User
Tennis HQ says he has been feeling arm and wrist soreness with EZT. Not sure what everyone's experience has been.
Just finished watching the video. :-D:-D:-D

Unconvincing...
In his last detailed review on EZT, he mentioned he had tested it thoroughly for several months. There was no mentioning of arm and wrist soreness in that review :laughing:.
The mistakes he made were he praised EZT very highly and he announced he had switched to it. Playtesters do not do that :laughing:. Playtesters help to market and sell racquets (not just one racquet). Every racquet is good (or interesting and worth demoing). They usually say : each racquet has its own merits ... if you like this play style, it will suit you ... if your level is "beginner to intermediate", this suit you ... if your level is "intermediate to advanced", it will suit you ... I may switch to this racquet ...

But for sure, Lynx Tour @ 55lbs may lead to a stiff stringbed (not good for the arm under the conditions of hard hitting and frequent play).
I string Lynx Tour @ 50lbs.

Just another note. Vcore 98 and Ezone Tour 98 are for different levels of players. A review/battle of Vcore 98 vs Ezone Tour is pointless and unnecessary.
Vcore 98 is easy to use, beginner to intermediate level
Ezone Tour requires players to possess certain skills and techniques, advanced level
 
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celito

Semi-Pro
Just finished watching the video. :-D:-D:-D

Unconvincing...
In his last detailed review on EZT, he mentioned he had tested it thoroughly for several months. There was no mentioning of arm and wrist soreness in that review :laughing:.
The mistakes he made were he praised EZT very highly and he announced he had switched to it. Playtesters do not do that :laughing:. Playtesters help to market and sell racquets (not just one racquet). Every racquet is good (or interesting and worth demoing). They usually say : each racquet has its own merits ... if you like this play style, it will suit you ... if your level is "beginner to intermediate", this suit you ... if your level is "intermediate to advanced", it will suit you ... I may switch to this racquet ...

But for sure, Lynx Tour @ 55lbs may lead to a stiff stringbed (not good for the arm under the conditions of hard hitting and frequent play).
I string Lynx Tour @ 50lbs.

Just another note. Vcore 98 and Ezone Tour 98 are for different levels of players. A review/battle of Vcore 98 vs Ezone Tour is pointless and unnecessary.
Vcore 98 is easy to use, beginner to intermediate level
Ezone Tour requires players to possess certain skills and techniques, advanced level
I wouldn't say unconvincing. Arm problems can take a while to develop though. Specially if you've never had it. It's obviously just anecdotal and everybody's experience may differ. Stringing it at 55 lbs definitely seems like a problem though.

But yeah, you never know if somebody is trying to push racquets.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Ezone 98 tour https://imgur.com/gallery/vl43AS0

My new tour has the wrong spec (regular 98: 305/31.5) stamped on it! Anybody else seeing this?

Update: well the racquet definitely is a tour.
Just surprised yonex had this odd mistake.

On another subject, I'm kinda digging the stock grip recently compared to leather. It seems to help bring out the flare of the buttcap more and just generally makes the handle feel more compact, thereby allowing maximum whip on the FH. Im making up most of the lost mass with lead at the top of the handle and some tac under the trap door.
 
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TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I have a Limited Edition Naomi Osaka Yonex Ezone 98 that I added some tungsten tape to at 10 and 2 o’clock. Weight wise it’s equivalent to my Tour, but just does not have the plow through power that my Tour has. Obviously ones a 98 and one is a Tour, but I’m so amazed at how much difference there is in how they play. I’m finally dialed in with what works best for my game EZT strung with YPTP flash yellow at 55lbs.
 
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daman sidhu

New User
Demo'ed the regular Ezone 98, VCore 98 and the 97HD. Still prefer the EZT way more than any of those.
I've strung it up recently with VS Gut and RPM Blast 17 at 55/52 and it's just sublime!
 

tennis347

Professional
Just curious how the Ezone Tour matches up against the Clash 98 in terms of power, control, spin, feel and comfort for anyone who has used both frames?? Appreciate any feedback.
 

Toydy

New User
Just curious how the Ezone Tour matches up against the Clash 98 in terms of power, control, spin, feel and comfort for anyone who has used both frames?? Appreciate any feedback.

I started using the Clash 98 at the start of the year due to golfers elbow and going through treatment for it.
Now that I am getting over it I am searching for a racket with an ra under 64ish.
I got an Ezone Tour as part of that search. I added weight to the handle to make it more like the Clash.
Good power, massive plow, great slice, ok spin, ok feel, pretty comfortable.
It is a heavy racket to weild though and to get the balance to where I want it would put it into the 350 gram mark which would be too much for me.
 

tennis347

Professional
I started using the Clash 98 at the start of the year due to golfers elbow and going through treatment for it.
Now that I am getting over it I am searching for a racket with an ra under 64ish.
I got an Ezone Tour as part of that search. I added weight to the handle to make it more like the Clash.
Good power, massive plow, great slice, ok spin, ok feel, pretty comfortable.
It is a heavy racket to weild though and to get the balance to where I want it would put it into the 350 gram mark which would be too much for me.
Thanks for your feedback. I have tried some of the prior Ezone and DR98 frames and found them to play a bit too firm in the upper hoop for my arm. The Ezone Tour is a hefty frame due to being very tip heavy in the hoop. For me at 53, the Ezone Tour is too much racquet for me to handle these days. I thought the Clash would be a good in between tweener to a player's frame. I can still generate some good racquet head speed but with some shoulder issues, a SW of 330 is a bit too much with the 4 pts HL balance on the Ezone Tour. I am sure it can hit a very heavy ball due to the nice plow through with the high SW. I was just curious how it matches up with the Clash 98. I would imagine that the Clash will be more user-friendly due to the more Headlight balance and lower SW. There will always be a trade off. I am sure that the Ezone Tour is a beast of a racquet for an established player.
 

PetEe

New User
played with the v7 blade 18M and the tf40. even though this is an 16M, it plays like an 18M. surprisingly has less 'spin' than the tf40 IMO.
i've really enjoyed the predictable response and point and shoot style racquet. definitely hits more of a flatter stroke but i don't have issues generating topspin...just not PA+ level spin.
Hi ezekiel114, interested how you found the power level of the Ezone Tour compared with the TF40? I’ve been playing with a TF40 315 since the summer, enjoying the control and feel it brings to a flattish style game. Got to play with an EZT for a couple hours recently, which felt comfortable and swung pretty similarly to the TF40. TW playtesters rate the TF40 315 power level at 79 compared with 85 for the EZT, which sounds like a bigger difference than I felt in that short playtest. So interested how you compared them. (EZT also felt the less spinny of the two, but could be I didn’t play long enough with it to adapt.)
 

ezekiel114

Semi-Pro
Hi ezekiel114, interested how you found the power level of the Ezone Tour compared with the TF40? I’ve been playing with a TF40 315 since the summer, enjoying the control and feel it brings to a flattish style game. Got to play with an EZT for a couple hours recently, which felt comfortable and swung pretty similarly to the TF40. TW playtesters rate the TF40 315 power level at 79 compared with 85 for the EZT, which sounds like a bigger difference than I felt in that short playtest. So interested how you compared them. (EZT also felt the less spinny of the two, but could be I didn’t play long enough with it to adapt.)
i never played with the tf40 315 variant only the 305. the extra heft from the ezone tour probably gives it more plow than the 305. however, i didn't notice it when i was playtesting both sticks. still amazed on how much spin the tf40 could generate being at 98" 18x20 racquet. i would agree the ezone tour is less spinny but it wasn't a detriment to me and i consider myself a spin player. overall the ezone tour felt like a good all court players stick. i enjoyed volleying with it during doubles and from the baseline, i felt i could play great offensive/defensive tennis. my touch shots e.g. lobs/drops were great.

i've also experimented with different weights/strings and didn't have much an issue with any setup. i'm probably in the minority but i like the low HL balance point.
 

malagabee

New User
I started using the Clash 98 at the start of the year due to golfers elbow and going through treatment for it.
Now that I am getting over it I am searching for a racket with an ra under 64ish.
I got an Ezone Tour as part of that search. I added weight to the handle to make it more like the Clash.
Good power, massive plow, great slice, ok spin, ok feel, pretty comfortable.
It is a heavy racket to weild though and to get the balance to where I want it would put it into the 350 gram mark which would be too much for me.
I did the same and came to the same conclusion as you. Since I’m not hitting the gym anytime soon the racket is essentially only good for me for a set or 2 before I start feeling the weight and not against a better opponent. I would try Clash 98 too but already have a Clas and a Clash pro they r so much easier to play through 3 sets with.

I posted my EZT for sale if anyone is interested.
 
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tennis347

Professional
I did the same and came to the same conclusion as you. Since I’m not hitting the gym anytime soon the racket is essentially only good for me for a set or 2 before I start feeling the weight and not against a better opponent. I would try Clash 98 too but already have a Clas and a Clash pro they r so much easier to play through 3 sets with.

I posted my EZT for sale if anyone is interested.
The Ezone Tour is definitely one of the hottest racquets out there for players 4.0 and above. The balance is very tip heavy which effects the maneuverability. I am currently playing with the Prince Phantom 100p which has a similar swingweight but more headlight and a bit lower on the static weight. I am looking for a little more free power but the SW and balance of EZT are a bit out of my wheelhouse at 53. I bought a used Clash 98 to tinker with but currently not crazy about the very HL balance as lead will be needed. I most likely will stay with Phantom 100p as it has a huge sweetspot and is very forgiving. I just get a bit tired near the end of my matches and hitting session because you need to work hard with the 100P, however it does have the plow to provide some decent pop and fits really well with my slice backhand. Playing with a Clash frame will be a big adjustment. I might try customizing the Clash 98 or sell it. The plot thickens, lol.
 

malagabee

New User
The Ezone Tour is definitely one of the hottest racquets out there for players 4.0 and above. The balance is very tip heavy which effects the maneuverability. I am currently playing with the Prince Phantom 100p which has a similar swingweight but more headlight and a bit lower on the static weight. I am looking for a little more free power but the SW and balance of EZT are a bit out of my wheelhouse at 53. I bought a used Clash 98 to tinker with but currently not crazy about the very HL balance as lead will be needed. I most likely will stay with Phantom 100p as it has a huge sweetspot and is very forgiving. I just get a bit tired near the end of my matches and hitting session because you need to work hard with the 100P, however it does have the plow to provide some decent pop and fits really well with my slice backhand. Playing with a Clash frame will be a big adjustment. I might try customizing the Clash 98 or sell it. The plot thickens, lol.
Adding lead to the frame is easy enough. If u don’t want lead at 12 then head guard protection tape will serve the same purpose. Just weight and balance everything out. Racket tune app’s swing weight tool is my friend.
 

tennis347

Professional
Adding lead to the frame is easy enough. If u don’t want lead at 12 then head guard protection tape will serve the same purpose. Just weight and balance everything out. Racket tune app’s swing weight tool is my friend.
I agree that adding weight is easy to do. I was talking about this with another tennis buddy of mine. I decided after that I am not going to tinker with anymore racquets for the time being.
 

Wheelz

Semi-Pro
The Ezone Tour is definitely one of the hottest racquets out there for players 4.0 and above. The balance is very tip heavy which effects the maneuverability. I am currently playing with the Prince Phantom 100p which has a similar swingweight but more headlight and a bit lower on the static weight. I am looking for a little more free power but the SW and balance of EZT are a bit out of my wheelhouse at 53. I bought a used Clash 98 to tinker with but currently not crazy about the very HL balance as lead will be needed. I most likely will stay with Phantom 100p as it has a huge sweetspot and is very forgiving. I just get a bit tired near the end of my matches and hitting session because you need to work hard with the 100P, however it does have the plow to provide some decent pop and fits really well with my slice backhand. Playing with a Clash frame will be a big adjustment. I might try customizing the Clash 98 or sell it. The plot thickens, lol.
a bit of lead to the Clash at 12 to bring up balance ? I think your phantom has a bit more SW depending on how yours came out. For the ezone that is too heavy, you could try the regular 98 and add as you wish to your prefered sw and balance. Your Phantom does look like a nice stick !
 

tennis347

Professional
a bit of lead to the Clash at 12 to bring up balance ? I think your phantom has a bit more SW depending on how yours came out. For the ezone that is too heavy, you could try the regular 98 and add as you wish to your prefered sw and balance. Your Phantom does look like a nice stick !
The Phantom 100p has a SW near 330 but it's a bit more HL than the Ezone Tour. The regular Ezone's SW is too low and I am going to stay put with the Phantom 100p. It is a really nice stick for a thin beam and agrees with my arm. Happy New Year to you!
 

celito

Semi-Pro
I think it has to do with strings, string tension, how hard you hit and how often you play.
Even Federer uses nat gut hybrid to adjust down the stringbed stiffness.

If I remember correctly, Tennis HQ strings with Lynx Tour @55lbs. That's a stiff stringbed. I once played with pro staff 97 CV with ALU Power @ 50/48. I got sore wrist and elbow just after a 2-hour session, which never happened with any other strings (OMG, poly @ 48lbs should be a safe bet).

Tennis HQ hits the ball hard and plays often. The first time I saw him mention he strung with Lynx Tour @ 55lbs, I said, "Good luck, mate."
Tennisnerd also just reported arm issues with the EZT. Don't remember what he strung it at.
 

Corey Klein

New User
Not even sure what this is supposed to mean...
A healthy dose of sarcasm of course. The reality is just about any modern racquet outside of a prokennex can and will give you arm problems with the wrong string set up and improper mechanics for a given racquet.
That tennis nerd guy had pretty serious arm problems in the past years, so it's understandable that his arm will always be more sensitive.

Or take someone that tries to use a pure aero, but doesn't play with a modern forehand, you're asking for trouble. Arm problems, by large, directly correlate to what they player is doing wrong.
 

riddick

New User
Tennisnerd also just reported arm issues with the EZT. Don't remember what he strung it at.
Tennisnerd often borrows stuffs/opinions from other reviewers ;)
The one time he amazed me was his Pro Staff 97 Black (non-CV) review. He mistook it as PS 97 CV, only to have to correct it after 3 weeks. He did not know what he was reviewing :p

EZT is by no means a stiff racquet :laughing:. It is far from stiff.
Arm issues originates from : 1) former injuries, 2) bad tennis technique, 3) racquet stiffness, 4) string and string tension

If you expose yourself to a stiff stringbed, bash the ball very hard and play very often, you gonna get into trouble.

Try a stiff poly @ 55 to 58lbs to wreck your arm. 1st gen stiff poly will even shorten the time.

Poor technique (arming the ball, adding some off-center hits) will also do the job, though takes a bit longer.
 
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CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Anyone that can compare this to the Blade V7 18x20? The EZT is a little heavier static weight but similar swing weight. I found the V7 hits a heavy ball but lacks in the maneuverability section with it's 2-4 pts HL strung balance.
 

Kurt0707

Rookie
Anyone that can compare this to the Blade V7 18x20? The EZT is a little heavier static weight but similar swing weight. I found the V7 hits a heavy ball but lacks in the maneuverability section with it's 2-4 pts HL strung balance.
My Blade is somewhat heavier and headlight with some weight in the handle and I have also tried EZT tail weighted to make it headlight, so they were similar in weight and balance, EZT seemed more manuevarable and v7 hit a heavier but more flat ball. I prefer the feel of v7 and serve returns were better, not that EZT was uncomfortable. Only the serves and volleys seemed better with EZT. If I played doubles, I would prefer EZT over v7.
 

CosmosMpower

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My Blade is somewhat heavier and headlight with some weight in the handle and I have also tried EZT tail weighted to make it headlight, so they were similar in weight and balance, EZT seemed more manuevarable and v7 hit a heavier but more flat ball. I prefer the feel of v7 and serve returns were better, not that EZT was uncomfortable. Only the serves and volleys seemed better with EZT. If I played doubles, I would prefer EZT over v7.
Thanks, my Blade V7 18x20 is only 2 pts HL strung with 18G poly and feels a bit sluggish. I'm used to playing 330 unstrung 10 point HL frames and it still feels a bit slow. I noticed the blade hits a pretty heavy flat ball too which I like, just wish it was a bit more manuverable which was what I was hoping for the EZT but it sounds like I should just find a Blade with a spec that is a bit more head light.
 

Kurt0707

Rookie
Thanks, my Blade V7 18x20 is only 2 pts HL strung with 18G poly and feels a bit sluggish. I'm used to playing 330 unstrung 10 point HL frames and it still feels a bit slow. I noticed the blade hits a pretty heavy flat ball too which I like, just wish it was a bit more manuverable which was what I was hoping for the EZT but it sounds like I should just find a Blade with a spec that is a bit more head light.
I was also thinking maybe EZT would replace the Blade as a more forgiving & stable VC95 (at least on paper it seemed so), but the feel was very different and balls were flying (despite a mid-poly setup) and I had to play with more spin to keep balls in, so didn't fit my forehand very well. With around 10-12 grams in Blade or leathergrip, and somewhat crisp poly, Blade plays nicer for me... but non can beat the Vcore 95 : )
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
I was also thinking maybe EZT would replace the Blade as a more forgiving & stable VC95 (at least on paper it seemed so), but the feel was very different and balls were flying (despite a mid-poly setup) and I had to play with more spin to keep balls in, so didn't fit my forehand very well. With around 10-12 grams in Blade or leathergrip, and somewhat crisp poly, Blade plays nicer for me... but non can beat the Vcore 95 : )
I have the Vcore 95 also, both the red 2018 and the new 2021 as I got on the playtest. I like the 95 but neither gen can hold a candle to the blade on power/weight of shot. I have to swing hard to get results out of the Vcore 95 but with the Blade the frame does a lot of the work. I guess one thing is the string patterns are all different with EZT 16x19, Vcore 95 at 16x20 and Blade 18x20. I hit fairly flat and low over the net with somewhere between an Eastern and Semi Western forehand grip and typically use tight patterns.
 

Kurt0707

Rookie
My VC95 is very much weighted on hoop and handle, so its pretty stable, but in general would agree both EZT / Blade help a lot with the high SW, and prefer them for hard hitters and hard serves. String patterns seem quite the same, as Blade 18x20 is a bit open and EZT is closed 16x19 (bottom grommet is 8 hole), and VC95 is only slightly more open than Blade. I still prefer the feel of VC95 from all these, I am yet to try the new one (but don't think I will like it).
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
I have the Vcore 95 also, both the red 2018 and the new 2021 as I got on the playtest. I like the 95 but neither gen can hold a candle to the blade on power/weight of shot. I have to swing hard to get results out of the Vcore 95 but with the Blade the frame does a lot of the work. I guess one thing is the string patterns are all different with EZT 16x19, Vcore 95 at 16x20 and Blade 18x20. I hit fairly flat and low over the net with somewhere between an Eastern and Semi Western forehand grip and typically use tight patterns.
- i agree here ^
-i want to try the new vcore95 2021 before i bash it, and hoping im wrong
-but the 2018 y.v.95 has no BALLS, its anemic, no weight behind the shot
-the v95 might feel nice through the air?!?!, but it sucks!! when the contact happens

-the blades cut through the air better due to the thinner beam, but the weight has been distributed MUCH, MUCH, better through out
-if you want plow through, get the v6.blade (with countervail)
-if you want a lighter package, get the v7.blade (current model), my favorite thus far
-the v7line is very similar to the 2015.blades, but the v7 model feels slightly more dampened (y)
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
- i agree here ^
-i want to try the new vcore95 2021 before i bash it, and hoping im wrong
-but the 2018 y.v.95 has no BALLS, its anemic, no weight behind the shot
-the v95 might feel nice through the air?!?!, but it sucks!! when the contact happens

-the blades cut through the air better due to the thinner beam, but the weight has been distributed MUCH, MUCH, better through out
-if you want plow through, get the v6.blade (with countervail)
-if you want a lighter package, get the v7.blade (current model), my favorite thus far
-the v7line is very similar to the 2015.blades, but the v7 model feels slightly more dampened (y)
Check out my posts in the 2021 Vcore playtest thread. I haven't fully formed my thoughts but so far it's pretty similar to the 2018 Vcore 95, it's a control stick and you need to bring a lot of your own power/pace to make it work. I have to string with a pretty powerful thin poly to make it playable. The V7 blade brings a LOT more firepower and hits a heavier ball but it's much less maneuverable. I got one that's too head heavy on the poor Wilson QC range.
 

Kurt0707

Rookie
Check out my posts in the 2021 Vcore playtest thread. I haven't fully formed my thoughts but so far it's pretty similar to the 2018 Vcore 95, it's a control stick and you need to bring a lot of your own power/pace to make it work. I have to string with a pretty powerful thin poly to make it playable. The V7 blade brings a LOT more firepower and hits a heavier ball but it's much less maneuverable. I got one that's too head heavy on the poor Wilson QC range.
I was also expecting similar firepower from the EZT but I had to swing it faster, and then I got too much actually.

As for the old VC95, it is actually slightly thinner on throat than Blade rest being the same, and as powerful when properly customized, and easier to generate more racquet speed to get the power.

Interestingly, I see several advanced players who liked EZT now liking the new VC95 as the new is slightly thicker and firmer, so seems more similar to EZT, but in stock form surely not as beasty as the EZT.. I wish I could have liked the EZT more.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
I was also expecting similar firepower from the EZT but I had to swing it faster, and then I got too much actually.

As for the old VC95, it is actually slightly thinner on throat than Blade rest being the same, and as powerful when properly customized, and easier to generate more racquet speed to get the power.

Interestingly, I see several advanced players who liked EZT now liking the new VC95 as the new is slightly thicker and firmer, so seems more similar to EZT, but in stock form surely not as beasty as the EZT.. I wish I could have liked the EZT more.
I tried some lead at 3 and 9 to bring up some power and stability to the VC95 and it helped a little but it lost all the magic from the maneuverability so I took it off. Kind of reminded me of the Wilson Ultra Tour 18x20 Monfils.
 

VaMoose98

Rookie
I have an EZT demo right now and I was surprised how beefy it swings. My normal stick is the vcp 310 with lead that measures at 331 saw on an rdc. Recently I took the EZT into my local shop and it read 337 sw. Does that seem too high? What are other people seeing who have measured?
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
I have an EZT demo right now and I was surprised how beefy it swings. My normal stick is the vcp 310 with lead that measures at 331 saw on an rdc. Recently I took the EZT into my local shop and it read 337 sw. Does that seem too high? What are other people seeing who have measured?
I’ve measured multiple EZTs ranging from 294-300 SW unstrung so with a full poly stringbed 337 SW is within spec though probably on the higher side. What string are you using?
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
I know some called them “chick sticks” in the past because mainly women used them on the tour, but that was a decade ago. Could that be what he’s referring to?
Is that why? I thought it was because Hewitt used one ;)
 

VaMoose98

Rookie
I’ve measured multiple EZTs ranging from 294-300 SW unstrung so with a full poly stringbed 337 SW is within spec though probably on the higher side. What string are you using?
Not sure of the string as it’s a demo and they are a little worn. Seems to be 1.25 I think
 

riddick

New User
Vcore 95 is quite different from Vcore 98 and Vcore 100. I don't know why they put it in the Vcore line.

Just similarly, I don't know why they put Ultra Tour (it is named Ultra Pro now) in the Ultra line among the Ultra 100 (Pure Drive type frame).
 

riddick

New User
Agree, it’s crazy how he was claiming EZT to be the next best thing a month ago and now has done 360. Lost some credibility for me for sure.
It's understandable.
Always good to watch videos about tennis. Karue Sell of Tennis HQ plays good tennis. He was an ATP pro player.
It takes time and resources to produce these videos. Reviewers have to earn a living and some money. These videos provide us with info, serves as a reference and it's up to us to form our own opinion.

Looking at the videos, Karue hit cleaner and a heavier ball when using EZT (as compared with using Vcore 95).
 

daman sidhu

New User
It's understandable.
Always good to watch videos about tennis. Karue Sell of Tennis HQ plays good tennis. He was an ATP pro player.
It takes time and resources to produce these videos. Reviewers have to earn a living and some money. These videos provide us with info, serves as a reference and it's up to us to form our own opinion.

Looking at the videos, Karue hit cleaner and a heavier ball when using EZT (as compared with using Vcore 95).
Agreed, he has very high quality content on his channel and he does respond to a lot of people’s comments too. He’s also a hitting partner for Osaka.
I’ve been a subscriber for his channel close after it’s inception, which is why I trusted his reviews to get the EZT; I still love this racket.
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
Person tries Racket A, really likes it, raves about it.
Person tries Racket B, likes it even more, also raves about it.

Apparently people can't change favourites when something new comes along :rolleyes:.
 
Agree, it’s crazy how he was claiming EZT to be the next best thing a month ago and now has done 360. Lost some credibility for me for sure.
He’d fit in with the rest of us here on the forum, LOL... except for the fact that he’s a far better player than 99.9% of us here. You hit with enough racquets you eventually go down the rabbit hole. He gives good, honest reviews IMO and provides pretty informative feedback. I certainly don’t see it as a credibility issue... he still thinks the EZT is a great racquet, but he’s experienced some lingering issues over time with it. The new Vcore 95 reminds him of the previous Yonex 95 he used to play so it’s certainly not surprising.

If he’s lost credibility with you than I’d say most of the people on this forum have no credibility since most of us have done the same. There are so many good racquets out there right now and often things you don’t notice at first can become a big issue after some serious playing time. I’d certainly trust his opinion over most of the folks here... he’s a seriously good player.

At the end of the day even for Karue, it’s still all personal opinion and playing style... and he is always acknowledging that in his reviews.
 

Crashbaby

Rookie
This is the way! Pretty sure it’s also the way for most people in all areas of their lives, you find something you like more and it becomes the new favourite. :)
 

riddick

New User
Tennisnerd now has a smart strategy. He creates a "match-ready racquet list". He can keep adding racquets to the list, having...3...4...5...so on :D

Two or three years ago, when he did a review on Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro, he said very likely he would switch to it. A few months later, when he did a review on a new racquet, he mentioned Head 360 Speed Pro gave him a tinge on the arm and he did not make Head 360 Speed Pro his main racquet. He then keep reviewing new racquets, do marketing and selling as necessary.

Like I said, it's always good to watch videos about tennis. I still watch Tennisnerd's work. His efforts deserve it. It's up to us to analyse and think and don't take everything at face value.
 
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riddick

New User
By the way, buying Ezone Tour and now several months later buying the newly launched Vcore 95 is always good for the economy :D. But Vcore 95 may need some tuning and customization.

Vcore 98 is excellent for players who like versatile play-style and most people may like it including club players.

Vcore 100 is an excellent "beginner to intermediate level" racquet.

The new Vcore line is an improvement over the previous version, so ...

(Disclaimer: Reviewer's mode. Mostly a summary after watching several reviews)
 
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Rickenbacker4003

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I have the vcore 95, vcp 310 and vcp 330. How would you compare these with the EZT in terms of extra power and spin?
I’ve been away for a few weeks. Just saw this now. The VCore 95 is the closest in terms of spin and power. But the EZone Tour 98 has a plusher, softer feel than the VCore. Easier power, but VCore spin is easier to access, especially on the run. The EZT 98 has the best combination of plow through flat drives and brush up topspin. Great for kick serves and equally great for flat bombs down the T. The VCore 95 isn’t so great on serves for me. I like the VCore Pro 330 more on serves than the VCore 95. But I like the VCore 95 more on groundstrokes than the VCore Pro 330. The EZone Tour 98 is the best all round Yonex frame for me.
 
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