Yonex Ezone Tour 98

mike841

Rookie
1.25 is 16L for Yonex. I have a similar issue with PTP 1.25. The 1.20 (17) plays better for me in terms of launch angle and general playability. I have only played yellow. I have read black and blue play slightly different.
I've got the blue 1.25 - it plays slightly crisper than the yellow. The difference is only minor but if you use these strings alot, you do notice a very slight difference.
 

stephenclown

Professional
I've got the blue 1.25 - it plays slightly crisper than the yellow. The difference is only minor but if you use these strings alot, you do notice a very slight difference.
Blue is also smooth, there is a slight roughness to the yellow 1.25. I didn't like the blue as much but the yellow also has it's issues, I moved on due to the feel in my current frames.
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
Blue is also smooth, there is a slight roughness to the yellow 1.25. I didn't like the blue as much but the yellow also has it's issues, I moved on due to the feel in my current frames.
I've gone through a couple reels each of yellow 1.25 and 1.20. The 1.25 has a smooth clear coating. The 1.20 does not have the clear coating and is slightly rough in texture which to me explains its superior playability. The tradeoff is the 1.20 dies hard and much faster than the 1.25.
 

stephenclown

Professional
I've gone through a couple reels each of yellow 1.25 and 1.20. The 1.25 has a smooth clear coating. The 1.20 does not have the clear coating and is slightly rough in texture which to me explains its superior playability. The tradeoff is the 1.20 dies hard and much faster than the 1.25.
My 1.25 hasn't been smooth which is weird. I found its playability pretty good. Blue was smooth and didn't play as well Purchased mine from UK. Went through two reels of yellow.
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
My 1.25 hasn't been smooth which is weird. I found its playability pretty good. Blue was smooth and didn't play as well Purchased mine from UK. Went through two reels of yellow.
Interesting. Maybe Yonex has changed the 1.25 over the years and different versions are floating around?
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
Alright, just checked a bit of mine, looks like it was a little smooth but not in the way that strings like alu are. It's definitely got a small amount of texture there even if it's mostly smooth. I might have to try 1.20 again if it's a little bit further away from the blue string
Nice! I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the playability of yellow 1.20.
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
Picked up mine today. There was only one grip 3 from the shop, so I couldn't choose a head heavier one. I just weighed it and it came out to be 314.6g. Kudos to Yonex QC again, will update with strung specs and swingweight later!
Got my strung with 16.6g worth of Kirschbaum Pro Evolution (1.25mm). Strung specs: 331.2g, 32.4cm, 321SW. Swingweight is underspec as expected, will likely throw in about 4-5g of weight at the top to make it my preferred 335SW.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
For those interested, TWU posted some of the more in-depth specs: 141 vibration frequency, 14.7 twistweight, 154 recoilweight (which you could already figure out based on the specs). Looks good to me.
 

AA7

Professional
hmm..... I really do not know how it would play so much different than ezone 98 2020 with a little bit added weight to 10 and 2ish... (total of 5 to 7gr). RA is different so arguably has better (yes it is subjective) feel but I am not sure. At least with regular Ezone 98, you could get it somewhere in between if you wanted to... high 320s SW but 310gr or something... if the Tour was a tad too much for you. I don't mind the SW but that much SW with 315gr is a tough sell to me.
I would be very curious to hear thoughts of who have tried both in comparing them.
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
hmm..... I really do not know how it would play so much different than ezone 98 2020 with a little bit added weight to 10 and 2ish... (total of 5 to 7gr). RA is different so arguably has better (yes it is subjective) feel but I am not sure. At least with regular Ezone 98, you could get it somewhere in between if you wanted to... high 320s SW but 310gr or something... if the Tour was a tad too much for you. I don't mind the SW but that much SW with 315gr is a tough sell to me.
I would be very curious to hear thoughts of who have tried both in comparing them.
My thoughts exactly. My issue with the standard (305 gram) version was that it was very powerful and adding weight just compounded that. So with the Tour version it seems that in addition to adding mass Yonex also softened up the layup. I too am weary of the 315 gram stock unstrung weight. I am playing the Head Extreme Tour at a 330 SW but a 323 gram static weight strung with overgrip. To me that setup has a good balance of plow, control, and maneuverability.
 
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Power Player

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315 was a curious decision for sure. Swingweight of 330 and 4 pts hl balance is great to me, but ideally you want the static weight lower with specs like that. Even 310 would have been a substantial difference.


Got my strung with 16.6g worth of Kirschbaum Pro Evolution (1.25mm). Strung specs: 331.2g, 32.4cm, 321SW. Swingweight is underspec as expected, will likely throw in about 4-5g of weight at the top to make it my preferred 335SW.
How did you measure the SW?
 
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mike841

Rookie
For those interested, TWU posted some of the more in-depth specs: 141 vibration frequency, 14.7 twistweight, 154 recoilweight (which you could already figure out based on the specs). Looks good to me.
Try actually using the racquet. The greatest mistake you repeatedly make is thinking tennis is played off a spreadsheet and having no real world experience of the racquet, string etc
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
315 was a curious decision for sure. Swingweight of 330 and 4 pts hl balance is great to me, but ideally you want the static weight lower with specs like that. Even 310 would have been a substantial difference.




How did you measure the SW?
SwingTool, only available on iOS.
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
Try actually using the racquet. The greatest mistake you repeatedly make is thinking tennis is played off a spreadsheet and having no real world experience of the racquet, string etc
The TWU data is actually a great resource. It’s an initial benchmark for how a frame will play. It’s also a good tool for comparing different frames. A lot of things in this sport are subjective and based on feel so it’s nice to have some objectivity. I’ve saved a lot of money and time by using this information before demoing or buying a frame.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
Try actually using the racquet. The greatest mistake you repeatedly make is thinking tennis is played off a spreadsheet and having no real world experience of the racquet, string etc
And your biggest mistake is your inability to mind your own business. Welcome to TT, where 99% of the posts are about racquet weight, balance, SW, RA, etc. Several people asked about the vibration and TW. I noticed the specs and posted them as a courtesy for those who are interested. If you’re not, then shut your mouth, and stop being antagonizing for no reason. Get a life creep.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
The TWU data is actually a great resource. It’s an initial benchmark for how a frame will play. It’s also a good tool for comparing different frames. A lot of things in this sport are subjective and based on feel so it’s nice to have some objectivity. I’ve saved a lot of money and time by using this information before demoing or buying a frame.
Spot on.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
Look forward to hitting this beast in the next couple days. Came in 314g unstrung. Added 4g of lead, a Tourna Pro Gel grip, OG, RB. Strung with Klip mains at 52 and Ghost Wire Crosses at 48. I’ll probably up the lead to 6g but we’ll see.
 
Look forward to hitting this beast in the next couple days. Came in 314g unstrung. Added 4g of lead, a Tourna Pro Gel grip, OG, RB. Strung with Klip mains at 52 and Ghost Wire Crosses at 48. I’ll probably up the lead to 6g but we’ll see.
Is the pro gel replacement grip heavier than the stock Yonex grip?
 

baowow

New User
Is the pro gel replacement grip heavier than the stock Yonex grip?
I'm curious how 350 grams will play. Probably can hit some monster balls. I played with it in stock form (335 fully dressed) today against big hitters, it's still nice and stable on all shots. Plays heavier than it's static weight like the wilson blade v7.
 

Corey Klein

New User
Compared to the VCP330, do you find the ezone tour easier to swing (because lighter static weight) or harder (because less head light)?


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Ezone tour is significantly easier to swing and play with for longer. I just put an tourna mega tac overgrip and the yonex dampener on it. Swings faster and easier even if it is 4 or 5 points headlight. This 4 points headlight stuff is overblown. If you are used to a 330g + ubstrung racquet , this racquet will seem significantly lighter.
 

vanworth

Rookie
man I wish it was 7pts HL like it said in the video, had it as an instant buy when i saw that and the playtest, seems like this is the new crowd fav above the HD at TW
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I just got the regular 98 and felt it could use a bit more weight. Harry’s review was the selling point I needed to pull the trigger on the tour. Now I don’t have to worry about balancing or adding weight to a regular 98 with a leather grip and tungsten tape.
 
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Raysu

New User
How does it compare to a weighted up Pure Drive? Looking for an alternative that doesn't destroy my elbow
 

baowow

New User
How does it compare to a weighted up Pure Drive? Looking for an alternative that doesn't destroy my elbow
Two different racquet. I can say that it's way more comfortable with enough power. Head extreme line would be more of apples to apples comparison with the pure drives.

I have the black and yellow extreme pro and that has the spin and power like the pure drive with more comfort. Look at prince Beast line too.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
Just played with the Ezone Tour. Very good racquet, but I’m not sure if it will replace my Prestige MPs or Gravity Pros. It is solid and stable with a muted feel that seems to me to play ever-so-slightly stiffer than its 62 RA would suggest. Power is higher than my GPs and definitely higher than my Prestiges. Spin is slightly higher but not by much. Control is definitely less for me and I think I just play my best with an 18x20 but if you like stable and tighter 16x19s than this could be the racquet for you. I’m going to keep messing around with the Ezone Tour as I’m sure it will take some time to adapt and then I’ll go from there but initial impressions are good. The only other 16M Yonex I’ve hit with recently is the VCORE Pro 310 and that’s a good racquet, but I like this one better.

BTW, it’s strung with Klip mains at 52 and Ghost Wire crosses at 48. 4 grams of lead at the 3@9 but I’ve already upped it to 6 grams after playing with it. Weighs 353 grams total now, SW should be 340ish.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
I’m thinking a thinner gauge string will better suit this racket, will we other try hyper g 17 or yptp again but thinner...
Agreed. Center main spacing is close to my Prestige MPs and cross spacing actually looks a little tighter. String spacing is definitely tighter in the center for mains and crosses compared to my Gravity Pros so a thinner string should pair well.
 

GreenClay

Rookie
Agreed. Center main spacing is close to my Prestige MPs and cross spacing actually looks a little tighter. String spacing is definitely tighter in the center for mains and crosses compared to my Gravity Pros so a thinner string should pair well.
Think I’ll first go with 18g hyper g
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
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Extreme pro 2018 (can't control this one)
-i do not want to highjack the thread, but figure i would just drop a word on this ^^
-i think i finally stumbled into a "good" setup for this stick!!??
-soft poly mains/syn.gut cross, 56mains/57crosses
-like you, i had a hell of a time trying to find a good combo for this stick "very powerful/uncontrollable"
-specific string setup is mains-16Lg.gosen.polyquest/crosses-16g.prospro.syn.gut "link to pics"
-as an added bonus, the color combo is sick!!!

-btw, by doing this setup poly/sg, i achieve 3x things:
1. the launch angle is now "lower" to rein in back the power
2. the tension is specific for this stick, MID tension to not be soo hard on the arm, since its a hollow feeling stick
3. the locked string bed (by making the syngut tighter than mains) also helps with the power control, but because its a syngut, it gives some comfort back
 
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Think I’ll first go with 18g hyper g
Don't. It will play like a trampoline the first three or four times you use it, and only becomes controllable after tension loss, since the string loses its snapback. Even then, feedback is still muted and stringbed is still a little erratic. I tried 18g Hyper G in my Prince Phantom 100P (2020) at 52lbs. Go for 18g Confidential; more crispness, control, and feel/feedback, less "elastic-feeling", and not as harsh as Tour Bite. Either this or 17g Confidential is next up on the list of what'll be going in my 100P.
Might as well use some crest dental floss ;)
Eh. It depends on the player. Some players (like myself) don't really break strings often. Even though I hit heavy topspin on my FH. Also, thin Hyper G doesn't break nearly as fast as thin Tour Bite or Cyclone
 

mscream

Professional
I received my demo today - brand new with plastic on the handle. With multifilament, 328 g, a bit under spec if I'm not mistaken. Will be able to compare it to the DR98, Blade 98 v7 18x20, VCore Pros. Swings a bit lighter than my Blades (304 SW unstrung)
 

mimo

Rookie
Very interested to hear how it plays compared to the DR98! Keep us posted.

I received my demo today - brand new with plastic on the handle. With multifilament, 328 g, a bit under spec if I'm not mistaken. Will be able to compare it to the DR98, Blade 98 v7 18x20, VCore Pros. Swings a bit lighter than my Blades (304 SW unstrung)
 
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