Yonex Ezone Tour 98

mscream

Professional
Just as a heads up, my DR98s have 3g of lead tape at 12 and a different replacement grip and butt cap, so not stock. Coincidentally, practically the same specs as the EZONE Tour; 333 g unstrung, around 330 SW.

Based on first impressions, it’s apparent that it’s a rather head heavy racquet - definitely noticeable compared to stock DR98 and dramatically different from the standard EZONE and the VCore Pros in particular. If you are a disciple of the cult of HL then you are not going to like this one. However, exactly my kind of modern racquet.

Easy to swing though, not too different from the Blade 98 v7 16x19. Should definitely appeal to people who like the Blade and similar racquets.

Gave it to the stringer tonight, putting in Ytex Square-x.
 

PD1978

Rookie
Just as a heads up, my DR98s have 3g of lead tape at 12 and a different replacement grip and butt cap, so not stock. Coincidentally, practically the same specs as the EZONE Tour; 333 g unstrung, around 330 SW.

Based on first impressions, it’s apparent that it’s a rather head heavy racquet - definitely noticeable compared to stock DR98 and dramatically different from the standard EZONE and the VCore Pros in particular. If you are a disciple of the cult of HL then you are not going to like this one. However, exactly my kind of modern racquet.

Easy to swing though, not too different from the Blade 98 v7 16x19. Should definitely appeal to people who like the Blade and similar racquets.

Gave it to the stringer tonight, putting in Ytex Square-x.
That’s good info as I like a HL racquet like the DR or VCP line. Thanks.
 

djnemo

Rookie
First hit with the Ezone Tour today. It came strung with Yonex Rexis - a multi. For reference I am a 4.5 and play with the Vcore Pro 97 330 (2018 model) with gut mains/poly cross.

Upon the first hit, I immediately knew I would like this racquet. Great feel, not too soft and not too firm, with plenty of plowthrough. Stiffness between the Ezone (62 RA) and the Vcore (65 RA) felt about the same to me. Just rallying from the baseline I loved it, great combination of power and control - I felt like I could rally and hit balls deep in the court all day. Definitely a bit more pop than the Vcore. Serves were also great - equal to Vcore on kick serves but a few extra MPH on the flat serves.

Some negatives started to pop up when I started playing points. The main negative - the touch. The relatively head heavy balance combined with the added power and wider beam made this racquet a bit more awkward at net and on touch shots compared to the Vcore. I also found playing defense when stretched out wide a little more difficult due the balance. The balance and weight actually remind me of the the Youtek Radical Pro I used for 2 years, but with a tighter string pattern.

Again this is just my first hit so I could change my mind, but my initial impression is the Ezone is a must demo if the specs are in your wheelhouse, but for my singles/doubles game, the Vcore is a better all around racquet. If you are primarily a singles player, then the Ezone Tour might be the better choice as I think it wins on groundstrokes and serves. I also think a multi isn't a great fit for me in this racquet- I would probably like a full bed of poly more to tame the power.
 

Corey Klein

New User
First hit with the Ezone Tour today. It came strung with Yonex Rexis - a multi. For reference I am a 4.5 and play with the Vcore Pro 97 330 (2018 model) with gut mains/poly cross.

Upon the first hit, I immediately knew I would like this racquet. Great feel, not too soft and not too firm, with plenty of plowthrough. Stiffness between the Ezone (62 RA) and the Vcore (65 RA) felt about the same to me. Just rallying from the baseline I loved it, great combination of power and control - I felt like I could rally and hit balls deep in the court all day. Definitely a bit more pop than the Vcore. Serves were also great - equal to Vcore on kick serves but a few extra MPH on the flat serves.

Some negatives started to pop up when I started playing points. The main negative - the touch. The relatively head heavy balance combined with the added power and wider beam made this racquet a bit more awkward at net and on touch shots compared to the Vcore. I also found playing defense when stretched out wide a little more difficult due the balance. The balance and weight actually remind me of the the Youtek Radical Pro I used for 2 years, but with a tighter string pattern.

Again this is just my first hit so I could change my mind, but my initial impression is the Ezone is a must demo if the specs are in your wheelhouse, but for my singles/doubles game, the Vcore is a better all around racquet. If you are primarily a singles player, then the Ezone Tour might be the better choice as I think it wins on groundstrokes and serves. I also think a multi isn't a great fit for me in this racquet- I would probably like a full bed of poly more to tame the power.
Yeah I agree with a lot of what you said. I have the same demo with the same multifilament. It's taken a week, but I have adjusted on the serve and touch shots around the net with the balance point.

I am also coming from the 2018 vcore pro 330. I still ordered the Ezone Tour, but it's strung with Tour Bite at 53lbs. I think that will help reel in the groundstrokes. I think the feel for the 2018 vcore pro is just something special that I haven't found in other racquets.

This Ezone Tour still has too many advantages over my prior racquet. My new Ezone tour is to be delivered tomorrow so I'm eager to see how it feels with a proper sting.
 

kailash

Professional
VCore Pro 330 has better HL balance, thin beam, excellent plow through and feel.

Any reasons to consider Ezone Tour 98? Adding some weight in the handle will bring the static weight closer to VCP 330. If so, why would someone use this over the other?
 

dje31

Professional
VCore Pro 330 has better HL balance, thin beam, excellent plow through and feel.

Any reasons to consider Ezone Tour 98? Adding some weight in the handle will bring the static weight closer to VCP 330. If so, why would someone use this over the other?
My experience is that the EZone line is more of a tweener: more forgiving, more free power, and allows you to get away with being sloppy, lazy footwork, etc.

Tried the blue VCP310 on an off day, and it punished me, didn't give anything for free. It's certainly in my realm of previous sticks, but I'm not playing enough or often enough these days.

My EZXi98 is just fine for me right now, but will probably get a couple of EZT98 at some point in the future.
 

mscream

Professional
VCore Pro 330 has better HL balance, thin beam, excellent plow through and feel.

Any reasons to consider Ezone Tour 98? Adding some weight in the handle will bring the static weight closer to VCP 330. If so, why would someone use this over the other?
I used to have the VCP 330 and was struggling with it because the power level (plow) seemed to dramatically drop off towards the tip. It felt heavy in the throat but light in the tip, I realized that I'm more confident with polarized setups combining lowish static weight with higher SW.
 
Looks pretty sharp w/ the leather grip and the PTP-S.

Wow what a looker she is. Let me know how you like it with the leather grip and if it makes the racket any harder to swing. I’m probably going to try a thinner gauge and rubber band instead of dampener before I add a leather grip...
 

brewcrew

New User
I've had a chance to hit with the racket a few times now. I am coming from a DR+. I am 5.0 player (on a good day) that plays an aggressive baseline style. By the end of the first hitting session I found myself hitting all out ripping ground strokes. It is a very forgivable racket. I felt that has a good balance of having the responsiveness of hitting a stiff racket while still feeling really soft on the arm. It's like it's cushioned without being overly muted. My serve felt really comparable even without the extra length of the plus. The little bit of extra head-heaviness is subtle, but noticeable compared to the DR. Felt a little more on the players racket end, which I appreciated. The leather grip helps with that a bit and I feel like it is right in my sweet spot without needing any weight additions. I bought two and they both came in at ~311 grams out of the box, so while slightly under-spec they are right in line with my old DR+ rackets, so there was basically no transition period needed.

I played doubles for the first time last night and volleys felt fine. It's never been a huge strength of mine to begin with, but felt fine. I don't think it's going to be a favorite stick for a heavy serve and volley player or a mostly doubles player, but it was serviceble and held-up alright.
 
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brewcrew

New User
Looks fantastic with the leather grip! What balance and weight did you end up with?

I don't know the balance, I'll see if I can measure it when I get back home. But it came in at 341-grams once strung and the leather grip added (it was 311 out of the box, so a few grams light).
 

brewcrew

New User
Wow what a looker she is. Let me know how you like it with the leather grip and if it makes the racket any harder to swing. I’m probably going to try a thinner gauge and rubber band instead of dampener before I add a leather grip...

I like it with the leather grip. I ended-up doing the same to my DR+ a year or two ago and have really appreciated the feel.
 
Some good news bad news, good news is Yonex is going to get the brand mini-documentary thing TW does sometime this month probably, bad news is the demos from TW on this tour stick probably won't be ready this week or next. Got those two tidbits of info calling TW this morning.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Should a middle-of-the-road 3.5 player not even bother demoing the Ezone 98 Tour?
Well I hope not, because I just bought one to give it an "extended demo." :) 315g isn't especially heavy. so a physically fit player of any level should be able to use it. But you have to be very careful in evaluating whether the extra weight really helps your results. In my case I prefer the feel, but it's not clear that the extra weight improves my results overall since I don't face too many really big hitters.
 

mscream

Professional
Should a middle-of-the-road 3.5 player not even bother demoing the Ezone 98 Tour?
I don't see why not - more important is to select a set of diverse demo racquets, i.e. if you pick the EZONE Tour, I would recommend also testing something quite orthogonal to it such as a more HL 100 sq inch racquets for example.
 

brewcrew

New User
Looks fantastic with the leather grip! What balance and weight did you end up with?
So I measured the balance as unscientifically as possible. I have two rackets and with the leather grips I measured one at 8 and the other (which also had an overgrip) at 8.5 pts head light.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
FWIW, mine measured 314g and just shy of 8 pts HL unstrung. Looks like I will end up between 5 and 6 pts HL ready to play with OG, strings, and a small dampener.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
My tour just came in Wednesday and I strung it up immediately with YPTP flash yellow at 54lbs. For me there is no need to modify this racquet, it played like a dream even at stock. I thought I would be content with the regular 98, but the tour has that extra weight I was lacking. I'm going enjoy it as is, for me it's perfectly balanced and I'm very happy I pulled the trigger on it.
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
Pasting from my post on the other EZONE thread:

I played with my new Ezone 98 Tour for a few sessions now after weighing it up match my regular 305g Ezone. At the same spec of 350g and 337SW, I honestly couldn't tell a difference between the two, I was hoping I could feel the slightly lower RA on the Tour and enjoy a softer response, but didn't. Still happy with the purchase because this year's Ezone felt almost identical to the DR but the 64 vs 62 RA was not noticeable for me personally.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
I've been playing with the Blade 98 V7 18x20 with poly around 46-44 lbs. I'm going to test out the Ezone 98 Tour with poly at 46 so I can see how it compares at the same tension. I'll try it without and with the dampener (with and without has tradeoffs to me).
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I've been playing with the Blade 98 V7 18x20 with poly around 46-44 lbs. I'm going to test out the Ezone 98 Tour with poly at 46 so I can see how it compares at the same tension. I'll try it without and with the dampener (with and without has tradeoffs to me).
I'd expect the Ezone to play a lot more like the 16x19 Blade than the 18x20 but I'm interested to see what you find.
 

mscream

Professional
I have the 18x20 v7 Blade and it's definitely higher SW (the Blade). The Tour definitely swings lighter. However, to me it looks like the 16x19 pattern on the Tour is a bit denser than the one on my DRs.
 

Frans Bleker

Professional
Pasting from my post on the other EZONE thread:

I played with my new Ezone 98 Tour for a few sessions now after weighing it up match my regular 305g Ezone. At the same spec of 350g and 337SW, I honestly couldn't tell a difference between the two, I was hoping I could feel the slightly lower RA on the Tour and enjoy a softer response, but didn't. Still happy with the purchase because this year's Ezone felt almost identical to the DR but the 64 vs 62 RA was not noticeable for me personally.
Did Yonex give you any indication that they lowered the RA? What makes you think that lower reported RA is not just a sampling Error? I find it hard to believe they changed the RA, this is just a weighted up version of the original 98.
 

Frans Bleker

Professional
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.
Good step forward from the Vcore Pro 330 which they give a 330 static weight, disaster.
 
I'm curious, does anyone know what process a manufacturer uses to "add weight", it isn't led I imagine, is it tiny amounts of something sprinkled into certain areas during the manufacturing process?
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
Did Yonex give you any indication that they lowered the RA? What makes you think that lower reported RA is not just a sampling Error? I find it hard to believe they changed the RA, this is just a weighted up version of the original 98.
The known advertised RA is lower than the regular EZONE. It is not just a weighted up version of the 98.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
Did Yonex give you any indication that they lowered the RA? What makes you think that lower reported RA is not just a sampling Error? I find it hard to believe they changed the RA, this is just a weighted up version of the original 98.
For what it’s worth, the Yonex website says the Tour has a softer layup and is geared more towards comfort. Whether that’s the case or not, I don’t know. I’ve only played with the Tour, not the original 98 so I can’t compare.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Did Yonex give you any indication that they lowered the RA? What makes you think that lower reported RA is not just a sampling Error? I find it hard to believe they changed the RA, this is just a weighted up version of the original 98.
What everyone else said, plus if you look at the Vibration frequency charts, the Tour is lower by a good margin. Its tough to fake that one. I find it a more accurate indicator of how good a frame will feel compared to RA.
 

Villain

Semi-Pro
What everyone else said, plus if you look at the Vibration frequency charts, the Tour is lower by a good margin. Its tough to fake that one. I find it a more accurate indicator of how good a frame will feel compared to RA.
Strongly agree. I wouldn’t say the Ezone Tour is soft, but it’s definitely not stiff and the vibration frequency seems to jive with that.
 

mscream

Professional
Played an hour today with the Tour - underwhelming to be honest. Have to agree with @CodyZzZ, it is hard to tell the difference to a leaded up EZONE 98. I also played alongside my DR98s (customized to the same specs) and the Tour is much closer to the VCore line in terms of feel. It feels firm and muted just like the normal EZONE 98. The DR98 is much more plush, has better feel/touch and more control. For those who think it's a DR98 successor I strongly recommend demoing first. Will give it another go next week...
 

aaron_h27

Professional
This racket is not a DR successor, the DR 98 was slightly extended 27.125 in length, with 7-8 pts HL strung, and a much lower TW (13.69 vs 14.72). They won't play similarly at all.
 

Corey Klein

New User
This racket is not a DR successor, the DR 98 was slightly extended 27.125 in length, with 7-8 pts HL strung, and a much lower TW (13.69 vs 14.72). They won't play similarly at all.
It's not a carbon copy, but it does play similarly. It's just a better overall racquet with a low powered, grippy poly. The Ezone Tour feels in between the DR98 and VCore Pro.

I used the DR98 for 2 and a half years and it's one con for me was that it didn't have the put away power and had an unbecessarily flexible hoop in my opinion. Most people leaded up the hoop accordingly. I think if you try a demo with a poly, you'll feel like it's similar to the DR98. Not the same though, I agree.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I know many posters may not like this statement, but could we give it a rest with all the DR98 talk? I understand this racquet was greatly revered and admired. But things change, technology changes, if you want a racquet that plays like the DR98, well.... go play with a DR98! It's boring and repetitive to keep bringing the DR98 into an Ezone 98 Tour conversation. They're obviously not the same racquet so, can we stop comparing them? If you like the DR98 play with the DR98(if you can find one). If you like the Ezone 98 Tour then play with the Ezone 98 tour. It's that simple, quite frankly I think some people aren't happy unless they're arguing about something. ( yeah I know that's what TT is about:cautious:)
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Gonna restring it, YPTP 1.25 yellow at 52 pounds was not my fav imo. Anyone recommend tour bite or hyper g for 17 gauge?
I just strung mine with Confidential at 50 mains / 48 crosses. Feels just slightly stiff bouncing the ball which means that it should be good once the tension settles. I plan to try it this weekend.
 
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