Yonex quality

wcmoore

New User
i realize that the prevailing belief is that Yonex is a superior quality racquet. That may be true in may cased, but I have a son who is a UTR 6.0 playing line 3 a D3 school. He is currently playing with a Yonex VCORE 98. When they're good - they're very very good. But.... when the inconsistency rears it's head, it is a problem. We're not sure that the problem might not be in the strings - and he's trying other strings first, but two complaints that seems to be persistent. The headguard is so thin that if it is not taped for every hitting session, it will be destroyed. That - and the rattles that seem to develop in all of the frames. (he carries four and they all rattle). Sure, we could probably remove the buttcap and shake somethign loose - but c'mon. We shouldn't have to do that.

So, the question is - have either of these issues been addressed in either the new generation of VCORE - OR - do they also exist in the VCORE PRO line. He does like the grip shape and would prefer not to leave Yonex, but the quality issues are becoming a distraction at this point, and something has to give before Thanksgiving so he can make a choice and change if necessary before the spring season.

A response from someone at Yonex would be especially appreciated.

Thanks
 

Wheelz

Professional
I string for a guy that bought two vcore (past model) and the paint got scrapped off within a few weeks on both of his racquets. Is that what you had ? because Yonex says it's a known problem and warrantied his two racquets. For the rattling, it's kind of normal, just take the end cap off. If it happens every week, that might be annoying.

He received the new model as a warranty and the paint job is better. My 2020 Ezone 98 are also thin in paint.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I haven't logged enough hours with the VCP model yet but Ive had a lot of yonex frames and none of them rattle. The headboards/grommets are thin, so I just order more as backups.

It sounds like what may be happening is that pieces of the headguard or grommet may be somehow getting into the racquet. I've personally never had that happen. For being thin, I actually like the Yonex grommets. They are longer and easy frames to string.

If you want a response from Yonex you will probably have to reach out to them directly. I don't think any Yonex reps are on this board.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
I have 3 Ezone 98 frames but only about 4 or 5 weeks and none of them rattle. I had an older Wilson 6.1 95 that rattled at the butt cap. I took the butt cap off, added a thin strip of black protection tape around the opening and snapped the cap back in and that fixed it. I'll keep an eye out for rattling but so far I don't have any complaints about rattles, head guards or paint. Overall, QC on Yonex is very good. My 3 frames are within 1 gram on static weight and within 1/16 (at most) on balance. I have not measured swing weight but in a blind test, I cannot tell the difference in the way swing. They feel like SW is near identical during play and shadow swings.
 

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
It’s still a racquet just like any other. What I do like is that the R&D department understands what their own manufacturing capabilities are and are hopefully working in concert. I also like to buy products that aren’t made in China when I can.
All that said, I’ve never jived great with Yonex racquets and it upsets me :(
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I've had 3 2021 VCore 95 and none of them rattled or had any issues with the bumper guard. Same goes for the VC98 2021 I tried for a while.
I've also owned dozens of Yonex, and I've had exactly 0 QC issues when it comes to construction.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
What makes you think I care about what you play with? Hopefully you didn't hurt yourself coming up with that answer. Not relevant or interesting, but you might as well say what's on your mind. I was hoping for a relevant and even intelligent answer - but the day is still young...
You must be dense. You asked a question about the Vcore line, I told you I got an early production one and 2 more recent production ones and none had any issues. If you're having so much physical damage that you're scraping a way a plastic head guard every session you're either using the frame as a walking stick or dragging it on the ground behind your car.
 

rader023

Rookie
i realize that the prevailing belief is that Yonex is a superior quality racquet. That may be true in may cased, but I have a son who is a UTR 6.0 playing line 3 a D3 school. He is currently playing with a Yonex VCORE 98. When they're good - they're very very good. But.... when the inconsistency rears it's head, it is a problem. We're not sure that the problem might not be in the strings - and he's trying other strings first, but two complaints that seems to be persistent. The headguard is so thin that if it is not taped for every hitting session, it will be destroyed. That - and the rattles that seem to develop in all of the frames. (he carries four and they all rattle). Sure, we could probably remove the buttcap and shake somethign loose - but c'mon. We shouldn't have to do that.

So, the question is - have either of these issues been addressed in either the new generation of VCORE - OR - do they also exist in the VCORE PRO line. He does like the grip shape and would prefer not to leave Yonex, but the quality issues are becoming a distraction at this point, and something has to give before Thanksgiving so he can make a choice and change if necessary before the spring season.

A response from someone at Yonex would be especially appreciated.

Thanks
When you say that it might be the strings, are you saying the headguard is now so thin that the strings are scraping the ground? If so how often are you replacing the headguard/grommet? If this is the case i a pretty impressed that the racquet has held up this long.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Have owned several Yonex frames and two things always seem to be of dubious quality: the headguard (thin and prone to disappear more easily than other brands) and the grips (start to shred quickly). I doubt Yonex is going to retool their factory as a result of complaints about this, so you need to vote with your wallet.
 

Rysty

Rookie
Have owned several Yonex frames and two things always seem to be of dubious quality: the headguard (thin and prone to disappear more easily than other brands) and the grips (start to shred quickly). I doubt Yonex is going to retool their factory as a result of complaints about this, so you need to vote with your wallet.
This. I played several years with RDX 500 Mid, a model which entered the market in 2004, and these two things already existed. Maybe that is just their way to design a racquet. Other than these things, they were very good quality. My solution was head guard tape and leather grips.
 

topspn

Legend
i realize that the prevailing belief is that Yonex is a superior quality racquet. That may be true in may cased, but I have a son who is a UTR 6.0 playing line 3 a D3 school. He is currently playing with a Yonex VCORE 98. When they're good - they're very very good. But.... when the inconsistency rears it's head, it is a problem. We're not sure that the problem might not be in the strings - and he's trying other strings first, but two complaints that seems to be persistent. The headguard is so thin that if it is not taped for every hitting session, it will be destroyed. That - and the rattles that seem to develop in all of the frames. (he carries four and they all rattle). Sure, we could probably remove the buttcap and shake somethign loose - but c'mon. We shouldn't have to do that.

So, the question is - have either of these issues been addressed in either the new generation of VCORE - OR - do they also exist in the VCORE PRO line. He does like the grip shape and would prefer not to leave Yonex, but the quality issues are becoming a distraction at this point, and something has to give before Thanksgiving so he can make a choice and change if necessary before the spring season.

A response from someone at Yonex would be especially appreciated.

Thanks
Why didn't you just contact Yonex customer service and explain the defect
 

rader023

Rookie
If you are looking for feedback, i have about 6 yonex racquets of various generations. None of them rattle. The my Ezone tour doesn't show any of the paint chip issues so maybe i am lucky. I will say the newer generations do have very thin headguards (bascially anything past my DR 98+ including 2018 Ezone 98+, and Ezone tour).
 

ryushen21

Legend
i realize that the prevailing belief is that Yonex is a superior quality racquet. That may be true in may cased, but I have a son who is a UTR 6.0 playing line 3 a D3 school. He is currently playing with a Yonex VCORE 98. When they're good - they're very very good. But.... when the inconsistency rears it's head, it is a problem. We're not sure that the problem might not be in the strings - and he's trying other strings first, but two complaints that seems to be persistent. The headguard is so thin that if it is not taped for every hitting session, it will be destroyed. That - and the rattles that seem to develop in all of the frames. (he carries four and they all rattle). Sure, we could probably remove the buttcap and shake somethign loose - but c'mon. We shouldn't have to do that.

So, the question is - have either of these issues been addressed in either the new generation of VCORE - OR - do they also exist in the VCORE PRO line. He does like the grip shape and would prefer not to leave Yonex, but the quality issues are becoming a distraction at this point, and something has to give before Thanksgiving so he can make a choice and change if necessary before the spring season.

A response from someone at Yonex would be especially appreciated.

Thanks
I've played with the recent iterations of the EZone and VCore and have not encountered any of the issues that you mentioned.


I would definitely recommend having his frames matched up professionally with new grommet sets. That will eliminate a lot of issues and give you a baseline to determine where issues are coming from.
 

joah310

Professional
Not sure if it's a rattle, but I've had loose buttcaps that creak when hitting. My two vcore tour 97 did this, but it's not a toned specific issue, as all my Dunlop cx 200 tours did it, along with my g360+ pmp. All fixed by taking off the buttcaps, wearing a piece of cloth tape around the end, and re inserting the buttcaps and staples. Other than that, yes their grommets are a bit thin, but it's not really an issue, for me they last as long as the other brands.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Is there perhaps a technical issue involved as well; is your son at a level where he's able to use a continental grip to slice very low/short balls - forehands as well as backhands - or is he trying to hit over all balls no matter what the consequences? Just asking as your description of the headguard wear sounds excessive regardless of racquet construction.
 
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