Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

Yonex has been making frames since the 1940s. You think they just released a brand new frame and didn't consider that people string mains and crosses and minor or significantly different tensions? Why TF does it matter if the frame is 3mm shorter after stringing - I doubt it affects the playability of the frame. I have no idea why someone would bother measuring. Have fun man.
Okay @Nate7-5 , you obviously didn't read what I actually wrote. It probably doesn't really matter that the frame is 3 mm shorter as far as playability and feel- you just assumed I was upping the tension to deal with the distortion, and I outlined two other reasons why I was doing so (to mitigate the larger loss of tension on the poly creating a higher launch angle and to try out a string tension differential I have used in the past but not yet tried on this frame so that I could determine which string setup does feel and play best for me).

Why would someone bother measuring a racquet? Well, in my case, I had strung a frame recently and my posts became loose, and the racquet distorted much more significantly. So when I strung the yonex frame, I measured to be sure my posts had not slipped again and discovered the 3 mm shortening. When I strung my second yonex frame at equal mains and cross tensions, I measured as a curiosity to see if the equal tensioning made a difference. In general, it's best to avoid distortion in the final stringing because you want to avoid placing uneven stress levels on the frame. Obviously, frame manufacturers design frames to be able to handle these stresses but that hardly means it is ideal. Furthermore, another reason for trying to limit distortion is that I have read that a 1 mm distortion is the equivalent of about 2 lbs of tension. Thus, it makes it harder to get consistent stringing results when the frame distorts too much or little in one direction when completed. I'm not sure how accurate that statement is on the tension effect, but this was my reference from where I read that somewhere else, "The relation between strain and stress is: σ = ε*E Assume a 300 mm long string with diameter of 1.25 mm and a Young modulus (E) of 5 000 N/mm^2. Since stress is tension over cross section area and strain is relative elongation, the tension change in 1 mm elongation is:
T = π*0.62^2*5000*1/300 = 20 N (or 2 kg)")

I thought these seemed like good reasons, but I probably am being ridiculous
 

agradina

New User
If someone said that vcore pro 310 is low powered... just got 2 of them, leather grip pacific 344g all. It is a monster pro stick... as an ex pro I say it is a hammer with stability, and power you put in and put out like a hurricane:D the ps97 without cv was rubbish compare to this beast
310 grams+8 grams leather+4 grams dampener+16 grams string makes total: 338 grams am i missing something?
 

PD1978

New User
Just ordered the HD. Looking forward to stringing it with gut/poly.
My go to is vs/Alu rough, 54/52lbs.
Been playing with the Gravity Tour lately so will be interesting comparison. I’ve never used a 97 head size before, I’m sure will take some getting use to.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Just ordered the HD. Looking forward to stringing it with gut/poly.
My go to is vs/Alu rough, 54/52lbs.
Been playing with the Gravity Tour lately so will be interesting comparison. I’ve never used a 97 head size before, I’m sure will take some getting use to.
With the HD, don’t be afraid to experiment with lower tension! This racket seems to prefer low tensions! :)
 

Kit Jones

New User
Have 4 HD racquets and have played with them for a few months now. Definitely needs to be lower tension. Now settled into 47 main/45 cross lb using Tourbite, although I feel I could go a few pounds lower still. And for reference I had moved over from the Head speed 360 mp which I had at 53-55lb. Super comfortable and probably like most said really needs to be at a lower tension due to the tighter 18x20. This is so much more buttery and spin friendly w/the flex. Sweet spot is smaller but when you hit it its magical. I feel much more connected to the ball and feels like I can hit targets w/laser like precision. However it took some adjustment period to get used to the lower launch angle vs a 16x19 pattern. Great racquet. I suspect those who had complained it was too boardy or highly sensitive to hitting zone had it strung too tight...

I was a D3 player for reference.
 
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PD1978

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Have 4 HD racquets and have played with them for a few months now. Definitely needs to be lower tension. Now settled into 47 main/45 cross lb using Tourbite, although I feel I could go a few pounds lower still. And for reference I had moved over from the Head speed 360 mp which I had at 53-55lb. Super comfortable and probably like most said really needs to be at a lower tension due to the tighter 18x20. This is so much more buttery and spin friendly w/the flex. Sweet spot is smaller but when you hit it its magical. I feel much more connected to the ball and feels like I can hit targets w/laser like precision. However it took some adjustment period to get used to the lower launch angle vs a 16x19 pattern. Great racquet. I suspect those who had complained it was too boardy or highly sensitive to hitting zone had it strung too tight...

I was a D3 player for reference.
I normally string my gut/poly 54/52.
I’m planning on using gut/poly again, so maybe try 50/48? Or even lower?
 

!<-_->!

Hall of Fame
Imo, the string pattern isn't dense at all for being 18x20. Looks almost identical to the 16x19 VCore Pro. Maybe it's the lower flex rating that makes the difference.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
Have 4 HD racquets and have played with them for a few months now. Definitely needs to be lower tension. Now settled into 47 main/45 cross lb using Tourbite, although I feel I could go a few pounds lower still. And for reference I had moved over from the Head speed 360 mp which I had at 53-55lb. Super comfortable and probably like most said really needs to be at a lower tension due to the tighter 18x20. This is so much more buttery and spin friendly w/the flex. Sweet spot is smaller but when you hit it its magical. I feel much more connected to the ball and feels like I can hit targets w/laser like precision. However it took some adjustment period to get used to the lower launch angle vs a 16x19 pattern. Great racquet. I suspect those who had complained it was too boardy or highly sensitive to hitting zone had it strung too tight...

I was a D3 player for reference.
agree
I think this racquet can be a good option for 18g polys at lower tensions mid 40s with 18g, and low 40s with 17g string, I would also try it with multis in the high 40s or low 50s
 

PD1978

New User
Mine was just delivered. Not strung up yet, but feels very head heavy. Was a bit surprised. I’ll string it up next week and hit with it in the new year.
 

PD1978

New User
Comparing the quality of the Yonex to my Wilson racquets is pretty eye opening. The paint job alone is night and day. My Head Gravity racquet quality is much better then my Clash as well. Hoping to hit with the HD for the first time next week. Still figuring out what tension to use with a gut/poly hybrid. Going to use Vs/Element. Should provide enough punch.
 

Syfo-Dias

Professional
Finally got to hit with mine for the first time last night. All I can say is I love this racquet! The feel on contact is just fantastic and it’s way more maneuverable than the specs would indicate. I was also pretty surprised how much power it had. Currently using a gut/poly hybrid at 53/50 but that feels a bit low. Next time I’ll probably go with my usual 58/55 setup to tame the power a little. Really looking forward to hitting with this stick more in the coming months. It has officially replaced my VCORE Pro 330.
 

SME

New User
In my opinion, I think the HD should be strung up with a full bed of poly ( thin gauge) in the mid 40s or lower. The HD hybrid with gut mains/poly crosses was just a little too muted. What do you think? What are your preferred setups?
 
In my opinion, I think the HD should be strung up with a full bed of poly ( thin gauge) in the mid 40s or lower. The HD hybrid with gut mains/poly crosses was just a little too muted. What do you think? What are your preferred setups?
BHS7 17G FB or BHS7 17G/ T1 GW 18G at 20kg (45lbs) are awesome.
 
In my opinion, I think the HD should be strung up with a full bed of poly ( thin gauge) in the mid 40s or lower. The HD hybrid with gut mains/poly crosses was just a little too muted. What do you think? What are your preferred setups?
That's an interesting thought on the thin gauge poly. For me, I've liked gut / poly the best because the gut gives the racquet that bit of extra power which I'm wanting, and the softer feel is appreciated when I'm playing in the colder months. However, I've got about 16+ hours on my current strin job, and it hardly even looks worn (with 1.30 gut mains / 1.25 poly crosses), so I definitely think I could try thinner gauges, not only as full poly set ups but in my gut / poly setup as well. But more to your comment, I think a really thin full poly set up could be really interesting. I usually use ALU Power Soft as my main go to poly, which is 1.25 mm. I may have to look at something like a full bed of ALU Power Feel at 1.20 mm or maybe even try a full bed of Luxilon Big Banger Ace at 1.12 mm and report back.
 
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PD1978

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Stringing mine today with VS Team and Alu Rough. I normally string them in the mid 50s but going to try 50/48 since most have said to string it a bit lower.
Hoping to hit with it next week.

My everyday stick to compare is a Gravity Tour, same strings but at 55/52.
 

Kit Jones

New User
I use 16 gauge tourbite on mains and cross (47x45). Definitely the strings last much much longer (50-70% longer??) than in my old 16x19 setup. Thinner gauge is an interesting thought. I never approached the thinner gauge due to constant and rapid string breaking w/ prior 16g on 16x19 racquets...
 
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