Yonex Vcore Pro 97

Had one of those nights where I was tired and sore and moving like I was 70 years old. Took me a while to get anything going out there. Kind of cool because I saw certain things I did when fatigued and was able to fix them. One is try to hit flatter than needed. That’s not going to work with the 310. It really encourages a low to high swing path, which is how should I hit anyway. So when the ball was hitting the net, I knew I had to make changes and drop the frame more. Main thing I love with this frame is it accentuates my spin and I can still shape the ball in a linear manner. So low to high, heavy and deep shots are really not that tough to just fire off over and over. I was able to get in a groove and go i/o 3-4x until the opponent was almost in the doubles alley and then fire one down the line for an easy winner.

Hit with a pro for a while who had a mega forehand. Just picturesque how nicely he dropped the frame and ripped the ball. Big dude too with a lot of power. He was being cool and sending me easy stuff for a while but I kept on the gas and he could not time my spin well. So he finally started sending me the real heat and it was awesome to trade blows with this guy. Main thing I can say is I never felt pushed around. He told me after I had really great spin on my FH.

So I can safely say if you are playing at 4.0 or 4.5 level you can really take away the timing of your opponent and play a heavy spin game with this racquet if that is your style. In some ways this reminds me slightly of the Rdis 200, which was my first Yonex frame. It had a really great soft feel but the pattern was more open and you couldn’t hit through the ball like you can with the 310. It also looked terrible, but I didn’t care and bought 4 of them because they were a complete steal. Not sure if any of you all ever used this one? It had a ultra buttery feel to it.

Caveat, this is my first string job so the grommets always need to settle in. It came off the stringer at 45#s but now its down to 34#s. I am still able to play with it at this tension but I’m flirting with the line a lot. I think I will string it next time at 48/46 and I am anticipating a drop to around 40#s, which is fine.
 
Had one of those nights where I was tired and sore and moving like I was 70 years old. Took me a while to get anything going out there. Kind of cool because I saw certain things I did when fatigued and was able to fix them. One is try to hit flatter than needed. That’s not going to work with the 310. It really encourages a low to high swing path, which is how should I hit anyway. So when the ball was hitting the net, I knew I had to make changes and drop the frame more. Main thing I love with this frame is it accentuates my spin and I can still shape the ball in a linear manner. So low to high, heavy and deep shots are really not that tough to just fire off over and over. I was able to get in a groove and go i/o 3-4x until the opponent was almost in the doubles alley and then fire one down the line for an easy winner.

Hit with a pro for a while who had a mega forehand. Just picturesque how nicely he dropped the frame and ripped the ball. Big dude too with a lot of power. He was being cool and sending me easy stuff for a while but I kept on the gas and he could not time my spin well. So he finally started sending me the real heat and it was awesome to trade blows with this guy. Main thing I can say is I never felt pushed around. He told me after I had really great spin on my FH.

So I can safely say if you are playing at 4.0 or 4.5 level you can really take away the timing of your opponent and play a heavy spin game with this racquet if that is your style. In some ways this reminds me slightly of the Rdis 200, which was my first Yonex frame. It had a really great soft feel but the pattern was more open and you couldn’t hit through the ball like you can with the 310. It also looked terrible, but I didn’t care and bought 4 of them because they were a complete steal. Not sure if any of you all ever used this one? It had a ultra buttery feel to it.

Caveat, this is my first string job so the grommets always need to settle in. It came off the stringer at 45#s but now its down to 34#s. I am still able to play with it at this tension but I’m flirting with the line a lot. I think I will string it next time at 48/46 and I am anticipating a drop to around 40#s, which is fine.
IMHO the vcp97 is a far better racket than the rdis200. :)

I agree with the rest of what you posted. Awesome frame.
 
I love the 310, but I am not sure I’d say it is far better, but it IS better for me. The Rdis series I believe was replaced by the Vcore so it makes sense that the heritage is still there. The thing about the RDIS 200 was it was one of the first frames where Yonex started catering more to topspin players who like the sweet spot a little higher in the bed, and thats why they got one to Verdasco for a while.

In many ways the 200 kind of shaped what we have now in the 310 - which is a softer control frame made for the modern baseliner. I think with the 310 they found the perfect combo of feel/weight/string pattern.
 
I love the 310, but I am not sure I’d say it is far better, but it IS better for me. The Rdis series I believe was replaced by the Vcore so it makes sense that the heritage is still there. The thing about the RDIS 200 was it was one of the first frames where Yonex started catering more to topspin players who like the sweet spot a little higher in the bed, and thats why they got one to Verdasco for a while.

In many ways the 200 kind of shaped what we have now in the 310 - which is a softer control frame made for the modern baseliner. I think with the 310 they found the perfect combo of feel/weight/string pattern.
I guess it isn’t a fair comparison cuz I am a much better player now than I was back then. Even if you handed me a vcp back then I probably wouldn’t have appreciated it. That’s the truth.
 
Had one of those nights where I was tired and sore and moving like I was 70 years old. Took me a while to get anything going out there. Kind of cool because I saw certain things I did when fatigued and was able to fix them. One is try to hit flatter than needed. That’s not going to work with the 310. It really encourages a low to high swing path, which is how should I hit anyway. So when the ball was hitting the net, I knew I had to make changes and drop the frame more. Main thing I love with this frame is it accentuates my spin and I can still shape the ball in a linear manner. So low to high, heavy and deep shots are really not that tough to just fire off over and over. I was able to get in a groove and go i/o 3-4x until the opponent was almost in the doubles alley and then fire one down the line for an easy winner.

Hit with a pro for a while who had a mega forehand. Just picturesque how nicely he dropped the frame and ripped the ball. Big dude too with a lot of power. He was being cool and sending me easy stuff for a while but I kept on the gas and he could not time my spin well. So he finally started sending me the real heat and it was awesome to trade blows with this guy. Main thing I can say is I never felt pushed around. He told me after I had really great spin on my FH.

So I can safely say if you are playing at 4.0 or 4.5 level you can really take away the timing of your opponent and play a heavy spin game with this racquet if that is your style. In some ways this reminds me slightly of the Rdis 200, which was my first Yonex frame. It had a really great soft feel but the pattern was more open and you couldn’t hit through the ball like you can with the 310. It also looked terrible, but I didn’t care and bought 4 of them because they were a complete steal. Not sure if any of you all ever used this one? It had a ultra buttery feel to it.

Caveat, this is my first string job so the grommets always need to settle in. It came off the stringer at 45#s but now its down to 34#s. I am still able to play with it at this tension but I’m flirting with the line a lot. I think I will string it next time at 48/46 and I am anticipating a drop to around 40#s, which is fine.
When you say this racquet isn't for flat shots I thought you were going to say that the balls were sailing long, but quite the opposite haha. I also tend to play flatter when I'm tired, but let me ask you a question, if you do want to hit flat, does it work?
 
I've been a huge fan of the Vcore 97 310's since the original cherry red one. Unfortunately the Vcore Pro didn't work for me. I'm not sure if it was the flex in the hoop or the string pattern. I loved the old 16x20 pattern. Too bad, because I love the paint job. But glad to hear so many others are enjoying it. Did anyone else think the pro feels way different than the previous three?
 
When you say this racquet isn't for flat shots I thought you were going to say that the balls were sailing long, but quite the opposite haha. I also tend to play flatter when I'm tired, but let me ask you a question, if you do want to hit flat, does it work?
Oh yeah. For sure. Probably want to string tighter than me though. What i meant more was my swing path was a little too flat and i was not lifting the ball over the net. Its just an error i was making due to lack of focus.
 
Had one of those nights where I was tired and sore and moving like I was 70 years old. Took me a while to get anything going out there. Kind of cool because I saw certain things I did when fatigued and was able to fix them. One is try to hit flatter than needed. That’s not going to work with the 310. It really encourages a low to high swing path, which is how should I hit anyway. So when the ball was hitting the net, I knew I had to make changes and drop the frame more. Main thing I love with this frame is it accentuates my spin and I can still shape the ball in a linear manner. So low to high, heavy and deep shots are really not that tough to just fire off over and over. I was able to get in a groove and go i/o 3-4x until the opponent was almost in the doubles alley and then fire one down the line for an easy winner.

Hit with a pro for a while who had a mega forehand. Just picturesque how nicely he dropped the frame and ripped the ball. Big dude too with a lot of power. He was being cool and sending me easy stuff for a while but I kept on the gas and he could not time my spin well. So he finally started sending me the real heat and it was awesome to trade blows with this guy. Main thing I can say is I never felt pushed around. He told me after I had really great spin on my FH.

So I can safely say if you are playing at 4.0 or 4.5 level you can really take away the timing of your opponent and play a heavy spin game with this racquet if that is your style. In some ways this reminds me slightly of the Rdis 200, which was my first Yonex frame. It had a really great soft feel but the pattern was more open and you couldn’t hit through the ball like you can with the 310. It also looked terrible, but I didn’t care and bought 4 of them because they were a complete steal. Not sure if any of you all ever used this one? It had a ultra buttery feel to it.

Caveat, this is my first string job so the grommets always need to settle in. It came off the stringer at 45#s but now its down to 34#s. I am still able to play with it at this tension but I’m flirting with the line a lot. I think I will string it next time at 48/46 and I am anticipating a drop to around 40#s, which is fine.
Interesting, I found it to be a great stick for when I was lazy. For me vcp 330 is one of the best racquets for hitting flat with. It's got really nice mass to drive the ball but with the thinner beam I found it came through the zone really fast compared to my rf97 i was using at the time. I found it great for topspin because I found that I could really whip through the ball but that's just me

I played with poly tour spin (the blue string)because it came with it for free and loved it. Quite a firm and crisp feeling string, you can really feel the snapback.
I've started using alu rough and love it. would love to try it in that frame
 

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Interesting, I found it to be a great stick for when I was lazy. For me vcp 330 is one of the best racquets for hitting flat with. It's got really nice mass to drive the ball but with the thinner beam I found it came through the zone really fast compared to my rf97 i was using at the time. I found it great for topspin because I found that I could really whip through the ball but that's just me

I played with poly tour spin (the blue string)because it came with it for free and loved it. Quite a firm and crisp feeling string, you can really feel the snapback.
I've started using alu rough and love it. would love to try it in that frame
Oh yeah the Pro 97 is an all around frame you can play any game with it. It’s just with the low trajectory and how I hit the ball, it benefits me to hit a little more low to high. That said, I am also currently playing at 35#s, and ill normally play 10 pounds tighter.
 
this thread is really bugging me... I have been eye-ing VCore pro 97 for a loooong time... i am itching to buy it... last thing i needed is more praise from you guys...

Btw, how is the comfort of this frame?
what is a good multi that you guys would recommend for VCore pro 97... i would go medium-powered, good spin poly if i could but scared of poly with the elbow... multifeel? velocity?
i know very broad questions but i'll take recommendations..
 
this thread is really bugging me... I have been eye-ing VCore pro 97 for a loooong time... i am itching to buy it... last thing i needed is more praise from you guys...

Btw, how is the comfort of this frame?
what is a good multi that you guys would recommend for VCore pro 97... i would go medium-powered, good spin poly if i could but scared of poly with the elbow... multifeel? velocity?
i know very broad questions but i'll take recommendations..
Comfort is very good. one of mine came strung with velocity. hit with it for 10 mins and didn't like it so i cut it out and restrung with cyclone 17 orange/v-pro 17 blue. can't offer any multi recommendations.
 
this thread is really bugging me... I have been eye-ing VCore pro 97 for a loooong time... i am itching to buy it... last thing i needed is more praise from you guys...

Btw, how is the comfort of this frame?
what is a good multi that you guys would recommend for VCore pro 97... i would go medium-powered, good spin poly if i could but scared of poly with the elbow... multifeel? velocity?
i know very broad questions but i'll take recommendations..
I find the frame super comfortable. Been playing with mine for about 4 months. I was playing with a vcore xi 98 which is plush but stiff. I blended Head FXP (~54lbs) with Lux 4G (~52lbs) on my Vpro 97 and found the playability forgiving on my arm. Soft feel but didn't lose the power I needed to create my shots.

Trying Iso-speed control on my second Vpro 97.
 
this thread is really bugging me... I have been eye-ing VCore pro 97 for a loooong time... i am itching to buy it... last thing i needed is more praise from you guys...

Btw, how is the comfort of this frame?
what is a good multi that you guys would recommend for VCore pro 97... i would go medium-powered, good spin poly if i could but scared of poly with the elbow... multifeel? velocity?
i know very broad questions but i'll take recommendations..

I've enjoyed a full bed of Multifeel in mine and so far it's my go to for this frame in a fb multi... Also, like you, I have stayed away from poly's due to a pretty bad, but manageable case of TE (mainly due to bad technique)...BUT, as my elbow has improved I recently tried a pack of Klippermate's included version of "ALU rough" @ 51/49 just for giggles, and it's not bothering my arm AT ALL and Im loving it...and my arm has been very sensitive in the past. Definitely a frame comfy enough to experiment with poly's again...
 
I've been a huge fan of the Vcore 97 310's since the original cherry red one. Unfortunately the Vcore Pro didn't work for me. I'm not sure if it was the flex in the hoop or the string pattern. I loved the old 16x20 pattern. Too bad, because I love the paint job. But glad to hear so many others are enjoying it. Did anyone else think the pro feels way different than the previous three?
What did you dislike about the racquet?
 
What did you dislike about the racquet?
Mainly the feel, particularly the flex in the hoop. And I didn't feel like I could drive through the ball like I could with the others when I wanted to. Also seemed to have less control than the three previous versions. But like I said, that's just me. Glad so many others like it.
 
LOL, I saw that about half an hour ago. I said "what the hell" and ordered a 310!

My girlfriend is going to kill me. Last month I bought a Gamma X-ST and some related accessories.
yeah just pulled the trigger... dude..... i am hiding rackets from my wife... also she thinks i am demo-ing some of them... has no idea.. how did i end up here??
 

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Yes, you guys rock for sharing that deal. I was waiting to get another one, so the timing is perfect. Does this mean that the rumors of a new version are true? Interesting if so, and good news for this version as you can stock up and then hopefully the new one is pretty similar to this.

I was also in desperate need of a new bag, as my Wilson had given me 7 years of service and needed to be retired. I can recommend the Yonex Pro 9 pack. It has thermal protection in it. I don't believe the smaller ones do. It's an awesome size if you want to fit a bunch of frames in it. Personally I sweat a lot on hot humid FL, so I like having a lot of space for drinks, changes of clothes, some slides for after playing, sweaty clothes bin..etc. Great bag, finally Yonex made a really good one.

this thread is really bugging me... I have been eye-ing VCore pro 97 for a loooong time... i am itching to buy it... last thing i needed is more praise from you guys...

Btw, how is the comfort of this frame?
what is a good multi that you guys would recommend for VCore pro 97... i would go medium-powered, good spin poly if i could but scared of poly with the elbow... multifeel? velocity?
i know very broad questions but i'll take recommendations..
Multi in this frame will be a very high level of comfort. Full copoly in this frame honestly feels pretty soft. I wold strongly suggest using the string and tension you use now so you have a baseline to compare the frame. Getting a new frame and new strings can be quite a lot to adjust to.
 

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I find the frame super comfortable. Been playing with mine for about 4 months. I was playing with a vcore xi 98 which is plush but stiff. I blended Head FXP (~54lbs) with Lux 4G (~52lbs) on my Vpro 97 and found the playability forgiving on my arm. Soft feel but didn't lose the power I needed to create my shots.

Trying Iso-speed control on my second Vpro 97.
Nice, it's rare to see another Vcore xi 98 user. I still have two of mine. Awesome frame. I don't think Yonex ever really fully recaptured the magic of that version. The new Vcore 98 is closest.
 
Nice, it's rare to see another Vcore xi 98 user. I still have two of mine. Awesome frame. I don't think Yonex ever really fully recaptured the magic of that version. The new Vcore 98 is closest.
Still have my two - found them barely touched from my brother and took them for myself last year. Can't beat the feel of that racket. PJ is also amazing compared to the ones now. Unfortunately, the stiffness of that frame wasn't suitable for my arm.
 

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Still have my two - found them barely touched from my brother and took them for myself last year. Can't beat the feel of that racket. PJ is also amazing compared to the ones now. Unfortunately, the stiffness of that frame wasn't suitable for my arm.
Yeah, it’s a fairly stiff frame for sure, but big fat sweetspot, which I love. Very low SW so it basically screams to be modded a little. I’m going to match mine to my 310s, which should be pretty simple. It’s a great frame for me to have one in the bag because now and then I still get in the mood to pull it out for a hit. Probably the best “player’s tweener” I have owned.
 
I was really intrigued when this was first announced last year. I could never pull the trigger. I was conflicted on whether to get the 310 or the 330. Ended up getting neither. Maybe if it drops in price again I'll give them a whirl.
 

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I was really intrigued when this was first announced last year. I could never pull the trigger. I was conflicted on whether to get the 310 or the 330. Ended up getting neither. Maybe if it drops in price again I'll give them a whirl.
I’m a heavy frame lover and I’d suggest the 310 if you ever take a shot at one. It plays like a heavier frame but you will get the benefit of higher racquet head speed.
 

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I took off the 4 grams I had going down the bevels on the pallet to get the frame back to stock and it feels like it swings faster. Thought more weight in the handle may make it whippier, but regardless I like how it feels more at stock weight and I’ll probably stay like that.

I was able to match my xi98s to the 310 pretty easily. Interesting thing is the xi I got from an ATP player is a 3/8ths that he took the base grip off of and rewrapped with an Overgrip only. No lead anywhere and it basically weighs and balances like the 310. The other xi I have is retail and needed a little lead in the handle to match up with the other 2. I know for a fact this guy played the frame just as I have it, so even if Yonex slightly beefed it up for it’s pros, its still basically playing at the weight and balance of a stock pro 310.

I say this just in case anyone is doubting that you can do serious damage to the ball with the 310 in stock form. I know I would have in the past. My first purchase of this series was the Tour G 330, and in retrospect I probably should have gone with the lighter version.
 

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Wow. Yes. Very accurate review. These guys know their stuff.

I initially read tennisnerds review of the 330 and he totally dismissed the 310 as just a lighter version, which is a shame because he seems biased toward only heavy racquets now.

That tennisbros review basically mirrors my findings. I was asking mad dog “are you sure you dont add lead?” Lol. Just shows how specs are changing a bit on frames and you can go lighter without losing much. Nothing will plow through like a heavy sw, 12 ounce frame but nothing will win matches like consistent high tip speed. The nice solid feel and controllable pop off of the 310 really makes it play bigger than you would expect for a lower flex, thinner beam frame.
 
Thank you all for the input! It is greatly appreciated. How is comfort when stringing low polu? I have developed early signs of tennis elbow so I want to be careful.
 

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Thank you all for the input! It is greatly appreciated. How is comfort when stringing low polu? I have developed early signs of tennis elbow so I want to be careful.
Comfort is good but we all swing differently. If you feel like TE is coming you may want to play with full gut or multi for a bit. I don't see the 97 causing TE, but I also know that there are a million reasons it can occure outside of the frame.

I'd also strongly suggest this flexbar (I think the green one is best). It is inexpensive and can honestly save your arm. I had some signs of TE years ago and this bar and the exercises solved it. I still have mine hanging around just in case. Kind of a weird vid, but the exercises work.

 
Comfort is really good and to me the frame plays softer than what you would typically expect from a 65 flex rating. If you string low with poly, 40-46, you will should have a very comfortable string bed.
 
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