Yonex Vcore Pro 97

bobombom

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Does anyone know if fakes of the vcore pros exist? Theres a few brand new 330’s on the big auction site being sold brand new with free shipping for almost 50 bucks cheaper than TW and i am skeptical.
Been wondering the same thing, can't see how some of these people make money selling new racquets so cheap..
 

skeeter

Professional
Interesting. I find the vcp97 to be great with every poly hybrid I’ve tried so far. Only string I didn’t care for was velocity, but I’m not much of a multi guy.
Just demo'd this racquet and in a weird way, glad to hear there are better strings out there for this than Velocity as the demo was strung with it and while I didn't really care for the string that much, absolutely fell in love with this racquet. Just checked all the boxes: superb feel, the control I've been looking for in a 16x19 frame, solid as a rock at net, smooth as silk, stellar serving; just increased my confidence in shot-making substantially. So now looking at string options; never been a real fan of poly unless it's fairly soft (have liked several co-polys) and I typically have hybridized it with gut or syngut. Would like to try RS Lyon; thoughts on hybridizing with a gut or other non-poly string?
 

Power Player

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Just demo'd this racquet and in a weird way, glad to hear there are better strings out there for this than Velocity as the demo was strung with it and while I didn't really care for the string that much, absolutely fell in love with this racquet. Just checked all the boxes: superb feel, the control I've been looking for in a 16x19 frame, solid as a rock at net, smooth as silk, stellar serving; just increased my confidence in shot-making substantially. So now looking at string options; never been a real fan of poly unless it's fairly soft (have liked several co-polys) and I typically have hybridized it with gut or syngut. Would like to try RS Lyon; thoughts on hybridizing with a gut or other non-poly string?
RS Lyon is amazing in it. Perfect match since it adds a little crispness. I would imagine it would be a great fit with gut as well.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Just demo'd this racquet and in a weird way, glad to hear there are better strings out there for this than Velocity as the demo was strung with it and while I didn't really care for the string that much, absolutely fell in love with this racquet. Just checked all the boxes: superb feel, the control I've been looking for in a 16x19 frame, solid as a rock at net, smooth as silk, stellar serving; just increased my confidence in shot-making substantially. So now looking at string options; never been a real fan of poly unless it's fairly soft (have liked several co-polys) and I typically have hybridized it with gut or syngut. Would like to try RS Lyon; thoughts on hybridizing with a gut or other non-poly string?
Give Cyclone/rs Lyon 1.25 @ ~48/46# a try. :)
 
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ProRadTour

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@skeeter Another poly to put on the list is RPM Blast Rough 1.25. It's a very plush/comfortable poly. Nat Gut with RPM Blast Rough in the crosses will be a super comfortable setup. If you are going full poly I would string at 46/44. If you are going to use Nat Gut hybrid with Gut in the mains I would string it at 52/50.
 
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musicsoul

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Just demo'd this racquet and in a weird way, glad to hear there are better strings out there for this than Velocity as the demo was strung with it and while I didn't really care for the string that much, absolutely fell in love with this racquet. Just checked all the boxes: superb feel, the control I've been looking for in a 16x19 frame, solid as a rock at net, smooth as silk, stellar serving; just increased my confidence in shot-making substantially. So now looking at string options; never been a real fan of poly unless it's fairly soft (have liked several co-polys) and I typically have hybridized it with gut or syngut. Would like to try RS Lyon; thoughts on hybridizing with a gut or other non-poly string?
Yes: Alu power & wilson syn gut (not Sensation) at 24kg.
 
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dnj30

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310 for me too.. Great low powered, headlight frame.. You need to generate your own power as with all players sticks.
Haven't hit the 330 bc its simply too heavy. Anything over about 340g total weight is just too much for me.. I get fatigued after an hour and start playing like sh#t

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Power Player

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AA7

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what is a good non-gut hybrid for RS Lyon
310 for me too.. Great low powered, headlight frame.. You need to generate your own power as with all players sticks.
Haven't hit the 330 bc its simply too heavy. Anything over about 340g total weight is just too much for me.. I get fatigued after an hour and start playing like sh#t

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Yeah same here .. too heavy and I start losing whippeness...
 

skeeter

Professional
RS Lyon is amazing in it. Perfect match since it adds a little crispness. I would imagine it would be a great fit with gut as well.
Give Cyclone/rs Lyon 1.25 @ ~48/46# a try. :)
@skeeter Another poly to put on the list is RPM Blast Rough 1.25. It's a very plush/comfortable poly. Nat Gut with RPM Blast Rough in the crosses will be a super comfortable setup. If you are going full poly I would string at 46/44. If you are going to use Nat Gut hybrid with Gut in the mains I would string it at 52/50.
Yes: Alu power & wilson syn gut (not Sensation) at 24kg.
Thanks, guys; much appreciated. Fun string testing ahead!
 

Power Player

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Thanks, guys; much appreciated. Fun string testing ahead!
What string do you use now? Honestly the best string to use is the one you already prefer. Trying a bunch of different setups may just be confusing and annoying. I’d strongly suggest starting with the strings and tension you use now. My favorite setup is the one I have used for over 3 years - RS Lyon 1.25 at 46#s.
 

skeeter

Professional
What string do you use now? Honestly the best string to use is the one you already prefer. Trying a bunch of different setups may just be confusing and annoying. I’d strongly suggest starting with the strings and tension you use now. My favorite setup is the one I have used for over 3 years - RS Lyon 1.25 at 46#s.
Been using a gut/poly hybrid with gut in the mains and WCSS in the crosses, primarily in my Angell TC100. Fairly happy with the comfort and feel, but sometimes too much power with the gut and the somewhat higher trajectory of the TC100. The VCP 97 helps address my desire for a more control-oriented and comfortable all-court racquet, and if I can put in strings not too much of a stretch from the characteristics of the gut/WCSS but that also compliment this racquet in terms of control and feel, I'm a happy camper; and I'm not wedded to using gut (pricey these days). Agree, don't want to go down the rabbit hole of "start from scratch" string testing.
 

Power Player

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Been using a gut/poly hybrid with gut in the mains and WCSS in the crosses, primarily in my Angell TC100. Fairly happy with the comfort and feel, but sometimes too much power with the gut and the somewhat higher trajectory of the TC100. The VCP 97 helps address my desire for a more control-oriented and comfortable all-court racquet, and if I can put in strings not too much of a stretch from the characteristics of the gut/WCSS but that also compliment this racquet in terms of control and feel, I'm a happy camper; and I'm not wedded to using gut (pricey these days). Agree, don't want to go down the rabbit hole of "start from scratch" string testing.
I think gut/poly will be awesome in this frame. Id start there because you will probably love it. Especially since you are familiar with it already.
 

HolyMountain

New User
I have settled on a Lexicon trio....4g, ALU Power and Big Banger Original.....have them strung up at 55/52. Oddly the 4G seems a little to powerful, has excellent feel on volleys. I love the Big Banger but my shoulder started hurting - may have been because I was rusty but I cut them out and haven't done them again - but I did love them, let me just unleash on the ball with zero worry of launching. ALU Power I suppose is somewhat in the middle. Debating on revisiting the Big Banger or stringing 4G at say 58/55 or just sticking with the ALU Power. I own a nice stringer so restringing is a non issue. Actually maybe it is an issue as I am constantly tinkering :-D
 

ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
Which one are people liking? The 310 or 330?
This really depends on your playing preferences and style.

Me personally, I prefer the 330. I still play with heavy topspin on my forehand, but when I want to flatten it out the additional mass and twist-weight makes driving the ball easier and smoother. Also, I play with a one-handed backhand and the additional mass is very helpful with my backhand slice and effectively blocking back big serves. Also, driving the one handed backhand with the 330 produces a heavier ball on that wing for me.

Have owned both the 310 and 330, nothing wrong with the 310 and I could play with it, I just prefer the additional mass of the 330. But I am also accustomed to playing with heavier frames. The 330 for me is perfect in stock form. I can just pick it up and play and feel comfortable and never feel the frame let me down in any way.

I would say pick the frame that is closest to your normal playing preferences.
 
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skeeter

Professional
I think gut/poly will be awesome in this frame. Id start there because you will probably love it. Especially since you are familiar with it already.
Good call. Will keep the WCSS around but may try out some RSL as well. From what you guys have experienced, sounds like a nice string, full bed or in a hybrid. Any thoughts on tension? Dropping from a 100 to 97 with 8 mains, might go a little lower than my usual 55/52?
 

HolyMountain

New User
Good call. Will keep the WCSS around but may try out some RSL as well. From what you guys have experienced, sounds like a nice string, full bed or in a hybrid. Any thoughts on tension? Dropping from a 100 to 97 with 8 mains, might go a little lower than my usual 55/52?
For Wilson Champions Choice? I always like mine a bit higher but someone on this thread had me try them lower and the feel was something else. I hit too flat so had to go back up I’m tension.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Good call. Will keep the WCSS around but may try out some RSL as well. From what you guys have experienced, sounds like a nice string, full bed or in a hybrid. Any thoughts on tension? Dropping from a 100 to 97 with 8 mains, might go a little lower than my usual 55/52?
Poly is so much cheaper than gut so if you string your own sticks, I would say it won’t cost much to try it out first. If you don’t like it, cut it out and restring it with gut/poly.

I’m at 47-50# on the mains and 45-48# on the crosses with full poly stringbeds.

I love RSL for a cross. I prefer a softer poly for the mains.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Poly is so much cheaper than gut so if you string your own sticks, I would say it won’t cost much to try it out first. If you don’t like it, cut it out and restring it with gut/poly.

I’m at 47-50# on the mains and 45-48# on the crosses with full poly stringbeds.

I love RSL for a cross. I prefer a softer poly for the mains.
I thought rs Lyon was soft... what soft polys would you recommend? YPTP is soft?
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
For all that care (probably no one but anyways haha)..

I am testing RS full bed, and YPTP full bed next and i'll go by you all's tension recommendations... if arm complains then i will revert to Velocity or HDX Tour.. will share experiences as this test evolves for anyone who cares..
@Power Player - I remember you mentioned around 51lbs to stringer and dropes to 46s...
@ProRadTour - What tension do you string for YPTP? (just making sure that it is the strung tension and not settled tension after stringing job)
 

Power Player

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For all that care (probably no one but anyways haha)..

I am testing RS full bed, and YPTP full bed next and i'll go by you all's tension recommendations... if arm complains then i will revert to Velocity or HDX Tour.. will share experiences as this test evolves for anyone who cares..
@Power Player - I remember you mentioned around 51lbs to stringer and dropes to 46s...
@ProRadTour - What tension do you string for YPTP? (just making sure that it is the strung tension and not settled tension after stringing job)
Awesome, I am real interested in how you like the YPTP, as I am running out of RS yet again.

You are correct on the tension. I string at 51#s because after an hour or so it’s playing at 44-46#s and thats right where I like it with this racquet. It’s fine even at 51#s, so low 50s is a nice starting point for me.

One thing that is confusing is when you read about players tensions. A pro stringer giving a player a frame at 50#s - in my guess that is the tension they play at since the stringers are usually awesome and the strings usually last around 3 hours.

For us, we are using strings for 10-12 hours so its a little different. So I feel like it is a safer bet to string 7 or so pounds higher than the tension you want for the majority of the play time.

The first 310 I bought was strung up by a stringer with max power at 46#s and it dropped to 39 over time. I love 39 in the phantom 93, but its way too much for me in the 310. I am either hitting on the baseline or long, so now I do 52/50.
 
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mad dog1

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I thought rs Lyon was soft... what soft polys would you recommend? YPTP is soft?
It is soft but it feels firmer than cyclone or prince tour xp.

These 2 as mains crossed with rs Lyon play and feel the best for me in the vcp97.
 
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mad dog1

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For all that care (probably no one but anyways haha)..

I am testing RS full bed, and YPTP full bed next and i'll go by you all's tension recommendations... if arm complains then i will revert to Velocity or HDX Tour.. will share experiences as this test evolves for anyone who cares..
@Power Player - I remember you mentioned around 51lbs to stringer and dropes to 46s...
@ProRadTour - What tension do you string for YPTP? (just making sure that it is the strung tension and not settled tension after stringing job)
The tension depends on what type of machine you use as well. For example, 50# on a lockout isn’t the same as 50# on a drop weight isn’t the same as 50# on an electronic constant pull. Also the clamping system and mounting system affects tension as well.
 

Power Player

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Yes. For the record, I use a constant pull, auto drop weight machine with fixed clamps - stringway.

Best thing you can do is measure your string tension off the stringer and then after 90 minutes or so of play, and then after each session until breakage or string death. That way you will be able to predict the best tension to shoot for when you get your frames strung up.
 

ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
@AA7 When I was playing with YPTP I was using the graphite version (1.25) and was stringing it at 42/40. I was restringing every 6-8 hours of play, buy I loved the feel of the string-bed at that tension. I was using that setup in winter. I have been experimenting with various sting setups lately, and have been using RPM Blast Rough 1.25 main and Isospeed Baseline 1.20 crosses at 52/50 and Technifibre Red Code Wax 1.25 at 47/45.

RPM Blast Rough setup is a more lively setup, have been preferring Red Code Wax just becuase it gives me a more predictable response. Performance wise, Red Code Wax has been good, however it doesn't feel as nice as the Rough Setup.

Need to restring a frame with YPTP again, its been awhile. Still have a half a reel somewhere.

If you are going to use the yellow version of YPTP I would suggest 52/50 would be a good starting point. If found the graphite version is more of a deader feeling string, not as lively or soft as the yellow version.
 
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zettavaska

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Awesome, I am real interested in how you like the YPTP, as I am running out of RS yet again.

You are correct on the tension. I string at 51#s because after an hour or so it’s playing at 44-46#s and thats right where I like it with this racquet. It’s fine even at 51#s, so low 50s is a nice starting point for me.

One thing that is confusing is when you read about players tensions. A pro stringer giving a player a frame at 50#s - in my guess that is the tension they play at since the stringers are usually awesome and the strings usually last around 3 hours.

For us, we are using strings for 10-12 hours so its a little different. So I feel like it is a safer bet to string 7 or so pounds higher than the tension you want for the majority of the play time.

The first 310 I bought was strung up by a stringer with max power at 46#s and it dropped to 39 over time. I love 39 in the phantom 93, but its way too much for me in the 310. I am either hitting on the baseline or long, so now I do 52/50.
Interesting. I have exactly the same experience. YPTP at 52/50
 

HolyMountain

New User
Sort of an aside...I think that folks forget that IF you don't break strings and take care of your racquets, a gut/poly string job holds tension waaaaaaay longer than anything with the exception of full gut (maybe kevlar, I have never used them). So yes, it does cost $45 but will last 2 months. I find I restring polys (when playing a match 4-5 days a week, plus some hitting sessions) every 2 weeks. So, for me, with the Lexicon it is actually MORE expensive than a hybrid. Just another thought.
 

Power Player

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Sort of an aside...I think that folks forget that IF you don't break strings and take care of your racquets, a gut/poly string job holds tension waaaaaaay longer than anything with the exception of full gut (maybe kevlar, I have never used them). So yes, it does cost $45 but will last 2 months. I find I restring polys (when playing a match 4-5 days a week, plus some hitting sessions) every 2 weeks. So, for me, with the Lexicon it is actually MORE expensive than a hybrid. Just another thought.
I tore through gut poly every 2 weeks at best. It was very expensive for me as i usually go through softer strings in 6 hours. . The humidity doesnt help either down here. I ended up using a ton of string savers to make the gut last longer and it just was a hassle.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Sort of an aside...I think that folks forget that IF you don't break strings and take care of your racquets, a gut/poly string job holds tension waaaaaaay longer than anything with the exception of full gut (maybe kevlar, I have never used them). So yes, it does cost $45 but will last 2 months. I find I restring polys (when playing a match 4-5 days a week, plus some hitting sessions) every 2 weeks. So, for me, with the Lexicon it is actually MORE expensive than a hybrid. Just another thought.
If you hit with heavy spin or play with partners who hit with heavy spin, the poly which is a lot harder material than gut saws right through the gut in very little time. Playing on clay further accelerates the wear on gut. I play on hard courts but gut poly doesn’t last long for me at all.

If you’re a flat ball hitter, all strings last a lot longer.
 

GioV

Rookie
Yonex made a higher twistweight thin beam frame that feels soft and classic and plays extremely solid at a low weight, plus allows heavy spin generation. They really nailed it at all levels. I was comparing it to my pa+ just to make sure i was not crazy, and the power levels were really not dramatically different.
So you’re saying this almost has tweener power and spin? And you’re comparing it to a pa+ too... That’s pretty incredible, if so. That tweener easy power and spin are things I miss when playing with my 95s. I’m more excited to demo it now...
 

Power Player

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So you’re saying this almost has tweener power and spin? And you’re comparing it to a pa+ too... That’s pretty incredible, if so. That tweener easy power and spin are things I miss when playing with my 95s. I’m more excited to demo it now...
Well it doesnt have the pop of the stiffer pa but i didnt feel underpowered with it or a big drop off when i switched back and forth.

Yeah kind of suprised me too, but if you have tried the anemic box beam frames like the white pro staff 95 from a few years ago, you will really like the extra power from the yonex. The yonex has a really awesome balance of power spin and control. You will be able to push your opponent back without exhausting yourself.
 

aaron_h27

Professional
I'm going to test out the 290 version of this racket soon, im trying out small headsize frames with low static weight for a while.

Anyone use it?
 

dcheung

Rookie
Appreciate if anyone can tell the string spacing of Vcore Pro 97 is similar or denser compare to Vcore 98 Red. Thanks in advance.
 
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