Yonex Vcore Pro 97

Power Player

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

By red what do you mean- old xi version? Old version is a little more closed. New vcore is very similar to the 97 just a touch more open.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
So starting my experiment....first hit today with xperience at 54/52. Oh wow.. so much fun. I can't wait to try the other strings as well. This was light years better than multifeel in this frame... I now understand how awesome this frame is. Tons of power and feel and control and maneuverable.. you just have to have full and complete swings. I never enjoyed hitting with any frame this much before. More hitting tomorrow with x-perience and then I'll test out rs Lyon next...
 

Power Player

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So starting my experiment....first hit today with xperience at 54/52. Oh wow.. so much fun. I can't wait to try the other strings as well. This was light years better than multifeel in this frame... I now understand how awesome this frame is. Tons of power and feel and control and maneuverable.. you just have to have full and complete swings. I never enjoyed hitting with any frame this much before. More hitting tomorrow with x-perience and then I'll test out rs Lyon next...
Rs lyon is unreal in it. I love it a lot.
 
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Power Player

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So are you liking a full bed of rsl more than a full bed of Max power?
Yes but i have not used the max power at the right tension yet. Strung it up so ill compare next week. The rs just is a perfect match for the yy because it has that crisp response.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Yes but i have not used the max power at the right tension yet. Strung it up so ill compare next week. The rs just is a perfect match for the yy because it has that crisp response.
The feel of Max power is fine but I just don’t get enough pocketing cuz the ball comes off the string bed too quickly. I believe I need to drop tension another 2-4 pounds with max power.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Hurkacz (polish kid who is playing djoker in first round) is playing with vcore pro97... that kid has potential.. he has beaten top 10 guys multiple times this year..
 

aaron_h27

Semi-Pro
I am excited to try this frame, I currently use the DR 98, but it is quite polarized & unforgiving at 325g, 322 SW, 9 pts HL so im demoing the V Core pro 290

I'm going to lead it up to these specs
330g
2 pts HL
325 SW
MGR/I = 21.2
 

Tour_G

Semi-Pro
Is anyone using the 310 with leather grip? If so, I assume it also has lead at 12 to counterbalance? How does it play with this setup?
 

Power Player

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One of mine has a TW leather grip. No lead anywhere else to counterbalance. I added an OG. Plays FANTASTIC like this.
Nice, that is a mod I considered if I decide I want more weight. Is that frame around 342 grams now with OG? If I did that, I may slide 2 grams under the bumper.

But honestly, so far I am enjoying it at stock weight.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Nice, that is a mod I considered if I decide I want more weight. Is that frame around 342 grams now with OG? If I did that, I may slide 2 grams under the bumper.

But honestly, so far I am enjoying it at stock weight.
I don’t recall the weight. Will need to put it on the scale again. But I have 2 sticks.

Stick 1: Leather grip + OG
Stick 2: Just added OG

Both are great but I actually prefer Stick 1 a little more.
 

Power Player

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I don’t recall the weight. Will need to put it on the scale again. But I have 2 sticks.

Stick 1: Leather grip + OG
Stick 2: Just added OG

Both are great but I actually prefer Stick 1 a little more.
Cool, let me know if you weigh it. It sounds like the 310 is now a 320, but thats just my guess. Does the TW leather make the grip bigger?
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Cool, let me know if you weigh it. It sounds like the 310 is now a 320, but thats just my guess. Does the TW leather make the grip bigger?
The one with a leather grip is L2. The stock one is L3. The L3 still feels a little bit bigger so the TW leather doesn’t add much girth to the grip.
 

Power Player

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The one with a leather grip is L2. The stock one is L3. The L3 still feels a little bit bigger so the TW leather doesn’t add much girth to the grip.
Thats good to know. TW has a 1.3mm thickness that I am guessing you got. They also have different widths of 22 and 25mm. Not even sure what the standard is there.


EDIT - I think Yonex base grip is 25 mm.
 
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EPINEPHRINE

New User
3.5 player. Looking to move on from Pure Drive – would this raquet be suitable for me? Or should I stay with Babolat

My play style is aggressive baseliner - i'll chase down every ball and I prefer smashing top-spins from the baseline for winners.
 

Power Player

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3.5 player. Looking to move on from Pure Drive – would this raquet be suitable for me? Or should I stay with Babolat

My play style is aggressive baseliner - i'll chase down every ball and I prefer smashing top-spins from the baseline for winners.
Need way more detail to answer that, and even then it is a subjective thing.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
3.5 player. Looking to move on from Pure Drive – would this raquet be suitable for me? Or should I stay with Babolat

My play style is aggressive baseliner - i'll chase down every ball and I prefer smashing top-spins from the baseline for winners.
You have to try it yourself to see how it will work for you. Hard for anyone else to say.
 

isukatennis

Rookie
Thats good to know. TW has a 1.3mm thickness that I am guessing you got. They also have different widths of 22 and 25mm. Not even sure what the standard is there.


EDIT - I think Yonex base grip is 25 mm.
I initially put the TW 1.5mm thick leather on mine + OG... was too much for me. Have since been trying other synthetic replacement grips but all are much thicker than the original Yonex base grip...I wish I could find the yy stock grips
 

isukatennis

Rookie
3.5 player. Looking to move on from Pure Drive – would this raquet be suitable for me? Or should I stay with Babolat

My play style is aggressive baseliner - i'll chase down every ball and I prefer smashing top-spins from the baseline for winners.
I would say the VCP97 is on the other end of the spectrum from a Pure Drive... you def need to demo, lol
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
I initially put the TW 1.5mm thick leather on mine + OG... was too much for me. Have since been trying other synthetic replacement grips but all are much thicker than the original Yonex base grip...I wish I could find the yy stock grips
Have you tried Bab skin feel? My favorite non leather grip.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I initially put the TW 1.5mm thick leather on mine + OG... was too much for me. Have since been trying other synthetic replacement grips but all are much thicker than the original Yonex base grip...I wish I could find the yy stock grips
Try the kimony techni grip. I believe it’s the thinnest leather replacement grip available.
 

Power Player

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I initially put the TW 1.5mm thick leather on mine + OG... was too much for me. Have sense been trying other synthetic replacement grips but all are much thicker than the original Yonex base grip...I wish I could find the yy stock grips
Yeah they are tough to find. I never think to change the YY base grip as a result, but MD's poast motivated me. The main thing is that I believe the base grips on these frames is 1.40 mm thick, so the 1.33 TW leather will work great. The second piece is that I can build the buttcap up a little more, but honestly I find it to be pretty good compared to older YY models.

My logic with the 310 and a leather grip is that I have a feeling I am going to really enjoy the 330, but I will miss some of the tip speed I get with the 310. If I just add leather, it may make it too head light for my tastes, so a little lead under the bumper (2 grams is fine) and suddenly I have a frame that should swing roughly the same as stock.

I was hitting so clean with the Phantom 93 due to the weight, but the spin was not as heavy. The coach I am working with told me straight up that I am better suited for the 97 since I don't come to the net that often and I hit with so much spin.

Anyway, I will spend the next week with the 330 when it shows up and see the pros and cons. Most likely I can use it just fine, but if I get it playing 10 grams less weight and can generate the spin I get with the 310, that may be my sweet spot. Its really tough to tell without logging a bunch of time on the court, but that's what makes it fun.
 

EPINEPHRINE

New User
Need way more detail to answer that, and even then it is a subjective thing.
Looking for a racquet with more control. In other words, I want to move from a tweener to a modern player's racquet. I can generate my own power as I'm physically muscular. I have a semi-western grip. Not sure what else to add?

I demoed the RF97 Autograph for a day, it is so different, low power compared to the ease of power from my PD. I wasn’t used to the heavyweight and low power.
 

Power Player

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Looking for a racquet with more control. In other words, I want to move from a tweener to a modern player's racquet. I can generate my own power as I'm physically muscular. I have a semi-western grip. Not sure what else to add?

I demoed the RF97 Autograph for a day, it is so different, low power compared to the ease of power from my PD. I wasn’t used to the heavyweight and low power.
Ok, the RF97 is not very low powered in my experience. It's not easy to use though, so you may have just been mis timing your shots. It's an advanced frame for a 3.5.

The 310 vcore is easier to use than the RF97 and a lot more comfortable. But it is also pretty low powered (if you think that the RF is). You need to be honest with yourself about generating your own power. I currently play with the 310 version in stock form and can generate fairly big power and spin with it. For me it is figuring out how hard I want to swing , and that will boil down to variants of 10 grams (stock at 310, modded to 320, or using the 330 version).

The other thing - what strings do you use? This frame is really nice with full poly in the mid 40's.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Looking for a racquet with more control. In other words, I want to move from a tweener to a modern player's racquet. I can generate my own power as I'm physically muscular. I have a semi-western grip. Not sure what else to add?

I demoed the RF97 Autograph for a day, it is so different, low power compared to the ease of power from my PD. I wasn’t used to the heavyweight and low power.
If you find the RF97A low powered, the VCP97 310 is likely not for you because as Power Player said, the RF97A is not a low powered stick.
 

Keoni068

Rookie
Has anyone had any forearm pain with this racquet? I purchased one and strung it up with Hyper G 18g @ 52#. I've loved every bit of it, but after 2 weeks of hitting I'm experiencing forearm pain, which has never been a problem before.
My previous/current racquet was a Babolat Pure Aero Lite weighted up to 11.4oz with the same string setup, and I never had any arm issues. Could the Yonex possibly have more vibration than my PA with silicone and lead? Could Yonex's grip shape contribute to it? Is it the more dense string pattern?

Any thoughts or advice or appreciated!
 

isukatennis

Rookie
Has anyone had any forearm pain with this racquet? I purchased one and strung it up with Hyper G 18g @ 52#. I've loved every bit of it, but after 2 weeks of hitting I'm experiencing forearm pain, which has never been a problem before.
My previous/current racquet was a Babolat Pure Aero Lite weighted up to 11.4oz with the same string setup, and I never had any arm issues. Could the Yonex possibly have more vibration than my PA with silicone and lead? Could Yonex's grip shape contribute to it? Is it the more dense string pattern?

Any thoughts or advice or appreciated!
It's not the frame...I have chronic arm issues...the Babolat PA would tear me up... Id be looking at strings, any change in your technique, tension in your arm etc
 

Keoni068

Rookie
It's not the frame...I have chronic arm issues...the Babolat PA would tear me up... Id be looking at strings, any change in your technique, tension in your arm etc
Thanks for the quick reply. No intentional technique changes, but I'm trying to figure out if, for some reason, this racquet is causing me to grip tighter/harder. The point and shoot accuracy has been very eye opening in comparison to the PALite. It's possible that I might be swinging harder on my serve and strokes because of the increased confidence to hit out.
 

aaron_h27

Semi-Pro
Lovee the Vcore pro 290. Added 6g at noon and now it has an even balance. Gonna do further modifications if i end up buying it but for right now it plays great. Love hitting 1HBH and touch shots with this thing. Super manuverable too with a ~330 SW and 311g
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Has anyone had any forearm pain with this racquet? I purchased one and strung it up with Hyper G 18g @ 52#. I've loved every bit of it, but after 2 weeks of hitting I'm experiencing forearm pain, which has never been a problem before.
My previous/current racquet was a Babolat Pure Aero Lite weighted up to 11.4oz with the same string setup, and I never had any arm issues. Could the Yonex possibly have more vibration than my PA with silicone and lead? Could Yonex's grip shape contribute to it? Is it the more dense string pattern?

Any thoughts or advice or appreciated!
Have the same strings been in for the two weeks? Maybe time to cut them out.
 

3virgul14

New User
Thanks for the quick reply. No intentional technique changes, but I'm trying to figure out if, for some reason, this racquet is causing me to grip tighter/harder. The point and shoot accuracy has been very eye opening in comparison to the PALite. It's possible that I might be swinging harder on my serve and strokes because of the increased confidence to hit out.
It`s the Hyper-G.. I never had forearm issues for 2.5 years of tennis until I strung my h22 with Hyper-G and couple of weeks later, I was not able to hit anymore. First wrist, then forearm , biceps and finally shoulder.. Golfers elbow started too..

Switching to other poly didnt help neither, got a break from tennis and even totally returned to multifilaments.. Now feeling much better. Stiff poly destroys your arm.
 

Power Player

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The one with a leather grip is L2. The stock one is L3. The L3 still feels a little bit bigger so the TW leather doesn’t add much girth to the grip.
Got 2 TW grips coming plus a 330 version.

My plan is a bit crazy, but here it is - For now have a stock 310, a 310 with leather grip and a touch of lead at the tip that should be 320 and then have the 330 stock. Play with them all summer. It’s the same frame, just different weights so it should not effect me too much. And then let the best man win. Even if I choose the 310 or modded 320, I will still use the 330 now and then since I enjoy that weight, I just want to see what my tip speed is like.

It could be cool to be able to go 10 grams heavier or lighter on certain days. I would imagine that a 310 with a leather grip should come through the air super fast. Even a little lead at 12 should not slow it down much.
 

isukatennis

Rookie
Put the RS Lyon in this morning at 53/51...casually hit about an hour...so far I really likey! I liked the spin...I dont hit with a lot of TS, more low, net hugger kinda ball, but I could tell this was helping me get a but more effortless margin over the net which I want...I flew the first couple of serves, but then started dialing in nice...Singles in the morning will give me a better test.

FWIW... I strung this on my Klippermate drop weight at 53/51...and recently started playing with the Racquetune app. This was my first string job where I tested the tension fresh off the stringer...I got 64.5lbs !!!!!...Then after hitting an hour I got 60lbs!!!! WTH? lol....Racquetune had RS Lyon already listed, I put the other specs in correctly, no dampeners, quiet room, using a screwdriver like a good boy, lol... what am I missing here? Is it the stringing machine? The stringer (me)? The Racquetune app? Etc???
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Put the RS Lyon in this morning at 53/51...casually hit about an hour...so far I really likey! I liked the spin...I dont hit with a lot of TS, more low, net hugger kinda ball, but I could tell this was helping me get a but more effortless margin over the net which I want...I flew the first couple of serves, but then started dialing in nice...Singles in the morning will give me a better test.

FWIW... I strung this on my Klippermate drop weight at 53/51...and recently started playing with the Racquetune app. This was my first string job where I tested the tension fresh off the stringer...I got 64.5lbs !!!!!...Then after hitting an hour I got 60lbs!!!! WTH? lol....Racquetune had RS Lyon already listed, I put the other specs in correctly, no dampeners, quiet room, using a screwdriver like a good boy, lol... what am I missing here? Is it the stringing machine? The stringer (me)? The Racquetune app? Etc???
Maybe yousukatstringing? ;)

The tension measured by racquettune tells you string bed stiffness which won’t match the reference stringing tension. Stringing tension is tension on the pull. Not the effective tension across all strings collectively. So don’t worry about the different reading.
 

whorng

Rookie
Has anyone had any forearm pain with this racquet? I purchased one and strung it up with Hyper G 18g @ 52#. I've loved every bit of it, but after 2 weeks of hitting I'm experiencing forearm pain, which has never been a problem before.
My previous/current racquet was a Babolat Pure Aero Lite weighted up to 11.4oz with the same string setup, and I never had any arm issues. Could the Yonex possibly have more vibration than my PA with silicone and lead? Could Yonex's grip shape contribute to it? Is it the more dense string pattern?

Any thoughts or advice or appreciated!
Not sure about the Babolats, but Yonex has less butt cap flare. Use some old grip to increase the flare.
Summer time = more sweat which means less grip and you compensate by gripping the handle more. Try changing over grips aggressively.
As you mentioned more confidence might lead to playing harder. Concentrate on relaxing more on your shots, easier said than done.
If you can, drop the tension. It can be a drop only on the crosses if that is enough.
Keep the HyperG mains, but try a softer poly cross.
More wrist/arm stretches + exercises.
 

isukatennis

Rookie
Maybe yousukatstringing? ;)

The tension measured by racquettune tells you string bed stiffness which won’t match the reference stringing tension. Stringing tension is tension on the pull. Not the effective tension across all strings collectively. So don’t worry about the different reading.
I had heard this, but still thought the numbers would be in the ballpark... So basically just use it as a benchmark to see loss of lbs vs. what those lbs are?... Would it be reasonable that it lost 4lbs in less than an hour of hitting? Or my sukky stringing? lol
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I had heard this, but still thought the numbers would be in the ballpark... So basically just use it as a benchmark to see loss of lbs vs. what those lbs are?... Would it be reasonable that it lost 4lbs in less than an hour of hitting? Or my sukky stringing? lol
Yes. You just use it as a reference point. And yes, 4# drop in less than 1 hour of hitting is typical.
 

Power Player

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I used to have DR98 and now VCP97.

DR98 offers more power and stability but less control. Both were equal in terms of comfort but VCP97 had a smoother feeling for me.

Stock VCP97 is great but I missed the power of the DR98 so added 1.5g at 12 o’clock. Couldn’t believe it but fell more in love it.

Finally added 10g in the handle (removed stock grip and replaced with leather)

With dampener, strings, and overgrip, it is now 349g — for me, this is the perfect combination. Ended up getting 3 total and modifying as identically as possible
What string gauge and dampener? I am guessing you use the yonex one since that is a pretty high weight. I am guessing my modded one may be more like 342, but we shall see. The main point is that you have about exactly the same setup I am going to do to mine.
 
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