Yonex Vcore Pro 97

PBODY99

Legend
310 seems much preferred than 330.

I like the total weight be slightly less than 350g. 330 strung plus overgrip = 330 + 15 + 6 = 351g. Should I heavily lead a 310 rather than using a 330? No demo program in where I live.
The 310 leaves you room to trweak your frame to your spec. A 4.5 guy switch in Dec 2018 and it has "cured" his racquet switching; for now.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Official Stanwand is in and with everything on it weighs exactly 20 grams more than the 310 with a Sampras damp and OG. Same strings and tension - I am going with Max Power rough for a while since I’m about out of RS Lyon again. So 332 grams versus 352.

The heavy one looks the exact same, no way to tell the difference so ill use a different color dampener on it for now. Should be able to hit tonight and have some initial thoughts.
May the Force be with you. :)
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
My thoughts on the 330 so far - it’s awesome. Compared to the Tour G 330 it is easier to baseline from. the drawback is that it is not as stable at the net as the old one, but I don’t hang out at the net that much. The difference between it and the stock 310 is that slices are insanely heavy and it’s easier to keep the ball deep. I got a little less racquet head speed, but I was still able to generate a lot of spin, so early impressions are that this is a lot easier to get over the ball with compared to the orange version. I also hit the ball more consistently. With heavier frames it is easier for me to square the face up. I should note that I am really used to this weight of frame as I played the P93 for over a year and I hit pretty clean with that.

The feel of course is out of control. the 310 feels fantastic as it is, and then you add 20 grams to it and it’s just sublime.

I should be able to mod a 310 up to 320 in the next few days so that will be very interesting to see how it compares split down the middle of the weight classes.
 

tribesmen

Professional
I've already bought a popcorn. There is a new soap opera coming :)

No offense!

(What's next - super light 280gr or players frame 340gr unstrung ? Interesting jumping into extremes - heavy to lightweight and back to heavy; super power & extended and spin to control, ... )
 
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
@AA7 @Power Player
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I've already bought a popcorn. There is a new soap opera coming :)

No offense!

(What's next - super light 280gr or players frame 340gr unstrung ? Interesting jumping into extremes - heavy to lightweight and back to heavy; super power & extended and spin to control, ... )
No idea what you are talking about here, but it seems like you enjoy trolling. There is nothing close to a soap opera happening that I can see.

The fact that we can play at different weights with the same frame is awesome. I’m working with a stock 310, slightly modded one and a 330 stock.

No jump to extremes for me. I’m fine tuning what I like within a 30 gram variant.

And to add since you keep saying this in other posts - the 310 at stock weight is not a “toy” against heavy hitters (I have hit with a 5.5 player recently with it). It still weighs around 330 strung. It’s more about personal preference and what works for the player.
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
i saw that too... thank you @zettavaska

I am finally landing on a stick after some 6 months of looking.... next finalize the string setup; and then finally i can flirt with customizing weight... But i know what i will try as soon as I am ready to do so. My vcore pro97 came in slightly heavy (313gr). strings+OG... it's at ~335gr. I think so far it's the perfect weight for me. Yes i could get more stability but maneuverability so gooooodd..
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
TW leather grips delivered. The 25mm, 1.33 size is the way to go. It added 8 grams total weight so my frame is now 318. 2 grams at the tip and this frame will be 320 unstrung on the nose. Guessing that should get the SW closer to 325, which is great.

FYI, the Yonex base grip weighs 13 grams.
 

isukatennis

Rookie
TW leather grips delivered. The 25mm, 1.33 size is the way to go. It added 8 grams total weight so my frame is now 318. 2 grams at the tip and this frame will be 320 unstrung on the nose. Guessing that should get the SW closer to 325, which is great.

FYI, the Yonex base grip weighs 13 grams.
I'm about to order this same grip... So it weighs less than the stock grip? Does it feel like it added girth or no?
 

isukatennis

Rookie
Just ordered my second 310 :) 2x VCP97's and 2x DR98's... I think I'm done for awhile...Now to enjoy my Yonex bliss and play with strings ;)
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I'm about to order this same grip... So it weighs less than the stock grip? Does it feel like it added girth or no?

No it feels very close. Its a bit of a different feel since the bevels are sharper. I feel like it is the same size as with the synthetic but i feel the bevels better - if that makes any sense.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I dont think i can get lead under these grommets without removing them and installing a new set. So for now ill log some time with it on the paint and make sure i like the modded setup.
 
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hurworld

Hall of Fame
Bought a used 310 in very good condition (~8.5/10) at a good price. Came strung with Rexis/YPTP hybrid at 52lbs (or so the seller thinks). Can't wait to give it a hit soon. Damn you lot for the good reviews.
Just realised the racquet I got has the word "DEMO" just above the handle on the side, and it is of the same font type as the serial number above it. I guess I bought an ex-demo racquet?
 

aaron_h27

Hall of Fame
I'm back to my DR 98's, the extra .125 inch really makes a difference on my serve since im a fairly short guy. I did enjoy the Vcore though. Hit some of the natiest dropshots I've ever hit. Groundies were more accurate than with my DR 98's the only thing was I couldn't win as many free points on serve
 

whorng

Rookie
Just realised the racquet I got has the word "DEMO" just above the handle on the side, and it is of the same font type as the serial number above it. I guess I bought an ex-demo racquet?
Same as retail sticks. Stores will sell demos if they don't have retail stock, or the customer can keep/buy the demo stick.
For example if you demo racquets from TW and don't return them they will bill your card.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Same as retail sticks. Stores will sell demos if they don't have retail stock, or the customer can keep/buy the demo stick.
For example if you demo racquets from TW and don't return them they will bill your card.
Thanks. That's what I thought, and since I got it at a good price, I don't mind.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Did you build up the butt flare a little while you were at it? It is noticeably less well-endowed compared to the Prince 93P...
Yes i did and its awesome that way. I will get to play with it over the next few days but the frame feels great in the hand. The mod worked perfectly, and the frame came in right at at 342 as i was hoping.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Apologies, I meant how did you build up the butt-flare?
Oh i just did the first wrap and then made the second go over it without much overlap showing. It was easy. Probably the best leather grip wrap i have done - it feels fantastic. There was still about 5 inches of leather to cut off at the end so theres plenty of runway.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Oh i just did the first wrap and then made the second go over it without much overlap showing. It was easy. Probably the best leather grip wrap i have done - it feels fantastic. There was still about 5 inches of leather to cut off at the end so theres plenty of runway.
Sweet! I have a spare Kimony leather grip coming on order. Gonna give this a go.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I play mine with just kimony leather no lead weight. I find it very playable and to my liking.
So this brings up something interesting that I am checking into as well. I notice that with the 330 version I hit more consistently and deeper without going long. But it’s less spin and racquet head speed. The extra racquet head speed from the lighter frames makes them feel like they are more powerful than they are, because I am swinging faster. It also can result sometimes in more errors.

Anyway, the main thing I want to figure out is if I can get the best of both worlds by getting the heavy spin of the lighter frame with the consistency of the heavier one.

It’s kind of complex because the racquet is such a small part of how we are playing. Are you having an off day..tired legs..not keeping your head still..etc. Those are all factors that are more important than the frame.

Also does the lower stock SW of the frame actually make racquet head control more difficult for those of us with higher tip speeds, or is it better since it forces you to keep your tip speed up the entire match ?

Just some stuff I am working out while I mess with the different frame weights. It’s a personal and subjective thing, but since I quoted your post, my question is this - what is your playstyle and grip? Mine is heavy topspin baseliner with extreme SW grip and 2 handed backhand. I do follow my shots to net, but I am not a great volleyer, so I choose my approaches carefully.
 

richdvng

Rookie
So this brings up something interesting that I am checking into as well. I notice that with the 330 version I hit more consistently and deeper without going long. But it’s less spin and racquet head speed. The extra racquet head speed from the lighter frames makes them feel like they are more powerful than they are, because I am swinging faster. It also can result sometimes in more errors.

Anyway, the main thing I want to figure out is if I can get the best of both worlds by getting the heavy spin of the lighter frame with the consistency of the heavier one.

It’s kind of complex because the racquet is such a small part of how we are playing. Are you having an off day..tired legs..not keeping your head still..etc. Those are all factors that are more important than the frame.

Also does the lower stock SW of the frame actually make racquet head control more difficult for those of us with higher tip speeds, or is it better since it forces you to keep your tip speed up the entire match ?

Just some stuff I am working out while I mess with the different frame weights. It’s a personal and subjective thing, but since I quoted your post, my question is this - what is your playstyle and grip? Mine is heavy topspin baseliner with extreme SW grip and 2 handed backhand. I do follow my shots to net, but I am not a great volleyer, so I choose my approaches carefully.
I have a semi-western FH grip. Im a topspin/flat hitting baseliner with a 2H BH. I usually like to grind out/control the points I play but will hop on anything short so I can move in - my whole game is focused on me getting a short ball to finish with at angle or away from my opponent then finishing with a volley. Nowadays I will throw in more slices to throw off my opponent or hit drop shots.

This stick offers a lot of control over the ball and it's suitable to my game.
 
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Power Player

Bionic Poster
I have a semi-western FH grip. Im a topspin/flat hitting baseliner with a 2H BH. I usually like to grind out/control the points I play but will hop on anything short so I can move on - my whole game is focused on me getting a short ball to finish with at angle or away from my opponent then finishing with a volley. Nowadays I will throw in more slices to throw off my opponent or hit drop shots.

This stick offers a lot of control over the ball and it suitable to my game.
Nice, thats great. Sounds very similar to myself, as I really like to use slice as well. Ill mess with my modded 310 more tonight and see if I like the little extra bit of SW tonight. It looks like the balance of mine is around 1pt more HL than stock with this configuration.
 

richdvng

Rookie
Nice, thats great. Sounds very similar to myself, as I really like to use slice as well. Ill mess with my modded 310 more tonight and see if I like the little extra bit of SW tonight. It looks like the balance of mine is around 1pt more HL than stock with this configuration.
Trying to not mod mine too much since I liked how they played originally. I just added the kimony leather because I enjoy the increased feel sensation.

Thanks for sharing the info on the new PJ - I am most likely going to buy one to add to my current pair.
 

Tour_G

Semi-Pro
I don't know. That info is from "the new fake big bubba" topic, where the OP hinted the new V Core Pro will have a close pattern.
Anyway, luckily for me I didn't buy the current version yet, so now, I will wait to see how the new one is.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I don't know. That info is from "the new fake big bubba" topic, where the OP hinted the new V Core Pro will have a close pattern.
Anyway, luckily for me I didn't buy the current version yet, so now, I will wait to see how the new one is.
Honestly this version is amazing. I dont know if subscribing to latest and greatest is always the best idea.

The new pj looks potentially incredible though.
 

Tour_G

Semi-Pro
Honestly this version is amazing. I dont know if subscribing to latest and greatest is always the best idea.

The new pj looks potentially incredible though.
Sure, I agree with you. The thing is, I will be able to choose between more frames than the current one.
 

AA7

Hall of Fame
Ahhh.. I wonder if its Wimbledon special with the green and all... its little too early for a redesign.. this racquet is barely 1.5 years old..
 
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