Yonex Vcore Pro 97

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.
 

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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.
 
I got to hit a Vcore Pro 97 310 tonight. I loved and coveted "my neighbor's property." I told him I would trade him 5 Prince Chang Longbodies for his racket. He actually laughed in my face, the nerve! I was really impressed with the Pro 97 over the Ezone DR 100 I purchased 9 months ago, subsequently trading the DR 100 for a nice Prince Mono, seeing that the DR 100 wasn't "doing it" for me. Oddly enough it was raining Yonex at the courts tonight and I also hit with a 310g Yonex Vcore SV Lite 98 strung with Prince Premier Control x Genesis Black Magic. I hit more crap shots with that somewhat maligned SV 98 than I ever do: squash shots, half volleys too numerous to mention, serve returns, stabs, reaches, last second slices, etc. Then the guy who had the Pro 97 says he got a good deal on a Dual G 97 310 on the big auction site which I can hit this coming Weds.

I am going to be eyeballing the used market for some Yonex 97/98 rackets. And here I thought the Chang Ti LB 95 was the best racket made:) I wonder if Yonex makes a longbody?
 
The 97 is really, really good. Something about the feel of the Vcore series, it's just awesome, and amplified more with a leather grip.

It kind of reminds me of a Blade with better balance to it. Wilson lost their way with the whole Countervail and S Tech stuff on the Blades and that's when Yonex slid in the Orange Stan Wand. I see a lot of college players using the 310, where 5-6 years ago they were using Blades.
 
How does the 310 compare to a Pure Strike (16x19) and Blade 2015 (18x20)?
The 310 is more maneuverable and has better feel than both the Pure Strike and Blade 2015. The Blade can feel a bit clubby with the high swing-weight and even balance. The Pure Strike is nice, however outside the sweet-spot it's brassy and has a hollow feel.

The 310 with the thin beam, nice headlight balance and open pattern is a true modem players frame with some old school feel mixed in there. I think the 310 has broader appeal, the Blade is a great stick but not for everyone and the Pure Strike is more a hybrid frame that lacks that smooth response across the board.

They all have their place, the 310 is great all rounder IMO and nice base to also customize from.
 
The 310 is more maneuverable and has better feel than both the Pure Strike and Blade 2015. The Blade can feel a bit clubby with the high swing-weight and even balance. The Pure Strike is nice, however outside the sweet-spot it's brassy and has a hollow feel.

The 310 with the thin beam, nice headlight balance and open pattern is a true modem players frame with some old school feel mixed in there. I think the 310 has broader appeal, the Blade is a great stick but not for everyone and the Pure Strike is more a hybrid frame that lacks that smooth response across the board.

They all have their place, the 310 is great all rounder IMO and nice base to also customize from.
Thanks for the input. I currently use the 2015 Blades, but need new racquets. I tried the 330 recently and loved it, but felt it didn't leave room for me weight wise to even up the balance a little (I use about 5 grams @ 3/9 on my Blades).
 
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Thanks for the input. I currently use the 2015 Blades, but need new racquets. I tried the 330 recently and loved it, but felt it didn't leave room for me weight wise to even up the balance a little (I use about 5 grams @ 3/9 on my Blades).

I'm demoing the PS this week, if I don't like it I'm definitely switching to the 310. My only concern is the Vcore's lowish power, but I'm sure that can be solved with some lead.
Thanks for the input. I currently use the 2015 Blades, but need new racquets. I tried the 330 recently and loved it, but felt it didn't leave room for me weight wise to even up the balance a little (I use about 5 grams @ 3/9 on my Blades).

I'm demoing the PS this week, if I don't like it I'm definitely switching to the 310. My only concern is the Vcore's lowish power, but I'm sure that can be solved with some lead.
It's not a rocket launcher but I felt the 310g had adequate power, even strung with a poly. My demo from last year was strung up with poly tour strike I think.
 
it's a control oriented racquet.. power is fine... it's plenty... if anyone looking for a racquet where the main attribute is power, look elsewhere... if you can generate your own power (and not even to the massive extent)... if you have proper full strokes and looking to gain control then this is one awesome racquet.
Sometimes people say their forehands kept landing in the net... seriously.. there is not a single racquet in the world that is that anemic in power... that's a different problem.. either they need to adjust to launch angle or an indication that they need to work on their strokes. if you are that much of beginner then yes do not get this racquet or get it and go through a frustrating couple of months to learn strokes on this racquet to be rewarded later on.
 
I think the thin beam allows for for additional RHS as it cuts through the air really well.
As someone who has around 40 19-20mm Prince rackets the 310 97's thin beam, coupled with its playability is, what sold me. However, even with synthetic grips all those Princes I have play around 340 to 360g and I am not getting younger and stronger.
 
it's a control oriented racquet.. power is fine... it's plenty... if anyone looking for a racquet where the main attribute is power, look elsewhere... if you can generate your own power (and not even to the massive extent)... if you have proper full strokes and looking to gain control then this is one awesome racquet.
Sometimes people say their forehands kept landing in the net... seriously.. there is not a single racquet in the world that is that anemic in power... that's a different problem.. either they need to adjust to launch angle or an indication that they need to work on their strokes. if you are that much of beginner then yes do not get this racquet or get it and go through a frustrating couple of months to learn strokes on this racquet to be rewarded later on.
I definitely agree with this statement. This racquet is definitely not crafted for beginner players or people whose techniques are still developing. You need a pretty complete game to gain the full benefits and value of this stick.
 
Ive got leather on both 310s now. The next decision will be if I keep lead on it or go bare. Currently have 1 of each going against each other. If I decide to go with lead I will probably do 2 v 3 grams at 12 and then end the mini experiment. This stuff is always the toughest call because we are talking a few grams of lead. It can take some time to figure out, but the cool thing is that I am finding that the 310 really doesn’t need much to be a great playing racquet.
 
Ive got leather on both 310s now. The next decision will be if I keep lead on it or go bare. Currently have 1 of each going against each other. If I decide to go with lead I will probably do 2 v 3 grams at 12 and then end the mini experiment. This stuff is always the toughest call because we are talking a few grams of lead. It can take some time to figure out, but the cool thing is that I am finding that the 310 really doesn’t need much to be a great playing racquet.
I suggest you also try 2 and 10 for lead. Personally it worked out better than at 12
 
I felt like I was losing some of the natural charm of this racquet, making it a little too hard to control.
Meanwhile at 2 and 10 it felt perfect. But that may be a personal thing. I’m used to having weight at 12 on other racquets but something about this iso shape made it feel strange
 
I felt like I was losing some of the natural charm of this racquet, making it a little too hard to control.
Meanwhile at 2 and 10 it felt perfect. But that may be a personal thing. I’m used to having weight at 12 on other racquets but something about this iso shape made it feel strange
How much weight did you add?
 
Loving the ALU Power at 56lbs, I will say though after 16hrs or so it has dropped in tension to 48lbs (as per the Racquet Tune) and feels a little dead. Not getting the angles I used to, placement, sailing a little more long. I think maybe that is just the nature of Luxilon?
 
Im really digging it with 2 grams at 12. Easy to snap through the ball and get a lot of tip speed. Ill compare to no lead and see whats better. The main story is that a leather grip pretty much rules on these frames.
Leather grip really enhances the feel of the racquet imo. I been rocking mine for about 2 months. Don't want to go back to synthetic grips anymore.
 
Leather grip really enhances the feel of the racquet imo. I been rocking mine for about 2 months. Don't want to go back to synthetic grips anymore.
Im in the same boat. The frame feels incredibly good plus its a lot easier to find the bevels. That really helped my slice backhand out a lot today and i was hitting my forehand a little cleaner. Its trickier to hit clean with the extra racquet speed from the lighter frame but the rewards are worth the risk.
 
Ive got leather on both 310s now. The next decision will be if I keep lead on it or go bare. Currently have 1 of each going against each other. If I decide to go with lead I will probably do 2 v 3 grams at 12 and then end the mini experiment. This stuff is always the toughest call because we are talking a few grams of lead. It can take some time to figure out, but the cool thing is that I am finding that the 310 really doesn’t need much to be a great playing racquet.
So playing with no overgrip over the leather grip? How would the leather fare if your palm sweats a lot?
 
Anyone played with this and a PS one7 that could share some feedback on how they compare? I’m assuming the VCORE pro is lower powered but more comfortable?


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I would say you got it spot on. It’s not as powerful but definitely feels better and is more comfortable.

I wanted to love the PS, but it’s been the only racquet I’ve felt arm discomfort with
 
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