Yonex Vcore Pro 97

Last night I measured my 310 for funsies - with tourna tac overgrip and Rexis 125 / YTPT 125, no dampener. Came up to 328g, 32cm balance, but with swing weight of 327 kgcm^2 using Swing Tool. I remeasured it twice, using different hang points, results differed by 1-2 SW points at most. 327 is 10 SW points more than the 317 SW points that TW specs indicate, which is quite a bit.

A search on this thread - it appears that I am not alone. There are other people's stock 310 stick have higher SW points too. Interesting that while static weight and balance are almost on point, SW could differ by this much.
That's real interesting. May explain why the frame doesn't need much lead. I don't have access to an RDC anymore, which sucks but just going by feel, I would guess that mine swings in the low 320s stock and is probably around 328 or so with the lead in the corners.
 
I have a sneaky suspicion that it is the same base frame for all models. I pulled off the factory handle on one of my VCore Pro 97 330 and found it had about 44 grams of metal embedded in the handle foam half way up the handle. Also had the unstrung swing-weight measured on one in the past and it was 294. Seems to be pretty close to what the 310 is based on reports here.

The base weight of the hairpin with the handle removed was about 240 grams. If you allocate 23 grams for the base handle mold, 12 grams for but-cap and 15 grams for a grip, this pretty much gets you the base specs of the VCore Pro 97 290 model.

Seems all that varies is the amount of metal they put into the factory foam handle.

I know the swing-weights and twist-weights listed on TW are different, but makes you wonder. You would probably need to test a very large sample to get to accurate averages.
 
I have a sneaky suspicion that it is the same base frame for all models. I pulled off the factory handle on one of my VCore Pro 97 330 and found it had about 44 grams of metal embedded in the handle foam half way up the handle. Also had the unstrung swing-weight measured on one in the past and it was 294. Seems to be pretty close to what the 310 is based on reports here.

The base weight of the hairpin with the handle removed was about 240 grams. If you allocate 23 grams for the base handle mold, 12 grams for but-cap and 15 grams for a grip, this pretty much gets you the base specs of the VCore Pro 97 290 model.

Seems all that varies is the amount of metal they put into the factory foam handle..
So buying the 290gr version and customize myself could be a solution right? Same frame...
 
I am going to be so pissed if this racquet gives me arm problems . Took 10 days off... rested my arm.. playing tomorrow.. maybe better test is to hit with my prince tt100(310) and see if I get arm pain to isolate that is not vcore pro97...that way more likely culprit is full bed of poly and 9 hours play time in 4 days that I did 2 weeks ago...
 
I am going to be so pissed if this racquet gives me arm problems . Took 10 days off... rested my arm.. playing tomorrow.. maybe better test is to hit with my prince tt100(310) and see if I get arm pain to isolate that is not vcore pro97...that way more likely culprit is full bed of poly and 9 hours play time in 4 days that I did 2 weeks ago...
Probably the full poly. I played 8 hours last weekend (over a 24 hour period - 2 hour of ball machine and 6 hours of singles/rallying). No arm issues whatsoever on Monday/Tuesday. Last night, I played with my poly setup and no elbow issues but wrist has some soreness.
 
Had a good hour of heavy hitting tonight and I am leaning towards the frame with 2 total grams at 2 and 10. Just start the lead at the second cross and go up. Super easy, keeps the whip of the frame yet adds some punch to the ball. The racquet is coming through very nicely like this - highly recommend.
Nice!
I ordered a Wilson shock grip.. I will replace stock grip and put an overgrip which should get me to about 320 as my racquet is couple of grams over spec... this way I get to make it more comfortable too.. I had a hit today.. elbow seems fine..but some extra comfort and weight...

Has anyone tried the Wilson shock grip?
 
I Think it was... I had an hour hit with yellow velocity which is my favorite multi at the moment since staying away from poly... yellow velo nice cosmetics on this racquet island added plus.. after todays hit didnt hhaven't elbow/arm/wrist/shoulder pain... so far so good
Probably the full poly. I played 8 hours last weekend (over a 24 hour period - 2 hour of ball machine and 6 hours of singles/rallying). No arm issues whatsoever on Monday/Tuesday. Last night, I played with my poly setup and no elbow issues but wrist has some soreness.
 
Had a good hour of heavy hitting tonight and I am leaning towards the frame with 2 total grams at 2 and 10. Just start the lead at the second cross and go up. Super easy, keeps the whip of the frame yet adds some punch to the ball. The racquet is coming through very nicely like this - highly recommend.
Did you try it with 3g total at 10 and 2 as well? I’m curious how that played and how it compares to 2g total.
 
Did you try it with 3g total at 10 and 2 as well? I’m curious how that played and how it compares to 2g total.
I did. And I still have one frame set up with that. I think the 3 grams does not add that much power, and it does slow the frame down a bit. I know that seems wild - just 1 gram, but it makes a difference.

Here is what I notice about this frame - the further down past the corners you put your lead, the more sluggish it is.

My next test is to do 3 grams starting at the 2nd cross instead of the 3rd. So just like my 2 gram setup, just with the weight more towards 12. That should end the experiment for me. I am already thinking the way to go is 2 grams, but since I’m going to put the lead under the grommets, I’d like to try a few different things out first.
 
I Think it was... I had an hour hit with yellow velocity which is my favorite multi at the moment since staying away from poly... yellow velo nice cosmetics on this racquet island added plus.. after todays hit didnt hhaven't elbow/arm/wrist/shoulder pain... so far so good
Arm issues are tough to diagnose, but the main question you will have to ask yourself - are you arming your shots, are you using your wrist or arm to generate spin, and are you late to the ball a lot?

I am using max power rough and it’s been working out really well. No arm pains at all. This frame feels really, really good at contact. It has no vibrations, and is nice and solid. I love that about it. So the good news is, imo, this frame should be good on the arm for the majority of players. That said, arm pain is weird and there are always outliers - another one is over use. Using multis for now is a good move though.
 
I went back to Tourna grip due to the summer heat, and I have to say - I forgot how amazing this stuff is. The main reason I bring it up is because it’s so thin. If you replaced your Yonex grip with leather or something where you don’t want the grip size to get too big, it really keeps that bevel feel perfectly. And on this frame, the blue color actually works alright as well.
 
Had a good hour of heavy hitting tonight and I am leaning towards the frame with 2 total grams at 2 and 10. Just start the lead at the second cross and go up. Super easy, keeps the whip of the frame yet adds some punch to the ball. The racquet is coming through very nicely like this - highly recommend.
Are your strips, starting at the second cross and going up, 2 inches in length assuming you're using 1/4" width? Guess it's more of a 11 and 1 location at that point, though with the isometric shape hard to tell. Look forward to trying this.
 
Arm issues are tough to diagnose, but the main question you will have to ask yourself - are you arming your shots, are you using your wrist or arm to generate spin, and are you late to the ball a lot?

I am using max power rough and it’s been working out really well. No arm pains at all. This frame feels really, really good at contact. It has no vibrations, and is nice and solid. I love that about it. So the good news is, imo, this frame should be good on the arm for the majority of players. That said, arm pain is weird and there are always outliers - another one is over use. Using multis for now is a good move though.
Yes. Yesterday, i kept reminding myself to make sure (i) pay attention to timing (ii) loose arm and wrist and not tighten the grip too much. I think it's not frame's fault at all... if it were the stick i would have TE flare back up.. i can't feel anything today which is great... I honestly think I went little hard-core the other week...
 
I did. And I still have one frame set up with that. I think the 3 grams does not add that much power, and it does slow the frame down a bit. I know that seems wild - just 1 gram, but it makes a difference.

Here is what I notice about this frame - the further down past the corners you put your lead, the more sluggish it is.

My next test is to do 3 grams starting at the 2nd cross instead of the 3rd. So just like my 2 gram setup, just with the weight more towards 12. That should end the experiment for me. I am already thinking the way to go is 2 grams, but since I’m going to put the lead under the grommets, I’d like to try a few different things out first.
I’ve noticed the same thing. Put some weight at 3 and 9 and it threw off my timing and I was a little late at contact.

Do you notice much of a difference between having 2g at 12 vs 10/2?
 
I’ve noticed the same thing. Put some weight at 3 and 9 and it threw off my timing and I was a little late at contact.

Do you notice much of a difference between having 2g at 12 vs 10/2?
I like the feel better and it seems a little faster through the air. It basically feels perfect with 2 grams there. Like if they sold the frame like this, people would love it. In my biased opinion. I say this because its still very easy to swing. Not too heavy and easy to control.
 
I like the feel better and it seems a little faster through the air. It basically feels perfect with 2 grams there. Like if they sold the frame like this, people would love it. In my biased opinion. I say this because its still very easy to swing. Not too heavy and easy to control.
Also find this the best setup, 2 grs around fhe 2nd cross is like 11&1 (2.6 sw per gram) and with dampener it comes to around 330SW (317 + 2.6 x 4 + 2) which also matches when measured and calculated by the TW swing weight tool. I also tried with 1.25 grams and it was also very good but preferred little more stability. More than 330 sw becomes a little heavy for longer games and obviously less manuerable, for me at least, tried 2.5 grams but didnt enjoy it as much. Amazing what a few grams can do...
 
Have you tried the 3 grams yet?
No, but I plan to tomorrow.


Also find this the best setup, 2 grs around fhe 2nd cross is like 11&1 (2.6 sw per gram) and with dampener it comes to around 330SW (317 + 2.6 x 4 + 2) which also matches when measured and calculated by the TW swing weight tool. I also tried with 1.25 grams and it was also very good but preferred little more stability. More than 330 sw becomes a little heavy for longer games and obviously less manuerable, for me at least, tried 2.5 grams but didnt enjoy it as much. Amazing what a few grams can do...
Mine is 2 total grams, not 4 grams split up. So it would be 2.6x2 plus 2 in my case.
 
Experiment is over for me - 2 total grams on the frame at 2 and 10 is the winner. Anything more than that kind of seemed like overkill. The frame plays incredible with that basic setup and a leather grip. Feels fantastic, has good plow and I can still swing fast. So this is basically a bit of a touch up from the stock frame, nothing crazy, but it really makes the racquet play at it's best for me.
 
Experiment is over for me - 2 total grams on the frame at 2 and 10 is the winner. Anything more than that kind of seemed like overkill. The frame plays incredible with that basic setup and a leather grip. Feels fantastic, has good plow and I can still swing fast. So this is basically a bit of a touch up from the stock frame, nothing crazy, but it really makes the racquet play at it's best for me.
I assume you mean the 310g
 
So how are serves? The TW playtesters seem to say it doesn’t serve big but accurate so they hit their spots
Ive been taking care of my shoulder and not serving in the past few weeks. But that said, serving with this frame was really easy. I didnt have any issues with power. It honestly has really nice power to it for a thin beam frame.
 
Ive been taking care of my shoulder and not serving in the past few weeks. But that said, serving with this frame was really easy. I didnt have any issues with power. It honestly has really nice power to it for a thin beam frame.
Not all thin beams are created equal. My TC95s are 20mm beam as well but Thor’s hammer on serve
 
Experiment is over for me - 2 total grams on the frame at 2 and 10 is the winner. Anything more than that kind of seemed like overkill. The frame plays incredible with that basic setup and a leather grip. Feels fantastic, has good plow and I can still swing fast. So this is basically a bit of a touch up from the stock frame, nothing crazy, but it really makes the racquet play at it's best for me.
So 1g each at 2 and 10 (2g of lead total) or this is 2g each at 2 and 10 (4g of lead total)?

Which number cross is 2 and 10 for you?
 
Just got back from my first time hitting with the VCORE pro, which is actually my first time ever hitting with a Yonex frame. I just recently joined the club of people that loved playing with the PS one7 16x19, but my elbow does not. At first I didn’t want to blame the frame, but it’s now getting progressively worse every time I play. I took 2 weeks off from playing to let my elbow heal, but then after another outing with it my elbow was again sore so I’ve determined it’s time to move on.

I had replaced the grip on my PS with a Wilson shock shield, added 6g to the hoop, and 3g of blue tac in the buttcap. Finished static weight I was playing with was 347g and 7pt HL. It was still not enough to tame the harshness from off center hits.

I was able to get the 310 and 330 from my local shop to demo. I took them out today and hit off the ball machine. Strung weight on my demos with OG and dampener was 333g and 351g and both are around 7pt HL. Both are strung with a hybrid of Gamma Moto and TNT @ 53lbs, although one was strung 10/18 and the other 2/19 (the downside to demos).

I started off with the 330 since static weight and balance was very close to my PS. However, after only hitting one hopper of forehands, my forearm was already tired which tells me even though weight and balance were close, the swingweight on the 330 is definitely higher than what I’m used to playing with. It’s a really solid and stable frame in stock form, but I have to be honest with myself and I just don’t have the arm strength to swing it right now. With only being able to play once or twice a week at this point in my life, I just think it’s too much stick for me personally, but seems like a really nice frame if you can handle it.

So I then switched to the 310 and finished the rest of my hitting session with it. Obviously honeymooning, but I sure enjoyed playing with it. I just found it to be a really well rounded frame. Good feel and control, decent spin, and I could swing out without worrying about it sailing long. I really enjoyed volleying with it and served well with it also.

One thing became apparent to me today. A frame like this forces me to have better mechanics which I think is a good thing. I started playing with the PD for awhile last summer, and I developed a bad habit of not swinging all the way through the ball. It got better once switching to the PS, but after hitting with the VCORE pro today I can tell I still haven’t been using full strokes as I should. I think it’s due to fear of hitting long because those frames provide so much free power. And I simply didn’t need to because they provide power even on less than full strokes. But I really enjoyed getting back to a frame like this that lets me swing with full strokes and not have to worry so much about hitting long.

I will definitely be hitting with the 310 some more, but at this point I’m really close to making the switch. If anything it could maybe use a few grams of lead in the upper hoop for some more plow, but I wouldn’t want to add too much because I really enjoyed its maneuverability in stock form. Before committing, I think I’m also going to demo the VCORE 98 and maybe the Ezone 98.
 
Last edited:
Glad the Vcore 97's are still going strong. While this one didn't work for me, I'm a huge fan.
Btw, does anyone have an original red Vcore Tour 97 310 they would part with? DM me
 
Here is the lead placement for the 310. With the thin TW leather grip, the frame is exactly 320 grams unstrung with the grommet back on. I would estimate the SW to be 325-330 based on feel.

I loved the frame in stock form, but this setup really refines it and maximizes the light, whippy nature of the racquet without slowing it down. Honestly, any thing past this seemed like more lead than needed. Also the leather grip just maximizes the feel of the frame.


 
Here is the lead placement for the 310. With the thin TW leather grip, the frame is exactly 320 grams unstrung with the grommet back on. I would estimate the SW to be 325-330 based on feel.

I loved the frame in stock form, but this setup really refines it and maximizes the light, whippy nature of the racquet without slowing it down. Honestly, any thing past this seemed like more lead than needed. Also the leather grip just maximizes the feel of the frame.
I never added weight to a racquet before.
What is the difference between applying the weight to the outside vs inside.
 
I never added weight to a racquet before.
What is the difference between applying the weight to the outside vs inside.
For me it keeps the lead from falling off the frame (that’s happened multiple times to me), and looks a lot cleaner.

I really dont like heavily modifying frames, or modding frames in general, but the 310 is so nice that it was worth the extra few weeks of testing to get it dialed in.
 
Here is the lead placement for the 310. With the thin TW leather grip, the frame is exactly 320 grams unstrung with the grommet back on. I would estimate the SW to be 325-330 based on feel.

I loved the frame in stock form, but this setup really refines it and maximizes the light, whippy nature of the racquet without slowing it down. Honestly, any thing past this seemed like more lead than needed. Also the leather grip just maximizes the feel of the frame.


What's the final balance of your potentially 330SW 320g 310s?
 
I have been playing more with this stick.. Just more of the same... mindless control...awesome pop. very stable.. it's little tricky for OHBH but it pushes me to figure it out. love affair continues...
thinking of ordering a second one to follow @Power Player setup for comparison. I just need to 100% sure that arm is happy with it. So far so good.
 
Top