Yonex Vcore Pro 97

zettavaska

New User
A touch over 2 inches. It’s 4 inches total, cut in half for each side and then split in half for application.
Just tested out the 2g total setup at 10/2 o’clock over the weekend. Definitely better than stock.

Still not sure if I like it better than my 1.5g at 12 o’clock set-up. Will test again later this week and post feedback.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
with total of 4gr at 11&2 and dampener, replacement grip and OG, mine is 340gr and 328-330SW and 5HL. with only 2 grams total at 10&2, it is like to be close to 325SW and more than 5HL.
Balance on mine is more like 7 pts due to the leather grip so I think you are right. Also I think with the 16 gauge strings, the Sw is more like 328. I have some 16 gauge strings in one now and that frame weighs 2 grams more than the one with 17 gauge.

I think your numbers are pretty much dead on though. At the end of the day, I really just went by feel and results to get to this setup.

I’m selling my 330 since I think my “320” model is the best of both worlds for my swing speed.

May use that money to try a similar frame like a Head Gravity or maybe new Wilson Blade while I wait on the new version of these , but I’m real happy with this frame now so it’s back to playing tennis for me.
 

kdm711

Rookie
I ended up deciding to pick up a vcore pro 310. I have to admit, I’m impressed with the QC. My local shop only had one of them in my grip size in stock, so I took a chance without measuring it while I was there. I never would have done this with a Babolat or Wilson due to past experiences, but decided to on this one due to all the good things I’ve read regarding Yonex’s QC. When I got home and checked it, weight and balance are both spot on. So hopefully if I end up deciding to pick up some more, they will be close as well.

I actually didn’t even try any other frames. I have a hard time with demos. They are never in my grip size, the same strings have been in them for 6-12 months and aren’t even strings I would typically use. Then depending on the manufacturer, the specs of the demo may be nowhere near the frame you end up buying.

So I decided to just buy one and play with it for awhile and if it doesn’t work out I’ll just sell it. I had to switch to something besides the PS because it’s destroying my elbow. My elbow is still sore at this point so I am going to take some time off again and let it heal before hitting the court again.

In the meantime, I could use some string/tension recommendations. I currently have reels of Grapplesnake Alpha and YPTP 1.20. Due to the elbow pain, I also recently bought some gut. I picked up a set of Klip Legend 17g and 16g, and then also bought some VS 16g during last week’s sale. So at this point, I’m leaning towards either a full bed with the Klip 17g until my arm is completely healed, or a hybrid of 16g gut and 17g YPTP. Thoughts/suggestions?


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BHold81

Rookie
Why couldn’t you stand it?
I felt completely disconnected from the ball. I was shocked. i thought I would love it, but I didn't jive with it at all. Every other Vcore 97 before it was great as far as feeling connected, especially the 310's. But I am glad so many other people have liked it. Still a huge Yonex fan.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I felt completely disconnected from the ball. I was shocked. i thought I would love it, but I didn't jive with it at all. Every other Vcore 97 before it was great as far as feeling connected, especially the 310's. But I am glad so many other people have liked it. Still a huge Yonex fan.
Odd. Different strokes for different folks though. For me, the vcp97 is one of the few sticks that literally feel like an extension of my arm. The only other stick that gives me this feeling is my modded Ultra Tour.
 

Janssoni

New User
I've been playing with Vcore pro 310g version for few months and love how it play but now I'm starting feel pain on my shoulders when serving or hitting 2hbh. Switched from angell tc97 and didn't have any pains with that racquet. Im using double overgrip (no replacement grip at all) and völkl cyclone string (strung 24kilos)with the vcore. Do you think I can make my vcore enough comfortable by modifying my grip / strings? I really wouldn't like to switch to a different racquet.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
I've been playing with Vcore pro 310g version for few months and love how it play but now I'm starting feel pain on my shoulders when serving or hitting 2hbh. Switched from angell tc97 and didn't have any pains with that racquet. Im using double overgrip (no replacement grip at all) and völkl cyclone string (strung 24kilos)with the vcore. Do you think I can make my vcore enough comfortable by modifying my grip / strings? I really wouldn't like to switch to a different racquet.
The lower swing weight of the VCP97 310 might be causing you to swing harder or alter your swing technique when serving. Measure your VCP97's specs and see if they match up with your TC97?
 

zettavaska

New User
I ended up deciding to pick up a vcore pro 310. I have to admit, I’m impressed with the QC. My local shop only had one of them in my grip size in stock, so I took a chance without measuring it while I was there. I never would have done this with a Babolat or Wilson due to past experiences, but decided to on this one due to all the good things I’ve read regarding Yonex’s QC. When I got home and checked it, weight and balance are both spot on. So hopefully if I end up deciding to pick up some more, they will be close as well.

I actually didn’t even try any other frames. I have a hard time with demos. They are never in my grip size, the same strings have been in them for 6-12 months and aren’t even strings I would typically use. Then depending on the manufacturer, the specs of the demo may be nowhere near the frame you end up buying.

So I decided to just buy one and play with it for awhile and if it doesn’t work out I’ll just sell it. I had to switch to something besides the PS because it’s destroying my elbow. My elbow is still sore at this point so I am going to take some time off again and let it heal before hitting the court again.

In the meantime, I could use some string/tension recommendations. I currently have reels of Grapplesnake Alpha and YPTP 1.20. Due to the elbow pain, I also recently bought some gut. I picked up a set of Klip Legend 17g and 16g, and then also bought some VS 16g during last week’s sale. So at this point, I’m leaning towards either a full bed with the Klip 17g until my arm is completely healed, or a hybrid of 16g gut and 17g YPTP. Thoughts/suggestions?


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I use 1.25mm gut / 1.20mm yptp - really like it
 

Janssoni

New User
The lower swing weight of the VCP97 310 might be causing you to swing harder or alter your swing technique when serving. Measure your VCP97's specs and see if they match up with your TC97?
Thx for response. My TC97 is 330g unstrung with 305mm balance (12HL) so its significantly heavier than my VCP97. Tc97 was too heavy after 1,5 hour of playing so I wanted lighter and more manoeuvrable racquet. Ure right, im probably hitting harder with vcp97. :unsure:
 

zettavaska

New User
What tension are you stringing it at?


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56/52 in the summer and 54/50 in the winter. Been averaging about 30 hours of singles play (or around 50 hours of mixed play) before it pops. Only using on hard courts, not on clay or Har-Tru. I keep a poly/poly stick around for damp days and clay
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Thx for response. My TC97 is 330g unstrung with 305mm balance (12HL) so its significantly heavier than my VCP97. Tc97 was too heavy after 1,5 hour of playing so I wanted lighter and more manoeuvrable racquet. Ure right, im probably hitting harder with vcp97. :unsure:
Time to lead up your VCP97 :)
 

kdm711

Rookie
Played my first set of doubles with the 310 today. Still honeymooning for sure, but I am really enjoying this frame. Even in stock form it’s just an all around great stick for my game. I’m still on the mend as far as my elbow goes so for now I’m using a full bed of gut. Definitely missing some spin I’m used to having, but man does it feel so much better on my arm versus my previous setup. I went ahead and ordered a second one, hoping Yonex’s QC is as good as advertised and it will be pretty close in specs to the one I already have.


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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I got the 310s tweaked to perfection and of course now I am leaning towards using the Extreme MP. Why? It really fits my style of play (I competed a few years ago with the IG pro) and I love how big it plays for being so light. I would say that on full swings, the power level of the MP is not dramatically \bigger than the 310, but it’s definitely heavier for me simply due to the spin . The thing that surprises me is that the Extreme is quite good at the net when I go up there, and that the control is very precise for being so open patterned.

I’m testing these frames out against 5.5 level players at times. They crush the ball and hit huge, so its the ultimate way to see what frames still give me a fighting chance in points. The reality is that I have hit some insane defensive shots with the MP that a 4.0 or 4.5 would not be able to attack, but these guys are so good that they can still put those balls away for winners. What really gets me points against these guys is that I can generate a lot of spin with the Extreme due to it’s unique specs. It’s very light but has a high SW and that works well for me. That spin keeps them behind the baseline more often and the underspin off slices can wrong foot them, as it generates some crazy bounces.

For me its all about my personal level of swing speed, so for everyone its different. I get really nice timing and contact with the stock MP with a more relaxed swing. With the 310, I get the same, but it takes a little more work since it’s more of a control frame.

Ive gone back and forth between player frames and power ones but I’m really seeing the benefit of light frames with higher SWs for how I play. It’s a shame there are not many out there. But Ill definitely be checking out the new Blades and see how that goes. For now I’m leaning towards putting the modded 310s up for sale just because I have way too many frames right now and need to clear some out. I can check out the new version when it comes out and see what has changed. I really love the feel of these racquets a lot, but I guess you can’t have it all, unfortunately.
 

HolyMountain

New User
Have 2 racquets - one strung with Lux ALU Ice (56lb) and one with Wilson Champions Choice (58lb/56lb). Love the gut one but when I get a little timid I start hitting out and always switch the the full poly. Today played a long 3 set match and def. have an ache on the outside of my arm above my elbow - tricep side. My buddy at the tennis shop thinks A) I am lagging as the racquet is so heavy - I don't buy this B) I should try 4g at like 50lbs. Thoughts? I have a huge serve, like to volley a LOT, decent backhand and good forehand when I am not being chicken - sadly, I am often chicken lol
 

HolyMountain

New User
I hit with my wife Head Instinct MP the other day as well, holy crap did it have some zip - I just don't like light racquets :unsure: . No plenty of former Division 1 guys that play with 10.6 oz Babolats. I just find it unlikely that 20grams is messing up my whole game - I am 6'5" 220lbs and in good shape.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Have 2 racquets - one strung with Lux ALU Ice (56lb) and one with Wilson Champions Choice (58lb/56lb). Love the gut one but when I get a little timid I start hitting out and always switch the the full poly. Today played a long 3 set match and def. have an ache on the outside of my arm above my elbow - tricep side. My buddy at the tennis shop thinks A) I am lagging as the racquet is so heavy - I don't buy this B) I should try 4g at like 50lbs. Thoughts? I have a huge serve, like to volley a LOT, decent backhand and good forehand when I am not being chicken - sadly, I am often chicken lol
You'd probably need to post video of your strokes or else this is all a guess. Majority of rec players arm the ball to some degree and it can cause issues. The hardest thing to learn is to hit loose over and over and not tighten up and use your muscles instead. Are you getting your outside foot behind the ball, staying low and driving up on the swing with a loose arm?
 

HolyMountain

New User
My 2 biggest forehand issues are tightening up, letting the ball get to close, and my left foot popping open too soon - that’s 3! It’s true really on all strokes - relaxed yet focused
 

HolyMountain

New User
I also think I really need to decide how long to run my Lux ALU Power. I have a constant pull stringer so its not an issue to redo them. It does seem that they are the best strings ever - for a week. But I don't know if I am tripping.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I also think I really need to decide how long to run my Lux ALU Power. I have a constant pull stringer so its not an issue to redo them. It does seem that they are the best strings ever - for a week. But I don't know if I am tripping.
Alu power is best if you are a pro who restrings all the time. It lasts maybe 6 hours max. Id suggest rs lyon or max power rough
 

HolyMountain

New User
I love stringing - cough cough my wife - but I don’t think she will once a day. Pondered gut/poly again or ALU Soft. I’ll check the ones you mentioned
 

isukatennis

Rookie
I got the 310s tweaked to perfection and of course now I am leaning towards using the Extreme MP. Why? It really fits my style of play (I competed a few years ago with the IG pro) and I love how big it plays for being so light. I would say that on full swings, the power level of the MP is not dramatically \bigger than the 310, but it’s definitely heavier for me simply due to the spin . The thing that surprises me is that the Extreme is quite good at the net when I go up there, and that the control is very precise for being so open patterned.

I’m testing these frames out against 5.5 level players at times. They crush the ball and hit huge, so its the ultimate way to see what frames still give me a fighting chance in points. The reality is that I have hit some insane defensive shots with the MP that a 4.0 or 4.5 would not be able to attack, but these guys are so good that they can still put those balls away for winners. What really gets me points against these guys is that I can generate a lot of spin with the Extreme due to it’s unique specs. It’s very light but has a high SW and that works well for me. That spin keeps them behind the baseline more often and the underspin off slices can wrong foot them, as it generates some crazy bounces.

For me its all about my personal level of swing speed, so for everyone its different. I get really nice timing and contact with the stock MP with a more relaxed swing. With the 310, I get the same, but it takes a little more work since it’s more of a control frame.

Ive gone back and forth between player frames and power ones but I’m really seeing the benefit of light frames with higher SWs for how I play. It’s a shame there are not many out there. But Ill definitely be checking out the new Blades and see how that goes. For now I’m leaning towards putting the modded 310s up for sale just because I have way too many frames right now and need to clear some out. I can check out the new version when it comes out and see what has changed. I really love the feel of these racquets a lot, but I guess you can’t have it all, unfortunately.

Wait...what?
 

zettavaska

New User
Just tested out the 2g total setup at 10/2 o’clock over the weekend. Definitely better than stock.

Still not sure if I like it better than my 1.5g at 12 o’clock set-up. Will test again later this week and post feedback.
Circling back. Testing a 3g total setup at 10&2 o’clock. Thinking this might be it for me. Want to do a couple more sessions. Also concluding that 2g total setup at 10&2 o’clock is preferable to 1.5g at 12 o’clock
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
I got the 310s tweaked to perfection and of course now I am leaning towards using the Extreme MP. Why? It really fits my style of play (I competed a few years ago with the IG pro) and I love how big it plays for being so light. I would say that on full swings, the power level of the MP is not dramatically \bigger than the 310, but it’s definitely heavier for me simply due to the spin . The thing that surprises me is that the Extreme is quite good at the net when I go up there, and that the control is very precise for being so open patterned.

I’m testing these frames out against 5.5 level players at times. They crush the ball and hit huge, so its the ultimate way to see what frames still give me a fighting chance in points. The reality is that I have hit some insane defensive shots with the MP that a 4.0 or 4.5 would not be able to attack, but these guys are so good that they can still put those balls away for winners. What really gets me points against these guys is that I can generate a lot of spin with the Extreme due to it’s unique specs. It’s very light but has a high SW and that works well for me. That spin keeps them behind the baseline more often and the underspin off slices can wrong foot them, as it generates some crazy bounces.

For me its all about my personal level of swing speed, so for everyone its different. I get really nice timing and contact with the stock MP with a more relaxed swing. With the 310, I get the same, but it takes a little more work since it’s more of a control frame.

Ive gone back and forth between player frames and power ones but I’m really seeing the benefit of light frames with higher SWs for how I play. It’s a shame there are not many out there. But Ill definitely be checking out the new Blades and see how that goes. For now I’m leaning towards putting the modded 310s up for sale just because I have way too many frames right now and need to clear some out. I can check out the new version when it comes out and see what has changed. I really love the feel of these racquets a lot, but I guess you can’t have it all, unfortunately.
Good stuff PP. Always good to have baseline sticks AND player sticks in the bag for different occasions / mood / forms. That's why I still have my leaded up APD2013 in my bag all the time.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
More relevant news, I've finally decided to string my VCP97 up with Velocity (black) 1.30 / YPTF 1.25 at 52/47-48. Will see how it plays when it comes back from the stringer.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Wait...what?
Yeah i know it makes no sense for the suddeness but the higher level players i play with the more its about grinding and movement. I just started regularly playing with crazy good players and i just need to get as many balls back as possible- deep with a lot of spin. I was playing attacking all court tennis for the past few years and the 310 is amazing for that.
 

markwillplay

Hall of Fame
Howe is this stick with something like full velocity? I am starting to look at frames that have more innate power than my Prince Tour 100 18 20s. I may not switch as I have tried several times before, however, this frame interests me because of thin beam and maybe a lil more power with slightly higher launch. I do not use poly now. Tours are weighted up to 12.4.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Howe is this stick with something like full velocity? I am starting to look at frames that have more innate power than my Prince Tour 100 18 20s. I may not switch as I have tried several times before, however, this frame interests me because of thin beam and maybe a lil more power with slightly higher launch. I do not use poly now. Tours are weighted up to 12.4.
I tried Origin in it. It was OK, pretty good control but I really don’t like Multi’s much.
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
Howe is this stick with something like full velocity? I am starting to look at frames that have more innate power than my Prince Tour 100 18 20s. I may not switch as I have tried several times before, however, this frame interests me because of thin beam and maybe a lil more power with slightly higher launch. I do not use poly now. Tours are weighted up to 12.4.
I play with full bed velocity. yellow velo. i like it. strung at 53/51.
 

aaron_h27

Professional
I got the 310s tweaked to perfection and of course now I am leaning towards using the Extreme MP. Why? It really fits my style of play (I competed a few years ago with the IG pro) and I love how big it plays for being so light. I would say that on full swings, the power level of the MP is not dramatically \bigger than the 310, but it’s definitely heavier for me simply due to the spin . The thing that surprises me is that the Extreme is quite good at the net when I go up there, and that the control is very precise for being so open patterned.

I’m testing these frames out against 5.5 level players at times. They crush the ball and hit huge, so its the ultimate way to see what frames still give me a fighting chance in points. The reality is that I have hit some insane defensive shots with the MP that a 4.0 or 4.5 would not be able to attack, but these guys are so good that they can still put those balls away for winners. What really gets me points against these guys is that I can generate a lot of spin with the Extreme due to it’s unique specs. It’s very light but has a high SW and that works well for me. That spin keeps them behind the baseline more often and the underspin off slices can wrong foot them, as it generates some crazy bounces.

For me its all about my personal level of swing speed, so for everyone its different. I get really nice timing and contact with the stock MP with a more relaxed swing. With the 310, I get the same, but it takes a little more work since it’s more of a control frame.

Ive gone back and forth between player frames and power ones but I’m really seeing the benefit of light frames with higher SWs for how I play. It’s a shame there are not many out there. But Ill definitely be checking out the new Blades and see how that goes. For now I’m leaning towards putting the modded 310s up for sale just because I have way too many frames right now and need to clear some out. I can check out the new version when it comes out and see what has changed. I really love the feel of these racquets a lot, but I guess you can’t have it all, unfortunately.
Just put some lead at noon on your 310's?

But i agree high SW is a must for 5.0-5.5. It's easier to play relaxed with a 340+ SW versus 320 or so.
 

isukatennis

Rookie
Yeah i know it makes no sense for the suddeness but the higher level players i play with the more its about grinding and movement. I just started regularly playing with crazy good players and i just need to get as many balls back as possible- deep with a lot of spin. I was playing attacking all court tennis for the past few years and the 310 is amazing for that.
I feel ya... if im playing singles and know they will keep me back, i use my DR98's... I play a lot of doubles and the 310 fits well there.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Just put some lead at noon on your 310's?

But i agree high SW is a must for 5.0-5.5. It's easier to play relaxed with a 340+ SW versus 320 or so.
It’s not just the SW. It’s the fact that I can use a 320 gram frame and generate a lot of spin and pace. I don’t even need a high 340 SW. In fact,I don’t go by numbers too much, I go by my feel and timing. Am I hitting out in front constantly against the heaviest of hitters? That’s really my main criteria. I guess the Extreme is high 320s SW if I had to but I haven’t had access to an RDC in years.

I swing super relaxed with my Phantom 93. It’s awesome, but I don’t generate the same amount of spin that I can with the Extreme. That spin helps me win points or stay in them more than anything. The rest is really about movement and fitness of course.
 

aaron_h27

Professional
It’s not just the SW. It’s the fact that I can use a 320 gram frame and generate a lot of spin and pace. I don’t even need a high 340 SW. In fact,I don’t go by numbers too much, I go by my feel and timing. Am I hitting out in front constantly against the heaviest of hitters? That’s really my main criteria. I guess the Extreme is high 320s SW if I had to but I haven’t had access to an RDC in years.

I swing super relaxed with my Phantom 93. It’s awesome, but I don’t generate the same amount of spin that I can with the Extreme. That spin helps me win points or stay in them more than anything. The rest is really about movement and fitness of course.
Bigger headsize, less HL balance, low static sounds like what you like.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Bigger headsize, less HL balance, low static sounds like what you like.
Yeah. It’s rare to find. The Blade, Extreme MP, Tec 305, PA+ have it right. I am sure there are others but those are what come to mind.

The HL balance worked really,really well on the prince 93 and the 310 is incredibly pleasurable to hit with. But I find that with a light weight frame as long as the balance is more even, I can generate a lot of spin and pace.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Yeah. It’s rare to find. The Blade, Extreme MP, Tec 305, PA+ have it right. I am sure there are others but those are what come to mind.

The HL balance worked really,really well on the prince 93 and the 310 is incredibly pleasurable to hit with. But I find that with a light weight frame as long as the balance is more even, I can generate a lot of spin and pace.
The Gamma Bubba is calling your name ;)
 

Tour_G

Semi-Pro
Yeah. It’s rare to find. The Blade, Extreme MP, Tec 305, PA+ have it right. I am sure there are others but those are what come to mind.

The HL balance worked really,really well on the prince 93 and the 310 is incredibly pleasurable to hit with. But I find that with a light weight frame as long as the balance is more even, I can generate a lot of spin and pace.
Speed pro sounds perfect for you. It's exactly how I remember it.
But, anyway, I hated it for the same reason. At some point, its balance and polarized setup was kinda weird, but it was able to generate a lot of top spin with nice control and plow.
BTW I'm talking about the first Graphene Speed.
 
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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Speed pro sounds perfect for you. It's exactly how I remember it.
But, anyway, I hated it for the same reason. At some point, its balance and polarized setup was kinda weird, but it was able to generate a lot of top spin with nice control and plow.
BTW I'm talking about the first Graphene Speed.
I had one of those. I think it was the Speed MP. I liked it but didn’t love it for whatever reason. It was definitely a frame I could plays with though.
 
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