Yonex Vcore Pro 97

Rally

Semi-Pro
Is there any chance the VCORE Pros go down to around $100 like the Duel Gs did when the VCORE Pros were coming out?

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kdm711

Rookie
I’ve been playing with the 310 for a few months now and past the honeymoon period. Overall, still pretty happy with the frame. I miss some of the free power I had with the PS one7, mostly on volleys and quick exchanges at the net. I really have to catch the ball clean and swing more through the ball to put the ball away compared to the PS.

The main area I’m still struggling with is hitting in the sweet spot consistently. Most of the time I’m hitting the ball in the upper part of the stringbed, which causes the frame to feel stiff and the response off the stringbed can be a little erratic. When I do strike it in the sweet spot, it has a totally different feel and response.

I’ve tried adding a few grams of lead at 10/2 but didn’t like how it played. Is there anything I could do as far as my string setup to help with this? I’m currently playing with Klip 16ga in the mains and YPTP 17g in the crosses at 56/52. Would stringing lower give a more consistent response across the stringbed? Or since I’m consistently striking the ball in the upper part of the stringbed, should I consider extending the length? I’ve personally never played with an extended length racquet so don’t have any experience with it.


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markwillplay

Hall of Fame
Uhm, that frame, according to TE chart has a sweet spot the same size as the prince tour 100 18 20 which is huge. Maybe the RA makes a difference. The tour is 56 which could make the difference. I have the tt100p and though TW has that sweet spot smaller than the 310, I find it really large. Mine are the 2015 model with lower RA. Maybe the Twaron is not as magic as claimed. Perhaps RA is more important?
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
I must say, this paintjob looks fantastic!
It is an amazing PJ. It'll be one of the best ones out there. I'm bias though cause my favorite color is green anyway. Emerald green is even better. Yonex did a great job on this next vcore pro line. So excited for the 18x20
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
Most of the time I’m hitting the ball in the upper part of the stringbed, which causes the frame to feel stiff and the response off the stringbed can be a little erratic.
The VCP is a total dud to me. Way too flimsy, I never had this issue with Duel G or Tour G 310. I'm not sure why .5mm makes such a difference, but there's just not a lot solidity in the upper hoop. And I had the same issue with the VCP 330, you could put 40g of lead and it would still flutter.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
The VCP is a total dud to me. Way too flimsy, I never had this issue with Duel G or Tour G 310. I'm not sure why .5mm makes such a difference, but there's just not a lot solidity in the upper hoop. And I had the same issue with the VCP 330, you could put 40g of lead and it would still flutter.
Interesting. I found the vcp97 310 to be very solid in the hoop in stock form.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
I’ve been playing with the 310 for a few months now and past the honeymoon period. Overall, still pretty happy with the frame. I miss some of the free power I had with the PS one7, mostly on volleys and quick exchanges at the net. I really have to catch the ball clean and swing more through the ball to put the ball away compared to the PS.

The main area I’m still struggling with is hitting in the sweet spot consistently. Most of the time I’m hitting the ball in the upper part of the stringbed, which causes the frame to feel stiff and the response off the stringbed can be a little erratic. When I do strike it in the sweet spot, it has a totally different feel and response.

I’ve tried adding a few grams of lead at 10/2 but didn’t like how it played. Is there anything I could do as far as my string setup to help with this? I’m currently playing with Klip 16ga in the mains and YPTP 17g in the crosses at 56/52. Would stringing lower give a more consistent response across the stringbed? Or since I’m consistently striking the ball in the upper part of the stringbed, should I consider extending the length? I’ve personally never played with an extended length racquet so don’t have any experience with it.


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I’d recommend lowering overall tension. Maybe to something like 52/48 for your Klip/ytpt hybrid and see if that helps.

Also, I thought isometric head means sweet spot is higher up in the hoop, which means you are hitting in the sweet spot region, no?
 

Jster

Professional
No,
I’d recommend lowering overall tension. Maybe to something like 52/48 for your Klip/ytpt hybrid and see if that helps.

Also, I thought isometric head means sweet spot is higher up in the hoop, which means you are hitting in the sweet spot region, no?
A little wider, a litter lower. Many people experienced a need for a new timing for their serves.
 

Big4

New User
I don't know if this info has been released yet- but for the 16x19 versions being released, is this a cosmetic change only? Or are there other changes being made to this newer version? I went on their website and all the specs looked the same so I wasn't sure.
 

musicsoul

Rookie
I don't know if this info has been released yet- but for the 16x19 versions being released, is this a cosmetic change only? Or are there other changes being made to this newer version? I went on their website and all the specs looked the same so I wasn't sure.
Yes, the throat is different and there is some sort of dampening in the pallet.
 

ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
I think the only difference is the VMD material in the handle to reduce vibrations. NAMD was already in the throat of the current model. The other obvious difference is they will now also have 18x20 320g version in the line-up.
 

richdvng

New User
I am going to wait for a review on this racquet but most likely I am going to buy another old Vcore Pro 97. I like the stick as it is already.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I had been experimenting with 1g of lead at 12 on my vcp97 310. After some time with it, I still like the stick best with no lead. :)
 

AA7

Semi-Pro
there is a percentage increase with every line. im gonna hold out 20 yrs until they finally produce the frame with 100% ball bounce, 100% spin, and last, but not least, 100% repulsion
Hahahaha.. do it! You will just have to make sure racquet touches the ball and the racquet will do everything from there... rip winners all by itself
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
im ready to go back to the duel G
I agree with your sentiment
I don't know what to think now about the vcore line!?!?
I wanna go back to the vcore.tour myself
I know someone else whos playing with a cracked red/white yonex which he loves now that hes got one
yonex is making drastic changes and people are choosing their favorites
we "yonex players", keep trying the new stuff and feel unconnected
 

skeeter

Semi-Pro
I had been experimenting with 1g of lead at 12 on my vcp97 310. After some time with it, I still like the stick best with no lead. :)
Did you try with lead at 10 and 2? Seems like a number of folks, earlier in this thread, liked weight at those positions. I've tried it there, and at 12, and not sure I've seen any substantial advantages so may try no lead as haven't done that yet.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Did you try with lead at 10 and 2? Seems like a number of folks, earlier in this thread, liked weight at those positions. I've tried it there, and at 12, and not sure I've seen any substantial advantages so may try no lead as haven't done that yet.
I didn’t try it at 10 and 2. For me, it just comes through the contact zone so nicely in stock form.
 
Looks like the New update to the Vcore Pro 97 line has dampening in the handle?? (Re: TennisProShop LAFINO video review just out on Youtube) .... Hallelujah !! :))
 

kdm711

Rookie
Update on how my transition to the 310 is going after ~3 months now since making the switch. I mentioned in a previous post that I was struggling with hitting the ball in the sweet spot consistently and volleying. After more time, I attributed this to switching back and forth between the two 310s I bought and the variance between the 2.

I bought one of them from my local shop but bought the second from TW because my local shop only had 1 in my grip size. One of them felt noticeably heavier in the hand as if all the weight was at the tip, and was less maneuverable and whippy than the other.

I used both the TW manual calculation as well as the SwingTool app to measure SW and got the same results. The difference between the two was around 8 SW points which was enough to make me struggle with timing and consistency switching back and forth between the two.

For the past 3-4 weeks I’ve been playing solely with the one that is basically right on spec. Since doing so, I have really gotten dialed in and playing some of my best tennis. I’ve tried a lot of frames in the past year and a half and I believe this one offers the best blend of power/control that I have found for my game. I was previously playing with the PS one7 before it started bothering my elbow. I played well with it well also, but found it too powerful at times and lacked some feel on touch shots. The vcp 310 is much better in this regard in comparison.

So for now I am done holicing for awhile (famous last words) as I’m loving the vcp 310. I just need to find another one closer in specs to the one I’ve been playing with to have as a backup. In hindsight, I should have just bought a matched pair from TW and paid for the matching service, but I like supporting my local shop as well as it’s the only place around my area and want to see it stick around.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Not sure if this was posted.. but closer look of the new vcore 97 and specs of big foe!


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Yeah its awesome. There are guys here who swear everyone needs a heavy frame to handle the “big” shots from some rando at their club, while Tiafoe is out there cracking it at the same specs as a stock Blade or Pure Storm..lol. Really great video. After he throws a grip on there with the big Yonex dampener its probably 332 or so in weight.
 

dnj30

Semi-Pro
I think the days of the pros playing playing really heavy frames are coming to an end. These younger guys coming up now have played with lighter frames their whole careers and aren't gonna suddenly swith to a 13oz. racket.

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mscream

Semi-Pro
Yeah its awesome. There are guys here who swear everyone needs a heavy frame to handle the “big” shots from some rando at their club, while Tiafoe is out there cracking it at the same specs as a stock Blade or Pure Storm..lol. Really great video. After he throws a grip on there with the big Yonex dampener its probably 332 or so in weight.
Not sure how they get the VCore 97 310 to SW 333 with a strung weight of 324 g :unsure:

Those are the kind of specs Yonex should put in a retail racquet to compete with the blades.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Not sure how they get the VCore 97 310 to SW 333 with a strung weight of 324 g :unsure:

Those are the kind of specs Yonex should put in a retail racquet to compete with the blades.
I have a yy98 from my old coach i will have to bring out sometime for you to check out. I think it has a bigger sw than stock but the feel is the same. I agree with you for sure on the weight.
 

Epicular

New User
So I bought a pair of 330's a few weeks ago and have been experimenting with different string setups. I also bought a dropweight and am new to both stringing, and to string awareness in general.

I ordered my first 330 with NRG 17g mains and Cyclone 17g crosses, strung at 54 and 51 lbs respectively, knowing that the setup likely wouldn't survive long. Mostly what I was looking for was a little free power, along with a moderate amount of spin and comfort to protect my wrist. It fulfilled those goals relatively well, but I wanted something a little more economic.

Next setup was Cyclone 17g mains and OGSM 17g crosses, strung at 47 and 44 lbs. I thought I'd love the setup, especially with the low tensions leading to more power and comfort, along with the shaped Cyclone being in a better position to generate more spin. Plus OGSM is far cheaper and more durable than a multi like NRG. But nope - it felt like hitting with a wooden plank. I lost the feel of a direct connection with the ball and could no longer reliably predict the launch angle of my groundstrokes. Plus I was getting very little free power for some reason. Since this was only my 3rd ever string job, I worried that maybe something was wrong with my stringing procedure/technique.

Noticing that many people in this thread have been mentioning that smooth round polys really shine in this frame, I made the leap into a full bed of Head Lynx 17g for my next setup, strung at 51/48. Up till now I had been hesitant to try full poly because of my fragile arm (wrist in particular). But the folks in this thread know best - this round poly was an immediate upgrade, supplying sufficient power and reviving the feel of the racquet. Not to mention that I didn't feel like I lost any spin at all. This also confirmed for myself that I wasn't seriously botching my stringing jobs in any way. And as yet another bonus, the blue Lynx looked absolutely sick in the frame. That being said, the setup wasn't particularly kind to my wrist. It was relatively manageable, but at the same time I'm unsure about being able to use full poly long-term.

Now I'm thinking of hybriding a round poly (possibly/probably Lynx again) with a more comfortable multi in the cross. Has anybody tried any such setup yet that they like? I'm not super familiar with multis in general yet, so I'd appreciate hearing any suggestions.
 

gburgh

New User
I apologize for not wanting to go through all 48 pages, but what have been overall thoughts on string/tension for the 310? Just picked up a couple but need to be strung. Thanks!
 

richdvng

New User
I apologize for not wanting to go through all 48 pages, but what have been overall thoughts on string/tension for the 310? Just picked up a couple but need to be strung. Thanks!
I string PTP 125 at 52lbs and Iso-speed control at 55lbs - I find this set up good for pocketing with a good amount of spin. I get a lot of control out of my shots with this set up.
 

blai212

Semi-Pro
VCP 100 300g is a great racquet too! I find the 100 sq in is much more forgiving (easier to hit the sweetspot consistently) while also providing the control of a thin beamed frame. I added wilson shock shield grip + TW leather grip + 2 grams lead tape at 10/2 to weigh down the racquet for more mass -> more power. The control of the vcore pro line is amazing. Absolute surgical precision.


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Epicular

New User
@Epicular Would recommend trying Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25 in the low 40s. I was using Yonex Poly Tour Pro at 42/40 in my VCore Pros and the comfort was excellent.
Hey thanks for the recommendation. I've seen YPTP get mentioned a lot in this thread, but I've been hesitant to try it - mostly because Mikeler ranked it somewhat poorly overall in his poly review thread, and because I'm concerned about a general pro-Yonex brand bias in this thread. Maybe those are silly reasons to not try a string, but there are so many different strings out there and I can't demo them all...

Head Lynx has gone great for me so far, so I'm gonna stick with that. I ordered a set of Prince Premium Control to try in the crosses along with Lynx, but it was once again reminiscent of my Cyclone/Syn Gut setup, which took away crispness, touch, and pop. Maybe this is a tensioning issue... I tension full poly in this frame at 51/48, but I don't change those numbers much when I add a multi or syn gut in the crosses. Has this been my mistake the whole time? People keep talking about how the sweetspot feels expanded in the isometric head shape when they reduce cross tension, but maybe I actually need a higher cross tension to compensate for the lack of stiffness in a multi or syn gut compared to a poly?
 

ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
@Epicular Yead does read a bit like Yonex bias but its actually a really well rounded string in my experience. Have also hit Head Lynx and I like it, has some similarities to PTP in that it's a nice, soft comfortable poly.

I have tried a couple of hybrid setups in the VCore, mainly with Natural Gut and I always end up going back to a full poly setup. Haven't found a hybrid that I like in this frame. It plays really nice and comfortable with poly strung in the low to mid 40s, even the low 50s is nice, but it really opens up in the low to mid 40s. 'I string for myself so I can afford to go lower tensions and restring every week.

I would try the hybrid strung at the same tension on the mains and crosses at around 53 to 55.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
PTP is a good, no frills round poly. It's not my fav string, but it gets the job done, and that's a feeling a lot of players have, regardless of diff in (string) preferences. There's a reason it's a popular Yonex string on tour. Great for hybriding too, esp w other polys. From Yonex I prefer the Strike, but that's way more expensive. The Spin is also a great playing string from Yonex that ime, when stringing at 46 lbs, is softer, with more ball pocketing, and more spin friendly than the PTP.

I've landed on the MSV Focus Hex Soft, which should be stiffer than the PTP according to the data, but is way softer, and even a bit less expensive.
 

richdvng

New User
@Epicular Yead does read a bit like Yonex bias but its actually a really well rounded string in my experience. Have also hit Head Lynx and I like it, has some similarities to PTP in that it's a nice, soft comfortable poly.

I have tried a couple of hybrid setups in the VCore, mainly with Natural Gut and I always end up going back to a full poly setup. Haven't found a hybrid that I like in this frame. It plays really nice and comfortable with poly strung in the low to mid 40s, even the low 50s is nice, but it really opens up in the low to mid 40s. 'I string for myself so I can afford to go lower tensions and restring every week.

I would try the hybrid strung at the same tension on the mains and crosses at around 53 to 55.
Well my favorite is luxilon 4G but its not my go to string because of the price. I find PTP suitable for my game and the price for it is reasonable. Since I do a hybrid job on my sticks this is the best string option for me.
 

chizzle

Rookie
I'm liking Volkl Cyclone 17 @ 48lbs (not sure if it's round). Had my best hit in a while last night. ** this is with the previous (blue) VCP97 310.

Loving this stick now after overlooking it (chose the WUT over it, jumping on then off the ClashWagon, among others).

Interested to see how the Emerald 97 310 compares - but I'll try to groove with this one for a while and if my Holicing flares up, I have that to go to (without a huge change). :)
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I'm liking Volkl Cyclone 17 @ 48lbs (not sure if it's round). Had my best hit in a while last night. ** this is with the previous (blue) VCP97 310.

Loving this stick now after overlooking it (chose the WUT over it, jumping on then off the ClashWagon, among others).

Interested to see how the Emerald 97 310 compares - but I'll try to groove with this one for a while and if my Holicing flares up, I have that to go to (without a huge change). :)
Cyclone is a gear shaped poly. It’s round with splines. Cyclone does work well in the vcp97 310. 1.25 is great except that it needs to be restrung after about 4-5 hours. 1.30 works better because it remains playable and lasts longer.
 

senna11

New User
I recently got the old Vcore Pro 97 (310), but I noticed that it is about 0.5 cm (or 0.2 inches) shorter than my DR 98's. Could anyone confirm if the Vcore is a bit shorter or is this a QC issue?
 
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