Yonex Vcore Pro 97

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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?
It's the butt caps that are Sony Sensor compatible... they make the racquet a smidge longer.
 

zipplock

Rookie
Just picked up a matched pair of the VCP97 310. Both weigh 318gm unstrung (leather grip), 12pts HL. Going to string them tomorrow with PP Red Devil 1.24 at 45# to start. Excited to try them.
 

richdvng

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?
Strung or unstrung? I noticed my new one was a bit short compared to my others but after stringing the length was identical to 1 of my other two.
 

senna11

New User
As far as I can tell most have experienced the Vcore 97 (310) to play best in stock form without lead. Normally I get a grip 2 and build it up with leather. Have anyone had a positive experience with only leather on the 310, or leather and a bit of lead to balance it out? I need to build the grip up one way or another, but would it be better to do so with a thicker synthetic grip, and maybe 2 og. I guess that would still mess up stock figurations, but not as much as a heavy leather grip.
 

joaovitorss

New User
As far as I can tell most have experienced the Vcore 97 (310) to play best in stock form without lead. Normally I get a grip 2 and build it up with leather. Have anyone had a positive experience with only leather on the 310, or leather and a bit of lead to balance it out? I need to build the grip up one way or another, but would it be better to do so with a thicker synthetic grip, and maybe 2 og. I guess that would still mess up stock figurations, but not as much as a heavy leather grip.
I do not have experience with VCP 310 but there’s an app called Racquet Tune that you can simulate custamizing your racket with weight anywhere and it calculates balance, swingweight, static weight, etc
 

KANZA

Rookie
I have played with the 330 VCP 16x19 for the last 6 months with Tier one black knight 17g at 48#. I was excited to see the new paint job in person at my local store and was not disappointed. My store had my grip size so I decided to take the plunge. Better yet, they gave me the old racquet discounted price, $189!

I had the new one strung with Yonex tour poly 17g at 48, so I can’t make an exact comparison between the old and new 330. Loved it! Then again, I love the VCP. It actually felt a little light and more maneuverable, but that may be my imagination. It may have been the strings or the new cushion grip (which felt the same to me) but it felt more comfortable. the racquet seems a lot like the EZONE 100, so maybe it’s a tad stiffer. Definitely more responsive (probably the strings) or the stiffness.

In conclusion, I don’t have any complains with the new version, but I also didn’t do a fair comparison because they were different strings. Nonetheless, they were soft poly strings with 17g at 48#. I will have no reservations buying more of the new model with the new paint job.
 

richdvng

New User
As far as I can tell most have experienced the Vcore 97 (310) to play best in stock form without lead. Normally I get a grip 2 and build it up with leather. Have anyone had a positive experience with only leather on the 310, or leather and a bit of lead to balance it out? I need to build the grip up one way or another, but would it be better to do so with a thicker synthetic grip, and maybe 2 og. I guess that would still mess up stock figurations, but not as much as a heavy leather grip.
I have kimony leather on all 3 of my sticks. I never had a issue with it. people have mentioned that leather w/o lead messes with the balance of the racquet but I never had a problem with it. I could lead it up if I wanted a little more plow but i do just fine without it too.
 

senna11

New User
I have kimony leather on all 3 of my sticks. I never had a issue with it. people have mentioned that leather w/o lead messes with the balance of the racquet but I never had a problem with it. I could lead it up if I wanted a little more plow but i do just fine without it too.
Thanks! But kimony is really light and thin, right? I'm afraid it wouldn't make the grip thicker
 

richdvng

New User
Yeah it won't - if anything its just a bit heavier than the stock grip and a good option if you want leather without changing the specs of the racquet too much.
 

taylor15

Rookie
Anyone just added TW 1.5mm leather to a 97 310? I’m curious as to what the weight and balance would be. I’m guessing (assuming) 316g since I believe Power Player added leather and 4g and it was 320g.
 

isukatennis

Rookie
Anyone just added TW 1.5mm leather to a 97 310? I’m curious as to what the weight and balance would be. I’m guessing (assuming) 316g since I believe Power Player added leather and 4g and it was 320g.
I did once...didnt weigh it...but it was too bulky..made grip too fat for me. i then put the TW 1.3mm and it was just right...fyi
 

taylor15

Rookie
I did once...didnt weigh it...but it was too bulky..made grip too fat for me. i then put the TW 1.3mm and it was just right...fyi
Did you purchase the same grip size in the yonex that you would use in other brands? I’ve seen some say they’re bigger..I could do the 1.3mm leather too. I’m not picky, just like leather on pretty much everything.
 

skeeter

Professional
It may be buried in here somewhere, but has anyone had an opportunity to do a one-on-one comparison between the older version of the VCP 310 with the recently released update of this racquet? I'm curious if there are any discernable differences/improvements in feel, power, control, etc. or if the update (despite the marketing of improved vibration dampening in the handle in the new releases) is largely just cosmetic. Thanks.
 
Just bought two yonex vcore pro 97 330. I put both rackets straight ahead on the kitchenballance and both are 296 gram (without string).

I don't know if I can massure the weight of a racket on a kitchenballance.

I bought then on ibood and I am sure the are real.

How can it be that the rackets are this light? I weighted my old babolat strike tour (with leather grip, overgrip and string and these are 353 gram.



 
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musicsoul

Rookie
Just bought two yonex vcore pro 97 330. I put both rackets straight ahead on the kitchenballance and both are 296 gram (without string).

I don't know if I can massure the weight of a racket on a kitchenballance.

I bought then on ibood and I am sure the are real.

How can it be that the rackets are this light? I weighted my old babolat strike tour (with leather grip, overgrip and string and these are 353 gram.



I’ve never seen that light grey/white grip on a Vcore Pro, so I’m not sure they are real. Maybe its the 100 version?
 

GianFinter

New User
Hi everyone

I fell in love with the vcore pro 310 a few months ago, but due to budget restrictions I’ve only bought one
Now that I want to buy a second one, the new models are out and in France both are at almost the same prize
I’m looking for someone who tried both and who could give me feedback about the differences between the two
Are they exactly similar or do you notice slight changes ?
I’ve seen that the 2019 might have a longer grip and less vibrations, which were the only two minimal problems for me on the 2018
But I love it so much that I don’t want to have a different feeling with the new one

If someone got a feedback for me that would be nice, on the TW video review they don’t talk about the old frame

Thank you!
 

dnj30

Semi-Pro
Hi everyone

I fell in love with the vcore pro 310 a few months ago, but due to budget restrictions I’ve only bought one
Now that I want to buy a second one, the new models are out and in France both are at almost the same prize
I’m looking for someone who tried both and who could give me feedback about the differences between the two
Are they exactly similar or do you notice slight changes ?
I’ve seen that the 2019 might have a longer grip and less vibrations, which were the only two minimal problems for me on the 2018
But I love it so much that I don’t want to have a different feeling with the new one

If someone got a feedback for me that would be nice, on the TW video review they don’t talk about the old frame

Thank you!
If you love the current one you have why mess around with the new model?
You can probably find another one at a great price, specially if you don't mind buying a used one.
For me, I rarely buy frames new. Secondary market is flooded with rackets people play for an hour or 2 and get rid of.

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GianFinter

New User
If you love the current one you have why mess around with the new model?
You can probably find another one at a great price, specially if you don't mind buying a used one.
For me, I rarely buy frames new. Secondary market is flooded with rackets people play for an hour or 2 and get rid of.

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I woulda’ve done that if there were any for me on the second market, unfortunately Yonex in France is not a developed brand
After a month of search, absolutely nothing
 

skeeter

Professional
Hi everyone

I fell in love with the vcore pro 310 a few months ago, but due to budget restrictions I’ve only bought one
Now that I want to buy a second one, the new models are out and in France both are at almost the same prize
I’m looking for someone who tried both and who could give me feedback about the differences between the two
Are they exactly similar or do you notice slight changes ?
I’ve seen that the 2019 might have a longer grip and less vibrations, which were the only two minimal problems for me on the 2018
But I love it so much that I don’t want to have a different feeling with the new one

If someone got a feedback for me that would be nice, on the TW video review they don’t talk about the old frame

Thank you!
I've been playing with the earlier version of the 310 and finally demoed this new iteration. My thoughts are very similar to that of Julie's in the TW review in that several things felt just a "tad" bit better in this version (but not by much): slightly more dampened than the older version but in a good way; a tad more comfortable; a bit more powerful; and seemed to play a bit larger (maybe bigger sweet spot? at least felt that way on some shots). All in all, just felt a little better/smoother in the hand. Nice look to it as well. Very tempted to upgrade.
 

Quicknick

New User
Hello everybody,
have now played several weeks with the VCore Pro 97 310g and the YPTF and have been suffering from tendinitis on the inside of the elbow for almost 2 weeks!
Can that come from the frame-string combination?

In the last few years I had also played excessively with RF97 or PS97 CV, but never had any problems with my elbow.

What do you think?

Greetings Nikolaus
 

skeeter

Professional
Have played mine with several polys, mostly hybridized with gut or a syn gut, and have had absolutely no problems. In fact, this racquet feels very plush to me.
 

Tmano

Professional
Hi, i have a question for those who had played or still playing with the DR 98 but switched to the Vcore 97 310.

What's the real power difference between the two?
Thanks
 
Hi, i have a question for those who had played or still playing with the DR 98 but switched to the Vcore 97 310.

What's the real power difference between the two?
Thanks
My hitting partner tonight plays with the DR 98, and he hit with one of my VCore Pro demos tonight (newer VCore Pro 97 (310)). My observation was that at first he was not getting the same level of pace. However, after he settled into the frame a bit and started swinging out, his ball had as much pace and heaviness as he generates from his DR 98. In fact, he commented that he felt like the Vcore Pro frame just felt more solid than his DR 98. I did notice that he was getting more spin on his forehand side with the VCore Pro frame versus his DR- his backhand is extremely flat and penetrating, so there was no noticeable difference in spin off that side of the frame since he hits so little spin anyway with his backhand. Overall, I think the DR frame has very similar specs to the VCore Pro, so I think it would be an easy transition for anyone changing from that frame to the Vcore Pro.
 
Hi everyone

I fell in love with the vcore pro 310 a few months ago, but due to budget restrictions I’ve only bought one
Now that I want to buy a second one, the new models are out and in France both are at almost the same prize
I’m looking for someone who tried both and who could give me feedback about the differences between the two
Are they exactly similar or do you notice slight changes ?
I’ve seen that the 2019 might have a longer grip and less vibrations, which were the only two minimal problems for me on the 2018
But I love it so much that I don’t want to have a different feeling with the new one

If someone got a feedback for me that would be nice, on the TW video review they don’t talk about the old frame

Thank you!
I did a demo of the earlier VCore Pro 97 (310), and just did a demo of the newer VCore Pro 97 (310). My thoughts are that the two frames are extremely similar in terms of playability and feel...very, very minor differences between the two frames. However, I do think the newer model is a slightly bit more dampened than the older model I demoed. Once again, though, I felt like the older model was solid and felt moderately plush to me already and was not an issue.
 

Kurt0707

New User
Hi, i have a question for those who had played or still playing with the DR 98 but switched to the Vcore 97 310.

What's the real power difference between the two?
Thanks
I played a while with DR98 and now have a VCP in my bag which I mainly use for doubles. At the same string setup, DR98 should be more powerful due to thicker frame. I had my DR strung with poly less than 50lbs and my VCP is about 50 with multi, and I get more power from DR this way, sometimes feeling of too much power. Thats the reason why I use DR98 (and now mainly Ezone 98+) mainly for my singles game, and VCP for doubles. VCP is just a real players frame, much more control than DR98/Ezone 98s and power is more for the user to create if you want it or need it, but surely requires more effort.
 
Just read 49 pages in 4 days, i bought the vcp 97 310g when i was on page 10. I'm using rf97a with babolat skin feel, 2g lead at 12', i like a lot the racquet, but im getting tired(yes i need to workout more) and having difficult to swing fast for high spin.
I like to string with tour bite, weisscannon silverstring and i will try scorpion, all about 57-59lbs on rf97a, and thinking to use 55-58 on my new vcp, i will change to kimony leathergrip and will try the leads setup, at 12' or 10'-2'.
For what i read, 1.5g on 10' and 2' is the ideally? I don't like to use dampener, i feel it take out the true sensitive of the string.
I saw the new 97 18x20 going out, but for spin user it doesn't work well, yes?
 
Just read 49 pages in 4 days, i bought the vcp 97 310g when i was on page 10. I'm using rf97a with babolat skin feel, 2g lead at 12', i like a lot the racquet, but im getting tired(yes i need to workout more) and having difficult to swing fast for high spin.
I like to string with tour bite, weisscannon silverstring and i will try scorpion, all about 57-59lbs on rf97a, and thinking to use 55-58 on my new vcp, i will change to kimony leathergrip and will try the leads setup, at 12' or 10'-2'.
For what i read, 1.5g on 10' and 2' is the ideally? I don't like to use dampener, i feel it take out the true sensitive of the string.
I saw the new 97 18x20 going out, but for spin user it doesn't work well, yes?
I think you are on track with your observations. The Vcore Pro (310) benefits from having a little bit of lead in the upper hoop at 10 / 2 or 11 / 1. How much is probably going to vary from player to player but I think even just 2 grams total at 10 / 2 made a noticeable difference for me when I tried it out. I would think start at adding 2 grams and add an additional 1 to 2 grams till you get it were you like it. If you're going to add a leather grip, you might want want more or lead to get the balance point where you want it.

As far as your question about the 18x20 version, I would say it is not as spin friendly as the 310 gram 16x19 version, but I don't think it's so much the string pattern (the center 8 to 12 mains on the 18x20 are virtually the same spacing as the 16x19, and the middle to the top crosses are virtually same spacing). The 18x20 racquet just has more mass to begin with (extra 10 grams static weight) and a flexier frame, which I think just has a feel that may seem to gel better for flatter ball hitters. I felt with the 310 gram 16x19 version I really felt like I could whip the racquet to get spin more easily. Both are good frames and are more similar than dissimilar.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Just read 49 pages in 4 days, i bought the vcp 97 310g when i was on page 10. I'm using rf97a with babolat skin feel, 2g lead at 12', i like a lot the racquet, but im getting tired(yes i need to workout more) and having difficult to swing fast for high spin.
I like to string with tour bite, weisscannon silverstring and i will try scorpion, all about 57-59lbs on rf97a, and thinking to use 55-58 on my new vcp, i will change to kimony leathergrip and will try the leads setup, at 12' or 10'-2'.
For what i read, 1.5g on 10' and 2' is the ideally? I don't like to use dampener, i feel it take out the true sensitive of the string.
I saw the new 97 18x20 going out, but for spin user it doesn't work well, yes?
You can still generate plenty of spin with the 18x20, but the launch angle is a bit lower so you just have to keep that in mind a little bit. What you won't get is that easy power and spin though, you have to work for it a bit more.

It is a great all round stick though. I absolutely love mine. It's definitely control oriented, but I've posted before about the whip forehand with this racquet...it's just amazing. I'm not always able to do it because my technique has issues at times + I don't play enough to keep muscle memory, but I've hit some really big flat forehands with it.
 
My vpc 97 310g arrived on monday and a strunged with tour bite 57lbs main and silverstring 55lbs cross, i will try to play tonight or early tomorrow, without lead and leather grip.
I'm feeling that it's come with one side(Right/Left) a little heavier.

Played today, and liked the racquet, low powered compared to my rf97a, felt this difference more on the service.
Now i changed to fairway leather grip, buuut, 13g heavier, from 329g to 342g without overgrip and lead in the head, i will add the lead to try on sunday.
 
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