Yonex Vcore Pro 97

zipplock

Professional
Anybody try extending the 310, either to 27.5 or 28? Just hit with my first 28 length racquet and serves/volleys were phenomenal. Love my VCP97 310 and wondering how extending them would change how they play. Anyone try it?
 

Tmano

Professional
I need a little insights about the differences between the Vcore pro 310 and the Vcore 98.
Did anybody play or teste them?
I'm using the DR98 31o as for reference.
Thanks!
 
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phl92

Rookie
I need a little insights about the differences between the Vcore pro 310 and the Vcore 98.
Di anybody played or tested them?
I'm using the DR98 31o as for reference.
Thanks!
Reading here, I think the 98 has a bit more power and stability, wheras the 310 has more feel and control.
I am also interested how the two compare to the 18x20 HD
 

Crashbaby

Rookie
I own both and have spent a lot of time with the pro 310. The 310 has incredible feel and gives exactly what you put in. The 98 has more power and a more muted feel, it is a modern fast racquet more suited for a modern baseliner. They are not readily interchangeable for me. The 310 is more suited to an all courter who likes to be more creative with their play. The dr98 sits between the two and is closer to the 98 in my opinion having played the dr98 and stupidly selling it 3 years ago.
 

phl92

Rookie
I own both and have spent a lot of time with the pro 310. The 310 has incredible feel and gives exactly what you put in. The 98 has more power and a more muted feel, it is a modern fast racquet more suited for a modern baseliner. They are not readily interchangeable for me. The 310 is more suited to an all courter who likes to be more creative with their play. The dr98 sits between the two and is closer to the 98 in my opinion having played the dr98 and stupidly selling it 3 years ago.
did u play the HD also ? with which strings you play the 98 and 310?
 

Crashbaby

Rookie
did u play the HD also ? with which strings you play the 98 and 310?
Have not hit the HD yet. I like gut/poly hybrids in the 310, but currently I have poly tour pro in my sticks, as it’s been raining for weeks on end where I live and that means no gut if the synthetic grass courts are wet.... I have also had ypt strike in the 98 and prefer that as tour being more muted doesn’t suit the 98 as well for me.
 

Tmano

Professional
I own both and have spent a lot of time with the pro 310. The 310 has incredible feel and gives exactly what you put in. The 98 has more power and a more muted feel, it is a modern fast racquet more suited for a modern baseliner. They are not readily interchangeable for me. The 310 is more suited to an all courter who likes to be more creative with their play. The dr98 sits between the two and is closer to the 98 in my opinion having played the dr98 and stupidly selling it 3 years ago.
Thanks it's helpful!!!
 
How do I mod a 310 to feel more like a 2015 Blade 18x20? I loved the stability and plow-through of the blade.

My Blade setup was 5g @ 3&9 w/ Leather grip

My current 310 setup is 10g @ 3&9 w/ Leather grip. (About 350g total?)
 

FIRETennis

Semi-Pro
I've joined the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) club.
Demoed one strung with ALU Rough and instantly fell in love with the feel, launch and control so I had to go out and buy one to do an extended demo.
Added 3g in the tip to bump up the swing weight just a bit and it feels great so far.
I usually hit with heavier racquets (350-360g static, 340-345SW) but so far my arms are loving the VCP's 335g static 330SW.
Strung it with VS Touch 1.30mm / ALU Rough 1.25mm at 55/52 (25/23.5kg).
 

JoaoN

Rookie
After a periods of insane racquet changes, and having played with the vcore pro 97 310 and 330, i finally got the chance to play with the HD. And i can say, the HD is THE one.

More power and stability than the 310g, more manuverable than the 330g. That was what i've been looking for. Tried prestiges, blade and ultra tour, liked them but never loved them. The HD is amazing and i absolutelly loved it.

GS: Good amount of power, stable, and very whippy, i didn't notice any loss in power or spin comparing with the 310g.
NET: Stable, precise, quick.
Serves is where i still strugle a bit, maybe i am still getting the groove with the added weight switching from the ultra tour.

Played stock, strung with head gravity at 44lbs, but was missing long a bit more them usual, changed to 46lbs and solved the problem.
 

richdvng

Rookie
After a periods of insane racquet changes, and having played with the vcore pro 97 310 and 330, i finally got the chance to play with the HD. And i can say, the HD is THE one.

More power and stability than the 310g, more manuverable than the 330g. That was what i've been looking for. Tried prestiges, blade and ultra tour, liked them but never loved them. The HD is amazing and i absolutelly loved it.

GS: Good amount of power, stable, and very whippy, i didn't notice any loss in power or spin comparing with the 310g.
NET: Stable, precise, quick.
Serves is where i still strugle a bit, maybe i am still getting the groove with the added weight switching from the ultra tour.

Played stock, strung with head gravity at 44lbs, but was missing long a bit more them usual, changed to 46lbs and solved the problem.
Did you notice a big difference between the 16x19 pattern and 18x20 pattern? Lower ball trajectory? Difference is spin accessibility?
 
Did you notice a big difference between the 16x19 pattern and 18x20 pattern? Lower ball trajectory? Difference is spin accessibility?
I tried both 2019 16x19 and 2019 18x20 in the same session, both newly strung by the same stringer, of the same string, should be in the same tension. Below is a translation of the notes I wrote on that day.

18x20 I intentionally hit DTL along the sideline and the ball really flied along it. Sometimes I did insufficient backswing and the ball would hit into the net. Enough backswing and the ball flied fast. Trajectory not too flat. Net clearance was exactly what I wanted, and what I expected. Beam is soft, balls would not sail long on my hardest strokes. After volley hits there was a sense of the ball resting on the frame for me to maneuver.

16x19 OK. Sometimes I thought the ball would hit into the net then it just looped around the net. Less precise than 18x20 on landing location. Was more loopy than 18x20. Balls would not sail long on my hardest strokes.
 

richdvng

Rookie
I tried both 2019 16x19 and 2019 18x20 in the same session, both newly strung by the same stringer, of the same string, should be in the same tension. Below is a translation of the notes I wrote on that day.

18x20 I intentionally hit DTL along the sideline and the ball really flied along it. Sometimes I did insufficient backswing and the ball would hit into the net. Enough backswing and the ball flied fast. Trajectory not too flat. Net clearance was exactly what I wanted, and what I expected. Beam is soft, balls would not sail long on my hardest strokes. After volley hits there was a sense of the ball resting on the frame for me to maneuver.

16x19 OK. Sometimes I thought the ball would hit into the net then it just looped around the net. Less precise than 18x20 on landing location. Was more loopy than 18x20. Balls would not sail long on my hardest strokes.
Thanks for the insight!
 

Odinn21

Rookie
Hello there.
Is there a massive difference in quality between the previous matte blue versions and the current matte green versions?
I got myself a Prince Phantom 100X 305 and I have an intention to get a Yonex frame. I don't consider VCore line. Will decide between VCore Pro and EZone lines. I am not exactly looking for Phantom 100X 305 equivalent. The only certain things I look for are plush feeling and easier access to spin.
There's an local onlined dealer which has VCore Pro 97 (290 and 310 grams) available in blue and green, HD is in there too. Also has VCore Pro 100 300 grams available in blue and green. The blue line is priced at 1650 Liras and the green line is priced at 1820 Liras. So, price is hardly a difference maker.

I'm a beginner. I'll have the frame strung with full bed Yonex Super 850 Pro or Tecnifibre HDMX.

What do you guys say? Cheers.
 

richdvng

Rookie
Hello there.
Is there a massive difference in quality between the previous matte blue versions and the current matte green versions?
I got myself a Prince Phantom 100X 305 and I have an intention to get a Yonex frame. I don't consider VCore line. Will decide between VCore Pro and EZone lines. I am not exactly looking for Phantom 100X 305 equivalent. The only certain things I look for are plush feeling and easier access to spin.
There's an local onlined dealer which has VCore Pro 97 (290 and 310 grams) available in blue and green, HD is in there too. Also has VCore Pro 100 300 grams available in blue and green. The blue line is priced at 1650 Liras and the green line is priced at 1820 Liras. So, price is hardly a difference maker.

I'm a beginner. I'll have the frame strung with full bed Yonex Super 850 Pro or Tecnifibre HDMX.

What do you guys say? Cheers.
I hear there isn't a massive difference but the green matte (2019) version has a bit more dampening technology in the handle. Whether it makes a big difference, I can't say since I haven't play tested it yet.
 

JoaoN

Rookie
I hear there isn't a massive difference but the green matte (2019) version has a bit more dampening technology in the handle. Whether it makes a big difference, I can't say since I haven't play tested it yet.
I played both, and the green version does have a more dampened feel, and that made it easier on the arm.
 

Johnny505

Rookie
Hello there.
Is there a massive difference in quality between the previous matte blue versions and the current matte green versions?
What makes you to think there could be a "massive difference in quality" when both models are (probably) from the same facilities in Japan and Yonex are renowned for their high quality control............ for many years?
 

Odinn21

Rookie
What makes you to think there could be a "massive difference in quality" when both models are (probably) from the same facilities in Japan and Yonex are renowned for their high quality control............ for many years?
Playing quality... For example the gap between DR and 5th EZone gen.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I owned a lot of Yonex frames starting with the AI98 and 100, and have gone through several iterations of DR/Ezone, DG /VCP and VCore lines in diff weights and head sizes. Yes, there is a difference in feel between the DR and the newer Ezones, and I can understand that those who loved the DR didn't embrace the changes. For me, I had a similar experience when going from the Duel G to the Vcore Pro. That being said, there is no way this can be described as a "massive" change. If you play your best tennis with a DR98, you'll certainly be able to do so with the new Ezone 98. Even going from 16x20 to 16x19 wasn't that huge of a deal, going from DG to VCP imo.

So, reg. the VCORE Pro, I haven't bought any of the emerald ones, but I did demo the 310 version, and it felt right in line with the previous version. Mfcs are always playing the stiffening-or-softening the frame game: more comfortable or more power? more control or more spin?

That being said, I'm back on the Yonex bandwagon, as I'm prob ditching my heads for 3 NOS VCP 97 330s :-D
 

Angelface

New User
Hi all,

I have been playing with the Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 3rd Gen (Full poly 48-52 lbs) since it first came out and before that the previous generation of Pure Strike, I have however not felt completely satisfied with my Pure Strike racquet and have also suffered from problems with my wrist and elbow. My main issues with Pure Strike has been lack of comfort and that it has felt a bit like a loose cannon at times.

I'm new to the forum and have been reading up quite a bit on alternative racquets, I can't say I've gotten much wiser in that department with a lot of conflicting opinions, each to his own etcetera... But for the past week, I've narrowed the scope to either Yonex Vcore Pro 97 HD or Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310 g) and I finally pulled the trigger on the latter today, thinking that I could beef it up if I wouldn't find it stable enough (ordered some Tungsten strips), and also got a bit scared about some of the feedback about HD ((I)Only for Advanced players (II) Long adjustment period (III) Very low tension required).

I ordered the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) strung with Solinco Hyper-G 17 at 50 lbs and I'm very excited to try it, it will be my first Yonex racquet.

• Anyone else with the same experience coming from Pure Striek 3rd 16x19 to the 310? Would be interesting to hear.
• Any advice on adding some weight to the racquet, it seems like pretty much everyone on the forum has added some weight to 10 and 12, how much is reasonable to start with? (I have never customized a racquet before)
• Any full poly configuration (&tension) that has worked particularly well that you'd like to share? (Don't have that much experience from different strings)

I'm a 4.5 attacking player.
 

richdvng

Rookie
I started with 2 grams at 10 then eventually added another gram on 12. With 10 I noticed more stability while at 12 I got more plow. So right now all my VCP97s have 3 grams of lead.

Not a huge full poly fan for this stick - but I suggest stringing at a low tension. I tried playing with a full bed of 4G at 53lbs and found it unbearable. I recommend 50/48lbs for a full bed of poly.
 

VaMoose98

New User
Hi all,

I have been playing with the Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 3rd Gen (Full poly 48-52 lbs) since it first came out and before that the previous generation of Pure Strike, I have however not felt completely satisfied with my Pure Strike racquet and have also suffered from problems with my wrist and elbow. My main issues with Pure Strike has been lack of comfort and that it has felt a bit like a loose cannon at times.

I'm new to the forum and have been reading up quite a bit on alternative racquets, I can't say I've gotten much wiser in that department with a lot of conflicting opinions, each to his own etcetera... But for the past week, I've narrowed the scope to either Yonex Vcore Pro 97 HD or Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310 g) and I finally pulled the trigger on the latter today, thinking that I could beef it up if I wouldn't find it stable enough (ordered some Tungsten strips), and also got a bit scared about some of the feedback about HD ((I)Only for Advanced players (II) Long adjustment period (III) Very low tension required).

I ordered the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) strung with Solinco Hyper-G 17 at 50 lbs and I'm very excited to try it, it will be my first Yonex racquet.

• Anyone else with the same experience coming from Pure Striek 3rd 16x19 to the 310? Would be interesting to hear.
• Any advice on adding some weight to the racquet, it seems like pretty much everyone on the forum has added some weight to 10 and 12, how much is reasonable to start with? (I have never customized a racquet before)
• Any full poly configuration (&tension) that has worked particularly well that you'd like to share? (Don't have that much experience from different strings)

I'm a 4.5 attacking player.
I switched from the pure strike v2 16x19 to the vcp97 310. My main problem with the ps was the lack of feel - I couldn’t tell really what was going on at contact. Vcp fixes this for me as long as I string low tension. I use hyper g 17g and string at 48/46 in the summer (gets hot in Atlanta) and in winter I go down to 44/42. I have tinkered around a lot with the spec on this. I like this racquet with a leather grip and 4 2.5 inch strips of lead at 10 and 2. This setup keeps it nice and headlight but with good plow. I also like the weight polarization with this lead placement: even though it’s over 12 oz it swings as fast as the Pure strike.

I have tried lead at both 12 and 3&9, and I didn’t like it at those points. 3&9 felt sluggish and 12 felt like it needed more twistweight or was unstable on the long axis...10&2 was just right.
 

Angelface

New User
I switched from the pure strike v2 16x19 to the vcp97 310. My main problem with the ps was the lack of feel - I couldn’t tell really what was going on at contact. Vcp fixes this for me as long as I string low tension. I use hyper g 17g and string at 48/46 in the summer (gets hot in Atlanta) and in winter I go down to 44/42. I have tinkered around a lot with the spec on this. I like this racquet with a leather grip and 4 2.5 inch strips of lead at 10 and 2. This setup keeps it nice and headlight but with good plow. I also like the weight polarization with this lead placement: even though it’s over 12 oz it swings as fast as the Pure strike.

I have tried lead at both 12 and 3&9, and I didn’t like it at those points. 3&9 felt sluggish and 12 felt like it needed more twistweight or was unstable on the long axis...10&2 was just right.
Thank you, very helpful info, I'll probably work myself down from 50lbs to give 48/46 a try eventually. Sorry for my ignorance, but what does "4 2.5 inch strips" translate to in grams?
 

KANZA

Semi-Pro
I’m still with the vcore 97 after a year and a half. Settled on yonex poly pro tour 16L at 48# (which surprised me because I usually like 17g strings).
No need to add weight to the 330. After a new grip, over grip and stringing, I weighed it on my Digital postal scale. It came out to 352. That’s plenty heavy for me and it’s still very maneuverable
 

Bobby O

New User
I’m still with the vcore 97 after a year and a half. Settled on yonex poly pro tour 16L at 48# (which surprised me because I usually like 17g strings).
No need to add weight to the 330. After a new grip, over grip and stringing, I weighed it on my Digital postal scale. It came out to 352. That’s plenty heavy for me and it’s still very maneuverable
Did you find that the new grip increased the grip size at all? I’ve heard that the original Yonex grips are thinner while the pallets are larger, which all evens out until you replace the grip - then the overall diameter increases.
 

richdvng

Rookie
Did you find that the new grip increased the grip size at all? I’ve heard that the original Yonex grips are thinner while the pallets are larger, which all evens out until you replace the grip - then the overall diameter increases.
Used a kimony leather grip - they run thin so i noticed my grip size was a bit smaller but a better fit for my hand once I put overgrip on it.
 

Angelface

New User
Hi all,

I have been playing with the Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 3rd Gen (Full poly 48-52 lbs) since it first came out and before that the previous generation of Pure Strike, I have however not felt completely satisfied with my Pure Strike racquet and have also suffered from problems with my wrist and elbow. My main issues with Pure Strike has been lack of comfort and that it has felt a bit like a loose cannon at times.

I'm new to the forum and have been reading up quite a bit on alternative racquets, I can't say I've gotten much wiser in that department with a lot of conflicting opinions, each to his own etcetera... But for the past week, I've narrowed the scope to either Yonex Vcore Pro 97 HD or Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310 g) and I finally pulled the trigger on the latter today, thinking that I could beef it up if I wouldn't find it stable enough (ordered some Tungsten strips), and also got a bit scared about some of the feedback about HD ((I)Only for Advanced players (II) Long adjustment period (III) Very low tension required).

I ordered the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) strung with Solinco Hyper-G 17 at 50 lbs and I'm very excited to try it, it will be my first Yonex racquet.

• Anyone else with the same experience coming from Pure Striek 3rd 16x19 to the 310? Would be interesting to hear.
• Any advice on adding some weight to the racquet, it seems like pretty much everyone on the forum has added some weight to 10 and 12, how much is reasonable to start with? (I have never customized a racquet before)
• Any full poly configuration (&tension) that has worked particularly well that you'd like to share? (Don't have that much experience from different strings)

I'm a 4.5 attacking player.
Just a brief update, played one hour with it now and it felt so different to the Pure Strike, much more than I would've thought. Very squishy as opposed to stiff, it might be the string that I haven't tested before (Solinco Hyper-g 17), it might be the tension (50 and I'm usually between 52-54) and it might be the racquet (still in stock form) or all of the above. The sweetspot were so much more crisp than in the Pure Strike that doesn't give as much feedback and it felt a bit more unstable, furthermore it really pocketed the ball which I'm not used to.

Not really sure what I feel, have to give it some more hours, but I'll probably want to make it a bit more like the Pure Strike in terms of firmness, probably with a full poly like RPM blast at a bit higher tension. Any ideas?
 

richdvng

Rookie
Just a brief update, played one hour with it now and it felt so different to the Pure Strike, much more than I would've thought. Very squishy as opposed to stiff, it might be the string that I haven't tested before (Solinco Hyper-g 17), it might be the tension (50 and I'm usually between 52-54) and it might be the racquet (still in stock form) or all of the above. The sweetspot were so much more crisp than in the Pure Strike that doesn't give as much feedback and it felt a bit more unstable, furthermore it really pocketed the ball which I'm not used to.

Not really sure what I feel, have to give it some more hours, but I'll probably want to make it a bit more like the Pure Strike in terms of firmness, probably with a full poly like RPM blast at a bit higher tension. Any ideas?
I would string it like 2-4 lbs higher and use a stiffer string if you want more firm feedback. If that doesn't cut it start adding lead around the frame.
 
After a periods of insane racquet changes, and having played with the vcore pro 97 310 and 330, i finally got the chance to play with the HD. And i can say, the HD is THE one.

More power and stability than the 310g, more manuverable than the 330g. That was what i've been looking for. Tried prestiges, blade and ultra tour, liked them but never loved them. The HD is amazing and i absolutelly loved it.

GS: Good amount of power, stable, and very whippy, i didn't notice any loss in power or spin comparing with the 310g.
NET: Stable, precise, quick.
Serves is where i still strugle a bit, maybe i am still getting the groove with the added weight switching from the ultra tour.

Played stock, strung with head gravity at 44lbs, but was missing long a bit more them usual, changed to 46lbs and solved the problem.
How would you say the HD compares to the Blade 18x20?
I enjoy the Blade at times but it doesn't feel right to me, something about the weight distribution/balance.

Do Yonex grips still run a bit larger than Wilson/Head etc?
 

Angelface

New User
How would you say the HD compares to the Blade 18x20?
I enjoy the Blade at times but it doesn't feel right to me, something about the weight distribution/balance.

Do Yonex grips still run a bit larger than Wilson/Head etc?
I can only compare with Babolat, but with my Pure strike I play with a size two with two overgrips, while with my Vcore pro 97 310 a size two with only one overgrip is enough, so there might be a general difference.
 

Mischko

New User
@Binbog Valentino

Hi, Blade v7 18x20 needed a leather grip for a great racquet, in my experience, starting from the exact spec. Still a bit low powered, a bit too light and flexy and I will probably try adding some weight at 3-9 positions as well. Very very comfortable, and I am a big hitter, not so young anymore, but absolutely comfortable for hard hitting sessions and matches 2x day every day. I string stiffer polys in this summer heat at 26kg - 57lbs - and they last really nicely because of the 18x20 pattern and the flex, around 3-4 hours usually.
 

4-string

Professional
Just received my new vcp 330 today, 328g unstrung and 350g strung with og.

The previous blue paintjob, looks very good imo. Will probably stick to my pair of Dunlops for the rest of the clay season, but have high hopes for the Yonex come indoor season.
 

Angelface

New User
Just a brief update, I have now given the VCP310 some hours and I didn't gel with it, not sure why, it might be overspecced because it feels very bulky and unstable, even though it should be very maneuverable. I have played around with tungsten at 2/10, 12, and 3/9 but haven't really taken a liking to it so I will end up parting with it. In parallell I've demo'd a few other racquets and fell in love with Yonex Vcore 98 Galaxy 305, the reviews haven't been that good but I really love it and ordered two of them yesterday, it felt much more maneuverable, more power and easy access to spin.
 
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