Yonex VCORE series 2018

Any 95 users try an 18g poly? I just got ALU Power Feel (1.20m), and I'm curious how it will play. Debating whether to bump up from my usual tension of 46lbs for Yonex Poly Tour Strike (1.30m). Perhaps 50lbs to compensate for the additional power and spin.
 
Any 95 users try an 18g poly? I just got ALU Power Feel (1.20m), and I'm curious how it will play. Debating whether to bump up from my usual tension of 46lbs for Yonex Poly Tour Strike (1.30m). Perhaps 50lbs to compensate for the additional power and spin.
Probably would bump it up a couple pounds. Careful, I’m not a huge string breaker but even I can break 18ga poly sometimes.
 
Looks like the 98 and 100 are coming out with a "galaxy black" paintjob that looks very nice!!! I remember the SV98 had a black paintjob exclusive to Japan, but these new galaxy black frames are being showcased on the English website, I wonder if TW will sell them. Wonder why they are leaving out the 95.

 
Have hit with the Vcore 95 over three sessions (6 hours total). First racquet ever that is spot on in terms of specs so kudos to Yonex for their quality control.

Strung up with v-torque 18g @ 50/50. Adjustment from my Beast 98 was minimal. Within minutes was getting dialed in with my groundies. 16/20 pattern in my Beast 98 is marvellous but in a 95' Vcore it is sublime. Added 4g at 3 and 9 and 2g at 12 after the first session to add some plow and stability. Hit with a solid uni player. Spin and control was there. Could really swing big and hit targets. Much more controlled than my Beast 98 with an expected lower launch angle. Extremely manoeuvrable and whippy. Sweetspot is generous for a 95. This is a highly switchable frame for me and is a notch up above the 93p if you want to trade groundies. Will see if its just a honeymoon phase but so far after three sessions I'm liking it a lot. Suits my game

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What’s the verdict on the EZONE 98 vs VCORE 98? I had the SV95 and found it to play nicely but then purchased two EZONE 98s and have been trying to find the perfect setup with strings but no luck. Hoping the VCORE 98 is a little smoother than the SV series. That’s what it looks like from comments here.
 
A friend of mine has the 98 in red PJ. He is complaining the PJ is very subpar and he treats his racquets well yet it very quickly developed lots of scratches and cracks in the paint.
 

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I was looking at the TWU specs for the VCore98+ today and it seems they have updated the specs. The vibration frequency is now 145 according to them. If I recall correctly it was 139 a couple months ago. At 145 it is even higher than the SV98+.

It does not reflect my own impressions of the stiffness of my frames. But I remember people saying the RA was all over the place. Maybe TWU tested another batch of frames and got those results.
 
Any 95 users try an 18g poly? I just got ALU Power Feel (1.20m), and I'm curious how it will play. Debating whether to bump up from my usual tension of 46lbs for Yonex Poly Tour Strike (1.30m). Perhaps 50lbs to compensate for the additional power and spin.
Currently using v-torque 18g @ 50. Quite a dead string so could have gone 48. Most 18g strings will drop tension quite quickly anyway so 50 is a good starting point. Will trial Oehms black pearl rough 1.20 next or possibly a gut hybrid with revolve. Not sure what tension to try with gut mains but was thinking 54/48

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I was looking at the TWU specs for the VCore98+ today and it seems they have updated the specs. The vibration frequency is now 145 according to them. If I recall correctly it was 139 a couple months ago. At 145 it is even higher than the SV98+.

It does not reflect my own impressions of the stiffness of my frames. But I remember people saying the RA was all over the place. Maybe TWU tested another batch of frames and got those results.
Yes well, it could also be a typo? haha The RA issue were all seemingly typos by various websites and 62-64 was about where the VC98/+ hovers.
My VC98+ 'feels' more plush and more comfortable, while having more string feedback than the SV98+, both with similar weight mods.
 
Hit for a solid two hours today (1.5 hours on Friday to break in the string) and WOOOOOW! The ALU Power (1.20mm) at 48lbs feels INCREDIBLE on my VCORE 95. Now I need to wait and see how my arm responds and how many hours I can get out of it before it snaps. But so far, it has incredible spin and controllable power. I'm hitting my risky targets with a ton of depth and spin. Also, my hitting partner struggled with my kick serve today.

TLDR: I may be on to something.
 
I am still with the vcore 95, settled on Diadem Solstice Power 18g 22/21kg. Playing my best tennis with it and still think Yonex created something trully exceptional with this release.

I also am a bit dissapointed that they will not release a black version of the 95.
Way to hold out on the string gauge discovery, here I am thinking I was a genius.
 
Just finished an hour long training session with my (new) VCore 95, strung @46 lbs with MSV Focus Hex Soft 17 (got them for free). Apparently, they're supposed to perform similarly to Alu Power according to an italian string forum (or something, according to the letter that accompanied it).

I've been playing with the VCore 98, strung with PT Strike 17 @46 lbs, which is a great string in that frame, but unf they're not easily to get hold of anymore where I live, so I tried a couple of Babolat strings: RPM Team and RPM Blast Rough. The first is great. A bit firm for my TE arm, but I can live with it. The latter is perhaps one of the worst polys I've tried so far. It performs way worse than Strike f.inst. in all areas. Only string worse than this, is Babolat Spiraltek.

The VCore 98 are great frames. Easy depth, spin and pace. Great on serves. The only PD-like frame I've ever enjoyed (besides the SV 98, which was to stiff/firm). But it's not a touch and feel frame. And the ball trajectory is a bit on the high side. I'm looking forward to see how they fare when clay season comes around.

Enter the VCore 95. Wow. It's everything I hoped it to be. It plays fantastic in stock form for me. I like to play aggressive as often as I can, but I also like to mix things up with slices and stop balls aso. This frame is so enjoyable when it comes to touch, feel and spin. And the lower trajectory. Early days, of course, but I can totally see myself buying a second one the coming days, and committing to it in tournaments (veteran's league) from this weekend on :)

I'm keeping my VCore Pro 97's (modified 310s), as they have that classic Prestige-type of feel and impact flex, which I really enjoy as well. The VCore 95, otoh, is more of a modern type of player's frame, in the vein of the Textreme Tour 95, but with more punch to it.
 
Yup, I like Strike in it, at 45. But for me, I found it was unplayable after a week. That was my go-to setup... until it started to get expensive. (n)
I play about 4-8 hours a week and it holds up a bit longer for me, which that is one of the main reasons I like it: tension and performance maintenance.
Even so, I agree about pricing. It's a nice string, but I can't justify buying a reel that is 2-3 times more expensive than PTP or an MSV string ...
 
Have strung the vcore 95 with BPR 1.21 @48. Have a casual hit scheduled tomorrow - indoor hard court. I liked v-torque but was notching heavily and would have snapped during the next session. Will report back on how it went.

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Currently demoing a Vcore 98. Really enjoying the maneuverability (just demoed a Blade 98 CV before, very head heavy), it makes my backhand slice a lot better than I’m used to.

Stringed with some fluo HEAD Lynx 1,25 that have been played before my demo, low tension a bit hard to control - and a vibration noise when hitting. I need to get used to the grip, I struggled to find my modified eastern grip.

But very nice weight and balance. Easy to slice or topspin and racquet lag.
With a proper string I think it might be my next buy.

Next demo is a Babolat PS 98 16*19
 
Ah OK. For whatever reasons, I couldn't get used to their headshape. Yonex has such great quality control that I wish they'd make rounder shaped racquets.
how long have you tried?
I struggled with Yonex head shape for at least over 3 months. it was very unusual to take that long for adjustment periods. I usually give up before 3 month period but I had no choice but keep trying.
after 6 months, it's much better and finally adjust well with any Yonex rackets nowadays.
 
Thought I’d share this for those with the VCORE 98s. Just strung with Poly Tour Strike (17g) at 50 lbs Main / 48 Cross.
Thought it was terrific and big upgrade from Fire. Anyone else try Strike?
 
Thought I’d share this for those with the VCORE 98s. Just strung with Poly Tour Strike (17g) at 50 lbs Main / 48 Cross.
Thought it was terrific and big upgrade from Fire. Anyone else try Strike?
It's my current main string; I've tried both the 1.30mm and the 1.25mm--they're excellent. However, I'm currently testing Alu Power Feel (1.20mm), and I might switch..
 
How do you rate the comfort and stiffness of vcore 98 compared to ezone 98, wilson blade 98 or head 360 speed mp?

vcore 98 is my favorite when changing a racquet after 10 years, but I am afraid of stiffness (I have problems with my elbow and forearm - golfer's elbow ).
 
Thought I’d share this for those with the VCORE 98s. Just strung with Poly Tour Strike (17g) at 50 lbs Main / 48 Cross.
Thought it was terrific and big upgrade from Fire. Anyone else try Strike?
PTF is more like a slick PTP. PTS is a lower powered slugger string. I liked PTF as a cross. PTS is also a good cross but not as slick as PTF obviously, but stiff without being harsh.
How do you rate the comfort and stiffness of vcore 98 compared to ezone 98, wilson blade 98 or head 360 speed mp?

vcore 98 is my favorite when changing a racquet after 10 years, but I am afraid of stiffness (I have problems with my elbow and forearm - golfer's elbow ).
The VC98 is pretty similar to the EZ98, perhaps plays a little less stiffer but has better bite and power, due to the more open string pattern.
 
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How do you rate the comfort and stiffness of vcore 98 compared to ezone 98, wilson blade 98 or head 360 speed mp?

vcore 98 is my favorite when changing a racquet after 10 years, but I am afraid of stiffness (I have problems with my elbow and forearm - golfer's elbow ).
Ezone 98 is noticably stiffer in the hoop but you get a lot more pop. Vcore feels a bit softer with more spin but less free power from the frame. Ezone also feels much more solid, Vcore 98 kind of has a hollow/pingy feel even with the heavy 5G Yonex dampener.
 
PTF is more like a slick PTP. PTS is a lower powered slugger string. I liked PTF as a cross. PTS is also a good cross but not as slick as PTF obviously, but stiff without being harsh.

The VC98 is pretty similar to the EZ98, perhaps plays a little stiffer but has better bite and power, due to the more open string pattern.
VC98 and Ezone 98 are both 16x19.
 
Ezone 98 is noticably stiffer in the hoop but you get a lot more pop. Vcore feels a bit softer with more spin but less free power from the frame. Ezone also feels much more solid, Vcore 98 kind of has a hollow/pingy feel even with the heavy 5G Yonex dampener.
I’d almost say that I prefer the EZONE with a dampener and the VC98 without.
 
Played the club Pro today. He's the best guy I know to have a good opinion on how the ball feels on the other side of the court.

Vcore98+ with 1g at top, my shots land just a bit short and he can attack them whenever I don't hit cleanly. With my DR98+ my shots are deeper and more loopy. These frames I have fine tuned them for the last 8 months so it makes sense. Based solely on this he think I might be best staying with the DR. But he suggests that I add some more lead to the Vcore as I tend to arrive too early in my shots, my timing is a bit off and my balls tend to lend a bit short. So I add another 1g...

Vcore98+ with 2g, it is almost unreal how such a small difference can have a big impact on the end result. But also some little coaching from a pro. He suggested that I don't loop the ball as much (it is a great tool against 4.0-5.0 players) but against him the ball even if it kicks up is not as difficult to hit as a bit lower one with more speed. So instead of going low 3rd window over the net he suggested I go middle 2nd. So that combined with the extra weight my shots are deep and seem to jump forward and not sit too high. Verdict, he thinks the DR+ and VC+ for me are now pretty much equal. But my flat shots are more explosive with the VC so slight edge to VC.

Then I did some serves. My first serve against him with the VC98+ was an ace! He played top players in the world and gets aced by a 5.0. His own words were, the ball really shoots out of that frame. I manage to hit a second ace in about 15 serves. I then switched to the DR and I can't ace him. He immediatly noticed the DR doesn't have the same pop on the serve.

I'm switching to the Vcore98+. It's a DR98+ turned to 11 without compromising the feel or comfort.
I had a VCore 98+ and it was like swinging a flagpole. 340 SW was nice when playing someone who allowed me to have time to get that thing around, but in doubles or playing a full match against someone who can direct the ball with pace? Forget it. Technique went down the toilet.
 

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I had a VCore 98+ and it was like swinging a flagpole. 340 SW was nice when playing someone who allowed me to have time to get that thing around, but in doubles or playing a full match against someone who can direct the ball with pace? Forget it. Technique went down the toilet.
The extra .5in and beafy SW will expose any technical flaw in your preparation.

Not trying to imply you have technical flaws. If you never played with high SW frames the problem might just be with your rhythm. If you stick with it long enough you’d adjust. You can either force yourself to prepare earlier and adjust your rhythm, or just move on to something else.

If you do move to something else, let me know, I’m in the market for an extra VC98+.
 
Currently demoing a Vcore 98. Really enjoying the maneuverability (just demoed a Blade 98 CV before, very head heavy), it makes my backhand slice a lot better than I’m used to.

Stringed with some fluo HEAD Lynx 1,25 that have been played before my demo, low tension a bit hard to control - and a vibration noise when hitting. I need to get used to the grip, I struggled to find my modified eastern grip.

But very nice weight and balance. Easy to slice or topspin and racquet lag.
With a proper string I think it might be my next buy.
Now I get why I’m struggling with control, racquettune gives me a 19kg/41lbs tension
 
Ah OK. For whatever reasons, I couldn't get used to their headshape. Yonex has such great quality control that I wish they'd make rounder shaped racquets.

I came from being a wilson user for years and switched to the last generation SV Vcore 98, I had no problem switching to the isometric shape, bjt my biggest adjustment was getting used to the 16x20 pattern
 
Can anybody compare the V98 compared to the VFT97? I like the 16x20 pattern but idk about the change to the 16x19 pattern. The funny thing is that I used/owned almost every racquet company their is, yet Yonex is last on the list. Lol
 
I had a VCore 98+ and it was like swinging a flagpole. 340 SW was nice when playing someone who allowed me to have time to get that thing around, but in doubles or playing a full match against someone who can direct the ball with pace? Forget it. Technique went down the toilet.
I recall several members here saying they tail-weighted the SV98+ and it seems the VCore 98+ could benefit from that as well for some players. I did not tail-weight my SV98+ but after a couple sessions of trying the VCore 98+ I've decided to put 7g of tungsten putty under the butt cap -- it was tough to get it to fit, but I managed it -- and give that a try. I want to get a bit more whip back on my forehand.
 
I had a VCore 98+ and it was like swinging a flagpole. 340 SW was nice when playing someone who allowed me to have time to get that thing around, but in doubles or playing a full match against someone who can direct the ball with pace? Forget it. Technique went down the toilet.
Well, initially, the VC98+ did feel less maneuverable than the SV98+. Once I made it from 5 to 8 pts headlight, it felt a lot better. Of course, I pushed the SW to 345 as well.
I find high swing and twist weight very useful against heavy hitters, but I did drop from my usual 350+ because the VC98+ is a tad more powerful with the open string pattern.
I came from being a wilson user for years and switched to the last generation SV Vcore 98, I had no problem switching to the isometric shape, bjt my biggest adjustment was getting used to the 16x20 pattern
Well the newer VC line has 16x19, so it's more open. I found the RF97 pattern to be tighter in the center than the SV/VC98s.
 
Well, initially, the VC98+ did feel less maneuverable than the SV98+. Once I made it from 5 to 8 pts headlight, it felt a lot better. Of course, I pushed the SW to 345 as well.
I find high swing and twist weight very useful against heavy hitters, but I did drop from my usual 350+ because the VC98+ is a tad more powerful with the open string pattern.

Well the newer VC line has 16x19, so it's more open. I found the RF97 pattern to be tighter in the center than the SV/VC98s.
But the launch angle isn’t as ‘bad’ as the Babolat PA right?
 
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