Yonex VCORE series 2018

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Has anyone had the paint job fall apart on the red VCORE 98? A teaching pro in my area has been using this frame since around the beginning of the year. After teaching outdoors long hours every day all summer, the paint is flaking off the racquet everywhere. I was shocked to see it.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
Has anyone had the paint job fall apart on the red VCORE 98? A teaching pro in my area has been using this frame since around the beginning of the year. After teaching outdoors long hours every day all summer, the paint is flaking off the racquet everywhere. I was shocked to see it.
some folks here had issues wirh the red. Waiting to see if my galaxy black ones have the same issue
 

McLovin

Legend
Has anyone had the paint job fall apart on the red VCORE 98? A teaching pro in my area has been using this frame since around the beginning of the year. After teaching outdoors long hours every day all summer, the paint is flaking off the racquet everywhere. I was shocked to see it.
I have 3 of the red 98+s, and on one of them the clear coat is peeling off (~ 2in x 0.5in strip) at the 12 o'clock position. The other 2 are doing fine. I've had them for almost 1 1/2 years.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I have 3 of the red 98+s, and on one of them the clear coat is peeling off (~ 2in x 0.5in strip) at the 12 o'clock position. The other 2 are doing fine. I've had them for almost 1 1/2 years.
Interesting. He only showed it to me briefly, but from what I recall it looked like the red base coat was still intact, but all of the layers above it, such as the lettering and bands of different colors, were flaking away.
 

myth

Semi-Pro
Picked up a third VCORE 95 for a sweet sweet price, and I couldn’t be happier. Check out this beautiful trio, they will all soon be exactly the same as the middle aka 352g static weight with a fb of poly tour strike, Tourna leather grip, and luxilon over grip.






BEAUTIFUL!
Which leather grip is the closest to the P1 leather grip in color?
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Can someone help suggest tensions for my VC98+? I will be stringing with Klip 16G in the mains and Grapplesnake Tour Sniper in the cross. For reference, I have been pretty happy with my RF97 at 58/52 (similar combo w/ Grapplesnake Irukandji in the cross).

Currently hitting the VC98+ in a full bed of Yonex PTP but I don't know the tension.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Can someone help suggest tensions for my VC98+? I will be stringing with Klip 16G in the mains and Grapplesnake Tour Sniper in the cross. For reference, I have been pretty happy with my RF97 at 58/52 (similar combo w/ Grapplesnake Irukandji in the cross).

Currently hitting the VC98+ in a full bed of Yonex PTP but I don't know the tension.
Man, truthfully asking someone else to recommend tension is really hard to answer.
 
I typically string my Vcore 98+ racquets with Hyper G or Signum Pro Xperience at 54lbs. If I were to go with gut/poly, I would probably start the Gut off a few pounds higher - at 56 or 57 pounds. For reference, when I played with the RF97 I usually hit with Klip 16G mains and Head Hawk Touch crosses at 56/52.
 

Sardines

Professional
Dunno, I've asked for tension recommendations for other racquets/strings, and it's always been pretty reliable.
Well Rabbit isn't wrong that tensions can be very personal. From your tensions for the RF97, I am guessing you want a bit more launch angle and comfort. The RF97's slightly denser string pattern has a lower launch angle than the VC98+, but is also stiffer. Remember you are swinging a 27.5" so your swing will be a tad slower too until you adjust. You will have to experiment to replicate the RF97 response. Personally, I'd try to set the mains at 58/55 and work from there. The linertech long mains gives an extra lift that the SV98+ and RF97 don't have, one of the reasons I dropped the VC98+.
 

Kurt0707

Rookie
I have used VC98+ in a full bed of Yonex PTP @50 lbs, didn't want to go too high with a poly due to a sensitive arm... it was a bit soft and too powerful, so if I would probably go up to 53-54lbs at least on mains with a similar soft poly, as briancheng has mentioned. Having said that other stringing I have seen are:
  • Gosen Sidewinder poly 17g 45lbs
  • Solinco Hyper-G 17 at 48 pounds, or 46/44
  • Volkl Cyclone 18L mains and Tecnifibre Pro Red Code Wax cross @ 47-49.5 mains and -45lbs cross
  • full poly @ 48
  • Ytex Square X mains at 48/Wilson Revolve at 45
  • 17g Laserfibre Native Tour (co-poly mono) @ 50lbs
  • black bear claw at 50 (comfortably soft co-poly with a six-sided shape)
  • Volkl cyclone 16 at 51
  • Hyper G 16L 54/51
Hope this helps..
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Well Rabbit isn't wrong that tensions can be very personal. From your tensions for the RF97, I am guessing you want a bit more launch angle and comfort. The RF97's slightly denser string pattern has a lower launch angle than the VC98+, but is also stiffer. Remember you are swinging a 27.5" so your swing will be a tad slower too until you adjust. You will have to experiment to replicate the RF97 response. Personally, I'd try to set the mains at 58/55 and work from there. The linertech long mains gives an extra lift that the SV98+ and RF97 don't have, one of the reasons I dropped the VC98+.
Interesting. I thought that my VC98+ had a really low launch angle compared to my RF97, but maybe that is more due to me swinging slower and having different contact angle.

I'll give it a try at 58/55 then, thanks!
 

Sardines

Professional
Interesting. I thought that my VC98+ had a really low launch angle compared to my RF97, but maybe that is more due to me swinging slower and having different contact angle.

I'll give it a try at 58/55 then, thanks!
Haha yes well, going back to Rabbit's point! Many recommend sticking with their original tension but the racquets and string bed are so different, it's a bit of a crap shoot! If I remember correctly, you've been jumping between the VC98+ and RF97 for a long time now. Like my then gf, now wife asked me just 3 days before my planned surprise proposal, "commitment issues?!?" :laughing:
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Haha yes well, going back to Rabbit's point! Many recommend sticking with their original tension but the racquets and string bed are so different, it's a bit of a crap shoot! If I remember correctly, you've been jumping between the VC98+ and RF97 for a long time now. Like my then gf, now wife asked me just 3 days before my planned surprise proposal, "commitment issues?!?" :laughing:
I actually haven't played with the Yonex in a while. I only string one racquet at a time because I don't play enough tennis heh. I just talked to my stringer and he recommended trying 50/50 with my Klip Legend + Gosen AK Pro CX, excited to try it out.
 
Been playing with the vcore 98 stock ever since it came out and for the most part really enjoy it. One main problem I keep having though is hitting long with it. I’ve tried switching to more of a western grip and hitting with more spin but still dialing in the swing since now some shots go into the net. I rarely hit flat since those shots tend to fly on me as well.
I switched back to my old ezone ai 100 during a couple matches and found to have more confidence on my ground strokes with very few shots going long. It lacked some of the qualities the vcore 98 brings me (serve, slice) but felt like my consistency was better. Has anyone else had a similar issue? I’ve strung it with different strings but recently have tried solinco confidential 16L @ 51 lbs and PTP 1.25 @ 53 lbs. I’m 34, a strong 4.0 with a 2hbh, usually hit semi-western/ full western forehand, but picked up the sport in my 20’s and don’t have the foundation of coaching.
 
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AMGF

Hall of Fame
Been playing with the vcore 98 stock ever since it came out and for the most part really enjoy it. One main problem I keep having though is hitting long with it. I’ve tried switching to more of a western grip and hitting with more spin but still dialing in the swing since now some shots go into the net. I rarely hit flat since those shots tend to fly on me as well.
I switched back to my old ezone ai 100 during a couple matches and found to have more confidence on my ground strokes with very few shots going long. It lacked some of the qualities the vcore 98 brings me (serve, slice) but felt like my consistency was better. Has anyone else had a similar issue? I’ve strung it with different strings but recently have tried solinco confidential 16L @ 51 lbs and PTP 1.25 @ 53 lbs. I’m 34, a strong 4.0 with a 2hbh, usually hit semi-western/ full western forehand, but picked up the sport in my 20’s and don’t have the foundation of coaching.
There are 3 reasons a ball goes out:
-too much power
-too high the trajectory
-not enough spin

If you hit low over the net and hit with lots of spin you simply have too much power. This is pretty rare. The culprit is usually not enough spin for the power you have. My gf (very good would give some 4.0 a run for their money) tried the VC98 and hit lots of shots long and moved to something else. Just not enough spin, while I’ve been playing with the even more powerful VC98+ with some lead and don’t hit long. But I spin like a mofo.

If you hit moderately fast with good spin but way over the net and it goes out, try lowering your shots (obviously) or simply use tighter tensions or go with a very low powered poly.

Stupid question, how often do you change your strings? PTP for me is fantastic for about 4hours. After that it loses its snapback and control suffers. If you’re keeping it until it breaks maybe you don’t have the spin you should and play with a poly that lost both its snapback and its tension. Making it useless.
 
There are 3 reasons a ball goes out:
-too much power
-too high the trajectory
-not enough spin

If you hit low over the net and hit with lots of spin you simply have too much power. This is pretty rare. The culprit is usually not enough spin for the power you have. My gf (very good would give some 4.0 a run for their money) tried the VC98 and hit lots of shots long and moved to something else. Just not enough spin, while I’ve been playing with the even more powerful VC98+ with some lead and don’t hit long. But I spin like a mofo.

If you hit moderately fast with good spin but way over the net and it goes out, try lowering your shots (obviously) or simply use tighter tensions or go with a very low powered poly.

Stupid question, how often do you change your strings? PTP for me is fantastic for about 4hours. After that it loses its snapback and control suffers. If you’re keeping it until it breaks maybe you don’t have the spin you should and play with a poly that lost both its snapback and its tension. Making it useless.
Thanks for your reply!
I’d say I change my strings every couple of months and play twice a week usually. The ptp I noticed is like a trampoline so I use the confidential more now. I read that Troy at TW used hyper g at 53 so I could see how that feels.
I think I’m finding my swing being the problem especially after what you mentioned. I use too much power with a forward drive (maybe even being late at contact) and I think that sails the ball. And when I try western grip, I over compensate and swing too hard up creating not enough forward momentum and having the balls land in the net. I’ll say that my hitting partner mentioned I had more spin with the ai 100, so it’s possible I just haven’t found the optimum swing path for the vcore that gives me the best spin/power/control combination.
I’ll try the other strings/tension and focus on a more consistent swing and contact to see if that fixes my problem.
 

AMGF

Hall of Fame
Thanks for your reply!
I’d say I change my strings every couple of months and play twice a week usually. The ptp I noticed is like a trampoline so I use the confidential more now. I read that Troy at TW used hyper g at 53 so I could see how that feels.
I think I’m finding my swing being the problem especially after what you mentioned. I use too much power with a forward drive (maybe even being late at contact) and I think that sails the ball. And when I try western grip, I over compensate and swing too hard up creating not enough forward momentum and having the balls land in the net. I’ll say that my hitting partner mentioned I had more spin with the ai 100, so it’s possible I just haven’t found the optimum swing path for the vcore that gives me the best spin/power/control combination.
I’ll try the other strings/tension and focus on a more consistent swing and contact to see if that fixes my problem.
I think you’re on the right path. Just a side note, sometimes people try to hit low to high to get more topspin. That just messes up everything as the swing path is now launching the ball on a higher trajectory while spin is relatively the same. The spin (mostly) doesn’t come from your arm going low to high but from a loose wrist. If you look at pros they have loose wrists and it creates that wrist lag that snaps the ball and give it its extra spin.

So try higher tension and deader poly but if you aren’t already, work on that loose wrist. Many youtuber explain that in great details if you need visual. The Vcore was meant for this type of swing.
 
The wrist lag was definitely the difference for me !! Recorded myself a bit and noticed I had a pretty stiff wrist so I watched a few YouTube videos and went out to practice it. After getting the hang of it I found the court a lot more than I did before. Had a quick match with a friend and really was able to crank the forehand! Thanks for the tips! Gotta dial it in more obviously but happy to have found the solution.
 
I did a play-test with the VCore 100 strung with Head Lynx 1.25.
It was causing issues with my shoulder after playing 15 minutes during 2 different sessions. I don't know why. When hitting the ball the frame feels very harsh.
I wonder how the VCore 98 feels compared to the VCore 100 given that the frame is notably thinner. Can anyone please advise?

Did anyone play-test the VCore 98 vs. the EZone 100 and can report a comparison?
 

Regord

New User
Is there a way to measure racquet headsize accurately?

A professional tour stringer told me through his connections he found out the new 95 is really a 93, but marketed as a 95...

I've been trying to find a replacement for my tour f 93 for a long time, I want to find out if it's true!
This is interesting...saw somewhere that it plays bigger than a 95.
 
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Casper777

New User
My 2 cents, I play my VCore 98 and my Regna 98 stringed with some TopSpin CyberBlue 120 at 23kg. Works great for me. If too powerful try the CyberBlue 125. Amazing and cheap strings!!
 

WNB93

Rookie
I did a play-test with the VCore 100 strung with Head Lynx 1.25.
It was causing issues with my shoulder after playing 15 minutes during 2 different sessions. I don't know why. When hitting the ball the frame feels very harsh.
I wonder how the VCore 98 feels compared to the VCore 100 given that the frame is notably thinner. Can anyone please advise?

Did anyone play-test the VCore 98 vs. the EZone 100 and can report a comparison?
I can tell you that the Ezone 100 is very comfortable and forgiving even though it has a 69 stiffness rating.
But the new Vcore 100 coming out next feels even more comfortable.
 

WNB93

Rookie
I wonder if the new vcore 100 will have the Japanese specs of 23-22mm beam (thicker)

That's the Vcore PRO though?
 

Deki

Rookie
VCore 98 with 18x20 string pattern and new tech would be great! And Galaxy black pj!
Yonex C’mon!!!
 
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nick102potter

New User
I'm in malaysia also, where can i get it, looking for used one to try out
Last time I bought from Greensports and Hock Eng. But both places don't have VC95 in stock anymore. The only place that I can confirm got stock is Topper but last I checked, it was selling for RM560.

As for used ones, it's very hard to see any used VC95 on the market.
 

cczjordan

New User
Last time I bought from Greensports and Hock Eng. But both places don't have VC95 in stock anymore. The only place that I can confirm got stock is Topper but last I checked, it was selling for RM560.

As for used ones, it's very hard to see any used VC95 on the market.
Thank you
 

Znak

Professional
I used the VCORE95 up until recently, and I can probably switch back easily if needed, but won't until we get a new color. I'm a shallow person haha. These should be updated soon though.. we are about to hit two years in October?
Just finished reading this entire thread as I picked up a 95 on sale during boxing week (mostly out of boredom haha). The way Karue Sell was singing such high praises I couldn't help myself. Your setup seems the most likely of how I doctor up my racquets, but it sounds like you moved on, can I ask what frame you're hitting with now? Cheers
 

CiscoPC600

Professional
Just finished reading this entire thread as I picked up a 95 on sale during boxing week (mostly out of boredom haha). The way Karue Sell was singing such high praises I couldn't help myself. Your setup seems the most likely of how I doctor up my racquets, but it sounds like you moved on, can I ask what frame you're hitting with now? Cheers
I'm bouncing around for fun; I don't have an actual go-to racket :oops:
 

Tmano

Professional
I finally acquired a Vcore 98 hoping to be better than the DR 98 i every area.
I just have to wait to be able to hit again.....can't wait!
 

kdm711

Rookie
The Vcores are the only Yonex’s I had yet to try out. Over the past couple years, I’ve owned the Vcore Pro 310g (navy/orange), last gen Ezone 98, and since last Feb I’ve been playing with the DR 98. I passed on the Vcore 98 after reading so much bad feedback on how it’s too powerful, unpredictable, and lacks feel.

To be honest, I never even considered the 95 just because of the smaller head size. However, after all the rave reviews, I decided to pick one up. I played with it for the first time tonight and wow, honeymooning for sure. I much preferred it over the DR and it seems better suited for my game. I love how it pockets the ball on impact and being able to swing out. I like hitting angles and I’ve struggled to do so consistently with the DR 98, but I was able to do anything I wanted with the 95. I know the term “point and shoot” gets thrown around a lot, but it’s as close to that as I’ve experienced out of all the racquets I’ve hit with. My volleying and touch shots were also much improved which I’ve also struggled with using the DR 98.

Obviously honeymooning, but if anyone is on the fence like I was, don’t let the smaller head size keep you from trying this racquet. Like others have said, I really didn’t even notice it being a smaller head size than the 97 or 98’s I’m used to. I had plans to demo the new Vcore 95, but now I’m wondering if I should just save my money and pick up a second 2018 instead.
 
The Vcores are the only Yonex’s I had yet to try out. Over the past couple years, I’ve owned the Vcore Pro 310g (navy/orange), last gen Ezone 98, and since last Feb I’ve been playing with the DR 98. I passed on the Vcore 98 after reading so much bad feedback on how it’s too powerful, unpredictable, and lacks feel.

To be honest, I never even considered the 95 just because of the smaller head size. However, after all the rave reviews, I decided to pick one up. I played with it for the first time tonight and wow, honeymooning for sure. I much preferred it over the DR and it seems better suited for my game. I love how it pockets the ball on impact and being able to swing out. I like hitting angles and I’ve struggled to do so consistently with the DR 98, but I was able to do anything I wanted with the 95. I know the term “point and shoot” gets thrown around a lot, but it’s as close to that as I’ve experienced out of all the racquets I’ve hit with. My volleying and touch shots were also much improved which I’ve also struggled with using the DR 98.

Obviously honeymooning, but if anyone is on the fence like I was, don’t let the smaller head size keep you from trying this racquet. Like others have said, I really didn’t even notice it being a smaller head size than the 97 or 98’s I’m used to. I had plans to demo the new Vcore 95, but now I’m wondering if I should just save my money and pick up a second 2018 instead.
I also experience the same kind of strong points you experience with this racket. If I were you, I would stay with the '18 version. If you're already very comfortable with this one, I doubt you'll like the '21 version even better from the things that I've read. Of course it's possible you would like the '21 version more but sometimes it's better to just be happy with what you have.;)
 

Casper777

New User
can't wait to compare the 18 98 with my new 21 98!! in the meantime I also switched from size 4 to size 3 for the grip... can't believe I played for years with grip 4... If i like more my 2018 model I'll have to play with the grip only to compensate...
 

leojramirez

Rookie
Same here, I've got my new 98 couple. I suspect I'll switch regardless as I don't mind the muted feel at all, in fact i prefer it as i have struggled with wrist issues.
 

McLovin

Legend
in the meantime I also switched from size 4 to size 3 for the grip... can't believe I played for years with grip 4..
So, I used 4 1/2 for years, but something I've been doing w/ Yonex is buying #3 grips, but replacing the base grip with a thicker one. Their base grip is so thin (~ 1.5mm). Currently I use the Tecnifibre Wax Max, which is 2.1mm. Essentially makes the grip a #3.5.

Additionally, if you like more flare, you can replace the butt cap w/ a Wilson (see this thread for examples). I used a Wilson 4 1/2 as I "like big butts"...
 
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kdm711

Rookie
I also went down a grip size this time around on this Yonex racquet. Every other one I’ve owned has measured 1/16” larger than it’s supposed to be, so I’ve found myself using the thinnest replacement and OG’s possible, but they still have felt slightly too big. So this time I went down a size and used a thicker OG and the grip size is perfect.
 
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