Yonex Vcore SV 95 Review

QuentinFederer

Professional
I have recently bought this frame and thought I'd share a review here. In short, this racket is close to perfection. It's very hard to fault it.
Specs:
Weight: 346 g inc string, grip, dampener
SW: 328
Bal: 9 HL
String: poly tour fire 1.25mm 50lbs
Grip: leather + supergrap
No lead added, racket came in one gram over weight in stock form. Very good QC from Yonex.

Serves: Huge spin available on serve, it really made me confident going for kick second serves. Many were bouncing to shoulder height at the baseline. Flat first serves were very fast, I didn't have a radar today but my usual flat serves are around 100mph and I was definitely hitting bigger with the Yonex. Slice serves we're staying low and really spinning wide nicely. My kick serve out wide on the ad side was much improved, it's my weakest serve but I felt great confidence going for it with the Yonex. I was getting a lot of cheap points off the serve with this racket.

Groundstrokes: This racket again offers great spin and power, but flatter hitting was slightly more erratic. I feel like this is due to the string however, not the racket. I usually use an 18x20 with gut poly around 60lbs. I plan to increase the tension in the Yonex to 56 lbs next time to fix this, or possibly try gut poly. My backhand cross court was great, I was getting great spin and really using it to pressure my opponent into hitting errors on their own backhand. When I got dialed in on the forehand I was able to hit winners even when stood behind the baseline. Slice was good also, but it was sitting up a bit compared to the slice from my Wilson 6.1. I think with a bit more adjustment I could easily overcome this. This racket just feels so clean through contact on my topspin one hand backhand. I really was able to come through to ball and hit a heavy shot. While I want 100% confident attacking on the forehand side, my backhand made me very confident.

Volleys/Touch: I serve and volley as one of my primary tactics so the feel and stabilty of a racket is crucial to my game. This racket was incredible at net. The drop volley is my bread and butter shot and I was hitting it with ease. The racket was very comfortable at contact and crisp at the same time. This is exactly what I look for in a racket. Drop shot were fantastic, I was regularly using drop returns with great success. Driven volleys were easy and over heads were good too. It's a very fast feeling racket and very manoeuvrable. I was surprised at just how stable this was considering I hadn't put any weight in the hoop. I plan to put 5g at 3 and 9 just for a bit more stability.

Returns: Fast and manoeuvrable, this racket made returning easy. Stability wasn't an issue here, although a few more grams in the hoop would likely improve things. I could block or drive returns off both forehand and backhand.

I have been using a K6.1 18x20 this season, but I feel like I could switch to the Yonex by next year. It's a modern classic, I can really see this frame becoming very sought after in a few years, especially consider that Denis Shapovalov now uses it. It's just such a great all court weapon, I believe it would suit any style of play. I am also really enjoying my RF97 and CV Blade 18x20, but the Yonex just feels right in my hand. I hope you all find this review useful and I'm happy to answer any questions that you guys have.

A bit about my game: Strong serve, I'm always looking to attack the net. I will grind when required, but I prefer to keep points short. Groundstrokes aren't my biggest strength but are improving all the time. I'm from the UK but I would estimate that I'm around 4.0 on the American rating system, although I'm not 100% sure on this.
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
Given that the 6.1 18x20 has been re-released and is available cheap compared to newer designs, would you still take the SV 95 instead?
Good question, it's tough to answer. I'd probably take the Yonex right now but I'd need a bit more time with it to be totally sure. I've only used one string in it so far so I there could still be more to come from it. I've used a lot of strings in the 6.1 and feel like I completely know the rackets strengths and weaknesses. There is still more learning to be done with the Yonex and while they're pretty evenly matched, I feel like the potential of the Yonex could be slightly greater.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
Good question, it's tough to answer. I'd probably take the Yonex right now but I'd need a bit more time with it to be totally sure. I've only used one string in it so far so I there could still be more to come from it. I've used a lot of strings in the 6.1 and feel like I completely know the rackets strengths and weaknesses. There is still more learning to be done with the Yonex and while they're pretty evenly matched, I feel like the potential of the Yonex could be slightly greater.
In my mind the new 6.1 and SV95 diverge in different directions from the K6.1. The Yonex is somewhat like a surgical pure drive or what a Pro Staff 97 should have performed like. The new 6.1 on the other hand is less polarized than the K, softer, and slightly less powerful I. The upper hoop.

It sounds like you adapted to it quite easily.
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
In my mind the new 6.1 and SV95 diverge in different directions from the K6.1. The Yonex is somewhat like a surgical pure drive or what a Pro Staff 97 should have performed like. The new 6.1 on the other hand is less polarized than the K, softer, and slightly less powerful I. The upper hoop.

It sounds like you adapted to it quite easily.
I agree that the SV is a like controlled pure drive kind of frame, it offers easy power and spin but it really has the control of a smaller racket. It's power is very controllable. I have the old Burn 95 and the SV is better in every area. The Burn is too stiff feeling and lacks some control. I'd actually say that the SV is quite similar to the RF97 but I find it's more user friendly. It actually feels a bit more powerful on serve too. I agree with your comparison with the two 6.1's, the new one is less powerful than the Kfactor and the SV is more powerful than the Kfactor. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I adapted, I am still in the process of adapting but I am already confident enough to use it in matches.
 

langdon0555

Semi-Pro
I agree that the SV is a like controlled pure drive kind of frame, it offers easy power and spin but it really has the control of a smaller racket. It's power is very controllable. I have the old Burn 95 and the SV is better in every area. The Burn is too stiff feeling and lacks some control. I'd actually say that the SV is quite similar to the RF97 but I find it's more user friendly. It actually feels a bit more powerful on serve too. I agree with your comparison with the two 6.1's, the new one is less powerful than the Kfactor and the SV is more powerful than the Kfactor. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I adapted, I am still in the process of adapting but I am already confident enough to use it in matches.
Really...the sv95 plays that powerful?

What about the new burn 95 CV, have you used it? I've heard it plays/feels different then the first version.
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
Really...the sv95 plays that powerful?

What about the new burn 95 CV, have you used it? I've heard it plays/feels different then the first version.
The SV probably has a little less power than the RF on groundstrokes, but on serve it has more power. Maybe it just felt this way because I was getting more racket head speed, but my serves were definitely the fastest I've ever hit. I was at 50lbs with a pretty soft poly so maybe this also helped on serve, but whatever the reason my serves were full of speed.

I've not used the CV Burn so I can't offer a comparison there.
 
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langdon0555

Semi-Pro
The SV probably has a little less power than the RF on groundstrokes, but on serve it has more power. Maybe it just felt this way because I was getting more racket head speed, but my seven were definitely the fastest I've ever hit. I was at 50lbs with a pretty soft poly so maybe this also helped on serve, but whatever the reason my serves were full of speed.

I've not used the CV Burn so I can't offer a comparison there.
Did you add any weight to the frame?
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
Curious to hear how it plays with the lead.

I usually modify my racquets to 12.5 ounces/340-350 swing weight/8-10 points HL
I'm usually swinging a stick at 13oz, mid 350s swing weight, 8 head light. I think raising the weight by 5 g and increasing the swingweight to 340 will be a good start, and see how it plays from there. I'll be playing this weekend so I'll update you on how this plays.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
I agree that the SV is a like controlled pure drive kind of frame, it offers easy power and spin but it really has the control of a smaller racket. It's power is very controllable. I have the old Burn 95 and the SV is better in every area. The Burn is too stiff feeling and lacks some control. I'd actually say that the SV is quite similar to the RF97 but I find it's more user friendly. It actually feels a bit more powerful on serve too. I agree with your comparison with the two 6.1's, the new one is less powerful than the Kfactor and the SV is more powerful than the Kfactor. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I adapted, I am still in the process of adapting but I am already confident enough to use it in matches.
I didn't take any pictures when I had it, but I felt the SV's hoop is the same height but wider than the 6.1 - who knows which is more true of a 95 though.

It makes me wonder how the SV98 or SV100 stack up to other like sized frames.
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
To be more comprehensive on the SV95, I tested it with Tecnifibre HDX tour gauge 17 strung at 23/21 kgs
I also tested it with another string, a black poly (I don't know its name) and I preferred the sensations I had with the soft Tecnifibre
This racquet was good in all aspects except a lack of stability when volleying (on that day I remember saying to myself that the DR98 was way more stable in that area, but less good in the backcourt)
That being said it is far from being as good as the extended SV98+ version
 

QuadCam

Professional
I found the sv95 to be really powerful. I like to play with poly in the low 40s and it was uncontrollable unless hot absolutely perfectly. On perfectly hit shots, the reacher was a dream. Other than that, it was really frustrating to launch too many balls long.

I had a leather grip, over grip, and 2gr of lead at 12. Without the lead, I head fluttered on every shot and felt cheap.

I think I'm going to stick with my aero storms.
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
I found the sv95 to be really powerful. I like to play with poly in the low 40s and it was uncontrollable unless hot absolutely perfectly. On perfectly hit shots, the reacher was a dream. Other than that, it was really frustrating to launch too many balls long.

I had a leather grip, over grip, and 2gr of lead at 12. Without the lead, I head fluttered on every shot and felt cheap.

I think I'm going to stick with my aero storms.
It is a powerful frame, did you try any higher tensions?
 

QuadCam

Professional
It is a powerful frame, did you try any higher tensions?
I didn't get to. It was a demo. Had a SW of 332 and with the leather grip, over grip and dampener. it was around 9-10 pts HL, too. I only got to play with it twice due to hurricane Irma. It was strung up with fresh ALU Power.
 

Hank

New User
I've been looking at this racquet and the dr98 for a minute now but haven't had the chance to try either one. Would love a comparison from some who has tried both?
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
I've been looking at this racquet and the dr98 for a minute now but haven't had the chance to try either one. Would love a comparison from some who has tried both?
SV: perfect in the backcourt, plays long, comfortable (with a dampener), good control
DR: perfect on volleys, unstable in the backcourt, quite comfortable but did not like the feel, a bit whippy
My preference goes to the SV but in the extended version (new racquet of choice coming from head speed pro XT)
 

Hank

New User
So I did something I have never done before. I just purchased the sv 95 without demoing first! The specs looked good so I went for it! I'm gonna try it for awhile and if it doesn't mesh with my game I might try and trade it!
 

QuadCam

Professional
So I did something I have never done before. I just purchased the sv 95 without demoing first! The specs looked good so I went for it! I'm gonna try it for awhile and if it doesn't mesh with my game I might try and trade it!
How did it turn out for you?
 

Hank

New User
How did it turn out for you?
Well no so great! Don't think I will ever buy before demoing again! I agree with some of the above comments. It is awesome from the baseline, has great controllable power for a 95 head. It also served great for me , good power and spin. The problem for me is that it did not mesh well for my game. I have a one hand backhand that I slice a lot. The sv 95 felt awful on slices not sure why but they consistently floated on me and could not get them to stay low. Also I like to go to net quite often and felt like it was very unstable at net if you hit it perfect it's ok but slightly off and it feels awful! Overall it would be a great racquet for some baseliners but doesn't work for me. So I think I'm going to try and trade it for a dr 98 or a pure strike!
 

topspn

Legend
I just demoed the SV95. What a great racquet, big serve and did everything well. I’d love to try it with decent poly since the TW demo came with multi
 
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AllCourtHeathen

Guest
Hi, can you compare it to the T-FIGHT 315 LTD 16M please?
Thanks
Sv95 better on serves by far.
Tec has more feel, more control, bit better volleys.
My favourite racquet is 18x20 315ltd, but in hindsight i think I'd take the sv95 over the 16m, despite it being the more popular of the two tec315ltds, it has just never clicked for me like the 18m has.
 

topspn

Legend
Demo played so well for me until the string broke. I couldn’t resist and have one on its way so I could hit with poly and really see how this frame will play.
 

topspn

Legend
Just arrived and strung with revolve spin 16g weighs in 332.2grams. With a supergrap OG and little rubber band for dampener, weighs 337.7grams. A bit more weight then expected based on TW measurement but totally fine with me. OG included, balances at 31.9cm
 
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topspn

Legend
First time out with my new SV95 strung with revolve spin @49lbs. Played 2 hours of doubles and really enjoyed this racquet. No issues with comfort and i thought feel was pretty good contrary to a couple of TW play testers. The combination of power and precision this racquet has is addictive. Serves are lethal with power and some wicked action on the ball. Loved my kick serves with this frame, balls were really jumping hard off the court with some nasty twist. I don’t hit pure flat serves much but tried on a couple of occasions and phew, they had some heat. So manueverable on returns and you feel pretty confident you hit the ball where you want. Really nice frame and I can’t wait to go out and play some singles with it.
 

ShahofTennis

Professional
First time out with my new SV95 strung with revolve spin @49lbs. Played 2 hours of doubles and really enjoyed this racquet. No issues with comfort and i thought feel was pretty good contrary to a couple of TW play testers. The combination of power and precision this racquet has is addictive. Serves are lethal with power and some wicked action on the ball. Loved my kick serves with this frame, balls were really jumping hard off the court with some nasty twist. I don’t hit pure flat serves much but tried on a couple of occasions and phew, they had some heat. So manueverable on returns and you feel pretty confident you hit the ball where you want. Really nice frame and I can’t wait to go out and play some singles with it.
Great review. I'm torn between these and my Textreme 95's. My SV's will probably win the day though because I'm so locked into the maneuverability and power this racquet has. I think this frame as well as the Textreme 95 bridge the gap between the low powered precision of the ProStaff 95 and the heavy hitting Yonex 95D.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
I agree that the SV is a like controlled pure drive kind of frame, it offers easy power and spin but it really has the control of a smaller racket. It's power is very controllable. I have the old Burn 95 and the SV is better in every area. The Burn is too stiff feeling and lacks some control. I'd actually say that the SV is quite similar to the RF97 but I find it's more user friendly. It actually feels a bit more powerful on serve too. I agree with your comparison with the two 6.1's, the new one is less powerful than the Kfactor and the SV is more powerful than the Kfactor. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I adapted, I am still in the process of adapting but I am already confident enough to use it in matches.
Hi QuentinFederer, great review BTW! Question:

What are the pros and cons of your own SV 95 (unleaded, leather grip and dampener) compared to the RF 97?
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
Hi QuentinFederer, great review BTW! Question:

What are the pros and cons of your own SV 95 (unleaded, leather grip and dampener) compared to the RF 97?
Thanks! :)

Pros: Both rackets were head light and manoeuvrable, and the Yonex was particularly easy to manoeuvre.
Serves were great with both but the Yonex has a bit more pace and easier access to kick and slice serves.
Spin: Yonex provide more spin with my strokes. It’s more spin friendly which has advantages and disadvantages.
I found the Yonex to have almost as much power on groundstrokes as the RF and it was easier to control the SV’s power.

Cons: I found that my forehands were falling a bit short due to the increase in spin compared to the RF.
Stability was good with the Yonex but not on the same level as the RF. Adding a few grams of lead has pretty much fixed this.
The one area the Yonex was lacking was feel. It’s not a bad feeling racket but I wasn’t quite as confident going for touch shots as I am with the RF. Using gut mains has now greatly improved the feel of the Yonex.
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
Thanks! :)

Pros: Both rackets were head light and manoeuvrable, and the Yonex was particularly easy to manoeuvre.
Serves were great with both but the Yonex has a bit more pace and easier access to kick and slice serves.
Spin: Yonex provide more spin with my strokes. It’s more spin friendly which has advantages and disadvantages.
I found the Yonex to have almost as much power on groundstrokes as the RF and it was easier to control the SV’s power.

Cons: I found that my forehands were falling a bit short due to the increase in spin compared to the RF.
Stability was good with the Yonex but not on the same level as the RF. Adding a few grams of lead has pretty much fixed this.
The one area the Yonex was lacking was feel. It’s not a bad feeling racket but I wasn’t quite as confident going for touch shots as I am with the RF. Using gut mains has now greatly improved the feel of the Yonex.
Thanks for your in-depth reply!

One more question:

How is SV95’s accuracy compared to the RF97?
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
Thanks for your in-depth reply!

One more question:

How is SV95’s accuracy compared to the RF97?
Very similar on groundstrokes although I do tend to overhit more often with the RF. SV is more accurate on serve.

One other thing I’ve notice it that the RF hits a better slice. The slice with SV tends to float a bit more and bounce up.
 

topspn

Legend
Very similar on groundstrokes although I do tend to overhit more often with the RF. SV is more accurate on serve.

One other thing I’ve notice it that the RF hits a better slice. The slice with SV tends to float a bit more and bounce up.
Only on hour 5 but superb slice for me, nice low and depth is not an issue
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
Only on hour 5 but superb slice for me, nice low and depth is not an issue
Hi topsn! Thanks for your feedback concerning the slice as it is a really important part of my game!

Just to know a bit of your tennis background, what are some of the notable frames you have played with before?
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
Concerning the slice backhand, correct me if i’m wrong, but in my experience, the strings could play a role. In my RF97, when I tried full Babolat Origin my slices floated a lot but with full 4G, it stays low.

This could explain why we are seeing differences in slices.
 

topspn

Legend
I have played with a variety of frames over the years and slice is not a big part of my game. 1hbh drive or topspin most of the time. I slice purely for a change of pace but certainly want to keep it as low as possible. I currently have in my bag Angell TC100s, Duel g and SV95 and used to have a while back the RF. This frame slices beautifully and depth control is good.
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
I have played with a variety of frames over the years and slice is not a big part of my game. 1hbh drive or topspin most of the time. I slice purely for a change of pace but certainly want to keep it as low as possible. I currently have in my bag Angell TC100s, Duel g and SV95 and used to have a while back the RF. This frame slices beautifully and depth control is good.
topspn, do you know the swingweight of your SV 95?

BTW, I pulled the trigger and I have an SV 95 coming in! Apparently, that one is a bit overweight compared to the normal specs and it will have a SW of 336 (i told the store to measure it). Can’t wait to see how that particular one will play!
 
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topspn

Legend
topspn, do you know the swingweight of your SV 95?

BTW, I pulled the trigger and I have an SV 95 coming in! Apparently, that one is a bit overweight compared to the normal specs and it will have a SW of 336 (i told the store to measure it). Can’t wait to see how that particular one will play!
Just a suspicion it’s a bit healthier then 324 but i don’t have a measured value. I am surprised yours will be that high. Should be pretty stable
 

iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
Just came from a 90 min hit with my SV 95. Just rallying, no serves though. I was very excited to try this racquet since I was always a fan of midsize racquets but never found one that was forgiving enough for my game.


Coming from the RF97, it is super fast and maneuverable. However, it still felt super stable and there is no need to add lead tape in my case since mine is already 336 SW stock. Spin wise, it is a spin monster! My topsin forehand never dipped so fast! As for slice, it was as good as the RF97 with that low and penetrating trajectory. Feel wise, I thought it had a plush and dampened feel that I like but the ball feel is still very present. Power was very easy to generate for a 95 and the sweetspot was huge. I found it to be precise as well, due to the smaller headsize. All in all, imo, highly recommended for those midsize lovers looking for a user friendly package. Definitely the best modern 95 square inch frame on the market!
 

topspn

Legend
Just came from a 90 min hit with my SV 95. Just rallying, no serves though. I was very excited to try this racquet since I was always a fan of midsize racquets but never found one that was forgiving enough for my game.


Coming from the RF97, it is super fast and maneuverable. However, it still felt super stable and there is no need to add lead tape in my case since mine is already 336 SW stock. Spin wise, it is a spin monster! My topsin forehand never dipped so fast! As for slice, it was as good as the RF97 with that low and penetrating trajectory. Feel wise, I thought it had a plush and dampened feel that I like but the ball feel is still very present. Power was very easy to generate for a 95 and the sweetspot was huge. I found it to be precise as well, due to the smaller headsize. All in all, imo, highly recommended for those midsize lovers looking for a user friendly package. Definitely the best modern 95 square inch frame on the market!
Wait till you serve with it ;)
 

RNBABOLAT

Semi-Pro
Hi, is true that the grip in Yonex racquets are small compared to any other brand? If I use grip size #4 in head, what size should I get? Thanks
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
Hi, is true that the grip in Yonex racquets are small compared to any other brand? If I use grip size #4 in head, what size should I get? Thanks
Yonex handles are big. The SV95 I bought was size 3, but was between size 4 and 5 after I removed the thin stock grip and added a leather grip. I have just switched to a Solinco leather grip and it’s now pretty much a size 3 again.
 
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iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
After a few months with the SV95, I noticed it is very string sensitive. In my case, even with a poly good for tension maintenance such as 4G strung at the max recommended 60 lbs, only after 2 sessions, all the spin is lost and the ball is launching causing me hold back on my strokes. I didn’t happen when I used the RF97.

I noticed Andy Gerst from TW mentioning something similar where he had trouble getting the ball to dive down vs other racquets.

How about the fellow SV95 users?

Anyway, back to my RF97! Too bad since the SV95 is such a great serving racquet!
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
After a few months with the SV95, I noticed it is very string sensitive. In my case, even with a poly good for tension maintenance such as 4G strung at the max recommended 60 lbs, only after 2 sessions, all the spin is lost and the ball is launching causing me hold back on my strokes. I didn’t happen when I used the RF97.

I noticed Andy Gerst from TW mentioning something similar where he had trouble getting the ball to dive down vs other racquets.

How about the fellow SV95 users?

Anyway, back to my RF97! Too bad since the SV95 is such a great serving racquet!
I agree that it’s definitely a very string sensitive frame. It’s also a string eater, I don’t get much durability from any string. I usually use gut/poly but this frame responds best to full poly. For the first 5-6 hours a fresh set of poly works really well with a lot of spin, the spin with a fresh bed of poly is excellent. After this though the ball tends to launch on me and I don’t feel confident going for winners.

I haven’t yet switched to this frame, I just trust my K6.1 18x20s a bit more when going for my shots. I haven’t given up on the SV95 yet though, serves are great with it and I get easy depth on my backhand.
 
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iceman_dl6

Semi-Pro
I agree that it’s definitely a very string sensitive frame. It’s also a string eater, I don’t get much durability drone any string. I usually use gut/poly but this frame responds best to full poly. For the first 5-6 hours a fresh set of poly works really well with a lot of spin, the spin with a fresh bed of poly is excellent. After this though the ball tends to launch on me and I don’t feel confident going for winners.

I haven’t yet switched to this frame, I just trust my K6.1 18x20s a bit more when going for my shots. I haven’t given up on the SV95 yet though, serves are great with it and I get easy depth on my backhand.
Thanks for your feedback!

Denis Shapovalov won’t have this issue since they have multiple racquets per match like any other ATP pro.
 

QuentinFederer

Professional
Thanks for your feedback!

Denis Shapovalov won’t have this issue since they have multiple racquets per match like any other ATP pro.
Yeah, Denis won’t ever have that problem. If I could afford to string up 4 rackets with black code 4S every week then I’d be more likely to make the switch. As it is I only have 1 SV95 and 3 K6.1s so I can’t really afford the switch right now anyway.
 
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