Yonex VCORE SV

morten

Hall of Fame
The SV95 is actually a 93. I stacked the R-22 and the RQ-180 on top and it was almost the same headsize.
Strange.. but the sv93 must have been smaller than the 95... putting rackets on top of eachother never enlightened me, they are all almost the same..
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
The SV95 is actually a 93. I stacked the R-22 and the RQ-180 on top and it was almost the same headsize.
Stacking isn't a reliable way of measurement for such small differences when different beam and headsize geometry come in... CAD measurements is the way to go here.
 
I can't decide between sv98+ or sv98.
I'm using 27.5" now Pure Aero Plus so I'm used to it and have a tendency to stand to far away from the ball on forehands which makes the ball strike too much towards the tip of the frame with a standard length racquet. Maybe I would adjust with a few weeks of hitting though...
I like the power and spin I get from the + but I like the maneuverability of the 27". A guy hit me a 120mph serve when I had the sv98+ and I totally whiffed. Might've happened with either racquet but sometimes I feel a little slow to the contact point with the +.
When I was warming up on the last day I had my demos I hit well with both but when my opponent came up to net to warm up volleys, I was spraying shots all over with the sv98+. That is usually a sign for me that the swingweight is too much..or that I'm being really lazy. I went on to play the match with the sv98+ and never lost serve.. but im not confident enough to buy either one at the moment.
Aaargh. It's hard in the winter to get enough court time to decide anyway. Oh well maybe ill just wait til Spring!

EDIT: I decided on the sv98 standard length...
 
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SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I can't decide between sv98+ or sv98.
I'm using 27.5" now Pure Aero Plus so I'm used to it and have a tendency to stand to far away from the ball on forehands which makes the ball strike too much towards the tip of the frame with a standard length racquet. Maybe I would adjust with a few weeks of hitting though...
I like the power and spin I get from the + but I like the maneuverability of the 27". A guy hit me a 120mph serve when I had the sv98+ and I totally whiffed. Might've happened with either racquet but sometimes I feel a little slow to the contact point with the +.
When I was warming up on the last day I had my demos I hit well with both but when my opponent came up to net to warm up volleys, I was spraying shots all over with the sv98+. That is usually a sign for me that the swingweight is too much..or that I'm being really lazy. I went on to play the match with the sv98+ and never lost serve.. but im not confident enough to buy either one at the moment.
Aaargh. It's hard in the winter to get enough court time to decide anyway. Oh well maybe ill just wait til Spring!
You can always try a thinner lighter string.
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
I can't decide between sv98+ or sv98.
I'm using 27.5" now Pure Aero Plus so I'm used to it and have a tendency to stand to far away from the ball on forehands which makes the ball strike too much towards the tip of the frame with a standard length racquet. Maybe I would adjust with a few weeks of hitting though...
I like the power and spin I get from the + but I like the maneuverability of the 27". A guy hit me a 120mph serve when I had the sv98+ and I totally whiffed. Might've happened with either racquet but sometimes I feel a little slow to the contact point with the +.
When I was warming up on the last day I had my demos I hit well with both but when my opponent came up to net to warm up volleys, I was spraying shots all over with the sv98+. That is usually a sign for me that the swingweight is too much..or that I'm being really lazy. I went on to play the match with the sv98+ and never lost serve.. but im not confident enough to buy either one at the moment.
Aaargh. It's hard in the winter to get enough court time to decide anyway. Oh well maybe ill just wait til Spring!

EDIT: I decided on the sv98 standard length...
Just to throw a monkey wrench in, if you're keeping serve without issues, maybe that should be your priority? Timing adjustment is easier than growing an extra 0.5" and additional spin.
You can either put weight in the butt cap to make the racquet more headlight, or as suggested, a lighter string, saving maybe 2-3g at the most, plus less durability. That plus some weight in the butt, could ease your timing issues. I put 4g in the hoop to increase the twist weight, and then 6g in the butt to push balance to 8pts HL.
 
Just to throw a monkey wrench in, if you're keeping serve without issues, maybe that should be your priority? Timing adjustment is easier than growing an extra 0.5" and additional spin.
You can either put weight in the butt cap to make the racquet more headlight, or as suggested, a lighter string, saving maybe 2-3g at the most, plus less durability. That plus some weight in the butt, could ease your timing issues. I put 4g in the hoop to increase the twist weight, and then 6g in the butt to push balance to 8pts HL.
Hoping I can serve well with standard length too! And just add more comfortable volleys and returns.
I almost bought one + too but decided I'd give the standard a good go of it first.

Need string recommendations... thinking of yonex poly tour pro but not sure of 1.20or 1.25 but also might try hyper g or black code 4s? Dunno
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
Hoping I can serve well with standard length too! And just add more comfortable volleys and returns.
I almost bought one + too but decided I'd give the standard a good go of it first.
Need string recommendations... thinking of yonex poly tour pro but not sure of 1.20or 1.25 but also might try hyper g or black code 4s? Dunno
I'm a Cyclone 18L/19g fan. I also hybrid that with VS Tonic 16 Ball Feel. Black Code 4s is stiff and hard, great bite but feel and power lacks behind the Cyclone. Hyper G is similar to the Cyclone, but lacks that bit of feel and of course spin. I use 1.15 or 1.10 because I think the playability durability of poly is useless after the 10th hour, even with silicone spray to bring back the bite. Really depends on what you want. Power, spin, durability, feel?
 
Watching Kerber (on TV) playing Hopman Cup.

She is certainly using a blacked out Yonex racquet and it isn't the special custom black limited SV PJ mentioned earlier in the thread.

It is totally blacked out apart from a couple of silver colored Yonex labels and logos.

IT APPEARS TO HAVE A 16 x 19 String patten.

Image links below ....

http://celebmafia.com/wp-content/up...aining-ahead-of-the-hopman-cup-in-perth-0.jpg

http://celebmafia.com/wp-content/up...aining-ahead-of-the-hopman-cup-in-perth-3.jpg

http://celebmafia.com/wp-content/up...aining-ahead-of-the-hopman-cup-in-perth-5.jpg
 
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Automatix

Hall of Fame
Unless they are reintroducing the old Vcore throat, she is using her old racquet blacked out for promo purposes...
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
But what sort of promotional purposes would necessitate the use of a blacked out racquet in this way?
At least 2:
1. Informing that something new is coming.
2. Making the impression that a pro player is testing/adjusting/switching to it.

Has been done many, many times... last case being Wilsons Ultra Tour model (Monfils and co. running about with blacked out H19s).
 
At least 2:
1. Informing that something new is coming.
2. Making the impression that a pro player is testing/adjusting/switching to it.

Has been done many, many times... last case being Wilsons Ultra Tour model (Monfils and co. running about with blacked out H19s).
Using a Blacked Out PJ for those reasons is a total waste of time.

Much better to use a prototype PJ that distinguishes the "new" racquet from all existing models from the same manuf. and models from other manuf. (Similar to the Pure Aero prototype Rafa tested.)

That generates a lot more interest and a lot more preliminary discussion. Much more effective Marketing strategy.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Using a Blacked Out PJ for those reasons is a total waste of time.

Much better to use a prototype PJ that distinguishes the "new" racquet from all existing models from the same manuf. and models from other manuf. (Similar to the Pure Aero prototype Rafa tested.)

That generates a lot more interest and a lot more preliminary discussion. Much more effective Marketing strategy.
When you're the head of a tennis racquet marketing campaign you will be able to do this ypur way. For the time being it has been done and is still being done this way.

And I disagree in one aspect. A blackout paintjob is more mysterious and sends a vibe that testing is still going down to tweak the final product.

Regardless, it is how it is. What you or I think doesn't matter since marketing gurus etc. don't care and keep producing bizarre ad campaigns which most certainly don't increase sales and according to people in the known they are done for the purposes of brand recognition.
 

Servivor

New User
Will the vcore be getting any revamp soon?

I missed the days of the vcore tour/rds where they had the midsize versions. So far the 95sqin doesnt live up to its smaller predecessors.
 

mjwtpro1

Rookie
There could be new colorways for the SV like they did for the RDS series or possibly a new range around RG. New Vcore Pro 97 16 X 19 supposedly coming in March with new tech?
 
When you're the head of a tennis racquet marketing campaign you will be able to do this ypur way. For the time being it has been done and is still being done this way.

And I disagree in one aspect. A blackout paintjob is more mysterious and sends a vibe that testing is still going down to tweak the final product.

Regardless, it is how it is. What you or I think doesn't matter since marketing gurus etc. don't care and keep producing bizarre ad campaigns which most certainly don't increase sales and according to people in the known they are done for the purposes of brand recognition.
I would suggest that the most successful Tennis Racquet Marketing Campaign executed in the last three years was the one for the Babolat Pure Aero. The prototypes for the PA did not have a Black PJ. That campaign generated huge interest long before the racquet was released to Retail. In fact Babolat released the racquet to Retail several months early because of the interest drummed up as a result of that Marketing campaign.

That campaign was so effective that many people were disappointed with the Retail colorway preferring the PJ that Rafa was photographed with during the testing phase.

http://i62.tinypic.com/keagpd.jpg

Many companies default to all black PJ for prototypes because they are lazy and it is cheaper. Most importantly, it is "Safe"! Marketing Companies love "Safe".
 

tomato123

Professional
Been playing with the SV95 for the past week - customized with lead tape to my preferred specs, and just came back from 2 hours of 4.0-4.5 match play and drills... compared to the SV98 the only thing I noticed in difference was that it felt slightly more comfortable, and the most significant aspect of the 95 was that serving felt extremely good. Kick serves on the 95 are SUPER addictive, and one of my opponents commented after a match how difficult it was to return my serves because it had so much kicking spin on it. I don't know why, but serving on the 95 just seems like it's on a completely different level than any other frame I've tried. For groundstrokes and volleys, despite the head size being smaller I did not feel like my shots were off compared to the 98. But I do get private coaching on a regular basis, so proper stroke technique is something I try to maintain, which may help with using the smaller head size.

I've tried the DR98, SV98, Duel G 310, and SV95 and my favorite is the SV95. I also love the Duel G 310 and I'll use it as my primary backup, but the SV95 really is something special.
 
I've been saying all along .... the SV95 is an incredible racquet that will reward clean hitting. However, hitting clean on every stroke is a huge challenge for many players, even more so during tense match-play or when fatigued. The 95 is an unforgiving racquet on every stroke, except perhaps for the BH slice.

Another important thing to note, even though the 95 has an isometric hoop, it really plays a lot closer to a traditional 95sqinch than a typical Yonex stick which usually plays bigger.

The SV95 is real weapon when leaded up beyond 350g static weight. Of course, a player has to be able to handle that weight, continue to generate high RHS, and continue to hit cleanly.

Anyone considering the SV95 should demo thoroughly with familiar string especially if they are moving down to this smaller head size. IME, there is a huge honeymoon period with this stick. It feels great initially for many players. But if the strokes aren't grooved in and you start to get lazy for whatever reason, this racquet's performance will go down hill fast.
 

badmice2

Semi-Pro
Does anyone have comparison between the SV95 and 89d? I’m playing with the 89d now and cannot complain; but the 95 sq in is enticing. Coming from old school rackets like PT630 and Dunlop 200g muscle weave (to say the least), this was the more “modern” frame that I can adjust to from a feel standpoint. Curious to see if the SV95 plays similar.
 
I'm now about 3.5 months in to using the SV100. This is an excellent frame. It shares similarities to the Babolat Pure Drive but is a superior frame in about every way in my opinion. I find it to provide the easy power and spin that the PD delivers, but with better feel and more comfort. The sweet spot is very generous and it has a nice feel on contact with some good dwell/pocketing. Volleys have good stability. My wife has been using a Wilson BLX Pro Open for quite a few years (the original yellow one from I believe 2011). She likes it so much she has ordered one for herself as well. She's a 4.5 former D1 player.
For strings I've used shaped poly's- the Ultracable Red Ghost 17 has been quite nice and the Solinco Hyper G 16 was also good although I had it at 52lbs and would recommend 54lbs on this frame. I've added a few grams of putty in the handle and an overgrip. My only other adjustment is I will be changing out the stock grip to something a little beefier.
 
The SV95 is actually a 93. I stacked the R-22 and the RQ-180 on top and it was almost the same headsize.
We've done some close measurements of the SV95 hoopsize. It is very close to 95 Sq Inches and certainly a lot closer to 95 than 93.

On another note, an associate has been using SV95s for several months. He has recently had two of them crack on the inside of the frame perpendicular to the grommet of the top cross string at 8H. Both racquets cracked at the same place. I couldn't get any photos because he's already returned the racquets (presumably to the Retailer) for investigation.

Not really familiar with Yonex racquets in general but have heard that they are prone to cracking at the 10-11 and 1-2 positions on the hoop because of the isometric shape of the head. The SV95 doesn't look as isometric as other models to me though.

Anyone else had issues with this sort of thing with models in the SV line or Yonex racquets in general.
 

RayPS97

New User
Perhaps a change of Racquet has everything to do with her improved results but Eugenie Bouchard has switched to a Yonex Vcore SV 100.




Her racquet history:
  • 2009 – 2011: Wilson KBlade Team
  • 2011 – 2012: Wilson BLX Blade Pink
  • 2012 – 2013: Wilson Steam 99
  • 2013 – 2015: Babolat Aero Pro
  • 2015 – 2015: Babolat Aero Pro Pink
  • 2016 – 2017: Babolat Pure Aero
  • 2017 – 2017: Babolat Pure Drive
  • 2017 – 2018: Head XT Graphene Radical
  • 2018 – 2018: Babolat Pure Aero
  • 2018 – 2018: Wilson Ultra (100 or Tour)

  • 2018 : Yonex SV 100 or SV 98

She made it to the second round of Wimbledon losing (6-4, 7-5) to Australian A Barty...one of here better efforts since her Petra Kvitova hangover from the 2014 Wimbledon final (Bouchard actually player fine but Kvitova could do no wrong on that day...it happens) . It has been about 3 months since she committed to the racquet at the Miami Open.


At the Rogers Cup, last year, she was consistently missing lines and over hitting with her Babolat. There is a fine line with equipment at the highest levels.

My Racquet Journey:


After a long absence (over a decade) from tennis, I began to play about once a week and borrowed a Babolat Control Tour for a month (October 2016) leading to a rotator cuff strain. Over the winter, I became a student/addict of these forums and chose my perfect string/racquet combination in the form of the Wilson PS 97 strung with Yonex Poly Tour Pro (June 2017 purchase). After a week of play, there was a beautiful 2 week window where it felt like that combination could do no wrong from the baseline (To protect my shoulder, I "second served" everything...yes, even the first serve :confused:). I stayed with this combination up to September but with increasing knowledge (these forums) about the dangers of dead poly and Shapovalov's amazing US Open run, I picked up an entry level factory-strung Vcore SV (Team) at a clearout. Compared to the Vcore SV 95 loaner, it was much lighter but shared some of the same traits. Poor man's Shapovalov, anyone ?

The racquet came with factory strung nylon but cutting them out and replacing them with Head Velocity strings ultimately transformed the racquet. The racquet was weighted up to 11.4 oz (from 10.5 oz) by a combination mostly weight in the grip area (Wilson Overgrip, 10 gm Blutak in the butt cap area and 4.5 gm lead strip 6.5" up from the butt (that MgI/R thing).

I will eventually revisit the potential of the PS97 after cutting out the YPTP strings and putting Velocity multifilament in it. My shoulder is finally healed from the failed "first time" experiment with polyester strings and almost everytime I swing the Vcore...I smile. I liked it so much I bought a second one and customized it like the first. I am in heaven :D
 
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fundrazer

G.O.A.T.
Yeah Genie was testing out a few sticks including the Head Radical I think. Looks like she did finally settle with Yonex.

For interested parties, TW also mentioned that we will see new Vcores end of August and extended Vcores end of September. I know some people were worried that the SV98+ was discontinued, but it looks like it will at least be continued, albeit it might play a bit differently.
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
For interested parties, TW also mentioned that we will see new Vcores end of August and extended Vcores end of September. I know some people were worried that the SV98+ was discontinued, but it looks like it will at least be continued, albeit it might play a bit differently.
Yonex basically wiped off the existence of the SV/DR+ series, even from its archives. As a SV98+ user, on principle, I think that's silly.
If the Ezone 98+ is anything to go by, the SV replacement will be quite different in feel, which wouldn't be a bad thing, since the feel of the SV series is quite dead. But I'm done for racquets for at least 4 years I hope! haha
 

RayPS97

New User
Yonex basically wiped off the existence of the SV/DR+ series, even from its archives. As a SV98+ user, on principle, I think that's silly.
If the Ezone 98+ is anything to go by, the SV replacement will be quite different in feel, which wouldn't be a bad thing, since the feel of the SV series is quite dead. But I'm done for racquets for at least 4 years I hope! haha
Just had a look at the Yonex site and what you say of the DR series is true as it has been replaced by the Ezone series. The Vcore SV series, however, is still going strong (http://www.yonex.com/products/tennis/racquets/vcore-series).
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Perhaps a change of Racquet has everything to do with her improved results but Eugenie Bouchard has switched to a Yonex Vcore SV 100.




Her racquet history:
  • 2009 – 2011: Wilson KBlade Team
  • 2011 – 2012: Wilson BLX Blade Pink
  • 2012 – 2013: Wilson Steam 99
  • 2013 – 2015: Babolat Aero Pro
  • 2015 – 2015: Babolat Aero Pro Pink
  • 2016 – 2017: Babolat Pure Aero
  • 2017 – 2017: Babolat Pure Drive
  • 2017 – 2018: Head XT Graphene Radical
  • 2018 – 2018: Babolat Pure Aero
  • 2018 – 2018: Wilson Ultra (100 or Tour)

  • 2018 : Yonex SV 100 or SV 98

She made it to the second round of Wimbledon losing (6-4, 7-5) to Australian A Barty...one of here better efforts since her Petra Kvitova hangover from the 2014 Wimbledon final (Bouchard actually player fine but Kvitova could do no wrong on that day...it happens) . It has been about 3 months since she committed to the racquet at the Miami Open.


At the Rogers Cup, last year, she was consistently missing lines and over hitting with her Babolat. There is a fine line with equipment at the highest levels.

My Racquet Journey:


After a long absence (over a decade) from tennis, I began to play about once a week and borrowed a Babolat Control Tour for a month (October 2016) leading to a rotator cuff strain. Over the winter, I became a student/addict of these forums and chose my perfect string/racquet combination in the form of the Wilson PS 97 strung with Yonex Poly Tour Pro (June 2017 purchase). After a week of play, there was a beautiful 2 week window where it felt like that combination could do no wrong from the baseline (To protect my shoulder, I "second served" everything...yes, even the first serve :confused:). I stayed with this combination up to September but with increasing knowledge (these forums) about the dangers of dead poly and Shapovalov's amazing US Open run, I picked up an entry level factory-strung Vcore SV (Team) at a clearout. Compared to the Vcore SV 95 loaner, it was much lighter but shared some of the same traits. Poor man's Shapovalov, anyone ?

The racquet came with factory strung nylon but cutting them out and replacing them with Head Velocity strings ultimately transformed the racquet. The racquet was weighted up to 11.4 oz (from 10.5 oz) by a combination mostly weight in the grip area (Wilson Overgrip, 10 gm Blutak in the butt cap area and 4.5 gm lead strip 6.5" up from the butt (that MgI/R thing).

I will eventually revisit the potential of the PS97 after cutting out the YPTP strings and putting Velocity multifilament in it. My shoulder is finally healed from the failed "first time" experiment with polyester strings and almost everytime I swing the Vcore...I smile. I liked it so much I bought a second one and customized it like the first. I am in heaven :D
This racket is Magic for her. Genie should be paying Yonex to play with this racket
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
Just had a look at the Yonex site and what you say of the DR series is true as it has been replaced by the Ezone series. The Vcore SV series, however, is still going strong (http://www.yonex.com/products/tennis/racquets/vcore-series).
Except the "+" or PLUS range is missing, as I said. You can't even find it in their published catalog for 2017 or 2016.


Yonex basically wiped off the existence of the SV/DR+ series, even from its archives.
 
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Sardines

Hall of Fame
@Automatix It's pretty clear what they did. They probably have a stupid product manager, who thinks pretending models don't exist after production runs is a good idea, since no one will notice! LOL The Japanese did it with WWII atrocities, so why not tennis racquets? :confused:;):D
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
The Japanese did it with WWII atrocities, so why not tennis racquets? :confused:;):D
Everyone does it. I don't know if you're familiar with the incident with Porsche. They were having an anniversary and the marketing team excluded the years during WWII.

Their post on Facebook or Twitter about the anniversary got comments like "Liar, liar pants on fire..." and so on.

 
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Sardines

Hall of Fame
Ah perhaps I shouldn't have been so frivolous and facetious! I do know the Vratislavice debacle. Porsche may askew mention of its founder's torrid past, but it's never denied it. They even have funds and paid compensation to the forced laborers of WWII. Perhaps it's not as forthcoming as VW or Siemens, but then again VW lied about diesel emissions, so it just shows humans have no problem letting others die!
Look at us allowing kids to be separated from their parents to "scare" them from trying to enter illegally. That's just lack of human empathy!

But before I digress too much, moving back to the topic of Yonex wiping the existence of the "+" range of 2016/17, it's a silly move that shows they are that savvy as a modern company. Most companies have archives depicting the history of their products, and while the + range wasn't sold worldwide, it is still a current product. I think it's a poor marketing decision.
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
@Nostradamus personally I like the SV98+ the most, but I've never believed in a racquet that is good for everyone. The standard length lacks swing weight and stability the added 1/2" gives. However, it does not transmit much "feel" or plushness. It's a slugger's racquet with good bite and power. It's not a universal weapon. I came from a RF97A and I find it to be much easier to play power doubles but with touch volleys, even when I'm executing, I don't feel the ball that much. Handsy people won't like the feel.

Looks like Yonex moving away from 16x20? Unless my eyes playing tricks on me.

Yes it's 16x19 but most importantly there are 6 mains on the throat, like the SV98. That is one of the biggest features for the power and spin. I hope there's a + version.
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
Yes it's 16x19 but most importantly there are 6 mains on the throat, like the SV98. That is one of the biggest features for the power and spin. I hope there's a + version.
98 and 100 plus versions coming shortly after the standard. Again USA only.

The racquet in the picture is the new Vcore 98.
 
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DanS

Semi-Pro
The sv95?
Have you played the SV 95 before? If so, does it play bigger than a 95? I have an SV 98 and the string bed is as big as most of the 100's I own. Taking that into account, I was hoping the SV 95 had more like a 97/98 head size.

Also, is this frame really all that string sensative? Maybe I just don't get that concept as much as saying the person using the racquet is more likely to be string sensative.

If anyone else can answer these questions, the more input the merrier!
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Have you played the SV 95 before? If so, does it play bigger than a 95? I have an SV 98 and the string bed is as big as most of the 100's I own. Taking that into account, I was hoping the SV 95 had more like a 97/98 head size.

Also, is this frame really all that string sensative? Maybe I just don't get that concept as much as saying the person using the racquet is more likely to be string sensative.

If anyone else can answer these questions, the more input the merrier!
I played the SV95 for a while. It was my fav of all the SVs. Does play bigger than a 95 for sure.
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
Have you played the SV 95 before? If so, does it play bigger than a 95? I have an SV 98 and the string bed is as big as most of the 100's I own. Taking that into account, I was hoping the SV 95 had more like a 97/98 head size.

Also, is this frame really all that string sensative? Maybe I just don't get that concept as much as saying the person using the racquet is more likely to be string sensative.

If anyone else can answer these questions, the more input the merrier!
I play tested the SV95 and it felt much more like a light but power modern swinger's racquet. I could swing fast to generate pace, but it was not very stable in off center hits. Spin was good for this tighter string pattern. It also lacked a bit of plow on short strokes, which is why I like the SV 98+ so much. Feel is lacking, being a stiffer, crisper racquet. Compared to powerful 97-98" heads, it's doesn't play well. However, the power is higher than most 95-98 control frames with 18x20 patterns, without the hoop stability.

98 and 100 plus versions coming shortly after the standard. Again USA only.
That's good cos I just cracked one of my SV98+ hitting low volley from a big smash... hollow racquets!!! I hope it plays similarly and doesn't get too harsh.
 

TennisHound

Legend
I play tested the SV95 and it felt much more like a light but power modern swinger's racquet. I could swing fast to generate pace, but it was not very stable in off center hits. Spin was good for this tighter string pattern. It also lacked a bit of plow on short strokes, which is why I like the SV 98+ so much. Feel is lacking, being a stiffer, crisper racquet. Compared to powerful 97-98" heads, it's doesn't play well. However, the power is higher than most 95-98 control frames with 18x20 patterns, without the hoop stability.


That's good cos I just cracked one of my SV98+ hitting low volley from a big smash... hollow racquets!!! I hope it plays similarly and doesn't get too harsh.
X2
 

TennisHound

Legend
Have you played the SV 95 before? If so, does it play bigger than a 95? I have an SV 98 and the string bed is as big as most of the 100's I own. Taking that into account, I was hoping the SV 95 had more like a 97/98 head size.

Also, is this frame really all that string sensative? Maybe I just don't get that concept as much as saying the person using the racquet is more likely to be string sensative.

If anyone else can answer these questions, the more input the merrier!
The SV95 plays right in between the Tour F 93 and the SV98. I think @Sardines summed it up pretty well. It feels slightly larger than 95, and has more than enough hitting space. It feels low powered so I would string it looser.
 

DanS

Semi-Pro
I play tested the SV95 and it felt much more like a light but power modern swinger's racquet. I could swing fast to generate pace, but it was not very stable in off center hits. Spin was good for this tighter string pattern. It also lacked a bit of plow on short strokes, which is why I like the SV 98+ so much. Feel is lacking, being a stiffer, crisper racquet. Compared to powerful 97-98" heads, it's doesn't play well. However, the power is higher than most 95-98 control frames with 18x20 patterns, without the hoop stability.


That's good cos I just cracked one of my SV98+ hitting low volley from a big smash... hollow racquets!!! I hope it plays similarly and doesn't get too harsh.
I'm somewhat surprised at the lack of stability comments after watching the TW review. Usually Michelle doesn't think anything under 12 oz is stable at the net but she liked the SV 95! lol
 
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