Updated: Apr 24, 2021
The lightest racket in the Vcore Pro 97 line, endorsed by Frances Tiafoe. Let's check it out!
Head Size: 97
String Pattern: 16x19
how fast it came through from the start of the swing up to contact. This really helped pick up fast incoming balls to my feet. Also, on a wide forehand that I needed to pull around the outside of the ball to bring it back into the court.
the maneuverability of this one at the net. I was able to get the racket where I wanted it to be right away.
serving with it. It was really quick through contact, making my kick serves really jump off the ground.
the stability. I found when hitting higher in the string bed or slightly outside the sweet spot it fluttered on contact. I would have to add a little bit of weight to 9 & 3 on the head to fix that.
What player should use this?
I would recommend this racket to a serve and volley player or a baseline with fast head speed. It is very quick through the air helping a volleyer get the racket into position for a low volley. It has a very nice direct (not too flexible, not too stiff, just right) feel to pinpoint volleys where you want them to go.
7.7/10 Overall Rating:
7/10 Plow Through
Babolat Pure Strike 98 - These rackets could have practically been made to compete with each other and they do. Both these rackets work for very similar game styles. The Pure Strike is just a smidge lighter and closer to evenly balanced compared to the Vcore.
Head Prestige Pro - The Prestige is 10 grams heavier than the Yonex, but it is designed for a similar player. Fast swings or desiring feel and quick maneuverability on volleys.
Overall, it was a great racket. I enjoyed this off the groundstrokes and around the net. I was surprised by the moment and pop I got off the serve. The one knock I had is the subtle lack of stability just outside of the sweet spot. Again a little lead tape and time customizing, you've got a great racket. Good job, Yonex!
Hyper G 1.25 @50 lbs