Yonex EZONE Ai 98 Racquets (Ivanovic) Customer feedback
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Comments: Impressive racquet that does everything well except for slices and it is not that maneuverable at net.
Racquet is able to generate power for you even without you taking a full swing. It is able to return heavy serves fairly easy due to it
being rock solid and stable. Shape of the racquet and paintwork is impressive. I like this racquet but for the moment, it will remain
part of my arsenal of weapons (racquets) because I prefer a control racquet more than a power racquet. Just my preference
although I can understand why so many people love this racquet. Strung with Topspin Cyber Flash 17 at 55 pounds. I am a 4.0 to
4.5 player who loves to slice the ball and hit the ball with spin. Current racquets that I am using more often are my Wilson Pro
Staff 95S and Wilson BLX Pro Staff 95. 87 out of a 100 marks is what I would give to the Yonex Ezone Ai 98.
Comments: Awesome racquet. I've tried a lot of Yonex racquets in the past and I must say, this is the best one I've
ever tried. A great blend of power and control. It has a slight deadened feel compared to most Yonex racquet but the swing speed
is still great so it doesn't matter all that much. The feel of the racquet will come down to what string set up you have with it. Just
before this racquet I used the Yonex Vcore 95D and although I love that racquet for again both the blend of power and control,
the racquet was much too stiff. The Ai has the great blend but it's soft enough for hard flat hitting.
Comments: Still in love with this racquet! Great feel, precision, blend of power and control. Fast and maneuverable,
just does everything well. Strung at 52 lbs with Ytex Quadro Twist is just beautiful. Heavy topspin is effortless!
Comments: I've never used Yonex racquets before but decided to buy this online due to the reviews I read. I have
been using the Head Intelligence i.Radical MP since 1999 and needed an upgrade. I decided to try this one to see if it improves my
game or makes it easier! I used to play at the national level as a junior but then took a long break once I started uni and work. The
i.Radical has an 18x20 string pattern and gives me very good control but lacks power. The Ezone Ai98 is significantly heavier and
is closer to a players racquet but I found it quite difficult to maneuver. I couldn't get used to the groundstrokes at all especially my
one handed backhand. The frame also feels little more flexier than the i.Radical. The areas where it helped a lot was on my serves
and volleys. My serves had more zip and the volleys felt very crisp and punchy giving good depth. All in all, a modern frame that
might suit players who are used this this kind of racquet, but for me, I still prefer the classic feel and prefer control over power. I'll
try it with the poly strings and update you later. Or might try the Graphene Radicals and stay with Head.
Comments: Tried a few racquets before settling with this one. Previously on the list was Head Graphene Speed Pro,
and the Babolat Pure Strike 18x20. I decided to look for a 16x19 string pattern racquet and purchased the Ezone Ai 98 and now I
am having a field day whenever I am playing. Monstrous two handed backhands and whipping forehands while it is strung with
Babolat RPM Blast 17 at 50 pounds. Very stable and I can impose my will on the court. Serving was fun with controlling my
opponents with first flat or slice serves and using a nice topspin serve for my second. Compared to the Babolat APD has ever so
less spin but more stable hitting.
Comments: Very controllable power from this racquet when taking advantage of its excellent spin potential. Tip of
racquet comes around fast which helps when going for angles and kick serves or recovering when caught out of position. Large
sweet spot. Solid feel. Arm friendly. Been playing with this racquet for about two months in competition singles and social doubles
and I am playing better with this than anything previous racquet. Love the head shape. Recommend stringing at lower tensions.
Having it strung at 56 pounds using 4G Rough was a mistake. The result was boardy feel at the net. Once the tension dropped it
really came to life. Need full swing to get most out of it as on medium swings it feels low powered but explodes on long strokes
with good follow through. Angle of departure from string bed is not high or floaty like many whippy racquets I have tried before
which means that even with good amount of top spin it does not bounce up into the opponents strike zone for an easy put away.
Similarly, slice stays nice and low. Have not used Yonex prior to this racquet but now I am a complete convert.
Comments: Wow! I can't believe I'm leaving my Head Youtek IG Prestige MP, but I'm converted. Fast swinging, easy
access to spin, generous sweet spot. Control seems to get better the harder you hit the ball. This racquet is a lighter spec than
my previous -- easier to swing and I found my serve and one-handed backhand are improved. The only downside is that volleys
seem less solid. 4.5 player. Strung with Babolat RPM Blast 17 at 53 lbs.
Comments: Feels like a forgiving classic player's racquet. Very easy to maneuver, excellent at the net, softish feel
but still lots of control. Could have a little more spin maybe but you can get that back with the right strings. You will also feel how
this racquet is flexible (which may take a little getting used to if you played with stiff frames before, but I came to appreciate it
now). Demo'd for a while with the Babolat APD before that and I liked the stability on that racquet a lot, but didn't like how it felt
less maneuverable especially when preparing for a single handed backhand. Then tested the EZONE Ai100 because it had the
same specs as the APD but liked the slightly heavier version (98) more. I am 40 years old and play at a 4.0 level, all-round player.
Using it with Yonex Poly Tour Pro. Strung at 53 pounds. Very happy with this and switched from my Prince to this.
Comments: This is a very nice racquet. The spec is solidly within my range. I am a older player with traditional
strokes and have played with several players sticks. As others playtesters have mentioned, it is string sensitive. If you are not a
polyester user you are going to have to go through some testing to get it dialed in. More on that later. The racquet is very fast
through the air as suggested. It is powerful and has an enormous sweetspot. The grip shape is perfect. I had trouble getting
serves in as they just exploded off the string-bed. Had to tone down and use slice and topspin. Slice and topspin groundies are
very accessible. Feel is excellent. Nice flex, but plays stiffer than the 63 RA suggests. Fast and stable at net. Serious put-away
power from all parts of the court. I'm really hesitant to endorse this racquet to people who prefer a traditional players frame
strung with gut or multifilament. You'll hear the TW playtesters refer to this as a modern frame. My current setup is multi mains
with gut crosses at 56 lbs. I believe I am going to have to go up to around 60 lbs or more to get a bit more control. I need
accuracy over power. I would appreciate hearing from other traditional players using this racquet as to their string setup.
Comments: Perhaps one of the best racquets I have played with. Much better than previous models. It is more
maneuverable and has more control. Still very stable and decent power. Traditional and swing volleys are much more solid. My
serve is much better with this racquet compared to Xi 98. I do think this racquet is very string sensitive. I use a good multi in the
mains with a poly cross. First I tried NXT Power (57 lbs) in the mains with Babolat RPM (52 lbs) in the crosses and hated the setup.
I switched the poly to Luxilon 4g 16 at 52 lbs and it was so much better. This one is a keeper.
Comments: Great racquet! I mostly play doubles and was looking for as racquet that's a little quicker at the net
than my trusty Prince O3 White. I must have demoed close to 20 racquets, all within the 11oz to 11.5oz, 3pts. to 7 pts. HL, and
swing speed in the low 300s to 322. In the past, I hadn't given Yonex racquets a second thought but I figured that didn't have
anything to lose. After demoing a few Yonex racquets, I finally boiled it down to the Yonex Ezone Xi 100 but as I continued to
demo the racquet, I began to realize that the TW review regarding too much power and mishits due to the head shape were spot
on. So, I decided to give the Yonex VCORE XI 98 a whirl since the specs were exactly what I was looking for and I must say that
the racquet did not disappoint. The racquet was quick at the net, ground strokes were smooth, serves had plenty of kick, and I
could easily pick my spots. Although the racquet has a 69 stiffness rating, it was very comfortable. The one area that the VCORE
XI 98 didn't impress was during volleys, just didn't seem to have that solid punch, put away feel. Even though I wasn't 100
percent satisfied with my volleys with this racquet, I was willing to compromise since I was doubtful that I would ever find a
racquet that met all of my requirements. My local pro shop finally got a demo of the Ezone AI 98 and I decided to give this a try
before making my final decision and I'm glad that I did. The AI 98 excels in all areas and again, I would have to say that the TW
review was spot on. The one area where I felt the most noticeable difference was with my volleys as they seemed much more crisp
and they now had that solid put away feel. The racquet is very comfortable and although the specs are very similar to the Prince
O3 White, the AI 98 is feels much quicker which is very noticeable at net, during ground stokes, and while I'm serving. Also, the
frame shape is less like the traditional Yonex frames of old and so far, I haven't had any frame mishits. If you look at the TW
review categories (ground strokes, serve, comfort, etc.) I would have to say that the AI 98 performed better in every category when
compared to the VCORE XI 98. With that said, I decided to purchase the AI 98 and have no regrets. For reference, I've been using
the Head FXP Tour 16g, strung at 58 lbs. The FXP is a great string (easy on the arm, good pocketing, durable, comfortable,
affordable) and the higher string tensions gives me more control. However, when these strings are ready to be cut out, IÃ
planning to combine the Solinco Tour Bite Soft and the FXP Tour for a hybrid set-up. This will bring tame the power a bit while
providing more access to spin.
Comments: Just bought this racquet. I demoed it in November and enjoyed it very much, but wanted to try out a
couple more, so I just gave it back. Easy access to depth from baseline, great spin potential, forgiving sweet spot, good at net etc.
The next was a VCore 98Xi. That one said to be a bit more control oriented, but still on the "power-side" of the players racquet. It
was pretty good description. I could be very offensive from the baseline, even it was okay when hitting angles from the middle of
the court, but somehow it struggled at the net very much. It has some shock absorbing in the handle what makes somehow a bit
too dampened the whole thing. Such a shame. Next one was the highly mentioned VCore Tour 97 310g. I had very high
expectations on this one. Maybe that was the fault I just had a bit of a disappointment. Dont get me wrong, the racquet itself is
great. Very manueverable, very solid, awesome at the net, but too low powered for me from the baseline. Forehands were almost
acceptable even on defense, but the backhand side was non existent for me. I admit this is due to my style not fitting for this
racquet not anything bad with that, but still. On the video review, TW also mentioned they had some trouble finding depth from
the baseline. So after 2 weeks I brought this one back too. And bought this new Ezone AI98! I did not dare to buy it first, but after
hitting trough some more "player-styled" fellow racquets I found that this stick adds the most to my game. It allows me to be
offensive from every areas of the court. Not forgetting, that this has the best looking paint job also from the trio. I'm just a bit
confused why it got "only" 84 points overall, when none of the testers really mentioned any drawbacks. Especially Jason's 8.2
score, who said this stick to early favourite of the year.
Comments: Third time out hitting with this racquet. I have it strung with ALU power at 52 lbs. Loads of feel with the
setup and a true delight at net. I switched from the VCORE 97 330 grams. The Ai is a much quicker frame for sure but the same
crisp Yonex feel. This one provides a lot more feedback and can pretty much do anything extremely well. I am getting the hang of
serving with this racquet and serving is precise with flat, spin and kick whatever you ask it to do. Frame is ultra comfortable with a
very solid feel. Very excited about this frame as I get more used to it.
Comments: Such a great racquet. The feel is excellent, stability and pace are all well aligned. It is my first Yonex
racquet, and I was drawn to it by the TW video review. I used to play with AeroPro Drive but the hollow feeling and too much
power impaired my 4.5 game. Strung with Yonex Poly Tour Pro, it is a great combo.
Comments: Having bought my second frame, I can tell you the soft response and large sweetspot are awesome. The
feel is great and everything clicks. My serves are not fully dialed in yet, but getting there.
Comments: The VCore 98 hurt my left forearm. Went back to Prince. Decided to give Yonex another chance as I
really liked the feel and controlled-power. Glad I did. Been playing with AI 98 strung at 55 lbs with Head FXP Tour and it is butter-
smooth. The TW video review is spot on: sits between AeroDrive and Blade 98. Yeah, it really is that good. Don't miss out on an
exceptional frame: comfort, power, and control.
Comments: Never been a fan of the Ivanovic racquets but this is a must demo. Excellent choice for a combination of
power and control, but I think I'll stay with my Yonex 97 tour 310gr which has a quicker racquet head swing weight . Go Yonex!
Comments: I tested and bought a pair of Ai98s, my first ever Yonex. A radical change from the Prince Rebel 98 I
played before. I found this frame to be a thorough difference from past Yonex frames I had tried. It may be lacking that "familiar"
(like you had been playing with it all your life) feeling, but this one surely is sexier. If you like to whip and punch from the
baseline, this is your gun. I have been playing with them for a month or so. Very easy to swing around, hits a very heavy ball,
though if you want maximum speed, you need to generate it yourself. Very good on serve and counter-punching. Topspin ok,
though not phenomenal. Love the flat hits. I strung mine with a modern poly (Starburn Vortex Turbo 6), 1.25 gauge, 22.5x21.5
kg, 4 knots. To be cut every 9 hours of play.
Not for lazy players.
Comments: Awesome stick. I kept going back and forth from the Xi 98 and Xi 100. I ended up needing the Xi 100
because the weight was easier on an old wrist injury. The new Ai98 swings easier than the Xi version. Maybe a tad less power, but
I really didn't notice it too much. Still gives huge spin and huge serves. Bought two Ai 98s and so far, I am loving them. Great
blend of power and control. I strung them at 50 lbs with Vokyl Cyclone Tour 17G (Black). They look sharp! I'm an NRTP 4.5 rated
player, am 41 years old and mainly play singles.
Comments: I'm a collegiate player at a community college and I have just made my switch to this Yonex Ezone Ai
98. Boy was I happy with the switch that I made. My former racquet was the Head YouTek IG Instinct MP, and I was looking for
something a little heavier with a litlle smaller head size. I'm extremely happy with the new cosmetics wear (looking at the neck of
the racquet and cosmetics really reminds me of the Babolat AeroPro Drive), the specs really fit up my alley. This racquet is
extremely fast and very suitable for player like myself who like to rip a flat forehand for a winner. The racquet gave me great
stability and also offers a good maneuverability. I love returning serve with this racquet due to it fast frame. On serve, this racquet
will give you a lot of variety, hitting slices and topspin serve were effortless, but if you want to flatten it out, it may take some
adjustment. At net, the racquet has a good feel, I was able to take cuts at the ball at net or absorb pace to create a drop-volley
easily. However, I do feel this racquet can be a bit string sensitive. I strung both my racquet with a monofilament (Gosen Polyquest
17) and a pentagon shaped poly (Yonex Poly Spin). I think the racquet performs better with the pentagon shaped string, so I think
Head FXP or Solinco Tour Bite would be a great option too. Overrall, words to describe this new member of the Yonex Family is:
fast, spin-friendly, and precise. I do reccomend this racquet to players who are looking for a fast-feeling racquet that offers great
feel and precision on-court. I strung it with Poly Tour Spin at 54 lbs and Gosen Polyquest 17 at 56 lbs.
Comments: I have been playing with Yonex racquets for 20 plus years and am a huge fan. For the past 4 years, I
played with the RDS-001 Mid Plus and love that racquet. Since all of my racquets need to be replaced, the Yonex rep at the 2013
U.S. Open suggested I try the Ezone XI 98. Have been playing with this racquet the past couple of months and it has to much
power for me and not enough control. I tried different strings and changing the tension and nothing worked. Have been playing
with the AI 98 for the past week and found that it has less power and definitely more control. It's a keeper. My AI 98 is strung
with X-One Biphase 17g at 60 pounds. The AI 98 head shape is more oval and not the normal Yonex square shape that I was
used too. Give this new racquet a try, I think you will like it!!
Comments: I've been a Yonex player for years, and am a tennis pro/trainer in Austria. I agree with Voja, the new AI
is simmilar to the former XI, but with less power and more maneuverability due to the smaller shape (23/24/19.5). The paint job
Comments: I got the Ai 98 (test model) from a Yonex rep (in Europe) on the 6th of November and played 8 hours
it! Played with XI98 for the past 3 months! Compared to the XI98, I found that these are similar but the AI98 is a little less stable
a bit less powerful but more maneuverable and a bit more controlled. I think this is due to different weight distribution on the
Tension on the racket was 53 lbs with Yonex Poly Tour Pro.
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