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Comments: I was a former Division 1 player who left the game for a long period. I started playing again and have
demo'd probably 15 frames and took over a month to do so. I liked feel of some of the newer frames such as the Head Youtek
Speed Pro and the Wilson Blade, but I couldn't control the power from these frames. I hit with topsin but not like todays game and
the balls were less than a foot out, but still out. Serving was not an issue. I had settled on the Head Prestige Mid or the new
Babolat Strike until I hit this frame. This is the closest feeling racquet to my old trusty Pro Staff 85 that I have found. It is for sure
more powerful, but I had no issue keeping balls in play and it is great off both wings and with either topspin or slice. Volleys and
serves are excellent and have power and control. The head size didnt bother me and the sweetspot seems huge for the frame.
It may not be a racquet for "todays" game as the trend seems to be larger racquets strung with poly at low tensions, but it seems
to be perfect for the game I built growing up and enjoy playing. I highly recommend this frame.
Comments: I demo'd this frame based on its specs. What a disappointment. It felt impotent and shuddered every
time I struck the ball. Staying with my Wilson 6.1 95.
Comments: Update. After almost selling the racquet because I couldn't generate the spin, pop or stick I was used, I
went through a final rigorous string setup test. I settled on a hybrid of Wilson Ripspin 16 (white) in the mains and Pacific Premium
Power X in the crosses. Both at 23 kg (50.6 lbs). I polished up my strokes and now understand what the racquet needs to perform.
Everything fell into place and for the first time in a very long time I feel confident on every stroke.
Comments: I've been using a slightly modified Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 Tour for the last couple of years. As long as I
have time to setup (for a stroke) and recover (after a 2 hour training session) this racquet worked out pretty well. When playing
frequently (2-3 days in a row) against bigger ball bashers (5.0 and up), I would start to feel sluggish and slow after the 45-60
minutes. I didn't want to "blame" the racquet and decided to work on my fitness and strength. It helped, but not enough. The
search was on for a more maneuverable racquet without losing too much plow through or ball heaviness. I tested the Volkl Power
Bridge Mid, but couldn't get used to the squishy butt cap. What a great serving racquet though! The Volkl C10 Pro was too
powerful for me. I really liked the Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro -- but my volleys weren't solid at all. In fact the racquet got pushed
around a bit. The Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 was too light. The racquet that spec-wise would fit the bill was the Yonex VCore
Tour 89. I wanted to test it first, but I got a great offer that I didn't have the time to turn down. The first day out on the court I
thought"Oh, no what have I done!?" I was shanking the balls frequently on groundstrokes and couldn't get my serve over the net at
first. Volleys and touch volleys were a dream. On the second day I shanked far less balls. I served well, but nothing special. By the
third (straight) day and 6+ hours with the racquet, I can say that I have found my racquet. I might replace the original grip for a
leather one, but things are working out very well as is. I now notice that the 89 sq. in. head size does indeed feel bigger.
Groundstrokes are pretty powerful. The upper part of the string bed seems very lively. Slices are good enough. My volleys have
never been this good. Serving is pretty precise and so far, very consistent. I don't feel nearly as sluggish as before and can play
longer and more frequently. I haven't had paint chipping issues yet. It's a beautiful stick. Very stable, yet less arm friendly than my
4D 200 Tours. But out all the racquets tested, the best fit for my game. It might help yours too. But try (extensively) first. I have an
all-round game, with a 1-handed backhand.
Comments: Previously I bought the VCore Tour 97 (light) out of curiosity. Had it customized to the strung weight
of 12.7 oz, 4 pt hl, and sw of 316. This was done between dissatisfaction of the stock spec and waiting for the arrival of the
Vcore Tour 89 in the mail. The altered result of the 97 is fantastic. Then the 89 arrived. The 89, what can I say? Rock solid.
Very assured shots. I agree with the play-testers' general comments. After the 97, the 89 does feel small. The spin window is
smaller on this racquet than the 97. As a result stroke production would favour flatter shots over spinnier ones whether topspin
or slice in comparison to the 97. To ease the transition to this racket, I had it customized to 12.7 oz from its stock strung weight
of 12.1 oz. Unfortunately the swing weight 335 could not be reduced, so could not improve the maneuverability. Overall,
comparing to the 97 light customized, I feel a tad slower coming around the ball, although the ball contact feels supremely more
solid and stable. Did not feel any distortion or twisting of the frame comparing the larger head-size. I think a tad less swing
weight which can allow the user to alter would make this slightly less sluggish. Overall awesome racquet.
Comments: I recently tried this as a demo racquet to compare it with my current 2010 Wilson BLX Six One 95. My
game is old style, flat shots with little topspin and continental grip on almost all shots and serves. I found that this racquet
provides excellent control and accuracy on groundstrokes and serves compared to Six One 95. It also provided the same power as
my Six One 95. It has more power than the Pro Staff Six One 90 for sure, as I have tried and compared them both. I have played
with heavy, small head racquets for most of my tennis years. And I was almost ready to give up on playing with smaller head
racquets until I found this one. This racquet gives you the best of both, small head for accuracy and control and enough power. At
the same time it is less heavy than Pro Staff 90 for extended play so you don't get tired. I am considering to make a switch or add
this to my racquet bag. Thanks to all the folks at TW for an excellent demo program.
Comments: Some after-thoughts. Played with it stock without the lead I had put on. I have adjusted very well.
Seems to work best with semi-western forehand and a one handed backhand. Difficult for me to use with more conservative grips
like eastern forehand. Pluses: fast, strong, precise topspin play both wings, serve, volley. Neutral: blockes shot, stoppers. Still
struggling: those heavenly slices alla Wilson K90.
Comments: Great racquet! I do not have problems with the sweetspot and hardly hit shots with the frame. I added a
leather grip and lead in the hoop to meet 340g. I string with ALU Power Rough mains and Isospeed Control crosses at 22/23 kgs,
which is the best setup I have ever tried. I played with the Fischer Vacuum Pro and Head Prestige Mid before.
Comments: I demo'ed this racquet twice in the past three weeks and I'm extremely impressed. This was kind of a
throw-in with the racquet I wanted to demo and I didn't expect much, but after about two weeks of hitting I really love this
racquet. I've never had a racquet where I feel like I can put the ball anywhere on the court. It lacks some power but I can make up
for it with my size at 6'3" and 215 pounds. It has more spin than the Head Youtek IG Prestige Mid because of the open string
pattern, which I like. I've decided to purchase this racquet. After demo'ing five racquets in the past two months this is by far the
best racquet for me.
Comments: Whoever designed the racquet must have had the old ProStaff feel in mind. It feels like a modern
version of the ProStaff 85. Everything is amazing. Period.
Comments: Truly an amazing stick and the best mid ever produced. It's so solid and sweet on every shot, fast and
manuevrable at net, and precise on serves and returns.
Comments: This is a really great frame. It has great power and directional control on the serve, although on
groundstrokes you do have to stay focused. The TW reviews hit it on the head. I ordered three and let me warn you about the
really poor finish on the paint. Any form of incidental contact with anything, including the other frames in the bag, will chip the
paint in large flecks off these sticks. Very surpising from Yonex, since they usually have the finish of their racquet dialed in.
Comments: Overall, this is an outstanding racquet. My only gripe is the flimsy grip that comes with it and the fact
that Yonex does not sell replacement grips for any of its racquets. Yonex only sells overgrips (Yonex Super Grap), which, by the
way, are awesome.
Comments: Simply amazing feel and control. I agree with Harvey when he says this is the modern successor of the
Pro Staff 85. It feels so sweet to hit with this frame, but unlike the Pro Staff 85, this one is somehow forgiving when hitting off-
center. I've found that this racquet is superb when playing with a western grip, not only for great topspin access but also for super
powerful and deep flat strokes. When I used an Eastern forehand, most balls would fly low into the net, so you have to adjust as
with any racquet. Control is as superb as feel. My favorite shot with this racquet is the sliced backhand as it leaves the racquet in a
straight and super fast line that barely clears the net. In one set I've played so far I left my opponent standing still thinking that my
slice would go straight into the net top, but barely clearing it and landing deep into the other side. Genius design is all I can say. I
can't wait to get my second one for my birthday in December.
Comments: I have always been a fan of the Yonex racquets since I have known Lleyton Hewitt and when I used the
RDX 500 MP and RQiS 1 Tour. But compared to all the racquets I have ever used the Vcore Tour 89 is the best racquet I have ever
used in my life! The feel and control are amazing with this racquet and I can also hit my powerful groundstrokes with ease.
Comments: I bought it on a whim in accordance with the top reviews. In stock form it's difficult to play for me. It is
rather stiff, with the benefit of some relevant action with balls hit in the upper range of the string bed (in sharp contradiction with
my present racquet of choice: Boris Becker London Pro, slightly modified (leather grip/overgrip, 3g 10/14:00)), but with SOS from
the elbow after one match. I can't believe the 330g swingweight in stock form (lower, 315g like?), very Bab Pure Drive GT like. I
went out for a second match, this time with 8g lead in the hoop (av 66cm, 4cm), and it was much more rewarding, but more
demanding. Just crazy spin, an offensive spin player's dream. This one, modified, is the one to top the Wilson K Factor 90 (Fed's
three years ago), and beats out the stuffings of a Volkl Powerbridge 10 Mid, for sure. Yet I'm still undecided. The BB London Tour's
precise laser guided performance is a treat, too.
Comments: This frame is the modern incarnation of the R-22. Bigger hitting, better access to spin, and serves
bombs. If you're a fan of Yonex frames, it's hard to do better than this one. It feels stiff, which provides amazing control and
power, but for some reason it also feels soft as it cups the ball for better accuracy and touch. Even shots at the top of the
stringbed have a good amount of feel and responsiveness. I always loved the R-22 because of its control and touch, but I always
got pushed around by heavy hitters. Not so with this frame! It stands up against the heaviest shots and gets them back with
interest. This frame swings a lot easier than the relatively high 335 swingweight would seem to indicate. Yonex frames always
have that balanced feel and this one is no exception. A brilliant frame from a high-quality company.
Comments: Brings back good memories of the RDX 500 Mid. Super comfortable to hit with. Good pop and touch.
Comments: I mostly play singles, with a semi-western forehand and semi-western one-handed backhand. I had
previously used the K Pro Staff 88 for about 2 and a half years. Of my two KPS 88s one got cracked when I threw it at a fence in a
fit of rage (it hit a vertical support pole). I was always looking to buy a third anyway, so I went looking to buy two more KPS 88s. I
built up a 4 1/2 to a 5/8 to create a more headlight balance (I use 5/8). No 4 1/2 anywhere online that look legit. So, new racquet
time. I have used the Yonex enough times to give you my take against the KPS 88. No problem with the weight of the KPS 88 for
me, but on occasion I would get a little lazy and not bring the racquet forward to hit an offensive shot. Lazy shots on the KPS 88
will go longer than expected, get shanked, or fall harmlessly short on the other side of the net. The Yonex is very forgiving
though, and lazy swings still produce a good ball. The KPS is much more stable and lower powered. I can't tell if the swing weight
is that much different, as I tried to compare the two swinging at the air. The ball comes off with a lot of spin on the Yonex VCORE
Tour 89. Of course, the KPS hits a flatter flying ball (you know, the put away shot). The Yonex is much more powerful, but there is
tons of spin being imparted on the ball, so it is harder to hit it really flat I guess. The power, it really helps my backhand, serve
velocity, and ground strokes in general. I have less accuracy on serves and volleys than the KPS 88. Volleys are taking some
adjustment, as I serve and volley 50% of the time, and I am really spoiled by the stability of the KPS 88, not that the Yonex isn't a
stable racquet. It just doesn't compare to the beast, where I just meet the ball with soft hands and it is going where I place it on
the other side. You need a firmer grip on the Yonex. I think picking off the volley took me the longest to get adjusted, as the
shape of the head made me meet the ball differently for a bit. Hard to tell now, but you will adjust. I can tell I will win more with
the Yonex. I am just worried that I will become lazier due to the forgiving nature of the racquet (like its a bad thing). Truth be told
using that KPS 88 really upped my game, as I was on an absolute winning streak with it for a while. But there were always those
days when I was a little late to the ball and everything was going a little long. This Yonex is awesome though.
Comments: I had to share my excitement. Wow! I have played with RD 7's and RDTi50's
long for a combined 20 years. The racquets I played with were not stock off the shelf,
but factory modified or custumed by specialists. As you get older and fatter, you loose
your connections and your stock of racquets gets depleted. Recently, I lost some major
weight and got into hitting again. Having tried everything under the sun that is
considered a player's racquet, I couldn't find anything that could deliver a feel anywhere
similar to what I knew. I had lost faith in Yonex, because I tried many of their sticks to no
avail. I randomly tried the 89. It was love at first hit. On the light side, but that's an easy fix. I
just bought one and added some lead, and OMG! The big thing to consider about this
racquet is the distance of the hand to the sweet spot. I've read that the sweet spot is the
same as a regular sweet spot, but the key is that they pushed the bottom of the head
up, making for a longer throat (old school style). The racquet head passes through so easily,
but bear in mind you have to be able to release the head to maximize the hit. Also, it
has a similar feel as an extended without being extended. You see, most reviews on
extended sticks mention the reach and the clunkiness of the racquet head going
through, but what isn't mentioned is the leverage on projections (the buggy whip-a
poorly coined phrase by ESPN analysts as they couldn't explain the physics behind it)
or the stop hit action on the two handed backhand, which this racquet delivers to the nth-degree. Yes, this isn't for everyone, as
solid strokes and a well built system need to be
wrapped around this stick, but if you candle a Ferrari, this is yours to drive. I'm planning
on getting at least two more. Thanks and enjoy.
Comments: I remember in the summer of 88' I played with a Yonex R-22 and fell in love with that racket. The
touch, headlight feel, the spin that I could put on the ball. Since then I have tried dozens of frames and they all fell short. The
RQS-11, no thanks, not enough plough-through and too light. RDIS100-too stiff, it lacks touch, and it feels like hitting with a
frying pan at times. Then I hit with the VCore-89. The same thin feel of the frame in my hand harkened me back to 1988. The
huge amount of spin I could generate on my slice backhand. My flat bullet forehands were flying and going in. My topspin
forehand took 2 days to find, but that is there too. I even can hit a one handed topspin backhand every now and then. In addition,
with the additional pop at the net-combined with great touch and feel, I can say that this racket will satisfy all former R-22 lovers.
This is the new technologically advanced version of that! Sorry, I got a bit carried away. I love this stick.
Comments: I just got this demo (89 inch) tonight. I went and played a practice. I can not
wait to play with this racquet for the demo period. It is wonderful and all the comments
about the sweet spot being large are spot on (sorry...couldn't resist). I love heavier/smaller
head size racquets and this one is even better than I imagined. I have a pretty trusty serve and tonight I could put it anywhere in
the box. The depth on my shots was great and I was able to hit my forehand with under spin with tremendous control and
accuracy. If the rest of the week is like tonight...I will have a new racquet.
Comments: I have used the RQiS 1 Tour for the past four or five years, and loved this
stick immediately. The sweetspot is massive for this stick's head size. I noticed that
my serves had a lot more pop and control with this racquet, but not a lot more spin
(which doesn't really bother me at all). The groundstrokes, although I've had to hit
through them a little more, shorten my backswing, and make my contact point a little
more out in front, feel amazing (the transition was a little rough on my two handed
backhand though). The slices feel god-like. Volleys are crisp and the racquet is very
manuverable at the net. Best racquet ever. I bought three and will likely buy three
more next spring.
Comments: I have finally found the racquet to replace my RDS001 Mids. Tons of feel at the net, and
easier access to spin on serve and groundstrokes. Great for a serve and volley game, crisp on deep volleys, and great
control for touch/drop volleys.
Comments: This racquet has it all and the guy who designed it is a bona fide genius. It's what the
eventual modern successor of the classic Wilson Pro Staff 85 should have been after several iterations (except Wilson
never got it right). Forget about the headsize, the sweet spot is huge, it plays like a 95 and above, couldn't tell the
difference. But what baffled me the most is the spin generation: unreal. Much better than my Yonex RDiS 100 MP,
which is a spin -friendly stick. The plow-through is also amazing, and with the proper timing you start sending
spinning cannon balls and paint the lines with amazing accuracy and ease. It is also very arm-friendly and gives you
plenty of feedback. I have not been that impressed by a racquet in a very long time. Again, it is, in my opinion, the
missing link if you want to rekindle the unique sensations of the Pro Staff 85 with more power and spin potential, but
never quite found it in the BLX 90 or Pro Staff 6.1 90.
Comments: I'm hanging up my Prestige Classic for the Yonex 89. I had no idea this racquet would be
this great. Unbelievable performance for a mid size, I highly recommend for you older guys like me who have played
with the Prestige Classic for 15 years or more. I have actually improved my consistency with it in just a week, a lot of
control, a lot more pop with the same comfort, touch and feel. Sweet spot is 5 times bigger than the prestige.
Unbelievable racquet, a must try for the old folks like me.
Comments: I just finished testing this racquet for a week. I have been looking for a couple frames to
replace my worn out Wilson K Blade Tour (93) frames. Wilson no longer makes anything comparable so I decided to try
this Yonex. Excellent! Slightly heavier than my Wilson's and the accuracy is very impressive. The 89 inch head plays
much larger due to the shape of the head. This racquet will be replacing my Wilson's. Yonex has won me over with this
Comments: This is a great racquet for people who hit the ball flat and like a lot of feedback. It is way
more maneuverable than the Wilson 90 iterations. It has great pocketing and good spin generation. It is not the best for
counter punching but if you like to control the point from the get-go this stick is amazing. I played with a demo with
multi and the feel is wonderful. The sweet spot is bigger than the Yonex RDS 93. I can slice and drop shot better than
any other racquet except maybe the Prince Warrior. The V on the throat seems a little longer than most racquets even
for its headsize but whatever. I love this frame and put a good hybrid in it and it's one of the best Yonex frames I've
ever used. I normally play with racquets close to Dunlop 200 series.
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