Yonex VCORE Tour 97 (310g) Racquets Customer feedback
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Comments: This is an absolutely amazing racquet! Just one side note -- the grip size seems to run one size large.
My old racquet was a Wilson Blade 98 with a 4 1/4 grip size, but I had to get a 4 1/8 grip size in this Yonex frame, which is
basically the same size as my old Wilson stick. Overall, the VCore Tour 97 (310) is an amazing racquet!
Comments: As a person who dedicates a large part of his life to tennis, I have naturally spent a good deal of time
searching for the perfect racquet. I have tried them all, almost exclusively what are often referred to as "players frames," and have
had the most success and longest tenure with the Head Prestige series to date. I am very particular about my frames and have
always found cause for continuing the search for the perfect racquet. I had grown comfortable with the very real possibility of my
search continuing ad infinitum and recognized that I had grown complacent with the familiar feel and psychological comfort that
the Prestige series had provided me. That is until I demoed the Yonex VCORE Tour 97 (310). I will be the first to admit an
unfounded prejudice towards Yonex frames. Goofy head shape, relative obscurity compared to the Head, Babolat and Prince
brands and dare I say a reputation for being a frame favored by the fairer sex. Alas, the joke was on me. Sublime groundstrokes
with the perfect amount of power and supernatural accuracy and control provide unsurpassed baseline potential. The head-light
characteristic, coupled with the inherent maneuverability allow those that venture to the net peace of mind and unhindered
possibilities. Serves were epic and I suspect would be more so strung up a couple pounds looser providing a bit more pop. Still,
kick serves jumped off the court and the string bed allowed for epic spin provided one had sound technique. Cosmetically you
could not ask for a more profound level of craftsmanship. The frame is constructed as well, if not better, than any racquet I have
ever hit with and is frankly stunning to look at. I find little trouble with the smaller grip flare on the Yonex racquets, and to be
certain, would not have noticed provided I had not read of some complaints here on the forums. I honestly thought twice about
posting this review and alluding to the fact that I have come to terms with this racquet being the very greatest manifestation as
such of all time, as I could do comfortably without my competition discovering what I have uncovered. I would be quite satisfied
with the brand continuing to be viewed with some of the aforementioned stigmas that it carries as I could live forever with the
advantage that this frame will provide me; however, the TW community has afforded me a great deal of assistance in a number of
arenas and if one person reads this and can experience the tennis nirvana that the Yonex VCORE Tour 97 is, then I have done my
due diligence here. Strung mine with Kirschbaum Competition 17L at 52lbs.
Comments: Just wrapped up my demo with this racquet. I have always liked the way Yonex's have hit, but there has
always been one thing that they have lacked. Usually that trait was maneuverability. This VCORE 97 (310g) is absolutely amazing!
All the great comfort of the Yonex head shape in a quick package. It is fast and really holds up stability wise to heavy shots. It
lacks a bit in put away power, but more than makes up for that in control and defense. I'm making the switch.
Comments: For those familiar with Yonex frames, let me add to all the TW testers favorable reactions to this frame.
If one is looking for an "upgrade" from a lighter frame like the RDS003 this one should be fine. If finding a current model that
plays similarlly to the RDX500 MP is a requirement, absolutely consider this frame. My initial impression is that it feels VERY much
like the RDX. Specifications, as most probably have already discovered, do NOT always translate well to 'feel.' A perfect example is
the Yonex RDiS 200. On paper, one would expect it to play much like a slightly heavier RDX500 MP. Not the case. The RDiS 200
has a harsh, unforgiving way to it.
Comments: Demoed this with the Volkl X10 (325) and this one didn't stack up. The racquet felt a bit "tinny," for
lack of a better word and perhaps a bit stiff for my liking. Cosmetics were good and it is a pretty racquet, but the Volkl was a
more plush feel and better all around for my playing style. Pretty good pop on serves, but the weight and balance was off and I
couldn't adjust. I suspect the 330g version would feel more solid and be a bit more to my liking.
Comments: I have been testing this frame for a week or so now and feel pretty close to making the switch from my
Prestige Pro. I play mainly doubles these days and was looking for something lighter and faster with some added pop on the serve.
With the Tour 97 I have been serving and volleying great and believe that this will get even better over time. I am still adjusting to
lighter weight on my ground strokes, but I have hit some absolute screamers and believe that the adjustment will come. I was
to hold out for the heavier version but believe I would lose the speed which is a key feature of this frame. The paint job looks
close up, and the "Made in Japan" angle really adds to the appeal. If you are looking for a fast, more user friendly player's frame I
would highly recommend that you give this one a try.
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