Tennis Racquets

New Yonex Ezone Racquets

I recently wrote about Naomi Osaka’s Ezone 98, but there are more new Yonex Ezone racquets coming. The Ezone 98 Tour, 98 Plus and 100 Plus.

New Yonex Ezone Racquets

I’m quite curious about these new Yonex Ezone racquets, especially the Ezone 98 Tour, which was a favorite of mine in the previous generation. I liked pretty much everything about it, but in the end it hurt my elbow. And I had no ongoing elbow problems or arm issues at the time. What did it for me was the extra weight in the throat area. Karue Sell from MyTennisHQ noted a similar problem so I’m curious if the new Ezone 98 Tour (link to Tennis Warehouse) delivers better comfort.

Yonex Ezone 98 Tour

This is what Tennis Warehouse writes about the new Ezone Tour:

In addition to widening the beam for extra stability and power, Yonex adds 2G NAMD SPEED to the graphite layup, resulting in increased pocketing and better ball feedback. The RA-stiffness is also a smidge higher than the previous version, resulting in a slightly crisper feel without compromising the plush feel for which Yonex player’s racquets are known.

Will the 2G NAMD Speed help the comfort? Maybe. That’s why I’m curious to try it.

The specs are otherwise similar:

Head Size: 98 in / 632.26 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.7oz / 332g
Balance: 12.99in / 32.99cm / 4 pts HL
Swingweight: 332
Stiffness: 64
Beam Width: 23.5mm / 24.5mm / 19.5mm
Composition: 2G-NAMD SPEED/HM Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors:Blue
Grip Type: Yonex Synthetic
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H

Yonex Ezone 98 Plus

I’m personally not a huge fan of extended racquets, but I know that many players appreciate that both Babolat and Yonex deliver 27.5 inch versions of their bestselling racquets.

The specs are pretty much identical to the tour, which is impressive. Most longer racquets swing weights reach up into the 340s.

Check out the Yonex Ezone 98 Plus if you like longer racquets.

Head Size: 98 in / 632.26 cm
Length: 27.5in / 69.85cm
Strung Weight:11.4oz / 323g
Balance: 13.07in / 33.2cm / 5 pts HL
Swingweight: 333
Stiffness: 64
Beam Width: 23.5mm / 24.5mm / 19.5mm
Composition: 2G-NAMD SPEED/HM Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors:Blue
Grip Type: Yonex Synthetic
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H

Yonex Ezone 100 Plus

Do you want a lot of free power? Then the extended Ezone 100 is the way to go. I find the regular Yonex Ezone 100 to be an excellent power frame (one of my current favorites). But for me, a longer version of it will likely be too much of the good stuff. But Casper Ruud uses a customized DR 100 Plus (even more power) and can control it, so it depends on your skills and how much spin you can generate on the ball.

As you can see from the specs, the stiffness and the swing weight are a little bit higher here (to be expected). If you’re power-hungry, the Ezone 100 Plus might satisfy your appetite.

Summary

I hope to be able to demo some of these racquets, but I’m not sure if they will be available in Europe. Currently they are not on sale at the Tennis Warehouse Europe Yonex Ezone page or the corresponding page at Tennis Only in Australia. So if you have hit with these, let me know what you think about them in the comments below.

TN

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