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TW Playtesters Switching to Yonex DR 98 Plus

by Jonas Eriksson

If you are a tennis nerd, I’m sure you’re familiar with Tennis Warehouse. In a recent video two reviewers (Andy & Chris) announce they are switching to Yonex DR 98 Plus.

Lots of people follow the Tennis Warehouse Youtube channels so I’m sure these will affect the sales of the Yonex DR 98 Plus a great deal. I previously wrote a post about Yonex launching their SV and DR racquet lines in extended length versions (read it here), but I’m surprised how popular plus length racquets are.

What are the pros and cons of an extended or plus length racquet then? Below the post you will have a comparison of the strung specs of the regular Yonex DR 98 and the Yonex DR 98+.

What you can see is that the swing weight for the Yonex DR 98 Plus model is higher, but that is pretty much it. Not sure why the stiffness rating is different, but that can be coincidence. An extended length racquet is supposed to give you a two things: reach and more power. The downside is that you have more to swing, but in a relatively light-weight package such as the Yonex DR 98, the extra swing weight is not that cumbersome and since it’s originally a rather plush frame, the extra power can come in handy.

Chris Edwards (NTRP 4.5) is moving from the Babolat Pure Drive Plus and Andy Gerst (Open level) is switching his regular length Yonex DR 98 to the extended length version, not a huge transition for either player.

Switching to a new racquet is not a process that happens over night however, it takes lots of hours with a new racquet to be completely in tune with it on court in a match situation. Remember that practice is one thing and the more tense match situation makes you tense up and rely on your muscle memory more, while at practice you can focus on feeling ball on your strings because it’s not as important where it lands.

I’m myself playing around with my new Babolat Pure Strikes at the moment and trying different strings. So far I really like them (it’s one of the few racquets I haven’t needed to customise at all so far!), my only concern is that the stiffness might take its toll on my shoulder so that’s why I’m trying to find a softer setup that I can use extensively without any joint pain.

Are you switching to a racquet? Which one and where are you in the process? Don’t hesitate to share in the comments!

Racquet comparison – Yonex DR 98 and Yonex DR 98 Plus


Head Size: 98 sq. in. / 632.26 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326.02g
Balance: 12.7in / 32.26cm / 6 pts HL
Swing weight: 324
Stiffness: 62
Beam Width: 23mm / 24mm / 19.5mm /


Head Size: 98 sq. in. / 632.26 sq. cm.
Length: 27.5in / 69.85cm
Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326.02g
Balance: 12.95in / 32.89cm / 6 pts HL
Swing weight: 335
Stiffness: 63
Beam Width: 23mm / 24mm / 19.5mm /

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Seb October 14, 2017 - 17:29

I’m looking from a while after YONEX DR 98 PLUS in Europe, but I can’t find it. To bring it from the USA would add 50% to its cost (shipping + custom tax).
If you see this stick somewhere in Europe, drop me a line, please.
Thank you!

Tennisnerd October 15, 2017 - 19:15

Will do! That’s a hard to find stick in Europe! Would love to try it myself…Cheers /J

lucas October 18, 2017 - 16:45

I used to play with the Yonex RDS 001midplus (98) I sold it long time Ago, I came back play and bought this ezone dr98 the yellow one , And I’m struggling with this one, wich racquet would be more similar to the RDS 001 midplus 98 ??

Tennisnerd October 19, 2017 - 09:18

Hi Lucas,
The Yonex RDS 001 MP is definitely a more powerful/crisper racquet in my mind than the DR 98. It might also feel a bit easier to swing since the beam is thinner. There are not that many racquets with similar beam profile and stiffness on the market today. If you like Yonex racquets, I’d definitely try the Yonex VCORE SV 98 and put some lead tape on the handle and possibly at 3 and 9 to get the weight a little bit closer to the RDS 001 MP.

Good luck and let me know how it goes! Cheers / Jonas


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