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The Yonex Regna is back

by TN

One of the most hyped-up and expensive retail racquets is for sale again: The Yonex Regna is back. Is it worth the money?

The Yonex Regna is back for sale exclusively at Tennis Warehouse and Tennis Only. The Regna 98 and 100 are for sale in limited quantities. This is what it says on the Tennis Warehouse website: For this racquet, Yonex draws upon its impeccable engineering standards and tight spec tolerances to deliver a truly phenomenal hitting experience to intermediate and advanced players

It sounds like a standard marketing text, doesn’t it? Well, there can’t be anything standard about the Yonex Regna racquets as they retail at 380 USD! Sure, they look really nice in black and comes with a leather grip, but what else makes these racquets cost so much more than other retail racquets? (The Wilson Naked Racquets are more expensive though.)

Let’s have a look at the Yonex Regna racquet specs.

Yonex Regna 98 Specs

Head Size:98 in² / 632.26 cm²
Length:27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11.5oz / 326g
Balance:12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL
Swingweight:322
Stiffness:65
Beam Width:21.5mm / 22mm / 22mm
Composition:HM Graphite/ Black Micro Core, Namd
Power Level:Low
Stroke Style:Full
Swing Speed:Fast
Racquet Colors:Grey
Grip Type:Leather!
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
Two Pieces
No Shared Holes
String Tension:45-60 pounds

Nothing out of the ordinary there. High-modulus graphite, Namd, Black Micro core are all standard technologies in Yonex racquets. But there is this sentence:

“…with a meticulously engineered beam construction to create a racquet that flexes optimally across all stroke speeds. The on-court payoff, according to Yonex, is increased comfort and stability combined with a high level of accuracy on every swing.”

Is the beam more meticulously engineered on the Regna than on other Yonex racquets? Why wouldn’t the pros use it in that case? Or have they found something special here? I am full of questions, but sadly, no answers as of yet. I’m intrigued by the racquet, but not sure if I can get a hold of one for a review.

Yonex Regna 100 Specs

Head Size:100 in² / 645.16 cm²
Length:27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11oz / 312g
Balance:13.18in / 33.48cm / 3 pts HL
Swingweight:318
Stiffness:65
Beam Width:21.5mm / 23mm / 21mm
Composition:HM Graphite/ Black Micro Core, Namd
Power Level:Low-Medium
Stroke Style:Medium-Full
Swing Speed:Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors:Grey
Grip Type:Leather!
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
Two Pieces
No Shared Holes
String Tension:45-60 pounds

Buy Yonex Regna Racquets

Have you tried the Yonex Regna racquets? As there is a lot of curiosity around these, I will try my best to get my hands on one.

If you want to buy one of these racquets, they’re available exclusively at Tennis Warehouse (US) and Tennis Only.

Yonex Regna 100
Yonex Regna 98

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7 comments

Tomas April 26, 2021 - 8:08 pm

Buy one and test it ?. Maybe its the holy grail.

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TN April 27, 2021 - 3:59 pm

That’s the plan! 🙂

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MAXJUSTMAX April 28, 2021 - 11:38 am

The Regna is a limited-production racket, very high quality, takes 3 times longer to manufacture then other models, comes in 98 and 100 only, grip sizes 2 and 3 only and is sold exclusively in Japan (except for 2 times that TW has had a few). This may be why Pros do not use it. Besides top quality materials and build, the key difference is in the throat construction which has a hand-placed lattice of very stiff material that stores and releases energy very quickly. Like a Clash in a way, but more crisp. The Regna rewards going after the ball and has a flatter departure angle and crisper feel than a vCore Pro 330, without feeling harsh. The original model (black, silver and red) is supposed to play better, the 98 is lighter at 310 grams but feels familiar to players who like to swing serious weight. The original 98 has the best paint quality of all the Regnas, comes with a ‘special’ leather grip, thinner than usual i believe, which was not well-liked, though I play mine without overgrips and like them fine. The original Regna allows you to feel the effect of the special throat construction more than the newer model, but has the ‘special material’ on only the top half of the hoop, whereas the new model uses it in the entire hoop. As a player who was mostly using heavy (330-360 grams) players sticks with 90-93 inch head sizes, it has been a bit of a transition, but i find stringing the Regna 98 at 65 lbs with Klipper Kevlar, Soft Kevlar Gives me most of the control I want. A hybrid setup of Pro Line II and Dunlop syngut at 65/70 lbs also works well. Honestly, I had been wondering why you had not yet reviewed the Regna with all of your excellent Yonex racket reviews ;). Be well, Max

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Mark April 28, 2021 - 11:14 pm

“Special construction”, “Special leather grip”, “Special material” , “Special throat construction”, those are all dead giveaways of a ‘meticulous’ marketing strategy.
There’s a very high probability this is a regular Yonex racquet, hyped to the max to make the gullible customer pay a ridiculous premium for it.
I agree these racquets are gorgeous, the appearance is flawless.
But don’t get fooled by looks and slick marketing folks.
Unless maybe you’re a collector.

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MAXJUSTMAX April 29, 2021 - 3:48 pm

To be clear, I have no relationship to Yonex. I have been interested in sports technology and tried enough products that employ it to agree that sometimes it is mere advertising hype. I do collect rackets, however I specifically acquired the first-gen Regna 98s for playing. Whereas I do play with most of the rackets I own, the Wilson, Volkl and Yonex player’s rackets find themselves most often in the rotation. As far as Yonex go I currently own around 15, 4 of which are first-gen Regna 98s. Having done some research into the company as well as the specific racket model, it wasn’t difficult to believe that a premium product from a company known for superior quality would be better than their normal offerings. As far as the throat construction goes, you can see the lattice on the first-gen models. Is the throat construction a gimmick or is is ‘all that’, this I cannot say. I will however share that in my experience the Regnas I own all feel and play the same and not similar to any other racket I have tried. Also I have not played with anything larger than a 95 that provides anything close to the control I want and only the Wilson nPS 95 and nTour feel like a player’s stick while tipping the scale at close to 300 grams, the Regna 98 does both. The reviews I have heard are pretty good indication that the Regna is not a ‘regular’ stick, my experience with the Regna as well as the reactions of people I have let try it would tend to agree. Maybe try the thing before passing judgement?

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Brendan May 3, 2021 - 5:18 am

Got mine late last week. It’s a good stick. I haven’t played enough to state exactly what exactly it is and isn’t…yet. I do know my serves and overheads feel much better than normal and my volleys have been excellent…touch/drop or punch with great accuracy. Whether this is because this racket is more HL than I’m used to remains to be seen…

Cheers,

Brendan

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