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Yonex VCORE 95 vs HEAD Prestige MP

by TN

I have created one of a series of racquet comparisons. This one features the 2018 Yonex VCORE 95 vs HEAD Prestige MP.

If you have ideas for other racquet comparisons, please comment on what frames you would like to see below. I chose the Yonex VCORE 95 vs the HEAD Prestige MP because these are two racquets I go back and forth with right now. I like them both, but like with everything they have various pros and cons. There is not one perfect racquet out there (sadly :)) and you always have to weigh your options and what various racquets do to your game.

You can watch my comparison video of the Yonex VCORE 95 and HEAD Prestige MP (click the links for reviews and specs) below.

VCORE 95 vs Prestige MP

The specs of these frames are fairly similar. The VCORE is 95 sq inches and has a 16×20 string pattern, while the HEAD is 98 sq inches and has an 18×20 pattern. Both racquets are for advanced level players looking for control. The VCORE 95 offers a bit faster feel with its 310g unstrung weight, while the Prestige MP is more stable and offers better plow-through with the 320g unstrung weight.

Let’s look at the different areas of play.

Control – Prestige MP is a bit more precise
Power – VCORE 95 offers a nice power level for a 95 sq inch racquet without being stiff
Feel/Touch – The most subjective factor, but I feel I know the ball better with the Prestige.
Spin – The 16×20 pattern and Isometric head shape help the VCORE here.
Maneuverability – The VCORE is FAST and whippy
Stability – The Prestige is heavier and has a larger head size

Stroke by stroke 

Serve – I find I hit a bigger serve with the VCORE
Groundstrokes – More control with the Prestige, more power/spin with the VCORE
Volleys – The Prestige is more stable and connected
Slice – The higher twist weight of the Prestige helps generate a penetrating slice
Returns – For block shots – Prestige, for swings VCORE

I hope this can help you make up a decision about these two excellent racquets. They’re both great, but different strokes for different folks, right?

Which one would you pick and why?

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Nicholas Elphinstone January 26, 2021 - 06:11 - 06:11

Hello Jonas,
I remember that the Head LM Radical Tour was your favourite racquet for quite a long time, I’m still playing with that model now. I would be really interested to know what you like more about these racquets and the PT 2.0, my only wish would be for a slightly larger sweetspot.
Best regards, Nick.

Tennisnerd January 26, 2021 - 09:29 - 09:29

Hi Nicholas,
The LM Radical Tour is great. The PT 2.0 has a bit better feel and spin potential in my opinion. The sweet spot is about the same though. I have one PT 2.0 for sale if you’re interested in trades.

Nicholas Elphinstone January 26, 2021 - 15:58 - 15:58

Thanks Jonas,
That is both interesting and tempting!
I wasn’t very clear in my original comment, I’m also interested why you prefer the Vcore 95 and the Prestige MP to your LM Radical Tours.

Thierry poirier February 3, 2021 - 12:14 - 12:14

hello I have just acquired 2 vcore 95 2021, this an incredible racket in all the compartments of the game, for a small sieve, it is amazing, for me, it is the racket of the year.

Kevin Le February 12, 2021 - 20:10 - 20:10

Hey Jonas!
Great comparison. I currently play with a weighted up Diadem Elevate and curious how it would compare to the Yonex Vcore 95 (2018) and Technifibre XTC 305 in terms of power, launch angle, and control.
Love the content, thanks for doing what you do!

Manie June 9, 2021 - 02:02 - 02:02

Great structure chosen for the comparison, well done. You see a lot of compare reviews get into too much detail! The individual racquet reviews can get into details, compare reviews are best done like this, brief notes on comparing key experience items and key shots.


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