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.
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?