It's time for Yonex to revamp their VCORE series with the new Yonex VCORE Pro racquets. But what else is new?
The new Yonex VCORE Pro racquets comes in five different new racquet models, let's break it down.
Yonex VCORE Pro 97 330
The Yonex VCORE Pro 97 330 gram is the heavy version that is endorsed by Stan the Man Wawrinka is the heavier version with a 330 swingweight (vs 334) and 65 RA (vs 66) stiffness. It has a slightly thinner beam than the predecessor, 20 mm (vs 20.5). The biggest difference between the Yonex VCORE Pro 97 330 and the VCORE Duel G racquets are that the Pro has a more common and open 16×19 string pattern, while the Duel G has 20 mains in a 16×20 pattern. The new Yonex VCORE Pro racquets also includes a substance called Namd, which is a “uniquely flexible carbon material used in strategic locations to optimize the response.” This goes both for the heavier and the lighter version.
Yonex VCORE Pro 97 310
Yonex VCORE Pro 97 310 grams – is the lighter version of the Pro 97 that offers more room for customization than the heavier brother. It is similar but has a far lower swingweight (317) and is slightly more flexible (64 RA). They're both 7 pts head light. 16×19 string pattern.
Yonex VCORE Pro 97 290
The Yonex VCORE Pro 97 290 grams – a signifiantly lighter version with a slightly higher stiffness to compensate the lack of mass compared to the 310 and 330 gram versions. Also with a more head heavy balance (3 pts HL).
Yonex VCORE Pro 100 300
The Yonex VCORE Pro 100 – 100 sq inches, a slightly thicker beam (21 mm), swingweight of 317, a stiffness of 66 RA and 4 pts HL. Sounds like a solid alternative for intermediate players.
Yonex VCORE Pro 100 280
– 100 sq inches, a slightly thicker beam (21 mm), swingweight of 312, a stiffness of 66 RA and even balance to compensate the lack of weight.
Yonex recommends you to use their new strings Yonex Poly Tour Strike for these new racquet models. Not sure what science is behind the below picture, taken from the Yonex official website. Is it the spin pattern? And what is meant by “conventional product”?
I personally really like Yonex products and think this racquet looks really nice from a design point-of-view. I hope to give it a proper play-test and report back to you. Also, if you get the chance to test this racquet, please comment with your opinion below!
The Yonex VCORE Pro racquets will be endorsed on the ATP tour by Stan Wawrinka and Hyeon Chung (and several other players of course). If you want to know what other tennis racquets the ATP professionals use, check out this post.
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The Duel G line, including the 310g I own, has the feel of a more substantial product. The glossy plastic look of the other Yonex lines looks cheap to me. I recognize the appearance doesn’t necessarily mean the materials of the Duel G or Vcore pro contain more real graphite.
Seems like the Yonex VCORE Pro 97 310 could have very similar specs to the Angell K7 – Flex, Headsize, String Pattern, weight.
I would be really curious to see how similar they really are. And which one is more comfortable.
Yes, I’m very curious about that too! Hope to play-test it soon….Cheers / J
I played for a while with the Duel G 97 330 grams. He liked the racket very much, but it was a racket that generated little spin and at times was not comfortable. Well, I have a bit more of a hit and I think that the weight was also a bit of a nuisance for me in the generation of this spin. But in terms of power, feel and control was excellent. This new version, with 16×19 standard will correct this lack of spin and also hope that this version is more comfortable.
Tennisnerd, I hope you have an opportunity to do a review of versions 97 with 310 and 330 grams. In my opinion they are very interesting rackets.
Yes, I hope I get the chance to review both of these racquets as well. I think 330 grams is a bit much for most recreational players, but I’m very curious about the 310 version with some lead tape. Cheers / J
Yes, I also think a lot. The ideal, in my opinion, is up to 320 grams (unstrung). I currently use an Angell TC95 with 310 grams (unstrung).
I did not get on with the Duel G at all, but the 330 Pro feels amazing. I felt like I was hitting my Donnay from high school, with a bit of lead, at 360g it feels much lighter than my RF. Oh, and I can feel the ball and work it so well, even hit a bit of sidespin on inside out FH, serves were climbing the fence
My K7 comes tomorrow, along with a TC 95 63RA. It would take a lot for me to feel as happy as I was today. I’ll keep you posted.
Interesting to hear! I have two 330 Pros on the way so I’m really looking forward to hitting with them. Curious to hear what you think about the TC 95 and the K7. Is the TC 95 with open string pattern? I’ve heard it’s the best version…
I demoed the vcore pro 330 and the duel g 330 and preferred the duel g overall in terms of overall control and ball pocketing. No question the vcore pro is easier to serve with and swings faster so topspin is easier to generate but I felt vibration even with a yonex dampener while trying to hit flat drives or volleys. I used volkl cyclone tour red @54 lbs/53 lbs for the vcore/ duel g respectively and even though the duel g is slightly stiffer felt no discomfort or vibration of any kind, not to mention better stability. Some posts seem to indicate the vcore frames develop small cracks under certain conditions, though I don’t know since I returned the frame. I also think the frame is string sensitive and may play better with a dead / low power poly at moderate tension. Cyclone tour was too powerful for my demo though it worked perfectly for the duel g