Posted on September 29 2021
Renowned for astounding quality control and a meticulous eye for detail, Yonex are still one of the most popular tennis racket brands on the market after over 50 years in the business. Here at All Things Tennis, we’re putting together a simple guide to help you select the perfect Yonex racket for your game.
Yonex have broken their racket collections into three series; V Core (power/spin), Ezone (power/control) and V Core Pro (control/touch). Here at All Things Tennis, we offer both the V Core and Ezone collections. All Yonex Rackets come with their signature Isometric head shape which is designed to increase the sweet spot and improve manoeuvrability by reducing inert space on the racket.
The Ezone range is endorsed by tennis superstar Naomi Osaka as well as a handful of other top players including Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud and Belinda Bencic. Ezone rackets are made to strike a nice balance between control and power whilst still retaining that classic Yonex feel.
Yonex Ezone 98 Tennis Racket – Intermediate/Advanced
Perhaps the most popular Yonex racket on the market today, the Ezone 98 is suitable to a wide variety of players. It’s capable of producing enough power to suit an intermediate level player but an advanced level player shouldn’t have trouble controlling that power. It’s specs make it an extremely versatile 98 square inch racket, with easy manoeuvrability and controllable power. This racket is often compared to the extremely popular Babolat Pure Drive 2021 and although we love the Pure Drive for many reasons, we’ve found the Ezone 98 to offer greater feel than its Babolat contemporary.
Yonex Ezone 100L Tennis Racket – Beginner/Intermediate
Does the Ezone 98 sound like an ideal racket for you but you’re just not sure if you’re ready for an advanced racket? Well, the Ezone 100L retains all the benefits of the Ezone range but is designed to be a lot more accessible for beginners and early intermediates. The 100 square inch head still has the iconic isometric head shape but the extra 2 square inches helps to massively increase the sweet spot of the racket. The 100L is made to be even easier on the arm than other Ezone rackets with its 285g weight and slightly thicket beam.
Yonex Ezone Tour 2021 – Advanced
The most advanced racket in the Ezone range, the Tour 2021, seeks to bring the control and feel elements of the Ezone series to the forefront. It’s the heaviest racket in the series and has a slightly more ‘head heavy’ balance to make it extremely stable upon impact with the ball.
The V Core range is endorsed by Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov and former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber. V Core rackets are all about spin, rivalling the legendary Babolat Pure Aero in their top spin capabilities. The 2021 line of V Core collection saw huge improvements made to the range, including better feel and control.
Yonex V Core 98 305g (2021) – Intermediate/Advanced
The V Core 98 is made for players looking to impose their game onto opponents with power and spin. You can achieve fast racket head speed thanks to the aero dynamic frame, this combined with the relatively thin beam, allows you to hit with huge amounts of spin without sacrificing feel or control. It’s an extremely versatile racket that excels in many areas, you can demo this racket for free at All Things Tennis. Just pop in store or email email@example.com
Yonex V Core 100 Limited Edition (300 grams) – Intermediate/Advanced
Overall, the V Core 100 shares a lot of the same attributes as the V Core 98, the main differences being its larger head size and slightly lighter weight. Not to mention the limited-edition grey cosmetic, which we just love. These variations make it easier to generate power and more arm friendly. Again, this racket would suit intermediate to advanced players but its more tailored to the intermediate club player looking to create more spin.
Yonex V Core 95 310g (2021) – Advanced
The V Core 95 is perhaps the most advanced Yonex racket on the market, with a small 95 square inch head that rewards precision hitting and a 310g weight that provides ample control but may be hard for some players to swing. If you’re an advanced player looking for a control-oriented racket that can generate lots of topspin, this is the frame for you. The isometric head shape combined with the smaller head size means that you can generate fast racket-head speed given the right technique and mechanics in your swing. It’s one of our favourite ‘players rackets’ on the market and one many top club players are switching to.
Written by Aron Dochard