Posted on September 29 2021
Updated March 11 2022
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; Ezone (power/control), V Core (power/spin) and V Core Pro (control/touch). Here at All Things Tennis, we offer the entire range of rackets. 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 2022 – 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 98L Tennis Racket 2022 – 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 98L retains all the benefits of the Ezone range but is designed to be a lot more accessible for beginners and early intermediates. The 98L is made to be even easier on the arm than other Ezone rackets with its 285g weight and slightly thinner beam.
The V Core range is endorsed by Italy's Camila Giorgi and former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, among many others. 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 and many others for free at All Things Tennis. Just pop in store or email email@example.com
Yonex V Core 100L (280 grams) – Intermediate/Advanced
Overall, the V Core 100L shares a lot of the same attributes as the V Core 98, the main differences being its larger head size and lighter weight. 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.
The V Core Pro range is endorsed by Swiss pro Stan Wawrinka and Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska. V Core Pro rackets are specially designed to give you the most control. This new V Core Pro range introduces cutting-edge new technology from Yonex - the FlexCon System. Integrated shock absorbing polymers (FlexFuse) reduce vibrations and give a softer feel while FlexForce allows the graphite to snap back and create more spin and acceleration.
Yonex V Core Pro 100L (2022) – Intermediate/Advanced
Designed as an all-rounder for players looking for a light, flexible racquet with precision and feel. It weighs only 280g and the large head makes it easy to generate power, while the new technologies allow you to have a high degree of comfort and control.
Yonex V Core Pro Game (2022) – Beginner/Intermediate
The V Core Pro Game is very similar to the V Core Pro 100L with it's new technologies, but is designed to be more accessible for beginners and early intermediates. At 270g, the V Core Pro Game is even lighter than the V Core Pro 100L. Along with the slightly thicker shaft, this makes it easy on the arms and perfect for recreational players getting into the game.
Written by Aron Dochard