Yonex VCORE 98 (285g) 2018



With the VCORE 98 (285), Yonex delivers an impressive combination of speed and spin to intermediate players.
Although this stick is lighter and faster than the 305 version, it still manages to deliver similar levels of precision and feel. For 2018, the VCORE 98 gets a more open and spin-friendly string pattern (from 16x20 to 16x19).
Yonex has also expanded the location of the Aero Fin grooves to include not just the upper hoop but also the lower portion of the head. This technology is complimented by an Aero Trench grommet system which submerges the grommets to further reduce wind resistance. 
The upshot of these technologies is easier acceleration, which will help you load the ball with pace and spin. The VCORE 98 also gets updated with a material called Namd, which is a uniquely flexible graphite designed to increase frame torque, ball pocketing and spin. 
On groundstrokes this racket feels wonderfully fast and spin-friendly. The manageable swingweight (313 RDC) will enable intermediate players to execute shots on the run, with plenty of pace and spin resulting from how easily this stick whips through contact.
As with so many of the Yonex racket's we've hit, stability is high for the weight, and the Isometric head shape seems to give it a more luxurious sweetspot than its competitors. On service returns and volleys, the VCORE 98 (285) comes around fast to deliver very easy targeting.
Although it is not as stable as the heavier VCORE 98, intermediate players should appreciate the raw speed, especially on serve where this stick explodes powerfully through contact. 
All in all,  the VCORE 98 (285) is a great option for the rising intermediate who wants a speedy weapon with easy targeting and great feel.

Specifications

Head Size:
98 in² / 632 cm²
Length:
27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight:
306g / 10,8oz
Unstrung Weight:
285g/10,1oz
Balance:
33,48cm / 3 pts HL
Unstrung Balance:
32,5cm/6 pts HL
Swingweight:
313
Stiffness:
65
Beam Width:
22mm / 22mm / 21mm
Composition:
H,M, Graphite, Naometric XT, Namd
Racket Colours:
Red
Grip Type:
Yonex Synthetic
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
Tension:
20-27kg / 45-60lb


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