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Yonex Vcore 100 (2021) Review

Yonex Vcore 100 (2021)

About the Brand

Yonex Co.Ltd. is a Japanese Sports Equipment Manufacturing Company.

In 1946, Yonex was founded in a snow-covered village in Niigata, Japan, by Mr. Minoru Yoneyama, who was born in 1924 and died in 2019 in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan.

Yonex produces equipment and apparel for tennis, badminton, golf, and running. Yonex manufactures and commercialises equipment for badminton, tennis (rackets, shuttlecocks, balls, bags), and golf (clubs, bags). Yonex also produces athletic shoes and a wide range of apparel that includes T-shirts, jackets, skirts, shorts, hoodies, leggings, and hats.

In 1957, Yoneyama began to make badminton rackets for other brands. By 1961, the first Yoneyama-branded racquet was introduced, and within another two years, an export company was created for worldwide distribution. After that, the company began to make aluminium badminton racquets.

In 1969, it was found that the same technology could be applied to the tennis racket, which the company introduced in 1971. The company began to experiment with graphite shafts for both types of rackets and found that these would also be useful for golf clubs.

In 1982 Yonex came out with the new Oversized Tennis Racquet in the REX-Series with the R-7 and R-10 racquets. At that time, Martina Navratilova played with the R-7 and was very successful. One year later, the New Series Rexking was developed with the R-22. Navratilova subsequently used the White RQ 180 Widebody Frame until the early 1990s.
Yonex sponsors the All England Open Badminton Championships and is a partner of the Badminton World Federation, which organises the World Championships.

In 2021, Yonex will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Yonex Officially Sponsors some World’s Leading Tennis Players like Anna Kournikova, Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber, Carolina Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, David Nalbandian, Elena Dementivia, Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawarinka, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Mary Pierce, Monica Seles and many more.

Description

Yonex Vcore 100 (2021) is known as a modern power game racquet that is engineered for power and spin. This racquet is a great choice for aggressive players who want easy power and spin-friendly precision.

In 2021, this updated Yonex Vcore 100 will have a lower stiffness rating than the previous two generations, giving it better flexibility than its predecessors.

This is the 6th generation of the Vcore racquet series. This updated Vcore 100 has a slightly thicker beam width compared to the previous version for more power and stability.

Yonex introduced a new technology called Flex Force, which uses a uniquely flexible graphite (NAMD-2) to help the racquet bend flawlessly at impact.

Yonex has also redesigned the grommet system with String Sync, which uses funnel-shaped inserts to help the strings snap back more powerfully during impact. Black micro-core technology is also skipped in this update.

Yonex Vcore 100 has the same traditional Vcore series red colour on it, but for the new looks, you’ll get a touch of blue throughout with a dark red paint job on the frame that features some mix of bright red and silver sparkles. Somehow, it’s looking so appealing.

Yonex Vcore 100 is an option for intermediate to advanced players who want to add some extra power and spin to their game.

Specifications

Head Size : 100 in / 645.16 cm
Length : 27 in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight : 320g / 11.3 oz
Unstrung Weight : 300 gm / 10.6 oz
Balance : 13 in / 33.02 cm / 4 pts HL
Beam Width : 24 mm / 25 mm / 22 mm
Swingweight : 324
Stiffness : 66
String Tension : 45-60 pounds
Composition :  HM Graphite / 2G-Namd
Grip Type : Yonex Synthetic
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Technology


AERO SHAPE DESIGN

A Faster Frame For More Spin :  Aero Trench and Aero Fin Technology reduce air resistance or easy maneuverability and added spin.

 


ISOMETRIC HEAD

7% LARGER SWEET SPOT
Developed over 30 years ago, the ISOMETRIC™ design increases the sweet spot by 7%*.
Compared to a conventional round frame, a square-shaped ISOMETRIC™ racquet generates a larger sweet spot by optimizing the intersection of the main and cross strings.
ISOMETRIC™ technology delivers greater control without sacrificing power.

 


STRING SYNC GROMMETS

For Ball Bite and Spin : a thin grommet nozzle is inserted into a larger frame hole allowing the string to move together with the grommet for faster snapback.

 

VIBRATION DAMPENING MESH

First used in our snowboards to reduce vibrations at impact, Vibration Dampening Mesh (VDM) is now used in four of our racquet series. VDM is a stretchy mesh material that is wrapped around the graphite within the grip to filter unwanted vibrations and improve touch and precision.

 

 

2G-NAMD FLEX FORCE

For Aggresive , Attacing Spin : Incorporated in the upper throat to the lower frame, new Flex Force graphite allows for the racquet to quickly flex and snapback for maximum spin potential.

 

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Overall Performance

Control

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As mentioned, it’s a combination of a 100-in2 head size and an open 16-by-19 string pattern that’s designed to give you decent control right out of the box without sacrificing power or spin.

However, this is not the most control-oriented racquet in the V-Core line-up. If your priority is the most control-oriented racquet in the Vcore line-up, then go for the Vcore 95, which offers you better control than the Vcore 100.

Feel

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This updated Yonex Vcore 100 has a more dampened and muted feel compared to the previous version. Somehow it feels more plush, crisp, and flexible than the previous Vcore 100.

The new Flex Force Graphite technology, which is amalgamated into the racquet’s throat, indeed enhances the flexibility, and vibration dampening mesh wraps in the handle to reduce vibration, which improves the comfort and feel of the racquet.

Groundstrokes

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From the baseline, Yonex racquets have a 7 percent wider sweet spot than the other racquets because of the isometric head size technology, which enables you to generate easy power and have fun playing from the centre of the frame.

On groundstrokes, this racquet is not demanded you to make so much effort for the power net clearence and getting well depth which is usually are traits of Yonex racquets.

Aggressive baseliners can enjoy the free excess of extra power and spin with this racquet; it also offers plenty of depth. But remember that with topspin, it’s easy to control, but for the flatter hitter, it could be tricky.

Make sure you try to add some extra spin to aggressive groundstrokes. Otherwise, it will be very easy to get overhit with this racquet and lose control from the baseline with ease at times.

Maneuverability

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Perfect merge of its strung balance is around 4 pts head light after strung, its strung weight is around 320 gram that is totally vary upto differ to differ string guage you’r trying and its swing weight is around 324 so which is make this racquet very easy to maneuverable and faster to swing speedily from all areas of the court.

Power

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The Yonex Vcore series is always known for its power and spin racquets, and similarly, you can find the same traits in the Yonex Vcore 100, including the frame variable beam width, which is 22 mm at the throat, 25 mm at the sides of the head, and 24 mm at the top, and its hefty stiffness or RA rating, which is around 66, which is designed to generate plenty of power from the racquet.

Returns

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On flat serve or heavier opponent first serve basically it is all about how you controlling the pace of the opponent where the Yonex Vcore 100 done a decent job cause perfect blend of the 100 inch headsize and open string pattern help to return the ball precisely with balanced of power and spin.

If you really want to take the full advantage of racquet potential to return the flat serve or heavier pace serve then you’ll be sure the racquet string tension should be below the 55 pounds otherwise racquet power is hard to control.

On a second or low-pace serve, this Vcore 100 is quite controlled, precise, and stable, so after a few returns, you’ll get the confidence to step inside the court and hit the target wherever you want to.

Serves

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On a first or flat serve, you don’t find any lack of power with this racquet for hitting the flat serve because free access to power is so easy with it, thanks to the maneuverability and stability of the Yonex Vcore 100.

Aerodynamic racquet shape and open 16×19 string pattern helped you at providing utmost amount of spin on both for the kick serves or slice serves.

If your current racquet is powerful enough but you want some extra mph on the serve with the same effort you’re putting in, or if you’re keen to generate as much power as you need without so much effort, then this Vcore 100 will be great for you.

Slices

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Hitting slices with this Yonex Vcore 100 from the centre of the frame has such a plush feel; credit goes to the isometric head shape, which offers a 7% wider sweet spot compared to the other racquets.

Whether hitting backhand slices from the baseline or returning the serve with the backhand slices, this Vcore 100 is so fun and delightful to hit.

Stability

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As its all know it’s a mid strung weight racquet which is around 320gm /11.3 oz and 4 pts head light balance so this Vcore 100 offers decent stability. But some of the advanced players might not like the stability of the racquet out of the box, and they want to customise the racquet by adding some weight.

Compared to the previous version, this Yonex Vcore 100 is slightly better in terms of stability, which is pretty noticeable either from the baseline or on the volleys.

TopSpin

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Aerodynamic characteristics of the racquet help us generate topspin so effortlessly, and you don’t find any lack of topspin for all variations of shots with this stick.

Aero Fin technology on the inside and outside edges of the racquet’s head and just above the racquet’s throat, Flex Force graphite integrated into the racquet’s midsection, and an open string pattern all contribute to accessing plenty of topspin as needed.

Volleys

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At Net, this Yonex Vcore 100 feels solid and very maneuverable. Its 4pt head light balance makes it easy to maneuver you can quickly get back the racquet into position and hitting with the sweetspot so easy cause of the isometric headsize.

Vcore 100 has plenty of pop and put away power at the net which is really amaze for hitting the smashes but at the same easy access of power, but control the power a bit struggle too.

You can easily hit the volleys deep in the court and feel connected to the ball and compared to the other racquets in this category of mid weight modern racquet the Vcore 100 done a decent job at net.

Overall

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On Groundstrokes, Aggressive baseliner players will enjoy this racquet cause of extra power with spin potential.
For serve, you don’t find any lack of power or spin.
For Return, This vcore 100 is slightly more controlled and stable.
At net, done a decent job as its mid weight modern player’s racquet.
Overall, with the Yonex Vcore 100, you’ll find a very powerful and spin-potential racquet from all areas of the court.

Percentage Chart

75%

Control

80%

Feel

85%

Groundstrokes

86%

Maneuverability

89%

Power

83%

Returns

85%

Serves

84%

Stability

85%

Slices

81%

Volleys

89%

Topspin

84%

Over-all

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Who's This Racquet For

If you prefer easy access to tremendous power with spin and this is your top priority mainly from the back of the court, then you should go for this Yonex V-Core 100, which will be a perfect option for you.

It is well suited for baseline players who like to attack their opponent with powerful groundstrokes and heavy topspin.

For modern-style players who like to play with a semi-western or western grip, e.g., they can easily optimise the true potential of the racquet, making this racquet the perfect weapon for their game.

Power and spin both are main key factor of this racquet players who are always look that in a racquet then this racquet will not disappoint you at all.

Who's This Racquet Not For

Control, comfort and feel are the top priority in your list then go for other racquet there are so many other option available.

Those who like a very control oriented racquet or characteristics of a heavier weight racquet then don’t look for this racquet.

This racquet is not meant for flatter hitter and traditional grip style players otherwise controlling the power of the racquet itself gonna be a task for you.

(Other Yonex Vcore Variants)
Yonex Vcore 95 (2021)

The Yonex Vcore 95 (2021) is one of the heaviest and smaller head size racquet in the Vcore varients. It offers you the maximum stability and control than the other Vcore racquets. With its smaller head size, this racquet is best suited for advanced or professional players.

Specs Vcore 95
Head Size
95 sq in. / 612.9 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
310gm / 10.9oz
Beam Width
21.5mm / 22mm / 21mm
Swing Weight
316
Stiffness
64
String Pattern
16 x 20
Yonex Vcore 98

The Yonex Vcore 98 is one of the best and finest racquets in the Vcore line-up. Its 98 in² head size and 305 g or 10.8 oz weight racquet. It provides more control than the Vcore 100 without sacrificing too much power or spin. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Vcore 98
Head Size
98 sq. in / 632.26 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58cm
Unstrung Weight
305 gm. / 10.8 oz
Beam Width
22.5 mm / 23mm / 21mm
Swing Weight
321
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 X 19
Yonex Vcore 98 +

This Yonex Vcore 98+ is the half inch longer version of Vcore 98. An extended half inch will help to increase the head speed and topspin. Extended length will change the balance of the racquet, and now its weight shifts more towards the racquet’s handle, which results in a slightly higher swingweight.

Specs 98 plus
Head Size
98 sq.in / 632.26 cm
Length
27.5 in. / 69.85 cm
Unstrung Weight
305 gm. / 10.8 oz
Beam Width
22.5mm / 23mm / 21mm
Swing Weight
334
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 X 19
Yonex Vcore 98L

This Yonex Vcore 98L (2021) is the lighter-weighted version of Vcore 98. It’s 20 gram lighter weight compared to Vcore 98 which offers you the more easy to swing and more spin potential than the Vcore 98. It is best suited for beginner to intermediate players who are looking for a lighter racquet for spin and speed.

Specs 98 L
Head Size
98 sq in. / 632.26 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
285 gm / 10.1 oz
Beam Width
22.5mm / 23mm / 21mm
Swing Weight
307
Stiffness
65
String Pattern
16 X 19
Yonex Vcroe 100+

This Yonex Vcore 100+ (2021) is the half inch longer version of Vcore 100. Its offers you the same characteristics as you expect from 0.5 inch extended longer racquet which is extended half inch will help to increase the head speed and topspin. It will change the balance of the racquet, and now its weight will shift more towards the racquet’s handle, which will result in a slightly higher swingweight.

Specs 100 Plus
Head Size
100 sq. in / 645.16 cm
Length
27.5 in / 69.85 cm
Unstrung Weight
300 gm / 10.6 oz
Beam Width
24mm / 25mm / 22mm
Swing Weight
333
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 X 19
Yonex Vcore 100L

This Yonex Vcore 100L (2021) is the lighter-weighted version of Vcore 100. It’s 20 gram lighter weight compared to Vcore 100 which offers you the more easy to swing and more spin potential than the Vcore100. It is best suited for beginner to intermediate players who are looking for a lighter racquet for spin and speed.

Specs 100 L
Head Size
100 sq. in / 645.16 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58cm
Unstrung Weight
280 gm. / 9.9 oz
Beam Width
24mm / 25mm / 22mm
Swing Weight
306
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 X 19

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Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP (2020) Review

Head Extreme MP (2020)

About the Brand

H EAD Sport GmbH is an American-Austria Sports Manufacturing Company.           

In 1950, Head Sport GmbH was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, United States by aeronautical engineer Mr. Howard Head.
Mr. Howard Head was born on 31st July, 1914, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. And died on 3rd March 1991, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

Head GmbH is a group that includes several previously independent companies, including the original “Head Ski Company” (founded in the United States in 1950). Tyrolia, an Austrian ski equipment manufacturer; and Mares, an Italian manufacturer of diving equipment.

Head produces a wide range of products for skiing, snowboarding, swimming, tennis, and other racket sports. Head Ski Company produced one of the first successful metal-wood composite downhill skis, the Head Standard, and one of the first oversized metal tennis racquets.

In the late 1960s, a Tennis Division was created when Howard Head figured out a way of strengthening the Tennis Racquet by introducing the Aluminium frame.

In 1969, the idea became a success and was first introduced in the US Open.
In 1975, after Howard Head’s departure, one of the tennis players that Head sponsored, Arthur Ashe, won Wimbledon after defeating Jimmy Connors.

In 1987, Head started making athletic footwear and introduced the “Radial Tennis Shoes.”
In 1997, Head created the first titanium and graphite tennis racket. Over the next two years, Head acquired three more companies: Dacor, Blax, and Penn Racquet Sports.

Head also licenses its brand to makers of Clothing Apparel (including Shoes), Accessories, Bicycles, Skates, Watches, Balls, Fitness Equipment and Drinks.

In 2012, Head proved to be successful, with three major winners during the year: Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova at the French Open, and Andy Murray at the US Open.
In 2013, Head started integrating graphene into their rackets.

Head Sports GmbH officially sponsors some of the world’s leading tennis players like Andre Agassi, Andy Murray, Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu, Coco Gauff, Diego Schwartzman, Fernando Verdasco, Goran Ivanišević, Karolína Muchová, Maria Sharapova, Marin Čilić, Marat Safin, Mark Philippoussis, Richard Gasquet, Steffi Graf, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Novak Djokovic and many more.

Description

The Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP (2020) is a modern player’s racquet for today’s generation’s aggressive game. This racquet is made for players who want a racquet that provides extreme spin and power to their aggressive game.

The Graphene Extreme MP (2020) racquet is the choice of ATP players Richard Gasquet and Matteo Berrettini, WTA player Barbora Krejcikova, and many more.

The Head Extreme MP (2020) is the second generation of the Head Graphene 360+ Series. The Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP (2020) series was launched on August 20, 2020.

It also features a reinforced spin shaft for greater torsional stability, along with the 360 Spin Grommets, which use larger funnel-shaped grommets to enable greater string movement and a brutal punch for the heavier ball rotation.

Compared to the previous version, this update has a slightly higher RA, giving it a slightly stable and powerful feel.

This new Head Extreme MP (2020) design identity has an eye-pleasing shade of grey on the hoop of the racquet and neon yellow on the shaft of the racquet, with the same neon yellow on the grip. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specifications

Head Size : 100 in² / 645.7 cm²
Length : 27 in / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight : 318 gm / 11.2 oz
Unstrung Weight : 300 gm / 10.6 oz
Balance : 13.18 in / 33.48 cm / 3 pts HL
Beam Width : 23mm / 26mm / 21mm
Swingweight : 325
Stiffness :  66
String Tension : 50 – 60 pounds
Composition : Graphene 360+/Graphite
Grip Type :  Head Hydroabsorb Pro
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Technology

 

Graphene 360+

GRAPHENE 360+ is the combination of HEAD’s signature Graphene 360 technology for optimized energy transfer and the innovative spiralfibers for enhanced flex and clean impact feel.

 

Spiral Fiber

Twisted fibers placed on the shoulder area accompany the frame in its deformation and provide greater flex and clean impact feeling.

 

 

Graphene in the head

Reduces frame deformation which enables better energy transfer.

 

 

 

 

Graphene in the Shaft

For optimized mass distribution which gives better maneuvrability and more power.

 

Pro Using or Used This Racquet

Overall Performance

Control

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Considering its weight, the graphene 360+ extreme MP (2020) provided decent control throughout the game. But this is not the most control-oriented racquet in the graphene 360+ extreme line-up.

If you are looking for the most control-oriented racquet in the graphene 360+ extreme series, then the graphene 360+ extreme tour is the best option for you.

Feel

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This racquet has very plusher feel due to its head signature technology called Graphene 360+ which is optimized energy transfer and the innovative spiralfiber tech. placed on the shoulder area of the frame, which provides greater flex and a clean feel at impact.

The graphene 360+ Haed Extreme MP (2020) has a slightly softer, more comfortable, and more responsive feel compared to the previous version.

Groundstrokes

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From the baseline, this updated Head Extreme MP (2020) offers great access to power and spin, making it a powerful racquet that encourages modern aggressive baseline players.

The blend of spin and power works really nicely when you’re hitting aggressively, especially when you’re using lots of topspin, which adds some extra kick on groundstrokes.

You can easily generate a great amount of spin and get depth so easily with this racquet, and you also get access to free power so easily with this racquet. Apart from that, it offers pretty much everything extra with power, spin, and feel from the back of the court.

Maneuverability

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The graphene 360+ Head Extreme MP (2020) is slightly easier to swing or maneuver compared to the previous version, which means you will be able to get more racquet head speed, and it is easy to swing while on the run or slightly out of position as well.

Power

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The Head Extreme series has already been known to offer plenty of power throughout the game, which adds some spice to the aggressive modern player’s game.

The ball jumps off the strings with ease. It is very easy to access lots of power from these extreme racquets.

100-square-inch head size combined with the Power Grommets (the enlarged Power Grommets maximise string movement for increased power).

Returns

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The graphene 360+ Head Extreme MP (2020) is stable enough to absorb the heavy hitter’s serve, but the must-have control is not there, and this is an area where I struggled often. When I try to accelerate the swing of the racquet, which I usually do for an aggressive return, then it’s a bit hard for me to keep the ball under control.

On the other side, it does a great job when you get the low-pace second serve or slice serve, then you hit the defensive or attacking return to your aiming targets, putting your opponent under pressure.

Serves

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For serve, this Head Extreme MP (2020) has enough mass to generate plenty of power to hit the huge flat serves loaded with spin. Players who like to hit a big first serve and access the free power will not find any lack in this racquet.

You can easily generate the great amount of spin and power needed for kick or slice serves.

This racquet doesn’t feel heavy with improved maneuverability so you can get back the racquet in position and swing the racquet head speed through the motion quickly. So literally, the serve feels quite nice.

More flexible feel than the previous version, Somehow serves feel forgiving on the arm, and you don’t worry about having a tired shoulder after hitting couple of serves.

Slices

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Compared to the previous generation of slices, the graphene 360+ Head Extreme MP (2020) feels plusher, and the depth comes with ease.

As it’s strung balance which is around 3 pts head light and a swing weight of around 325 allows the racquet able to cut the ball with some extra spin.

Stability

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Considering its unstrung weight, which is around 300 grams, this racquet feels quite solid and stable throughout a variety of shots. Of course, this is not the most stable racquet in the graphene 360+ extreme line-up.

If you want the most stable racquet, then the graphene 360+ Extreme Pro is an option for you. Due to its highest unstrung weight in the graphene 360+ Extreme Series, it offers you the maximum stability.

TopSpin

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The Head Extreme Series is already known for offering plenty of spin on a variety of shots. It is very easy to generate topspin with this racquet. Eventually, this will not be the racquet with the most spin potential in the graphene 360+ extreme line-up.

If you want the most spin, then the graphene 360+ Extreme S is an option for you. By the way, that doesn’t mean Extreme MP doesn’t offer you the ultimate spin.

Volleys

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The stability and feel you can get on volleys is great, considering its weight. This racquet does a decent job at the net, and it has enough mass so you can easily block the hard shots of your opponent and counterpunch the ball back deep.

The Head Extreme MP (2020) is pretty quick up at net, and you might not face any issues in terms of maneuverability to back the racquet into position quickly. Also, the feel of the stringbed is slightly updated, and I felt very connected to the ball.

Overall

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The Graphene 360+ Head Extreme MP (2020) offers tremendous racquet head speed, providing loads of spin and pace on the groundstrokes.
The Head Extreme MP racquet is a significant improvement over the previous version.
The stability of the racquet, especially at the net, is quite impressive considering its weight.
Its improved feel and excellent maneuverability make it a comfortable racquet that can be adapted to a variety of play styles and ability levels.
Overall, the graphene 360+ Extreme MP (2020) has a nice blend of comfortable feel, power, and spin. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Percentage Chart

80%

Control

87%

Feel

84%

Groundstrokes

85%

Maneuverability

90%

Power

82%

Returns

85%

Serves

85%

Stability

86%

Slices

84%

Volleys

88%

Topspin

85%

Over-All

Like

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Who's This Racquet For

If you prefer easy access to tremendous power with spin, and this is your top priority mainly from the back of the court, then you should go for this racquet. It will be a perfect option for you.

If you are suffering from any wrist or elbow injury or any kind of discomfort, then considering this extreme racquet or playing with it is a great option for you.

Who's This Racquet Not For

If you are a hard hitter always prefer the control oriented racquet with the perfect balanced of power and spin then this racquet will be a disappointment option for you. Overall, control of the racquet is a slightly a trade-off of graphene 360+ Extreme MP.

Those who are prefer smaller head size racquet or dense 18×20 string pattern which usually provide slightly low launch angle than the open string pattern so that’s why this racquet is not a great option for you.

This is a frame that is not slightly suitable for the players, especially for the ones who like to hit too flat.

We don’t find any major drawback in this Head Extreme MP 2020, Apart from the control cause extreme series are always better know for its extreme power and spin. Overall, definitely a noticeable improved version than the previous version.

(Other Head Extreme Variants)
Head Extreme Pro 2020

Head Extreme Pro 2020 is the heaviest unstrung weight racquet of the graphene 360+extreme line-up which is 15 gm more heavier than the extreme mp.
It is one of the most stable racquets compared to the other extreme 2020 racquets due to its heavier weight.
Those who want a more stable racquet than the Head Extreme MP 2020 have that option available.
This racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Extreme Pro
Head Size
100 in² / 645 cm²
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
315 gm / 11.1 oz
Beam Width
23 mm / 26 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
325
Stiffness
64
String Pattern
16 x 19
Head Extreme Tour 2020

Head Extreme Tour 2020 is the smaller head size racquet of the graphene 360+ Extreme line-up, which is 2 sq. inches smaller than the Head Extreme MP 2020.
It has a slightly thinner beam width. It is one of the most control-oriented racquets compared to the other extreme 2020 racquets due to its smaller head size and thinner beam.
If you want the most control-oriented racquet in the extreme 2020 line-up, then that is the option available for you.
This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Extreme Tour
Head Size
98 in² / 632.26 cm²
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
305 gm / 10.8 oz
Beam Width
22 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
318
Stiffness
65
String Pattern
16 x 19
Head Extreme S 2020

Head Extreme S 2020 is the most larger head size and lightest weight racquet of the graphene 360+extreme line-up which is 5 sq. inch larger head size and 25gm lighter than the Head Extreme MP 2020.
It is one of the most powerful and easy to swing racquets due to its larger head size and lighter weight compared to the other extreme 2020 racquets. If you want the most powerful and easiest to maneuver racquet in the extreme 2020 line-up, then that is the option available for you.
This racquet is best suitable for beginner to just turn intermediate or elder players.

Specs Extreme S.
Head Size
105 in² / 677.42 cm²
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
275 gm. / 9.7 oz
Beam Width
23 mm / 26 mm / 22 mm
Swing Weight
312
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 X 19

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Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) Review

Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310)

About the Brand

Yonex Co.Ltd. is a Japanese Sports Equipment Manufacturing Company.

In 1946, Yonex was founded in a snow-covered village in Niigata, Japan, by Mr. Minoru Yoneyama, who was born in 1924 and died in 2019 in Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan.

Yonex produces equipment and apparel for tennis, badminton, golf, and running. Yonex manufactures and commercialises equipment for badminton, tennis (rackets, shuttlecocks, balls, bags), and golf (clubs, bags). Yonex also produces athletic shoes and a wide range of apparel that includes T-shirts, jackets, skirts, shorts, hoodies, leggings, and hats.

In 1957, Yoneyama began to make badminton rackets for other brands. By 1961, the first Yoneyama-branded racquet was introduced, and within another two years, an export company was created for worldwide distribution. After that, the company began to make aluminium badminton racquets.

In 1969, it was found that the same technology could be applied to the tennis racket, which the company introduced in 1971. The company began to experiment with graphite shafts for both types of rackets and found that these would also be useful for golf clubs.

In 1982 Yonex came out with the new Oversized Tennis Racquet in the REX-Series with the R-7 and R-10 racquets. At that time, Martina Navratilova played with the R-7 and was very successful. One year later, the New Series Rexking was developed with the R-22. Navratilova subsequently used the White RQ 180 Widebody Frame until the early 1990s.
Yonex sponsors the All England Open Badminton Championships and is a partner of the Badminton World Federation, which organises the World Championships.

In 2021, Yonex will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Yonex Officially Sponsors some World’s Leading Tennis Players like Anna Kournikova, Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber, Carolina Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, David Nalbandian, Elena Dementivia, Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawarinka, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Mary Pierce, Monica Seles and many more.

Description

The Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (2021) is a modern classic racquet for today’s generation of aggressive players.

This racquet is made for players who want a racquet that is easy to swing and less heavy than the Yonex Vcore Pro 97H 330 racquet endorsed by Stan Wawrinka.

It is a player’s racquet that offers a balance of control, spin, and feel. This Yonex Vcore Pro 97 racquet is the choice of ATP players Frances Tiafoe and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (2021) is the third generation of the Yonex Vcore Pro Series. The Vcore Pro Series (2021) was exclusively launched in the United States on August 24, 2021, and the worldwide launch was on September 14, 2021.

For 2021, Yonex adds 2G-NAMD (Flex Force) to the graphite layup. This is designed to help the frame counterpunch more effectively during impact. Yonex improves the shaft geometry to help the racquet bend more effectively during impact.

They’ve also added a slightly thicker beam for extra pop and stability. Other material updates include Flex Fuse, a shock-absorbing polymer integrated into the graphite to give this racquet an improved flex, softness, and plushness.

(2019) Yonex Vcore Pro 97 had matte light green color now yonex updated a new paint job which is combination of unique green and purple design. Somehow, Its looking something different from the all generation. This racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specifications

Head Size : 97 in / 625.81 cm
Length : 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight : 326g  / 11.5oz
Unstrung Weight : 310gm / 10.9 oz
Balance : 12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL
Beam Width : 21mm / 21mm / 21mm
Swingweight : 316
Stiffness : 60
String Tension : 45-60 pounds
Composition :   Graphite
Grip Type : Yonex Synthetic
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Technology


FLEXCON SYSTEM

For Raquet Flex And Feel.

A tapered and elongated box-frame shaft is composed of Flex Force and Flex Fuse graphite for precise control of the ball.

 


FLEX FUSE

For A Softer Feeling.

A shock-absorbing polymer is integrated within the graphite’s resin for increased racquet flex and a softer, more plush feeling.

 

 


ISOMETRIC HEAD

7% LARGER SWEET SPOT
Developed over 30 years ago, the ISOMETRIC™ design increases the sweet spot by 7%*.
Compared to a conventional round frame, a square-shaped ISOMETRIC™ racquet generates a larger sweet spot by optimizing the intersection of the main and cross strings.
ISOMETRIC™ technology delivers greater control without sacrificing power.

 

 

VIBRATION DAMPENING MESH

First used in our snowboards to reduce vibrations at impact, Vibration Dampening Mesh (VDM) is now used in four of our racquet series. VDM is a stretchy mesh material that is wrapped around the graphite within the grip to filter unwanted vibrations and improve touch and precision.

 


2G-NAMD FLEX FORCE

For Aggresive , Attacing Spin : Incorporated in the upper throat to the lower frame, new Flex Force graphite allows for the racquet to quickly flex and snapback for maximum spin potential.

 

Pro Using / Used Vcore Racquets

Overall Performance

Control

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Considering its weight, the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 provided the utmost control throughout the game. But this is not the most control-oriented racquet in the V Core Pro line-up. If you are looking for the most controllable racquet in the Vcore Pro series, then the Yonex Vcore Pro 97H 330 is the best option for you in the Vcore Pro line-up. Somehow, the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 310 does an excellent job in terms of control.

The smaller 97 sq. inch head size combined with the flex force and flex fuse technology, which combine to form the “FlexCon System,” brings an all-new level of control to the vcore pro series, which indeed helps to provide precise control over the ball to the vcore pro 97.

Feel

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This Yonex Vcore Pro 97 feels softer and more plush due to a tapered box beam design with a lengthened shaft, which results in a 36% increase in flex over the previous model. It provides greater pocketing and snapback and a plusher, softer feel at contact. A shock-absorbing resin has also been added to graphite to enhance comfort as well.

Compared to its predecessor, this Vcore Pro 97 feels more flexible because this 3rd generation Vcore Pro has a completely new, redesigned throat, which provides greater racquet flex and feel.

Groundstrokes

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From the baseline, the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 is very easy to maneuver, meaning easy to swing and have enough mass from behind the ball, which feels very solid at impact.

On groundstrokes, the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 is a very control oriented and stable with enhanced precision. The sweet spot is forgiving and consistent.

You can easily generate a great amount of spin and get depth so easily with this racquet, but you don’t get access to free power so easily with this racquet. Apart from that, it offers an excellent blend of spin, power, and control.

Maneuverability

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The Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) is very easy to swing or maneuver; there is hardly any noticeable difference from the previous version in swinging the racquet throughout the game.

This is the most maneuverable racquet in the Vcore Pro 2021 line-up because it has a lower swing weight than the other Vcore Pro racquets.

Power

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This updated Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (2021) has slightly increased the 1 mm variable beam width for enhanced power potential and stability.

This is not the most power potential racquet in the Vcore Pro line-up and you don’t get the free access of power so ease it doesn’t mean that you don’t get adequate amount of power with this racquet so, Overall you get the control-oriented form of power.

Returns

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The Yonex Vcore Pro 97 is super stable and control-oriented to keep the ball under control or in the court, even when returning huge servers.

You get the confidence so easily with this racquet to step inside the court on second serve and hit the defensive or attacking return to your aiming targets due to its great precision and control.

This frame is stable enough to absorb heavy pace, which made it easy for you to counterpunch the volleys without losing control.

Serves

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For serves, this Vcore Pro 97 (310) has enough mass to generate plenty of power to hit the huge flat serves, but you don’t get free access to power so easily. Somehow, this racquet is more focused on a precise and control-oriented form of power.

You can easily access the great amount of spin needed for kick or slice serves.

More flexible feel than the previous version, Somehow serves feel forgiving on the arm, and you don’t worry about having a tired shoulder after hitting couple of serves.

This racquet doesn’t feel heavy, so you can get it in position and swing the racquet head quickly through the motion. So literally, the serve feels quite nice.

Slices

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Compared to the previous generation of slices, this Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (2021) is more precise and plusher due to its 2G-Namd technology for increased ball pocketing and Flex Fuse technology for a plusher feel.

As it’s strung balance which is around 7 pts head light and a swing weight of 316 allows the racquet able to cut the ball with great precision.

Stability

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Considering its unstrung weight, which is around 310 grams, this racquet feels very solid and more stable throughout the game.

This Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) has a slightly thicker variable beam width, which overall increases the stability of the racquet compared to its predecessor.

TopSpin

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Yonex racquets are always known for their spin potential because of the signature isometric head shape, which provides a 7% larger sweet spot compared to a conventional round frame, so overall you get more spin from the stringbed than with other brands.

Open 16×19 string pattern combined with the 2G-Namd Flex Force graphite technology, which allows the racquet to quickly flex and snap back for greater spin and faster ball acceleration off the string bed.

Volleys

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The control and stability you can get on volleys is outstanding considering its 310-gram weight. This racquet does a great job at the net, it feels connected, and you can easily punch the ball back deep.

You might not face any issues in terms of maneuverability to get the racquet into position quickly and use your opponent’s pace against them by counterpunching the volleys.

If you are someone who loves to do volleys quite a bit while playing either doubles or singles and you enjoy a racquet that is easy to swing that still has a balanced amount of power and control, then this V-Core racquet is good for you.

Overall

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The Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) is a classic, modern, and dynamic racquet for aggressive generation players.
This Yonex Vcore Pro 97 has more pop on serves than the previous version.
Stability and control of the racquet are top-notch, especially considering its weight, which is always a priority for today’s generation of players.
The Vcore Pro 97 310 performs like a great all-around racquet for both singles and doubles players.
Overall, the Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (310) has a nice blend of control, power, and spin, and this racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Percentage Chart

85%

Control

80%

Feel

85%

Groundstrokes

86%

Maneuverability

80%

Power

82%

Returns

82%

Serves

84%

Stability

85%

Slices

82%

Volleys

85%

Topspin

83%

Over-all

Like

Dislike

Who's This Racquet For

If you’re an aggressive all-court player who’s looking for the most balanced and spin-friendly racquet in the Vcore Pro line-up, then considering the Vcore Pro 2021 is worth it.

If you are suffering from any wrist or elbow injury or any kind of discomfort, then considering this Yonex Vcore Pro 97 or playing with this racquet is an option for you. All Yonex Vcore Pro (2021) racquets are so arm-friendly due to their low, stiff frames.

This is a frame that is best suited for aggressive players, especially those who like to hit flat backhands or flat winners.

Who's This Racquet Not For

Those who are prefer large head size racquet or dense 18×20 string pattern and low launch angle then this racquet is slightly not favourable for you.

We don’t find any major trade-off in this Yonex Vcore Pro 97 (2021), considering its weight, which is definitely a noticeable improvement over the previous version. But some of the players might feel more dampened than the previous generation.

(Other Yonex Vcore Pro Varients)
Yonex Vcore Pro 97 H (330)

Yonex Vcore Pro 97H (330) is the racquet choice of ATP players Stan Wawrinka and Hubert Hurkacz.
The Yonex Vcore Pro 97H (330) is the heaviest unstrung weight racquet of the Vcore Pro 2021 series. It is one of the most control-oriented and stable racquets compared to the other V-Core Pro racquets. It has around 337 swing weight. Apart from that, other specs will be the same as the Vcore Pro 97 and 310. Those who want more control and a more stable racquet than the V-Core Pro 97 will find it an attractive option. This racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Vcore Pro 97H 300
Head Size
97 sq in. / 626 cm.
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
330 gm / 11.6 oz
Beam Width
21mm / 21mm / 21mm
Swing Weight
316
Stiffness
61
String Pattern
16 x 19
Yonex Vcore Pro 97 D

Yonex Vcore Pro 97 D has a dense 18×20 string pattern, which means this offers you more control and higher precision. This is the most control-oriented racquet in the V-Core Pro 2021 line-up. In terms of strung weight, this racquet perfectly fits between the Vcore Pro 97H and the Vcore Pro 97. Those who the most control oriented in the vcore pro series then it is an option for you. This racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Vcore Pro 97 D
Head Size
97 sq.in / 626 cm
Length
27.5 in. / 69.85 cm
Unstrung Weight
320 gm / 11.3 oz
Beam Width
21mm / 21mm / 21mm
Swing Weight
330
Stiffness
61
String Pattern
18 X 20
Yonex Vcore Pro 100

Yonex Vcore Pro 100 is the racquet choice of WTA players Clara Tauson and Dayana Yastremska.
This racquet has a 3 sq. inch bigger head size and 2 mm thicker variable beam width than the vcore pro 97, which means it offers a larger sweetspot and slightly more power potential. It has around 321 pounds of swing weight. Apart from that other specs will be the same as vcore pro 97. Those who want a lighter, easier-to-swing racquet will find this an option. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Vcore Pro 100
Head Size
100 sq in. / 632.26 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
300 gm / 10.6 oz
Beam Width
23mm / 23mm / 23mm
Swing Weight
321
Stiffness
63
String Pattern
16 X 19

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Head Gravity Pro (2021) Review

Head Gravity Pro (2021)

About the Brand

H EAD Sport GmbH is an American-Austria Sports Manufacturing Company.           

In 1950, Head Sport GmbH was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, United States by aeronautical engineer Mr. Howard Head.
Mr. Howard Head was born on 31st July, 1914, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. And died on 3rd March 1991, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

Head GmbH is a group that includes several previously independent companies, including the original “Head Ski Company” (founded in the United States in 1950). Tyrolia, an Austrian ski equipment manufacturer; and Mares, an Italian manufacturer of diving equipment.

Head produces a wide range of products for skiing, snowboarding, swimming, tennis, and other racket sports. Head Ski Company produced one of the first successful metal-wood composite downhill skis, the Head Standard, and one of the first oversized metal tennis racquets.

In the late 1960s, a Tennis Division was created when Howard Head figured out a way of strengthening the Tennis Racquet by introducing the Aluminium frame.

In 1969, the idea became a success and was first introduced in the US Open.
In 1975, after Howard Head’s departure, one of the tennis players that Head sponsored, Arthur Ashe, won Wimbledon after defeating Jimmy Connors.

In 1987, Head started making athletic footwear and introduced the “Radial Tennis Shoes.”
In 1997, Head created the first titanium and graphite tennis racket. Over the next two years, Head acquired three more companies: Dacor, Blax, and Penn Racquet Sports.

Head also licenses its brand to makers of Clothing Apparel (including Shoes), Accessories, Bicycles, Skates, Watches, Balls, Fitness Equipment and Drinks.

In 2012, Head proved to be successful, with three major winners during the year: Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova at the French Open, and Andy Murray at the US Open.
In 2013, Head started integrating graphene into their rackets.

Head Sports GmbH officially sponsors some of the world’s leading tennis players like Andre Agassi, Andy Murray, Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu, Coco Gauff, Diego Schwartzman, Fernando Verdasco, Goran Ivanišević, Karolína Muchová, Maria Sharapova, Marin Čilić, Marat Safin, Mark Philippoussis, Richard Gasquet, Steffi Graf, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Novak Djokovic and many more.

Description

The Gravity Pro 2021 is a modern and dynamic racquet for the aggressive modern generation of players. This racquet is made for baseline players who want more control and forgiveness. It is a player’s racquet that offers a balance of stability, control, and feel.

The Head Gravity Pro is the choice of ATP player Alexander Zverev. The Gravity Pro 2021 is the second generation of the Head Gravity Series. Gravity series was launched on July, 2019. For 2021, Gravity Pro will not be more or less updated, which is just a paint update.

Head Gravity Pro features Graphene 360+ technology, which combines the easy power and rock-solid stability of Graphene 360 with flexible Spiral Fibers in the lower portion of the racquet’s head to optimise feel.

The Head Gravity Pro also offers a thin 20mm variable beam width and low flex 62 stiffness, giving it an amazing feel at impact from the string bed.

The new Head Gravity Pro (2021) has the same design but a slightly different colour combination. Instead of the red and green, they now have paint going from lime green to yellow on one side and a blue-violet fade on the other.
However, it looks unique and very modern. This racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specifications

Head Size : 100 in² / 645.7 cm²
Length : 27 in / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight : 332 gm / 11.7 oz
Unstrung Weight : 315 gm / 11.11 oz
Balance : 12.6 in / 33.4 cm / 6 pts HL
Beam Width : 20 mm / 20 mm / 20 mm
Swingweight : 332
Stiffness : 61
String Tension : 48 – 57 pounds
Composition : Graphene 360+/Graphite
Grip Type :  Head Hydroabsorb Pro
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses

Technology

 

Graphene 360+

GRAPHENE 360+ is the combination of HEAD’s signature Graphene 360 technology for optimized energy transfer and the innovative spiralfibers for enhanced flex and clean impact feel.

 

Spiral Fiber

Twisted fibers placed on the shoulder area accompany the frame in its deformation and provide greater flex and clean impact feeling.

 

 

Graphene in the head

Reduces frame deformation which enables better energy transfer.

 

 

 

 

Graphene in the Shaft

For optimized mass distribution which gives better maneuvrability and more power.

 

Pro Using or Used This Racquet

Overall Performance

Control

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The Head Gravity Pro is the most control-oriented racquet in the gravity line-up due to its hefty strung weight and denser 18×20 string pattern. Control is one of the most impressive features of this racquet.

Feel

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The Head Gravity Pro has an amazing feel due to its signature head technology, called Graphene 360+, which optimises energy transfer, and its innovative spiral fibre technology. placed on the shoulder area accompany the frame in its deformation and provide greater flex and a clean feeling at impact.

Groundstrokes

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From the baseline, Head Gravity Pro provides an adequate amount of spin and power combined with the utmost control and great feel.

This gravity pro is one of the finest racquet for the aggressive players from the baseline than the other gravity racquets but at the same it’s slightly less maneuver to swing it doesn’t mean that you have to struggle so much for swing the racquet.

On groundstrokes, the Head Gravity Pro 2021 is the most stable and control-oriented racquet among the gravity racquets, so you get the utmost control even when taking the full or heavier swing with this racquet.

Usually, racquets with the dense 18×20 string pattern are slightly favoured by flat hitters, but not with this racquet. The more rounded head shape and larger sweet spot provide the ultimate spin on groundstrokes.

Maneuverability

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This racquet is slightly less maneuverable compared to the other gravity racquets due to its higher strung weight, which is around 332 grams, but it has a thinner 20-mm variable beam width than the other gravity racquets, so after getting used to it, it becomes more maneuverable. It doesn’t bother you that much in the way of maneuverability.

Power

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Due to its hefty 332 gm. swing weight and stiffness which is around 62 combined with the 100 sq. inch head size and dense 18×20 string pattern that’s why this racquet is the most control oriented racquet than other gravity racquets so you will not get the overhype power throughout the game so overall you get the controllable power with this racquet.

Returns

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Returning serve is all about how you control the pace of your opponent’s ball, and the gravity pro is super stable and control-oriented to keep the ball under control or in the court, even when returning huge servers.

You get the confidence so easily with this racquet to step inside the court on second serve and hit a defensive or attacking return to your aiming targets due to its great stability and control.

This racquet has enough stability to handle heavy pace, which makes it easy for you to counterpunch against big servers.

Serves

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For serves, this gravity pro has enough mass to generate plenty of power to hit the huge flat serves and offers plenty of control and spin with precision on serves.

For kick or slice serves, this racquet has a larger or round head size, which helps to access a good amount of spin.

The dense string pattern slightly have advantage than open string pattern that give little bit extra precision and control which will benefit for all variations of serve.

Slices

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Compared to the other racquets in the gravity lineup, this is the most predictable and effective racquet on slices due to its hefty swing weight and dense string pattern.

Mainly, the backhand slices feel buttery smooth, and the depth comes with ease.

As it’s strung balance which is around 4 pts head light and a swing weight of 334 allows the racquet able to knife with great precision.

Stability

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Considering its unstrung weight, which is around 315 grams, this racquet feels very solid and stable throughout the game.

This Head Gravity Pro is the most stable racquet compared to the other gravity racquets because of its hefty strung weight, so you don’t find any lack of stability with this racquet.

TopSpin

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Head racquets are always rounder at the top, which generates adequate amounts of spin and makes it easier to get topspin than other brands of dense 18×20 string pattern racquets do.

For some players this gravity pro might not be the most spin oriented racquet than the other gravity racquets due to its dense 18×20 string pattern and if you want most spin friendly racquet then go for Gravity MP but on the other positive side gravity pro slightly favourable for flat hitter players.

Volleys

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At net, this Head Gravity Pro (2021) racquet provides amazing plough through, which gives easy depth to volleys.

The control and stability you can get on volleys is outstanding considering its weight, and this racquet does a great job at the net and is consistently accurate and solid at impact.

The Head Gravity Pro allows you to play against heavy hitters and use their pace against them by counterpunching the volleys and putting them in defensive position.

Some of the players might face issue in terms of manueverabilty to back the racquet into position quickly but apart from that this racquet perform great in every aspect at net.

Overall

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The Head Gravity Pro is a classic, modern, and dynamic racquet for aggressive generation players.
Stability and control of the racquet is a top notch as it’s weight that is always a priority for today’s generation players.
The 18×20 string pattern offers overall better control and precision than the 16×20 gravity racquets.
Overall, it has a nice blend of control, power, spin, and stability, allowing you to confidently go for a variety of shots from all areas of the court.

Percentage Chart

90%

Control

88%

Feel

88%

Groundstrokes

80%

Maneuverability

82%

Power

86%

Returns

85%

Serves

90%

Stability

88%

Slices

85%

Volleys

85%

Topspin

86%

Over-All

Like

Dislike

Who's This Racquet For

If you’re an aggressive all-court player who’s looking for the most control-oriented racquet in the Gravity line-up, then considering the Head Gravity Pro 2021 is worth it.

If you are suffering from any wrist or elbow injury and any kind of discomfort then considering this racquet or playing with this racquet is a option for you. All Gravity 2021 racquets are so arm-friendly due to their low, stiffer frames.

The Head Gravity Pro 2021 is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Who's This Racquet Not For

Those who are prefer open 16×19 string pattern and higher launch angle then this racquet is slightly not favourable for you.

Some of the players might facing issue due to it’s hefty swing weight considering it’s weight.

We don’t find any major trade-off in this Head Gravity Pro 2021 at the end what we expected we got lil bit of extra everything.

As I above mention it has a nice blend of control, power, spin and stability.

(Other Head Gravity Variants)
Head Gravity Tour

The Gravity Tour is the 10 gram (0.4 ounce) lighter version of the Gravity Pro. It has 7 points less swing weight and 1 mm thicker variable beam width, which means it is very easy to maneuver. Those who want a lighter version of gravity pro then Gravity tour is the great option for you. Apart from the racquet unstrung weight and beam width, other specifications will be the same. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Gravity Tour
Head Size
100 sq in. / 645.7 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
305 gm / 10.6 oz
Beam Width
22 mm / 22 mm / 22 mm
Swing Weight
325
Stiffness
61
String Pattern
18 x 20
Head Gravity MP

Head Gravity MP is the racquet choice of WTA player Ashleigh Barty.
This racquet has an open 16×20 string pattern, which means it offers more topspin and a higher launch angle than the close 18×20 string pattern and slightly less swing weight than an 18×20 racquet. It is 20 gram (0.7 ounces) lighter than the Gravity Pro. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specs Gravity MP
Head Size
100 sq in. / 645.7 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
295 gm / 10.4 oz
Beam Width
22 mm / 22 mm / 22 mm
Swing Weight
323
Stiffness
62
String Pattern
16 x 20
Head Gravity S.

Head Gravity S is the midweight racquet in the Gravity line-up. It perfectly fits in between Head Gravity Pro and Gravity Lite, which means it’s 30 gram (1.05 ounces) lighter than Gravity Pro and 15 grammes (0.5 ounces) heavier than Gravity Lite in terms of unstrung weight. It has a 4 sq in. larger head size than standard 100 sq in. gravity racquets and an open 16×20 string pattern. This racquet is best suitable for beginner to just turn intermediate or elder players.

Specs Gravity S.
Head Size
104 in / 671.0 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
285 gm. / 10.1 oz
Beam Width
24 mm / 24 mm / 24 mm
Swing Weight
307
Stiffness
61
String Pattern
16 X 20
Head Gravity Lite

Gravity Lite is the lightest weight racquet compared to the other gravity racquets which is 45 gram or 1.6 ounce lighter than heaviest Head Gravity Pro that means this racquet is the easiest to maneuver and very easy to use. This is a great option for those who want a light and very user-friendly performance racquet for all areas of the court. It has a 4 sq. in. larger head size than standard 100 sq. in. gravity racquets. This racquet is best suitable for beginner to just turn intermediate or elder players.

Specs Gravity Lite
Head Size
104 in / 671.0 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
270 gm. / 9.5 oz
Beam Width
24 mm / 24 mm / 24 mm
Swing Weight
298
Stiffness
60
String Pattern
16 X 19

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Babolat Pure Strike 98 (18×20) Review

Babolat Pure Strike 98 18x20

About the Brand

BABOLAT is a French Sports Equipment Manufacturing Company.

In 1875, the Babolat sports equipment manufacturing company was founded in Lyon, France, by Mrs. Pierre Babolat.
The company has made strings since 1875, when Pierre Babolat created the first strings made of natural gut.

Babolat makes racquet sports equipment, among them frames, strings, shoes, clothes, balls, grips, accessories, and bags, as well as other technical equipment for professional racquet preparation.

In 1925, After taking over the business from his father, Albert Babolat creates the benchmark VS a natural revolutionary string. Almost a century later, the VS remains a global benchmark in the world of racquet sports, with more than 100 Grand Slam tournaments won by champions equipped with Babolat VS strings.

In 1980, Björn Borg, with 100 victories under his belt, including 11 Grand Slam tournaments with the VS string, becomes a tennis rock star for a generation of players, along with Arthur Ashe, Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors, and John Newcombe.

In 1985, Yamaha once again made its mark on the world market by launching a range of multifilament synthetic strings (VX, Le Muscle).

In 1994, Babolat launches its first Tennis Racquets named Pure Drive.

Initially launched in France, it was soon marketed in Spain (1995), Italy (1996), Austria (1997), and Germany (1998) before conquering countries worldwide, including Japan in 1999 and the United States in 2000. Since then, Pure Drive has become an iconic and internationally best-selling racquet.

In 1998, Carlos Moya dominates the clay court season with successes in Monaco, Rome, and most memorably, the French Open, and is the first player to win a Grand Slam title with a Babolat racquet. He becomes the World No. 1 in March 1999.

In 2005, at just 19 years old, Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam title at the French Open with the Babolat Aeropro Drive racquet, specially designed to enhance his extreme lift.

Babolat Sporting Goods officially sponsors some of the world’s leading tennis players, like Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Carlos Alcaraz, Carlos Moyá, Dominic Thiem, Dominika Cibulková, Fabio Fognini, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alizé Cornet, Anett Kontaveit, Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Sofia Kenin, Francesca Schiavona, Li Na, Garbine Muguruza and many more.

Description

Babolat Pure Strike 98 18×20 offers more control and feel than the Pure Drive and Pure Aero, and it perfectly fits in between the Pure Drive and Pure Aero.

This racquet is the choice of ATP player Dominic Theim. Babolat Pure Strike 98 18×20 is the third generation of the Babolat Pure Strike Series.
The Pure Strike 3rd Generation series was launched in August 2019. This racquet was previously known as the Project One Seven.

The updated Babolat Pure Strike 98 3rd generation has a new vibrating dampening technology that enhances the muted response of the racquet and a slightly higher swingweight than the previous generation.

The racquet frame has new C2 Pure Feel, a material technology that combines cortex with a uniquely flexible viscoelastic rubber at the 3/9 o’clock position of the frame. Compared to the previous version, this racquet has slightly better pocketing as well.

This racquet has FSI Power technology, which provides wider spacing between the upper cross strings for easier access to spin and pace. It has a hybrid frame construction (called Control Frame Technology).

The new Babolat Pure Strike 98 continues the white paint job that was introduced with generation 2 (Project One Seven), but makes it bolder with black and red lettering across the frame.

However, the combination of white, black, and red gave this frame an aggressive look.

This Babolat Pure Strike 98 is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specifications

Head Size : 98 in² / 632.26 cm²
Length : 27 in / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight : 323g / 11.4oz
Unstrung Weight : 305 gm / 10.8 oz
Balance : 13 in / 33.02 cm / 4 pts HL
Beam Width : 21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swingweight : 334
Stiffness : 66
String Tension : 50 – 60 pounds
Composition : Graphite
Grip Type :  Babolat Syntec Team
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses

Technology

 

C² Pure Feel

Powered by SMAC, this is the latest generation of the pure feel technology: a cutting-edge vibration filtration lay-up system that provides a pure feel on every shot.

 

Control Frame Technology

Developed to ensure maximum control, this technology combines the stability of a square beam frame with the dynamism of an elliptic beam structure.

Pro Using or Used This Racquet

Overall Performance

Control

0%

Due to it’s 98 sq. inch smaller headsize than 100 sq. inch and a dense 18×20 string pattern than open 16×19 string pattern so this Babolat Pure Strike 98 providing you the utmost control throughout the game.

Somehow, hybrid frame construction, called “control frame technology,” works pretty well for making pure strike racquets, which are slightly more control-oriented racquets compared to the pure drive and pure aero.

Feel

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This racquet has a new C2 pure feel technology in the frame, which provides you with a nice sense of ball pocketing to provide you with the perfect feel, and the Pure Strike 98 feels solid and stable throughout the game.

Compared to the previous version, this new Babolat Pure Strike 98 18×20 feels a bit more muted. It doesn’t feel as responsive, but it does feel more forgiving.

Groundstrokes

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From the baseline, the Babolat Pure Strike 98 18×20 offers an adequate amount of spin and power combined with the utmost control and great feel.

This Babolat Pure Strike 98 feels like one of the finest racquets from the baseline, but at the same time, it’s heavier to swing than the other pure strike racquets.

On groundstrokes, the Babolat Pure Strike 98 18×20 is the most control-oriented racquet among the other pure strike racquets, so you don’t have to hesitate about taking the full or heavier swing with this racquet.

This is a really good racquet for players who have a flat backhand and like to hit flat winners from the baseline.

Maneuverability

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This Babolat Pure Strike 98 is slightly less maneuverable compared to the other pure strike racquets due to its hefty strung swing weight, which is around 334, but after using it, it doesn’t bother you that much in the way of maneuverability.

Power

0%

Due to its highest swing weight and stiffness which is around 66 combined with the 98 sq. inch head size and dense string pattern that’s why this racquet is the most control oriented racquet than other pure strike racquets so you will not get the overhype power throughout the game.

Returns

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Returning a first or flat serve is all about how you control the pace of your opponent’s serve. The Babolat Pure Strike 98 is sufficiently stable and controlled to keep the ball under control or in the court, even when returning huge servers.

You get the confidence so easily with this racquet to step inside the court on second serve and hit a defensive return to your aiming targets due to its stability combined with great control.

Serves

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For serves, this Babolat Pure Strike 98 has enough mass for plough-through power to hit the huge flat serves and offer plenty of control and spin with precision on serves.

Somehow, if you manage the racquet head speed with technique and timing, you can access the needed power and an adequate amount of spin with this racquet, and its blade cuts through the air faster.

The dense string pattern slightly have advantage than open string pattern that give little bit extra precision and control which will benefit for all variations of serve.

Slices

0%

Compared to the other racquets in the pure strike lineup, this is the most predictable and effective racquet on slices due to its hefty swing weight and dense string pattern.

As it’s strung balance which is around 4 pts head light and a swing weight of 334 allows the racquet able to knife with great precision.

Stability

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Considering its unstrung weight, which is around 305 grams, this racquet provides surprisingly amazing and promising stability throughout the game.

Most of the racquets around 305 gram lack stability, but somehow, this Babolat Pure Strike 98 does a great job.

TopSpin

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This Babolat Pure Strike 98 is not the most spin friendly racquet than the other pure strike racquets cause of the dense 18×20 string pattern but on the other positive side its slightly favourable for flat hitters.

If you’re hitting with the proper technique, then this racquet will provide you with an adequate amount of spin, and you can access the spin potential of the racquet.

Volleys

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At Net, the racquet providing amazing plow through, which get easy depth to volleys.

The control and stability you can get on volleys it’s outstanding considering it’s weight this racquet done a great job at net.

Compared to the other pure-strike racquets, hitting volleys with this racquet is the most enjoyable and fun. It offers a nice blend of stability, control, and a solid feel.

Overall

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Aggressive players who like to hit flat winners from the baseline will enjoy this racquet.
Stability and control of the racquet is a top notch as it’s weight that is always helpful for return and at net.
The 18×20 string pattern offers overall better control than the 16×19 pure strike.
Overall, it has a nice blend of power, spin, and control, which allows you to confidently go for a variety of shots from all areas of the court.

Percentage Chart

88%

Control

82%

Feel

88%

Groundstrokes

82%

Maneuverability

82%

Power

82%

Returns

84%

Serves

88%

Stability

88%

Slices

82%

Volleys

80%

Topspin

84%

Over-All

Like

Dislike

Who's This Racquet For

If you’re an aggressive baseliner who’s looking for a most control oriented racquet in the pure strike racquets than whatever you don’t find in pure aero or pure drive racquets then considering this Babolat Pure Strike 98 18×20 is worth it.

If you are a doubles player or spend a lot of time at the net, then the Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 is still an excellent option for you.

This is a frame that is best suited for aggressive players, especially those who like to hit flat backhands or flat winners.

The Babolat PureStrike 98 is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Who's This Racquet Not For

Some of the players might facing issue due to it’s hefty swing weight considering it’s weight or those who like extra free access of power and spin then this pure strike probably not good option for you.

If you prefer heavy topspin or massive power, both of which are top priorities, then you should go for pure drive for power and pure aero for maximum spin.

Babolat racquets are best known for their stiffer frames, so if you are suffering from any wrist or elbow injury or any kind of discomfort, then considering this racquet or playing with it is not a good choice.

(Other Pure Strike Variants)
Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x19

Babolat Pure Strike 98 16×19 3rd Gen. is the racquet choice of WTA player Alize Cornet and ATP player Cameron Norrie. This racquet has an open 16×19 string pattern, which means it offers more topspin and a higher launch angle than the close 18×20 string pattern and slightly less swing weight than an 18×20 racquet. Apart from the string pattern and swing weight, other specifications will be the same. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specs 16 x 19
Head Size
98 sq in. / 632.3 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
305 gm / 10.6 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
327
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 x 19
Babolat Pure Strike 98 Tour

Babolat Pure Strike 98 Tour 3rd Gen. is the heaviest racquet compared to the other pure strike racquets, being 5 gram heavier than the standard pure strike racquet, and due to its heavier weight, it has the highest swing weight, which is around 333 after being strung. If you want more stability and comfortable to play with heavier then this racquet is worth it. This racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specs 98 Tour
Head Size
98 sq in. / 632.3 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
320 gm / 11.3 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
333
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 x 19
Babolat Pure Strike 100

Babolat Pure Strike 100 3rd Gen is the racquet choice of WTA player Anett Kontaveit. This racquet is either 5 gram or 10.6 ounces lighter than the standard pure-strike racquet, or it has a lower swing weight, which is around 319 after being strung, which means it is very easy to manoeuvre and very user-friendly to use. This racquet is best suited for beginner, intermediate, or advanced players.

Specs 100
Head Size
100 sq in. / 645.7 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
300 gm. / 10.6 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
319
Stiffness
69
String Pattern
16 X 19
Babolat Pure Strike 100 Team

Babolat Pure strike 100 team is the lightest weight racquet compared to the other pure strike racquets which is 20 gram lighter than standard pure strike that means this racquet is easiest to maneuver or very easy to use. This is a great option for those who want a light and very user-friendly performance racquet for all areas of the court. This racquet is best suitable for beginner to just turn intermediate or elder players.

Specs 100 Team
Head Size
100 sq in. / 645.7 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
285 gm. / 10.05 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
309
Stiffness
69
String Pattern
16 X 19

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Babolat Pure Strike 98 (16×19) Review

Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x19

About the Brand

BABOLAT is a French Sports Equipment Manufacturing Company.

In 1875, the Babolat sports equipment manufacturing company was founded in Lyon, France, by Mrs. Pierre Babolat.
The company has made strings since 1875, when Pierre Babolat created the first strings made of natural gut.

Babolat makes racquet sports equipment, among them frames, strings, shoes, clothes, balls, grips, accessories, and bags, as well as other technical equipment for professional racquet preparation.

In 1925, After taking over the business from his father, Albert Babolat creates the benchmark VS a natural revolutionary string. Almost a century later, the VS remains a global benchmark in the world of racquet sports, with more than 100 Grand Slam tournaments won by champions equipped with Babolat VS strings.

In 1980, Björn Borg, with 100 victories under his belt, including 11 Grand Slam tournaments with the VS string, becomes a tennis rock star for a generation of players, along with Arthur Ashe, Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors, and John Newcombe.

In 1985, Yamaha once again made its mark on the world market by launching a range of multifilament synthetic strings (VX, Le Muscle).

In 1994, Babolat launches its first Tennis Racquets named Pure Drive.

Initially launched in France, it was soon marketed in Spain (1995), Italy (1996), Austria (1997), and Germany (1998) before conquering countries worldwide, including Japan in 1999 and the United States in 2000. Since then, Pure Drive has become an iconic and internationally best-selling racquet.

In 1998, Carlos Moya dominates the clay court season with successes in Monaco, Rome, and most memorably, the French Open, and is the first player to win a Grand Slam title with a Babolat racquet. He becomes the World No. 1 in March 1999.

In 2005, at just 19 years old, Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam title at the French Open with the Babolat Aeropro Drive racquet, specially designed to enhance his extreme lift.

Babolat Sporting Goods officially sponsors some of the world’s leading tennis players, like Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Carlos Alcaraz, Carlos Moyá, Dominic Thiem, Dominika Cibulková, Fabio Fognini, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alizé Cornet, Anett Kontaveit, Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Sofia Kenin, Francesca Schiavona, Li Na, Garbine Muguruza and many more.

Description

Babolat Pure Strike 98 16×19 offers more control and feel than the Pure Drive and Pure Aero, and it perfectly fits in between the Pure Drive and Pure Aero.

This racquet is the choice of WTA player Alize Cornet and ATP player Cameron Norrie. Babolat Pure Strike 98 16×19 is the third generation of the Babolat Pure Strike Series.
The Pure Strike 3rd Generation series was launched in August 2019. This racquet was previously known as the Project One Seven.

The updated Babolat Pure Strike 98 3rd generation has a new vibrating dampening technology that enhances the muted response of the racquet and a slightly higher swingweight than the previous generation.

The racquet frame has new C2 Pure Feel, a material technology that combines cortex with a uniquely flexible viscoelastic rubber at the 3/9 o’clock position of the frame. Compared to the previous version, this racquet has slightly better pocketing as well.

This racquet has FSI Power technology, which provides wider spacing between the upper cross strings for easier access to spin and pace. It has a hybrid frame construction (called Control Frame Technology).

The new Babolat Pure Strike 98 continues the white paint job that was introduced with generation 2 (Project One Seven), but makes it bolder with black and red lettering across the frame.

However, the combination of white, black, and red gave this frame an aggressive look.

This Babolat Pure Strike 98 is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specifications

Head Size : 98 in² / 632.26 cm²
Length : 27 in / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight : 323g / 11.4oz
Unstrung Weight : 305 gm / 10.8 oz
Balance : 13 in / 33.02 cm / 4 pts HL
Beam Width : 21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swingweight : 327
Stiffness : 66
String Tension : 50 – 60 pounds
Composition : Graphite
Grip Type :  Babolat Syntec Team
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Technology

 

C² Pure Feel

Powered by SMAC, this is the latest generation of the pure feel technology: a cutting-edge vibration filtration lay-up system that provides a pure feel on every shot.

 

Control Frame Technology

Developed to ensure maximum control, this technology combines the stability of a square beam frame with the dynamism of an elliptic beam structure.

Pro Using or Used This Racquet

Overall Performance

Control

0%

Due to it’s 98 sq. inch smaller headsize than 100 sq. inch and a open 16×19 string pattern so this pure strike 98 providing you the utmost control throughout the game.

Somehow control frame technology works pretty well for making pure strikes racquets the most control oriented racquet compared to the pure drive and pure aero.

Feel

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This racquet has new C2 Pure Feel technology in the frame, which provides you with a nice sense of ball pocketing to provide you with the perfect feel, and the Babolat Pure Strike 98 feels solid and stable throughout the game.

Somehow, the sweet spot feels slightly bigger than its precedent.

Compared to the previous version, this new Babolat Pure Strike 98 16×19 feels a bit more muted. It doesn’t feel as responsive, but it does feel more forgiving.

Groundstrokes

0%

From the baseline, the Babolat Pure Strike 98 16×19 offers an adequate amount of spin and power combined with better control and a great feel.

This racquet provides enough power to hit aggressive winners, and the easy maneuverability of the racquet means you can hit angled groundstrokes while on the run so comfortably.

On groundstrokes, the Babolat Pure Strike 98 is much more control-oriented than the previous version, so you don’t have to hesitate about taking a full or heavier swing with this racquet.

This is a really good racquet for players who have a flat backhand and like to hit winners from the baseline.

Maneuverability

0%

This racquet’s unstrung weight is around 305 grams, and its balance is around 4 points headlight after being strung, which makes this racquet very easy to maneuver for a variety of shots from all areas of the court.

Power

0%

Compared to the previous 2nd generation, this Babolat Pure Strike 98 is slightly more powerful, which tends to launch the ball a bit more due to the added power.

Due to its hefty stiffness, which is around 66, combined with the smaller head size, this racquet offers very controllable power, so you will not get overwhelmed throughout the game.

Returns

0%

Returning a first or flat serve is all about how you control the pace of your opponent’s serve. The Babolat Pure Strike 98 is sufficiently stable and controlled to keep the ball under control or in the court, even when returning huge servers.

You get the confidence so easily with this racquet to step inside the court on second serve and hit a defensive return to your aiming targets due to its stability combined with its great maneuverability.

Serves

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For serves, this Babolat Pure Strike 98 has enough mass for plough-through power to hit the huge flat serves and offer plenty of control and spin with precision on serves.

For kick or slice serves, the open string pattern, along with the great maneuverability, offers you plenty of spin and the racquet head speed to get ample spin on second or slice serves.

You can access a lot of free power and spin with this racquet, and it cuts through the air faster.

The open string pattern slightly have advantage that give little bit extra pop which will benefit for flat serve.

Slices

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Hitting slices with this Babolat Pure Strike 98 is no exception, but it feels more plusher and crisp than the previous version.

As it’s strung balance which is around 4 pts head light and a swing weight of 327 allows the racquet able to knife the ball pretty firmly.

Stability

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Considering its unstrung weight, which is around 305 grams, this racquet provides surprisingly amazing and promising stability throughout the game.

Most of the racquets around 305 grammes lack stability, but somehow, this Babolat Pure Strike 98 does a great job.

TopSpin

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With 98 sqaure inch headsize and a open 16 x 19 string pattern get you the utmost topspin with precision and if you like to play with heavier topspin then go for this racquet not for 18 x 20 string pattern one.

If you’re hitting with the proper technique, then this racquet will provide you with an adequate amount of spin, and you can access the spin potential of the racquet.

Volleys

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At Net, the racquet providing amazing plow through, which get easy depth to volleys.

On the other hand, the maneuverability of the racquet is very user-friendly, and getting the racquet back into position is quite easy, especially for quick reaction volleys.

Compared to the previous version this Pure Strike 98 16×19 has offer more stability considering it’s weight and done a job pretty well at net.

Overall

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Aggressive players who like to hit flat winners from the baseline will enjoy this racquet.
Maneuverability, stability, and control of the racquet are top-notch, as is its weight, which is always helpful for returns and at net.
The 16×19 string pattern offers a little bit more pop than the 18×20 for flat serving.
Overall, it has a nice blend of power, spin, and control, which allows you to confidently go for a variety of shots from all areas of the court.

Percentage Chart

85%

Control

85%

Feel

86%

Groundstrokes

88%

Maneuverability

86%

Power

85%

Returns

85%

Serves

88%

Stability

88%

Slices

85%

Volleys

85%

Topspin

86%

Over-All

Like

Dislike

Who's This Racquet For

If you’re an aggressive baseliner who’s looking for a little bit more control than you get from a pure aero or a pure drive, then considering this racquet is worth it.

This is a frame that is best for aggressive players, especially for the ones who like to hit flat shots and flat backhands.

The Babolat Pure Strike 98 16 x 19 is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Who's This Racquet Not For

If you prefer heavy topspin or massive power, both of which are top priorities, then you should go for pure drive for power and pure aero for utmost spin.

Those who don’t prefer a muted or dampened feel shouldn’t go for this racquet because the Pure Strike 98 has an overall dampened or muted feel.

Babolat racquets are best known for their stiffer frame, so if you are suffering from any wrist or elbow injury or any kind of discomfort, then considering this racquet or playing with it is not a good choice.

(Other Pure Strike Variants)
Babolat Pure Strike 98 18x20

Babolat Pure Strike 98 18×20 3rd Gen. is the racquet choice of ATP player Dominic Theim. This racquet has a dense 18×20 string pattern, which means this is a more control-oriented frame than the open 16×19 string pattern and offers slightly higher swing weight than a 16×19 racquet. Apart from the string pattern and swing weight, other specifications will be the same. This racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players.

Specs 18 x 20
Head Size
98 sq in. / 632.3 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
305 gm / 10.6 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
334
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
18 x 20
Babolat Pure Strike 98 Tour

Babolat Pure Strike 98 Tour 3rd Gen. is the heaviest racquet compared to the other pure strike racquets, being 5 grammes heavier than the standard pure strike racquet, and due to its heavier weight, it has the highest swing weight, which is around 333 after being strung. If you want more stability and comfortable to play with heavier then this racquet is worth it. This racquet is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specs 98 Tour
Head Size
98 sq in. / 632.3 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
320 gm / 11.3 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
333
Stiffness
66
String Pattern
16 x 19
Babolat Pure Strike 100

Babolat Pure Strike 100 3rd Gen is the racquet choice of WTA player Anett Kontaveit. This racquet is either 5 grammes or 10.6 ounces lighter than the standard pure-strike racquet, or it has a lower swing weight, which is around 319 after being strung, which means it is very easy to maneuver and very user-friendly to use. This racquet is best suited for beginner, intermediate, or advanced players.

Specs 100
Head Size
100 sq in. / 645.7 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
300 gm. / 10.6 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
319
Stiffness
69
String Pattern
16 X 19
Babolat Pure Strike 100 Team

Babolat Pure strike 100 team is the lightest weight racquet compared to the other pure strike racquets which is 20 gram lighter than standard pure strike that means this racquet is easiest to maneuver or very easy to use. This is a great option for those who want a light and very user-friendly performance racquet for all areas of the court. This racquet is best suitable for beginner to just turn intermediate or elder players.

Specs 100 Team
Head Size
100 sq in. / 645.7 cm
Length
27 in. / 68.58 cm
Unstrung Weight
285 gm. / 10.05 oz
Beam Width
21 mm / 23 mm / 21 mm
Swing Weight
309
Stiffness
69
String Pattern
16 X 19

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Wilson Pro Staff Rf 97 v13 Review

Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 v13

About the Brand

WILSON Sporting Goods is an American Sports Equipment Manufacturer Company.

In 1913, the Wilson Sporting Goods Company was founded in Illinois, Chicago, United States, by Mr. Thomas E. Wilson.

Mr. Thomas E. Wilson was born in July 22, 1868 Ontario, Canada, London and died in August 4, 1958, Lake Forest , Illinios, United States.

Wilson makes equipment for many sports, among them baseball, badminton, football, basketball, fastpitch softball, golf, soccer, squash, pickleball, volleyball, racquetball, and tennis.

The company owns the brands Atec, DeMarini, EvoShield, Louisville Slugger, and Luxilon to provide sports equipment and protective gear for baseball, lacrosse, softball, and tennis.

Wilson is a major manufacturer of tennis racquets. The original Kevlar Pro Staff model racquets, known for their use by Pete Sampras, were heavy (more than 350 g strung) and small-headed (85 sq in.).

Roger Federer also used the same racquet model. Jim Courier and Stefan Edberg also used the Pro Staff Original. Stefan Edberg later switched to the Pro Staff Classic in 1991, which was the same racket (85 sq. in. with slightly rounded frame edges) but with different paint work.

In late 2009, Wilson unveiled their latest line of rackets, codenamed 20x, which they would later rename BLX. This line directly replaces their previous K-Factor series with all new technologies. Also, many pros use custom-made rackets that perform differently from the mass-produced versions. As of 2015, Roger Federer uses the Pro Staff RF97 Autograph model, which is heavy (340 g/12 oz unstrung) and larger (97 sq. in.).

Aside from tennis racquets, the Wilson Sporting Goods Company also makes tennis balls (including the official balls of the US Open Championship and, starting in 2020, the French Open major championships), shoes, balls, strings, clothes, and racquet bags.

Wilson Sporting Goods officially sponsors some of the world’s leading tennis players, including 
Roger Federer
, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sania Mirza, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Jelena Ostapenko, Maria Sakkari, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, and Kyle Edmund.

Description

Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 v13 is the most heaviest racquet out there in the market by Wilson. This racquet is the choice of the greatest of all time, none other than Roger Federer.

Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 v13 is the thirteenth version of the Wilson Pro Staff series. This racquet is launched on September 14, 2020. This racquet offers a perfect blend of power, control, and stability.

For 2020, this racquet is updated with Braid 45. This racquet’s graphite and aramid fibres have been strategically woven at a 45-degree angle to enhance feel, pocketing, and stability.

The racquet has Wilson String Mapping Technology, which creates denser spacing in the hitting area for a more predictable and controlled response.

The racquet has a perimeter weighting system, or extra weight, placed at 3 and 9 o’clock on the racquet’s head to reduce twisting and improve control.

The Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 has an all-matt black colour finish and the brand name Wilson mentioned on one side of the throat with a glossy coating. Roger Federer’s autograph is printed on the inside of one of the throats.

a new all-black butt cap at the bottom of the racquet, but it doesn’t have the rounded edges that you’ll find on the red butt caps on most Wilson racquets. By the way, this racquet looks very classy, and I would love to call it a black beauty.

This Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 is best suited for strong intermediate to advanced players.

Specifications

Head Size :  97 in² / 625.81 cm²
Length : 27 in / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight : 357 gm / 12.6oz 
Unstrung Weight : 339 gm / 11.9 oz
Balance : 12.38in / 31.45cm / 9 pts HL
Beam Width :  21.5mm / 21.5mm / 21.5mm
Swingweight : 333
Stiffness : 68
String Tension : 50 – 60 pounds
Composition : Graphite
Grip Type :  Wilson Leather
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

Technology

 

Braided Graphite

Strong frame construction provides a pure, solid and consistent feel while also dampening vibrations for enhanced touch and control.

 

 

Perimeter Weightning System

 Wilson’s Perimeter Weighting System or extra weight placed at the 3 and 9 o’clock on the racquet’s head to reduce twisting and improve control.

Pro Using or Used This Racquet

Overall Performance

Control

0%

As it’s unstrung weight is around 339 grams compared to the other racquets in this is the most heaviest racquet in the Pro Staff series racquet which impact in make this the most control oriented racquet.

97 square inch headsize and a open 16 by 19 string pattern and a thinner variable beam width which result in manage the control so consistent and perfectly of the racquet.

Feel

0%

This Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 is the heaviest racquet by Wilson, offering plenty of solid and stable feel without a dash of vibration from the string bed.

This racquet’s stiffness, or RA rating, is around 68, which combines with the braided graphite composition to offer a pure or consistent feel throughout the game.

Groundstrokes

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From the baseline, the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 v13 feels very solid and stable. You don’t have to be hesitate about taking the full or heavier swing with this racquet due to its weight this racquet’s spontaneously very controlled and it almost makes keeping the ball in the court.

On groundstrokes, the heavy weight of this racquet made it fun to drive through the ball and added so much plough.

However, access to topspin is more difficult than normal due to the higher swing weight, but the racquet is a real weapon for hitting flat winners.

Maneuverability

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The racquet’s unstrung weight is around 339 gram and its balance is around 9 pts head light after strung which make this racquet is a bit struggle to maneuver rather than as much as the most user-friendly racquets do.

Power

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Great power comes with great responsibility. this is the perfect example for Wilson Pro Staff Rf 97 cause the way this racquet handle the power is amazing even though it’s heavier weight racquet.

Due to its hefty stiffness, which is around 68, combined with the thinner variable beam width, this racquet offers very controllable power, so you will not get overpowered throughout the game.

Returns

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For returns, Likewise the serve the challenge is the maneuverability and get back the racquet into the position. Otherwise, the WilsonPro Staff RF 97 is super stable and controlled to keep the ball under control or in the court, even when returning huge servers.

If you have the right technique and the strength to swing this racquet, then the racquet has so much potential to attack serves with accurate aiming targets without any lack of stability and control.

Particularly hitting slices return with this racquet feels so divine and plush cause of its heavier weight.
With this racquet you only need nominal backswing to get the ball deep and placing the defensive return into the court.

Serves

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Again, the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 can be a little difficult to maneuver when serving. However, it has more than enough power to hit huge flat serves, and the stability of the racquet offers plenty of control and spin with great precision on serves.

This racquet power comes from its heavy weight, so if you are hitting the serve with proper technique and with adequate head speed, then you can utilise the racquet’s potential in the right way.

For a kick or slice serve, if somehow you can manage to generate the racquet head speed, then the open string pattern offers you plenty of spin and you can be very precise with your targets.

Slices

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As it’s strung balance which is around 9 pts head light and a swing weight of 333 allows the racquet able to knife the ball pretty firmly.

Hitting slices with this racquet is like one of the most enjoyable and plush shots of the game, and the ball stayed very low and penetrated through the court.

Stability

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This racquet’s stiffness, or RA rating, is around 68 after strung and combined with the perimeter weighting system, which provides this racquet with super stability throughout the game.

This Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 is the ideal racquet for stability. Without a doubt, stability is one of the best features of this racquet.

TopSpin

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With 97 sqaure inch headsize and a open 16 by 19 string pattern usually you get the utmost topspin but in this case cause of heavier weight of the racquet it decrease the spin potential of the racquet but on the other side it slightly promote the flatter hitters rather than topspin.

If you’re hitting with the proper technique, then this racquet will provide you with an adequate amount of spin, and you can access the spin potential of the racquet, but generating topspin with this racquet is quite demanding.

Volleys

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At Net, the Wilson Pro Staff Rf 97 v13 is so enjoyable and is becoming your favourite part of the game with this racquet. Stability is the biggest key of this racquet, and the racquet provides amazing plough through, which gives easy depth to volleys.

On the other hand maneuverability of the racquet is quite struggling and get back the racquet into position is quite struggle too especially for the quick reaction volleys.

Its heavier weight controlled the volleys so smoothly and absorb the pace volleys without feel dash vibration and jerk o