This year, I realized that with rising age, and the associated need to perform better in defensive play (with the younger guys now dictating the speed), it was time to retire the classic players rackets. I used to play with 85 and 95 in Wilson Pro Staffs almost all my wife, with some detours to Head Prestige Pros, Prince Graphite 93, and Blade Tour 93s. In terms of feel and touch, nothing beets a 17-19 mm thin racquet, that's for sure. But there are modern players racquets, with wider beams, that still allow you to hit ball can on the other side of the net. The Ezone DR 98 is one of them. It is very responsive if you put in a poly (I always use Luxilon 4G) and string it tighter than you would normally do. The racquet gives you added power in situations where a full swing is no option, or when the wrist just can't do the twist anymore (like mine after surgery). It's great on the serve, and feels rock solid on volleys and drop shots. The sweet spot feels huge, and I don't use this term carelessly.
I had tested 16 rackets before going for the DR98. It feels like a faster version of the 18x20 Blade, and less "dead," but gives much much more control than the 16x19 Blade. The DR's flex also feels kind of similar to the new green Prince Racquets, but has more weight, heft, and most importantly better stability.
I never thought about Yonex, maybe you didn't either. But this bed DR is extremely well rounded. And give yourself some time to adjust, at least 2-3 hours. It takes some getting used to.
It's made in Japan. Quality.
I am not one to typically write reviews, but once I tested this racquet, I felt it was almost necessary to share my thoughts so that everyone could see how great this frame truly is. I found this frame to be really comparable, but an improved version of the Babolat Pure Drive. I noticed improvement from all areas of the court on my control, power, spin and depth. This racquet would be suitable for type of mid level player because you are able to flatten out shots and generate power, but also able to lock in some heavy spin on the ball as well. The isometric frame actually allowed for a larger sweet spot which provided forgiveness for off centered hits. Overall I really enjoyed playing with this racquet, I strung mine with RPM Blast/ Excel at slightly below mid tension.
was not a yonex guy but this stick is ready for prime time, poly at a low tension is sweet
I typically play with racquets that have 100+ square inch head sizes, but I decided to demo the EZONE DR 98. This 98 square inch racquet still maintained good power from the slightly smaller head size. Slightly more pop than the Head Prestige. Excellent precision and control to go with a comfortable feel out on the court. Felt very similar to WilsonG+笻s Blade racquet series. Stability and comfort also featured on this frame. All in all, a little less pop than the Pure Drive, but I felt it featured great comfort to go with ideal control.
I like a lot of people shy away from Yonex because of their head shape,I found there is a method to the oddity,better over all sweet spot for depth of shots and power. singles or dubs it's willing
The Yonex EZONE DR 98 is exactly what I was looking for. IG+笻m a 42 year old man and I play on a competitive USTA team. IG+笻ve found while playing that this racquet has a great responsive feel allowing my shots to be consistent and my aim to be precise. I play with a great amount of pace while using this racquet. ItG+笻s not as effortless as some of the other ones IG+笻ve tried but itG+笻s very comfortable in my hand. IG+笻m able to dominate offensively, especially from the baseline. This Yonex racquet feels very stable when IG+笻m at the net as well. The balance of power and control makes for strong and dependable serves. Great racquet for an all around game.
Very nice racquet. Easy to swing and generate ample spin. Lacks a little plow thru but easy to fix with some lead tape.
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