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2020 is Coming Into Focus!

2019 came and went in a blur!  In a few days it will 2020 and with it will come some exciting new tennis stuff, for sure!

I am not so good at predicting things but I do it anyway!  Here are a few predictions I will make for 2020:

  1. Tennis racquets will become more expensive, but only slightly.
  2. On-line sales of tennis racquets will increase.  See this previous post.
  3. Customer satisfaction with on-line sales will decrease.
  4. Small specialty tennis shops will be the source of information, then #2, and then #3.
  5. Players will stick with a racquet longer, making customizations as needed.
  6. String and stringing will become a more important component of a racquet purchase.  See below!
  7. Tennis related injuries will continue to be a problem for the sport going forward.

    No Underage Polyester, Please!

    Thank you for thinking about the “long term” for all tennis players!

    There are no bad strings just bad applications!

    The right equipment is crucial to the long term enjoyment, and winning, of tennis!

    The local representatives I deal with are committed to our “well being” even though some may feel like they are facing “extinction”!

    An excellent example of what we are talking about just walked in! Two (2) new racquets so poorly strung it is shocking!

    The customer is having serious arm issues with an excellent racquet, with a terrible string setup! But the string setup is probably considered by many to be the ultimate combination, that is RPM Blast in the main and VS Touch in the cross! That combination is coming out in a few minutes!  No more polyester!

    The quality of the stringing is what is so wrong! Had you or I received this racquet, we would have returned it at once! Why? Because it exemplifies the attitude of so many stringers that is “who cares”!

Happy New Year!

Tis The Season!

We are a family with a multiplicity of religious beliefs, including Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations!

So, I just say “I Love You” to all of my family!

This same sentiment is true for all of our friends, clients, customers, and suppliers!

How ever you celebrate this season, these few words go a long way toward making this time of year very special!

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From the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest, I Love You!

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 330

It should be no surprise that this model is the heaviest of the VCore Pro Series!  However, I can’t stress enough the need to demo this racquet and feel what the weight will do for your game!

Of course not everyone will want a racquet of this weight but just trying it will give you some idea of what weight can do for you.  Maybe not 330 (unstrung) but a little added weight nonetheless.

That makes the 310 (unstrung) version of this racquet a “standout”, and you can see the review here.

About this racquet, Yonex says “for intermediate to advanced players looking to play aggressively with control and feel”.

To achieve this combination Yonex has incorporated a “lock booster” grommet system that promotes string contact for effecient energy transfer”.

Namd™ graphite fibers are incorporated into the throat area allowing the racquet to flex even under the heaviest of hits!

To top it off Yonex has added a vibration damping mesh in the grip pallet area to filter out unwanted vibrations.

All said, this thin beam (20.0mm) racquet with a 16×19 string pattern is a players dream!  So, don’t dream about it…demo it and decide for yourself!

 

ManufacturerYonex
Racquet ModelYonex VCore Pro 97
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Pro Evaluation String 1.20mm
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC53
ASPS, FlexFour66
Racquet Flex, RDC62 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour48
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness373.2 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams344
Weight, Ounces12.13

Balance, mm321
Balance, Inch12.64
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.56
Head Length12.62
Head Area, cm2611.3
Head Area, Sq. Inch97
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.638
Main String Grid7.00
Cross String Grid9.62
Density (% of head filled with string).709
Average Cross String Space.505
Average Main String Space.438
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT34
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in190.16
First Moment, Nm.847
Polar Moment342
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2327
Swing Weight, Ounces11.53
Swing Weight Calculated354
Power, RDC49
Control, RDC51
Manueverability, RDC69
Power, Calculated 1940.1
Head Points6.93 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %46.8%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.6
K, Lb/In169.87
Recoil Weight161.48
Twist Weight235.86
End Weight 144.4
Tip Weight 201.5
9 O'Clock102.6
3 O'Clock104.8
Butt Cap138.0

 

 

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 310

Yonex continues to introduce upgrades to the most popular racquets they have produced recently and these new VCore Pro series is a great example of positive changes.

This series continues to be made in Japan and it is obvious in the consistency of their racquets.  The deep Forrest Green and Gold graphics creates a “strong” looking racquet which will appeal to players.

This model is the 310 gram (10.9 oz) version (unstrung)which gains about a ½ ounce when strung and presents a very usable 315 kg/cm² swing weight.  Right out of the box this will suit a lot of players.  Of course a little customization can be done if required.

When looking at racquets it is clear that this Yonex Series all look alike!  A closer look at the head will give you the weight and head size.

The 16×19 string pattern in the Isometric Head Shape creates a large “comfort zone” area and long main strings near the edge of the racquet face which contributes to that “comfort”.

 

ManufacturerYonex
Racquet ModelYonex VCore Pro 97 2019
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Pro Evaluation String 1.20mm
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC49
ASPS, FlexFour65
Racquet Flex, RDC61 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour46
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness368.1 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams324
Weight, Ounces11.43

Balance, mm323
Balance, Inch12.72
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.968
Head Width9.55
Head Length12.54
Head Area, cm2607
Head Area, Sq. Inch97
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.641
Main String Grid7.00
Cross String Grid9.75
Density (% of head filled with string).766
Average Cross String Space.542
Average Main String Space.438
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT33
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in184.57
First Moment, Nm.804
Polar Moment329
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2315
Swing Weight, Ounces11.11
Swing Weight Calculated338
Power, RDC48
Control, RDC50
Manueverability, RDC77
Power, Calculated 1807.7
Head Points6.14 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %47.2%
Center of Percussion21.1
Dwell Time, ms9.09
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.2
K, Lb/In157.05
Recoil Weight156.18
Twist Weight221.85
End Weight 133.7
Tip Weight 190.6
9 O'Clock97.6
3 O'Clock95.9
Butt Cap131.1

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year & All Other Happiness!

To all of our friends wherever you are and whatever you celebrate we send our wishes for all kinds of happiness for this season and the year to come!

Racquet Quest, LLC World Headquarters

2018 has been filled with great people and friends which add up to the best year ever!

Thank You!

John