Back in high school, my personal coach was sponsored by Yonex and tried for years to get me to make the switch to Yonex racquets. More specifically, he wanted me to switch to his racquet of choice, the 90 square inch RDX 500. “There’s no way I can play with a 90 square inch head, that’s too small!” I would tell him constantly. I had a wristy western grip forehand and had never played with a racquet smaller than 95 square inches. I always thought I needed the 95-100 square inch headsize for forgiveness on off-center hits. “Just trust me,” my coach would always say.
After months of persuasion from my coach, I finally caved in, but I wanted to try the midplus (98 square inch) first, still feeling unsure about the smaller midsize.
“You won’t like it,” my coach said. “It’s a completely different racquet than the 90. The midplus plays nothing like the midsize, and it doesn’t quite feel as good.”
My coach was right. I hit with the midplus and didn’t really like it that much. It didn’t feel that solid, and I didn’t like how the racquet was weighted. It wasn’t very maneuverable, and it wasn’t very stable on the off-center hits. With reluctance, I finally tried the midsize.
My life was changed! My racquet preference was altered forever! I instantly fell in love with the midsize. The best way to describe it was that it felt like a magic wand in my hand. The weighting was perfect, it had unbelievable maneuverability, and I felt like I could hit any shot I wanted with it. It was unbelievably solid on groundstrokes and volleys, super maneuverable on the return of serve, and explosive on the serve. The racquet gave me exceptional control but still provided me with adequate pop and incredible feel. I was sold!
I switched to the RDX 500 Mid, and other than a brief stint in college I’ve been playing with Yonex mids ever since. After the RDX was the RDS 001, then the RDiS 100, and now I’m loving the newest addition to the line, the VCore Tour 89. For those of you who are intimidated by the smaller headsize like I was, fear not, as the unique Yonex Isometric head shape makes the racquet play larger than it actually is. The head is slightly wider than normal, but not quite as long as other racquets. I found that when I hit the ball off-center, most of my hits were wide of the sweet spot, as opposed to close to the throat or tip of the frame. The unique Yonex design actually gave me more forgiveness on these hits than other 90 square inch racquets did, which made the racquet feel larger. In addition, the Isometric technology makes the sweet spot larger than other standard-shaped racquets, reducing the amount of off-center hits, and once again making the racquet feel larger than it actually is.
However, you don’t have to take my word for it. Instead, just take a look at the number of pros playing with Yonex and you might be surprised at how many there are. On the men’s side, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Monaco, David Nalbandian, Bernard Tomic, and Stanislas Wawrinka all play with Yonex. As for women, Yonex has Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko and recent world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, among others, with their frames. Furthermore, looking back, Yonex has had some stars of the game, like Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Richard Krijicek, sporting its racquets.
So, for all you haters of the square-looking Isometric frames, I think you all need to get over it and give the new VCore Tour 89 a try. And remember, this isn’t going to play as small as other racquets around its size. Compared to the Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 90 and even the YOUTEK IG Prestige Mid, the VCore Tour 89 will have a bigger sweet spot and have more room for your off-center hits near the middle of the racquet, making it feel larger and more playable. With awesome maneuverability, excellent pop and incredible feel, I’ve become a huge fan of the Yonex mid-sized racquets. The newest creation from Yonex, the VCore Tour 89, is yet another great racquet in this line, and is a must-try for any advanced level player. Give it a try…I’m confident you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for reading,