A recent surprise for me, and one of my favorite playtests of the past year, has been the Yonex EZONE Ai 98. The update to the popular Xi 98 and Ana Ivanovic‘s new racquet of choice for 2014 features a re-designed Isometric head shape to help increase swing speed, as well as a new dampening system that helps make the racquet feel plush and comfortable.
This racquet offers an outstanding blend of every attribute you’d look for in a racquet. It has a crisp, lively feel that allows for easy access to power and spin, while still providing the precision needed to give you the confidence to go for your shots and aim them close to the lines. It’s fast through the air and easy to swing, but it’s also solid and stable. Most importantly (to me at least), the feel is crisp yet RESPONSIVE, and I felt completely connected to each shot. I felt like I could hit any shot in my repertoire and know exactly where it was going to go each and every time.