Yonex adds another chapter to the EZONE 98 (305g), one of the game's most user-friendly modern player's racquets. Endorsed by Nick Kyrgios, the EZONE 98 not only packs impressive spin and precision, it also has better touch and feel than many of its competitors. For 2020, Yonex has redesigned the beam for greater stability and made the hitting area slightly wider for an even more forgiving response. New technologies include a Liner Tech system, which reduces string on frame friction for extra comfort and power. This technology also features denser string spacing in the center for control, with wider string spacing on the edges for less shock on off-center hits. To improve frame stability and optimize the flex at impact, Yonex adds a uniquely strong and elastic graphite, called M40X, to the throat. This racquet also features Vibration Dampening Mesh in the handle for fewer vibrations and a cleaner feel at impact. On groundstrokes the EZONE 98 feels fast, spin-friendly and accurate. Compared to the previous generation, it is decidedly more responsive and plush in the upper hoop. With its sub 320-RDC swingweight, this racquet isn't as stable as a traditionally weighted player's racquet, but the light weight and easy acceleration definitely come in handy when scrambling on defense or attempting to crank a winner on the run. At net the EZONE 98 plays great on reaction volleys, and it also has excellent placement and touch for those who like moving their opponents around. Aggressive servers will find the needed precision to swing for power, and there is more than enough spin-potential to hit effective kickers and slices. Ultimately, with impressive changes to the overall feel, this update to the EZONE 98 is a great option for intermediate and advanced players who want a light player's racquet with great feel and outstanding all-court playability.
|Head Size:98 in² / 632.26 cm²|
|Length:27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight:11.3oz / 320g|
|Balance:12.75in / 32.39cm / 6 pts HL|
|Beam Width:23mm / 24mm / 19mm|
|Grip Type:Yonex Synthetic|
|String Tension:45-60 pounds|