Introducing the 2020 version of the EZONE 98L. Like its predecessor, this racquet packs a relatively compact 98 in² head, giving it the kind of control that breeds confidence when the set score tightens. At under 11 ounces strung, the EZONE 98L is ideal for the intermediate player who wants a precise and spin-friendly weapon that comes around with remarkable ease. For 2020 Yonex has not only redesigned the beam for greater stability, it has 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 a Vibration Dampening Mesh in the handle for fewer vibrations and a cleaner feel at impact. From the baseline, the 98L swings easier than the standard EZONE 98, but it offers decent stability for its weight class. Power is sufficient but not overwhelming, and the high level of control should boost your confidence when the set score tightens. The easy acceleration not only translates seamlessly into higher levels of pace and spin, but it also helps when scrambling on defense or executing shots on the run. At net this racquet has great touch, and the quick handling will help you spring into action when opportunity knocks. Ultimately, this impressive update remains a great option for the intermediate player who wants a very precise, spin-friendly and easy swinging racquet.