The Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet is all about creating powerful shots. The technology built into this racquet helps give it a little bit of a snap action as you go to hit your return shot and that is how it enables you to generate a small boost of extra power when you hit the ball, all without sacrificing control of the shot. The Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet is a great all-court racquet loaded with unique technology, providing players with an optimal hitting experience.


PRODUCT SPECS

A defining feature of the Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet is the Yonex Nanometric DR carbon graphite composition. This lets the frame flex, and then snap back into place as it makes contact with the ball. The Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis also features the Yonex oval pressed shaft system (OPS), this narrows the racquet's shaft and allows greater flexibility at the point of narrowing. This can allow up to 7% more power behind shots when players use this racquet.

The Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet also features Yonex’s trademark isometric square head shape (ISO) intended to increase the size of the sweet spot by up to 48% compared to other tennis racquets. The Yonex Ezone DR 98 features ultra-grippy string. This acts to dampen the blow of an incoming shot and then give you more of an opportunity to hit a return.

Also, with a 16×19 string pattern, the Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet offers plenty topspin.  When these technologies are combined, they result in a lower flex rating of 62 which overall makes for a control oriented tennis racquet, especially when coupled with a 98 square inch head size.

What the Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet lacks in delivering power it makes up for with excellent touch. Overall, the racquet provides a very connected feel when hitting, which helps further increase confidence level on the court. Its control orientation helps players feel confident in their strokes and allows them to place the ball deep in the court with a high level of consistency. The Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet makes working the ball from side to side and changing the direction of the ball easy.

Yonex also adds Quake Shut Gel to the handle of the Ezone DR 98. This reduces vibrations and increases comfort when hitting with the Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet.


PRICING

The Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet can be purchased for about $$ plus at a variety of retailers. It's also available on a number of online retailers sites. Including Tennis Warehouse, PGE TOUR Superstore, and Walmart. It is available online at Amazon.com, Ebay, and Tennis Express.


HOW IT COMPARES

 We picked several similar tennis racquets available on the market to see how they compare to the Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet. These racquets were picked based on similar qualities to give a true comparison. With the goal being to see how the Yonex Ezone DR 98 racquet compares to similar racquets in the same price range and quality.


YONEX EZONE DR 98 in blue color

Price

Between $$ and $$ approximately, both online and in store.

  • EASE OF USE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

Yonex provides a 1 year Manufacturer Warranty. This warranty covers Manufacturer defects only and does not cover accidental damage. For situations where Yonex decides that a racket has a Manufacturer defect, Yonex USA will provide a new racket (frame only). Refer to your retailer for details and assistance with the warranty process.

PROS

  • Anti-vibration properties
  • Lightweight for faster swinging speed
  • Isometritc head shape makes for a larger sweet spot
  • Doesn't trade control for power

CONS

  • Lacks power in comparison to other racquets
  • Not stylish in comparison to other racquets

Babolat Pure Drive tennis racket in blue color

The Babolat Pure Drive is a great choice for beginners. It's also a fantastic racquet for baseline tennis players and big servers. A high power level and easy to access topspin define the Babolat Pure Drive tennis racquet. With its FSI technology combined with their woofer system increases the power and size of the sweet spot without giving up control. The Babolat Pure Drive also includes active cortex technology at the top of the racquets handle to reduce shock and vibration, making for a more comfortable experience.

 

Price

Between $$ and $$ approximately, both online and in store.

  • EASE OF USE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

Babolat warrants to the original purchaser of the Babolat Pure Drive tennis racquet that it is free from defects in material or workmanship, under normal use for one year from purchase, or two years if you bought the racket to a shop which is from an EEA (European Economic Area). The warranty is readily available on the Babolat website for you to reference if needed.

PROS

  • Generous sweet spot helps generate power with ease
  • 16×19 string pattern help deliver topspin that's easy to achieve
  • Easy to generate the desired pace from the first serve

CONS

  • The racquets lightweight and higher power could overwhelm players not used to it
  • Stiffer frame makes it not ideal for all players

Head Graphene XT Speed Pro tennis racquet

One feature of Graphene XT Speed Pro tennis racquet is that it uses Graphene, an ultra strong and lightweight nanomaterial. This material has become Graphene XT, which allowed Head to make a frame that is lightweight through the midsection of the frame and then redistributes weight to the bottom of the handle and top of the head. This produces a fast swinging racquet with easier access to power, all while keeping the frame light and maneuverable.

 

Price

Between $$ and $$ approximately, both online and in store.

  • EASE OF USE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

The Head Graphene XT Speed Pro is a fast swinging and easy-to-maneuver tennis racquet with a light frame that allows for aggressive play and plenty of topspin from all areas of the baseline.

PROS

  • It feels solid, but with its 7pts head light balance, it swings effortlessly.
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Control-oriented, hit your spots with precision

CONS

  • Less power
  • Underwhelming serve potential

Volkl V Sense V1 OS Tennis Racquet

The Volkl V Sense V1 OS Tennis Racquet is a tennis racquet that has developed a following thanks to its blend of power, spin, maneuverability, and comfort. Being a lightweight tennis racquet with a 100 square inch head and 16x18 string pattern, and having a stiffer flex rating of 70, the Volkl V Sense V1 OS Tennis Racquet is a versatile tennis racquet.

 

Price

Between $ and $ approximately,  both online and in retail stores.

  • EASE OF USE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

The handle of the Volkl V-Sense 8 300g 85 tennis racquet makes use of Volkl’s VSENSOR handle with an EVA core to help significantly reduce vibrations. The racquet is also just 11 ounces, making it lightweight and easy to maneuver.

PROS

  • Light and easy to swing
  • Made for speedy reaction times when returning and allows for quick reflexes up at the net
  • Excellent at reducing shock and vibration

CONS

  • Control suffers
  • Typical to miss long shots

CONCLUSION

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The Yonex EZONE DR 98 tennis racquet is a fantastic all-court racquet that is geared towards tennis players who like to overpower their opponents with their shots. It provides excellent control. And with a lower flex rating of 62, the Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet makes for a control oriented tennis racquet. You will be tough to beat when your opponent is struggling to even get to your shots.

The EZONE DR 98 provides an impressive level of control whether your at the baseline or up at net. You are able to direct and place the ball with confidence and consistency wherever you want on the court. However, what makes the Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet is truly unique in that it still feels lively compared to other similar control oriented tennis racquets currently available on the market.

The Yonex EZone DR 98 Tennis Racquet is great at assisting you in the lower portion of your game. From service to volleys, you will find a little extra power behind the ball with every swing. While generating this little bit of extra power you are not totally sacrificing your ability to control the ball in the process.

Even on shots that aren’t hit perfectly in the center, you will feel confident in your hits, the Yonex Ezone DR 98 tennis racquet combines a smooth swing with an abundance of control, which can be devastating to any opponent you face off against. This is the win/win situation that any tennis player will love as they are trying to win match after match.

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