Yonex VCore 98 (305g) Galaxy Black Tennis Racquet 4 1/4″ (L2) – Unstrung
This racquet has the same specs as the flame red VCORE 98 (305) but it comes in a stealth black cosmetic. Like the red version, it is perfect for intermediate and advanced players who want a spin-friendly racquet with great feel. With its relatively thin beam and 98in² head, this stick offers impressive accuracy on full swings. Like the standard red version, the VCORE 98 Galaxy Black has an open and spin-friendly 16×19 string pattern. To cut wind drag, Yonex has expanded the location of its Aero Fin grooves to include not just the upper hoop but also the lower portion of the head. This technology is complemented by an Aero Trench grommet system that submerges the grommets to further reduce wind resistance.
The upshot of these technologies is easier acceleration, which will help you load the ball with pace and spin. The VCORE 98 Galaxy Black also gets updated with a material called Namd, which is a uniquely flexible graphite designed to increase frame torque, ball pocketing and spin. From the baseline this stick feels comfortably crisp on contact.
It also feels a tad more solid than the VCORE 100. Full swings find their mark with ease, and there is more than enough spin to bring the ball down hard. At net, the VCORE 98 Galaxy Black feels fast and solid, with plenty of touch for dropping the ball short. On serve, there is enough spin to hit effective slices and kickers, and the high level of precision means you can swing for power. This racquet is an obvious choice for intermediate and advanced players who value speed, spin, precision and feel.
- Head size: 98 in² / 632.26 cm²
- Weight: 305g / 10.8oz
- Strung Weight: 11.4oz / 323g
- Length: 27in / 68.58cm
- String Pattern: 16×19
- Swingweight: 322
- Stiffness: 65
- Balance: 12.79in /32.49cm / 6 pts HL
- Beam width: 22mm / 22mm / 21mm
- Composition: H.M Graphite, Naometric XT, Namd
- Power Level: Low-Medium
- Stroke style: Medium-Full
- Swing speed: Medium-Fast
- Grip size: 4 1/4 inches (G2)
- Grip type: Yonex Synthetic
- String tension: 45-60 pounds
- Includes racket cover
- Unstrung racquet