Product Profile: Yonex VCore Xi 100

by: Richard Pagliaro | January 05, 2013

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MSRP: $240
Available: January 4, 2013
Head Size: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27 in.
Weight: 11.1 oz.
Balance: 4 pts. HL
Beam Width: 24-24-22 mm
String Pattern: 16 x 19
Swingweight: 288
NTRP: 3.5-4.5

*Values represent strung frames.

Facts: Yonex devotees will recognize some of the many technologies in the VCore Xi 100. The brand’s more rectangular Extra Isometric (Xi) head shape is built to broaden the sweet spot by increasing the number of main and cross strings that meet in the middle of the head. The combination of the head shape, open string pattern, and Micro Core material—a higher density foaming urethane injected into the top and side of the frame to provide greater vibration absorption and power—can help create heavy doses of spin.

The brand says its Oval Pressed Shaft manufacturing technology creates shaft flex upon impact by “extending dwell time for enhanced ball spin and directional control,” allowing players to better feel the ball on the strings. Power transfer and control are enhanced by deeper grooves in the brand’s 3-D Vector shaft, which provides “20 percent more face stability than a conventional racquet,” according to Yonex.

Impressions: The candy cane-colored frame’s expansive sweet spot should make it a treat to use for baseliners. The VCore Xi 100 can produce comfortable and often effortless levels of power and spin because of the generous string-bed pocket and slightly wider beam than the new VCore Xi 98. The 100 doesn’t quite produce the same level of control and stability in the front court as the 98, so all-court players would be wise to play-test the 98 as well. However, if you play your best from the baseline, enjoy a little bit of extra face space, and prefer a more robust beam width, the VCore Xi 100’s ability to deliver depth, pace, and spin in a comfortable package makes it well worth a test ride.

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