Racquet Review: Yonex VCore Xi 100 Lite

by: Justin diFeliciantonio | February 24, 2013

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MSRP: $240
Head Size: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27 in.
Weight: 10.4 oz.
Balance: 2 pts. HH
Beam Width: 24-22mm
String Pattern: 16x19
Construction: Firm
Swingweight: 310
Ideal Swing: Medium
NTRP: 3.0 to 4.0

The Pitch
Like the heavier Xi 98 and 100 models, the Yonex VCore Xi 100 Lite features the Isometric construction, a square head shape designed to expand the sweet spot, as well as the 3-D Vector Shaft, which cuts down frame twisting on impact for greater stability and accuracy, according to the company.

How It Tested
Lighter and more maneuverable than the Xi 100, the VCore Xi 100 Lite falls on the heavier end of that spectrum of racquets with training wheels: It’s a solid choice for beginning adults or 12- to 13-year-old juniors who are looking to get better. “If you want to improve,” says Bruce Levine, “you need a racquet like the Xi 100 Lite that’ll force you to swing out to make the ball go over the net. Bigger game-improvement frames are great for power, but they won’t encourage you to develop a long, fluid swing.” Playtesters found the Lite powerful off the ground, but not to the point that it’d hamper progress toward advanced groundstroke and volley technique. Similarly, players rated the racquet plenty comfortable and stable against balls hit by beginners and lower-intermediates. And intermediates partial to low heft still gave the stick good marks all around the court.

Bottom Line
A maneuverable frame for players working to develop their form, as well as intermediates who prefer sticks with a lighter, more evenly balanced feel.

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