Racquet Review: Yonex VCore Xi 100

by: Justin diFeliciantonio | February 24, 2013

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MSRP: $240
Head Size: 100 sq. in
Length: 27 in.
Weight: 11.1 oz.
Balance: 4 pts. HL
Beam Width: 24-22mm
String Pattern: 16x19
Construction: Firm
Swingweight: 305
Ideal Swing: Medium to Long
NTRP: 3.5+

The Pitch
The Yonex VCore Xi 100—racquet of choice of Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber—is constructed with Micro Core foam in the hoop for reduced frame vibration, added stability and more power and control, according to the company. Additionally, the 100, like the 98, features the Isometric head shape, which increases the size of the sweet spot, as well as Yonex’s 3-D Vector Shaft, a grooved throat designed to reduce frame twisting for greater stability on impact.

How It Tested
The VCore Xi 100, compared to the 98, finds itself more aligned with the norms of power-baseline specifications: a wider beam, an open string pattern and a closer-to-even balance. That said, the Xi 100 is by no means a one-dimensional grinder’s stick; its less-than rigid construction gives it some nuance, fitting it to intermediate, aggressive all-courters who spend the majority of their time in the backcourt. Playtesters with a wide range of grips were able to tee off from the baseline with the 100. And while the 100 didn’t exactly match the versatility of the 98, many still expressed pleasure changing speeds and playing a variety of angles and especially spins at the baseline; the 100’s string pattern is more open than that of the 98, allowing for greater spin potential.

Bottom Line
A stick for intermediate-plus baseliners with all-court, but especially baseline, skills.

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