The latest release from Yonex aims to reinforce the Japanese brand’s reputation for playability while broadening its appeal to a wider demographic. The V Core line consists of the 95 D (endorsed by Lleyton Hewitt), the 98 D (Juan Monaco’s racquet of choice) and the stiffer 100 S, which earned international attention when world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki switched to it at the start of the season. The 95D is best suited to advanced players who can generate their own power and are seeking superior control. The racquet offers enough clout to withstand blows from baseline bashers while sustaining control. Play-testers who are regular Yonex users said this stick was sharper than prior models, and several preferred the V Core to the E-Zone. While the frame was maneuverable around the court, some play testers said they were consistently challenged when snapping the racquet through contact on serve and overheads. Players accustomed to playing with a more rounded racquet head may experience some adjustment to the more rectangular shape of the Yonex hoop.
Bottom Line: If you’re an aggressive baseliner who thrives with a smaller head and heavier frame, the 95 D may suit your needs.