It was clearly a French Open to forget for Stan Wawrinka. The Australian Open champ came into Paris seeded higher than he’d ever been at a Slam and was bounced in the first round by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (beware of players with hyphens in their names on clay).
Even though Stan has been playing hot and cold tennis since Melbourne, that hasn’t deterred interest in his Yonex VCore Tour G (330g) frame. Everybody loves a winner and fans have been clamoring to try his new stick; so much so, it took us some time to get a demo from the company. I’ve been testing it out for the past few weeks and it’s a solid frame. It’s easy to see how a physically strong, advanced player would enjoy it. I will post a detailed review of it on this site in the coming days.
However, there's also a trimmer, more user-friendly 310g version that should appeal to a wider audience. We even received a request from reader, Stephan Kappes, to review the frame:
Are you going to review the new Yonex VCORE Tour G tennis racquet in the "lighter" 310 gram version? I—and probably many other tennis fans as well—would be very interested in reading your comments about this new frame.
Thanks in advance!
Anything for our man, Stephan. The 310g actually looks identical to the 330g model—the only way I could tell them apart was by putting them on the scale—but is not quite as demanding as its big brother. Still, we asked one of our better playing testers, Colt Gaston—former All-American at LSU and Top 500 ATP player, now currently the director of the ATi Tennis Academy in Marietta, GA—to put the VCORE Tour G 310g through its paces. Here’s Colt’s checklist on the frame:
Off the ground I found myself effortlessly hitting with depth from both sides with the VCORE Tour G. However, the frame is firmly planted in the control category as pace has to come mostly from the user. This worked well for me as I was able to place the ball exceptionally well with angles and drop shots to help dictate points from anywhere on the court. Even though there’s not a lot of “free” pop, I actually found this racquet to be most beneficial playing defense. When my opponent was hitting hard and had me on the run, the frame proved sturdy enough to handle the pace, and I was able to comfortably execute passing shots to get out of trouble. This, along with consistency and placement, makes the VCORE Tour G a good candidate for steady baseliners.
This Yonex provides exceptional feel and control at the net, rewarding players that like to move forward to finish points. It has the mass to the stick volley to finish through the court and the touch to catch your opponent off-guard with the drop volley. An all-court player definitely won’t feel naked at the net with this frame.
Just as with ground strokes, you have to work a little bit for your power on the serve. But what this racquet lacks in pop it makes up for with accuracy. As I was serving I felt I could put the ball virtually anywhere I wanted to in the box. I thought the weight distribution of the VCORE allowed for good racquet head speed to enable me to accelerate and hit the sweet spot on contact. If you put a higher premium on percentage and placement over sheer pace when serving, this frame has a lot to offer.
The Yonex VCORE Tour G 310g is a well-balanced, stable racquet with exceptional control. The 3D Vector Shaft on the frame provides excellent feel at contact, promoting a high degree of accuracy at both the net and baseline. Power is not robust and it will be up to the player’s strength and solid mechanics to provide most of it. So if you prefer precise frames that direct the ball more than overwhelm it, this one is definitely worth a try.
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