Earlier this year Yonex introduced its sixth edition of the EZONE. The focus of this latest update was to recapture the feel of the EZONE DR model of two generations ago, without sacrificing the added backbone and quickness of the most recent version. Several new innovations went into creating this formula: M40X, a strong, elastic graphite added to the throat to improve frame flex and stability; Liner Tech, straighter grommets holes that promote less string friction and better power and forgiveness on off-center shots; and Vibration Dampening Mesh in the handle to filter unwanted vibrations.
The first round of frames included the EZONE 98 and 100, which lived up to the franchise’s reputation for easy power and user-friendliness in a comfortable package. In fact, the 98 won an Editor’s Choice award (Most Universal Appeal) in the Tennis Magazine spring racquet guide. Now three additional models will be joining the lineup: two extended offerings and a first of its kind in the series.
Launching later this month (5/22), the 98+ and 100+ frames own an extra 0.5 inches of length than those earlier releases. That means more reach, leverage and pop on serves and ground strokes. Since they're longer with more weight towards the head, they'll be more to swing than the whippy standard models.
In July (7/24), the brand-new Tour will enter the EZONE line. Think of it as a beefed-up version of the standard 98. It shares the same technology but is 10 grams (0.3 oz.) heavier with a slightly higher balance point. The base composition of the racquet is also a bit softer. The combination should give the racquet added clout and control for big hitters who traffic in more advanced circles.
All three frames will retail for $229. Check back for reviews in the coming weeks.