Like past generations of the EZONE 98, this racquet swings easy for a player's racquet, and it has an outstanding combination of spin and precision. According to Yonex, this model comes with an updated Isometric head shape. This racquet also has an updated grommet system with its Micro Offset Layout technology, which enables the strings to soak up greater vibration at impact. Additional updates include the use of hyper modulus graphite (Hyper-MG) in the upper hoop. According to Yonex, this enables less frame bending at impact, resulting in greater energy transfer to the ball. As a result, this racquet feels slightly firmer (especially in the upper hoop) and is also more powerful than its DR predecessor.
On groundstrokes, the EZONE 98 feels fast, crisp and surgical. Big swings find their mark without much fuss, and there's more than enough spin potential to execute extreme angles and robust trajectories. At net The EZONE 98 is fast enough for reaction volleys, and it rewards clean mechanics with easy targeting.There's also plenty of touch for dropping the ball maliciously short.
Although it lacks the stability of a traditionally weighted player's racquet, there's plenty of room for customization. All in all, Yonex continues to impress with the EZONE 98. With some minor updates to the feel and response, this racquet continues to be one of the best light player's racquets on the market.
HM Graphite / Hyper MG / Nanometric DR / Quake Shut Gel Air