The Head vs Yonex comparison is very interesting. In Men professional tennis Head is a strong second brand trying to overcome Wilson. Yonex sits satisfied at fourth place in popularity on ATP tour. However, among WTA professionals Yonex retakes the third position from Head and is on the move to the second spot. Can Yonex, once a badminton company, be the strongest tennis brand in the future? Not impossible but Head will not let it be without the fight. The product lines are getting a refresh every year with better features. The choice between Head and Yonex is really tough.
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Head versus Yonex comparison
[companies, design, product range]
Japan Company Yonex was established in 1946 as Yoneyama Company Ltd. The original producer of wooden components started to produce badminton rackets first in 1957. In 1969 Yoneyama started producing also tennis rackets. It adopted the name Yonex back in 1974, a year after it started used the famous double Y logo.
Yonex is known for unusual oval “isometric” racket frames from 1981. Currently, it produces badminton, tennis, and golf equipment.
Head is definitely the boldest tennis brand in terms of design. Their frames are known for striking colors that catch your eyes. From orange-blue Head Radical via blue Head Instinct to clear yellow of Head Extreme. Head rackets can be hardly overlooked. They are not very popular among conservative players used to grey and black racket frames and white only shirts and shorts, but the younger generation is all in for Head striking racket design.
Yonex is using mainly black-colored frames mixed with white, red, orange, or blue elements. However, the main eye-catcher is definitely the frame shape. The isometric head was introduced in 1981 and is still the symbol of Yonex. The oval-shaped frame is not just a design symbol but also increases the sweet spot of the racket head.
Control and Spin potential
Power and Comfort
Power and Spin
Head introduced special kids racket series Head Maria and Head Novak for young players.
Power and Spin
Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, or new addition Andrey Rublev are the most prominent tennis players using Head rackets. Barbora Krejcikova or Ashleigh Barty successfully represents Head at WTA tour.
|Men||Novak Djokovic||Alexander Zverev||Marin Cilic||Andrey Rublev||Taylor Harry Fritz||Diego Schwartzman|
|Ladies||Sloane Stephens||Asleigh Barty||Barbora Krejcikova||Bianca Andreescu||Daniele Collins||Maria Sharapova|
Yonex is the leading manufacturer of badminton rackets, but recently it started to gain a strong position in tennis too. It holds a firm fourth position among men professional players and is the second most popular racket brand among ladies professionals. Denis Shapovalov, Naomi Osaka, or Marketa Vondrousova are prime examples of a new generation of star players. There is no doubt, that Yonex will play a major role in tennis in the near future.
|Men||Nick Kyrgios||Denis Shapovalov||Steve Johnson||Frances Tiafoe||Hyeon Chung||Stan Wawrinka|
|Ladies||Angelique Kerber||Naomi Osaka||Coco Vandeweghe||Caroline Garcia||Belinda Bencic||Marketa Vondrousova|
Head vs Yonex, my subjective pick is …
There are two rackets I like. One is Head Graphene Touch Speed MP, the second is Yonex VCORE Duel G. You can check my reviews and found out that I rank both rackets very high. I am used to the Isometric head frame, so the design question is really not important for me.
All Yonex rackets can be bought at Amazon here
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