My search for the perfect racquet is still going on. I got a chance to test a series of Yonex rackets in a short time. I started with Yonex VCORE Si, moved to Yonex VCORE Duel G and then finished the testing period with Yonex EZONE DR. I like all Yonex rackets, but VCORE Duel G become my favorite racquet instantly. The 300 grams weight and 100 inches head rackets are made for me, but I was still looking for additional power. Finally, I got what I wanted. Enjoy my review of Yonex VCORE Duel G 100 as much as enjoyed playing with it.
YONEX VCORE DUEL G 100
PERFECT CONTROL OF THE BALL
VERY CONSERVATIVE DESIGN
SQUARE LIKE FRAME
FOR VERSATILE PLAY
EASY TO SWING
POWERED BUT CONTROLLED SERVE
What exactly did I test?
Let’s start with the technical specifications of racket I played with.
Racket: Yonex VCORE Duel G 100
Weight: 300 grams/10.6 ounces (without strings) 318 grams/11.2 ounces (with strings)
Length: 27 inches/685 millimeters
Head Size: 100 square inches/645 square centimeters
String pattern: 16 mains/20 crosses
String tension: 53 lbs/24 kg
Unstrung balance: 320 mm/1 in HL
Tough G-Fibre – Fibre incorporated into the shaft of the racquet. It provides high repulsion for a heavier and powerful spin
Isometric Head – Yonex Isometric Head is technology patented by Yonex which increases the sweet spot by 7% comparing to conventional racket heads. [You can find out more about Isometric technology in our article about Yonex rackets]
Black Micro Core – Micro Core technology increases head stability and better vibration dampening
Notable players using Yonex Rackets:
Stan Wawrinka, Steve Johnson, Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Garcia
It is hard to be excited about an almost square frame and black, orange and green color combination. I did not fell in love with it nor at first sight, neither on the second sight. I want to be polite, so just stay with statement that Yonex VCORE Duel G looks very conservative. It reminds me of the old times when all players wear white. If that was the aim of Yonex designers, then I have to say “Well done!”.
Playing with Yonex VCORE Duel G 100 Tennis Racket
Fortunately, I know that design is not everything and you should give a try also rackets you do not like. And I am glad I played with Yonex VCORE Duel G because its playing features rewarded me.
Comfort – Feel
I am used to Yonex rackets, so the transition was very easy. I already do know that racquet with 300 grams weight and head around 98 to 100 inches suits me pretty well. So you won’t be surprised I was satisfied with the racket from a very first moment at the court. The exchanges went smoothly. The racket was much stiffer than previously tested VCORE Si and I like it very much. Isometric head fulfills its duty and I did not encounter any off hits. Yonex VCORE Duel G was probably the only racket I get used immediately after the first exchange.
Power – Strength
In this review, I had to make a little change. At first, I have to write about its power characteristics. With 300 grams rackets, it is always hard to play aggressively and offensive. However, this racket gives you as maximum power as possible for such weight. I was absolutely amazed by the power I have with Yonex VCORE Duel G.
The serve went easy and I was able to serve very hard, my forehands were landing at the baseline without any considerable effort. I even did not struggle on a backhand, which is my usual weak spot. I have never felt so sure at the court when playing a backhand. Believe it or not, I was finally able to attack from baseline backhand side.
I was so impressed that I almost forget about the spinning potential VCORE Duel G has. I was playing just flat hits and was pretty enjoying every baseline exchange. The ability to push opponent far behind the baseline was unexpected for me.
300 grams racket means that you do not need to be afraid of sore shoulder or elbow next day. Even stiffer rackets like Yonex VCORE Duel G are easily playable. I did not feel any pain and I really try to play very aggressively with this racket.
Control – Accuracy
So now you probably get it. I was and I am still amazed by Yonex VCORE Duel G. It is a general rule, that when you gain in power, you someway lose in your accuracy. Fortunately, that was not the case of Yonex VCORE Duel G 100.
I felt absolutely sure at the net with my volleys. The racket is very solid, so there was no issue with the stability. I had plenty of choice upfront. Deep volley to the back or stopball close to the net, just pick and it will go very smoothly.
The same fine feeling stayed also when hitting from the baseline. I did already mention the power, but I also felt a great share of control about the direction and length of my strikes.
When going through rackets I already tested, I find just one racket in 300 grams category which will stand comparison. Head Graphene MP Touch has similar power characteristics but Yonex VCORE Duel G definitely leads in accuracy and control I had.
I am never absolutely satisfied, but this time I was very close to it. If I forget the design, this is the racket I want to have. Yonex VCORE Duel G 100 has the control I am used to when playing with 300 grams rackets, but moreover, it has the absolute power. That is the combination players like me look for.