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Mens Rackets

Yonex Ezone 98 Game (Unstrung)
Sky Blue

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Yonex Ezone 98 Game (Unstrung)

Showcase your power potential on court with the Yonex Ezone 98 Game in Sky Blue, the tennis racket featuring straight hole grommets that elongate the strings to optimise your power and comfort, even on off-centre shots.
Designed for beginner and intermediate players looking to increase their power without compromising on comfort, the Yonex Ezone 98 Game features ISOMETRIC technology that delivers greater control without sacrificing power. Compared to a conventional round frame, a square-shaped ISOMETRIC racket generates a larger sweet spot by optimising the intersection of the main and cross strings.

Vibration Dampening Mesh (VDM) is a stretchy mesh material that is wrapped around the graphite within the grip to filter out unwanted vibrations and improve touch and precision with every shot. Shockless Grommets are integrated at the side and bottom of the frame to minimise muscle fatigue and provide a soft feel at ball impact to protect your wrist, forearm, and elbow by absorbing shock strike after strike.

An Oval Pressed Shaft (OPS) is designed to help you generate more spin while sustaining good control and feel. The shaft flexes at impact, increasing dwell time and minimising vibrations.

YONEX

If you know the story behind YONEX’s beginnings, you know their rackets are some of the most technologically advanced money can buy.

It starts with founder Minoru Yoneyama, a producer of wooden floats for fishing nets, who, frustrated at being put out of business by modern, plastic floats, vowed to chase innovation at every opportunity, whatever industry he would go into next.

Thankfully for the tennis world, he chose rackets. Utilising his expertise in engineering and equipment bequeathed by his late father, in 1957 he set about making frames worthy of Japan’s history of craftsmanship. First wooden badminton rackets, and then, in 1969, the T-7000 – an aluminium tennis racket that proved immensely popular in both Japan and the West.

Suddenly a global brand, Yoneyama Racquets, as they were known, needed a more approachable name for international markets, and YONEX won the day. They would, though, preserve a little of Yoneyama by way of the iconic “YY” logo, which remains an instantly recognisable mark of quality.

In the following years, YONEX developed tech such as the stabilising Oval Pressed Shaft and sweetspot-enlarging ISOMETRIC head shape, which are just a couple of the innovations that continue to give their rackets an advantage over the competition.

Their rackets have been used by the likes of Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, Martin Hingis, and Lleyton Hewitt, while modern-day endorsees include Naomi Osaka, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Casper Ruud, Angelique Kerber, and Frances Tiafoe. That’s a lot of big names!

As for types of racket, it’s simple: there’s the EZONE for power, the VCORE for spin, and the VCORE PRO for control. All available in a range of weights and sizes, with juniors catered for too. Minoru vowed he would never again be left behind by his rivals, now it’s your turn to pick up a YONEX racket and make the same promise.

Control Racket

Control rackets usually have closed string patterns – essentially, more strings per area – to increase ball contact and give you more control over your shots. They tend to have thinner beams to allow more flex and often utilise material technologies to make you feel more connected to the ball.

Features

• Headsize: 98 sq in / 633 sq cm
• Length: 27 in / 690 mm
• Weight: 9.5 oz / 270 g
• Width range: 23.5 mm - 25 mm - 21 mm
• Balance point: 13 in / 330 mm
• Composition: HM GRAPHITE / NANOCELL NEO / VDM
• Recommended string: POLYTOUR AIR / REXIS COMFORT /DYNAWIRE
• String pattern: 16 x 19
• ISOMETRIC design increases the sweet spot by 7%
• Liner Tech for improved power and comfort
• Straight hole grommets elongate the strings to optimise power and comfort on off-centre shots
• Oval Pressed Shaft (OPS) is designed to give players more spin, control, and feel. The shaft flexes at impact, increasing dwell time and minimising vibrations
• Vibration Dampening Mesh (VDM) is wrapped around the graphite within the grip to filter unwanted vibrations and improve touch and precision
• Shockless Grommets are integrated at the side and bottom of the frame to minimise muscle fatigue and provide a soft feel at impact to protect the wrist, forearm, and elbow by absorbing shock
• Super Cushion Grip
• Dual Shut System
• Aero Shape Design for a plush feel
• An inverted frame design with a thinner frame face results in a softer racket
• Please note that this racket will come strung unless the image displays otherwise

Additional Information

  • Quick Ref: 260192
  • Man. Ref: EZone98Game-SkyBlue
Choosing the Right Grip Size for your Tennis Racket

One often overlooked, but crucial, aspect when selecting a tennis racket is the grip size. The grip size is the measurement around the handle's circumference, and choosing the right one can significantly impact your comfort, control, and potential to prevent injury. This article will guide you through the process of selecting the right tennis racket grip size.

Importance of Choosing the Right Grip Size

A correctly sized tennis grip ensures you have optimal control over your racket and helps prevent injuries. Too small a grip may cause your hand to shift during play, reducing accuracy and increasing the risk of developing tennis elbow due to overuse of the forearm muscles. Conversely, a grip that's too large can make the racket hard to turn and manipulate, and it could also lead to hand, wrist, or shoulder injuries due to overgripping.

Measuring Your Grip Size

There are two common methods to measure your grip size:

  1. The Ruler Method: Open your dominant hand and extend your fingers. Align a ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm, measuring to the tip of your ring finger. The measurement in inches correlates with your grip size.

  2. The Finder Test: Hold the racket with a standard Eastern forehand grip, where the base knuckle of your index finger is on bevel #3. You should be able to fit the index finger of your other hand in the space between your ring finger and the palm that's gripping the racket. If there's not enough room for your finger, the grip is too small. If there's too much space, the grip is too large.

Grip Sizes: U.S. vs. European

In the U.S., grip sizes range from 4 inches to 4 ¾ inches, increasing in increments of 1/8 inch. European grip sizes use a different naming system, L0 to L5, each correlating to their U.S. counterparts as follows:

European Grip Size US Grip Size
L0 or G0 4 Inches
L1 or G1 4 1/8 inches
L2 or G2 4 1/4 inches
L3 or G3 4 3/8 inches
L4 or G4 4 1/2 inches
L5 or G5 4 5/8 inches

Choosing the Right Grip Size

When choosing the right grip size, consider the following points:

  • Go for the smaller size if you're in between: It's easier to increase the size of a grip than decrease it. You can always add an overgrip (which usually adds about 1/16 inch) to a smaller handle to increase its size, but shaving down a larger handle is not recommended as it can compromise the racket's structural integrity.

  • Consider your style of play: Players who rely on spin might prefer a smaller grip size, which allows for more wrist action. In contrast, players seeking control may benefit from a larger grip size.

  • Test it out: If possible, try before you buy. Visit a local sports store, hold the racket, and mimic your swing to see how it feels. Remember that comfort is key - if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

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