The Yonex VCORE Duel G 97 is probably their best value tennis racket so far. It comes loaded with multiple technological integrations which is great.
Like most of the Yonex models, it comes with a very light weight profile, excellent maneuverability, power and greater control.
One thing this models beat all others is its killer design and outstanding color scheme.
Let us dive in deep into the technical details, the good, the bad and material construction of this racket.
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Weighing only 330 grams and with a string pattern of 16 mains and 20 crosses, this racket will give you the best spin potential.
It comes with ball crushing technology that prevents the loss of speed and power at the time of contact and makes it bounce higher. This really helps to take your game to the next level.
The lock booster system on its grommets has more holes on the top of the frame along with grooves which lock the string thus crushing the ball nicely and producing that extra top spin.
Its head is quite small, only 97 square inch with a small sweet spot, which means this racket is designed for the intermediate and advanced level players only.
Below are the key features of VCORE Duel G 97.
You will enjoy the nice combination of power and control from its baseline. It provides a very easy transition and offers a fast swing. You will be able to generate more head speed and spin simultaneously.
Unlike Yonex VCORE 95D you will get a nice backhand slice and nicely knife your slices with maximum power.
It had more pop and thus results in more power than its previous version. Once again there is a slight bit of instability on off-center shots.
Moreover, it helps in precise shot placement and as you go for the tougher shots, it turns out to be more solid and stable at the time of contact. Its impressive stability will really help you to drive the ball and generate ample amount of power with a lot of control.
Right from the first swing you will notice how connected you are with the game and that extra energy transfer right off its string bed.
And don’t let the 16 x 20 string pattern fool you because it generates a lot of spin on the ball and helps with precise shots.
For volleys, power came up much easier and offered more pop at the time of contact. Also its stability was excellent on volleys with plenty of maneuverability. This gives the racket a very solid feel for hitting the volleys.
A small thing it lacks here is the slightly unforgiving response and Yonex needs to work on it to improve it.
You may also feel loss of power in your shots because of this unforgiving response, making it hard for you to put away the volleys.
Likewise, the Yonex EZONE Ai 98 Lite and Yonex Ezone Dr 98 you got to hit on the sweet spot for that deadly shot feel else it feels more of a mishit if you hit it off the center.
Same goes for your volleys. Hit right in the sweet spot and you will feel the crisp and extra control.
Majority of the tennis players were happy and loved the feel and response of it at the net when delivering their volleys. It gives you a nice angle, plenty of power and extra punch for a deep hit.
Serving with Duel G 97 is quite surprising. It suddenly gets a lot of power and despite its standard shaft length, it will still transfer ample of energy in your serves.
Its beam nicely flexes and weighs fairly low, allowing you to serve well. You will also love its pace, spin and accuracy. Above all, the bounce it adds to your ball really turns out to be great. All your serves will work well with this Yonex Racket.
Moreover, flat serves feel rather more comfortable and easy. It makes it easier to replicate the service motion for maximum consistency.
Its precise control on serves is what really makes this racket great.
Once again maneuverability comes to the rescue here for some powerful and controllable returns.
On returns it feels even lighter and faster with more controllable power. You will get a nice cut at the ball, easily chipping and charging it off the returns with some strength added in every shot.
If you want to take this racket into doubles action, it can perform exceptionally well because of the combine solid returns and excellent serves at the net.
Playing aggressive with Duel G 97 isn’t a problem as it offers maximum power, control and maneuverability.
Here are some drawbacks we found in Yonex G 97
Instability Off Center?
Well, if you don’t hit the ball at the sweet spot of its string bed, you will get a lot of instability in your shots which feels more like a mishit.
This instability is even greater on volleys. Had Yonex added a smidgen of weight to it, it would have been more stable on the volleys.
Material & Construction
Yonex VCORE Duel G 97 uses extremely durable and tough G Fiber which adds plenty of flex and repulsion in its shaft. This unique construction gives it the extra punch for some heavier spin and hard hitting.
Moreover, this frame is integrated with ball crushing technology, lock booster system and H.M graphite along with a black micro core for the ultimate playing experience.
Overall, VCORE Duel G 97 is a lightweight tennis racket and you will enjoy playing with it on the court.
Who is it for
This racket is perfect for all level players especially the ones who are looking for more control without the need to jump to an 18 x 20 string pattern.
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