Yonex EZONE Models
The EZONE series of tennis racquets are the most extensive line from Yonex with an impressive 15 racquets in total, which caters to kids and adults and all levels from beginner to advanced.
The EZONE 98 is the racquet I reviewed and one of their best-selling tennis racquets. With it’s 98 in² head, it falls under the control-oriented side of the lineup. Furthermore, it’s not the heaviest or the lightest in the series, making it an appealing option for a wide range of players.
EZONE 98 Tour
Players looking for a heavier version of the EZONE 98 for added stability will likely find what they’re looking for with the EZONE 98 Tour.
It’s 0.4 oz or 12 g heavier with a 4 pt HL balance, which is a two-point drop from the standard EZONE 98, so a bit of that extra weight makes its way toward the head of the racquet for added stability. Overall, the swingweight increases as a result from 317 to 330.
Beyond that, the EZONE Tour has a 2 pt drop in stiffness at 62 for a bit more comfort and control.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, players that find the EZONE 98 a bit too heavy may find the EZONE98L or lightweight version appealing.
It’s 0.7 oz or 19 g lighter and maintains the same stiffness at 64 and the same beam width. However, the balance shifts quite a bit from 6 pts HL for the EZONE 98 to 1 pt HL for the EZONE 98L.
This racquet is an excellent option for improving beginners through intermediate players looking for a lighter, more maneuverable option that swings fast to generate topspin.
Players looking for an extended length version of the EZONE 98 will find an excellent option with the EZONE 98+, which adds a half-inch to the racquet’s length for a bit more velocity behind your swings.
As a result of the extra length, the balance point shifts slightly from the standard model to 5 pts HL and the swingweight increases from 317 to 334. However, the stiffness and bream width remains the same.
Although the 98 in² version of the EZONE is a popular option, the first EZONE ever produced was a 100 in² back in 2010.
Continuing with that legacy, the EZONE 100 is an excellent option for players that aren’t ready to give up the added margin for error, spin, and extra pop that comes along with a slightly larger head size.
At 11.2 oz (318g), it’s only 0.1 oz or 2 grams lighter than the EZONE 98, but it has a 4pt HL balance, which results in a tad higher swingweight of 322. The racquet’s higher stiffness rating of 69 and its variable-width beam’s increased thickness results in a racquet that delivers more power.
At 10.6 oz (301g) strung, the EZONE 100L is a lightweight version of the standard EZONE 100. It has a 3 pt HL balance, a swingweight of 310, and a stiffness or RA rating of 68.
However, the beam width stays the same as the EZONE 100. Overall, this racquet is a worthy option for players interested in the EZONE 100 but aren’t ready to step up to its weight.
If you prefer extended-length racquets and you like the extra power and spin that comes with the larger 100 in² head size, then the EZONE 100+, which is a half-inch longer than the standard EZONE 100, might be right up your alley.
Compared to the EZONE 100, it’s 0.1 oz or 3 g lighter, has a reduced balance by 1 pt at 3 pts HL, and is also a touch stiffer by one point at 70. The beam width remains the same, but the extra length gives it 13 more points on the swingweight at 335 for even more power and spin.
Aside from the models we covered, Yonex also has the following racquets below that belong to the EZONE family.
- EZONE 100SL: 9.5 oz (270g) / 100 in² head
- EZONE 105: 9.7 oz (275g) / 105 in² head
- EZONE 108: 9 oz (255g) / 108 in² head
- EZONE Game: 9.5 oz (270g) / 98 in² head
- EZONE Ace: 9.2 oz (260g) / 102 in² head
- EZONE Feel: 8.8 oz (250g) / 102 in² head
- EZONE 25: 25 in / 8.5 oz / 102 in² head
- EZONE 26: 26 in / 8.8 oz / 102 in² head
As you can see, this is one of the most robust lines of tennis racquets on the market. It’s worth noting that every racquet from top to bottom is graphite, including the kid’s racquets at 25 and 26 inches.