Yonex Ezone 100 Specs
Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
Length: 26.8in / 68cm
Strung Weight: 318g / 11.2oz
Unstrung Weight: 300g / 10.6 oz
Balance: 33.99cm / 3 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Yonex rackets are something we’ve warmed to recently at the Tennis Bros. The first Yonex I tried was the Vcore 100, which I didn’t get along with, but I have found some that I really like in recent times. One of those was the Yonex Ezone 98, which is just slightly heavier than the Yonex Ezone 100 that we tried out today.
I found the Ezone 98 was really strong from the back of the court, offering good power without sacrificing too much on control. With the Ezone 100, the racket head is slightly larger at 100 sq. inches, which could have taken a little bit of that control away, but hopefully, keep many of the same characteristics of the 98.
The Ezone 100 weighs in at 300g, which I would say is about the most middle ground a racket could be. At this weight, it can appeal to all sorts of players, from beginners through to advanced players, and is light enough for people of all strengths. It also makes it very customizable if you do want something a little bit heavier, as there is plenty of space to add weight throughout the racket.
This latest Ezone 100 features Yonex’s Isometric head shape, which supposedly enlarges the sweet spot, meaning you get more power from your shots more often. It also features Micro Offset which dampens vibrations through a new grommet layout, and Hyper MG, which strengthens the racket head for more stability.
In the Ezone 98, all this technology made for a great modern racket which was easy to play with but gave us a ton of power and spin. We were hoping that the Ezone 100 would have all those same qualities but be just a little bit more accessible for less advanced players. The 300g weight and 100 sq. inch head certainly allow for that, so all that was left to check was the racket’s performance
The Ezone 100 is available in both blue or green, and we decided to go for the blue as we’re not quite flashy enough for the green. That doesn’t stop this racket looking pretty good in the hands of Swiss star Belinda Bencic though, and really, you’re going to look pretty good on court whichever of these rackets you choose.
Given that this racket is known for being quite powerful, and myself (Will), as a total control freak, I would normally string it up a little bit tighter – probably around 56lbs, but in order to give it the best review, I kept my normal set up of Babolat RPM Blast at 52 lbs.
If you’re wondering what tension might work best for you though, check out Tom’s Tennis String Tension Guide and get your racket set up perfectly for your game!
Groundstrokes – 8/10
The Ezone 100 strikes me as one of those rackets that anyone can play with. It’s very manoeuvrable and gives you great access to power without being super pingy. This makes it a good option for anyone from the intermediate level through to more advanced players.
As a personal preference, I immediately preferred the Ezone 98 for the extra little bit of control the smaller head and slightly heavier frame give you, but the Ezone 100 probably makes up for that by being a little bit easier to play with.
Of the Yonex rackets I’ve played with; I would say this is probably the most versatile of the lot. With the easy power of this stick, you could just as easily play an attacking baseline game as you could a counter-punching game. It is also fairly useful across all levels, with the easy manoeuvrability that suits the intermediate levels and the stability that is needed for more advanced players.
I found I got most of my success with the Ezone 100 on the backhand side, where the easy power helped me find great depth, something I sometimes struggle with. The forehand side was where I missed the extra control of the Ezone 98 though, and I felt there was plenty more to get out of this shot.
The Ezone 100 reminds me of a kind of blend of the Babolat Pure Aero and the Wilson Ultra 100. It’s got the easy power of the Pure Aero, but feels a little bit more controlled, and it has some of the control of the Wilson Ultra with a little bit more power. As someone who craves control, I would choose the Ultra out of the three, but they’re all very good rackets.
I always say I like a racket that doesn’t focus on one single quality too much and I think that’s what the Ezone 100 does. Its primary characteristic is good access to power, but it doesn’t sacrifice everything else to achieve this. Like the Pure Aero and the Ultra, it’s a fairly all-round racket and I think that is what makes it suit so many players.
I gave the Yonex Ezone 100 an 8 out of 10 for groundstrokes, the same score as its brother, the Ezone 98. I do think the 98 is a slightly better racket, certainly for more advanced players, but the all-round playability of the Ezone 100 brought it back.
Just to compare that to the other two rackets we mentioned, the Babolat Pure Aero got an 8.5 on groundstrokes, and the Wilson Ultra got an 8.
Volleys – 7/10
Generally, I don’t find this style of racket to be that good at the net. This was the weakest part of the playtest for the Ezone 98 and it was the same for the Ezone 100. This is pretty normal for rackets in this weight class though, as they’re primarily designed for the modern baseliner.
The Ezone 100 is nice and easy to get into position with at the net, but I just felt it was lacking some of the feel and stability needed to make it a good volleyer at the highest level. I wouldn’t want to be serve volleying at a very high standard with this racket, but I don’t think that’s what it’s designed for.
When you use the racket to dominate the point from the back of the court before putting away the easy volley at the net then it comes into its own. When you’ve got a ball coming at you with little pace, it’s easy to get the racket into position and put power into the ball to ensure your opponent’s not getting it back.
When it comes to doubles, I think it is more than solid enough to play intermediate and lower advanced level tennis. If you are playing at a very high standard where the balls coming at you with a ton of power, then I would want something slightly more solid.
Just to compare the volleying performance with the Pure Aero and the Ultra, I think the Ezone 100 is slightly better at the net than the Pure Aero, but quite a long way behind the Ultra. The Ultra, for me, is the best racket to volley within this weight class.
The solid if unspectacular performance of the Yonex Ezone 100 at the net earned it a 7 out of 10. But, for the average baseliner, it’s going to do all you need.
Serve – 8.5/10
This is where I really love these manoeuvrable, powerful rackets. Everyone wants a little extra pop on their serve and that’s exactly what you get with the Ezone 100!
This stick is perfectly balanced to get you hitting with a ton of racket head speed and it is solid enough to turn that racket head speed into power and spin. I wouldn’t say it is quite as powerful in this area as the Pure Aero, but it is not far behind. The good thing is you do get a little extra control though, and that is an important aspect.
There’s no point being able to hit a 130 mph bomb if it never goes in and that’s where the Ezone 100 helps. It’s got the power potential that you need, but it’s also got the control that can keep the ball in. For anyone looking for a little boost on their serve, I would suggest taking a look at this racket.
If you’re a particularly advanced player with a strong service action then you might want something a little bit heavier, but there is always the option of weighting this racket up. Personally, I like the balance of the racket, so if I was to add weight, I’d put a little bit in the head, but balance it out by adding a leather grip.
Either way, the Yonex Ezone 100 has plenty of potential when it comes to the serve. I gave it an 8.5 out of 10 and found that I really enjoyed this part of the playtest.
Overall – 8/10
I think this is a racket that will work for a lot of players. If you value power without losing too much control, then I would certainly recommend this racket. It fits into a category where there is plenty of competition, and I think the Babolat Pure Aero and Wilson Ultra are its main challengers, but I do think it more than stands up against them.
From the back of the court, this racket gives you plenty of pop, but it’s not a racket where the ball seems to ping off the strings without you having much say over the matter. It worked out really well for me on the backhand side, where I was able to get good depth and power, which allowed me to take control of points. The Ezone 100 and I didn’t click perfectly on the forehand side where I would have liked a little bit more control, but that’s just a personal preference.
When you turn up at the net with the Ezone 100 it does what it needs to do. There are obviously much better rackets out there for volleying, but if your main focus is on groundstrokes then that’s not a big issue. It does more than enough for the average baseline player, and it’s not something I would worry about.
For the serving part of the playtest, the Ezone was back to its best as it offered great power, which was matched with good control. On both first and second serves, I was able to find good rhythm, and this led to a great serving performance.
I think the Ezone 100 is an excellent racket from Yonex and it is one I would recommend to a wide variety of players. If you are looking at something like the Pure Aero, then I’d certainly recommend giving the Yonex Ezone 100 a try too. I gave it an 8 out of 10 overall.
Review by: Will