We finally got our hands on the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280 to complete the set of the revamped 2019 Vcore Pros.
This is a racket range we love, and the latest versions look great and play even better, so we were pretty excited for this playtest.
At 280g unstrung, this stick is ideal for intermediate players and beginners looking to take their game a step further.
With great maneuverability, brilliant feel, and plenty of control, it’s a racket that will get you swinging through the ball with confidence, and hopefully encourage you to keep improving your strokes.
The Vcore Pro 100 280 is also a nice option for more advanced players who are looking to drop down in weight and enjoy their tennis.
The Vcore Pro’s always give you quality, and this particular stick certainly ticks all the boxes for maneuverability.
Head Size: 100 in² / 645.16 cm²
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 10.4oz / 295g
Balance: 13.5in / 34.29cm / 0 pts EB
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Updated with a flash green paint scheme, the Vcore Pro 100 280 also features new technology for better feel, comfort and stability, that makes it a solid improvement on previous versions.
For this playtest, we strung the Vcore up with Poly Tour Pro at 50lbs, giving it that extra level of control and spin.
How you set your racket up will change how it plays quite a bit, so check out the best selection for your racket with Tom’s “Tennis String Tension Guide”.
We will keep things simple for you on this one.
We loved this racket as an all round option at 280g and think it makes for a good selection for budding juniors, committed beginners, intermediate players, and more senior players.
Keep reading though to find out if Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280 will be the perfect fit for your game.
Groundstrokes – 7.5/10
The Vcore Pro 100 280 has the kind of maneuverability you would expect from a 280g racket, but it does a lot more than you might expect in terms of control and feel.
For me, these are three areas rackets need to excel, because maneuverability, plus control and feel is really going to allow you to get the most out of your strokes.
All of us at thetennisbros.com play with heavier rackets than this one, which can often mean it takes a lot of adjusting to play with the lighter rackets, but we all found we settled in quite quickly with the Vcore.
The big reason behind this was that it wasn’t too pingy, which many of the lighter rackets can be.
It absorbed power nicely which meant we could swing through with plenty of confidence we weren’t going to send the ball to the back fence.
This is important for beginner and intermediate players who are looking to progress their strokes.
You’re constantly going to be trying to boost your racket head speed, and lengthen your swings, but it’s hard to do this if you’ve got a rocket launcher in your hands.
It’s much easier when you’ve got something that’s well balanced and that’s what this Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280 (2019) is.
I found this stick was particularly good when I was looking to be aggressive and step into the court with my heavy topspin strokes, but it also did well on defence as well.
It moves extremely easily through the air which helps you generate the power you need from difficult situations, helping you to get back on the front foot.
This all came together for a great score of 7.5 out of 10 on the groundstrokes. This is about as good as it gets for a 280g racket, and we were suitably impressed.
Volleys – 7/10
The Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280 has some good qualities for volleying, with decent stability, good feel and plenty of control.
Weighing 280g, it’s always going to lack the ability to absorb power that the heavier rackets have, but it makes up for this with lightning quick speed.
When you’re developing your strokes, one of the most important things is being able to get into position quickly and the Vcore really helps with this.
I was able to get my racket back quickly, really making sure I contacted the ball out in front and this helped me guide the ball back with control.
This racket is definitely best at attacking the easy volleys, which suits today’s modern baseliner, but it just lacks the weight to deal effectively with the most difficult volleys.
If you’re playing at a beginner or intermediate level then this isn’t an issue, but when the power levels go up at an advanced level it does become a little bit more tricky.
Still, the Vcore Pro 100 does a good job given its weight and we gave it a very good score of 7 out of 10.
You can’t beat its maneuverability, and we really enjoyed the feel.
Serve – 7.5/10
It’s always nice to have a racket that’s easy to swing on serve.
This is one of the most complicated strokes you learn in tennis, and particularly as a beginner, it’s really difficult if you’ve got a slow, heavy racket.
You will have no such problems with the Vcore Pro 100 280, as it’s a great weight for strong beginners and intermediate players, and it makes serving as easy as it can be.
You find lots of rackets that are easy to swing though, but not all of them offer the kind of performance this stick has.
On contact, it feels nice and stable for its weight, and as well as control, it offers fairly good pop and spin.
For more advanced players, you’re never going to get quite the same amount of power from a 280g racket as you are with something that’s 300g plus, but even so, what you do get from the Vcore isn’t bad.
This makes the Vcore a racket that would work well for experienced players who need a lighter racket (perhaps because of injury, or just aging).
It’s got the maneuverability you need, but it still maintains some of the characteristics of more advanced rackets.
I found I got on pretty well with this racket and really performed well on the second serve.
It’s easy to drop your racket head speed on this shot, but with the Vcore Pro 280 I was encouraged to keep swinging through, helping me get the spin that was needed to bring the ball back into court.
We enjoyed this part of the playtest and gave the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280 a 7.5 out of 10.
Return – 7/10
I always find the slightly lighter rackets difficult to return with, just because they have a tendency to get pushed around against big first serves.
For its weight though, we all found the Vcore Pro 100 280 did a pretty good job.
The maneuverability helps you get into position quickly, allowing you to contact the ball in front, and then you’ve got enough control to guide the ball back.
When returning the first serve, it’s all about those short sharp swings, and these worked nicely with these sticks.
Then, when you get a look at the second serve, that’s when you can unleash the slightly bigger swings and inject power and spin into the ball.
The Yonex worked very nicely when I did this and allowed me to hit a heavy ball that helped me get on the front foot.
At a beginner and intermediate level, where the serves you are facing aren’t quite as big, the Vcore has got more than enough, and makes for a nice attacking weapon on the second serve. We gave the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280 (2019) a 7 out of 10 on the return.
Overall – 7.5/10
It was difficult to find many criticisms with the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280. It does exactly what you would want of an “all-round” lightweight racket, offering a good blend of power, spin, and control.
Like most lightweight rackets, it’s most comfortable from the back of the court, where you will be encouraged to swing through quickly and maximze your strokes.
When you come to contact point, you’ve got plenty of control, and the signature Vcore Pro feels that’s hard to beat.
While volleys are a little bit harder with a lightweight racket, the Vcore doesn’t do badly in this area, and can more than cope with the pace of beginner and intermediate tennis.
It was back to its best though on the serve, where the easy maneuverability allowed us to build up some good serve speeds while keeping plenty of control.
Overall, a good playtest, and we gave the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 280 a 7.5 out of 10.
Review by: Will