Yonex Vcore Pro 100 300g (2019) Specs
Head Size: 100 in² / 645 cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 318g / 11,2oz
Unstrung Weight: 300g / 10,6oz
Balance: 33,02cm / 4 pts HL
Unstrung Balance: 32cm/ 7 pts HL
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
If you’re looking at getting a Vcore Pro, then you won’t be disappointed.
So far we’ve tried out all the other 2019 updates to this range, and they’ve all been brilliant. Today though, it was time to take on the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 300 2019, and we weren’t disappointed.
For this reason, it doesn’t have quite the same laser focus on control, but it does make the Vcore Pro rackets a bit more accessible for intermediate players.
Those that do decide this is the racket for them will be in for a real treat, because it offers a great blend of easy playability, comfort, control, feel, and spin potential.
That’s a pretty long list of good qualities!
The 2019 version of this stick sees an update to the dampening technology, meaning you get an even more comfortable ride playing with this stick, and Yonex has also ramped up the stability.
This helps gives you a touch more control, and really helps you turn your strokes into impressive attacking weapons.
We took the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 300 (2019) out with a pretty standard string setup for us of Wilson Revolve at 50lbs.
This allowed us to maximize the control levels and spin potential of the Vcore and really get it playing how we wanted it.
Groundstrokes – 8/10
In some ways, this racket reminded me of the Wilson Ultra 100.
It leans much more towards control over the Ultra’s power, but they both gave me the feeling that they do a bit of everything.
No matter what it is you go to do, they do it well.
They don’t necessarily blow you away by doing anything outrageously well, but they just give you confidence with everything you do.
This stick is extremely easy to play with, being nice and maneuverable through the swing, and offering lots of comfort on contact, and it does this whilst maintaining good performance.
I was able to hit with lots of control, getting plenty of spin and playing with good depth to keep my opponents pinned behind the baseline.
If there is one area where the Vcore Pro 100 could be said to be a little bit weak it’s on the power front.
For a racket with its specs, you might expect a little bit more free power, but that’s not really what the Vcore Pro rackets are about and we like that.
So, for intermediate and more advanced players who ware looking for a racket that does everything well from the back of the court, but aren’t too obsessed with free power, this is an excellent option.
We all played well from the back of the court with the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 and gave it a solid 8 out of 10.
Volleys – 7.5/10
The Vcore Pro 100 was nice and solid at the net for a 300g racket and this allowed us to play some good volleys.
If we had a choice here between the Vcore Pro 97 310 and this racket, then we’re definitely going to take the Pro 97 310, but the extra weight was always going to give the 97 an edge.
However, the Pro 100 is a little bit easier to play with and that’s going to appeal to a lot of people. It’s easy to get into position, moves nicely through the air, and once again is very comfortable on contact.
You’ve got enough control to pop the ball back where you want it, and when it comes to the easy volleys it’s easy enough to inject pace into the ball for the killer winner.
While it might not be perfect for doubles at a very advanced level, it’s more than good enough for intermediate and lower advanced doubles players, and you know you’re going to get a comfortable ride with this stick.
For singles, it’s well suited to the modern game where players do most of their work from the baseline and come into the net to put the easy volleys away.
As this is how I like to play, I found the Vcore Pro 100 did an excellent job for me.
All in all, it was a pretty strong performance from the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 300 (2019) at the net and we gave it a 7.5 out of 10.
Serve – 8/10
I’m always drawn to rackets that major on control, but when it comes to the serve, I do enjoy a racket that’s a little bit looser.
While the Vcore Pro 100 still has a good emphasis on control, it does offer a little bit more pop than the Vcore Pro 97’s on the serve and I really enjoyed this.
I was able to get plenty of racket head speed and turn this into some solid power and control, winning lots of free points from my first serve.
While I get decent power on my serve, I find accuracy and good use of spin is more important for me, and the Pro 100 offered plenty of both of these.
On the second serve, that accuracy and spin potential worked out really nicely, allowing me to get plenty of net clearance but also get the ball to move off the court meaning it was much more difficult for my opponent to attack me.
This combination of aggressive first serves and consistent second serves meant I didn’t drop many service games when playing with this stick, laying the foundations for some good wins.
We found the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 300 (2019) to be very enjoyable on the serve, earning it a good score of 8 out of 10.
Returns – 7.5/10
It was much of the same on the return for the Yonex Vcore Pro 100, with good comfort, decent stability, and a nice blend of power, control, and spin.
This is another area where I’d prefer the slightly more control-oriented feel of the VCore Pro 97, but the 100 didn’t do badly at all.
When you’re returning against a big server, you need to keep your swings nice and compact and control the ball back into court, and I felt I was able to that pretty well, making lots of first serve returns.
The stability is really key here, and for its weight, the Pro 100 does a nice job.
It was on the second serve though where I really felt comfortable with the Pro 100 as I was able to take bigger cuts at the ball and attack my opponent with good power and spin.
This racket comes alive when you’re nice and aggressive, and that’s where I found I had most success on the return.
There weren’t any real weak areas for the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 300 (2020) and it earned another strong score of 7.5 out of 10 on the return.
Conclusion – 7.5/10
The Yonex Vcore Pro 100 is a solid racket that does a little bit of everything.
You generally can’t go wrong with the Vcore Pro range, and this stick was no different.
For a 300g racket, it’s nice and solid, and we enjoyed its slight focus on control that still doesn’t compromise on power and spin.
If you’re looking for a racket that’s wonderfully comfortable and easy to play with, but still offers good performance, then you’re looking in the right place, and we would certainly recommend this stick to any intermediate or early advanced player.
As with most modern rackets, the Vcore Pro 100 is better suited to life at the back of the court, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have more than enough to follow your strong approaches into the net.
Another area where we particularly enjoyed this racket was on the serve, where it’s easy playability allowed us to swing freely, and get some good power and spin.
All in all, we had a very enjoyable playtest with the Yonex Vcore Pro 100 300 (2019) and gave it a 7.5 out of 10.
Article by: Will