The Yonex Ezone 98 Tour is a popular option for advanced tennis players who are looking for a tennis racket that offers a good balance between power, control, and spin.
The new Ezone 98 Tour will be available to buy online in early August 2022 so I thought it would be a good idea to look at the racket specs of the Yonex Ezone 98 Tour 2022 to see how it compares to the previous version of the racket that was released in 2020.
Yonex Ezone 98 Tour 2022 vs 2020
For this racket comparison, we will compare the 2022 and 2020 versions of the Yonex Ezone 98 Tour.
Racket Specs Comparison
|Racket Specs:||Yonex Ezone 98 Tour||Yonex Ezone 98 Tour|
|Strung Weight:||332g (11.7oz)||332g (11.7oz)|
|Balance:||4 Pts HL||4 Pts HL|
|TW Stiffness Rating:||64||62|
|Power:||Low to Medium||Low to Medium|
|Beam Width:||23.5mm / 24.5mm / 19.5mm||23mm / 24mm / 19mm|
|Grip Type:||Yonex Synthetic Grip||Yonex Synthetic Grip|
Yonex has made only a few changes to the new 2022 version of the Ezone 98 Tour as the head size (98in), racket length (27in), strung weight (332g), balance (4pts HL), and string pattern (16×19) are the same as they were in the 2020 version.
Both tennis rackets have an isometric frame which Yonex claims to give a sweet spot that is 7% bigger than a conventional round frame.
In terms of differences, the 2022 version (332g) has a higher swing weight than the 2020 version (330g) but the difference is relatively small so the maneuverability of the 2022 version will be similar to that of the 2020 version.
The 2022 version of the Ezone 98 Tour (64) is also stiffer than the 2020 version (62) but this difference is not huge so both tennis rackets will have a similar feel.
Probably the biggest change made to the 2022 version is its beam width which has been increased by 0.5mm at the head, side, and throat.
This slightly thicker beam width will mean you will get a bit more power from the 2022 version when compared with the 2020 version as the 2020 version was a relatively low powered tennis racket.
In terms of design, I like the new look of the 2022 version as I wasn’t a big fan of the shade of blue used in the 2020 version.
Is it worth upgrading your Ezone 98 Tour 2020?
I haven’t played with the 2022 version of the tennis racket yet so I can’t give you a definitive answer on this but if I am just looking at the differences in racket specs then there probably aren’t enough changes to the 2022 Ezone 98 Tour to warrant upgrading your 2020 Ezone 98 Tour.
However, I do think the increase in beam width is a good update to the racket as this will help recreational players get more pop on their shots.
Once I get a demo of the 2022 version, I will update this article if I think it is worth upgrading.