Yonex EZONE 98 Tour

This racket is one of the best we’ve tested. An all around winner.

Naomi Osaka’s racket of choice, this is currently one of the most popular Yonex rackets.


String Pattern

The number of strings running horizontally and vertically across the racket. A more dense pattern (18×20) offers more stability, while a more open pattern (16×19) offers more spin, power, and feel.


Racket Weight

Generally, beginners should stick to lightweight or medium rackets (less than 11oz). More advanced players, however, should choose medium or heavy rackets (more than 11oz). (Learn more)


Swing Weight

Swing weight is a calculated by using the racket’s weight and balance. The greater the swing weight, the more power a player will get. (Learn more)

4 HL


Balance means where most of the weight is centered in the racket. Head heavy rackets (HH) offer more power, while head light (HL) rackets offer more maneuverability. (Learn more)



These are some of the characteristics of the racket you should pay attention when deciding whether this is the right racket for you or not. If you not quite sure what they mean, you can just use the "What is this?" feature in order to learn more.


Head Size

The head size of the racket influences how easy it is to play with it. A large head size (over 98) makes it easier to make contact with the shots but offers little maneuverability – which is great for beginners.


Racket Length

Most rackets range from 27 to 29 inches. Longer rackets offer more power and reach, but are more difficult to maneuver. 


Beam Width

These numbers reflect the beam width at the head, shoulder, and handle. A larger beam usually means more power, but less maneuverability.



Choosing the right strings and the right string tension is just as important as choosing the right racket. Some rackets play better with higher tensions, while others require a lower tension. 


We've played with hundreds of rackets, so we like to be pretty thorough with our reviews. We were also told that we make the best Youtube racket reviews (yes, mostly by our moms), but also by this guy and some other cool people.


Please feel free to reach out in case you have any questions related to this racket – we’ll be happy to answer them! In the meanwhile, here are some of the most commonly asked questions.

Yonex Polytour Strike strung at 50-56 pounds.
The combination of pop and plow through. The regular EZONE 98 feels similar, but the extra weight of this one gives that extra mass behind the ball for control.
Honestly, no. This racket is more geared towards advanced players. We recommend the regular EZONE 98 for weekend players, not the tour.
Yes, this racket can cause injury. If you have chronic joint pain in your arm, this is probably a racket to stay away from. We recommend soft string strung at a loose tension to avoid extra stress on the arm.
Not necessary at all. The natural weight of this racket is enough for plow through, and the balance is perfect. Obviously this is all preference, but most players will like the stock version of this racket.


Weight: 332
Swingweight: 330
Length: 27
String Pattern: 16×19
Balance: 4 HL
Beam Width: 23/24/19
Stiffness: 62
Recommended String Tension: