One of the more versatile performance racquets on the market gets updated for 2020. The Yonex Ezone 98 series is endorsed by Naomi Osaka and Nick Kyrgios and this version gets a slew of enhancements to help players of all levels. The sixth generation Ezone 98L Tennis Racquet has a new strong, yet elastic material in the throat called M40X. The graphite material improves the racquet’s flex while maintaining the tour level stability which is a hallmark of the Ezone franchise. Yonex improved the comfort of the Ezone 98L by adding Vibration Dampening Mesh (VDM) in the handle. The material filters out unwanted vibrations without overly muting the response. The sweet spot of the Ezone is massive due to Yonex’ Isometric head shape. With this version, the head is slightly wider at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions to create the largest sweet spot in the history of the Ezone. By subtly varying the outer angle of the aero-shaped frame, the middle and upper portion of the racquet head remain plush, while the lower hoop is stable. Yonex carries over their Liner Tech string technology from the previous version by using straight hole grommets to elongate the strings. The result is more power and comfort, even when missing the sweet spot. According to Yonex, the updated Ezone 98L will absorb 7.9% more shock and increase ball speed by 2.5% compared to the previous model. The Ezone 98L is a speedy 10.1 ounces unstrung and has a spin-friendly 16x19 string pattern. With a strung balance of 1 point head light, the Ezone 98L is a more nimble version of the Ezone 98. The 98L is an excellent choice for a player looking for a comfortable and powerful option, in a more mobile package.