The EZONE DR 98 updates the EZONE Ai 98. Like its predecessor, this stick is perfect for intermediate and advanced players who want a user-friendly player’s racquet with controllable power and great feel. New to this update is Nanometric DR, a highly resilient carbon designed to help the frame snap back and transfer more energy to the ball. At 11.5 ounces, the EZONE DR 98 feels speedy, yet it also manages to play with above average stability for a sub 12 ounce racquet. Thanks in part to its Isometric head shape, this racquet feels decidedly more forgiving on off-center hits than the majority of its peers. It also comes with strategically enlarged grommet holes, a feature that further reduces the shock and vibration of off-center impact. On groundies the EZONE DR 98 feels comfortably firm and very accurate. There’s also plenty of spin to be had thanks to the grippy 16×19 string pattern and easy acceleration. Our playtesters were particularly impressed by the stability against higher levels of pace. At net the combination of speed, stability and precision is a recipe for confident volleying. There’s also plenty of power to be had on servers for those able to maximize stroke speed. Yonex has made some impressive updates to one of their most user-friendly player’s racquets. Intermediate and advanced players looking for a near perfect combination of speed, stability, spin and precision should add this to their demo list.