The VCORE Duel G 97 Alpha (290g) provides strong beginners and intermediate level players with controllable power, great feel and easy access to spin. With its Isometric head shape, the stringbed of the Duel G 97 Alpha (290g) feels wonderfully generous and forgiving for its relatively compact size - the result is a racket that gives less experienced players phenomenal control while also managing to provide a generous margin of error on balls struck off-center. The signature technology of this racket is Tough G Fiber - a uniquely resilient material that enables the racket to snapback on contact to increase ball speed. This racket's power also comes from its stiff High Modulus Graphite layup. Like the majority of Yonex rackets we've playtested, this stick manages to be firm and lively without ever feeling uncomfortable. Yonex reinforces the racket's upper hoop with Black Micro Core - a carbon graphite material blended with elastic particles to increase both stability and vibration dampening. From the baseline the Duel G 97 Alpha (290g) combines a high level of maneuverability with the spin-friendly precision found in the heavier Duel G models. This is the perfect weapon for less advanced players who want the performance of a serious player's racket without the burden of weight. It also delivers an impressive level of stability and comfort for its weight class. The maneuverability also shines on both service returns and volleys where this stick comes around very fast. With it's user-friendly responsiveness and pinpoint accuracy, the Alpha 97 (290g) will give a wide range of players the confidence to swing for power and spin.