Volkl Racquet Playtest

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  1. TW Staff

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    ***Attention: The sign-up for this Playtest Opportunity is now CLOSED. We have all the playtesters we need. Emails will be sent out for those selected for the playtest by the end of Monday, April 15. Thank you.***

    Attention Talk Tennis Members:

    We will be sending out a very limited number of Volkl Organix 7 (295g), Volkl Organix 7 (310g) and Volkl Organix 10 Mid racquets for a playtest. This playtest is only for U.S.A Talk Tennis members.

    We are not taking requests for which racquet you will receive, so only apply if you feel you can review any of the listed racquets.

    We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including past performance on playtests. Due to the very limited number of racquets, we will not be able satisfy the large majority of requests.

    This playtest is FREE of charge. The only thing that we require of you is to post your findings in this thread by May 21st. If you do not post a review, or if your review is clearly lacking effort, you will be excluded from future playtests.

    Failure to return the racquet by May 28 will result in your account being charged for the racquet. A return shipping label will be included with your racquet.

    Please use the following to write your review:

    Tennis experience/background:
    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
    Current racquet/string:
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    String set-up in test racquet:
    How many hours did you play with the racquet?
    Comments on racquet performance:
    -groundstrokes:
    -serves:
    -volleys:
    -serve returns:
    General reaction/comments on overall performance:

    Thanks,
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    PS: We request you not post "Email Sent" posts to this thread. All of those posts will be deleted. Feel free to post questions or comments.

    ***Attention: The sign-up for this Playtest Opportunity is now CLOSED. We have all the playtesters we need. Emails will be sent out for those selected for the playtest by the end of Monday, April 15. Thank you.***
     
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  2. db10s

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    What is the grip, and how does it "feel" (dry, tacky)?
     
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  3. TW Staff

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    Here is a link to the grip. Hope this helps.

    Biotac
     
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  4. db10s

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    Perfect, thanks.
     
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  5. edman9898

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    When will we be notified if we are selected? When will the last selection emails be sent as well? Thanks TW!!!
     
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  6. TW Staff

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    edman9898,

    Emails for those who were selected will be sent out by the end of today.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  7. PhxRacket

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    If selected, will you use the email included when we registered with this site?
     
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  8. TW Staff

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    PhxRacket,

    We will send it to the email listed when signing up for the playtest.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  9. TW Staff

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    Congratulations to all who were selected to playtest!

    All emails have been sent out to the selected playtesters. Please confirm you received it by replying to the email. Thank you to all who signed up and keep an eye out for a couple more playtests coming up on Talk Tennis.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  10. Overdrive

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    This is about the third or fourth playtest that I have signed up for and still have not been chosen.

    Then reasons why is still unknown to me.
     
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  11. TW Staff

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    Overdrive,

    We had lots of people sign up for this playtest as we had close to 100 willing playtesters and only 15 racquets. This has been the same with the last three playtests as well. We still have more playtests coming up including string so don't give up just yet.


    Brittany, TW
     
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  12. Overdrive

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    100 requests? Oh, I didn't know that many people signed up for it.

    Sorry. :oops:
     
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  13. db10s

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    I was getting used to getting picked for all the string playtests... Then I had a dry spell... The Wilson shoe playtest made up for it...
     
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  14. zapvor

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    15 isnt too bad. TW is awesome. good to see volkl getting out there too
     
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  15. Big_Dangerous

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    I wish I got in for that one, it would have been nice to get a pair of shoes for free lol. But it's cool, I got selected for this, which is sweet!

    I was actually contemplating buying the new organix 10 mid, so I really hope that's the one I get to playtest, but if not it's all good. I'm just happy to be part of the play test!
     
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    Reminder to all Volkl Racquet Playtesters,


    Please reply to the Congrats Email with a confirmation that you received the email and are able to play.

    Thanks,

    TW Staff
     
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  17. OnyxZ28

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    When are the rackets going out?
     
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  18. TW Staff

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    They should ship in the next few days. Once they ship we will notify playtesters by email.

    Thanks,
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  19. OnyxZ28

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    Thanks, Jon! That's a relief. I was paranoid that they already shipped and someone redeemed their five finger discount on my porch.
     
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  20. Overdrive

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    Are people in your area capable of doing that?

    I'm just wondering. I never had that issue before. :-|
     
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  21. OnyxZ28

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    Unfortunately, yes. I left my bike unlocked on my porch and forgot about it for a few hours. Bad idea.
     
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  22. Overdrive

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    Someone stole your bike on your front porch?

    People/Humans have no shame don't they?

    One of 50,000 reasons why I'm a Southerner. At least I can defend my property without going to jail for an irrelevant charge. :)
     
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    Hello Playtesters,

    The Volkl playtest racquets have been shipped!

    The due date for your reviews has been revised to May 21.

    Your racquet must be returned to TW by May 28 to avoid having your account charged. You will find a return shipping label enclosed with your playtest racquet.

    An email has been sent to all playtesters with specific instructions.

    Thanks,
    TW Staff
     
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  24. Overdrive

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    What happens if the frame is comsetically damaged?
     
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  25. Carolina Racquet

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    Awaiting the delivery of the Organix 10 Mid today for the playtest. I should be able to provide feedback in the next few days.

    Should be interesting. Haven't played with a 93" frame since college.
     
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  26. tennisfreak73

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    Just got my brand new Volkl Organix 7 310g with plastic wrap still on the grip yesterday!

    Frist impressions:

    This is a beautifully designed and sculpted piece of work! The black and the green highlights really make this beauty stand out. Looking at the specs I assumed it would hold/swing bit heavier than what I’m used to due to the added length, but it seemed to be just as light, if not lighter than my Donnay X-Dual Silver. For a slightly heavier racquet (compared to my Donnay) it moved effortlessly through the air and seemed extremely well balanced. The grip was reasonably soft (I prefer softer grips) and had plenty of tackiness to it.

    I plan to hit with this over the weekend and am very excited. Much more to come….
     
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  27. Carolina Racquet

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    Racquet Arrived...

    The 10 mid arrived today. Very solid frame strung w Volkl Cyclone 16g @53-55lbs.

    Biggest surprise in sizing up the frame was the weight. TW specifications shows strung weight at 334.5 grams (11.8 oz). My digital scale shows 350 grams (12.3 oz) without overgrip and vibe dampener. VERY surprised at the variance.

    We've had rain here over the past few days. May not be able to start testing it until tomorrow.
     
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  28. athiker

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    Received Volkl Organix 7 295g in the crazy green (thanks TW for the review opportunity). Not my first choice in color but is better in person than I feared, will still get you noticed. The quality of the paint job itself appears excellent with a deep gloss.

    Tennis Experience/Background: Played casually off and on at various points but really started playing in 2009 when I rediscovered the game and started trying to redo my strokes and improve. Started as a true 3.0, am now a USTA 3.5 and expect to be bumped up to 4.0 based on USTA singles record this spring. I'm a better singles player than doubles, mostly due to return of serve difficulty threading the needle in doubles. Due to kids activities have had to skip the occasional USTA season. I play with a lot of local 3.5s and 4.0s in singles and doubles outside of USTA. I have played ladders and compass draws as well. Generally play a couple times per week, sometimes 3.

    Playing Style: All court, I'm more likely to come to the net if given a short ball than go for an angle, though I try to mix it up. I S&V sometimes to mix it up but mostly wait for an opportunity. I am a pretty big believer in Wardlaw's directionals...generally cross-court till I get a weak easier to handle ball...then a forcing change of direction shot or approach shot. I try to refocus on this whenever I'm in trouble in a match.

    Current Racquet & String: Varies. Since 2009 extended time with AeroPro w/ Cortex (tennis elbow), PK Ki5 (cured tennis elbow), C10 Pro, Fischer Magnetic Tour, PK Ki15 (wanted to try lighter, more forgiving and more powerful) and recently back to the PK Ki5 for a bit more weight. I did like the Ki15 better than expected however and really pulled out the Ki5 again b/c I didn't get around to restringing the Ki15 when the poly went dead. I tend to like poly/multi hybrids and since I string myself have tried quite a few.

    Test Racquet and string: X7 295g w/ poly mains/syn gut crosses?

    Hours played: 2.5 hours of singles vs USTA 4.0 that I've played dozens of times. We typically split sets, and if not sets, then alternate match wins. Played 3 sets this time. 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 (last set played against the X7, not with)

    Groundstrokes: I liked a lot. Racquet is very solid and balanced feeling. Feels a bit heavier when playing than expected given its static weight; I think b/c I'm used to more head light racquets. The Ki15 would occasionally get pushed a bit, this did not. I was missing long and wide by several inches quite a bit in the first set due to the extra power. By the second set I was starting to dial it in. I felt I was hitting with good pace, direction and consistency in the 2nd set. I especially liked forehand and topspin 1HBH but BH slice needs some adjustment. I think the slice BH is always the slower ground stroke to come around when changing racquets.

    Serves: Not as great as I expected considering the extra power I was feeling on groundstrokes and volleys, but the serve usually takes a while to dial in after a racquet switch. It was okay, just not great. A few double faults as to be expected.

    Volleys: VERY solid. I warmed up volleying and immediately felt some power and stability. In the match I missed wide when going for angles due to power. Feel and touch were not great, touch volleys and accurate drop shots were hard to come by. Once I get some more time to get used to the power I think some good put-away volleys will be on tap.

    General reaction/comments: I liked it enough that I plan on using in a USTA match that counts on later this week. I don't know that my overall play went up vs the Ki5 but by the 2nd set I think it was similar, which is a pretty quick adjustment. I think my ground strokes were better (pace), serve similar and volleys a bit worse. I think there is upside in both those strokes though with more time, especially the volley.

    My opponent tried the X7 for most of the last set before switching back to his Wilson Juice. He didn't care for it and felt it was stiff with little feel. I thought this was surprising b/c he plays his Juice with full poly strung pretty tight. I can't say it felt overly stiff to me, but it is a different feel. I recall having a similar impression of the X10 325, stiff and dead, when I tried it after playing the C10 Pro. I didn't care for it at first, but with some time I really liked it and almost bought one. Interestingly this guy liked the X10 295 when we had some demos a while back...so who knows!

    More to follow when I get more time in the saddle, but thought I'd post a first impression and see how it changes over the next few weeks. This test has stoked my interest in trying the heavier but more head light X7 soon. I also have some pics comparing it to the C10 Pro I'll post up soon...not much difference in hoop really. And the X7 does not feel much like an oversize either IMO.
     
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  29. athiker

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    Not the greatest image quality but gives an idea of size and shape compared to the black C10 Pro. Overall the X7 hoop is just a bit longer, barely wider and the throat architecture is a bit narrower on the X7.
     
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  30. athiker

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    One more mini-review then I'll wait and post a summary in a few weeks at the end of the play test.

    Played 2 sets singles USTA. First set I pressed the net quite a bit and the set was close. The second set I hung back and tried to really drive through the ball with much better results, the set wasn't close. So I'm still trying to figure things out a bit w/ this racquet in getting a good slice approach and volleys. Overheads improved through the match along with serving.

    1st set I DF'd twice in a row (unusual for me) to lose a game and had trouble holding my serve (sometimes unusual, sometimes not!). Return of serve saved me. This racquet is very solid even against a pretty good flat first serve. 2nd set I was never broken so think I am starting to get the hang of serving with this...control and pace getting better.

    In summary I am a little surprised that the strength of this racquet so far is in driving groundstrokes. I would've expected to be able to spin the ball a good bit with an oversize, but not to have such good control driving through. Very few accidental rocket launches. Its a good thing, just surprising.

    Finally, I still feel like I'd like this a little more head light, though maybe it feels so solid b/c its not HL? I can see why ced likes his with a leather grip both for the balance and b/c the stock grip is a bit squishy. The nice thing is with the relatively low weight of the the racquet its no problem adding a bit in the handle. I just noticed the 310 version in only 1 pt HL so I think I'd prefer sticking with this one and just adding a bit at the butt or in the handle. Maybe I'll tape a heavy coin to the butt end!

    EDIT 5/20: Rather than split up my comments, I will briefly add to these since not much changed.

    High Points: Return of serve and baseline ground strokes. I felt like I could be aggressive with the ROS and the racquet holds up will against pace, especially for its weight. The power will take some getting used to if you are coming from a less stiff racquet. My accuracy was less than normal overall but if you typically trade groundstrokes this could be a good fit.

    Low Points: Feel and touch around the net and stiffness. I have to disagree with some comments I've seen on the boards as the stiffness started to get to my shoulder after several outings. Understand I'm nearing 50, have separated my shoulder, broken my collar bone and have a slight impingement so I am more sensitive than most. Switching back to my Ki5 mid-match in my last outing was a welcome relief however. Finally to repeat myself and to echo many other comments, I would've also preferred a little more headlight balance, but that is easily fixed w/ small customization.

    Thanks again to TW for allowing me to playtest. I won't be switching to this racquet, but it really helped me narrow down my specs for the my next racquet.
     
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  31. donnayblack99

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    Volkl Organix 10 mid review from a playtester

    I received a Volkl Organix 10 mid (thanks TW for the review opportunity). I have to preface my review by saying they sent me a 4 3/8th grip and I'm no less than a 4 1/2 to 4 5/8ths, so I had to build it up with several layers of TournaGrip. After the build up, the grip was way too padded however it was tolerable for playtest purposes.

    My Tennis Experience: I played high school singles in a highly competitive region in USTA middlestates in late 1980s. I then went on to play singles for a NCAA D1 school on east coast in early- mid 1990s. I've been playing off and on over the past 20 years at a 5.0- 5.5 level (depending on who is rating me) and can usually beat most local club pros (at least when I'm "in shape"). I'm currently knocking on the door of 40 years old and so is my body. :)

    Playing Style: I play with a semi-western forehand, and a one handed backhand. I have a spin/kick serve for both first and second serves. I now play an all court game with an emphasis on attacking the net using short angles or high topspin shots to deep in the back court. I will serve and volley depending on my opponent. I used to be a grinding counter puncher back in HS/college, however now, I prefer not to stay in a counter-punching rally as my body isn't in the same shape it was 20 years ago. Plus, many of today's players can't adjust to someone attacking the net. :)

    Current Racquet & String: I currently play with a Volkl PowerBridge 10 mid. I've used this racquet since around 2010. I've always played with a mid going back to the PS 85 which I learned to play on. I've hit with the following over the past 30 years: PS 85, PS 6.1, POG mid, Donnay Pro One Cynetic, Donnay Pro One Intl, Becker London Tour and Volkl C10 Pro. I currently play with Volkl Cyclone 18g string hybrided with Prince syn gut multi, however I have used and do like Tourna Big Hitter Rough and Technifibre NRG 18 as a hybrid... I'm not married to any string or set up. I string my own racquets, so I can change strings on a whim. I'm not a string breaker- I usually play about 1-2 times a week and change my strings every month.

    Test Racquet and string: Organix 10 mid w/ probably Volkl Cyclone 16/17g?

    Hours played: 3 hours over 2 days. 2 sets of singles and one set of doubles.

    Groundstrokes: I wasn't a fan. I felt as though the stick was too head heavy and mine had a lot of vibration coming from the upper hoop. I've hit with the C10 Pro, the PB 10 and the Becker London Tour all within the last year. I think the Organix 10 felt somewhere between the Becker London Tour and the C10 Pro. I felt that this stick was hollow compared to the PB 10, however it did give a lot of launch on the ball. It certainly didn't have the "feel" or response of a PowerBridge 10 or a a PS 85. I had to be quite cognizant of my hips and shoulders with this stick as I had plenty of forehands launch on me in the beginning of the playtest. I don't consider it a true "player's stick" because it has way too much power, even with the Poly in it. It really feels like a TWEENER stick with a 93" headsize.

    If I were to have put some lead tape on the sides, I have a feeling this would have gotten rid of the vibration. I also think the stick was strung much too tightly (for me) which probably added to the vibration. I would string this with a multi or a hybrid set up to make it more comfortable for me... I feel as though other "players" type racquets (especially the ones that I have used) felt more forgiving inside and outside the sweetspot. I liked the 93 mid feel of the stringbed, and I feel as though it played true to a 93" stick. It wasn't very forgiving outside the sweetspot as arent' most 93" sticks.

    Backhand drives and slices were manageable however nothing to write home about. The backhand slice was penetrating but it did float on occasion. My backhand topspin was penetrating yet at times almost too powerful. At times I didn't want to swing out because I felt as though the ball would launch off the strings. I'm not used to a mid/93" stick with so much launch from the string bed.

    This mid was just OK for groundies in my mind. IMHO, this stick is for the 4.0+ or TWEENER who needs extra power yet feels they are good enough to or (dare to) play with a mid.

    Serves: I found it was good on serves and I was able to play my style almost immediately... most likely because of the same head size. It didn't give me any extra pop or accuracy and I didn't expect it to. I could hit the ball where I wanted it to go. I'm not a HUGE server so I really wasn't swinging out on the ball. The open pattern of the bed gave the ball some nice kick.

    Volleys: Solid but almost too powerful. I'm a pretty good volleyer, so I can volley with anything from a PS 85 to a POG 107. The Volkl 10 is pretty solid. No complaints. It handles pace well and didn't flex too much. It was crisp without being harsh. It was soft without being too flexy. It has a nice "solid" feel to it as long as you were in the sweet spot.

    All in all this is a nice offering from Volkl but it doesn't have the solid soft feel of a PowerBridge 10 or the "crushing" feel of a C10 Pro. It's lacking something- and I can't tell you what it is! It has a hollow feel to it which I didn't like and never experienced before with a Volkl/Becker racquet. It feels like a Babolat Pure Drive or an AeroPro Drive in a 93" headsize. It's powerful in a small head with crazy vibration. Call me crazy but it was way too light at sub 12 oz. and too head heavy for a true "player's stick" in a 93 mid size. I think this is where the "modern" player would gravitate to if one was looking for a lighter, powerful mid frame.

    If I were to play with this stick (which I'm not going to), I would have to lead it up at 9 and 3 and in the handle and probably put on a leather grip to make it more headlight. I believe this would be the perfect stick for a high school kid who is looking to develop into a really good player. Somebody can learn to serve and volley with this stick because it is light, and it could teach kids how to play with a true S&V technique, yet at the same time offer some power off the ground.

    I hope this helps everyone in TW review- board-land. I look forward to the next one. Thanks again!
     
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  32. Carolina Racquet

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    Playtest - Organix Mid 10

    Thanks to both Volkl and TW for the opportunity to use this frame. Ironically, I was actually hoping to test one of the 7 frames as I usually used larger head racquets (100-107).

    Tennis experience/background:
    I'm a 51 year old all court player, playing mostly doubles but I enjoy to hit singles once in a while. Current USTA ranking of 4.5. I've played tennis at a small college but started up again 3 years ago.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
    All-court player who takes the ball early and works the open court and approaches on strong ground strokes rather than off the serve.

    Current racquet/string:
    Main racquet Prince TT Warrior 107 leaded up to 11.8oz strung with either Isospeed Baseline Spin (58lbs) or Volkl Cyclone at 56 lbs.

    Racquet model tested:
    Organix 10 Mid (93 inch frame) weighing in at 12.3 oz without the overgrip.

    String set-up in test racquet:
    Volkl Cyclone 16 @ 55lbs, full bed

    How many hours did you play with the racquet?
    Approx 10 total playing hours

    Comments on racquet performance:
    -Groundstrokes:
    : Rating: 9/10. I really enjoyed the plow-through of the frame and even though it was much heavier than my typical frame, the head-light balance seemed to work perfectly. Good response to spin and I was surprised how the frame's sweet spot made the racquet play bigger than it's size. I guess it's because of the frame's pronounced oval shape and that mains measured almost as long as my 107" frame. I could produce both topspin and slice with ease.

    -Serves:​
    : Rating 8/10. The racquet helped me to produce a very heavy and lively ball that I could deliver pretty consistently. I really liked the solid feel and it gave me a lot of confidence.

    -Volleys
    : Rating 8/10. I was surprised how well I volleyed with the frame as I anticipated I'd really suffer with the smaller head size. Not the case at all. The frame helped to produce very solid volley's deep in the court without sailing long. The head-light balance worked great here and mobility wasn't an issue even though it was a +12 oz. frame.

    -Serve returns:
    : Rating 7/10. Ok, the service return was the one area where I missed my OS frame. However, when I found the center of the frame I could handle the heaviest of serve and direct it very well. Most impressive was how I could hit a penetrating slice return which usually sails on me.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance::
    Overall, I give the frame a rating of 8.5 out of 10. The feel was very comfortable and plush and has me re-thinking my OS frame bias. Though I have never hit with many other Volkl frames, I am very impressed with their feel and quality. I would recommend a demo if you are looking at a sub 100" frame that can help you dictate play with nice control. Thanks again Volkl and TW. This has been a great experience and I'm planning on playing this frame until the return date.
     
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  33. lawrencejin

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    Review of Volkl Organix 10 Mid

    This is my review of Volkl Organix 10 Mid.

    Tennis experience/background: I played since high school, some experience playing with a university team in Hong Kong, and can hit with club team players in my current school in the U.S. (I'm currently a graduate student).

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): All-court with a tendency to serve and volley against certain opponents.

    Current racquet/string: Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85 with Tornado 17 at 50lb.

    Racquet model tested: Volkl Organix 10 Mid with Cyclone 17 at 50lb. I received grip size 4 1/2, which is one size smaller than my normal grip.

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? 6 hours.

    Groundstrokes: 5/5. This is a very forgiving mid-sized frame. It helps generate ample spin, power and control on the groundstrokes. Coming from Wilson PS 85, I found Organix 10 to be a little too powerful, but it was easily adjustable. I could perform every groundstroke within my skills with no trouble.

    Serves: 4/5. Kick serves were fantastic. Flat serves were poor. There was plenty of spin and pace but I felt I couldn't control my serves as well as I do with PS 85. Keep in mind that the racket's grip size was smaller than what I am used to, which might have influenced my serving experience with Organix 10.

    Volleys: 5/5. It felt very stable and quick at the net -- I have no complaints. Overheads were also easy. I had some trouble with the smaller grip size but that's not the fault of the racket.

    Serve returns: 4/5. Organix 10 Mid is more forgiving than PS 85, but it is still a mid-sized frame; when it comes to defensive shots, they are no match to larger frames. It was tricky against powerful serves, but that's a given. Otherwise, the racket performed well, just like other groundstrokes.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance: Volkl Organix 10 Mid is an excellent mid-sized frame. It's very forgiving. I am confident that those who play with mid-plus frames will have no trouble transitioning to this one. I could see myself switching to this frame. I won't, just because I like testing my limits with PS 85. But if I wanted to make my tennis experience easier, Organix 10 Mid might be the first that I consider.

    Thank you TW for the playtest!
     
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  34. ten11

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    Volkl Organix 7 295g

    Tennis experience/background: 3.5 all court. Played 6 years, 6-8 hours per week.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): all court player. Plays both single and double. 2hbh. Top spin both wings.

    Current racquet/string: aero pro drive, syn gut/pacific natural gut at 55lbs

    Racquet model tested: volkl organix 7 295g

    String set-up in test racquet: Mains: Volkl Cyclone / Crosses: Volkl Power Fiber II.

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? 20 hour

    Comments on racquet performance:
    -groundstrokes: This racket really can produce easy power and spin. Because of the spin it can generate, the power become very useful without worry about going long. I noticed my shots going deeper than the old racket with good margin for error. I also noticed I do not need to put in as much effort as I use to to create that kind of depth and spin. Another good thing is that the power makes it very easy on defensive situation to return the ball deep, which can turn the defensive into neutral. One thing I did notice thought, even it is 104 sq in. but I feel the sweet spot is not that big for ground stroke. If not setup correctly and hit in sweet spot, the ball will go into the net or fly long. But if setup nicely, this racket will reward you. I believe with a bit more of practice with this racket, I can improve on it and fully take advantage of this racket provides.
    -serves: Great serve racket. The light weight of the frame makes it easy to swing. The 104 sq in. racket face makes really hard to miss the serve. I can see the flat serve add some mph and the spin serve add some rpm. Definitely one of the best rackets I have played with for serving.
    -volleys: Thanks to the larger racket face, I found it is very easy to volley. Same as serve, it is really hard to miss the volley. I volley most of shots in sweet spot and reduced mishit. Also it can produce a lot of zip behind the volley. Given the light weight, it is also very maneuverable. It is a fun racket in front of the net.
    -serve returns: Also a good stick to return serve. with the bigger racket face and power, I really do not need to generate my own power. I just need to be ready and guide the return and the racket will do the rest.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance: This is a great racket and I really had fun with it. I am very interested to switch. This racket serves great, volleys great, able to produce a lot of power in both backhand and forehand. It is very spin friendly. This racket is very comfortable to hit, even though the spec has very high stiffness (74). The only part I feel not that great is the control and feel. It requires player to setup correctly and hit in sweet spot. It is not as forgiving as some other rackets.

    Thanks to TW and volkl for the play testing opportunity.
     
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  35. sortof

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    Interesting, the specs indicate that the X7 295 offers a fairly large sweet spot. The highish twistweight of this stick should also help with off-center hits.
     
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  36. McLovin

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    Volkl Organix 7 295g

    Tennis experience/background: NTRP 4.5, have played for over 30 years, including 4 years of D3 college tennis, currently coaching a Girls Varsity High School team.

    Playing Style: In singles, I'm predominately a baseliner, 2HBH, in the mold of a Ferrer or Baghdatis. However, I play 'traditional' doubles in that I serve & volley off both serves and try to get in off the return.

    Current racquet/string: Yonex VCORE Tour 97 310g (leaded up to 320g). Pacific Classic Gut 17g mains, MSV Co. Focus 1.18mm crosses, strung at 53/51.

    Racquet model tested: Organix 7 295g, hybrid string of poly mains, synthetic crosses.

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? About 12 hours on court, including teaching/running drills with the high school team.

    Comments on racquet performance:

    Groundstrokes: When I picked up this frame, my first though was "I'll never be able to keep the balls in the court with this." I like to take full cuts at the ball, and over the years have stayed with mostly low-powered frames. In addition, it felt a tad head-heavy, and wasn't certain I could generate the racquet-head speed needed for the type of ball I hit. However, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the 'controlled power' this frame had. Maybe it was the open string pattern, but I had no problems getting the ball up & down off both sides. Plow through was very good, and the racquet stable throughout the contact point. My only complaint is the balance, as I felt it was a bit slower coming around on my forehand. Being 295g, adding 20g of lead in the handle/lower throat should be able to fix that, but once I adjusted my timing, things flowed nicely.

    Serves: My serve has never been a weapon in the sense that I pop 120MPH bombs. Being 5' 9", I'm at a slight disadvantage, so over the years I've learned to place the serve in the corners, and keep my opponents guessing. Like my forehand, I had some problems in the beginning with the timing. As a result, I was hitting many of my 1st serves long. One would think at 295g it would be faster through the air, but it has a SW of 318. My Yonex is 314, and I think I was not getting enough spin to counteract the added power. Or maybe I'm just too short. 2nd serves, however, were quite nice, provided I kept up the racquet-head speed, something my aging 45yr old shoulder would have problems with in a full "best 2 out of 3 set" match.

    Volleys: Again, like the groundstrokes & serves, the balance threw me off a bit. I'm not a natural volleyer (is that a word?), and have a tendency to take the racquet back, as opposed to keeping it out in front of me. As a result, I was late on many of my volleys. This was more of a problem with fast exchanges at the net, or when my partner was serving, as opposed to me serving & volleying. But with time (and proper technique), volleys were solid, with nice punch, although I did have problems with touch.

    Serve returns: This was the one category where I did not have any problems with the balance. However, my service return is probably my best shot. I tend to shorten up my strokes, especially on 1st serves, so my problem with lighter racquets is getting there too early. This frame was solid off both sides, allowing me to lean in & drive through the return. The open string pattern probably helped generate some needed spin to get the ball up & down, but I didn't have any concerns returning serves.​
    General reaction/comments on overall performance: While not exactly my style of frame (I prefer mid+, 320g, low powered), I would not have any problem recommending this to someone who wants a control-oriented OS frame (is 104 OS? Or Mid ++?). It's funny to call it control-oriented, since the stats have it as a flex of 74. But I didn't notice it to be very stiff at all, more like the mid 60s. The color might be loud, but I received more unsolicited positive comments about the look that any other frame I've used, especially on the high school courts. Of course, it helps that the school colors are green, black & white...

    Thanks to TW & Volkl for the opportunity to participate in the playtest. I hope to be a part of more in the future.
     
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  37. vsbabolat

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    Organix 7 310g

    Organix 7 310g

    Tennis experience/background:
    I have been playing tennis for the past 35 years. I grew up playing competitive tennis and I continued playing competitively as a adult. I currently self rate as a 5.0.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
    I play a all court style. I take the ball early and take it off the rise.

    Current racquet/string:
    HEAD Prestige Classic with Wilson Natural Gut 16G @ 25kilos

    Racquet model tested:
    Organix 7 310g

    String set-up in test racquet:
    Hybrid of Cyclone and a Volkl Multi

    How many hours did you play with the racquet?
    4 hours of singles and doubles

    Comments on racquet performance:
    -groundstrokes:
    I thought it was a little bit too powerful for me on the groundstrokes. You had ample power still outside of the sweet spot.

    -serves:
    This is where I had the most fun with the Organix 7. Power on the volley was easy to come by. I liked how I got more spin and kick on my second serves with the Organix 7.

    -volleys:
    Was another fun area for me. I liked volleying with the larger racquet in doubles and was easy to generate good stick on my volleys when I was poaching, cutting off the volley, or pinching the middle of the court.

    -serve returns:
    Large sweet spot, very good stability blocking big serves, and when sterched out wide

    General reaction/comments on overall performance:
    I thought the feel was very metallic with a lot of vibration. I don't use a vibration dampener in my racquets. I would have liked to have been able to experiment with different string setups. I tend to think that the string setup had to do with my thought on the feel. I thought it had a nice weight to it and a large sized sweet spot. Volleying and serving where fun with this stick. I think this would make a excellent doubles stick for advanced ladies or a older advanced doubles player.
     
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  38. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    heya VS!

    nice review.

    if you have time before you send it back, are you allowed to put a leather grip on it?

    it's the magic trick.. (oh, and full poly at 55is with a dampener, lol)
     
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  39. vsbabolat

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    I enjoyed the performance of the Organix 7 310 but was not crazy about the feel. I would have liked to have experimented with a leather grip and different string set ups.
     
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  40. Blitzball

    Blitzball Semi-Pro

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    Volkl Organix 7 (310g)

    Tennis experience/background: I'm a 4.0 player who does intramural tennis at Arizona State University. Also, I work at the tennis facility of a resort where I play often. I started sophomore of high school, about four years ago, and got fifth place in state my senior year.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): primarily baseline counter-punch playstyle

    Current racquet/string: Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tour w/ Volkl Torque 17g

    Racquet model tested: Volkl Organix 7 (310g)

    String set-up in test racquet: Volkl Torque 16g

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? Approximately 7 hours

    Comments on racquet performance:

    -groundstrokes: It took my about 20 minutes to dial in my forehand and backhand. Slices were really smooth and required little adjustment, but my forehand was flying long. The weight distribution threw me off I suppose. My one-handed backhand was going a tad long too, but I was starting to get good depth and my hitting partner applauded the pace I achieved with slices and the backhand. I had to take a bigger swing for the forehand, but in time it felt pretty nice, just a bit loopier than my normal flatter shots.

    -serves: I could serve pretty hard with this stick. My spin generation oddly wasn't changed, but the pace saw noticeable improvement. I hit several more aces, and that doesn't happen too often for me (my average is around 2 per set, and with this racquet I hit 5).

    -volleys: This racquet was average for volleys. The large headshape was forgiving and I rarely framed the ball, but I couldn't find the touch I wanted on drop shots or pick-up volleys, but perhaps the polyester strings were the reason I felt disconnected.

    -serve returns: This was a great returning racquet. At first, I had trouble returning my pal's wicked kick serve. The racquet felt like it didn't have enough mass, not to mention the feel has a unique hollowness to it; after several serves, though, I found that I could take bigger cuts on the return and be a more aggressive returner overall. The 104 sq. in. headsize contributed to my ability to swing freely on returns. Really liked it on returns.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance: I had my doubts at first. I tend to favor racquets with a 98sq. in. head size or less, but I was enjoying the unique feel from the baseline, the added pace on serve, and the forgiveness of the headsize which helped my return game. Like I mentioned earlier, it wasn't my favorite volleying stick, but then again I'm hardly ever at the net unless I'm playing doubles. Another thing I'd like to note is that my defensive game saw improvement. The bigger sweetspot allowed me to aggressively defend and counter punch with heavy slices or on-the-run forehands, and it was awesome. Since my shots were more top-spiny though, my offensive play actually slightly declined. The majority of the points I won consisted of me pushing my opponent to draw the unforced error, or hitting a return winner. Great stick overall, but I'm not sure I'd buy it since I would need to adjust some aspects of my game to play very well with it.
     
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  41. Big_Dangerous

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    Tennis experience/background: Closing in on 4 years.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): All Court Player, 3.5 level. Though I do like to be aggressive and take the ball early more often than not.

    Current racquet/string: Volkl PB 10 Mid x2, one currently strung with a full set of Spiky Shark Black, and the other with a hybrid of BHB7 Mains and Gosen Sidewinder Crosses.

    Racquet model tested: Volkl Organix 7 (295g)

    String set-up in test racquet: Option # 3 - Hybrid (Mains: Volkl Cyclone / Crosses: Volkl Power Fiber II)

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? 4-5

    Comments on racquet performance:
    -Groundstrokes:
    I felt like the racket was a little underpowered. Hitting the way I normally do, I felt like more balls than normal were dropping short, and I also noticed that when I took it early, it didn't seem to have nearly as much control as my normal stick of choice.
    -serves: It served pretty well, I was able to hit my spots more often than not, and I felt like it gave me good pop on serve.
    -volleys: I didn't volley as much with it as I could have, but I didn't notice any problems with it at the net.
    -serve returns: Again, same problem with the return as I had on groundstrokes. I found it difficult to get the ball back deep, seemed like more balls than usual were dropping short.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance: This stick was just totally different than my normal rackets of choice. It's about 2 ounces lighter, even balance and the head size is 11 inches bigger. So yeah naturally it took some adjusting to. But ultimately I found that it didn't quite suit my game from the back of the court. I found it really difficult to play the ball deep with decent consistency, and I also found it wasn't so great for blocking balls back into play/taking them early. And that's kind of a big part of my game, especially on the backhand side. I'm a OHBH player. I just felt like the racket didn't play so well for me when I was behind the baseline. On serve it was fine, in fact, I feel like I served better with it than my normal sticks, and at net it was pretty good. But the baseline is really where I felt like the racket just underperformed.

    Just my .02 from testing this racket out.


    Thanks TW!
     
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  42. OnyxZ28

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    A big thank you to TW for letting me participate in this test!

    Tennis experience/background:
    I've been playing tennis since 9th grade. I played one year of varsity in HS and got a pity letter.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
    Feast or famine. I'm a power baseliner who tends to go for broke all too much. I have a fairly stereotypical game -- a relatively strong serve and fh, and weaker bh and net game.

    Current racquet/string:
    2013 APD+ with TB18 @ 46

    Racquet model tested:
    O10 Mid

    String set-up in test racquet:
    Cyclone 16

    How many hours did you play with the racquet?
    6

    Comments on racquet performance:
    -groundstrokes: 7.5/10
    The O10 mid definitely plays bigger than a 93. From the baseline it was a pleasant hit. I hated the PB10 because I couldn't stand the whippiness. THe O10 mid is slower through the air but the increased plow through is well worth it. The extra sw really helped stick slice approaches. Great for hitting angles, as well.

    Spin production was very easy, especially with the Cyclone. The ball is heavier than the APD+, but not as heavy as a PT630. However, it does have more power than a PT630, and about on par with an IG Prestige MP.

    -serves: 6.5/10
    I didn't think this was the greatest serving mid. The O10 mid lacks the serving oomph in the Prestige mids. Spin serves had decent action, but the narrowness at the top of the hoop gave me troubles on my second serves.

    -volleys: 8/10
    Volkls generally volley very well, and the O10 mid is no exception. While not a catch and release type racket like the PB10, one can comfortably direct the ball as desired at the net ... provided one hits square. Touch was above average as well.

    -serve returns: 7/10
    Excellent. I was worried that the smaller head would adversely affect my service returns. The O10 mid's mass and stiffness made it very adept at deflecting the pace of the income serve.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance:
    Definitely a solid update to the PB10. Not my cup of tea, but I can see how people clamoring for a TGK 237.2 will like this stick, as they were very similar in certain aspects. Now if Volkl would only RAP this dang thing ...

    The feel is surprisingly stiff for a mid. It felt just as stiff as the IG prestige MP. The Pb10 had a very flexible hoop and Volkl definitely addressed this in the O10 mid.
     
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  43. dje31

    dje31 Semi-Pro

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    Greetings, all. First of all, thanks to Tennis Warehouse for affording us the opportunity to playtest the new Volkl and present our findings.

    This playtest is sort of a two-for-one, in that, both my wife and I tested the racquet presented to us, and are giving our collective, yet separate, thoughts on the test racquet.

    Tennis experience/background:

    My wife and have been playing for over 40 years each (yikes! Kind of hard to write that out), and played competitively through middle school and high school, as well as at the local club level. We were both #3 seeds in our competitive days.
    We both have A-type personality traits that we typically keep in check.

    We both played and practiced so much in our youth that we burned out, long before we even met. I’d gotten to the point where I was getting angry ( McEnroe-style ), throwing / breaking racquets, and generally making a public arse of myself, and not enjoying it anymore. I voluntarily quit the game at 17 for two years, realizing it was better for me, and the game, to just quit for a while.

    My wife, while not quite as bad, also stopped playing for a while, as she was also burned out.

    Now, we no longer play competitively, but practice competitively. We run each other ragged, try to hit winners on each other, and get to every ball we can on the first bounce.

    We know that when we try to play matches or keep score, an internal switch is thrown, and our A-type personality traits come out in full force and we revert to the jerks we were in our youth.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):

    We’re both solid 4.5s, having played for most of our lives and can get back to 5.0 if we apply ourselves. Sadly, old age, work, family, and other obligations prevent that, but we’re generally okay with that.

    Our strokes are pretty well grooved, as are our games, and the muscle memory is solidly engrained. We can take six months off from the game, and within 10-15 minutes, we’re 90% back to where we were when we left off.

    My wife is a solid baseliner, long before it became the norm. I’m an all-courter, who can wail at the baseline, but given an opportunity to get to net, won’t hesitate. Unlike the current norm, I don’t feel like the net is radioactive.

    We’re old school, with old school games and strokes...long strokes, one-handed backhands, mix of topspin, slice, and flat strokes.

    Current racquet/string:

    We’ve played long enough that we know what type of racquet and string setup works for us—as well as what doesn’t—pretty quickly. When we find a racquet that works for us, we tend to stick with it for multiple years.

    For the past 9 years, I’ve been playing with three Volkl Tour 10 Mids, with a Gosen SG. I usually have one in the upper tension range, one middle, and one lower, typically with the crosses ~10% lower than the mains. Lately, I’ve been dabbling with poly / SG hybrids, but I realize that I’m not getting any younger, and probably need to move to a lighter player’s racquet.

    For roughly the same amount of time, my wife has had two Volkl C10 Pros in her bag, usually with Prince Synthetic Gut or Gosen SG, one mid range, one lower, also with crosses lower by ~ 10%.

    Realizing that we’re both slowing down, she recently changed to a Head Graphene Instinct Rev.tail-weighted with 1.5 oz of lead, blue stick, and coins in the handle, making it more HL and generally heavier, strung with Cyclone 17 mains, OGSM 16 crosses, at 53 / 47.

    I’m probably changing over to the Head YTIG Prestige S, though in the meantime, I’ve been using my wife’s old C10 Pros, generally pretty successfully.

    Racquet model tested: Volkl Organix 7 295

    String set-up in test racquet: Hybrid, mid-range tension

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? 8

    Comments on racquet performance:

    The TW test specifically stated that you couldn’t request a specific racquet. I was hoping that—given that we’d both played Volkl 10 series racquets for so long—that we’d get the Organix 10 Mid. No such luck. Still, we figured we’d give it a try, knowing its specs were way off from what we currently or previously use, or gravitate towards, with open minds.

    Years ago, I picked up the old C7 Comp for my niece (late 90s?), which was a wonderful stick. I was hoping that maybe some of that old 7 Series carried over to the new one.

    Cosmetically, it sure is green. I’m reminded of the Kneissl Tom’s Reach Machine, as well as an old Kneissl ski from ~’75-76, replete with the black lettering. For texture freaks—which include my wife—it’s mostly a gloss finish, though inside the hoop is more of a matte finish. I wonder if that’s for folks using lead, as perhaps the matte is friendly to the addition and removal of lead tape than a gloss finish would be.

    Heft immediately notes that it’s far more head-heavy than what we’re used to ( 6-8pts HL vs EB ) even without looking at the specs. It’s also a noticeably larger head size than what we play with ( 93 / 98 vs 104 ) as well as lighter strung weight ( 340 / 346 vs 309 ), and SW ( 327 / 323 vs 318 ),and thicker beam width ( 20 / 20 vs 24.5). The biggest, most noticeable difference was the stiffness ( 59 / 63 vs 74 RA ).

    We resisted the temptation to modify the specs to our personal preferences, as we wanted to give an honest assessment of the racquet in stock form, and its intended audience.

    Again, we’re trying to be open-minded, and have tried a bunch of modern sticks in the process of moving to new racquets, but most of the new stuff has left us cold. We both went in, hoping that, having played Volkl for so long, maybe we’d be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, we were pretty disappointed, but it’s probably because we’re old farts with old school games and tastes.

    -groundstrokes:

    The Organix 7 295g has tons of free power. Too much for our games, which is why we gravitate towards flexier, lower-powered racquets, where we can use our longer, natural, grooved strokes.

    We couldn’t swing freely and expect the ball to stay in play. So we either had to abbreviate our strokes, which doesn’t feel natural, or use a modern, brushing stroke adding extra spin, which also isn’t natural for us. It was frustrating for both of us, but given how most pros teach modern strokes these days, it would probably work better for newbs and younger folks playing the modern game.

    Also, given the wider beam than what we’re used to, we found ourselves framing the ball more than our normal sticks. (Note: the Graphene Instinct Rev has a slightly wider beam than our Volkl 10s, but not as thick as the O7-295).

    -serves:

    Again, lots of free power…but the balance, head size, weight, and stiffness felt awkward. It also makes an odd whistling sound, at least when I was serving. My wife could hear it from pretty far away, while I was serving and she was back at the club house. Neither good nor bad, just an observation.

    -volleys:

    Who, besides doubles specialists, goes to net these days? Well, me, but again, the specs are so far removed from what I’m used to or gravitate towards, that it left me pretty cold. Too big, too thick, too stiff to allow me to employ my normal touch.

    My wife doesn’t spend much time at the net, but when she did, she wasn’t as comfortable or as effective as how she would be with either her old C10 Pro, or the newer Graphene Instinct Rev.

    -serve returns:

    Using the server’s power, pace, and spin against them, simply blocking it back, it’s a-okay. But once again, if I tried to take my normal cut at the ball, I’d send it sailing. If I back off, I’d dink it into the net.

    My wife is recovering from joint issues, so she didn’t spend much time returning my serves.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance:

    Volkl is generally known as producing arm-friendly racquets…but given the state of the modern game these days, they have to offer something to stay current. In the process of play-testing modern racquets, some are able to mask / hide / damp out the stiffness. The IG Instinct MP hid its stiffness pretty well.

    The O7-295 wasn’t brutal when playing, but we both felt its after-effects the next day.

    Given how its specs are so far removed from what we’re used to or gravitate towards, we can’t recommend it for our games. That being said, there are lots of newbs out there and folks who play the modern game for whom this racquet was clearly intended. If you play a modern game, and don’t have joint issues, it’s certainly worth a play test.

    Thanks again to Tennis Warehouse for giving us the opportunity to add to this user playtest!
     
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  44. edman9898

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    Volkl Organix 10 Mid REVIEW

    First of all, THANK YOU TENNIS WAREHOUSE AND VOLKL for this opportunity. I absolutely love trying new racquets!

    Tennis experience/background: I have been playing tennis now for 4 1/2 years. I played in Junior High but played baseball in high school and we were not allowed to do both. I self rated at 3.5 in the beginning and got bumped to 4.0 after one year. I have been at the 4.5 level for about a year and a half now. I picked up the game very quickly because of my knowledge of spins (from playing golf in college) and my hand/eye coordination.


    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I am an all court player that likes to put away short balls or set myself up for an easy put away at net. I have a good serve and forehand, and can keep a rally going on the backhand side but it is not a weapon.

    Current racquet/string: I have been using the Youtek Prestige Pro (extended 1/2" with silicone and lead) for a year and a half now. It is strung with Pro's Pro Vendetta at 52 #'s.

    Racquet model tested: Volkl Organix 10 Mid

    String set-up in test racquet: Volkl Cyclone

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? 12 hours

    Comments on racquet performance:

    -groundstrokes: Initially, I was a little late on groundstrokes because the Organix 10 seemed to have a lot of the weight in the throat compared to my current racquet. Once adjusted, I could really put some oomph on my groundstrokes. This racquet had a ton of plow thru and had nice spin. For a 93, it felt as big as my 98. Angles were very easy and topspin was easily accessible. I seemed to hit my backhand much better with the Organix 10.

    -serves: I usually serve extremely well with mids. This racquet did not serve as well as some mids, but could hold its own. Flat serves were really good, with some nice pace. The spin serves were just average, possibly due to the balance. All in all, it wasn't going to get you a lot of aces, but direction was good and could get you off to a good start in the point.

    -volleys: I was VERY impressed with this racquet at the net. I was putting away volleys with ease from both sides. Touch volleys were a dream. The only problem I had was with pick up volleys, but that is something I could adjust to. All in all, I again liked this better at the net than my current racquet.

    -serve returns: This Organix 10 did not budge when returning hard hit serves. The weight and balance really helped when returning. My favorite shot was the backhand return. I could hit crosscourt and down the line returns equally well. Anyone needing help in this area should try this stick.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance: Overall, this is one of my favorite offerings from Volkl. A lot of the weight was positioned in the throat, and the flex was nice without being too stiff feeling. I was very impressed from the backhand side, and hit some of the best slices I have in a long time. At net, this was the most satisfying racquet I have volleyed with. The forehand side and serve were good, but not my favorite shots. If I were looking for a new racquet, I would definitely give the Organix 10 an extended demo to see if I could improve my forehand and serve with some adjustments.
     
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  45. tennisfreak73

    tennisfreak73 New User

    Joined:
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    Tennis experience/background:

    Been playing tennis for 30 years off and on, but last 2 years have really started to play regularly in USTA and other league matches. Was varsity all league in high school and ranked 2 in my district. Stopped playing for 10 years (got married had a kid) and now I’m playing regularly again.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):

    I’m a solid 4.5 with an aggressive baseline game. Lately I’ve been trying to become more of an all court player since ending points quicker and being able to change up my game is needed against stronger players. My forehand is my main weapon with my court speed a close second. I hit with a ton of top spin on my forehand wing, which comes off very heavy. My opponents are always commenting how high my ball jumps up at them. I have a very consistent and penetrating slice backhand which I’ve developed into an offensive and defensive weapon. I love to play the forehand to forehand cross court pattern and wear down my opponent and then go for the heavy forehand down the line.



    Current racquet/string:

    I recently switched from an Donnay Dual-X Silver (used it for 1 year) to the new Aero Pro Drive (Nadal’s). I’m still working out which strings to use, but I do like Blast at 16 gauge, BHBR 16 and 17, and surprisingly happy with a full bed of B5E at 16 gauge. It plays very similar to Blast at almost half the cost. I think the tension maintenance could be better as well. I like to string in the 58-60 range to keep the tension and control from diminishing too quickly.

    Racquet model tested: Volkl Organix 7 310

    String set-up in test racquet: Volkl Power Fiber 2 (Full Bed), mid-range tension

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? 1

    Comments on racquet performance:

    Before even looking at the specs online I noticed how maneuverable this racquet was. It seems very nicely balanced and I was digging the design. At first I thought the strings were some kind of polyester, but after further examination found them to be a black multi-filament.

    I really loved the black design and the bright green, which definitely got some heads to turn and the grip was really tacky, perhaps a bit too much but either way the racquet sure was nice to hold and swing through the air. That’s where everything kind of ended for me. This thing is just too darn stiff, at least for me. At first contact I felt a jarring sensation similar to getting shocked at a low voltage. The power was there, for sure, but with every blow to the ball I could feel the vibration, literally in waves up my arm. Believe me, TW…I tried to play with this beautiful racquet on a number of occasions, but every time I had to stop because of the stiffness and shock that was getting sent up my arm. No one with any kind of arm issue should play with this stick and forget about polyester strings. If you value your swinging arm I would stay away from this stick. On a side note, after playing with this racquet I have a real appreciation for what Balbolat has done to the APD GT with its Cortex technology and making it much more forgiving even with a 69 stiffness rating.

    From my limited playtest, I can say my ball had plenty of pace with heavy top and slice. I was actually quite impressed with the spin production of the racquet and string combination. Touch shots weren’t really there for me, probably due to the stiffness, but pop on my volley sure was. Serving was hard on my shoulder, but slice and kickers were average at best, since nothing can compare to APD in the spin category. Overall, this racquet should be played strong, young, powerful players who can handle the stiffness. For the older more “seasoned” player I would find another nice Volkl, which shouldn’t be hard.

    Thanks TW for allowing me to participate. I wish I could have contributed more…

    Best,
    JP
     
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  46. Laney Tennis

    Laney Tennis Banned

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    Tennis experience/background: I'm a 4.0 player, been playing tennis for 4 years. Plays competitively in USTA matches.

    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I am an all court player, big forehand, one handed backhand. I like to hit out on my shots on both wings, can spin it and flatten out when need be. Good racquet head speed.

    Current racquet/string: Wilson Pro Staff Tour 95 (leaded up and customized) with full set Volkl Cyclone or BHBR at 57lbs

    Racquet model tested: Volkl Organix 7 (310g)

    String set-up in test racquet: Volkl V Torque 16g

    How many hours did you play with the racquet? 10 hours

    Comments on racquet performance:
    -Groundstrokes: For a racquet with a stiffness rating of 73 it certainly did not feel that stiff. It played firm but comfortable probably because of the 104 head size. The Volkl Biotiac grip is very comfy and cushy with lot of tac. I put it on the scale and it came out exactly as stated at 11.5 oz. Balance is 1pt headlight, very close to even. The one thing that really jumped out at me initially was how big and wide the beam is, it is listed at 24.5mm and it certainly looks all of that. The big beam makes the racquet look bulky but it plays surprisingly maneuverable. With racquet in hand, it has a very nice solid feel and balance to it.

    It took a little time to adjust to the power but once in tune, this racquet is an offensive weapon. When I'm swinging freely, the maneuverability allows me to generate excellent racquet head speed which creates a very spinny and heavy ball that jumps off the court when it hits the ground. My friends were making fun of me hitting with such a big racquet but after being on the receiving end of these heavy shots, there were laughing no more. The comments from my hitting partners are I had more pace, spin and action with this racquet than my regular one. Bottom line, groundstrokes were great! I'd give it an A- here

    -serves: This is where the 310g shines. The 310g is a very powerful racquet with a huge sweet spot. Using a full bed of V-Torque 16g (co-poly,) I was able to launch missiles with it. Flat bombs down the T is just ridiculously fun to hit, I can literally feel the power that is added by the racquet. Kickers out wide jumps like no other, I'd give it an A+ here. Side note, overheads were great with the added power and big sweet spot.

    -volleys: I had some issues here but that could be just me, my regular racquet is a players racquet so that could be part of the issue. The power and spin that was so much fun to hit with on groundstrokes and serves was causing a lot of grief for me here. Its seems like every volley I hit was at least 5 ft longer than my normal volley so the launch angle had to be adjusted. Bottome line, too powerful and difficult to control for me but somebody that is used to a powerful oversize racquet may really like it. For me its a C

    -serve returns: The 310g did quite well on serve returns. At 327 swing weight, it was solid and stable enough to defend against big serves and at the same time fast enough for reactionary shots, of course a big sweet spot also helps.

    General reaction/comments on overall performance: Initially I was a bit skeptical when I saw that I was going to be playing with an oversize racquet, I have a one handed backhand so how am I supposed to hit with a 104 head size with bulky beams. As it turned out, I hit really nicely with it.

    I feel that the target audience for this racquet is somebody that would like a little more power from the racquet to help them on their shots, a bit more spin to make the shots go in more and a bigger sweet spot for an easier hitting racquet. That person may not have super fast swing speed but want something that can help them along the development process. If that sounds like you, you should demo this one.


    Thanks TW!
     
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