Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Birke, Aug 10, 2009.
Title says it all.
I know there were a few some years back...but what about now?
Volkl is somwhat of a dead brand, since Boris Becker took over the company. A lot of the technology is still in the BB line, like DNX and Power Bridge. I just have to get used to that orange colored theme on thier racquets.
There are tour players that use BB racquets.
Volkl is not a dead brand. Boris Becker invetsted into Volkl Tennis in 1999. Klip America is now running Volkl Tennis world wide. There are a few new Volkl racquets that just came out like the new PowerBridge 10 mid, PB V1, PB 3.
Volkl still has Kevin Kim using the Tour 10 MP with a PB 10 MP paint job.
nope, none that i know of... Benjamin Becker wears Boris Becker clothes... But that is as close as it gets.
Jamie Baker plays BB 11 customized, Kevin Kim like VS said still plays T10 with PB 10 pj.
What pros then are using BB racquets?
There's a recent posting regarding this question on here. Do a search & it should come up.
Here is a link I found:
It was a 2 year old topic, and I was wondering about now (today).
That's why I said in the OP - "I know there were a few some years back...but what about now?"
Isn't Frank Dancevic still using a Volkl bat? I thought he was using the T10 Gen2? Or has he ditched it?
He was swinging a C10 with Gen 2 paint. When Volkl decided to opt out of pro endoresements, for a time he was using the black C10 with some lead at the 3 & 9. Dancevic is now swinging a Wilson.
Taylor dent used a volkl before "Switching" to wilson, I read an interview and the journalist was asking Dent about his racquet and said "it looks alot like your old racquet" and Taylor Dent said "Yeah, it plays alot like it too" which makes me think it IS his old volkl frame tossed in wilson cosmetics.
Correction: Sorry C10 paintjob with C9 Pro underneath.
I believe it's around 243g and 27.75 inches. I'm sure someone else can give some more info.
Yeah, when Dent played Volkl he used the C9 layup which I've heard was the preferred layup of most of the pros. Dent's version had some weight added to it.
That was from Greg Raven when when Dent switched cosmetics on his Hyper Pro Staff Zone 7.1 Mold. Dent went from Pro Staff ROK to Nsix-one 95 cosmetics on the Pro Staff Zone 7.1 MOLD
In 2004, I was at the Mercedes Cup tournament in Los Angeles, the weekend of qualifying. Taylor was practicing on the main court with his coach, Francisco Montana, using a racquet with the nSix-One 95 graphics. During a break, I went over to Taylor to say hello. I pointed to his racquet and said, "That looks a lot like your old racquet." He responded, "It plays a lot like my old racquet, too."
Hey Rabbit I think you just might have 3 of Dents old C9 layups at the specs Geezer mentioned. He might be interested in getting a few from you.. Give the kid a break he is a quality player I know him personally. Glad to see your back with the C10's great sticks. I asked you about the c9's awhile back thanks for the reply right after that I did my shoulder in rotator cuff and at that moment I couldnt handle the weight. Still in rehab. Enjoy your posts keep them coming.
Jamie Baker is now playing with a customized PB10 Mid 357grams..Just had good run in the far east events and is now in Australia. Info from his racket supplier in UK today..just thought id post an update
Jamie Baker is playing with a customized PB 10 Mid at 357 grams he has been in the far east and had some promising results now in OZ..Info from his UK racket supplier this afternoon. Saw a few of these while at the warehouse a few weeks back.
Thanks for the info Brittboy ;-)
The thing is no one is going to take Volkl seriously with a distinct lack of pro players using their sticks. I'm sure they are nice rackets and hence why a select few continue to use them, who proclaim the word of how good they are. But they really need to get some pros on board, for club players to really take them seriously, like they did back in the day with Becker/Muster/Korda/Mantilla etc etc. It makes you wonder why no players use their newer models, possibly because they aren't up to the standard of the older sticks.
Exactly, plus they are hard to find off the shelf. I tried out a few. Nothing special.
Certainly no threat to Wilson/Head/Prince/Babolat
It was rumoured that Volkl had the opportunity to sign Andy Murray a few years back.
Just think how many British players would be using volkl sticks now
I'm glad someone feels the same way as I do. I personally think the reason no pros use them is because there has been a sharp decline in racket quality/innovation on Volkl's part since the C10 days
Volkl peeps pass me off saying they don't invest money in pros. At the end of the day if they were such great rackets pros would still be using them.
Way to defer, you're a salesman's dream.
I think the point is that pro players will go where the money is (that's what makes them professionals and not just really good amatuers). It won't matter how good a racquet is if it doesn't pay; and what with the miracle of paint, who knows how many pro players actually use Volkl.
What Volkl is racquet is so special a pro should use one for Free?
You've missed my point. Volkl was used by quite a few players ten years ago? Now- no one. What's changed?
Well virtually no pros use volkl, even paintjobbed ones. I'm sure we would know about it on here if they were.
Their marketing budgets. They no longer invest in paying people to use their frames on tour. In fact, the company has been questionable financially for a few years, and it will be interesting to see how/if they stay in the US market at all going forward.
I think his ego is large enough that he thinks he can sell racquets with his endorsement alone.
There isn't one IMO. That's exactly what I was agreeing with. The 1st poster said
and I said...
This would indicate that the change Volkl experienced was the introduction of Boris Becker as part owner. Prior to Becker, Volkl experienced their growth when they signed John McEnroe to play the C10. And, McEnroe played a stock albeit weighted C10. Prior to his part ownership of Volkl, Boris Becker lauded the C10 as his racquet of choice.
Becker's introduction to Volkl also saw a much heralded racquet introduction, the Q10 which was a severe disappointment to most Volkl fans, myself included as I reviewed it when it came out. Volkl followed that mistake with the Q10 Tour which was allegedy Boris Becker's personal racquet. As it turns out, the Q10 Tour was Becker's racquet of choice and even when the BB10 was introduced, it was a Q10 Tour with paint. Subsequent Boris Becker frames were rejected by the master himself in favor of the Q10 Tour. Recently, it's been said he's playing with the Legend, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Legend's specs were strikingly similar to the Q10 Tour's.
Since Boris Becker, they have seen a steady decline in market share.
The Becker Legend does have very similar specs to the Quantum 10 Tour
11.9 ounces / 337 grams
4 pts HL
Quantum 10 Tour
11.5 ounces / 326 grams
6 pts HL
Besides the marketing budget to sign pros, there were a couple other interesting Volkl facts:
1) Volkl's product director (I can't recall his name) was Nick Bolletieri's son in law. As I recall, NBTA used Volkl for a while, until that marriage went south (correct me if I'm wrong, this was years ago).
2) McEnroe switched to Volkl after trying one of Petr Korda's sticks and loved it so much he parted ways with Dunlop. It was the racquet, not the money.
3) A number of unsigned pros played Volkl because of the quality/caliber of the frames.
Is Volkl in decline? Yep. The PB10 mid is their best recent effort, and I don't see that selling all that well. The V1 line is probably their biggest seller.
Yeah, here locally, Volkl retailer sells one frame, the Attiva 6. Other than that, he special orders if anyone wants one. There are a couple of guys who play the V1, and a couple of more who play Cat 10s. Other than that, Volkl is nowhere near as popular as it was 10 years ago.
I used to see them regularly at seniors events and they are personna non gratis there too.
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