Demoed a Volkl Power Bridge 10 ... Loved it! Now what?

Fedster

New User
I'd like to demo a few more rackets before I make a decision. I loved the Volkl PB 10, am ready to buy ... it felt great at all levels. But I'd like another demo week with similar spec'd rackets.

I was thinking of trying a Volkl C10 Pro, a Fischer M Comp 95, and maybe a Boris Becker 11 (or Mid).

Any other suggestions or comments now that you know I'm looking for a player racket with weight, headlight, control-oriented, and with good plow-through? :)

Thanks!
 

alfa164164

Professional
Definitely give the Fischer M Comp 95 a demo, very maneuverable for its weight, rock solid on everything, and comfortable to boot.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Haven't tried the PB 10 myself, though I've had a couple of C10's for a while and think that frame would be smart to try. From what I've heard, it sounds like the Volkl gang kept everything that was right with the C10 when they designed the PB10, but gave the newer PB model a firmer hoop.

A couple of other options could be the Prince Hybrid Tour and the Donnay Pro One mp. The Donnay is all about old school touch and control, but the Prince is one of the best all-court frames around that I know of. You could even consider a test drive with the Ozone Pro Tour.
 

Fedster

New User
head microgel prestige mid
I tried the Head Microgel Prestige Mid a few months ago and wasn't crazy about it.

Definitely give the Fischer M Comp 95 a demo, very maneuverable for its weight, rock solid on everything, and comfortable to boot.
Yeah, I've heard great things about this racket ... and some okay things. Sounds like it would be great to try, and I will. I actually held the racket at a sporting goods store and it felt good in my hands, and swung (as much as you can swing a racket at a store) pretty similar to the PB10. Yet the PB10, with just holding it and swinging it at the store, feels heavier, even though it's rated less. I felt the same way when demoing it against the Wilson K95. The K95 felt nice but once I picked up the PB10 and played with it, it felt heavier and more solid ... yet the K95 is listed as heavier.

Haven't tried the PB 10 myself, though I've had a couple of C10's for a while and think that frame would be smart to try. From what I've heard, it sounds like the Volkl gang kept everything that was right with the C10 when they designed the PB10, but gave the newer PB model a firmer hoop.

A couple of other options could be the Prince Hybrid Tour and the Donnay Pro One mp. The Donnay is all about old school touch and control, but the Prince is one of the best all-court frames around that I know of. You could even consider a test drive with the Ozone Pro Tour.
Yeah, that's what I keep reading about: that the C10 is more flexible and has an open string pattern unlike the PB10. That's why I want to try it. I didn't mind the firmness of the PB10; maybe even liked it. But I need more experience and something comparable to compare it against to see if I like a hefty racket like the PB10 but with a more flexible head. And to see if the string pattern makes a difference to me. We'll see ... and I'll let you guys know once I demo the C10 against the PB10.

I'll give a look at the Prince Hybrid Tour and Donnay Pro One MP as well ... and the Ozone Pro Tour. Why not, right? :)

Interestingly, the PB10 is only 12 ounces strung but feels much heavier than that. I think it's the way it's balanced in the stick. I bring this up because I LIKE the way it feels, and the way it swung and hit. That's why I initially listed the C10, the Fischer Comp 95, and the Boris Becker 11, because they all felt and swung (at the store) with a similar weight.

There was also a yellow Yonex that did so too. Don't remember the model.

Anyhow, thanks for the input so far. The more the better!
 
I've been using the PB10 for a few months now and think it's a great all around racquet. It surprises me that it hasn't become more popular on this board. I'm still trying to get the tension right on it, though. Strung with a poly hybrid in the low 50s, it can still feel pretty boardy for a few hours before it softens up. I'm planning to try the upper 40s next.
 

Fedster

New User
I've been using the PB10 for a few months now and think it's a great all around racquet. It surprises me that it hasn't become more popular on this board. I'm still trying to get the tension right on it, though. Strung with a poly hybrid in the low 50s, it can still feel pretty boardy for a few hours before it softens up. I'm planning to try the upper 40s next.
What hybrid you using? What strings and at what tensions thus far?
 
I've tried a few string combinations. I tried Maxim Touch at 57/55, Sensation at the same tension. Both felt stiff at first. I should have strung them at a lower tension. I prefer hybrids because I don't like strings moving around. For all of my hybrids, I've used cyberflash 17L in the mains. I tried it with Head Rip Control 17 crosses strung at 54/56. Then I tried Dunlop Max Comfort crosses at 53/55. Now I'm back to my usual cross, PSGM, at 50/52. They're all good combinations, but they can be a little harsh feeling at first. I think I'll try all of those crosses again and string around 48/50.
 

mjv384

New User
I would also try the Dunlop Aerogel 200, its a great stick too. I would also maybe try out a Head microgel Prestige midplus and this new prince rebel 95. These are all great racquets and 3 of my picks over the volkl and fischer racquets.
 

afm223

New User
I definately recommend the Fischer M comp 95. I tested probably close to 50 racquets this summer and fell in love with this frame. Previously I had played with the Prince POG Mid, and found the Fischer less hars with a nice smooth feel and lots of control. Iam currently playing mine with Blue Gear mains and NXT crosses @ 58# and am digging this setup.
 

Bad Dog

Semi-Pro
Volkl C10 Pro 98

Yeah, that's what I keep reading about: that the C10 is more flexible and has an open string pattern unlike the PB10. That's why I want to try it. I didn't mind the firmness of the PB10; maybe even liked it. But I need more experience and something comparable to compare it against to see if I like a hefty racket like the PB10 but with a more flexible head. And to see if the string pattern makes a difference to me. We'll see ... and I'll let you guys know once I demo the C10 against the PB10.



Interestingly, the PB10 is only 12 ounces strung but feels much heavier than that. I think it's the way it's balanced in the stick. I bring this up because I LIKE the way it feels, and the way it swung and hit. That's why I initially listed the C10,

The C10 Pro is also a heavy racket, but with a relatively low swing weight, it feels rather light and ultra-maneuverable on the court – and extremely comfortable particularly due to its flexible hoop and open string pattern – you may be in for a very positive surprise. :)
 

Fedster

New User
Looks like my instinct, and the tennis pro at ******* sports here in NYC, was right to try the C10 and the Comp 95, which I'll for certain try.

These are rackets I've tried that didn't do it for me:

Head MG Prestige Mid
Head MG Radical Mid
Babolat Pure Drive

These I liked:

Fischer M Pro 98
Yonex RQ iS 1 Tour

And this one I really liked:
Wilson KSix.One 95 (both string patterns)

But nothing compared to the PB10.

Looking forward to trying the C10 & Comp 95.

Gotta pick one more to test drive.... :)
 

harryz

Professional
Great stick for sure

Among my very favorite MP frames. For some reason, perhaps the stiffness in the hoop, it hurts my wrist. I have two in near mint shape if anyone would like them before I post on the TW classifieds. harryzweben@yahoo.com. Sorry for the post here-- wanted to give PB 10 lovers first option.
 

Fedster

New User
So I'm going to try the C10, the Fischer Comp 95, and of course I'm going to demo the PB10 again so I can compare it to the others.

I have to pick just one more to demo...

I'm thinking either the Boris Becker 11 Mid or the Boris Becker 11.

Any recommendations knowing what I'm looking for?
 

DJG

Semi-Pro
Try the BB 11 - same 98 sq in head that you like in other sticks. (Well worth a demo, I might add - at least for me.)
 

jrod

Hall of Fame
So I'm going to try the C10, the Fischer Comp 95, and of course I'm going to demo the PB10 again so I can compare it to the others.

I have to pick just one more to demo...

I'm thinking either the Boris Becker 11 Mid or the Boris Becker 11.

Any recommendations knowing what I'm looking for?

I tried the BB11 mid several months ago and haven't put it down since. I used the k90 and Fischer Mpro 98 before this and demoed the C10 as well as a host of others. The BB11 mid is well worth a demo.
 

NoBadMojo

G.O.A.T.
So I'm going to try the C10, the Fischer Comp 95, and of course I'm going to demo the PB10 again so I can compare it to the others.

I have to pick just one more to demo...

I'm thinking either the Boris Becker 11 Mid or the Boris Becker 11.

Any recommendations knowing what I'm looking for?
I would say def go with the Becker11MP Standard. You will get an excellent comparison to the PB10 as they have similar specs and both have 18mains. if you want to try something different, then go with the Mid. The sweetzones are pretty similar in size.

I preferred the becker11MP over the PB10 <and I used the t10MPgen for a few years which comes from the same tool as the PB10>. The PB10 is a very nice frame, but isnt as imposing as the becker11MP especially from the backcourt. you can feel more mass in the head of the becker than the PB10.

They really did a good job w. the PB10 especially the attention to getting the bridge piece to do its thing right and still make the frame comfortable.

If someone wants a little crisper feel, they would generally prefer the PB10..if warm and fuzzy and juicy, then try the becker11MP

I would alsio say that many a good frame gets dismissed based upon the wrong string/setup. if you string either of these frames too tightly for you, you likely arent going toi get a very good experience..this is true for most 18mains frames.....i usually automatically drop 5 pounds of tension when playtesting a 18mains frame over the 16mains
 

TourTenor

Professional
I tried the BB11 mid several months ago and haven't put it down since. I used the k90 and Fischer Mpro 98 before this and demoed the C10 as well as a host of others. The BB11 mid is well worth a demo.
I've had the same experience with the BB11 mid. Great all around stick with plenty of control and pop. Good sized sweet spot. Definitely worth a demo. (BTW, I am not as impressed with the BB11 std as it seems a bit less substantial ... feels a tad light in the contact zone) Good luck with the search.
 

cork_screw

Hall of Fame
That was kind of the dealbreaker for me. I can't stand headheavy racquets. I was really surprised they changed the balance. The DNX 10 was perfect at 12 pts headlight, the PB10 is now it's 6 pts headlight. That's what i enjoyed about the PS85 and the Yonex RDS 001 (2008 reissue). My head pro tour 630 is actually the same balance and my wrist hurts a lot after about 3 hours of hitting. But with a DNX 10 I could play 5 hours without pain. I might lean towards BB11 just because of this.

I tried the Head Microgel Prestige Mid a few months ago and wasn't crazy about it.



Yeah, I've heard great things about this racket ... and some okay things. Sounds like it would be great to try, and I will. I actually held the racket at a sporting goods store and it felt good in my hands, and swung (as much as you can swing a racket at a store) pretty similar to the PB10. Yet the PB10, with just holding it and swinging it at the store, feels heavier, even though it's rated less. I felt the same way when demoing it against the Wilson K95. The K95 felt nice but once I picked up the PB10 and played with it, it felt heavier and more solid ... yet the K95 is listed as heavier.



Yeah, that's what I keep reading about: that the C10 is more flexible and has an open string pattern unlike the PB10. That's why I want to try it. I didn't mind the firmness of the PB10; maybe even liked it. But I need more experience and something comparable to compare it against to see if I like a hefty racket like the PB10 but with a more flexible head. And to see if the string pattern makes a difference to me. We'll see ... and I'll let you guys know once I demo the C10 against the PB10.

I'll give a look at the Prince Hybrid Tour and Donnay Pro One MP as well ... and the Ozone Pro Tour. Why not, right? :)

Interestingly, the PB10 is only 12 ounces strung but feels much heavier than that. I think it's the way it's balanced in the stick. I bring this up because I LIKE the way it feels, and the way it swung and hit. That's why I initially listed the C10, the Fischer Comp 95, and the Boris Becker 11, because they all felt and swung (at the store) with a similar weight.

There was also a yellow Yonex that did so too. Don't remember the model.

Anyhow, thanks for the input so far. The more the better!
 

Fedster

New User
I would say def go with the Becker11MP Standard. You will get an excellent comparison to the PB10 as they have similar specs and both have 18mains. if you want to try something different, then go with the Mid. The sweetzones are pretty similar in size.

I preferred the becker11MP over the PB10 <and I used the t10MPgen for a few years which comes from the same tool as the PB10>. The PB10 is a very nice frame, but isnt as imposing as the becker11MP especially from the backcourt. you can feel more mass in the head of the becker than the PB10.

They really did a good job w. the PB10 especially the attention to getting the bridge piece to do its thing right and still make the frame comfortable.

If someone wants a little crisper feel, they would generally prefer the PB10..if warm and fuzzy and juicy, then try the becker11MP

I would alsio say that many a good frame gets dismissed based upon the wrong string/setup. if you string either of these frames too tightly for you, you likely arent going toi get a very good experience..this is true for most 18mains frames.....i usually automatically drop 5 pounds of tension when playtesting a 18mains frame over the 16mains
NoBadMojo,

I'm not really looking for 98 head size. What got me with the PB10 was the feel of the swing, the heft, and the accuracy of control without sacrificing too much power.

For some reason the BB 11 Mid sounds like it might be a good one to try more so than the BB 11 MP. What do you think?

Thanks!
 

NoBadMojo

G.O.A.T.
NoBadMojo,

I'm not really looking for 98 head size. What got me with the PB10 was the feel of the swing, the heft, and the accuracy of control without sacrificing too much power.

For some reason the BB 11 Mid sounds like it might be a good one to try more so than the BB 11 MP. What do you think?

Thanks!
sure...give it a demo..it's a very nice racquet
 
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Fedster

New User
So I just ordered to demo the following:

Volkl C10 Pro
Boris Becker 11
Boris Becker 11 Mid
Volkl Power Bridge 10 (again)

It's a all Volkl affair!!

They didn't have the Fischer Comp 95 in stock, and I really would like to compare the two BB11's against the PB10.

I should have them by next week and will be on the court next weekend.

I'll let you guys know how it goes ... and thanks for all your input! :)
 

TourTenor

Professional
So I just ordered to demo the following:

Volkl C10 Pro
Boris Becker 11
Boris Becker 11 Mid
Volkl Power Bridge 10 (again)

It's a all Volkl affair!!

They didn't have the Fischer Comp 95 in stock, and I really would like to compare the two BB11's against the PB10.

I should have them by next week and will be on the court next weekend.

I'll let you guys know how it goes ... and thanks for all your input! :)
You've got me interested. Last year, I tried the C10 and the BB11mid together before I went with the mid. (I've also used the BB11 std ... my wife's racquet) Hopefully, your strings will be better than the ones I had when I demoed. Despite the strings, the 11mid stood out during my test period.
 

Fedster

New User
Been demoing ... think I'm in love...

I still have more time to play this weekend, but I already played with all my demo rackets, and here's what I conclude thus far:

:arrow: My least favorite racket was the Boris Becker 11.
It felt like the Head Flexpoint Radical Tour I currently play with, which isn't bad, but not what I'm looking for.

:arrow: My next favorite was the Boris Becker 11 Mid.
I liked the heft, and it felt good to swing. I liked the plow-through, and it felt strong and solid, yet it felt like it wasn't as maneuverable as I'd want. There was something missing for me with this stick, although I don't know what it was. But I did like it very much.

:arrow: My second favorite was Volkl C10.
It felt much lighter than the listed 12.2 strung weight, but it was very maneuverable. But the plow-through wasn't much; it didn't feel powerful or penetrating. Although I did like it ... but, like the BB11 Mid, I felt there was something missing for me with it.

:arrow: And my favorite ... yes, you guessed it: Volkl Power Bridge 10.
It just felt so different than the others, although the BB11 Mid was the closest to its feel. I loved everything about it: powerful, accurate, like it was part of my arm yet with a boost of steroids and a scalpel's edge to boot. People say it's stiff, but I felt fine with it. It felt very powerful but with a very controlled feel (or maybe I should say it was very control-oriented with a powerful and penetrating feel). I loved the way it swung, and hitting the ball has never felt so good to me. It gave me a lot of control yet the power was never lacking, albeit I never felt like I was going to hit out. I also felt I could hit through the ball and get it in deep and hard. I'm sure experimenting with strings and tensions can accentuate that aspect.

I kept switching rackets every few minutes, always going back to my Head racket as well, just to see the differences.

And I served with all of them, volleyed, sliced and diced.

The PB10 felt the best.


Thus, even though I'm still going to play more this weekend, get the full week's worth, I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the PB10.

Given that, here's another question:

I found out the TW strings there demos at 2 lbs above mid; therefore, this demo PB10 is strung at 57.

I heard some posters that have used or have a PB10, liking it or not, saying to string on the lower side and maybe to hybrid.

I'm for certain going to hybrid. I'm thinking of Luxilon ALU Power Rough on the mains, and NRG2 16 on the crosses.

Question is what tension should I start with? I'm thinking of going right down the middle, more or less: something like 56/53. Any thoughts or suggestions or recommendations on this?
 

furyoku_tennis

Hall of Fame
Nice review. I have the C10 and am expecting the Becker 11 std and mid as well as the PB10. Anything i should know?

I'd say string it at mid since Luxilons are a bit stiffer than NXTs. That should compensate a bit for the higher tension. I've heard the PB10 doesn't do too well at higher tensions, so just something for your consideration.
 

afm223

New User
Give the Fischer a try before you seal the deal on the PB10. You might want to try the Fischer M Pro 98 also. I demoed the EXO Graphite 100 last night and will be hitting with the Avery M3 Control and EXO Graphite 93 tonight. I can offer my impression of those compared to the M Comp 95 if you would like.
 

Fedster

New User
Give the Fischer a try before you seal the deal on the PB10. You might want to try the Fischer M Pro 98 also. I demoed the EXO Graphite 100 last night and will be hitting with the Avery M3 Control and EXO Graphite 93 tonight. I can offer my impression of those compared to the M Comp 95 if you would like.
I actually have tried the Fischer M Pro 98 and I liked it very much. It actually reminded me of the Volkl C10 Pro a lot. :)

I'll consider trying the M Comp 95, but I do think I'm sold on the PB10. I think, just from holding and swinging the M Comp and playing with the M Pro, I like the handle of the Volkls much better. I know it's a small thing, but it's enough to sell me on the PB10 ... especially since I've demoed Wilsons, Heads, Yonexes, Fischers, Boris Beckers (which I know Volkl makes), Prince and Babolot.

Plus another $20 bucks to demo seems like a lot to me right now (darn recession!).

And besides the handle, I just feel like demoing 12 rackets is enough to get me what I want ... and I really am so impressed with the PB10 that I want to own it already!

But I'll think about it.

Thanks for your input...
 

Fedster

New User
Strings

So I'm still thinking of strings.

I'll probably, whatever strings I pick, string my PB10 at 55/53, sticking to the mid-low range. I think that's the best way to go.

Thoughts?

And I really want to try Lux ALU Power Roughs on the mains. From research here I think I'll try NRG2 16 in the crosses.

Any thoughts on that?

Any other suggestions or comments would be appreciated, the sooner the better, because I'm probably going to buy in the next week or so.

Thanks! :)
 
So I'm still thinking of strings.

I'll probably, whatever strings I pick, string my PB10 at 55/53, sticking to the mid-low range. I think that's the best way to go.

Thoughts?

And I really want to try Lux ALU Power Roughs on the mains. From research here I think I'll try NRG2 16 in the crosses.

Any thoughts on that?

Any other suggestions or comments would be appreciated, the sooner the better, because I'm probably going to buy in the next week or so.

Thanks! :)
I've already posted on the strings I've tried with the PB10 somewhere, but I generally use Cyberflash mains and PSGM crosses. I also liked Dunlop Max Comfort and Head Rip Control crosses. But I do recommend stringing at a lower tension. With the tight pattern, you won't lose much control and will gain comfort and pop.
 
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