Tennis Warehouse: Volkl V-Feel V1 Playtest

Yeah, you can use whatever string you like. I actually ended up stringing it up with Signum Tornado, since I decided I wanted a true apples-to-apples comparison with my Phantom Pro 100.
I did a full bed of Forten Sweet 17G (white) at 56 lbs with a pre-stretch. Did not want not want to go with a poly since the frame appears to be quite firm.

With strings (17G SG) Volkl vibration dampener and Forten red Pro over grip. 11.4 oz, 5 points HL. Feels HH when swinging.. but is in fact HL 5 points. The balance point is right over the throat which will I hope give this frame some nice drive through the ball. Back with results when I get on the court. From swinging I can feel that the OHBH will be very stable and easy to create as the frame seems easy to swing and control. A nice fluid, easy swing should create a good result on both sides. We will see.. :)
 
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One other quick observation: I have been using Volkl frames for many years and they always has that solid... great BUILD. Folks have concerns with the grommets and bumper guard. This frame is not made like the older Volkl fames in MHO. These grommets do not look the best. Lets see how they hold up.
 
TW sent us two sets of strings. We are or not required to use either one? You used a SG and I would like to so the same. Thanks for the info..
Yeah, you can use whatever string you like. I actually ended up stringing it up with Signum Tornado, since I decided I wanted a true apples-to-apples comparison with my Phantom Pro 100.

My method of madness often starts with synthetic gut. This allows me to get a good reference of what the frame is like since it is such an honest string.
 
With an overgrip, that frame is 328 grams and 5 pts HL, which is 22 grams heavier and 2 pts more HL than how I first played it.

I'm keeping the Powerfibre multi in the mains, but switched out the cross with Isospeed Cream.

The stock MP has a comfortable feel and is very maneuverable, however it has some issues on serve returns and finding consistent depth on ground strokes, which are attributable to the low weight.
If Volkl could bump the unstrung weight from 285 to 300 (which is what the pure drive is), it really could be a great racket for the masses, imo.
 
With an overgrip, that frame is 328 grams and 5 pts HL, which is 22 grams heavier and 2 pts more HL than how I first played it.

I'm keeping the Powerfibre multi in the mains, but switched out the cross with Isospeed Cream.

The stock MP has a comfortable feel and is very maneuverable, however it has some issues on serve returns and finding consistent depth on ground strokes, which are attributable to the low weight.
If Volkl could bump the unstrung weight from 285 to 300 (which is what the pure drive is), it really could be a great racket for the masses, imo.

Thanks for the update on your mods. Pretty sure the V1 MP has been a racket for the masses. Like the Pro Kennex 5G and the Head Radical.. they have been around forever and seems like never going away. The V1 MP was the 1st real tweener. I would say the V1 MP.. and the C10 Pro are the frames that really put Volkl on the map..
 
Liking what I am seeing from the Pro so far. I did not have the pleasure of using the other versions. This is a very solid offering. Very point and shoot. Still obtaining results.. :). Looks like it falls someplace between the Head Radical MP (16 x 19) and a Pure Drive without the arm pain. I can't wait to get some Volkl Cyclone 18G in this next. I thought I would like the frame to be a few points more HL.. but the frame is so fast.. don't really need to take any of the frame's plow-thru away to get racket head speed. This is a really nice all court frame. Not much on touch.. more muted with decent feel. I can feel just a slight flexing in the frame on ground strokes. No where near as firm as a Pure Drive.
 
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See my earlier post in this thread. I was having issues with the big Super Grommets at 3 and 9 on my V-Sense V1 Pros. I saw cracking grommets within 2 weeks of replacing them. Reminded me of issues I had with Head Extreme Pro 2.0 groms.
I have not broken any so far.. but compared to older Volkl grommets these are not the same quality for sure. The entire build of the frame is not as good as the older Volkl frames. I had a V1 Classic for 10 years.. never had to replace the grommets. BTW.. what did they call the Super Grommets on the frames back in the day?
 
Ahhhh... Here it is: ie.. Power Holes etc..

Classic Big Grommet

Funnel-shaped grommets allow the strings to move more freely. The result is a significant improvement in precision and control on off-center hits. Ideal for players with slower more compact strokes.
 
I'm going to do the Cyclone at 45lbs since I'm generally a low tension full poly guy and I'm familiar with the string.
Any feedback on your V1 Pro? I was wondering how the poly set-up worked.. as I am planning to do 18G Cyclone (Pink/Red) very soon in this one.. next. I am liking the full bed of Forten Sweet 17G... really nice string.
 
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Any feedback on your V1 Pro? I was wondering how the poly set-up worked.. as I am planning to do 18G Cyclone (Pink/Red) very soon in this one.. next. I am liking the full bed of Forten Sweet 17G... really nice string.
I ended up doing Signum Pro Tornado since that's what's in my usual racket. I prefer full poly in most rackets, and I'm quite certain the V1 Pro V-Feel is no exception (I felt that way about the similar playing previous version). The racket is pretty powerful and I'm happy to have poly for some extra bite and control. Though I've decided I'm starting to feel the stiffness a bit.
 
I ended up doing Signum Pro Tornado since that's what's in my usual racket. I prefer full poly in most rackets, and I'm quite certain the V1 Pro V-Feel is no exception (I felt that way about the similar playing previous version). The racket is pretty powerful and I'm happy to have poly for some extra bite and control. Though I've decided I'm starting to feel the stiffness a bit.
Thanks for the feedback. The Forten Sweet 17G is one of softer syn guts on the market... so not feeling the stiffness so far. I am finding the power level to be medium for my game. I am sure at my game and age... I have it right. For someone coming from a base of faster and longer strokes.. using a players frame.. I can see this frame producing quite a rip. I did send a few FHs long without the extra spin of a full poly bed to help pull the ball back down. I tend to use thinner, softer co-polys so I am hoping not to run into any arm stiffness.. but time will tell. Hope I get time to test the Cyclone.
 
I tried out the multi that came with the playtest, powerfibre, on the mains with isospeed cream as a cross last night and it was superb. Crisp, comfortable, spinny, very controllable power response. Directional control could have been better but was still acceptable.

Regarding the MP itself, the mods I did to increase the SW but with a bit more HL balance has turned it into a really strong performing 1st strike frame. My friends were commenting on the better pace and action I was getting on the ball compared to last week!

As for the grommets, I'm not seeing anything that would cause me any concern about them.

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I tried out the multi that came with the playtest, powerfibre, on the mains with isospeed cream as a cross last night and it was superb. Crisp, comfortable, spinny, very controllable power response. Directional control could have been better but was still acceptable.

Regarding the MP itself, the mods I did to increase the SW but with a bit more HL balance has turned it into a really strong performing 1st strike frame. My friends were commenting on the better pace and action I was getting on the ball compared to last week!

As for the grommets, I'm not seeing anything that would cause me any concern about them.

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How you compare the V1 you are testing to the V1 Pro you use as a regular stick? I know you have done mods on your V1 Pro.... anyway what is listed in your profile
 
I don't have a pro. I did demo the V-sense pro a few mths back and didn't care for it-thought the sweet spot was small and relatively hard to generate topspin. Never used earlier versions, although everybody raves about the Organix v1 pro.

I do have a Prince tour 100p, which is a very special frame with no weaknesses. That would be my recommendation for a great all around frame that doesn't need any moding.

Of course maybe the new V-feel has got the V1 pro mojo back somehow. I'll have to see the input on that, as I've got the MP for the playtest.

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I don't have a pro. I did demo the V-sense pro a few mths back and didn't care for it-thought the sweet spot was small and relatively hard to generate topspin. Never used earlier versions, although everybody raves about the Organix v1 pro.

I do have a Prince tour 100p, which is a very special frame with no weaknesses. That would be my recommendation for a great all around frame that doesn't need any moding.

Of course maybe the new V-feel has got the V1 pro mojo back somehow. I'll have to see the input on that, as I've got the MP for the playtest.

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Thanks for the insights. Sorry.. read your profile wrong. The Organix V1 also got rave reviews from the TW playtesters. Love to get my hands on one of those.. :)
 
Still liking the easy depth with the Pro. It's great on defense and as long as you don't try and hit touch vollies, it's good at the net. It lags a bit up there because of its balance.
I had been fixing some kinks in my Serve and finally have them worked out. The Pro rocked some pretty great flat serves. The solid, but not note worthy spin, held true on kicks and slices, but I did feel like the targeting on serves was above average. Overall, still pleased, but did have to put it down at one point and switch back to my 100P because of the harshness. I definitely would not recommend using a poly in this one.
 
overall, still pleased, but did have to put it down at one point and switch back to my 100P because of the harshness. I definitely would not recommend using a poly in this one.
This is not a good sign, and therefore a further confirmation to me that the V1 pro is on the wrong track.

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This is not a good sign, and therefore a further confirmation to me that the V1 pro is on the wrong track.

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I would describe it as a more control oriented Pure Drive. For people that want that for less than $500, it's great! For people wanting a more traditional Volkl feel or people looking for a racquet that is more traditionally would be described as a "Pro" line racquet, then yes, it's not great
 

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. I definitely would not recommend using a poly in this one.
my mouse is a bit lazy ATM...but what poly and tension did you use? I still haven't gotten to test more than just my baseline evaluation with synthetic gut. Even then, I'm really enjoying that string in here. Not quite sure which way I'll go next. Hybrid/multi/poly...but I'm enjoying the 17g 55# set up now.
 
my mouse is a bit lazy ATM...but what poly and tension did you use? I still haven't gotten to test more than just my baseline evaluation with synthetic gut. Even then, I'm really enjoying that string in here. Not quite sure which way I'll go next. Hybrid/multi/poly...but I'm enjoying the 17g 55# set up now.
Head Hawk 17 rough and Cyclone 17 both at 50
 
I would describe it as a more control oriented Pure Drive. For people that want that for less than $500, it's great! For people wanting a more traditional Volkl feel or people looking for a racquet that is more traditionally would be described as a "Pro" line racquet, then yes, it's not great
If the RA was 65 or so.... it would be great. Even with the full bed of Forten Sweet 17G (55 Lbs) it still plays pretty firm. The older versions had the flex (65) in the range. The specs are pretty close to a Pure Drive.. with the Pro V1 beam being a bit thinner. When I play with a Pure Drive... I can feel zero flex... The V1 Pro.. I can feel is slight flexing.
 
Still liking the easy depth with the Pro. It's great on defense and as long as you don't try and hit touch vollies, it's good at the net. It lags a bit up there because of its balance.
I had been fixing some kinks in my Serve and finally have them worked out. The Pro rocked some pretty great flat serves. The solid, but not note worthy spin, held true on kicks and slices, but I did feel like the targeting on serves was above average. Overall, still pleased, but did have to put it down at one point and switch back to my 100P because of the harshness. I definitely would not recommend using a poly in this one.
I think our reviews are going to be very similar... :)
 
Racquet Received: V1 Pro

String and tension used for test: Signum Tornado 45lbs

Tennis experience/background: Played a bit as a kid and a year in high school, then returned to the game in my 30’s. A bit of a gear freak in all of my hobbies. Currently play rec and USTA matches at the 4.0-4.5 level.

Describe your playing style: From style of play to stroke mechanics, think of a vastly inferior David Ferrer, a 4.0 David Ferrer if you will. So a grinding, topspin heavy baseline game, though I’m trying to adapt a strike-first mentality. Also play a lot of dubs, where I play more like an adapted singles player. I’m aggressive at net and love to poach, but don’t frequently serve and volley or try to rush the net after returns.

Current racquet/string setups: Prince Phantom Pro 100 / Signum Tornado 45lbs

How many hours did you play with the racquet? 15

Comments on racquet performance

Groundstrokes: Upon the first swing, I immediately noticed the easy depth and power I was getting with the latest V1 Pro. The racket had a very solid response, and I was easily returning balls deep into the court with interest. Along with the power, came good control and adequate spin. Though I would have liked a little more spin at times to help keep the ball in play or to roll hard angles; this may largely have been a product of me preferring my rackets more headlight, as I was having some trouble accelerating through contact on my forehand. The racket felt a little clunky at times, and I’m sure my rackethead speed was down. But the ease of use was apparent, and the free power and stability really bailed me out when I was on the defensive. Compared to the previous version, it felt a bit stiffer, more stable, with a boost in power, at the expense of some comfort and maneuverability. Given the specs, this racket still feels relatively comfy, particularly when you’re hitting casually and striking right in the plush sweetspot. But I could start to feel the stiffness when ramping up the intensity, especially when catching balls towards the upper hoop.

I found slicing with the V1 Pro a pleasure. With what felt like a decent amount of mass in the hoop, and plenty of inherent power, I could keep slices deep and low. The only exception was when trying to hit backhand slices on balls that were bouncing up to shoulder height; then the clunky trait reared its ugly head again.

Serves: I really enjoyed serving with this racket, particular coming from my Phantom Pro 100 which really lacks punch in this area. Like on groundstrokes, I thought the V1 Pro offered easy power on serve, with pretty good control. I was getting a little less action/spin on my serves than expected, which probably can again be attributed to desiring a more headlight setup. I wasn’t getting the racket moving over my head as quickly as I’d like.

Volleys: I loved how solid this racket was at net. It felt stable with plenty of punch, and maneuverability wasn’t an issue. Volleys came off the racket hard and fast, and it was really easy to be offensive up at net. It allowed me to let the racket’s power do most of the work. For a stiff frame, I even thought touch volleys were pretty good, thanks to the racket’s stability and consistent response.

Serve returns: This is the area of the playtest where I had the most mixed results. When trying to step in and take a good cut on a return, I struggled with timing and getting the racket moving quickly enough; it’s not as maneuverable as I’d like. However, it was super stable and great for chipping/blocking returns back deep into play. Essentially it was great when on the defensive, but I couldn’t dial it in when trying to be more offensive.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: I’ve tried all the V1 Pros, beginning with the original Organix. The V-Feel definitely feels the stiffest of all models, but also the most stable. It lacks some of the maneuverability that the Super G and V-Sense models had, which was also my main knock on the original Organix . And while it does have a little boost in power over the V-Sense, I didn’t encounter the same lack of control I sometimes had with the Super G. I’d say that with this latest version, Volkl has nudged the V1 Pro even more towards the Pure Drive realm, while the original Organix was a more unique offering that felt more flexible and possessed more in the way of traditional players racket qualities. Personally I would like to see the V1 Pro in a more headlight package with a slightly softer layup, for as it currently stands, there are already so many rackets that occupy a similar space, including Volkl’s own 8 series. That said, I think this stick is a great option for someone looking for a little more arm friendly and control oriented Pure Drive type racket. It’s really easy to use, and I had some great results with it on court, even if I didn’t always feel that dialed in when swinging it. I’m going to try adding some weight at the buttcap, which should make things more to my liking.

UPDATE: Tail-weighting my V1 Pro with about 5 grams definitely brought it more in line with what I'm accustomed to. I think it may have benefited my serves the most, and I was swinging through my service motion more naturally. Although it felt better on groundstrokes, I still can't quite get my forehand down, specifically on short balls and approach shots. I found myself chipping or slicing as I came into net more frequently than normal, rather than commiting to a heavier topspin shot, which would normally be my go-to.
 
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Racquet Received: V1 Pro

String and tension used for test: Forten Sweet 17G (White) @ 56 lbs with a pre-stretch. CP Machine

Tennis experience/background: Played two years of HS tennis and one year of junior college. Lots of coaching at the HS level and some at DIII. Dir. of tennis in my little town for 20 years. Been stringing for 27 years.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): All Court player ..came from a singles background ..doubles these days. 4.0 plus player. Modern FH.. OHBH.

Current racquet/string setups: Yonex MP-2i, with mods. - 11.5 oz, 6-7 points HL, 27.25 inches RA 64, 102 Head Size. LF Strings. Supreme 2.0 17G and Vorso 17G hybrid. 54/50.

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

Groundstrokes: Well.. I have played a few versions of the V1 but never the Pro and was really excited to give this one a play-test. The specs his version of the V1 Pro are pretty close to my base specs except of the flex. Loved the 100 (99.6..etc) Head size and the beam width. This frame is very fast. Easy to get moving and accelerate the head through the strike zone. Easy power and very stable at my level. Great frame to try to control points and really helps with defensive tennis. My OHBH was so smooth and easy to control. No having to take a big rip and turn to get the ball going. Slices so low and biting. This frame was just point and shoot. When I missed, I missed.. the frame was true. I did not see a lack of spin except for the fact I was using a full bed of syn gut. If had a full bed of Cyclone or some other spin friendly poly.. I would expect my normal spin. I hit a few balls long but I was in the cards with less spin. My control is based on spin production and shaping the ball. Targeting was excellent. Power and Control was in a nice balance.

Serves: The frame was easy to get moving but not HL was much as my normal frames. This created more free power but was a bit harder to create spin. Since I play mostly doubles, I use kick and slice serves as my way to place balls and get into the court. I would add some weight to the handle to make this frame a few points more HL and it would be perfect. Along with using a full bed of syn gut and not poly caused a few of my serves to sail long. On the other hand, I got some extra pop on my 1st serve and got a few extra free points. Overall.. great for serving. I bit of vibration near the head when I missed the sweet spot.

Volleys: Really enjoyed this frame around the net. Nice and stable for my level of play. Easy to get into position and easy to drive the ball through the court. Hit nice half volleys coming it and a s few drop volleys. This is not a super "feel" frame as it is not soft and plays muted. Not a negative for me as I tend to drive volleys and don't have the hands of Johnny Mac to be sure.. :) This frame fit my volley "skills".. LOL to a tee.

Serve returns: Full range of returns for my game and level. Could really rip returns or slice or block. Loved the BH slice return. Hit a few of those cross court from the AD side that never came up at all. I could see at a higher level of play.. one might need to beef up this one to make the frame a bit more stable. The frames' spec are perfect for a platform for mods.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: This frame seems to fall between a 16 x 19 Head Radical MP/ Dunlop 300 series and a Pure Drive (Standard). I would have enjoyed a RA about 66.. where I could feel this one was right at 69-70. Overall, this is keeper for me and my game. I will restring and add maybe a leather grip / weight to the handle on this V1 Pro. Can't wait to get my regular set-up in to do more testing. Thanks so much to TW and Volkl.
 
OK, here goes

Racquet Received: V-Feel, V1-MP

String and tension used for test: Did two distinct setups for this frame.

A. Stock with fullbed of the Volkl multi provided, 54 lbs, and just an OG (306 grams, 3 pts HL)
B. Added 20 grams and did a multi/poly hybid, 54/53 (326 grams, 5 pts HL)

Tennis experience/background: Currently 3.5 ntrp, have been 4.0 in the past. Enjoy 3.5 singles and 4.0 doubles

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I would say a 1st strike player who likes to keep points short.

Current racquet/string setups: 2019 Prince Textreme Tour 100P, full multi @ 54. I like frames that are comfortable but still have easy put-away power.

How many hours did you play with the racquet? 3 hours with A and 8 hours with B.

Comments on racquet performance:
The "killer app" of this frame is the easy acceleration possible on groundstrokes and serves. It has a large sweetspot, offcenter hits aren't harsh and topspin potential is high, even with full mult. Conversely though, shots where the racquet isn't being accelerated proved to be problematic for me with the lighter setup.

-Groundstrokes:
The inherent whippiness of the MP allows for a lot of wrist and hand action right at the point of contact from both FH and BH. Spin production was easy. The trajectory I would say is about medium. The feel is solid and the feedback is clean, not overly muted but not harsh or brassy either. The stock setup performed well in this category, but I still found a bit easier depth with version B, so that's what I preferred.

-Serves:
Another strong area. The MP allows the user to get dialed-in on slice serves and kicker spins given the quick changes in frame angle. Neither setup had the MPH potential of a Pure Drive, but I still hit a number of body serves that kept my opponents honest.

-Volleys:
Ok this is where version A started to be a problem for me, as I didn't get that nice "stick" on punch volleys, and volleys of hard groundstrokes had some instability. Luckily, adding the weight cleared that all up for me.

-Serve returns:
I tend to try and take both 1st and 2nd serves early, with a short backswing. So I did appreciate the great maneuverability of the MP. However, the issue with volleying hard groundstrokes basically reared its ugly head again for me here with the light version. Was not finding the stability unless it was a direct center hit. Version B was better, but i would still rate serve returns overall as the most average part of the playtest.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
The V-Feel V1-MP is a great racket to enjoy tennis and develop your game. It allows the user to master the muscle memory aspect of what the arm is doing right around impact. The comfort level and feel is a bit improved over the earlier V-Sense, which I also own. For string choice, I would be suggesting a nice control multi like prince premier, gosen micro etc, as I don't see poly adding to the performance. So in summary, I find this frame to be a fun easy-to-use game improvement racquet in stock form, but that it can be worked into a more potent tweener frame with some customization. It likely will be my new singles frame, with the Prince 100P coming out for doubles.

Thanks TW! :)
 
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