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 enjoyed serving with this racket, particularly 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! :)
 
Been mostly coaching with the racquet but got to this this past weekend with it in a couple of sets of doubles. The opponent was one of those that likes to go 100 mph during warm up (don't like that) and i hit a defensive back hand block/slice and felt this weird twinge in my elbow which I haven't felt for a long time. Granted it was SoCal cold when I was playing. I was wearing break-a-way pants, warm up jacking, 1/4 zip medium weighted sweater...and I am able to normally play morning matches with just a shirt.
 
I did not experience any arm, wrist or shoulder pain with the V1 Pro.. but the frame was quite firm and balls hit on the upper part the string bed did yield some nice vibration. I do not play well with frames in the upper 60s and lower 70s RA in general. This frame was really solid and could produce some nice power without having to muscle the ball. The syn. gut I was using I am sure helped with comfort. I would string this frame for real matches with a softer co-poly, shaped around 50. I think Cyclone 18g or 19g would be a great match for this frame and my game. The V1 series has over the years been a very arm friendly frame. The original V1 Classic MP was about 68-70 RA but played very comfy..
 
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VOLKL-please make the V1PRO more flexible-u have trended to stiffer frames.
I have seen that the early V1 Pros were more flexible. More in line with a players feel. This is moving into PD range IMHO as far as RA go... I was thinking a FEEL line would have a softer feel... while the feel is not bad.. it is not like playing with a Volkl C10 Pro. No super slick drop volleys with this one..for me at least..:)
 
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Racquet Received: V1 OS

String And Tension Used: Tecnifibre X-One Biphase @ 58 lbs

Tennis Experience/Background: Originally self taught. Eventually took lessons to correct my short comings. Been playing for over forty years. Play lots of USTA and some tournaments.

Playing style: Prefer the aggressive baseline game but am considered an all court player. Love to come to the net when I can set it up. I play and equal mix of singles and doubles. Known for my old school forehand and single backhand. So I don't hit with as much top spin and the modern player; but kill them with my angles. I'm a 4.0 player.

Curent racquet/string setup: Volkl Quantam 1 Powerboost. It's monstrous at 118in. Weight strung is 8.9oz and head light. Current strings are X-one Biphase strung at 58lbs for both main and cross.

Hours played with racquet: 18

Groundstrokes: Although the V1 is a heavier racquet than I am used to; I found it to still have a very fast swing and acceleration to it. The frame is stiff and it provided easy power as needed. To me it still felt stable even off of mishits. I was able to impart my normal topspin and devastating slice. Hitting my angles was no problem at all. I could find my targets at will. At first I was hitting a few balls out; but after five minutes it was no problem keeping them inside the lines. Really loved this racquet for my grounds.

Serves: This is where I had the most problem adapting to this frame. Being heavier than what I am used to; it took a bit to gain full control of my serve. The extra length did allow me to hit at a higher point which allowed me to hit my angles better. The racquet provided ample power on serves. The spin was there but I had to work for it. It took me a few hours to adjust but once I did I loved the racquet. Still managed to get mu aces I am used too.

Volleys: This racquet was very stable and packed a punch at the net. I found it to be quick around the net and great for putting away the volleys. My angles were crisp and I had great touch for my drop volleys. I think this is where it shined the most for me. It seems to be much more stable at net than my old racquet. No twisting when hit off center or hit at with great pace.

Serve Return: I was able to hit out on return of serves. Or if I preferred I could slice it or chip it back just as easily. The oversize head made connecting on serves a breeze. Once again I thought it was very stable.

General reaction and comments on performance: The V-Feel OS was a joy to play with. I think I will be switching to this frame before long. This racquet was very arm friendly as are all Volkl frames. One of the reasons I play with them. Just easier on the arm. Specially if you play five or six days a week. All in all a great frame. A bit stiff but with time and practice you become used to that aspect. My only fault was fault with it is that I think the cosmetics are a bit bland on the OS frame. Not the biggest fan of black. If your looking for a game improving racquet; this could be a great choice for you. I know of the recent ones I have tried this is the best.

Big thank you to Volkl and TW for allowing this play test. You both rock!!!
 
I wanted to follow up on using the V-Sense V1 MP in terms of other frames that are worth looking at in the 285 gram range.

The best competitor I have been able to find has got to be the Head Graphene Touch Speed S. It plays so similar, it seems like a twin brother.

But given that its a bit more HL and a little higher SW stock, to me it is a more viable racket to play if you don't want to add any weight to it. (even though you should!)

Edit: after playing these 2 frames for a while at similar modified specs, the Speed doesn't hold a candle to the MP.
 
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Racquet Model Received: Volkl V1 Pro

String and tension used for test: Head Hawk 17 Rough

Tennis experience/background: 3.5~4.0 player. Played four years of varsity tennis in high school, fair bit of tournament play as well. Took time off for injury, been back at it for three years now, play 2+ times per week.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): All court player. Definitely chip-n-charge/serve and volley more than the average player. Fairly spinny forehand, fairly flat 2HBH. Look to end points when I can, have improved significantly over the last six months as my fitness has improved.

Current racquet/string setups: Prince Phantom Pro 100P, Black Bear Bear Claw @ 48 pounds. Also use Toroline Bulletproof x Tilt

How many hours did you play with the racquet?: 15 hours (SoCal Rain for the last month really limited court time)

Comments on racquet performance: I knew almost nothing about this racquet going in. I purposely didn't look up reviews or specs on previous models and waited a little while before I looked up the specs on this one after released. So, after setting the stage with that; once you know what this racquet is and isn't, it really plays well. It is definitely on the firm side of crisp, but offer solid spin, great depth, and easy power all while maintaining relatively good control.

-Groundstrokes: Overall, the racquet felt fast and the close to even balance allowed for very easy depth off of both wings. The fast feeling allowed for pretty good spin, but not exemplary. Where this racquet shined was on the backhand slice. The ball stayed low and bit hard on the other side, but felt very under control.

-Serves: Much better for flat serves than spin serves. More weight in the head really gave the ball some nice pop, but the very manageable weight didn't slow down the head. This is where the stiffness of the racquet came through most. If I didn't hit the ball cleanly in the sweetspot, the racquet would twist and send some pretty harsh vibrations.

-Volleys: Touch volleys were a no-go. I like to hit drop volley, angles, and the like so it was a big adjustment for me. Once I stopped trying to hit those shots it was great! Very stable, even against relatively big hitters. The ball went deep in the court easily and was fairly accurate as well. Like I said though, just zero touch at net.

-Serve returns: Serve returns was another bright spot for this racquet. There was such easy power, all I had to do was hold the racquet out and let it work. When I did swing on returns, there was enough spin to bring the ball in. Again, good plow, but very manageable weight so the racquet didn't drag.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: I think Volkl did exactly what they set out to do. This racquet has easy pop, depth, and pretty good spin, all while staying controlled. It definitely is a stiff stick, but Volkl did a pretty good job keeping the frame comfortable. For me, there were a couple of times I had to put the stick down because of arm pain, and it didn't really fit my game style, but there is a large chunk of the population who are going to really get a lot out of this stick. It definitely reminds me of a more control oriented Pure Drive. For anyone looking for a Pure Drive VS but doesn't want to drop $500, this is a great alternative!
 
Racquet Received: V1 OS (110 sq in, 27.6” length, 11.1 oz/314g with overgrip and O dampener)

String and Tension Used: Volkl Cyclone 17 @ 46 lbs

Tennis Experience/Background: I started as a kid but didn’t start playing regularly until high school. 4 years of HS tennis and now playing USTA leagues for about ten years, almost exclusively in doubles. Bumped to 4.5 in 2019 despite a losing record in 4.5 (played both 4.0 and 4.5 leagues the past few years).

Playing style: All-court game; in doubles, I’m looking to come to net and finish points there. Old-school in the sense that I like slicing, dicing, and lobbing too, but I’m learning to keep it simple in doubles. Rely more on placement and tactics than power or baseline-bashing. Eastern forehand, two-handed backhand. Play more flat than spinny.

Current racquet/string setup: Prince Original Graphite OS!!! Volkl Cyclone 17 at 46 lbs.

Hours played with racquet: 6-7 hours, about 6 sets of doubles. Rain in California got in the way..

Groundstrokes: Surprisingly amazing for my two-handed backhand which has historically been my weaker wing. The stability despite its low weight (due to the thickness of the beam and the extended length of 27.6”) allows me to drive through the backhand with more pace than normal. On the forehand side (which is usually a strength), ironically I was struggling with plow-through vs. the much-heavier POG I usually use. I have to be more mindful to drive through the ball or else shots land short. It could also have been due to the full-poly setup. I think a multi or even a hybrid might be better for this stick, but alas I didn’t have time to test that out.

Serves: Much easier to get pace on serves with this stick vs. the POG. Light, whippy, stable, extended length--what’s not to like? Good pace and pretty easy to pick your spots.

Volleys: This is where I went, “Wow, this is what it’s like to have a racquet that makes tennis a lot easier.” Stable, quick, yet comfortable = stab volleys were a dream. A lot easier to handle pace than the POG, which actually is a rather unforgiving oversize racquet as there are a lot of dead spots on the stringbed.

Serve Return: Similar to my groundstroke feedback, backhands were easy to accelerate through, but forehands I struggled to get consistent pace if I didn’t concentrate on following through the ball. I got too used to the weight and plow-through of the POG for forehands. However, again overall the light weight and stability of the racquet made it easier than the POG to get consistent serve returns in.

General reaction and comments on performance: I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I was able to adjust to this frame. It’s a great doubles stick and makes tennis a lot easier. I could see myself switching to this if my pride doesn’t get in the way (I’m “only” in my mid-30s). Despite its low weight, the racquet is very stable and very comfortable. Even with a full poly set-up, I had no arm problems at all. I had a lot of fun playing with this stick and would like to experiment a bit further with string set-ups to see if I can smooth out my forehand. Thanks, Volkl and Tennis Warehouse!
 
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OnyxZ28

Hall of Fame
Racquet Received: V1 OS

String and tension used for test: Powerfibre II, 55 lbs. I am a big fan of PF2. As a multi, it is crisp, has great feel and is very controllable. I strung the racket at about 5 lbs tighter than my normal poly setup.

Tennis experience/background: I am an aspiring 4.0 (very close to the goal!). Pity letter senior year in HS, otherwise just a weekend hacker. I have some history with Volkl/BB (T10G1MP, T10G1 Mid, T10VE Mid, T10VEMP, DNX 10, DNX 10 Mid, BB11 Mid, Becker Legend), but have never had extended time with the V1 series, so I was looking forward to this.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): aggressive baseliner who is prone to bloodlust. Full swings on both wings. Forehand tends to be loopy, with a flatter 2HBH.

Current racquet/string setups: RF97 with 3g of lead at 12 (each gram adds .5 NTRP), strung with ALU at 50.

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

Comments on racquet performance:

-Groundstrokes:
From the ground the V1 OS is surprisingly controllable. I expected something like the PD OS, which requires massive spin to tame the power. Directional control was excellent, surprisingly, depth control was better than anticipated. The feel from the back is firm, but not harsh. Even at 55 lbs, the effect of the big grommets on all four sides is apparent. The racket cups the ball nicely. As with other XL rackets, I noticed some flex near the top of the handle on hard-struck balls. The racket did not get pushed around as much as I thought and was very stable against big hitters. Being a lighter racket, the weight of shot is not on par with the my poser RF.

In match play, I noticed myself catching the ball late on a few shots, owing mostly to the length of the racket. Otherwise, the extra .6" is not noticeable. The racket is very maneuverable and not at all cumbersome, despite its large size. In singles, it was easy to keep the ball deep. Shorter angles were a little harder because of the length but that is something that the user can adjust to.

Touch was excellent from the ground. The racket's feel, the stringbed cupping, and the maneuverability were all positive factors in producing good droppers.

The downsides to this racket: balls struck outside of the sweetspot were more erratic. I'm guessing the most when the ball is struck in an area on the stringbed that has some big grommets and some conventional grommets.

-Serves:
Serving with XL rackets is always fun, and this racket was no exception. Flat serves were hard and fast. Slice serves were very effective as well. The stiffness of the racket made up for the lack of mass. At the same time, again, even at 27.6" the racket was easy to swing.

-Volleys:
IMO, true to other Volkl rackets I have used, this is where the racket shines. I have never played with a better-volleying OS racket. The tight stringbed made for excellent trajectory control -- volleys below the net did not pop up. Similarly, when closer to the net, the maneuverability made this an excellent racket for reaction volleys and putaways. Again, balls struck outside the sweetspot tended to be erratic. At the top of the stringbed the volleys tended to die, which made for some good accidental stretch drop volleys. Touch was excellent. Half volleys were also excellent.

-Serve returns:
Against bigger serves, particularly spin serves, the returns were a little erratic. I found myself most effective conti gripping on both wings and chipping returns. The racket's adeptness at half volleying also made SABR returns pretty fun.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
This is an amazing doubles racket. The ball is a little light from the ground, but for those who ABC ("A Always. B Be. C Closing. Always be closing. *ALWAYS* be closing."), this racket is worth an extended demo. Thanks to TW for the demo chance, I had a blast with this racket!
 
Racquet Received:

V-Feel, V1 MP


String and tension used for test:


Volkl Synthetic Gut 17g @ 55# (2-piece)

Volkl Cyclone 19g @ 53# (1-piece)

Strung on Gamma 602 FC with Wise 2086 Tennis Head in CP mode and using pre-stretch and leather power pads on main strings at throat


Tennis experience/background:


PE classes in high school and college. Married into a tennis family. I’ve been playing interclub tournaments at the 3.5-4.0/Class B level. Coaching with a couple USPTA coaches in the 12u tournament players. Aspiring tennis coaching pro. In process of building up adult drill session classes/clinics


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


Serve is my main weapon and is also my biggest weakness. Flat 1st, fast kicker 2nd, trying to incorporate a high percentage slow kicker. I do not S&V often but will try and use it as well as a chip and charge. I play primarily doubles and will work my way to the net as often as possible. I get comfortable getting into a rhythm during rallies but also try and end points quickly. Moderate topspin forehand and a 1HBH.


Current racquet/string setups:


Head Graphene Prestige Pro

Angell TC95 16x19 63

***racquets mostly used during game play

Dunlop AG 500 Tour

Boris Becker DC London

***racquets mostly used during coaching

Pref string is gut/poly. I will change string set ups using random poly but usually like a textured poly main with a smooth poly cross. Also play and coach with a full bed of good old synthetic gut regularly.


How many hours did you play with the racquet?


Synthetic gut set up 4 hours of singles/doubles/drills and about 4 hours of coaching/ball feeding

Cyclone 30 minutes drills and another 30 minutes coaching/ball feeding

Two of my top 12u students used it for about 30 minutes each with the synthetic gut. One uses a Wilson Burn, other uses a Yonex vCore 97. Both with moderate top spin shots. They didn’t have much to say about the racquet other than it had power and also they liked the paint job.

Comments on racquet performance:


Easy power was the first thing that jumped out at me. The sweet spot seemed very large and it was a fast swinging racquet. Maneuverability was also decent considering the larger head size. The string bed pattern did not appear to be very open considering it was a 16x19 bed. The higher RA rating was noticeable, but I was able to get my timing adjusted with this racquet. With the synthetic gut string bed, it was a crisp racquet and ball pocketing/feedback was nice.

-Groundstrokes:


Although not an open string bed, I felt I could generate a good amount of top spin for my type of game. Power was on tap but also able to control shots with an abbreviated swing. I found that my BH slice wasn’t necessarily staying during the flight path, but the ball did have some nice side kick to it. When taking full swings with the racquet, the tighter string bed provided a good amount of control but was also temperamental. If my racquet face was slightly open, the ball would sail a bit more than when using a heavier and more flexible racquet. This happened mostly with the synthetic string bed. Launch angle over all was low for a 16x19 and I found myself hitting the tape if I went for a low aimed top spin shot at the net player.

-Serves:


I struggled with my 1st serve with this racquet and it is probably due to the stiffer RA. I’ve had that happen to me when using the Dunlop AG 500 Tour which I believe has a slightly stiffer RA than the vFeel V1. I’m not necessarily certain it was the higher RA from what I normally use but could be the weight of the racquet that had me in trouble. For kick serves I was able to get comfortable with this racquet. Although I didn’t get to play as much as I would have liked in matches, I felt that my kicker would get to shoulder height fairly easy.

-Volleys:


I was able to volley with my students during drills and found that there was a generous sweet spot and put away power. However, when hitting high in the string bed the feedback was a bit more jarring. Some shots towards the 3/9 o’clock area fluttered more than my heavier racquets should behave. The string bed was a bit too lively to do touch/drop shots. I do not have the finesse that other players have, and this racquet was one that didn’t help me.

-Serve returns:


Although a bit light, the racquet was stable enough in the games I played and didn’t get pushed around too much. Should I have gone up against a bigger server, I’m not sure that this racquet would have enough stability/plow to swing out or block those shots. Since there is a lot of power on tap, I was able to take abbreviated swings on return of serves. Sometimes even just guiding the ball back across the net with a half swing

General reaction/comments on overall performance:


I have been looking for a racquet to use for coaching that wasn’t as heavy as my game preferred racquets in the 12-12.5 oz range. I have my DC London and an AG 500 Tour which are doing well for me. The vFeel V1 seemed to fit in that category well.

It does seem like this could be a string breaker due to the enlarge grommet holes but with what seems to be a closed string bed drilling, the strings didn’t show as much wear from when I used a Babolat Pure Aero and I was breaking strings fairly quick (I normally don’t break strings and cut them out). I attribute the extra power of this racquet to the enlarged grommets along with the RA and the head size.

The paint job was very nice and looks to be very durable. During one of my coaching sessions, I hit the ball cart a couple times and there wasn’t a visible mark. My wife took some shadow swings of the racquet and really liked it. She is playing with a 110 si racquet weighing in around 10 oz.

Tennis Warehouse is very gracious in getting this weekend warrior a beautiful item from Volkl. It is very much appreciated. As much as this might fit into my racquet for coaching, forgiveness, and ease of play…I’m not sure if this would be a racquet I would purchase. I’ll hit with this more with the students and see if it grows on me. The cold and wet SoCal winter really took time away from me.

I think this racquet is going to be great for someone that wants an easy to play, power on tap, and great control. Maybe someone that is ready to transition from entry level racquets to a more advance stick but not wanting to get something too demanding.

Thank you Tennis Warehouse and Volkl
 
Racquet Received: V1 MP

String and tension used for test: Cyclone 18 gauge. 2 Piece at 52#s

Tennis experience/background: Played tennis for over 30 years. Played juniors and high school tennis but then took about 10 years off. I have been coaching varsity tennis for past 5 years on the side. I mainly to it to volunteer because I like giving back to the sport.

Describe your playing style: Mainly play doubles these days but singles was always my favorite. Play mainly at the baseline but will come to the net on short balls. Hit topspin on both sides. Use a 2 handed backhand but will slice with one hand when stretched out wide. Strengths are groundstrokes and my serve would be the weakness. Was taught as a junior to keep ball in play so consistency is probably what most would say is how I play.

Current racquet/string setups: Volkl Organix V1 MP/Cyclone 18 gauge at 52#s

How many hours did you play with the racquet? 10+. The weather has not been very good in the SE with all the rain so wish I could have hit more.

Comments on racquet performance: I was really excited to be selected for this playtest. I have played with various versions of the V1 over the past 15 years. I used to play with Pro Kennex but moved to Volkl and have never looked back. Some of the versions I have used is the Original V1, Catapult, Power Bridge, Organix, Super G and most recently the V Sense. Right now, I am stocked up on Organix and Power Bridge V1s but the Organix is the one I always go back to. In my opinion, this new V1 falls somewhere in between the Organix, V Sense, and even a Pure Drive. It swings a little heavier than my Organix but it definitely feels more stable to me. One thing I noticed is you are rewarded for swinging away. More details to follow below.

Groundstrokes: In a word, solid. When I first started hitting with it, I was a little conservative on hitting thru the ball. However once I started to really swing away, the racquet really shined. You really have to hit thru the ball to get rewarded. Seems like the more I swung thru, the more topspin and consistency was rewarded. When I held back, I sometimes found the ball would sail out. Spin is easy to generate if you swing away.
Another thing I noticed is this racket hits a better backhand slice than my Organix. It almost feels like an extension of my arm. In summary, I really thought this racket was fun to hit with from the baseline but you are rewarded when you swing away.

Serves: I really liked serving with this racket. As I mentioned above serving is not one of my strengths but this racquet really hit well on flat serves. I was a little more inconsistent on my kick serves but that may be due to the higher swing weight. I will continue to work on my timing but I felt like overall the racquet was fairly easy to pick up and hit serves without too much adjustment.

Volleys: Like some others have said, I tend to agree that this racquet is great on putting away volleys but a little more difficult on touch volleys. At the net, I tend to hit a lot of drop volleys with my Organix and I would give the edge to my regular racquet on touch volleys but still a fun racket to volley with.

Serve returns: Just like groundstrokes, I had no issue with return of serves. In fact I would rate this one higher than my Organix because it just feels more stable. The one area I have trouble with using my normal racquet is against really strong serves. This V1 was more stable and I found that I could handle returns better. Definitely would give the edge to this racquet.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: Like I had mentioned before, I think this racquet plays similar to a combination of the Organix, V Sense, and maybe a Pure Drive. Although I liked the power of the V Sense, I never felt comfortable swinging away. That version reminded of a bit of the Original V1 where maybe there was more pop but less control than my Organix. The V Feel seems to have toned down the pop and created more control. But it still has enough pop to take over a rally. One other comment is that I do feel like it is a little less comfortable than my Organix but not as stiff as some other brands. In short, I did not have any arm issues but it is not quite as forgiving on certain areas where the ball it hit. When the weather gets better, I want to experiment with some other strings as well. I want to try a hybrid and also will be curious to try Cyclone 1.15 gauge to see how it compares in spin to my normal string.

I really think Volkl went in the right direction with the V Feel. As I mentioned before, I was a little disappointed in the V Sense version but the V Feel has moved back towards what I have always enjoyed with the Organix version but in a more stable package. The V Feel is definitely more solid hitting thru the ball versus my Organix version. Overall, I am really impressed with this version and look forward to hitting with it more in the future.

Thanks to Volkl and Tennis Warehouse for giving me the opportunity to participate in this playtest.
 
update
Had some nice SoCal weather yesterday and got to play a set with some good players. This allowed me to figure out the racquet with the Cyclone in game play.

-Groundstrokes:
again...lots of power on tap. With the foot on the gas at about 75% during warm up, I was able to hit with my warm up partner to their FH & BH side alternatively. The racquet swings really fast. Even my dubs partner noticed it on a couple shots and mentioned that it looks like I'm swinging fast. The lack of plow through I think affected my perceived "feel" of the ball. My slices also got a bit better as time went by with the racquet. The trajectory was flat and stayed low after the bounce. The trajectory on topspin shots also was the same...low launch angle but seemed to kick nicely.

-Serves:
My timing got a bit better on my flat serves but I think the string really helped me with the high percentage and high arching/kicking 2nd serve. I enjoyed the fast swing speed of the racquet but missed the plow of a heavier one.

-Volleys:
I was hoping that the poly would change the way the volleys stayed up on certain shots but it was still the same. A bit too hot of a string bed for my liking

-Serve returns:
I just swung away and was rewarded with mostly good shots. The other shots were an error on my own accord. As noted above, this racquet swings fast. With an abbreviated back swing, I could still get some good action on the ball

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
My elbow felt a little sore after the match but could have been residual from the aggravation from an earlier part of the playtest
 
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