Thoughts about Volkl V-Cell V1 Pro (2021)

Volkl is about to release (25th of June) the new Volkl V-Cell V1 Pro.


I have been waiting for this release as I previously played with the Vsense version which I really liked a lot.

Anyway, what are your thoughts of the previous versions of the V1 Pro? What did you guys like and dislike about them?

Are there any aspects you are hoping have been improved with this new V-Cell version?

Having seen pictures of the new V-Cell version.... I have to say the color is a big negative. I am the only one that think they could have done a better job designwise....?
 

vantage boy

New User
Volkl is about to release (25th of June) the new Volkl V-Cell V1 Pro.


I have been waiting for this release as I previously played with the Vsense version which I really liked a lot.

Anyway, what are your thoughts of the previous versions of the V1 Pro? What did you guys like and dislike about them?

Are there any aspects you are hoping have been improved with this new V-Cell version?

Having seen pictures of the new V-Cell version.... I have to say the color is a big negative. I am the only one that think they could have done a better job designwise....?
the higher stiffness was a problem for me-plays very well ( each iteration )-great control, good spin ,decent power just very muted>i would like it at 65 strung ra and 6 pts hl -320 sw strung
 
At the least on paper, the balance sounds strange. The Vsense V1 Pro I had felt very maneuverable but perhaps it was off specs. Usually 305 gram racquet seem to be more headlight. There must be some kind of logic behind this rather unusual balance?

Seems such a balance (32,5 cm unstrung) is usually used for racquets around 285-295 grams.
 

ZanderGoga

Semi-Pro
Volkl lost the thread a while ago. These days, they're just playing follow the leader, and they're not as good at it as the guys in the lead. They should have stuck to a strategy that differentiated them. Can't imagine there's much interest in their line from anybody, any more.
 
While I can’t speak to the Pro, and I will I have played with different iterations of the V1MP. My comments: all have been very arm friendly, particularly when strung on the low part of the tension range. All have been highly maneuverable. All have been relatively consistent re specs (when I purchased my current two VSense 4 5/8s, I weighed 6 racquets, 5 of which were exactly on spec so I now have two identically matched racquets without any need for customization). And they come in 5/8, unlike most racquets now on the market. I found that they don’t readily accept lead tape. They have the optimum power output - not too much or to little, just right. They play best when the racquet is permitted to do its thing as opposed to trying to overpower the ball.
 
I think the V1 Pro is a great frame, based on my experience from the Sense version. The beam thickness is very different to anything else I have seen, 23mm - 20 mm - 23mm. It did perhaps lack a bit of power sometimes but the amount of control was outstanding and the sweetspot was big. It really felt as easy to use as a tweener but it played more like a players racquet due to the great control.

At the least in my opinion, the Vsense version was extremely comfortable. It had a 66 stiffness rating strung (Tennis Warehouse) . I have seen others commenting about the increased stiffness in the V-Feel version which some haven't liked.

From what I understand, many of the V-Cell versions seem to be more comfortable than the Vfeel ones.

I know that looks shouldn't matter, but when I saw the images of the new V-Cell V1 Pro, I can't say that it created any positive feelings. Perhaps the ugliest racquet I have seen in a long time.....

But even so, I am excited to get this racquet once it is available.
 
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Several comments criticized the optics of the soon to be released V1 Pro. Frankly I don’t care if the racquet is pink with purple dots. The critical issue - how does it play. Furthermore, while I don’t profess to have any fashion instincts or skills, I really like the color.
 

flex

Semi-Pro
While in the market for a tweener I was interested in the specs of the v1 line but the high stiffness from 66-69 if I remember correctly made it lose its appeal. Anyone know why they won't have one with the ra at 64 or below?
 
Several comments criticized the optics of the soon to be released V1 Pro. Frankly I don’t care if the racquet is pink with purple dots. The critical issue - how does it play. Furthermore, while I don’t profess to have any fashion instincts or skills, I really like the color.
You have a valid point indeed. Playability matters most. And tastes do differ.
As mentioned, I think I will buy it anyway as I really did enjoy the Vsense version. I was off for 1 year due to a knee injury and silly enough, I sold my tennis stuff during that time..... Now, I hope the V-Cell is as good or slightly better :)
 
Seems the Vcell V1 Pro is about to be released around the 10th of September. Has anyone played with previous versions of the V1 Pro ? How would you rate the racquets power level compared to racquets such as Blade 98, Ezone 98 etc? The V1 Pro has a very different beam comparable to most similar racquets as it is only 20mm thick in the hitting area. For sure gives a very distinct feel but power I guess suffers at the same time.
 
Try the Volkl VCell V1 MP and the Pro. I am a fan of the MP and am using the VSence version. No vibration, balanced perfectly especially with a Bablot thin OG and strung with Technifibre X-1 Biphase at 52. Heavenly.
 

i must say that is a very beautifull racquet and it plays very very nice better than v feel and v sense!
How would you compare it to the Vsense and Vfeel version ?
On paper, it seems the Vcell version is quite similar to the Vsense, especially with regards to swingweight. Seems many said the Vfeel felt too stiff and also was a bit more cumbersome, probably due to higher swingweight.

Of course, lower swingweight has its drawbacks as well……the never ending trade offs :)
 

fapostolis

New User
How would you compare it to the Vsense and Vfeel version ?
On paper, it seems the Vcell version is quite similar to the Vsense, especially with regards to swingweight. Seems many said the Vfeel felt too stiff and also was a bit more cumbersome, probably due to higher swingweight.

Of course, lower swingweight has its drawbacks as well……the never ending trade offs :)
well its stiffer than v-sense and a bit less stiff than v-feel.
till now i found a better serve and one handed backhand.
i need to make some more stringings and try some strings before my final verdict.
For me by far from the v1 pro line super g version is the best...
 

Casper777

New User
wondering aboout the level of power of this frame... being almost 100 sq inches and 16x19, it should be quite powerful, but has lower flex and thin beam...

Anybody would guess?
 
I played for 2 years with the Vsense version, which I would guess is the version with less power. I really liked it but the power level does suffer a bit due to the very thin beam in the middle (20 mm). The flip side is of course that control is great. It is a very interesting racquet as it is easy to use, provides good power, has a fairly thin beam, and big sweet spot thanks to the almost 100 sq inches headsize.

I would rate the power similar to Ezone 98, Pure Strike etc. Definitely less powerful than Ezone 100 and normal tweeners. At the least the Vsense was very easy to play with, like a tweener but far better control (and less power ).
 

Casper777

New User
So... just got my V1 Pro!!

I forget to weight it and immediately put an overgrip and then strung it with Volkl Power Fiber Pro strings....

Now it weight.... 315gr!!! And has a 32.7 balance... looks like I got a lighter than spec one :((((( damn I guess that unstrung and without overgrip it must be just 300gr if not below... ****!!!

Will try it tomorrow but already have a bad mood about this one
 

DustinW

Professional
Pretty much ever Volkl I've ever had was under spec. Kind of annoying, but better than over spec I guess.
 
I play with VSense V1 MP 5/8. When I bought my two racquets I weighed 6 candidates. 5 were exactly on spec, not only weight but also balance, and my two are indistinguishable. You may ask how was I able to find so many 5/8s - the retail shop of a wholesaler.
 
So... just got my V1 Pro!!

I forget to weight it and immediately put an overgrip and then strung it with Volkl Power Fiber Pro strings....

Now it weight.... 315gr!!! And has a 32.7 balance... looks like I got a lighter than spec one :((((( damn I guess that unstrung and without overgrip it must be just 300gr if not below... ****!!!

Will try it tomorrow but already have a bad mood about this one
Sounds like quite a bit under weight......it is supposed to be 305 grams unstrung......should be around 325 grams I guess, at the least or even closer to 330 grams with the overgrip.
Let us know your impressions once you have played with it. My guess is that it will lack some power and stability with those specs.....
 
@Casper777 , did you try your Vcell V1 Pro already ? Thoughts ? What tension did you string the Power Fibre Pro at ? I am quite curious about this string as it is probably quite similar to the Triax or perhaps Velocity MLT .

I was close to buying the racquet but I had a small accident and broke my finger, so a few months off tennis for now.
 

Casper777

New User
@Casper777 , did you try your Vcell V1 Pro already ? Thoughts ? What tension did you string the Power Fibre Pro at ? I am quite curious about this string as it is probably quite similar to the Triax or perhaps Velocity MLT .

I was close to buying the racquet but I had a small accident and broke my finger, so a few months off tennis for now.
Well... I can really say I m not a fan of the feeling of this raquet :( and I don't even know why as on paper the specs should be perfect for me.

But it seriously lacks power, plays like a board and is not tolerant at all despite the almost 100 head... really puzzled about this one.

I even tried some cyclone tour strings. Same...

But given the specs were so off I don't rule out that this one is a complete lemon.

TW service just told me it was normal that some sticks are not built to specs... but 10 gr is not acceptable and they should return them to manufacturers instead of sending them to customers....
 
Well... I can really say I m not a fan of the feeling of this raquet :( and I don't even know why as on paper the specs should be perfect for me.

But it seriously lacks power, plays like a board and is not tolerant at all despite the almost 100 head... really puzzled about this one.

I even tried some cyclone tour strings. Same...

But given the specs were so off I don't rule out that this one is a complete lemon.

TW service just told me it was normal that some sticks are not built to specs... but 10 gr is not acceptable and they should return them to manufacturers instead of sending them to customers....
At what tension did you try those two strings? Perhaps if it is too light, it needs less tension or a more powerful string, or perhaps even a few grams of lead tape to increase the Swingweight.

I only buy racquet these days with the Tennis Warehouse racquet matching service where they check specs beforehand. It is well worth the price as I have seen that at the least 50% of racquets are really off the intended specs. That goes for Yonex as well, especially regarding Swingweight.
 

Casper777

New User
At what tension did you try those two strings? Perhaps if it is too light, it needs less tension or a more powerful string, or perhaps even a few grams of lead tape to increase the Swingweight.

I only buy racquet these days with the Tennis Warehouse racquet matching service where they check specs beforehand. It is well worth the price as I have seen that at the least 50% of racquets are really off the intended specs. That goes for Yonex as well, especially regarding Swingweight.
23 kg for volkl 22kg for the cyclone
Yeah lead tape is the next step. And I will for sure use the matching service for future raquets haha
 
Very strange indeed. The Vsense V1 Pro I played with would have had plenty of power with those string tensions, and the V-Cell version should be slightly more powerful. Pretty nasty that the quality control is so bad in the tennis industry.
 
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