Volkl V-Sense 10 325g, pretty much perfect

anfield

Semi-Pro
I had a Vcore Pro 330 and loved the feel, but felt really flimsy for its weight, no amount of tape could make up for it's upper hoop failings. I have a Tour G 330g, love it, amazing plow, super stable, but super slow. Then went to Tour G, Duel G and Vcore Pro 310s, all with some lead. Was always fussing with the tape to dial them in. Never felt stable, or had to put too much lead and that affected its speed.

I had a RF97, amazing feel and plow, but string pattern too open and frame is too stiff, really tough to whip forehands, and shape second serves, also got many fliers from the waffle-like pattern.

Enter the V-sense 10 325g. Enough weight, but added a 3g of lead, but still super fast. Can really get to balls early and rip them without much effort. But if just hanging back and banging on the baseline, it's super quick for its weight, but with the right amount of flex and stability to really take huge cuts and shape the ball. The string pattern is quite dense in the middle so I get consistent ball flight, but nice long mains to help with sweet spot.

I'd say the one complaint is it does not feel as buttery as the Yonex, does not have that wonderful old-school graphite feel. But man can I stay on the front foot. To me it's the perfect mix of a modern and classic frame. I still can't believe it is 63RA and only 5g less than my 330 Yonex.

Anyone else on this train?
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Yes, definitely one of my favorite frames. I played it regularly for a while and own three. I did end up putting just a couple grams of lead at the tip.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
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I've been a Volkl nerd for several years and I just scored a pair of these from TW - the last two in my preferred 4 5/8" grip size. I got these just because my most used pair of current players are my Organix 10 325g's. I figured that if my O10's break down, I'll need something that's pretty close, so these are certainly it.

I found a similar issue with the RF 97. I've tried to be a company man and take up with a Wilson rig to at least use as a "work racquet" at the club where I teach in the summer - the program director is a long-time Wilson heavy - but no luck. Nothing has come close to my Volkls, which replaced my Wilson 6.1 Classics some years ago when I wanted a softer alternative. Actually my first Volkls were the C10's and I added the O10's to my bag maybe five or six years ago. The RF 97 gave the impression of a modern update of the 6.1 Classic - stiff, stable, powerful, good for serve and volley play, but not enough control for me around the baseline.

The O10's honestly disappointed me at first and I was ready to get rid of them, but decided to try some lead tape tuning first. I more or less tuned these by feel - using a backboard at a friend's court where I could hit strokes and serves with lots of starting and stopping to make adjustments. Adding a few grams of lead to 3/9 o'clock on the hoops of my O10's really let their feel come alive for me and then I weighted their handles to get to a comfortable balance.

These frames became absolute keepers for me after these experiments - LOVE them for teaching, feeding, heavy doubles, and working out with the high school kids I coach. This transformation was truly substantial for me and a few kids and adults who have borrowed these frames have also enjoyed them immensely. Even though my final layout is 12.8 oz., the weighted handles make for a balance of about 10 pts. head-light. Even a few average sized 11-year-old boys and girls have used these racquets for at least an hour without any troubles.

My V-Sense 10 325g's are still in their stock form and one is still in the plastic bag without any strings yet, but soon enough I'll be giving them the same treatment. They may not turn out identical to my O10's, but I'm sure they'll be more than close enough. I get all the spin I could want with my O10's strung with 17 ga. syn. gut (tensioned at high 50's in the summer, low 50's in the colder conditions). My C10's are wonderfully powerful and cozy hitters for me, but they just don't churn out the spin as easily as these 325's.

If all the racquets from this label were to magically disappear from the face of the Earth tomorrow, I'm sure that I'd look at a couple of the Yonex options like the ones you've played in recent history. I owned a couple of their models until my Volkl discovery happened.
 

NoQuarter

Rookie
If all the racquets from this label were to magically disappear from the face of the Earth tomorrow, I'm sure that I'd look at a couple of the Yonex options like the ones you've played in recent history. I owned a couple of their models until my Volkl discovery happened.
How close in play and plow does the v sense 10 325 compare to the o 10 325? And is the C 10 closer to the o 10 325? Reason is that I have already been trying the Yonex's to replace my o 10's and I can't. It's like I can't play tennis anymore if something happens to my o 10's. I've been looking for them all over to buy more, but there are no more 4 1/2's. So I am actually worried that I'll never find a replacement! Oh...and the o 10 has been the ONLY racquet to never hurt my arm.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
the organix 10 325 is a comfortable frame, but in my opinion the vsense 10 325 is not (too crisp, no plushness).
Interesting. I would have said that the O10 is muted and mushy to the point of being numb, and the V-Sense has a great blend of feel and comfort. The V-Sense 10 is far more comfortable than the Pure Strikes / Burns / Graphenes that I have tried. It is not quite as comfortable as the ported Prince racquets, but has more feel and crispness.
 

ashridge

Semi-Pro
I demo'd the VS 10 325 about 6 months ago and hated it. It came strung with Volkl Power Fiber 2 at 57 lbs. The racquet felt very unstable in my hand, had a small sweet spot, didn't feel solid at all. I only ended up hitting with it for about 10 minutes before putting it away because it was so immediately noticeable to me that I didn't like it. I demo'd the VS V1 Pro at the same time and liked it much, much better. Ended up liking the VS8 315 the best, though, and was really enjoying the muted power from it (enough to buy one), but after hitting with it for several months with multiple different stringjobs (including set-ups with no poly), my elbow was still complaining, so I ditched it.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
I'll say one thing that was strange. I played last evening and it was a bit chilly at 52 F. And whatever voodoo Volkl does with the no upper hoop flex made the frame feel quite stiff, I could only feel the throat flexing.

In regular temperatures over 60 F the stick flexes more equally. Does anyone know more about the the layup, they say it's a mix of their other materials. Also it's sort of a hybrid frame, some of it box (in the throat and lower hoop) then it goes full aero. I'm guessing why it swings so fast for its weight and it more stable up there.

What was bonkers is I pulled out my Tour G 310g weighing in at 345g and it felt so much heavier than the V-Sense 10 325g that I had at 346g. Where is all the weight? It felt like it has so much more mass, plow, but so much more sluggish. Both have the same balance at 9pts HL. What's funny, because of the chillier temperature, the Tour G stiffened up bit.
 
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whacktheball

New User
That's the problem I face with the 325. It feels great during summer/fall but once the temperature drops it starts feeling stiff and the sweetspot feels too small. I developed wrist issues beginning of this year due to serving with 325 and moved to PB 10 mid since then. No wrist pain ever since due easy power on serves and more flex. The fiberglass feel is a nice addition.

However, I still miss the feel from VS 325 on groundstrokes. No other racquet allows me to create those angles from baseline. Truly a great modern player's frame. I will always carry it in my bag and hit with it when I feel better.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
That's the problem I face with the 325. It feels great during summer/fall but once the temperature drops it starts feeling stiff and the sweetspot feels too small.
Ok, great to know, so I was not hallucinating. Just really odd it stiffens up that much with colder weather. I wonder what part of this layup is the culprit?
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fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I'll say one thing that was strange. I played last evening and it was a bit chilly at 52 F. And whatever voodoo Volkl does with the no upper hoop flex made the frame feel quite stiff, I could only feel the throat flexing.

In regular temperatures over 60 F the stick flexes more equally. Does anyone know more about the the layup, they say it's a mix of their other materials. Also it's sort of a hybrid frame, some of it box (in the throat and lower hoop) then it goes full aero. I'm guessing why it swings so fast for its weight and it more stable up there.

What was bonkers is I pulled out my Tour G 310g weighing in at 345g and it felt so much heavier than the V-Sense 10 325g that I had at 346g. Where is all the weight? It felt like it has so much more mass, plow, but so much more sluggish. Both have the same balance at 9pts HL. What's funny, because of the chillier temperature, the Tour G stiffened up bit.
I don't know whether you've ever altered your tensions, but I drop tension in my syn. gut beds by 5-6 lbs. when I'm coaching in the cold weather. The boys' teams get outside in late March and we often hit balls in temps as low as the high 30's. If I drop tension, I get substantially better feel and softness until the temps get back up into maybe the mid-to-high 50's F.

On the other side of the coin, I generally like the feel and performance of 17 ga. syn. gut, but when temps in the summer get up into the mid 80's to low 90's, I might switch into 16 ga. syn. gut so that it doesn't soften as drastically in the heat.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
How close in play and plow does the v sense 10 325 compare to the o 10 325? And is the C 10 closer to the o 10 325? Reason is that I have already been trying the Yonex's to replace my o 10's and I can't. It's like I can't play tennis anymore if something happens to my o 10's. I've been looking for them all over to buy more, but there are no more 4 1/2's. So I am actually worried that I'll never find a replacement! Oh...and the o 10 has been the ONLY racquet to never hurt my arm.
I can't really compare my O10's to my new VS10's until I lead up the VS10's to a similar layout. I thought the O10's were stinkers until I weighted those up and then they turned into real honey-bunnies for me. The VS10 that I did string feels about as unimpressive to me right now as most any frame that's a good bit lighter than my regular players. Once I give a VS10 the same treatment, I'll be able to report back.

The C10 is more of an old-school softer player. Perhaps an acquired taste, but it was a terrific step up for me when I first started using it. A pal told me about their hoop flex and how they can be a little bit "tip dead", but I've never minded this personality quirk. In fact, I think that the hoop flex makes the impact less harsh when I catch the ball higher (toward the top of the string bed at 12 o'clock). Definitely a little more arm friendly for me than my leaded O10's, but my tuned O10's are certainly easy on my arm, too.

The C10's show up in the classifieds here for pretty low prices now and then. Since they're a little unique, it might actually be worth it to go the buy-it-to-try-it route. They're also a little string sensitive, so a brief demo might not give you the time you'd want to get to know it. If you like the idea of a 98" frame that offers a lot of performance and supreme arm-friendliness, I think the C10 belongs on the short list.
 

NoQuarter

Rookie
I can't really compare my O10's to my new VS10's until I lead up the VS10's to a similar layout. I thought the O10's were stinkers until I weighted those up and then they turned into real honey-bunnies for me. The VS10 that I did string feels about as unimpressive to me right now as most any frame that's a good bit lighter than my regular players. Once I give a VS10 the same treatment, I'll be able to report back.

The C10 is more of an old-school softer player. Perhaps an acquired taste, but it was a terrific step up for me when I first started using it. A pal told me about their hoop flex and how they can be a little bit "tip dead", but I've never minded this personality quirk. In fact, I think that the hoop flex makes the impact less harsh when I catch the ball higher (toward the top of the string bed at 12 o'clock). Definitely a little more arm friendly for me than my leaded O10's, but my tuned O10's are certainly easy on my arm, too.

The C10's show up in the classifieds here for pretty low prices now and then. Since they're a little unique, it might actually be worth it to go the buy-it-to-try-it route. They're also a little string sensitive, so a brief demo might not give you the time you'd want to get to know it. If you like the idea of a 98" frame that offers a lot of performance and supreme arm-friendliness, I think the C10 belongs on the short list.

Thanks Fuzz Nation. Pretty sure from your reply that the C10 is going to be more my cup of tea. Funny that you mentioned the "tip deadness" as I feel that from the O10. So much so that for the longest time I had trouble with my OHBH because I kept catching the ball high in that area. That started my search for a Yonex but came to find that being patient and taking the ball later (and stepping into the ball) that the O10 can deliver a very good shot. So if the C10 feels the same way then I should feel right at home with it!
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
I'm no expert on the C10 but it seems like it plays more similar to a Tour G, than a v10. Heavy, plow and graphite feel. I'll have to try one out myself, but my OHBH and the Tour G have a love affair. Serve is good too, it's reacting fast to forehands that leaves me wanting on the Tour G. Everything is a tradeoff but the v10 makes me feel more aggressive.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Thanks Fuzz Nation. Pretty sure from your reply that the C10 is going to be more my cup of tea. Funny that you mentioned the "tip deadness" as I feel that from the O10. So much so that for the longest time I had trouble with my OHBH because I kept catching the ball high in that area. That started my search for a Yonex but came to find that being patient and taking the ball later (and stepping into the ball) that the O10 can deliver a very good shot. So if the C10 feels the same way then I should feel right at home with it!
My O10's give me a more crispy, punchy alternative to my C10's. I'd bet that if you get a sense of "tip-deadness" with your O10's, you'll probably recognize a little bit more in the C10, but you might also get better plow-through with the C10 if both frames are in their stock layout. Even with what I perceive to be a bit more plushness with my C10's, they also give me easier top end power when I want to really hit hard.

Among the Yonex models I've owned and played in recent years, I've had a couple with some decent semi-soft feel (RQiS 1 Tour, RD Ti-80), but the square-ish shape of their hoops seems to create a sweet spot that ends rather abruptly up toward 12 o'clock on the string bed. High string bed contact with my Yonex frames has typically been borderline painful. Interesting contrast - Yonex makes some really decent rigs.
 

grhcan99

Semi-Pro
I almost pulled the trigger on the V-Sense 10 thinking I'm going to switch to it. I have an Organix 10 and I only use it very rarely. But on those times that I did I really feel this is what I should be playing. I stick with my C10s because of the plow, control and comfort but they don't really give me anything special. With the O10 I can really whip shots and get some good spins and that gives me some sense of excitement. I know I lose some plow and a bit of comfort in here but it's lighter and makes it fun to play with. But when I get into a serious match I switch back to the C10. Glad to know about the VS10 not really living up to expectations.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
Glad to know about the VS10 not really living up to expectations.
Uh, the V10 is living up to my expectations. My only knock is that it seems to get more crisp below 55F degrees.

Compared to my Tour G 310 with some lead it’s sooooooo much faster. Allowing me to catch balls really early even though my V10 is at 347g and Tour G 310 is at 345g. I mean it feels so nice to really whip forehands again.

I’m going to check out a C10 since I am curious how it compares to my Tour G 330. Might work well in winter. Or I might go with softer string set up in V10.

But know that I’m used to having plow, stability, feel and quickness with the V10, I’m sure the C10 with lust be an experiment.
 

grhcan99

Semi-Pro
I meant to say "living up to MY expectations". Racquets (plus the strings) stiffening up in low temps is a no no for me (I have very sensitive elbows).
 

whacktheball

New User
I’m going to check out a C10 since I am curious how it compares to my Tour G 330. Might work well in winter. Or I might go with softer string set up in V10.

But know that I’m used to having plow, stability, feel and quickness with the V10, I’m sure the C10 with lust be an experiment.
C10 felt drastically different and I had to return it. More pop and less spin in C10 than VS10. Didn't work very well for me since I'm more of a baseliner but might work better if you go to the net more often. Good luck.
 

Tordne

Semi-Pro
I have a stock VS10 325 (came in quite a bit low on static weight) that I've hit a few times and really liked. I'm currently in the process of considering the successor, the V-Feel 10 320 right now. I've added 4 grams of lead across the top of the hoop to get the SW up from around 320 to 330. So far its working out pretty well. Just need to confirm over the coming weeks that it suits my comfort requirements.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I have a stock VS10 325 (came in quite a bit low on static weight) that I've hit a few times and really liked. I'm currently in the process of considering the successor, the V-Feel 10 320 right now. I've added 4 grams of lead across the top of the hoop to get the SW up from around 320 to 330. So far its working out pretty well. Just need to confirm over the coming weeks that it suits my comfort requirements.
If you have certain needs in terms of racquet comfort and you want an option that might be at least as good as the VS10 325g, I'd say take a look at the VS 10 Tour. It's only mildly lighter than the VF10 320 and it also has a more narrow beam width. I'd be willing to bet at least a nickel that the slim VS10 Tour would have the edge in comfort.

Since you sound like you're already okay with tuning your own racquets with some lead, the VS10 Tour would probably only need a couple extra grams (compared with the VF 10 320) to get to the stability and comfort you want. The VF10 320 certainly looks like the next generation of the VS10 325, but a couple of our pals here have already commented on the VS10 Tour and its very good comfort. It sounds as though that model is a sort of lighter and leaner alternative to Volkl's super-cozy C10.
 

grhcan99

Semi-Pro
I know this is a Volkl thread but I am practically a @fuzz nation twin in my current racquet choices :) Everytime @fuzz nation writes I keep seeing myself in there haha. But I have just kinda branched off in my search for the ultimate playability and comfort similar to my trusty C10 plus more and the answer has always been in my bag - POG 107. I feel I can switch between these two even mid match without shifting gears. Well in fact I had during our spring league here. I would initially start with the C10 then I would usually be unhappy towards the middle especially with my net game. Out comes my POG 107 and it would save the day :) The weight and SW are practically matched that I never had to worry about making an adjustment. Of course this goes without saying that I have strung the two "appropriately" to come out with a stringbed that I can just happily play with right after I pull any one of them out of the bag when I felt like it. If you're used to the C10Pro the POG 107 feels like you can hit everything even with one eye closed :) with more spin in reserve and bigger sweetspot. It took me a while to trust the POG 107 but I do now after I found the right combo of string and tension which is Wilson Revolve 16 at 42/41 lbs. My C10Pro's and lone O10 325 are in the bag just in case the POG107 "misbehaves" one day but so far it has been a blast :)
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
If you have certain needs in terms of racquet comfort and you want an option that might be at least as good as the VS10 325g, I'd say take a look at the VS 10 Tour. It's only mildly lighter than the VF10 320 and it also has a more narrow beam width. I'd be willing to bet at least a nickel that the slim VS10 Tour would have the edge in comfort.

Since you sound like you're already okay with tuning your own racquets with some lead, the VS10 Tour would probably only need a couple extra grams (compared with the VF 10 320) to get to the stability and comfort you want. The VF10 320 certainly looks like the next generation of the VS10 325, but a couple of our pals here have already commented on the VS10 Tour and its very good comfort. It sounds as though that model is a sort of lighter and leaner alternative to Volkl's super-cozy C10.
I tried the VS10 Tour in comparison to the 325 and found the 325 more comfortable. The increase in stiffness was very noticeable in the Tour. However it seems like the new VF10 320 might have a feel more similar to the Tour.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
I had a Vcore Pro 330 and loved the feel, but felt really flimsy for its weight, no amount of tape could make up for it's upper hoop failings. I have a Tour G 330g, love it, amazing plow, super stable, but super slow. Then went to Tour G, Duel G and Vcore Pro 310s, all with some lead. Was always fussing with the tape to dial them in. Never felt stable, or had to put too much lead and that affected its speed.

I had a RF97, amazing feel and plow, but string pattern too open and frame is too stiff, really tough to whip forehands, and shape second serves, also got many fliers from the waffle-like pattern.
Don't the Volkl V Sense 325g and RF 97 both have the same 16 X 19 string pattern?
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
Don't the Volkl V Sense 325g and RF 97 both have the same 16 X 19 string pattern?
The RF97 is really wide open, like a waffle and has three mains in the throat. The Volkl pattern is denser and has four mains in the throat. To me the ball just flies off the RF pattern, I'm very happy in 16x20 land.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
The RF97 is really wide open, like a waffle and has three mains in the throat. The Volkl pattern is denser and has four mains in the throat. To me the ball just flies off the RF pattern, I'm very happy in 16x20 land.
I just ordered the V Core V Sense 10 325g on sale at TW for $60 (must order 2). Never played with it. But I did demo the RF 97 and was pretty happy with the RF 97.

Current using Prince Bryan Bros which has the same head light balance and about same weight.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
I think you will be just fine, I really liked the Vsense 325, but it completely changed under 55 degrees F. Might not be an issue if you live somewhere warm.
 

TypeRx

Semi-Pro
I just ordered the V Core V Sense 10 325g on sale at TW for $60 (must order 2). Never played with it. But I did demo the RF 97 and was pretty happy with the RF 97.

Current using Prince Bryan Bros which has the same head light balance and about same weight.
Just saw that TW has the V-Sense 10 325 (and 295) on sale...but only 45 minutes left. Ridiculous pricing if you buy 2.

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Volkl_V-Sense_10_325g_Racquets/descpageRCVOLKL-VS10.html
https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Volkl_V-Sense_10_295g_Racquets/descpageRCVOLKL-VS10L.html
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I just ordered the V Core V Sense 10 325g on sale at TW for $60 (must order 2). Never played with it. But I did demo the RF 97 and was pretty happy with the RF 97.

Current using Prince Bryan Bros which has the same head light balance and about same weight.
I'd say be ready to experience a racquet with less heft and stability than the RF 97, but the VS 10 does have ample room for tuning. I have a pair of the older Organix 10 325g's and those frames were a bit underwhelming for me before I leaded the hoops and handles to get a more familiar and stable-feeling layout. Since I'm worried about those older (and still much appreciated) O10's breaking down and leaving me high and dry, I also grabbed a pair of these VS10's with the expectation that they'd need similar tuning.

So far I've added significantly more lead to the hoops of my VS10's compared with the O10's, but my VS10's are still not there yet. I've compared the "tip weight" of the VS10's with my O10's - set the racquet almost horizontally and measure the weight at the 12 o'clock spot - and the VS10's are still a little light and unsteady despite having twice as much lead tape added at 3/9 o'clock. So the VS10's are still a work in progress.

I've tried the RF 97 on a few occasions, but that frame reminds me too much of my old 6.1 Classics. Great for serve and volley action, but I've been much better off with a more flexible alternative having similar weight and balance. That also gives me more control around the baseline that I couldn't get with my 6.1 Classics. The Volkl C10 was a great transition to a softer option for me some years ago when I needed that.

The VS10 might be lighter and quicker than the RF 97, even after some tuning if you're okay with going the lead tape route. That could be a good thing if you don't want a frame that's as heavy in its stock layout as the RF 97. Perhaps the stock form of the VS10 is a more ideal starting point for any of us who want to dial in a good fit with a heavier racquet.

Edit: I got my O10's and VS 10's mixed up in my 2nd paragraph. Fixed now...
 
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mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
How does V-Sense 10 325 compare to the newer V-Feel 10 320? Is it an improvement? Or, is the 10 line going the way of the Head Prestige lime, which still plays nicely but has lost the nice feel since the IG Prestige?
 
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Nextman916

Professional
^ I'm quite interested in the V feel 10 320g as well, if anybody who's hit with it can chime in on its play-ability?
 
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Purchased it about december 2018 - end of the year sale. Played with it 1 tournament, was quite successul, but hurt my arm. Stopped for about 8 months. Started again, this time with full Isospeed Professional strung at 52/50 (Instead of klip gut / velocity 55/55) and it was fine for my arm, which is still hurting, but didn't hurt more than usuall. Maybe it's the tension, maybe it's the strings - probably the tension. I strung myself and I feel this racquet need low tension because it tends to realy tight the strins. Still, I feel the sweetspot is realy small, so I will strung it extra low tension outside the center next time. Added 3 gram of lead at 9 and 3 O'clock snd felt more stable - less hitting of frame - which is a major source for elbow pain. Added leather grip, which made the raqcuet heavier than I wanted - 351 gram and 10 points HL. But, last nite I felt with a not so good player for an hour and found out that my serve has never been so good - realy powerful and tends to land it to matter what. And also I changed my technique so I hit more from the ground with very quick movemnt, since I figuered out it's the best way to maximize control from the racquet and ofcourse it also help it the power department. All in all, I can say i'm now satisfiy with this raqcuet and will not sell it. Maybe play a bit with HL and maybe try again natulal gut, with low tension, even lower than 50.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Update:
Purchased it about december 2018 - end of the year sale. Played with it 1 tournament, was quite successul, but hurt my arm. Stopped for about 8 months. Started again, this time with full Isospeed Professional strung at 52/50 (Instead of klip gut / velocity 55/55) and it was fine for my arm, which is still hurting, but didn't hurt more than usuall. Maybe it's the tension, maybe it's the strings - probably the tension. I strung myself and I feel this racquet need low tension because it tends to realy tight the strins. Still, I feel the sweetspot is realy small, so I will strung it extra low tension outside the center next time. Added 3 gram of lead at 9 and 3 O'clock snd felt more stable - less hitting of frame - which is a major source for elbow pain. Added leather grip, which made the raqcuet heavier than I wanted - 351 gram and 10 points HL. But, last nite I felt with a not so good player for an hour and found out that my serve has never been so good - realy powerful and tends to land it to matter what. And also I changed my technique so I hit more from the ground with very quick movemnt, since I figuered out it's the best way to maximize control from the racquet and ofcourse it also help it the power department. All in all, I can say i'm now satisfiy with this raqcuet and will not sell it. Maybe play a bit with HL and maybe try again natulal gut, with low tension, even lower than 50.
My VS10's have been rather comfortable for me lately in their stock form (BIG surprise) strung with 16 ga. Forten Nylon at 59 lbs. My next experiment with strings will be Gosen OGSM 17 ga. in one frame and some Tecnifibre 16 ga. syn. gut (very plush syn. gut) in the other.

I just did a little bit of a comparison today while hitting against a backboard and also with some practice serving. My C10's (with weighted handles) are still the most comfortable and also the most powerful hitters for me. My leaded O10's have similar comfort and stability as my C10's, but not quite the same top end potential for power with strokes and serves - better control and boatloads of spin, though.

The VS10's are hitting with decent control and comfort - I expected some harshness without weight and inherent stability added to the hoop, but I can't complain right now. Definitely a little less top end power than my C10's and also probably just a little less than my leaded O10's, but I'm having very good luck with these for teaching/feeding where I don't want to overwhelm the ball. I won't really know what these can do or not do for me in their stock form until I have a couple more workouts using them to hit at full speed.

I can say that the big power of my C10's can sometimes sucker me into making too many errors when I'm playing singles with them, but I'll forever love their comfort and top end punch. The VS10's could turn out to be mildly more tame and consistent for me, but we'll see. I've used a couple of underweight frames in recent years that tricked me into swinging too hard too often when I'd hit at full speed in a workout or a match. That's when I put excessive strain on my shoulder. The VS10's could be ideal for coaching settings where I need to play at moderate pace.
 
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