Volkl V-Square

#1
Anyone try this new square shape string by Volkl? It's available in gauges 16, 17, and 18. Currently available in color "Lava" (red).
Seems so many string manufacturers are jumping on the "square" string wagon.
Could this possibly generate even more spin than Volkl's gear and twisted strings?


I plan to give it a try in 18g...will post back!
 
#2
Had good feel for a poly with some nice flex without getting mushy. Medium power level and has super sharp edges on it that generate some impressive spin. Tension maintenance was not great but it didn't lose control even as it softened up. Durability was not great but I was given the 18g to test, which is much thinner than I usually use. Broke it in a matter of a few hours but a thicker gauge would likely be better. The string felt and played VERY similar to the prototype I tested from Black Bear Tennis recently. So much so, I could see them coming from the same factory.......
 
#4
Is it similar to the white torque tour? I think it also has four edges..
V Torque Tour is a 6 sided gear shape that is also axially twisted. V Square is just a very pronounced square shape with sharp edges that also does a good job of putting the flat surfaces in contact, reducing string to string friction and allowing mains to slide easily
 
#5
Had good feel for a poly with some nice flex without getting mushy. Medium power level and has super sharp edges on it that generate some impressive spin. Tension maintenance was not great but it didn't lose control even as it softened up. Durability was not great but I was given the 18g to test, which is much thinner than I usually use. Broke it in a matter of a few hours but a thicker gauge would likely be better. The string felt and played VERY similar to the prototype I tested from Black Bear Tennis recently. So much so, I could see them coming from the same factory.......
I'm planning to try the 18g in an 18x20. Good to hear it has some nice flex to soften my tight string pattern, and hopefully add some spin too. If I like this string, I would love to see it in other standard Volkl colors, i.e., graphite, orange, neon yellow...

Thanks for your feedback, mlocke1322!
 
#6
I have been using Cyclone 18 for years. I bought a pack of this one in 18 gauge and really wanted to like it but I am sticking with Cyclone. I found this one more stiff on the arm, more difficult to string, and just not the same control as Cyclone 18. The spin was great but I just felt like it lost tension after 4-5 sets. I strung it at 52#s which is exactly what I string Cyclone at and also used my current racket for a fair comparison.

I have also tried V torque, the new Tour version, and Cyclone Tour but I always go back to Cyclone. But if I were to rate V Square against the other Volkl poly strings out there, I did prefer it over all others except Cyclone. It is a nice poly from Volkl and is similar to Tour Bite but a little easier on the arm. But for me, Cyclone will still be my go to string,
 
#7
So where in EU can we buy this wonder string that gets such raving reviews? Afterall Volkl is a German company, therefore their strings should be cheaper in EU than in USA. However that isnt the case :(
 
#8
I have been using Cyclone 18 for years. I bought a pack of this one in 18 gauge and really wanted to like it but I am sticking with Cyclone. I found this one more stiff on the arm, more difficult to string, and just not the same control as Cyclone 18. The spin was great but I just felt like it lost tension after 4-5 sets. I strung it at 52#s which is exactly what I string Cyclone at and also used my current racket for a fair comparison.

I have also tried V torque, the new Tour version, and Cyclone Tour but I always go back to Cyclone. But if I were to rate V Square against the other Volkl poly strings out there, I did prefer it over all others except Cyclone. It is a nice poly from Volkl and is similar to Tour Bite but a little easier on the arm. But for me, Cyclone will still be my go to string,
Thanks, Madison Tennis. I was hoping V-Square may have more control and tension maintenance than Cyclone. I can only compare it against one racquet I have strung with Cyclone 18L; although, it may not be an apples to apples comparison.
 
#9
I have it as a 1.20 mm main crossed with a SG. I only have six hours on it and it is playing fine. Stringing was easy. It plays like a firmer version of Square X.
 
#10
I have it as a 1.20 mm main crossed with a SG. I only have six hours on it and it is playing fine. Stringing was easy. It plays like a firmer version of Square X.
I have it as a 1.20 mm main crossed with a SG. I only have six hours on it and it is playing fine. Stringing was easy. It plays like a firmer version of Square X.
PBODY99,
What do you think of V-Square 1.20 spin potential compared to other shaped strings in the same gauge?
 
#12
@spinerella
8 hours in It is holding up nicely. No notching so the spin is as good as it gets for me.
Note that my signature frame is an extended ported wide-body
That Prince SpeedPort Gold is a beast of a racquet! Extremely powerful with the extended length an head size; yet, comfortable due to the open ports. V-Square string is obviously providing a lot of control with spin...
 
#13
After 50+ years of playing, I have a stroke style that is medium in speed an length.
Faster swing speed players may have a different result.
Of the shaped polys, I have found that the ~1.20mm "triangular" & "square" shapes with a hard round cross works for me.
Since I do not like the color in my Phantom 100's, I may try it next in a FST Burn 99S I use for feeding.
The string is definitely worth a try, if you can get past the color.:cool:
 

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#17
Will be trying these and the other new square string, Grapplesnake next week. Just to clarify, you said it's stiffer on the arm than Cyclone 18g? So you don't think a 5% prestretch and 3lbs lower than Cyclone will do make it play less stiff. That's the problem with trying new strings, I'm always slightly paranoid I'll finally string it too tight and get a sore arm.
I have been using Cyclone 18 for years. I bought a pack of this one in 18 gauge and really wanted to like it but I am sticking with Cyclone. I found this one more stiff on the arm, more difficult to string, and just not the same control as Cyclone 18. The spin was great but I just felt like it lost tension after 4-5 sets. I strung it at 52#s which is exactly what I string Cyclone at and also used my current racket for a fair comparison.

I have also tried V torque, the new Tour version, and Cyclone Tour but I always go back to Cyclone. But if I were to rate V Square against the other Volkl poly strings out there, I did prefer it over all others except Cyclone. It is a nice poly from Volkl and is similar to Tour Bite but a little easier on the arm. But for me, Cyclone will still be my go to string,
 
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