Volkl V-Square

spinerella

New User
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!
 
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.......
 
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
 

spinerella

New User
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!
 
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,
 

ron schaap

Professional
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 :(
 

spinerella

New User
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.
 

PBODY99

Legend
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.
 

spinerella

New User
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?
 

PBODY99

Legend
@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
 

spinerella

New User
@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...
 

PBODY99

Legend
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:
 

Sardines

Professional
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,
 

albertobra

Hall of Fame
How does it compare with Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable?

The description makes it just as very similar.

Perhaps UC is more slick and has a better snap-back while V-Square has more power? Just curious what makes this high priced string so special?
 

BretH

Semi-Pro
Think the 18ga is a match for me at 50lbs with the Clash 100. Control and power with more consistency than my normal gut mains poly crosses. Will see if anything specific crops up after III hit with it a little longer but very happy for now.
 

Tennis_Monk

Hall of Fame
How does it compare with Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable?

The description makes it just as very similar.

Perhaps UC is more slick and has a better snap-back while V-Square has more power? Just curious what makes this high priced string so special?
I have played with both strings - recently.
Ultra cable is a bit stiffer and more spin. The last second drops of the ball ( so called luxilon effect) is pronounced.

Volkl v square is easy on body and definitely has a bit more power. Full cuts are easier on a racquet with v square. So far it's holding tension better than the ultracable.

I'm strongly thinking about hybrid of ultracable and Volkl v square.
 

albertobra

Hall of Fame
I have played with both strings - recently.
Ultra cable is a bit stiffer and more spin. The last second drops of the ball ( so called luxilon effect) is pronounced.

Volkl v square is easy on body and definitely has a bit more power. Full cuts are easier on a racquet with v square. So far it's holding tension better than the ultracable.

I'm strongly thinking about hybrid of ultracable and Volkl v square.
Ultra Cable is an amazing string for spin and control and makes perfet sense to hybrid it, trying to find a cross string that completes that lack of power, or better, that sensation that ball doesn't 'go'. I have a client that uses full UC, but with crosses at 3lbs less. Still, I think that UC should be hybrided with a slick string though, to keep that excelent snap back (don't know how V-Square is in this sense). Remaining on Weiss Cannon, it would be interesting to hybrid it with Silverstring as crosses. But it could also be other strings depending on how much power you want to give to the setup.
Thanks for making me think on this, it can get interesting!
 

JSeba11

New User
I am currently trying V-Square. My current string of choice is Black Code 4S. V-Square definitely has a little bit more spin potential than 4S. Tons of RPMs. I still feel more dialed in with 4S. I feel like I can go for the lines and land the ball on a dime with 4S. The ball is flying a little bit with V-Square. V-Square’s control isn’t bad, I just definitely notice a little more precision with 4S. I’m willing to have a little less spin for more control, so I still prefer 4S
 
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