Volkl Organix V1 Pro Racquet Review

Last night, I spent a few hours on court at the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club with the NYC Paragon Sports’ tennis sales team. They were play testing the new Volkl Organix V1 Pro and this year’s model of the classic Volkl PowerBridge 10 Mid.

I personally play tested the prototype V1 Pro in early April, and was impressed that it is a player’s frame at 99.5 in2 with a V1 Big Grommet technology string bed. The Classic V1, known as the ‘Arm Saver’ has been around for more than 15 years, so the technology is proven as well as popular. Putting this plush string bed into a smaller head, thinner beam racquet, is an idea which surprisingly did not happen sooner, given almost all competitive players are using poly, or at the least, a poly hybrid. The advantage of this string bed is the far larger sweet spot coupled with a longer dwell time resulting in more feel to those who hit flat. Add in great spin production and you have a racquet that adds versatility to any player, while still an excellent choice for those who only play with heavy topspin or slice.

Two of the Paragon staff were bona fide D I players, Brandon Gallegos, who recently just graduated, having a full ride at Niagara University, and Paragon’s floor manager, Oz Chowdhry, a brilliant young man who is taking a time-out from med school while also coaching a D I player from the Midwest. Here are their comments regarding the XV1 Pro:

Brandon:

“It’s flexible and produces nice, heavy topspin, but I could still flatten-out the ball when needed. I felt that the racquet allowed me to hit a great variety of shots. The string bed has a very large sweet spot, and is very forgiving. Whenever I took the ball on the rise, the string still felt lively when I contacted the ball closer to the frame.”

Oz:

“For its weight, against a hard hitting D I player, it is still very solid. There is easy access to spin, but it is still very accurate on flatter shots. The racquet also allowed me to hit short topspin angles, drive with depth, and hit short touch shots.”

I also had three D III college players and a ranked B’s 14’s junior play test the frame last week. Here are a couple of their comments:

“It let me hit with a lot of spin and I really felt the ball.”

“Very solid. It dampened the shock to my bad arm really well. There were no vibrations!”

Lastly, two Future’s Circuit competitors remarked:

“It is really stable, especially at net. It also hits flat serves really well with good control and pop.”

“It is hard to miss a ball because there is so much feel and because it is so stable.”

In conclusion, a very well received piece of equipment anyone would benefit having in their bag! Here’s the particulars:

 

Specifications:

VolklHead Size: 641.25cm2/99.5in2
Cross Section: 23-20-23
Length: 68.5cm/27in
Weight Unstrung: 305 g/11.3 oz
Balance: 32.5cm/1.0 inch HL
String Pattern: 16×19

 

 

Also, for those of you who are already familiar with the very stable, soft flexible feel and awesome control of Volkl’s classic PB 10 Mid 93in2, you will love hitting with the new ‘Stealth’ cosmetics… and it looks stunning, if you are into paint jobs!

In conclusion, If you take the V1 string bed out of the XV1 Pro, you would have a very precise player’s frame at 23/20/23 cross section where the player provides the power. The V1 string bed provides the increased dwell time and arm dampening so there will be a lot of feel with flatter shots and much spin when needed for those whose swing speeds are not as violent. If you crank-up the tension, much more aggressive swings work very well too. Lastly, be mindful that there are now three versions of the V1, and this one is definitely for the more accomplished player, hence, the designation, ‘V1 Pro’.

Look for delivery of both of these frames sometime next week! Enjoy!

Da-lai Wu has been a professional tour coach, coaching both men and women, and a head collegiate coach, leading a men’s team to the NCAA DI Men’s National Championships. He has also been a partner, tennis director, or head professional at numerous indoor and outdoor facilities, and is currently working with a few very promising juniors and a couple of varsity collegiate players. A new company website is also currently being developed.

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15 thoughts on “Volkl Organix V1 Pro Racquet Review

      1. Da-lai Wu Post author

        The X10 295 has real awesome feedback to the hand and a very crisp feel. It also needs to be strung towards the looser end of the spectrum to deliver power at its lighter weight, which does add spin as well, but then, takes the crisp feel away. The XV1 Pro has a much plusher feel on contact, and does not require a dead center ball contact as the X10 295 does, but still provides as much control if you hit with spin. Regarding volleying, the XV1 is far more forgiving on half-volleys, low volleys, and stretch volleys, so if that is the most important factor, you may want to make the change.

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        1. Mark

          I was considering before v1 pro spec came out to switch to head extreme pro 2.0, according to reviews it is what I need. But I like volkl for being arm friendly and precise. So if I can get same easy power, spin, staying with volkl it could be great. O295 a bit unstable and unforgiving, but great frame a lot of great time with it for last about 3 years, but… I struggle for power, angles, and everywhere just a little bit, so little that still with this frames and keep on buying it from time to time, but if Volkl has smth to satisfy me more, then I am ready to switch

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  1. Kerry

    As a long-time London user, this frame appears to be the only thing close to an update that I’ll get. I was hoping for a little beefier offering, but with the almost even balance, this one seems well suited for a leather grip, which would only enhance the reputed feel/plushness of the string bed. It’s tempting to take the plunge. I don’t want to lose the velvety smoothness of the London, but sometimes I long for a fractionally crisper frame. At the moment I’m pretty impressed with the muted Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour. However, this new V-1 Pro would probably be the most likely choice if a genuine switch is in order.

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    1. Da-lai Wu Post author

      Hey Kerry!

      All of the Paragon tennis staff just loved this frame. They ranged from 3.5-6.0, so there was a large variation in playing abilities. That says it all regarding the frame’s versatility.

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  2. Kerry

    After demoing this V-1 Pro this weekend, I’ll be switching to this frame, for sure. There’s nothing that my current frame (BB London) does better for me, and the V-1 Pro ratchets-up my serving and volleying at least a notch. It checks all the boxes: it’s stable, plush/comfortable, and perhaps best of all, allows me to really drive the ball with bite and spin, with pinpoint control. It just may be the best frame that I’ve ever hit, considering the various qualities that it possesses.

    And I should mention that I only added an overgrip and 10″ of head tape to the bumper of the demo, so I’d be shaving at least 7-10 grams off of my London’s weight. Genuinely impressed with this one?

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    1. Da-lai Wu Post author

      They are both great companies known for producing quality frames which are very arm friendly. Volkl frames have a reputation for having awesome feel and great control. Yonex frames are known for their great quality control. It goes without saying that you need to demo before buying, but be aware that the square shape of Yonex frames do have a different feel from that of traditional round-head frames.

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  3. Jim

    How would the new XV1Pro feel to someone used to the PB10Mid? I’ve long looked for something that hits like the PB10, but a bit lighter and more forgiving. After many playtests, the BB London was the closest I found keeping the plush feel and many playing characteristics, but really lacking the plowthrough that I love in the PB10.I rarely use them anymore and stick with my PB10s even on my off days. Can the XV1P fit the bill as a true PB10 light that will cut me some slack when I’m a bit off?

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    1. Da-lai Wu Post author

      Welcome Jim!

      I think that the V1 Pro maybe what you’re looking for. The London did lack plow-thru if played against a heavier ball, and due to it’s softness, in my opinion, needed to be modified though-out the whole area of the frame for which you were specifically looking to beef-up, or else, you would feel a lot of flex in areas for which it was not designed (Of course, one may actually prefer it that way). It would play like a totally different frame if you just put some lead at 3/9, even though, that is where the DNX is.

      The V1 Pro has a lot of plow-thru. Many recreational players comment that it is sluggish, which is to be expected, because fast racquet head acceleration at that level does not coincide with consistency, so the closer to “even” balance, would be more difficult to move. I found that higher level players adjusted to the frame almost immediately, and unless they were flat-ball strikers, the plow-thru and their pace of shots, was excellent. Also, the margin for error within the string bed, is huge. Personally, I hit a fairly flat ball, so added a little weight at 3/6/9 and inside the throat, plus, a leather grip. I am just getting back to playing after almost six months of inaction, so the lighter than my usual set-up works well with this stick, and since my normal precision is lacking, this stick is currently, a good fit. The V1 Pro will not feel as soft as the PB10 Mid, but, the string bed will feel very plush. I strung my PB10 Mids tighter, and conversely, now string my V1 Pros lighter. Will you get a PB10 Mid-like ball quality when your ball reaches the other side of the court? Yes, you will.

      For full disclosure, I am playing with the X10 Mid, and I am still messing around with the weight/balance.

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