Volkl Super G 10 Mid 320 Tennis Racquet Review
Advanced players seeking a classic blend of control, feel and power have long had a multitude of options to choose from with the Volkl brand. They show no signs of bucking tradition with the introduction of the Super G 10 320. This hefty frame uses the vaunted Organix carbon nano tube construction for outstanding, precise response and adds in tech like Super G grommets for better dwell time and energy return, along with the Bio Sensor pin in the handle for added comfort. With an impressive list of specs, it was time for me to see how the racquet would perform on court.
The Super G 10 320 is an expertly balanced frame off the ground. I found the frame to provide ample power thanks to its 12.1oz strung weight, while its 20mm beam and 98 inch head offered exceptional control. I was able to control both depth and side to side location with ease. The headlight balance allowed the racquet move through contact rapidly, a feature I put to good use hitting cross court balls at aggressive angles. The weight made it a little more challenging to take big swings against heavy hitters, but I still had good results when I shortened my swing thanks to the mass and plow through the frame had. The racquet played very effective defense and let me reset many points to neutral. While not capable of other worldly spin, the 16x19 pattern offered easy access to enough spin to vary the margin of shots. I could play with plenty of net clearance when needed, and then aggressively flatten out other balls. The greatest asset this frame had is that it did all things well. It’s not the biggest hitter or most precise scalpel, but it blends the two together into a confidence creating frame that rewards attacking without compromising on defense.
Volleys & serves
Volleying with the Super G 10 320 is an enjoyable exercise. The head light balance made it quick to maneuver despite its bulk. I was able to react quickly to hard shots and quick exchanges without feeling compromised. The weight also made it very satisfying to finish high volleys. The mass drove the ball through the court with authority and all it took was a short stroke to end points. Control was also solid at the net. I felt I could direct the ball exactly where I needed it to be, again allowing me to play to very aggressive targets. I also found enough feel to execute drop and touch volleys. The extra mass made my drop volleys very difficult to deal with as it really made them skid away from opponents.
The Super G 10 320 offers players another excellent blend of capabilities when serving. It has plenty of weight for flat serves to be hit deep and penetrating. Although I felt I lost a little pace as matches wore on, I still felt my flat serve was effective at keeping opponents pushed back off the baseline. The combination of a fairly open pattern and a head light balance made it easy to ramp up the racquet head speed at the top of the serve for adding spin to serves. I really enjoyed the ability to take my lefty slice serve out wide to pull my opponents out of position and attack the first ball. The racquet doesn’t produce incredible height on kick serves but I found it adequate enough to keep people guessing on second serves. Directional control was solid and I felt I could hit my spots the majority of the time.
I was more satisfied with the feel of the Super G 10 320 compared to some of Volkl’s other new offerings. I felt reasonable well connected to shots and the feedback on contact was clean. The string bed played with consistent feel and response, although the sweet spot was a little small compared to other 98 inch frames. The racquet does a good job absorbing and mitigating vibration so players concerned with comfort shouldn’t have any major issues. The racquet capably mixes a high level of response with a fairly plush feel on contact that most players should enjoy.
This racquet represents another high caliber choice for players who are fans of heavier frames. It balances power and control off the ground and is maneuverable enough to be a strong weapon at the net and when serving. Combine these attributes with solid feel and the Volkl Super G 10 320 is a racquet capable of delivering any shot in your arsenal from anywhere on court.
About the Reviewer: Matt Locke currently serves as the Junior Programs & Development Coordinator for USTA-Idaho and is an active USTA League and Tournament player.