Volkl Super G 10 Mid 330 Tennis Racquet Review
Volkl is proud of their rich racquet building heritage. This is made plainly visible with the printing of “German Engineering Since 1972” inside the hoop of the new Super G 10 Mid 330. Volkl increases the head of their standard mid to 96 inches with this new offering. It also utilizes the new Super G grommet system, which provides more flexible grommets for better response and more dwell time. It also has an improved Bio Sensor in the handle for improved dampening and feel. Match these improvements with lots of mass and Volkl’s vaunted Organix construction and you have a recipe for a powerful weapon for advanced players. Here is a look at the on court results that Volkl’s latest improvements generate.
The Super G 10 330 is a delivers incredible punching power off the ground. The 12.1oz strung weight produced heavy, penetrating balls from either side for me. Even though the headlight balance keeps the racquet fairly quick through the zone, players still need sound mechanics to reap the rewards of this racquet. There is enough power on tap that over swinging resulted in balls sailing long. Relaxed, smooth mechanics provided me with excellent, controlled depth and I was able to consistently push opponents back. The 96 inch head provides excellent control and accuracy. I could go for shots aggressively with high confidence that I would hit my targets. The added mass of this frame also creates a lot of bite on slices, producing low shots that skidded away from opponents. The 16x19 pattern produced solid spin and was helped by the fact that the balance point allowed me to bring the head through contact quickly. The frame did an excellent job producing balls with safe margin until I was ready to step in and crush a short ball.
Volleys & serves
Keeping it simple is the recurring theme with the Super G 10 330 at the net. The racquet has enough mass to make short work of any kind of put away volley. Similar to groundstrokes, short compact swings took full advantage of the racquets power and mass. As long as I kept things short and simple, I could attack aggressive targets and put volleys anywhere I wanted. It was when I tried to do too much or took a bigger cut that balls would sail and I lost control. The added dwell time this racquet has also yielded great response for touch and drop volleys. I felt like I could hold the ball that extra split second until my opponent had to choose a direction.
The Super G 10 330 served with lots of power and excellent precision. The increased mass added a heavy, penetrating feel to flat serves. I was able to combine the pace with excellent directional accuracy. I had high confidence in my control and could move the serve to different spots and keep my opponents guessing. The headlight balance and 16x19 pattern provided a solid level of spin on second serves. While it did not make the high bouncing action that lighter, faster models can, it produced enough spin to help keep opponents off balance. I did feel the high weight of the frame the more I served and a bit of fatigue set in during long sessions. The key like other strokes with this frame is to utilize a relaxed service motion and let the weight of the frame work for you. The more I focused on that instead of driving the ball, the more success I was able to find.
For the high hopes I had, feel was a surprising let down for me. While the Bio Sensor pin helps tune out a lot of unwanted vibration, I felt it produced a mushy, disconnected feel too much of the time. I like flexible frames typically but I just couldn’t get comfortable with the feel of this frame on contact. I struggled on touch shots with having confidence in what the ball was doing off the string bed. Comfort should be no issue with this frame as it has excellent dampening and an even feel across the string bed. I would have preferred a bit more feedback and response to improve the consistency and confidence with my shots.
Advanced players with sound mechanics will be able to generate excellent results with this racquet. Its mass hits a powerful, heavy ball and it proves to be a nimble performer at net. With its versatile serving attributes, players who can adjust to the very muted feel will have a powerful all court tool. Fans of heavy frames with high maneuverability that can finish balls from anywhere on court should definitely take the Volkl Super G 10 Mid 330 for a test drive.
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.