Volkl Super G V1 Pro Tennis Racquet Review
The V1 is an icon when it comes to Volkl’s racquet heritage. It has long been regarded for its ability to function as a “player’s” racquet while still being accessible to a wide range of players. Volkl looks to further cement that legacy with the introduction of the Organix Super G V1 Pro. Building off the familiar formula, Volkl has added Super G grommets, with 200% better flexibility. The result is improved control and a more responsive string bed. Volkl also retains the Bio Sensor in the handle but utilizes a new V-Sponse material for even more comfort and feel. With such a strong reputation, I was eager to see how the latest version measured up on court.
The Super G V1 Pro excelled at bringing balance to my ground stroke game. The 99.5 inch head had a generous sweet spot without sacrificing its nimble feel and control. I had no trouble picking aggressive targets and directing the ball on the court from both sides. There was a substantial amount of power to the frame as well. The 23/20/23 beam did a good job of providing pop without it becoming a cannon. I was able to consistently hit the ball deep and with surprising weight for its 11.3oz strung weight. Even with a weight over 11oz, the racquet remained easy to accelerate through the hitting zone. This fast feel, along with its 16x19 pattern led to solid spin generation as well. I created varying net clearance with topspin shots with the confidence to step in and flatten out short balls, although I wouldn’t have minded a little more mass for extra put away power. The frame’s weight also made slices enjoyable to mix in. My slices stayed low and skidded aggressively away from opponents. Overall, this racquet allowed me to utilize a tremendous blend of power, spin and accuracy to control points from the baseline.
Volleys & serves
The racquet continued to display its all court capabilities when volleying. For the weight, the racquet had good maneuverability and I never found myself struggling to get it into position. The solid power level made short work of high volleys while the inherent control let me play aggressively without fear of over hitting. The directional control was also a benefit. I was able to utilize the whole court on volleys and keep my opponents on the run. The stability against big hitters was fairly solid but more advanced players could create a bit more stability with extra weight. My one knock would be on the overall feel of the frame at net. The racquet plays pretty muted overall and I found it a bit more challenging to execute touch and drop volleys with confidence. There just wasn’t enough feedback for me to feel that I knew exactly what the ball was going to do.
Serving with the Super G V1 Pro again offers a blend of attributes. The solid weight and power level allowed me to hit penetrating flat serves. I probably would have had a bit more speed with a slightly heavier frame, but there was enough pace and weight on the ball to keep opponents from teeing off. The excellent directional accuracy also allowed me to send flat serves to all areas of the box, which paid off after using spin serves out wide. I hit my slice and kick serves with a lot of success. The ability to accelerate at the top, along with the open pattern, produced nice action on spin serves and made them a great change of pace to mix in. My most effective serve was the slice serve in the ad court as I could send it out wide and play very aggressively off the return (if there was one).
The feel department was a mixed bag for me with the V1 Pro. It played exceptionally comfortable. The Bio Sensor did an excellent job absorbing vibration and the Super G grommet system created a string bed with a lot of dwell time and a plush response. The issue is that all of this comfort came at the expense of connection to the ball. I felt the frame was a bit too muted and disconnected on contact for me to fully execute the touch shots I rely on to keep people off balance. I found myself having to play out of my style based on the struggles I was having with getting the feedback I wanted on contact.
The newest version of the V1 continues its tradition of blending advanced frame capabilities into a setup that can fit a multitude of styles. It offers excellent power and control from the back court and adds solid maneuverability at the net. Advanced players will also have enough room to further customize the racquet to their exact specs. This consistent ability to create offense from anywhere on court makes the Volkl Organix Super G V1 Pro a tremendous option for players who want a frame that sacrifices little in any given area.
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.