TENNIS.com racquet advisor Bruce Levine breaks down the Volkl Organix 3, while gear editor Justin diFeliciantonio shows off the frame on the court:
Available: October 15, 2012
Head Size: 110 sq. in.
Length: 27.8 in.
Weight*: 10.3 oz.
Balance*: 1 pt. HH
Beam Width: 26-28mm
String Pattern: 16x19
Ideal Swing: Medium to Long
NTRP: 3.0 to 4.0
*NOTE: Values represent strung frames.
In line with the company’s latest releases, the Völkl 3 is built with Organix—a DNA-based, high-tech cellulose material that’s surrounded with carbon nanotubes. According to Völkl, Organix offers more dampening, crisper response, and added stability over their previous racquet technologies. The Völkl 3 also features Bio Sensor, a weighted pin at the end of the handle, to dampen vibrations further. As the company explains it, Bio Sensor enhances the racquet’s feel and comfort by mimicking the mass-damper pendulums skyscrapers use to survive high-impact events, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. Finally, the 3 is engineered with Catapult Effect, a stringbed technology that Völkl says allows for more exaggerated ball pocketing and thus more power.
How It Tested
The Völkl Organix 3 is oriented somewhere between a tweener and a jumbo frame. Yes, the 3 has many of the trappings of a game-improvement stick: Increased head size, extra length, and a relatively low weight. But its construction and near-even balance still allow for a measure of control-oriented feedback, making the racquet a good fit for a beginner-intermediate—or even an older, more advanced player—looking for a boost in power without sacrificing all manner of precision.
“The Organix 2 and Organix 3 both have power,” says Bruce Levine, Racquet Advisor for Tennis Magazine. “But the Organix 3’s power is more controllable, definitely. I think this would really appeal to a senior player with good mechanics who doesn’t swing at the ball as hard as he or she used to. Someone with a longer, slower swing would really enjoy this racquet.”
A range of playtesters, from 3.0s to near 4.0 players, found the 3 to be a versatile tool at the baseline, and a proficient (though not stellar) one at the net. “It was very easy to use, and the ball jumps off the racquet with good control,” said one 3.0 playtester, who further complimented the racquet on its overall stability. Further, similar to the Organix 2, the 3 exhibited a distinctively damp feel free of jarring vibrations, according to playtesters. Though some playtesters pointed out that, also like the Organix 2, the 3 made a slight rattling sound upon impact, which could be eliminated by inserting a vibration dampener into the stringbed.
Finally, as with all lightweight, head-heavy frames, players prone to elbow, shoulder, or general arm pain should take precautions before playing with the Völkl 3. To reduce the likelihood of injury, it’s recommended that players string the 3 at medium to low tensions with a soft multifilament or, ideally, natural gut.
Though not suited for fast-swinging players, the Völkl Organix 3 should handle well in the hands of players with slow but proficient swings—those who value power first, but aren’t quite ready to completely abandon a control-oriented feel.
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