Throughout this week, we're posting our reviews of this summer's new racquets. Next up, the Völkl C10 Pro.
HEAD SIZE: 98 sq. in.
LENGTH: 27 in.
WEIGHT: 12.3 oz.
BALANCE: 8 pts. HL
BEAM WIDTH: 20mm
STRING PATTERN: 16 x 19
IDEAL SWING: Long
*NOTE: Values represent strung frames.
Once the racquet of choice for touring pro Petr Korda, the Völkl C10 Pro is celebrating its 15th anniversary. As when it was released, the classic player’s frame features Twin Absorber technology, a two-part foam handle that reduces torsional shock and dampens vibrations on impact, according to the company. Much firmer than Volkl’s game-improvement handles, the Twin Absorber palette (as well as the racquet’s hoop) is designed to “give” on mishit shots. The result, Volkl says, is a unique cradling feel for the ball.
How It Tested
Despite its retro, bare-bones technology, playtesters complimented the C10 Pro on its crisp feel and well-controlled power while serving but especially at the baseline. Said one 4.5 playtester with a semi-Western forehand and two-handed backhand, “The frame has great balance, and I really like the weight and the way that the ball pops off of the racquet. It had great control, and I felt like I could really swing away [on the baseline] without hitting the ball deep.” Playtesters also praised the C10’s prowess at the net, noting its solid stability and quick maneuverability, as well as its classic ball pocketing and touch.
If there was one knock on the C10 Pro, it was its average spin production. Some players with extreme Western grips claimed that, due to the stick’s more traditional, oblong head shape, their highly vertical swings produced more mishits than was typical, which limited their RPMs. As such, the C10 is best suited for traditional doubles players, or for singles players who hit relatively flat and who center their games around forceful all-court play or net rushing.
How It Looks
Has anyone else ever mistook Volkl’s insignia for a mirrored Star Trek emblem? Also, it’s not everyday you get to play a stick in safety yellow. Message: Caution, real player approaching.
The Bottom Line
Befitting a hefty, head-light stick, the C10 Pro works best for long-swinging players with non-extreme grips who tend to miss stern to bow, rather than port to starboard.