Throughout this week, we're posting our reviews of this summer's new racquets. Today we consider the Völkl Organix 9.
HEAD SIZE: 98 sq. in.
LENGTH: 27 in.
WEIGHT: 11.4 oz.
BALANCE: 5 pts. HL
BEAM WIDTH: 21mm
STRING PATTERN: 16 x 19
IDEAL SWING: Medium to Long
*NOTE: Values represent strung frames.
In keeping with its enumerated siblings, the Völkl 9 is built with Organix—a DNA-based, high-tech cellulose material that’s surrounded with carbon nanotubes. According to Völkl, Organix offers more dampening, feel, and stability over previous frame technologies. Additionally, the new Völkl 5 features Bio Sensor, a weighted pin that’s placed at the end of the handle in order to catch errant vibrations. As the company explains, this pin enhances the frame’s feel and comfort by mimicking the mass-damper pendulums skyscrapers use to survive high-impact forces, like hurricanes or earthquakes.
How It Tested
Think of the medium-weight Völkl 9 as a tight end: It’s ripped enough to deliver a good-sized wallop, but not so much that it sacrifices maneuverability and quickness. Strong intermediate and advanced playtesters reported that the 9 allowed them to access a good range of pop and spin from the backcourt, while still being versatile enough to hold its own in quick-fire volley exchanges. Said one 4.5 playester with a semi-Western forehand and two-handed backhand, “I like the racquet’s thin beam, and it has a soft feel for a stiffer racquet. The stick provides a good mix of control and pop.” And as another 4.0 playtester remarked, “A fine all-around stick. Balanced and stable, the stick performed well in all areas of the court. It felt like a natural extension of my arm.”
Although the Völkl 9 is forgiving and friendly in the right hands—i.e., those able to produce longer, more fluid swings—the stick is not particularly congenial to beginners and lower-intermediates. (According to one 3.5 player who tried the stick, “When I hit the sweetspot, the accuracy and power is great. But overall, the head size and the sweetspot was too small for me.”) Certainly, though, strong 3.5 players who like a racquet on the heavy side for their ability level should give the 9 a whirl.
How It Looks
Flashy but not gaudy, traditional but not conservative: The 9’s orange and black makes for one of our favorite cosmetics yet.
A versatile and well-balanced racquet for proficient all-courters and adventurous intermediates.