Product Profile: Volkl V1 Classic

by: Richard Pagliaro | November 20, 2012

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MSRP: $190
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Head Size: 102 sq. in.
Length: 27 in.
Balance: 1 pt. HL
Weight*: 10.6 oz.
Beam Width: 25-22-28 mm
String Pattern: 16 x 19

*Values represent strung frames.

Facts: Success never goes out of style. Initially launched in 1994, the V1 Classic, one of Volkl’s best-selling racquets, is back with a new cosmetic and familiar dampened feel. The V1 Classic is built with the brand’s Big Grommet system, designed to allow greater string movement for an expanded sweet spot. Volkl says its dual-dampening system results in a “reduction of torsional shock by 70 percent and vibration by 45 percent.”

Impressions: The V1 Classic has enjoyed a long-time loyal following because it places a premium on comfort, control, and stability. Volkl applies the pleasure principle to the revered Classic. It remains an extremely comfortable ride, offering an engaging blend of control, power and stability. Though it weighs less than 11 oz. this is not a flimsy racquet; the distinctive V1 Classic is an arm-friendly and forgiving frame. Its maneuverability and versatility are assets. All-court players, control artists preferring lighter racquets, players who have tender arms, and its legion of devotees should embrace this modern classic.

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