Racquet Review: Völkl Organix 2
TENNIS.com racquet advisor Bruce Levine breaks down the Volkl Organix 2, while gear editor Justin diFeliciantonio shows off the frame on the court:
Available: October 15, 2012
Head Size: 115 sq. in.
Length: 27.6 in.
Weight*: 10.2 oz.
Balance*: 2 pts. HH
Flexibility: Stiff to Very Stiff
Beam Width: 26.5-28.5mm
String Pattern: 16x19
Ideal Swing: Short to Near Medium
NTRP: 2.5 to 3.5
*NOTE: Values represent strung frames.
In line with the company’s latest releases, the Völkl 2 is built with Organix—a DNA-based, high-tech cellulose material that’s surrounded with carbon nanotubes. According to Völkl, Organix offers more dampening, higher response, and added stability over their previous racquet technologies. The Völkl 2 also features Bio Sensor, a weighted pin that’s placed at the end of the handle in order to dampen frame vibrations even 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 2 is engineered with Catapult Effect, a stringbed technology that Völkl says allows for more exaggerated ball pocketing and thus more power.
How It Tested
If you’re a beginner in the market for a bantamweight, powerful, and comfortable frame, the Völkl Organix 2 is worth demoing. Beginner playtesters with slower swings took pleasure in the forgiveness of the 2’s oversized head, in addition to the reach afforded by the racquet’s half-inch extra length. As one 3.0 playtester summed up her experiences, “This racquet has a solid feel.” Other playtesters agreed, complimenting the racquet’s stable, damp feedback.
“Playing with the Völkl 2 is like driving a Cadillac,” says Bruce Levine, Racquet Advisor for Tennis Magazine. “As long as you don’t take it off the road”—against the rough terrain of intense spin and hard-hit balls—“it’s going to look good and drive easy. It has a very smooth feel to it, where not many vibrations get through to the handle. Overall, this racquet is great for someone with a short, slow swing who spends more time at the baseline than at the net.”
Several playtesters corroborated this statement, noting that—while it performed only passably at the net, due to its limited maneuverability—the racquet hit well from the backcourt. A few playtesters also noticed that the stick made a slight rattling sound upon impact, which was solved simply by installing a vibration dampener into the stringbed.
Finally, as with all lightweight, head-heavy frames, players prone to elbow, shoulder, or general arm pain should approach the Völkl 2 with caution. To reduce the chances of injury, it’s recommended that players string the 2 at medium to low tensions with a soft multifilament or, ideally, natural gut.
The Völkl Organix 2—while not suitable for net rushers or players with longer, more advanced swings—is an asset for beginners with shorter, slower swings who like to set up shop in the backcourt.
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