Boris Becker 11

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Gear Review

In case the name of this racquet throws you, here’s the scoop: “Boris Becker” is a new brand at Völkl. The six-time Grand Slam champ has been a co-owner of the racquet company since he retired in 1999. The BB 11, which is descended from the Völkl 10 family, is a racquet that Becker himself could use, as it has all the hallmarks of a bonafide player frame. In order to hit penetrating shots, you need aggressive, technically sound strokes that put the ball in the center of the sweet spot. It has a dense, 18x20 string pattern, which aids in control but is not as helpful for spin production. (If you want to put more action on the ball, there’s a lighter version with a 16x19 pattern.) At more than 12 ounces, the BB 11 is plenty heavy, and the addition of DNX, a strong carbon-fiber material, to more parts of the head and throat than past versions, gives the racquet good stability. Combine that sturdiness with a head-light balance and it’s easy to see why playtesters who like to volley trusted the BB 11 at net.

Info & Specs

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Length:27 in

Head Size:98 sq in

Strung Weight:12.2 oz

Balance:4/5 in. head light

Flexibility:Flexible

Suitable NTRP:4.5 - 7