By Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro on April 25, 2011
How it tested: At its best, Volkl is known for building comfortable all-court players’ sticks and this flagship frame fulfills that legacy. The Organix 10 325 puts a skyscraper of sorts in your hand. Volk’s Bio Sensor vibration dampening system in the handle is modeled on the mass dampener pendulum in skyscrapers with a chamber in the handle funneling vibration to a floating pin at the butt cap, which absorbs remaining vibration. Volkl touts the technology as providing a “15 percent increase in dampening.” This was one of the most comfortable all-court sticks we’ve tested this season. A striking-looking cosmetic utilizes Volkl’s traditional black-and-yellow color palette in its opti-spot technology. The black frame with contrasting yellow bands located at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock on the hoop are designed to form a visual center and help the eye track the ball on the strings better though testers did not notice a dramatic difference in focus.
Likes: This is a very good all-court racquet providing advanced players with control and comfort they crave. While there was no striking specific “wow factor” in any single aspect of the racquet’s play-test performance, the frame performed admirably in all areas and capably competes with the best all-court frames we’ve tested this season. It is a player’s frame providing extreme control and finesse enabling highly-skilled players to explore the entire shot spectrum.
Dislikes: A reliable and resilient racquet, there is no single head-spinning feature of this frame. This is a player’s stick so you must have a long, fluid swing to use it. If you own a short swing or lack the strength required to generate racquet-head speed, you’ll be outgunned playing with this frame.
Bottom Line: If you’re an advanced all-court player who does not need to rely on the racquet to generate power, we highly recommend you demo this frame. Given the fact it’s one of the heavier frames we’ve tested this season, this is an extremely smooth, stable racquet responsive from everywhere on the court. Flat-ball hitters will especially enjoy this frame. If your swing is short, you struggle to generate racquet-head speed or you have trouble finishing your stroke with heavier frames, this isn’t the stick for you. If you’re at least a 4.5 with sound all-court skills, take this racquet for a test run.
Following the "10" legacy, the Organix 10 325 gram racquet is nothing less of what you would expect. Unmatched torsional stability in its class, easy to maneuver on both the baseline and net and enhanced touch and feel, due to the new Organix construction