Accomplished spin doctors who drive their opponents nuts by using all types of strokes to produce all types of spins are going to love the Powerbridge 5. The key to this slice-and-dice stick could be the Power Arm affixed to the throat. The technology allows the eight middle main strings to pull back at contact, so the racquet grips the ball before propelling it off the string bed like a slingshot. This gives you an extra fraction of a second to apply a severe wrist snap and send the ball spinning like a dreidel. The Powerbridge 5 is also reinforced with Völkl’s DNX, ultra-stiff carbon nanotubes at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions of the head, for stability. Perhaps that’s what provides a significant power boost and keeps heavy backspins on line-drive trajectories. And comfort is supreme thanks to the Power Arm working in concert with the racquet’s cushy Sensor Handle System.
Bottom Line: A frame for those who give junk balling a good name.