By TENNIS.com on December 07, 2009
It’s got some heft, but it’s still very maneuverable. There’s plenty of power, but not so much that it can’t be controlled. Sound familiar? The Powerbridge 8 is one of those ever popular ‘tweener racquets that’s not quite a true advanced player’s frame, yet still has enough performance characteristics to appeal to accomplished competitors. Volkl has long used it’s DNX material (strong carbon fibers) in different parts of their racquets and for the first time it’s being put at the 6 o’clock position – the Powerbridge – on the racquet face. The goal is to strengthen that part of the frame for an overall increase in stability and power. Playtesters found plenty of both in the Powerbridge 8, with good jump on their shots when they found the sweet spot, and a solid response at contact. Although some complained the frame felt a little too stiff. At just under 11 ounces and with a head light balance, it’s fairly easy to handle at net and generate good swing speed at the baseline. The 16x18 string pattern allows for ample spin, which some testers said was necessary to control the racquet’s power.