While this stick has a bigger head (98 square inches versus the Mid’s 93), it still requires exceptional skill to use effectively. If your idea of anger management is sticking to the baseline and unloading on the ball as if it were your worst enemy, you’ll love this racquet. At net, the frame is controllable and has good pop. This is a pleasant surprise, because the V-Engine is a flexible racquet, and flexible frames often lack punch on volleys. But finding the sweet spot can be challenging. Even though the head forms a V at the bottom, which allows Völkl to use longer main (up and down) strings to elongate the sweet spot, it’s a bit small for a mid-plus. Serving was a mixed blessing: Players could hit the ball harder than usual, but they struggled to impart spin for slice and kick serves. Net result: Serve-and-volleyers may be disappointed with this racquet. Everyone, though, raved about the comfort of the mid-plus. This is due to the frame’s sheer heft (12 ounces), which absorbs much of the shock of impact, coupled with the Sensor Tour Handle System, which incorporates a shock-absorbing gel.