For nearly 20 years the Volkl V1 Classic has been a go-to choice for players seeking a comfortable, playable frame that’s easy on the arm. The dampened, solid feel at impact is a hallmark of the racquet and has led to its popularity. If there’s a quibble with the V1 it's that it’s a tad light and powerful for more advanced players. That’s what makes the introduction of the Organix V1 Pro so enticing. By adding weight and shrinking the head, Volkl has upped the stability and control and created a frame that will attract an even wider audience.
We will have a more detailed review of the Organix V1 Pro in our Spring Gear Guide. Until then, friend of The Pro Shop, Mark Avedikian, has provided his quick take on the frame. Mark played ball at Georgia Tech (Class of ’88) before heading out on the pro tour for four years. After leaving the circuit he taught tennis in and around Atlanta, where he also ran a racquet stringing and customization service. Here’s Mark’s assessment of the V1 Pro:
The Volkl Organix V1 Pro was designed for the better player in mind, with its added weight and smaller head size (99sq inch) than the original V1. That being said, this frame really has appeal for all levels from 3.0 to professional. The thinner beam and added mass to this “pro” version of the V1 gives the frame some serious control, but there is still enough pop to make the upper hoop very forgiving and not dead or mushy feeling. The spin production is outstanding for a 16x19 pattern and the smooth feel is all Volkl. If you have had any arm problems in the past then this is a must try. Even with my shoulder and elbow issues I was able to string this racket with full poly at 48 lbs and play four sets with no pain. By using the full poly set up I was able to take full advantage of the maneuverability of the frame for spin, power, and control. This is a rare feat to have such a balanced performance from all three aspects.
For those that like to customize, the V1 Pro’s balance makes it perfect for adding weight for your style of play, and Volkl takes customization a step further by being able to change grip sizes with their pallet system. I had a grip size 6 (4 3/4) put on my frame which was easy to install and can be put back to a 3/8 if needed.
Volkl has produced a winner with the Organix V1 Pro which deserves its name and the V1 heritage.