Not too heavy, not too light. Not too powerful, not too feeble. The Volkl V-Sense V1 Pro is a frame that idles comfortably at the corner of tweener and player’s racquet. (Even the unusual head size strikes a crossroads compromise). More mass and precision than the former, but not quite as demanding as the latter, the third edition of the model remains a highly playable, all-court performer.
From the baseline the V1 Pro is nothing if not predictable. Ground strokes follow directions consistently with plenty of off-center forgiveness, leading to confident ball striking. Serves take command of the lines and corners of the boxes, proving capable of placing opponents on the early defensive. There’s decent power to bust open a point or put the ball away, but the frame doesn’t quite have the plow through or weighty shot of a more substantial racquet. Same goes for spin—it’s accessible and effective, but it’s not teeming with potential. However, I find this to be the case with many 16x19 frames with eight main strings running through the throat.
The response at contact is classic Volkl—comfortable and arm-friendly, but with enough feedback to feel connected to the ball. It’s not quite as plush and buttery as a heavier frame with more flex, but for racquets in this weight class there aren’t many with a cleaner feeling at contact. The test frame was strung with Volkl Cyclone Tour 18g at 44 pounds (Volkl recommends less 20% for all poly) and seems suited to accommodate a variety of string combinations.
At net the frame’s maneuverability stands out. It’s nimble on all manner of volleys—stabbing, digging, or simply blocking. The good feel and connection to the ball also promote precise volleying. The racquet is adept at angling balls away, driving them deep or dropping them short. The one knock is it can lack stability on hard-hit passes, especially when contacted off-center. With the more than manageable swingweight, some players could choose to add a little weight to the head to bolster its backbone. Either way, it’s certainly an able and valuable weapon in the forecourt.
All of this is why the V1 Pro would look at home in the hands of skilled all-courters or savvy doubles players. While it’s a Swiss Army knife of sorts, it perhaps lacks a defining trait. Still, the sum of its parts adds up to a frame without any discernable holes. The attractive blend of power, control and comfort in an easy-handling package should make it appealing to a wide range of players across the intermediate and advanced sets.