Racquet Review: Volkl Organix 4

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 /by

Organix4RESIZED By Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro

Price: $250
Head Size: 105 square inches
Length: 27.6 inches
Weight: 9.7 oz. (unstrung), 10.2 oz. (strung)
Balance: 5 points headlight (strung)
Ideal Swing: Medium
String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses
Beam Width: 25 mm/25 mm/25 mm
NTRP: 3.0-4.5

How It Tested: The Organix 4 is the pop star of the Organix family: it has the broadest appeal, will be a hit with the widest range of players, and like an infectious summer song that sticks in your head, some won’t be able to put it down. Serves flew fluidly, groundstrokes crackled and it responded effectively at net.

Likes: Controllable power is the cornerstone of this racquet. If you’re an intermediate player with a medium swing, this racquet will provide the power needed to dictate baseline rallies and the control to counterpunch. Volkl has combined its Catapult technology—which the brand bills as providing a “deeper string bed pocket upon impact” for greater control—with Organix, a blend of carbon nano tubes for power and cotton cellulose fibers for feel, and the result is a cooperative frame that’s kind to both your arm and your aim.

Dislikes: This frame does not offend. The wider beam means the racquet doesn’t offer the razor-sharp touch of other Organix frames, but it does deliver a good blend of power and control with optimum comfort.

Bottom Line: Volkl has created a winner with a racquet that succeeds on several levels. The Organix 4 is a frame that can help a wide range of players, from the junior transitioning to a more mature frame, to intermediate baseliners, to older doubles players looking for an all-court racquet, to a 4.0 player seeking to put more bite on the ball.

TENNIS racquet advisor Bruce Levine is a former touring pro who has coached on both the men’s and women’s tours. Bruce is the general manager of Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, N.J., has worked as a full-time teaching pro for 30 years and lectures nationally on racquets and equipment.

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