Expert Review: Volkl C10 Pro 25th Anniversary Racquet · Unstrung
This review is my honest opinion of the racquet, which I tested for 1 week in November of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the racquet, which I tested for 1 week in November of 2022.
The Volkl C10 Pro 25th Anniversary Racquet has a great control with precision and is awesome with serves. It plays very similarly to the Wilson Pro Staff 98 V13.
About the racquet I tested
- Model: 2022 Volkl C10 Pro
- Grip Size: 4 ⅜ in / #3
- String and Tension: Wilson Sensation with 55lbs
- Head size: 98 sq. in
- Racquet Length: 27in
- Any Customizations: None
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 210lbs
- Previous Racquet Played With: Babolat Pure Aero
- Experience: 23 years of tennis
- NTRP/UTA Rating: 5.0/9.0
- When I tested these: November 2022
- Days tested: 1 week
- Court Surfaces: Hard court, both indoor and outdoor
- Match Play/Practice Session/Both: Practice session
- Where I’ve used it: University of Utah indoor facility
How it performs
What I was looking for
A buddy of mine uses Volkl and it piqued my interest in trying. Volkl racquets don't have the hype or marketing like other tennis racquet brands, however I've heard that they are excellent-quality racquets.
Why I chose this gear
This current racquet is a classic, so I wanted to start with this racquet first when it came to testing this brand. Volkl has the V-cell line of racquets, but I plan on trying those out later, anyway.
What I love about it
- Control & Stability: With the heavy racquet coming in at 12.3oz, the weight definitely gives some excellent control on contact with the ball.
- Feel: Volkl is known for their soft butt cap on the tennis handle. This definitely helps remove excessive vibration on contact with the ball, so the ball feels great on contact.
- Maneuverability: With the thin beam width of 22mm, the racquet feels really easy when it comes to hitting volley shots. I am really ready for a forehand or backhand volley.
- Versatility: This racquet plays very well when it comes to hitting serves and volleys. Also recommended for anyone who likes to mix up their shots, like dropshots.
- Features: My serves feel soft on contact, with extra power. The sensation string contributes to this, but the racquet swing feels very smooth when hitting serves.
- Serves: When it came down to hitting serves, my flat serves feel effortless but have a lot of power. The weight and beam width make it feel effortless.
- Volleys: Volleys feel effortless; it feels like all I have to do is stick my racquet out and my racquet does the rest of the work for me. It has a lot of great feel behind the shots.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Power: This racquet is pretty heavy, so I really have to put a lot of swing in my shot to produce good power.
- Ground Strokes: When it comes to hitting ground strokes, I have a tough time producing spin. Part of this may contribute to the string, but I feel like my racquet speed is pretty slow compared to other racquets. Also, my timing felt off with my forehand and backhand shots.
Favorite moment with this gear
Anytime that I hit a serve and volley approach, my shots felt crisp and it gave me the added confidence to be more aggressive with my serve and volleys.
Value for the money vs. other options
This racquet play is very similar to the Wilson Pro Staff racquet. The biggest difference is that the racquet felt smoother on contact than the Pro Staff. Another similar racquet is the Yonex Vcore Pro 97H racquet. I definitely recommend this for those who like the Pro Staff-style racquet for a cheaper price point.
This racquet is very solid. Even with the thin beam, this racquet is very sturdy. It plays fairly similar to the Pro Staff, but at a better price. Definitely recommended for any serve-and-volley player out there that likes a heavy racquet.