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The Curated Take
The Volkl V8 Pro is one of the most unique advanced-level racquets on the market. It has a tighter string pattern which is typical of many advanced players racquets and a solid 305g unstrung weight, again right in line with modern players racquets. Where it differs from these racquets is its 317RDC swing weight. This low swing weight makes for a really fast moving racquet that helped generate lots of racquet head speed on groundstrokes and serves. In stock form, it offers good pop, excellent maneuverability, and a surprising amount of spin for an 18x20 string pattern. Stability is good from the start, but high level players can easily add some lead tape to the frame to help handle the biggest hitting opponents. This customizability is a big selling point for the V8 as it lets a player really grow with the racquet and change the racquet along with their game. The string bed is a little inconsistent as I missed the sweet spot, with both hot spots and dead spots as the ball struck towards the frame. I also found that I was missing the V-Cell dampening material found in most other Volkl racquets to help tame some of the stiffness of the frame. In the end, the Volkl V-Cell V8 Pro is a fast moving weapon for advanced players who play with speed and power. The tighter string pattern gives a nod to better control, but the frame offers a lot of pop and easy access to spin.
- Great maneuverability
- A big boost on both first and second serves
- Lots of room to customize
- String bed is a bit inconsistent with some hot spots
The V8 Pro is a modern classic racquet. It has the feel and control of the classic player™s racquets with the spin and power of the modern power racquet in a weight which works as-is, yet is easily customized for the player with specific tastes.
The V8 Pro also features REVA, VTEX butt cap, Super Grommets and V-Sensor Handle for great feel. It weighs 305g / 10.8oz, has a 645cm2 / 100in2 head, 22-24-22mm variable beam with a 68.5cm / 27in length and a 31.5cm / 1.1in head light balance. It has an 18x20 string pattern.
The string pattern of the V8 Pro gives better string durability while still offering above average spin potential due to its weight and balance. It is a very fast racquet which is very maneuverable at the net or the baseline. High performance players will appreciate the uniform feel across the face of the racquet which gives great feel even on off-center shots.