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Comments: The grip shape is a bit different, slightly bigger than usual
size. I added 6 grams of lead tape on the replacement grip and wrapped it
with overgrip, just to make the head lighter. The spin came easily with
this London, especially on serve. Volleys are the most enjoyable times for
me. It has decent power, comfort and unmatched stability compared to other
similar spec frames.
Comments: My biggest complaint is the tip of the racquet head. It vibrates like crazy and sends a shock down your
arm. I even put lead at 2 and 10 and in the v, which helped some, but not completely. I'm still working on modifications to this
one to make it what I want. I hope I get there soon! Otherwise, it's a manueverable racquet with good power and spin. The
sweetspot hits are butter!
Comments: This racquet swings a lot like the Head Microgel Radical Pro. It feels a lot like that racquet as well. 1 pt
less in stiffness, swingweight a little lower, but the feel is very much the same. I swung with it and did develop a little soreness in
the shoulder area, which the Radical Pro did the same to me. I like the racquet and bought it based on specs without demo'ing it.
I really wanted the Volkl Power Bridge 9 but they sold out. It was a little more stiff and a crisper feel. This racquet is
manueverable like the PB 9 but not as solid at impact. I will keep playing with it unless the shoulder pain continues.
Comments: I demo'ed this a few weeks back and fell in love with it
immediately since it felt like an extension of my arm. The weight,
balance, and swing speed were all perfect for my style of play. I have
had a chance to play with this racquet (see below for specifications)
and can say that the combination of frame and string set up has
greatly improved my overall control. My serve has also improved and it
has enhanced my ability to serve fast and flat down the tee or out
wide with spin. The sweet spot feels much bigger than the 98 sq in
head would suggest, as noted by several of the TW reviewers. Overall,
a great racquet and one that I highly recommend to take for a test
drive, particularly if you currently play with a Babolat Pure Drive. As Herbert already said, they have similar specifications but I feel
it is much
more comfortable and control-oriented.
Comments: A great middleweight stick. It's in the same general ballpark specs-wise
as the Babolat Pure Drive, but it's far more comfortable. A fast-feeling
racquet that's easy to swing. Sufficient mass and plow-thru for me, though your
results may vary. Understated matte black and wine red paint job is an elegant
alternative to the loud, multicoloured rubbish being sold nowadays and
was a critical factor in my purchase decision.
Comments: This is a fantastic stick but I stayed away due to ratings suggestings it was more power than control. I
disagree. For a tweener this has got to be in the top 3 of all of them and believe me I have tried them all. Comfort, spin, control
and serves very well. My only gripe was the gripe shape but I am willing to adjust to it. A poly in the mid range will add
control in abundance and you don't have to worry about arm pain.
Comments: Great stick, I tried out over 20 racquets before I settled on this one. Solid feel on my groundstrokes,
though I do not spend much time back there. It gives my the stability that I look for on my returns and the feel I need to slice an
approach or lob an net player. Angles are what really turned me onto this racquet as my backhand side angles are far easier to hit
with this racquet than any other racquet I have tried. Serving was great for my kick serve though my slice and flat serves took
more effort to get the punch I usually have. At net this stick is a beast, solid on every stroke with enough maneuverability to get
the job done. My only real complaints about this racquet is it could use more weight (I added about half an ounce) and I prefer a
smaller head size (90-95). Also the only real competition this racquet had in my book was the Donnay X-Red 94, that thing felt
like butter when I hit the ball.
Comments: This is a great stick. Specially for volleys, it has a lot of touch and feel. It's very stable for hard hitter.
Easy to generate spin and perfect power for groundstroke. Arm friendly stick, it's good for player not young any more. I had tennis
elbow before then I've got Boris Becker London for more than a year and now I play without arm braces.
Comments: Great stick! I'd imagine this would be about perfect in stock
form for younger or senior players that need a lighter stick that still
leans towards 'player' specs. Personally I found it a little too
light, however after adding about 3 grams of lead to the head split
between 2 and 10 and counter-balancing with some weight in the handle
this thing became a real beast. Plays more flexible then the 64 flex
rating suggests and pockets the ball like nobody's business with tons
of dwell time and a huge sweetspot. Reminds me of the C-10 Pro I used
to play with but not quite as cumbersome and better suited to modern
strokes. Classic Volkl comfort with an open swing pattern and a little
bit more pop then the more purist sticks.
Comments: This is my second comment. I have used the London's for a full year. These are my 6th racquets in the
last three years and by far the London is my favorite. Hybrid with poly main and synth cross is the best string combination. This
racquet, in its stock form, can go head to head against heavier frames in a rally. It has very high spin potential thus can produce
'heavy' ball. Serves well and very maneuverable at the net. Many club players have tried my racquet out of curiosity and were
surprised by how well it plays. I recommend any 3.5 - 4.5 players to demo this racquet.
Comments: This racquet does not have as much plow through as the Boris Becker 11 MP, but still some solid mass
in this racquet. However, it is possibly more maneuverable than the Boris Becker 11. I found it helpful to replace the synthetic
grip with a leather grip plus an overgrip to make it slightly more headlight. Nice touch and control, and plenty of top spin
capacity. Easy on the arm, not too stiff, not too flexible.
Comments: I am a 3.5 all-court player style. I have been bouncing around different racquets for a couple of years
now. I found that I liked the Dunlop Aerogel 100 for precision, placement, and excellent maneuverability. I liked the power of the
Wilson BLX Tour, and liked the buttery feel of a Prince Graphite NXG mid-plus. The real problem was that I wanted to find a
racquet that had those properties all in one. And with past shoulder bursitis and wrist bursitis injuries, I really needed something
that had a soft feel above all else. I landed on the Boris Becker London for meeting those criteria. It's not perfect, but it does have
a soft buttery feel and plenty of power for my game. It's maneuverable, and quite precise. It is string sensitive, however. I have
found that synthetic gut makes for superb feel, full poly makes for fantastic control, and the best of both worlds with a hybrid
mix. But as the tension fades it develops a trampoline effect. I think it is worth a try if you are in the 3.5 plus NTRP range and are
looking for an arm friendly racquet with a players racquet feel. It offers more power than the specs would suggest - and with
tweaking can fit a variety of styles.
Comments: Amazing comfort, amazing spin. For all those with arm issues,
try the London for the ride. You won't be disappointed.
Comments: This is my second review of this racquet. Based upon my prior experience, I decided to increase the
weight of the racquet slightly. I put a leather grip on it and put a small amount of lead tape at 10 and 2 (See Chris' review for TW).
I also went to my normal string set up of gut in the mains and a poly in the crosses. The results were fantastic. The racquet still
swings easily and is excellent for doubles play because of its maneuverability. As others have commented, there is excellent dwell
time. The extra weight helped on first serves and overheads. While it doesn't have the plow through of a K90, the great dwell
time and pop from the racquet help compensate for this. If I was younger and stronger, I would have stayed with the K90, but at
my age, a less heavy racquet helps, especially on my one handed backhand. I also love the open string pattern as spin comes
easily and it is easy to get the ball up and over the net on low balls. I would agree with Tennis Maverick that this is a great racquet
for a 4.0+ player and can handle play that is well beyond my level.
Comments: The London is truly a fantastic and unique all court racquet. Excellent feel, decent power and good
control. It may be the perfect blend of old school feel and new school playability. For me the flex of this racquet is just about
perfect, which allows touch when you need it and pop when you dial up your swing for power. Unlike some of the other posts, I
don't have any trouble with control using this racquet. However, like most racquets if you string it with a high power string it can
get less predictable. I use full poly in the frame, which is tempered by the flex of the racquet to produce a very comfortable hit. If I
had to pick a racquet that was similar, I would say maybe a Fischer Pro #1 (heavy version). The difference is that the Fischer is very
flexy at the throat but stiff in the hoop. The London is uniformly flexy through the shaft, the throat, and into the hoop without
being floppy in the upper hoop. If you can generate your own power this racquet will help you feel your shots while allowing pin
point control. The only thing I should mention is that the Boris Becker grip shape is similar to a Head grip shape. It takes a little
getting used to if you are a Wilson or Prince user (like I was). All in all...a superb frame.
Comments: This is an update from previous posting. While the racquet is arm friendly and forgiving, I did find it
difficult to consistently hit penetrating shots. In addition, once the string tension dropped there were problems with the ball flying
long. I agree with some of the comments from Shannon's posting. I'm not sure if I will switch from C10 to the Becker Delta Core
London. I will keep everybody posted.
Comments: I have been playing for over 20 years and have been suffering with elbow and shoulder injuries for the
last 3 years. I was playing with older version of the Volkl C10 Pro (swingweight 335-340) prior to the purchase of the Becker Delta
Core London. The weight of the Volkl was too demanding and so I was looking for a frame that was a bit more forgiving and a bit
lighter. I finally found that in the Becker London!! This racquet is very easy to swing, has an excellent sweetspot and is very arm
friendly. If you suffer from arm problems and are looking for a player's frame this racquet is the real deal. Kudos to Boris Becker! I
am selling my Volkl's and will be buying another one very soon!
Comments: I love this racket it has great weight and balance for me. It is crazy stable and plush for its weight and it
has amazing feel. I added some lead tape to the hoop and handle for more power, brought it up to 11.7 ozs, 6pts headlight,
however even with a soft multi at low tension this racket just doesn't have enough power on groundstrokes. It is very difficult to
achieve consistent depth. To put things into context I have only ever used so called, "low powered" players frames with the
exception of a brief shoulder destroying few days with the Pure Drive GT. I have an advanced game with a wide variety of shots
and grips, I hit the ball hard but I just couldn't find any depth with this racket. I am very baffled at some of the posts on Talk
Tennis calling this a high-powered frame. Volkl is great company, I also love the PB10 mid, but for decent feel and a quantum leap
in performance I have switched to the Pro Kennex Ki5x.
Comments: I have been playing with the BB London for a couple of months now. I switched from a Volkl DNX V1
mid, with the idea of playing with a more control-oriented frame, that still has the plush comfort of Volkl technology. It's a
fantastic players frame that is very easy to handle and get through the hitting zone. I would say it spans the range of a strong
tournament level junior player, all the way up to a 5.0 playing level. It's probably too light for big, heavy hitters, or Div I college
players. Having said that, it would be an excellent choice for a Div I female player. I'm 5'5" 150Lbs, so a lighter frame suits my
game. However, this frame doesn't get pushed around. It has some mass, but gets through the hitting zone very easily, due to an
excellent weight distribution. It does have some pop too it, but doesn't slingshot the ball like my V1 used too. One more note is
that I went down to a 4 1/4 grip size. I had been playing with 4 3/8 since jr. high school, but since the pros are doing it, I thought
I should try it. I do think the smaller grip allows for a bit more wrist action, but I give more credit to the frame than the grip size.
Another observation is that the comfort of the "hit" must come from the frame primarily, and the sensor grip. It's not the full
sensor grip of the V1, nor does it have the big grommets, so I suspect the nanotube composition is eating up some vibration.
That's an important characteristic in a frame, especially for someone who has had some tendonitis over the years, as I have.
Comments: I agree with the TW testers on this one, a nice player tweener type racquet but I prefer the Pure Storm
Comments: Great racket. Nice spin off both wings. Best kick serving racket!! Weight is medium, not light. Good
combination of power and control. I have hybrid string bed. The racket has amazing feel at the impact. Not that it matters but
one of the best looking racket on the market.
Comments: Very good racquet. A little light in its stock form, although still fairly stable. As others have said, there
is excellent dwell time with this racquet. With the open string pattern and Wilson NXT Tour strings, which came with the racquet,
the ball would fly from time to time. Might want to increase tension and/or put some soft poly to provide more control. Hit some
very nice kick serves with it. I could have used a little more mass for flat serves. All in all, a definite winner.
Comments: I've play Wilson Kblade midplus and head LM midplus, but I've found the BB London is very stable and
maneuverable at net. I love the control and easy to generate spin. It's a keeper. You should try it if you have a tennis elbow. Do
your elbow a favor.
Comments: I'm relatively new to tennis and have tried MANY different racquets (bought a few too!) For a
middleweight racquet the London offers the BEST combination of comfort, power, control, and stability of any racquet I've tried.
Slightly more power than a traditional player/control racquet but tons of spin potential to tame that power (amazing kick serves!).
It plays FAR more stable than its weight would suggest. Control is so easy my hitting partner called me a "ball machine" during
warm up. I added lead at the grip to move it to 7-8 pts HL making it very maneuverable at net (total modified weight
~11.7oz/331g). The London is now my go-to racquet (I also use a PB10 Mid against players hitting heavier balls). The London is a
players stick forgiving enough for noobs like me to grow with.
Comments: My grandma came to visit me over this Thanksgiving break and she happened to be looking for a
replacement for her Aerogel 1000. Her only gripe about her Aerogel was the lack of stability against the heavier hitters in her
mixed doubles league. Out of all the tweeners I tested for her, this upgraded Becker Light really stood out as an adequate
replacement. Not only did it meet her stability requirements (both laterally and longitudinally torsionaly stable) but it offered
plenty of pop on groundstrokes, insane maneuverability for its weight due to its more even balance, and an absurdly short dwell-
time. So, if you're an older, lower-level player that uses classical strokes, don't be afraid to take this frame out for a demo,
because you might just be in for a delightful surprise.
Comments: The London plays well in stock form, much better than a frame with similar specs that I tried, the
Dunlop 300 Tour. I found that racquet to be harsh even with natural gut. The London feels more solid and smoother to me, likely
due to the polarized feel (if not any of the DC marketing mumbo jumbo). It's like a more forgiving Power Bridge 10 Mid that
stronger intermediates (such as myself) can easily handle. I have this one strung with gut too, giving it some extra punch, but it
retains the control and excellent "dwell time" (more a matter of feel than time), allowing me to mix spin and pace better than ever.
Off-center hits don't necessarily die at the net or sting my arm, either. If you're looking for an arm-friendly racquet that falls in
between the typical player/tweener categories, this is it.
Comments: Just demoed this frame from TW. In my opinion this plays roughly similar to a Wilson K-blade, except
with a little more Volkl buttery feel thrown in and maybe a tad more head-light in balance. I think this would play extremely well
with a high-end multi string at about mid-tension. While this is in the 'player's' category at 20mm, the weight is less demanding,
so I think this is a very versatile frame that will find some appeal south of 4.0+. Again, the feel and control is outstanding. I agree
with the TW summary that you do feel very 'connected' to the ball.
TW- is there any review planned for this racquet? I'm curious on your findings as mine are very positive.
Comments: A true player's frame comes in a lighter package, the BB London has it all: tremendous ball feel,
exception control, great stability, comfort, and all-around performance. It swings smoothly and has a great balance. The racquet
is also reasonably forgiving with its large sweetspot, maneuverability, easy spin, and good power. Nice open string pattern
responds well to different string setups. Good room for customization with some lead, it turns into an arm-friendly 6.1 with mega
plow-through. This is a racquet that offers old school 12+ oz frame performance with modern racquet forgiveness. Last but not
least, the paint job is amazing.
Comments: If you've been looking for a Tour10 Midplus with a little more pop, a little less weight, and quicker at
the net, you should try this. I was using the PB9 happily until I discovered the London. It has a little less feel than the PB9 but is
much easier on the arm/shoulder. I dislike the stock grip (it feels spongy to me) and replaced it with a black leather BB grip. For
now, it's perfect.
Comments: I demoed the Delta Core Pro and the London back to back and I really liked both of them. I ended up
buying the London because I feel that it is easier on my arm. I have been using a BB10 for several years. The London gives me a lot
more feel, I can place my serve much more easily. Also the London is a great racket for the backhand slice and is very easy to get
around at the net. I'm still adjusting to the groundstrokes a bit; I have to work more with this racket than I did with the Pro or the
BB10. However, given that I am playing a lot of doubles at the moment, I'm going to stick with the London for now.
Comments: This is an excellent racquet! It has a nice soft feel, plenty of pop, and great control. It's also very easy to
maneuver. I was surprised at how stable it is against heavy balls given its light weight. I had previously played with heavier
racquets, closer to 12 ounces. I may try adding a touch of lead, but even in stock form this is fantastic.
Comments:I was a bit skeptical, but with a buddy's recommendation, tried the Becker line. This racquet got some
nice online buzz, so I tried, I played, I conquered, and now love this racquet. I used the k6.1 95 (16x18) before switching, and will
pick up another set of these soon, so when these 2 die, I can just switch to a new London.
Comments: I agree. I have been using a i.prestige and need to switch because my racquets are just getting too old.
Also, I like this because it doesn't seem like its going to hurt my arm. It feels good with a synthetic which I like because the polys
are rough on me. It does have the old school Volkl feel and it looks awesome. I wish they'd make a 28
inch version though.
Comments: The London is longitudinally stable, but has some play torsionally, much like the DNX 10s. The sweet
spot is huge and the dwell-time is crazy long. It's easy to make the ball do what you want, whether that be depth, spin, or pace. It
is a great serving stick, as the racquet moves quickly through the air, but it's superior bite/dwell-time makes it effortless to serve
well. Lastly, in comparing overall feel, it is closer to the PB 10 Mid and would work well for a PB 10 Mid user who needs a more
forgiving stick that will provide greater spin with less effort. The London is certainly cushioned like all BB sticks, but it has the
traditional Volkl feel in ABUNDANCE.
Comments: This is a great playing racquet, with a very soft feel. I used the BB 11 325 before this model, and
noticed a lot more feel and control from this model. Wide pattern, so I get nice spin. A misty try, for anyone looking for their next
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