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Comments: I'm just returning to tennis after 25 years. I bought this racquet based on my style of play from two
decades ago. Mistake. I don't have the power to use this stick effectively. Great balance, and no vibration, but everything I hit
seemed to be going in slow motion. If you're a big hitter with the big stroke, this is your racquet. I'm not that player any more.
Now I'm looking to get something a little lighter.
Comments: One of the worst racquets I have ever played with I ordered it having been playing with the Head
Extreme and loved it but due to it being discontinued I tried to move on to a new racquet, and chose the Sportster based on it
being close in stats to the Extreme. The stats could not have been more misleading they may all be accurate but this racquet
should not endorsed by Boris Becker. The racquet felt unstable and lacked real control that any player over 3.0 requires.
Comments: A very good racquet, just ordered my second after seing the price reduced.
Negatives: Thick beam width will lead to more errors if you hit with topspin or slice and your timing is off, but it's not absurd (I
shank maybe two or three more balls per set than usual). Additionally, the thick beam seems to make a whippy shot (mainly
forehands) a little more cumbersome. Positives:
Extremely comfortable. There's no bold option, but there's an emphasis on extreme. I've played with this frame with various full
poly setups and I've never felt wrist or elbow discomfort. I have recently hit with a Volkl Organix 8, which is slightly heavier but
more head light, using the same string I've had in the Sportster (Top Spin Cyber Flash 1.25) strung at mid (whereas on Sportster
had strung at 57 lbs). After a long match, everything seemed fine, but after going out to hit again a few days later I noticed elbow
pain. This continued to aggravate in another match (again after a day or two break) until I switched mid-match to the Sportster
and it's gone now. I previously played with a Dunlop 4D 500 Tour and experienced wrist pain with certain poly strings (RPM Blast).
I've never had any issues with the Sportster. I saw the previous review mentioned that it's stiff, that's never something I've felt is
an issue regarding comfort. The racquet plays somewhat stiffly in that that's a solid feel at contact (it doesn't feel like it flexes
much like others), but none of that shock really reaches you. What you end up with is something that is rather accurate with
decent feel plus extreme comfort. The feel for the frame isn't remarkable, but it's solid. You can swing out and, if you are
stringing appropriately to compensate for the power the thick beam provides, can hit spots pretty well.
Comments: This is one stiff racquet. The 65 flex rating seems to reflect the fact that the beam is thinnest at the
throat, producing a medium flex rating on the RDC machine. The rest of the beam is very thick, and the racquet feels as stiff as
anything I've used. Plenty of power, fair control, but the firmness is a bit jarring at times. I found the various Volkl V1 racquets to
be more playable than this one.
Comments: A solid racquet... I played with the Wilson pro staff 6.1 forever (heavy)...moving to mostly doubles now
and I wanted a lighter, more maneuverable racquet...and a bit more forgiveness with a bigger head size. With these BB Volkl
racquets I got improvement with more pop/depth on volley and pace on serves. I like these racquets so far...the 11.1 weight is
perfect for me. Has great control with fast swings too...so is a great baseline singles game or doubles attacking racquet.
Comments: I agree with Clark, it is a more powerful V1. I used to play with the Becker V1 and this is more stable
with controlled power. I played a rival last night and after being bageled in the first set (I was demoing 4 sticks!), I switched to the
Becker Sportster and won the next set 6-2. Giving this stick a SERIOUS look!
Comments: Plays like a more powerful version of Volkl V1 Classic. It's comfortable, stable, and powerful.
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