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Comments: I am moving from a Babolat (plus version), and this was a tough change. I had to adjust to the
smaller head size and slightly smaller length. Also, the same string didn't work. It was very frustrating. But, after spending
a few days hitting with this racquet with Volkl Cyclone 16, all I can say is it is absolute bliss. This frame is very string
sensitive. Plus, you need to hit with the right technique. I love my game better than ever before!
From: Anonymous, 10/15
Comments: I tried the previous version (yellow and black) on a whim about eight months ago, and now I own
two of them, which sums up my feeling about this racquet. I absolutely love the feel and precision it gives me, which then
gives me confidence to go for my shots. Yes, it's underpowered compared to many modern frames, but to me that's a
good thing. I'm in my 50s and have used everything from a Dunlop Maxply wood racquet to the modern wider, stiffer
frames. The Volkl PB Mid 10 reminds me of my old, beloved Head Ti Radical mid, but it hits a heavier ball. As a once 4.5
player, now trying to maintain at the 4.0 level (since I can't run fast anymore) I value the heavy ball I can hit with this baby.
My perception is that other racquets may let you hit the ball faster, but the PB Mid 10 hits a very heavy ball, so deep shots
really test your opponent. Touch from every part of the court is exceptional. The only area I find lacking is in serve returns;
the weight gives me a little problem being able to drive my one hand backhand return against a faster serve. Everything
else excels and it is now my weapon of choice. Highly recommended.
From: Peter, 10/15
Comments: Putting aside the practicality of a racquet like this for a player that hits big spin from the baseline,
you owe it to yourself just to pick the thing up to see how svelte a tennis racquet can be. Soft? Yes. Underpowered?
Definitely. Demanding? Oh yeah. super sexy? Yep. Looks and feels better in the hand than just about anything else out
there? Which is a matter of opinion, of course, but it's gotta be close. This one belongs right up there with the PS85 and
the Prestige Mid in the Mid Hall of Fame.
From: N8, 8/15
Comments: The all black PB Mid 10 I thought was heavier than the older yellow version. It was supposed to
be the same stick, so I'm not sure why it has had a bit of a change. Either way, I love the way it hits and follows through. I
liked the yellow one more, but both hit great once you get used to them. I'm a 4.0 mostly doubles player, and string it with
a hybrid (Lux Big Banger/syn gut) at 58 lbs.
From: Abe, 6/15
Comments: This racquet felt really nice when I first started playing with it. There was pinpoint control and it
was very easy on my arm and shoulder. However, I soon found it to be too underpowered in the heat of match play. I felt I
was being pushed around by bigger hitting opponents. The flex that made it so comfortable seemed to suck all the juice
out of my shots and I struggled to get good depth on the ball.
From: Matty, 5/15
Comments: I have now played the PB 10 mid for one year and now use it as my first racquet (the C10 Pro is
second). In comparison to the C10 pro I like the enhanced maneuverability and the faster swing speed, which is probably
by the thinner frame and helps a lot on serve. The control is very good and only overmatched so far by the Wilson Pro Staff
and the Pacific X feel pro 90 vacuum, but which both are less foregiving due to their smaller head sizes. I have now
quite a bit with stringing, but always stayed with a full poly setup (Babolat RPM Blast). I started with 57 lbs and stayed with
it for a
while. Then I went up to 59 lbs, but regretted the choice immediately. The string bed felt too stiff and the balls landed short
control at short balls was gone. Now I lowered the tension to 54 lbs and like it a lot. This opened the string bed and the
now feels ultra comfortable and provides lots of touch and spin. It also made the racquet more foregiving, especially under
pressure. This setup together with a long smooth stroke provides enough power from the baseline to play aggressively. I
DNX base grip which is provided with the racquet and gives lots of comfort. As an overgrip I used V Tac for quite a while,
not totally satisfied. At times it felt like the racquet twisted in my hands. Two weeks ago I stumbled over the Yonex Super
overgrip during a play test and immediately loved it. It gives me an extremely safe feeling even when I sweat a lot. I can
recommend this racquet to everybody who likes to play tennis. I use a one handed backhand and a continental grip on the
forehand. My current string setup: Babolat RPM Blast at 54 lbs/24 kg and grip: DNX base grip, Yonex super grap overgrip.
From: Christoph, 2/15
Comments: Just got the prior version to replace my Becker 11 Mid. To echo others, this is more agile and
maneuverable which helps with the slightly smaller sweet spot due to half inch narrower. Plow through is slightly less but
swings resolve that. Ordered unstrung to put my V Torque 17 with Focus Hex 18 at 47 lbs but came with V Twist 17 at 50
(Thanks TW for the free string). Once dialed in getting spin and slice and power when wanted. Will update when switched
Very easy on the arm.
From: Michael, 11/14
Comments: Absolutely love this frame. While the power is not substantial in stock form, I have added 8 grams
lead to the sides and have strung it with Goldenset powercord (mains) and Forten sweet 16 (cross) at 54/53 lbs and with a
grip -- it's a beast. Now it is just as powerful as my BB11 mid and more agile. Slices are great, topspin and depth easy to
pin point accuracy and most of all incredibly easy on the arm (right strings/tension help too). Both sticks made me a better
Make no mistake, this is a demanding stick but has plenty of power, control and feel if you know how to harness it.
From: Partha, 6/14
Comments: This racquet is butter and the best I've ever hit with. For comparison, the Blade 93 had
control with less power and less comfort (stiffer), overall not nearly as good. It's ideally for a one handed backhand all-
player with a more traditional game. Im a 4-4.5 NTRP one handed-backhander with a continental grip on my forehand.
From: Tony, 6/14
Comments: Been using these racquets for the past couple years. I'm a solid 4.0 player, dabbling in higher
competition. With a small head, it obviously doesn't lend itself to less experienced players for mishits, nor does it have a
spot. But I like the agility and maneuverability of the racquet. Have tried various other brands over the years, but Volkl is
one that really has great vibration dampening tech in their racquets. I never have tennis/shoulder/joint strain from playing
can really whip the ball around the court. My shots are a bit slower than I'd like them to be, but I care more about control
power, which makes this racquet a perfect fit for me. I've purchased five of these from the TW boards, so I will be playing
From: Chris, 5/14
Comments: Based on the earlier model (2011). If this new version plays like the yellow and black one, this
is simply amazing. Plows through heavy balls from the opponent, amazing spin, great topspin or slice, awesome volleys.
Compared to Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT (18x20), way more power, way better spin. Compared to Wilson Classic 6.1
previous favorite), better plow through, better spin, better volleys, possibly not as good on serve. That might be the only
is not as good, though even that is a marginal difference.
From: Daniel, 3/14
Comments: I have the older version of these racquets and the new all black version seems slightly heavier.
else experienced this?
From: Dean, 3/14
Comments: I have used this Volkl since 2011. I love everything about it. You can get a big heavy deep ball of
forehand side with little effort. This stick is great for a one handed backhand player. My slice is always low and deep and I
easy power off my topspin. I get lots of spin while serving and it's a very accurate racquet in every phase of the game. I am
using Luxilon ALU Big Banger Rough in the mains and NXT Tour 17 G in the crosses at 55 lbs.
From: David, 2/14