Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid Racquets Customer feedback

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Comments: In an earlier comment I said "not a power stick." Indeed it's still a players racquet but I discovered you can hit the most penetrating serves and groundstrokes with the Volkl 10 Mid. Indeed a rare mix of power and control but Volkl got it right. The Volkl 10 Mid even encouraged me to play serve and volley style tennis again.
From: Ton, 7/16

Comments: The Power Bridge is an amazing racquet. I can swing out and the ball still is landing 95% deep but inside the court with enormous topspin. After demoing all the various racquets, I found this racquet which enhanced my game overall. My forehand topspin, volleys and even double handed backhand are becoming good with this stick. It's a perfectly balanced racquet which requires no further customization. I have 2 mids and one mid plus and string with Cyclone Tour 17 at 50 lbs. Just demo and play with it for a while and you will know why I am recommending this racquet.
From: Rajesh, 7/16

Comments: Agree with most of the comments here, this racquet is fantastic and full of surprises, a rare mix of power, control and comfort. It's a player's frame, if you do not possess the skills and have never played with a mid before you'll have a hard time with it, but your tennis will benefit immensely from it. It is really string sensitive, the DNX material makes the sides of the hoop very stiff so crosses should be 2-4 pounds looser otherwise the stringbed will feel boardy and unforgiving, if you use hybrids you'll have to try different tensions combinations to find what suits you best, in my experience using a stiff poly in the mains and gut in the crosses, same gauge, I could use the same tension on both. This racquet swings fast! Way too fast, actually, it screams for customization, increasing mass turn it into a deadly weapon, I tried several setups, ended up with 3 grams at 2/10 o'clock, 2 grams at 5/7 (outside of the frame) and 1 gram at 6 bottom of the bridge, all 1/4"stripes, plus a fairway leather grip and overgrip, weights 362gr and swings like my 340 grams Babolat PSL with more power and plow through -- it just crushes the ball, after this never pulled off my bag my old and trusted Pro Staff 85.
From: Claudio, 7/16

Comments: There are few racquets that have that soft-crisp feel. No shock even on off-center hits, but no wobble, stable, ample sweet zone for a 93. Must be a bit polarized for as much topspin it allows. A marriage of modern spin tennis with the straight precision of yore. For me, a thin gauge poly at higher than mid tension (Weiss Cannon Turbo Twist 1.18 26kg) works best. Like a good engine in a car: best when combined with a manual gear. It takes some time to get acquainted. But than it lets you do things you never dreamed you have in stock. You'll never put into your bag for something else. Didn't like the Organix line as much. Try a smaller grip size for the rectangluar shape.
From: Andrew, 6/16

Comments: The Volkl Powerbridge 10 Mid is truly a sublime racquet. A little about my game; my former racquet of choice was the Head Youtek IG Prestige Mid. I loved the plowthrough, precision, and control the Prestige offered. I could really pinpoint serves, hit solid groundstrokes, and play aggressive without over-hitting. What I felt the Prestige lacked was the ability to hit heavy topspin and it's smaller than average sweet-spot. I regularly mishit groundstrokes if my attention wasn't 100% on the ball. About a year ago, I decided to make the arduous search for a new racquet. I demoed nearly 20 racquets in the past year, many of them modern frames such as the Wilson RF97, PS97, Babolat PC 95+, Babolat Pure Aero, Yonex (Wawrinka), and many more. While I did enjoy the play of many of these racquets, I felt none of them were "the one" worthy of the switch. I almost lost hope and was going to continue playing with my Prestige. Lucky for me, I decided to demo the Volkl PB 10 Mid. I thou ght it would be too similar to my Prestige. They have the same Head size, similar static weight, and identical beam width; but when I demoed the PB 10, and all of the flaws I saw in the Prestige were strengths in the PB 10. The Volkl PB 10 Mid plays more a like a 98 square inch frame with a fairly generous sweetspot. The headlight balance makes for perfectly whippy groundstokes. Even with the whippiness, the plowthrough is unbelievable and extremely solid on all groundstokes and volleys. I can really hit heavy groundstrokes to either corner and penetrate through the court with piercing slices. Any short ball is easily put away with pace and accuracy. I've also never hit so many slice winners before this racquet. Lastly, my serves have increased in power and slice without any change in technique. My latest opponents have commented on my improved serves, forehands, and slices. I'm currently winning more doubles and singles matches than ever before. The confidence the PB 10 has given me has allowed me to take my game to the next level. I think before the end of this year, I'll be playing near a 4.5-5.0 level. Thank you Volkl for making this incredible frame. I hope it's never discontinued.
From: Jeremy, 4/16

Comments: Great cosmetics! I use a black string such as Signum Pro Hyperion and it's totaly stealth. This is not a power stick but more suitable for a control-orientated player. Volkl rackets have always been known for feel and toch and the PB mid is not an exception here. I strung it at 60 lbs and use the 1.18mm version of the Hyperion. A thin string but in a 93" with the 16x19 patern it works just fine.
From: Ton, 2/16

Comments: This is a great racquet. Wonderful balance and that sublime Volkl feel that lets you feel you can hit any shot in your arsenal with confidence. I find slice backhands and serves particularly effective with the BP10 Mid but also can rip topspin groundstrokes. I've found I've been able to hit some wicked angles with my one handed topspin backhand that I can't get with my POG 100. My only small gripe is the head shape. I have no issues with a 93" having grown up with a PS85, POG 93, CTS Lightning 90 but the Volkl midsize heads (I've also owned C10s and DNX 10s are very oblong compared to others of similar or smaller sizes. Just a quick look and you can see that they appear unusually tall and narrow (long and skinny) in a disproportionate way. Perhaps that's what gives them their great feel and maneuverability, I don't know, but I wish it were a bit more rounded. My wife's V1, as did her PB4 and the Catapult prior to that had the larger head size and seemed more traditional in shape. That aside, though, if you are a serious tennis player looking for a traditional player's racquet you must give this a try. I've been using Volkl racquets off and on for 20+ years and have found no others that provide the consistency in terms of quality, feel and playability.
From: P, 1/16

Comments: The PB 10 Mid feels very arm friendly even with a poly in it. It has good power, stability, spin, and control. The backhand slice and kick serve were definitely my two favorite shots with this racquet. It swings fast but its weight gives it the plow for a deep, low slice. Strung it with Pro Line Evolution at 52 lbs and felt amazing. I play with a one hander and play mainly baseline.
From: Shintaro, 1/16

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 my second). In comparison to the C10 pro I like the enhanced maneuverability and the faster swing speed, which is probably caused 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 6.0 85 and the Pacific X feel pro 90 vacuum, but which both are less foregiving due to their smaller head sizes. I have now experimented 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 plus 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 racquet 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 use the 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, but was not totally satisfied. At times it felt like the racquet twisted in my hands. Two weeks ago I stumbled over the Yonex Super Grap overgrip during a play test and immediately loved it. It gives me an extremely safe feeling even when I sweat a lot. I can highly 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 fast 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 lbs (Thanks TW for the free string). Once dialed in getting spin and slice and power when wanted. Will update when switched to poly. 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 of lead to the sides and have strung it with Goldenset powercord (mains) and Forten sweet 16 (cross) at 54/53 lbs and with a leather 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 come by, pin point accuracy and most of all incredibly easy on the arm (right strings/tension help too). Both sticks made me a better player. 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 comparable control with less power and less comfort (stiffer), overall not nearly as good. It's ideally for a one handed backhand all- court 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 big sweet spot. But I like the agility and maneuverability of the racquet. Have tried various other brands over the years, but Volkl is the only one that really has great vibration dampening tech in their racquets. I never have tennis/shoulder/joint strain from playing them. I 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 than 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 these for a while.
From: Chris, 5/14

Comments: Based on the earlier model (2011). If this new version plays like the yellow and black one, this racquet 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 (my previous favorite), better plow through, better spin, better volleys, possibly not as good on serve. That might be the only place it 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. Anyone 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 the forehand side with little effort. This stick is great for a one handed backhand player. My slice is always low and deep and I can get 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 a 4.5 using Luxilon ALU Big Banger Rough in the mains and NXT Tour 17 G in the crosses at 55 lbs.
From: David, 2/14

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