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Comments: This racquet is great! I am on a school tennis team and needed a new racquet that fitted my needs.
Today was my first day at practice and the transition was easy, which was surprising because I had just came from a Head A.
Agassi junior racquet which was about 3 ounces lighter and 2 inches shorter. I even won a scrimmage. I highly recommend this
Comments: I like heavier racquets with higher balance, so this was great from the start. I agree with everything the
playtesters said except I rate the returns higher. I usually string Luxilon at 55, but tried 50 and love it; I get a lot more pop on my
Comments: I got 4 of the Volkl Power Bridge 8 315's. Solid frame with good control despite the added power. If you
hit with eastern grips this may not be for you as I had to move west in order to control my ball. But once you get used to hitting
the safer spin shots it shines. Serves are solid and kick. Two drawbacks are that it was too stiff for my arm with a faster swing. At
low to medium swing speeds it was just fine, but if you're a hummingbird on your groundstrokes, arms/elbows beware! Another
thing, and voiced by another reviewer, is the heavier actual weight of the frame (of all 4 of mine). I didn't mind that but might be a
factor if you do a lot of serving and volleying.
Comments: I really loved this racquet for the first 1 or 2 hours. There was loads of spin and pop especially on
serve! Man, you can really nail some accurate and powerful serves. Then I noticed my elbow wasn't totally digging the stiff feel. I
thought maybe it was just my tennis elbow acting up so I switched to the Yonex RDiS 300. My elbow got instant relief. In
conclusion, I really love this stick but it didn't love me!
Comments:I wanted to compare my Volkl PB9 with added lead at 9-3 o'clock with this one. PB8-315 helps you
improve your technique. With proper technique, timing and aggressiveness this racquet really rewards you. If you do not have a
proper technique, it does not forgive you due to the great power it has. Great for baseline players who like to construct their
points. Very stiff but comfortable even with full polyester, just keep it in the low 50's tension. Excellent for flat shots, and also
delivers great heavy spin shots. Flat and spin serves also very good. Like others have commented, you have to go after the ball to
hit a slice, otherwise the ball tended to float. Very good for fast and heavy serve returns. It has so much power, that you need to
put lots of spin in most of your shots. An outstanding racquet. I am switching to this PB8-315!
Comments: Got this racket about two weeks ago. After a little adjustment to the stiffness, I'm finding it to be an
exceptional racket. I'm switching from the Pro Kennex 5 as I believe I needed to find a racket, which I could generate more racket
speed as I get older (60 age group). I was worried the stiffness might be an arm problem but am amazed how comfortable the
Comments: A lot of spin, big serve, excellent control and power. Have used more than 40 racquets (K90, Aero pro
drive, k Blade93, Prince...etc), this is the best so far. Lighting fast, just kills the game. Used local tournament over 7 matches and
won the first place last weekend. Everyone should give a try
Comments: One of my four demo racquets. Unfortunately, with every hit, I felt an electric-like shock up my arm.
So...wasn't really impressed with this one.
Comments: This is an interesting frame, I demoed it for about ten days recently. The first thing I noticed is that
there is very little vibration and it is an arm friendly stick, despite the 70 RA stiffness. The high static weight and low swing weight
means it is easy to move through the air but you still get plenty of plow through. For me the best stroke was the serve, I could
really crush it. I found volleys and touch shots to be a little vague, especially compared to the London. Ground stokes were fine,
similar to the BBDC Pro, a bit more pop than the London.
Comments: I was a bit skeptical. I play with heavier racquets (BLX 6 One tour), but for some reason wanted to give
this one a try. Bought 4 1/2 grip size and put on Wilson control grip and a Yonex overgrip on top, making the stick yet more head
light. It has surprised my in every way. Good manageable power and plenty of control. Very whippy if you want it to be. With the
RPM blast solid contact feels and sounds incredible. I had some concern that my one handed backhand topspin and slice would
suffer due to the lighter weight but no such problems so far. It is a nice change from my other heavier racquets and has made me
try similar sticks like the Dunlop 300 Tour (also a very good stick). Give it a try.
Comments: I just demoed the Volkl PB8 315 this past week. I have been playing with the lighter version of the PB8
for the past several months, having switched from the Prince Speedport Black. I like the lighter PB8 and my only "wish" is that it
was just a little heavier. So I was very excited to see the heavier version available and was looking forward to hitting with it. Having
played with it several times over the past week I would have to say the jury is still out for me. The main thing I would like to
comment on is that the strung weight of this racquet is actually heavier than what is indicated on TW- which is 11.4 oz strung. As
is stated on the Volkl website and clearly marked on the racquet itself, the unstrung weight is 11.1 oz, which would put the strung
weight at 11.6-11.7 range- have even seen it listed at 11.8 on another tennis store website. That may not seem like much, but for
me it is almost too heavy- was really hoping it was in that 11.3 or so range- much like my old Speedport Blacks. It's all very
subjective I know- just wasn't quite what I was expecting.
Comments: Years ago, I was an avid Volkl user, but since getting a bit older, I began to shy away from the 12+ oz.
racquets in favor of the 11.2-11.5 oz. range instead. Volkl seemed to either make heavier "Players sticks" or lighter weight
recreational/intermediate level racquets.
One day, I was viewing the TW Website as I do so very often, and stumble upon the Volkl PB 8 315 racquet on the Main Home
Page. Wow, what a blessing. This racquet rocks.
I have used the Pure Drive Roddick GT and the Tecnifibre TFlash 315 SpeedFlex as well, but neither one performs like this PB8
315! This racquet delivers in every category. Power, feel and control are great, and I can easily maneuver the racquet and flatten
out my shots for added pace, depth and run my opponent all over the court. The inside out flat forehand is incredible.
This racquet builds confidence; as I seem in command of all my shots, including flat forehands, slice backhands and topspin off of
both sides. Execution is made easy by the precision and Volkl feel as well.
While I was struggling to make the Babolat Pure Drive GTs and Roddick GTs fit, as well as the AeroPro Drive GT, this racquet has
elevated my game to the levels I played out years ago, when Volkl was my number one choice.
The comfort, power, control, placement and confidence from this stick are good. I have not served with this racquet due to a
shoulder problem, but the slapping speed off of my forehand tells me that the snap from the serve will also be there.
The racquet is very stable, even at 62 lbs. I would have thought that the power level would fall at my usual 62 lbs. with this frame,
but to my delight, power abounds when needed and control and feel are there as well.
The racquet is very comfortable compared to the Pure Drives and Dunlop Aerogels or 4-Ds with the DNX and the Sensor
Trust me, I have owned and demo'd lots and lots of racquets. This Volkl PB8 315 delivers. Regardless of playing level, this
racquet will elevate your game. Just try it and then smile at your opponent because of your new weapon and unfair advantage.
Good job Boris and Volkl. A racquet in this true-tweener weight category was long overdue. My suggestion to Volkl, just keep
pumping more of these, and similar sticks, out.
Comments: Wow. I love my poly, I love my high tension, but my arm didn't. I was recommended to try the PB8
(heavy version) coming from a Roddick, and it's been sooooo easy on my arm, and I get more spin.. Great feel.
Comments: Switched from a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick to the PB8 315 last month. What can I say? .. more power,
more spin, more winning!
Comments: The heavier PB 8 is a beast! Not only can you hit the topspin shots that you would expect, but the plow
through is awesome, so you can drive balls, volley really well, and smack first serves. Simple as that. Babolat, eat your heart out!
Volkl has a better Pure Drive with
"Volkl feel", which does a lot more than just hit topspin groundies.
Comments: This racquet is exceptionally comfortable and considerably more stable than the lighter PB8, a bit more
powerful, vastly more solid at the net, and serves well with ample power and lots of spin. I've not encountered as comfortable a
racquet of this stiffness before, though the Exo Black comes close, and the Pure Drive GT is far more comfortable than earlier
versions. I felt more in control with this racquet than either of those, with a better sense of where my shots were headed.
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