Volkl High Speed 35

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Volkl has, for many years, made fabulous winter sports equipment and tennis racquets!  The Volkl Highspeed 35 is a prime example of the forward thinking even in the early 90’s.

The Highspeed 35 designation refers to the head size which is 35% larger than standard.  They did not define, however, what “standard” is.  I suspect they were thinking of the old wooden racquets at 68 square inches.  If that is the case they are off by a few square inches.

The racquet is beautifully proportioned but that is where the beauty stops!  The “Galcier Green” finish does not fit well with tennis racquets.  I like it on my BMW RT1100RT but not on a tennis racquet.  But don’t let the color fool you!  This is a stellar racquet as you will see in the data that follows.

The folks in the racquet division of Volkl borrowed some P-Tex material from their ski manufacturing and used that around the head as protection instead of a molded bumper gaurd.  P-Tex is the bottom material of snow skis.  This saved a little weight.

I have played with this racquet and it is one of the nicest hitting of any racquet I used during that period.

Racquet ModelVolkl Highspeed 35
Reference TensionNot Strung
StringNot Strung
Static Data
ASPS, FlexFour0
Racquet Flex, RDC70
Racquet Flex, FlexFour57
Weight, Gram316.0
Weight, Ounce11.15
Balance, mm313
Balance, Inch12.32
Length, cm68.5
Length, Inch26.97
Head Width10.00
Head Length12.55
Head Area, sq cm653.3
Head Area, sq in98.5
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings18
Ratio Cross/Main0.708
Main String Grid7.50
Cross String Grid9.10
Average Cross String Spacing0.506
Average Main String Spacing0.469
Dynamic Data
Dynamic Tension, KP, ERTNot Strung
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/inNot Strung
First Moment, Nm0.754
Polar Moment300
Torsional Stability11
Swing Weight, Gram316
Swing Weight, Ounce10.19
Swing Weight Calculated309.7
Power, RDCNot Strung
Control, RDCNot Strung
Maneuverability, RDC
Not Strung
Power, Calculated1992.2
Head Points9.29
Head Weight, Percent45.7
Center of Percussion20.8
Dwell Time, MsNot Strung
Effective StiffnessNot Strung
K, lb/inNot Strung
Recoil Weight147.74
Twist Weight235.45


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