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 Model||Volkl Highspeed 35|
|Reference Tension||Not Strung|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||70|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||57|
|Head Area, sq cm||653.3|
|Head Area, sq in||98.5|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||18|
|Main String Grid||7.50|
|Cross String Grid||9.10|
|Average Cross String Spacing||0.506|
|Average Main String Spacing||0.469|
|Dynamic Tension, KP, ERT||Not Strung|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||Not Strung|
|First Moment, Nm||0.754|
|Swing Weight, Gram||316|
|Swing Weight, Ounce||10.19|
|Swing Weight Calculated||309.7|
|Power, RDC||Not Strung|
|Control, RDC||Not Strung|
|Maneuverability, RDC ||Not Strung|
|Head Weight, Percent||45.7|
|Center of Percussion||20.8|
|Dwell Time, Ms||Not Strung|
|Effective Stiffness||Not Strung|
|K, lb/in||Not Strung|