Readers of my reviews will know by now that I am a huge fan of Voltric racquets. Having tested and reviewed so many racquets, I have reached the conclusion that head heavy racquets suit me best. So, I was delighted when Yonex announced the launch of another addition to Voltric range, VT9.
Voltric 9 is made in Taiwan rather than the high-end Voltrics which are made in Japan. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are a lesser quality, and generally the mid-price racquets are simply the best value for money.
Voltric 9 was launched in March 2012 at All Englands and is a very striking racquet in a cool black, gold and “gloss blue” – great colour combination. As usual, the customary full length racquet bag is included which is standard across the range, rather than individually named.
This particular model is only available in 3U (weight 84-89g) in UK, and grip size G4 which is the smaller of the grip sizes on offer in UK. This also seems to be the standard grip size on offer.
Balance wise, this is a head heavy racquet, but certainly not as heavy as the other high-end Voltrics. I’d say this is very close to the weight on Armortec 900 Power although wouldn’t say the weight is all at the top. Potentially it could be a good alternative to AT900 T.
This racquet has a stiff shaft and therefore may appeal to those players who do not require the additional flex of a medium shaft and also are looking for a good racquet within a certain budget.
Maximum recommended tension on this racquet is 24lbs which appears to be a typical feature of Yonex racquets. I do consider this odd in todays market that Yonex have only revised their maximum string tension on certain models. That said, maybe this is a good thing. There are too many players who regularly increase string tension to the detriment of their game, but are happy to do so either because they prefer the additional control or they’re on an ego trip – a “mine is bigger than yours” type scenario.