Racquet line “RAPTOR PRO“, renowned Spanish brand, STARVIE. The official racket of the spectacular WPT player, Franco Stupaczuk. Composed of a 100% carbon structure. Carbon face in full. It has a soft EVA gum core. It has a round shape. It has a rough surface, made directly in the mold of the racket, with the star of the logo, starvie’s brand image.
When you pick it up for the first time, you get the feeling of a racket with very well finished and visually impressive. The swing is centered, tending towards the handle, yet it is not a typically round and light racket, sit some weight on the head.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you fail to place more than 1 overgrip the option also falls for putting the included weights to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you still want to add more power, put the weights included at the top of the racket at the spot indicated on the protector. This is a very viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a paddle, less the swing.
At stake is a racket with a medium-hard touch. Feels good stiffness of the carbon, which covers the racket in full. It has to be realized, that it is a technical racket and with the hardness that a top World Padel Tour player requires. The sweet spot is peculiar, when it comes to a round racket, as it is reduced and centered, to the player’s taste.
The handling is good, but not the typical, round racket, because you feel some weight on the head. In terms of power, it is also not the typical control racket, because, reaching sweet spot and combining with the stiffness of the materials, a power is well above average. There’s an average exit.
IN THE NET:
In the net, it is interesting, as it allows to react quickly, given the positive maneuverability, and maintain an extra power in the blow, as opposed to a purely control racket. Trays and volleys come out easily, but pay attention to the sweet spot, so as not to be short.
In the smash, you need a correct technique and good positioning of the body, in order to reach the sweet spot, and you can thus draw by 3, for 4 or bring the ball back and achieve a very interesting power. The rough face helps in performing the desired effects.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FIELD:
Control in the defensive zone, is positive, below a usual round racket yet. Being a technical racket, the player should be able to have a high level.
The output, average, allows some extra help, however, important always stress the need to reach the sweet spot. The handling, positive, also helps at this stage of the game. The lobs, with a complete blow and when reaching the sweet spot come out with fluidity and good depth.
The weight tested was 363gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium sound and with a medium-low timbre.
The safety cord is simple, does not allow adjustment, but the material is quite comfortable.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Power/control ratio
- Sweet Spot Reduced
- Safety Cord Not adjustable
In conclusion, this is a different racket, made a bit to measure an irreverent player as is the Stupaczuck. It is a technical racket, with an above average power for the format and that can perfectly serve players on both sides, preferably high level.
The visual part, is very well achieved, in our opinion and demonstrates quality.
In terms of vibration, it feels some, due to the natural stiffness of the carbon, however the soft gum helps to counter that point.
A different but very interesting model with good quality / price on the part of Starvie!