Racket of the line “ADIPOWER CTRL”, of the ADIDAS brand, in its 1.9 version. It’s a racket based in its predecessor also already tested by us. The “Weapon” chosen by Alex Ruíz for this season. Composed of 3K carbon fibre in its structure and aluminized carbon fibre on the face. It has an EVA HIGH MEMORY gum Core, a medium-high density gum. It has a round shape and a rough surface with glossy finish.
When taking it for the first time, you get the feeling of a racket with a careful and very manageable look. The balance is directed towards the handle.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to optimise the balance in the direction of the handle. If you cannot put more than 1 overgrip the option is also for placing tungsten tapes under the Overgrip (s) to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you want to add more power, place the ribbons on the top of the racket below or above the protector. This is a pretty viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a racket, less its swing.
In play is a racket with a touch of medium hardness, tending to hard such as version 1.8. The sweet spot is wide. In terms of power it is quite short comparing to the more aggressive racker format as you would expect. The fantastic handling, allows good reaction. It has a medium-high output, which helps defensively but also complicit in some phases of the game.
In the net:
in the net is an easy racket given its ample sweet spot and good handling, yet attention to the glass due to its medium-high output. The tray comes out easy and deep, good handling helps to perform the hit correctly. In the smash it is not impossible to draw by 3, by 4 and bring the ball back, with proper effort and technique it can be done.
Back of the court:
Control from the back of the court is exceptional. A racket that is ideal for more conservative right-wing players. Lobs and defensive strokes come out naturally deep, just be careful so you dont hit the glass.
The tested weight was 369gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has an average sound and with an equally average timbre.
The safety cord is simple and does not allow easy adjustment.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid and well built racket.
- Excellent control
- Wide Sweet spot
- Good handling
- Good output
- Lack power
- Safety Cord not adjustable
In conclusion, this is a racket very similar to its predecessor CTRL 1.8 with some evolution in the structure. There is a slight increase in power compared to the previous version, yet still in line with round rackets and there is some shortage in this area.
It serves players who mainly press for control and is best suited for those who play on the right side without a doubt. It has a medium hardness stroke tending to hard and medium-high output. It is a racket that in the defensive phase will help you in every way. In the net volleys and trays come out with ease and depth, sometimes even too much. In the smash is where you will feel the most difficulty despite being able to draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back, by putting enough effort into the punch that should have technically correct.
The visual part looks fantastic, sa few points above the previous version in our opinion.
I felt a slight vibration in my arm. Its low swing however, helps enough not to strain the tendons too much.
It serves, in my opinion, conservative right-wing players who press for ball control. High quality racket on the part of ADIDAS.