Racket from the CARBON range CTRL of the prestigious Adidas brand in its version 1.8. It’s the high-end control model for the year 2018. Composed of 3k carbon fiber in the structure and face. It counts with a core of EVA high MEMORY gum, a medium-high density gum. It has a round shape and a smooth surface.
By picking up you get the feeling of a balanced and well-finished racket. The swing is centered, dropping very slightly to the head. By placing tungsten or lead tapes in the upper part it is possible to place a swing a little higher for those who prefer. If you want to lower the swing a little more just put the tapes under the overgrips.
In play is a racket with a medium-hard touch. He has a stroke with a phenomenal control from the back of the court, responds exactly to what is “instructed.” Features a large sweet spot. In terms of power gets a little short of the ADIPOWER CTRL 1.8.
In the net:
In the net is still a very solid racket, but do not expect an above average power. Volleys and trays come out very well directed and precise but to achieve good depth requires some extra strength. The smash is where you notice the lack of power.
At the back of the COURT:
The control is rather exceptional in the defensive stage, a racket that will not bring you unpleasant surprises and helps to build the point. It has a short exit and is very manageable. Requires a full and correct stroke and extra force so the lobs don’t get short.
Weight: The weight tested was 363gr.
Surface: The surface is smooth with glossy finish on the face and mate on the sides.
In sound terms is a racket that has a medium-high loudness and a loud timbre.
The safety cord is simple, which leaves something to be desired.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid and well built racket which leads to wanting that can have a long lifespan.
- Excellent defensive game
- Good sweet spot
- Good quality/price ratio
- Safety Cord Not adjustable
- Lack power
In conclusion, this is a racket with a very traditional carbon touch for consistent players who do not like to invent and excel by the safety and construction of the point above all. It has a stroke of medium-hard hardness and short output. In the defensive phase is a racket that complies 100% and does not “invent”. It has a short output which means that the player will have to take the reins and print enough force so that the strokes do not get short. This point in some players is much appreciated, others prefer that a round racket count with a lot more output.
Every one as they like best, as the good man said, when he kissed his cow. I didn’t feel practically vibration in my arm, but it’s not entirely exempted by its structural rigidity. The finishes are spectacular as well as the visual graphic, which is the norm in this brand.
It is a good quality racket, which in my opinion serves right-wing players who make the consistency their big gun. A racket that makes it quite difficult to put a ball in the glass. Good choice for anyone who is starting or transitioning to a high level. In short an excellent option of Adidas with a quality/price rather above the average.