Racket of the line “ADIPOWER”, of the ADIDAS brand, in its version 1.9 SOFT. The weapon chosen and developed for the fantastic top player Ale Galán. Composed of carbon fibre, a structural reinforcement on the face in aluminized carbon and a gum core EVA SOFT PERFORMANCE, a low density gum. It has an oversize diamond shape. It has a rough surface with glossy finish.
Picking it up for the first time gets the feeling of a well-executed racket with attention to detail. A good feeling of lightness, given the format. The balance is directed to the head but it is not something to be noted immediately. By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards 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 very viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a paddle, less the swing.
In game is a racket with a medium-soft touch. Presents a slightly larger sweet spot than the previous version 1.8, but remains located at the top of the racket given the format. In terms of power, not being a cannon, is fairly well, in line with the previous version. It has an average output to tender slightly for short, just above the 1.8 version in our opinion.
In the net:
In the net, its handling is fairly reasonable given the format. It is in our opinion the most comfortable area for this racket, and trays, volleys and smashes come out quite fluid and with good depth.
Back of the court:
Control from the back of the court is acceptable for this type of racket, a point above in this field compared to the previous version 1.8. The slightly larger sweet spot helps you in the defensive phase. It is not a control racket, but it performs fairly well and its output, which grew in the face of the previous one, allows greater ease in achieving the desired depth, especially in the lobs.
The tested weight was 366gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has a medium sound and with a medium timbre.
The safety cord is simple and does not allow easy adjustment.
In terms of durability, it appears initially to be a solid and well built racket. Well estimated will last a long time in my opinion.
- Improved Sweet spot
- Imposing Visual
- Good power/control ratio
- Safety Cord Not adjustable
In conclusion, this is a racket quite in line with the previous version, 1.8, also tested by us. The main differences are, a slightly larger sweet spot, an increase in ball output and a slightly less soft touch. Suitable for aggressive players of advanced level who seek power while maintaining some control commitment.
It has a medium-soft hardness stroke and a medium to short output. It’s a racket with a good compromise between power and control. In the defensive phase, the increase of the sweet spot, allows to win a point in this field against the 1.8 version. On the net is where this racket will most shine. Volleys and trays come out with depth and precision with relative ease. In the smash you will be able to withdraw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back consistently (for advanced players).
The visual part is very attractive in our opinion, with more impact than the previous version. In this field, ADIDAS is always very well.
I felt a little more vibration in the arm than the previous version, but nothing troubling. The high swing, as in all rackets of this kind, can strain a little tendons after some playing time. It serves, in my opinion, players clearly of high level, preferably left, however does not look bad in the hand of aggressive right players, as it still allows a reasonable defensive game.
Another very interesting racket on the part of ADIDAS, which will earn points in the world of Padel. Good games!