ASICS control racket for 2018 in its “SOFT” version. Composed of carbon and fiberglass and a core of EVA SOFT gum. It has a round shape and a rough surface with glossy finish.
When you pick up you get the feeling of a manageable and well-finished racket. The swing is centered, a little above the usual for rackets of this format. By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimize 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 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 soft touch. It counts with a comfortable and easy stroke. The output is high and it is noted at all stages of the game. It features a large, online sweet spot with round rackets. In terms of power, the fault is clear, but it does well. By having the balance centered, it allows an extra power in the finishing zone.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys come out easily, sometimes too much, so watch the glass. Being a manageable racket allows you to react quickly. Your ample sweet spot makes it very permissive if you do not perform a proper technique.
Back of the court:
The control is pretty good from the bottom of the court, its high exit, will help you a lot in those balls harder to return. Lobs leave easily, well directed and deep, but be careful not to go to the glass.
The weight tested was 372gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium sound and a serious timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable with a very discreet and innovative rubber system.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid racket, very well built and robust that will not break very easily. Well-esteemed will last a long time in my opinion.
- High output (for those who like it)
- Sweet spot Wide
- Adjustable cord System
- Lack power
Conclusion: In conclusion, this is a racket for mid-level players until advanced who want a permissive racket that allows to return everything that appears and still have a little power on the net. Just do not recommend for anyone who is starting with the price, in line with a high-end racket. In this case it serves those who also like a high exit.
It has a soft blow and a high exit. It’s a racket with very good control. Handling is not the best I’ve seen in a round racket due to its centered swing, but it’s what allows extra power on the net. In the defensive phase, just put it on “autopilot” and she’s in charge of returning the most complicated balls. The high output will also help you a lot, but attention to the force applied to not reach the glass.
In the net you can obtain a reasonable power. Volleys and trays come out deep and easy. You can do with some extra effort, draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back. The rugged face also helps in the intended effects.
The visual part is attractive and homogeneous across the ASICS line. I still think that something is missing that allows it to stand out more at this level.
I felt some vibration in my arm but nothing much. Soft gum becomes quite comfortable.
It serves mainly right-wing players or starters, who like a racket that helps them especially in the defensive stage. I just don’t advise who’s starting with the price. If you’re looking for an easy-to-control racket, this racket might be ideal for you. Good games!