Racket of the highest range of the ASICS brand, in its version “HYBRID”. Composed of carbon, a fiberglass cover and a core of EVA gum, a medium-density gum. It has a teardrop format, said “hybrid” by the brand, but the difference to the “SPEED” version is very tenuous. It has a rough surface with a glossy finish.
When you take it for the first time you get the feeling of a racket lighter and more manageable than the “SPEED” version of the “HARD” line, already tested by us in February. The balance is still directed to the head in my opinion but much more centered than in the “SPEED” version.
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 pretty viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a racket, less its swing.
In-game is a racket with a medium-soft touch. As in the speed version, the touch that would be expected to be medium presents itself more soft. It features a reduced sweet spot but quite acceptable for this format. In terms of power, only a few points below the “SPEED” version such as the other “HYBRID HARD” version already tested. It has a medium-short exit.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys are well directed and powerful without much effort.
Back of the court:
The control is acceptable from the back of the court, not being its best quality, but with good technique and physical strength achieves the depth and precision desired. Sweet spot tending to the center helps you in the most complicated phases. The medium-short output will help the lobs come out deeper.
The weight tested was 370gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium sound and medium-bass 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.
- Good power
- Medium-soft touch and comfortable
- Adjustable cord System
In conclusion, this is a paddle for players from the middle level who want a good relationship between power and handling. It has a medium-soft stroke and a medium-short output. In the defensive stage is not the ideal racket but “cumplies” well due to its good handling for a tear format.
In the net you can get enough power without much effort. You can, with good technique, draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back. The textured face helps in the effects that are intended to give the ball. The visual part is quite attractive in my opinion in a sober and simple way.
I didn’t feel much vibration in my arm, but it’s not entirely exempt from that. It serves mainly left-wing players who want a little more handling. You can also serve more aggressive right-wing players, but it is not at all the best option for this side of the field where “building the game” is much more the focus. If you are looking for power with some handling commitment and not looking too much at the price, this racket may be ideal for you.