Top-of-the-range racket of one of the latest brands to produce paddle paddles, the well-known brand of sneakers and sports equipment. It is the “SOFT” edition of the “SPEED” power line of the Asics brand for the year 2018, of the same line as the “HARD” version , the weapon chosen by the fantastic Brazilian player Pablo Lima. Composed of carbon and fiberglass and a core of EVA gum. It has a tear shape and a rough surface with glossy finish.
When you pick up you get the feeling of a lightweight and manageable racket just like the other versions. The swing is directed slightly towards the head but still does not notice. 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, not totally soft as you would expect. It has a solid and comfortable hit with good precision. The difference to the version “Speed HARD” and “speed” is basically a soft and comfortable touch and a larger output but not excessive.
It features a reduced sweet spot but quite acceptable for this format. In terms of power remains very impressive, in lines with the other “SPEED” versions. There’s an average output above the other two versions.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys are accurate and come out powerful without much effort. Being a surprisingly manageable racket, it becomes easy to react quickly and take advantage of your sweet spot that this sim is shorter than the “HYBRID” and “CONTROL” versions.
Back of the court:
The control is quite acceptable from the bottom of the court, the best of the versions at this point no doubt, its average output, above the other versions, gives you an extra help and comfort back there. The sweet spot is short but with good technique will not have any problem. Lobs come out well directed and deep, with the correct technique.
The weight tested was 374gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has a medium-sounding 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.
- Excellent power
- Adjustable cord System
- Sweet Spot Reduced
In conclusion, this is a racket for advanced level players who want a powerful racket that allows an aggressive game on the net and that meets minimally in the other phases of the game, just like the other versions. In this case it serves those who also enjoy a slightly above-normal output for this type of racket.
It has a stroke of medium-soft hardness and an average output. It is a racket with excellent power, but also with amazing handling. More comfortable than the other versions. In the defensive phase is not the ideal racket but it complies very well due to its good handling for this format. The average output will also help you a little more than the other versions in my opinion. In the network you can get an impressive power. Volleys and trays come out deep and accurate. You can with some ease, 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. Due to its format and balance can begin to “weigh” after some time in the field.
It serves mainly left-wing players, who make the power an indispensable ingredient in their game. In this particular case for anyone who likes an extra output as well. Being a technical racket I do not advise anyone who is starting the modality. If you are looking for power with some handling commitment, this racket may be ideal for you. Good games!