Racket of the line “DEFIANCE”, of the BABOLAT brand, recognized for its tennis articles, in its CARBON version of 2019. Consisting of a fully carbon structure and a BLACK EVA gum core. It has a round shape. It has a rough surface with bright finish. One of the differences for its predecessor is asymmetric drilling.
Picking her up for the first time gets the feeling of a light and visually bold racket. The balance is directed to the handle, in line with its round shape.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you fail to place more than 1 overgrip the option also falls for putting the included weights to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you still want to add more power, put the weights included at the top of the racket at the spot indicated on 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 hard touch. The sweet spot is quite wide, of the biggest we have ever tested. When it comes to power, it will quickly check that this is not the most equipped racket in this area. There’s a short output. It is a racket with a hard touch, but not uncomfortable.
IN THE NET:
In the net, trays and volleys come out accurate but do not expect much aggression unless you apply a 100% correct technique. The rugged face helps in the intended effects. The handling is exceptional and allows to react quickly to all balls, and the ample sweet spot also helps in tight defenses in the network. In the smash, it will never be a hammer, but it complies with the correct technique.
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control from the back of the court is very good, on the wall exits, lobs, bottom strokes of the court, will be able to put the ball scrupulously wherever you want. The output is short but this only gives you additional control, and the blow is totally in the hands and technique of the player. It won’t be that help in all the blows, but with good technique you’ll be able to return everything.
The sweet spot and high handling make it a pretty easy racket. Wall outputs, they become simple, but do not excel in aggression. For defensive lobs and strokes not to get short, it is advisable to have a proper technique and a complete blow.
The tested weight was 365gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has a high sonority and with a medium timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable which is always best in our opinion.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Excellent sweet spot
- Exceptional control
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Lack power
- Short exit (for those who do not like)
In conclusion, this is a total control racket, which will certainly appeal to a wide universe of players, especially the “walls”. You’ll feel comfortable in all areas of the field, and you’ll only feel a lack of power in the smash and more aggressive tray. It’s a racket that serves in our opinion, mostly right-wing players.
It has a hard hit. The sweet spot is quite wide. In the defensive phase the control is very good. With good technique the lack of output is clearly overlooked. The low swing and ample sweet spot help a lot in all phases of the game.
A tough racket, but it doesn’t make it uncomfortable. In the network, it lacks power above all. Volleys and trays come out accurate. It can be achieved with some effort (for experienced players), draw by 3, by 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is well achieved in line with the previous model remains quite bold.
The tact is hard, but acceptable in comfort, yet not totally exempt from any vibration. The low balance helps to spare the tendon.
A racket that will fall like a glove to players who press for the control and placement of the ball. Very acceptable Price, with a top quality finish on the part of BABOLAT.