Racket of the line “PITON”, of the renowned Spanish brand Black Crown, in its version NAKANO 3K 2020. It’s the weapon of wpt world top player Marta Marrero. Composed of a carbon structure. Face in Carbon 3K and Fiberglass. It has a super soft EVA gum core. It has a round shape, a smooth surface with glossy finish.
When you pick it up for the first time, you get the feeling of a well-finished, manifold racket. The swing is tending towards the handle. Handle that is quite long, which greatly facilitates the handle, especially for those who regularly use both hands on the left stroke.
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 play is a racket with a medium touch, tending to soft. Natural stiffness taking into account the carbon structure and 3k carbon face, however the fiberglass enhances a little more comfort. The sweet spot is quite wide. The handling is also very positive. In terms of power, it is not its strongest point, but it was also not built for it. It has an average output, tending slightly to high.
IN THE NET:
In the net trays and volleys go out easily, and it is possible to react quickly given the good handling. In the smash, with the correct technique you can draw by 3, for 4 or bring the ball back, but it requires good physical preparation and a well finished blow.
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control in the defensive zone is very positive. The exit to tend to high, helps in the more complicated balls and the sweet spot is also very permissive. The handling, positive combined with the previous two points, helps you to become an authentic wall. The lobs come out naturally, however attention to glass.
The weight tested was 366gr.
The surface is smooth with glossy finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium sound and with a medium-low timbre.
The safety cord is simple, not allowing easy adjustment, but the material used is comfortable.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Sweet Spot
- High output (for those who like it)
- Lack power
In conclusion, this is a racket, which falls like a glove to players who press for control and for not leaving a ball unreturned. An excellent control option, smooth and comfortable. The handle, with size above normal, is a pleasant surprise.
The visual part is customary of the brand, with its logo always highlighted. The painting has a very appealing glow.
The touch is quite comfortable, and the swing does not over-effort the tendon. Vibration is minimal, so a suitable racket for those suffering from elbow problems.
Control lovers, they’re going to love being racket. Quality at a good price!