Racket of the line “VERTEX 2”, brand BULLPADEL, in its version 2020. It is the “weapon” of the world’s top WPT player Maxi Sánchez for the 2020 season. Composed of a carbon tubular structure, a 12K carbon face, and a MULTI EVA gum core, a novelty for this year, consisting of 2 layers of EVA of different densities, to supposedly improve power and control. It also has a protector, with the possibility of customization, through the placement of additional weight plates. It has a diamond shape. It has a rough (sanded) surface with matt finish. The HESACORE grip is already a standard equipment of the brand, in the high ranges and comes from origin. It also continues with the anti-vibration system placed in the heart of the racket.
When you take it for the first time you get the feeling of a very well finished and very advanced racket just like the previous version. The balance is directed to the head, in line with its diamond 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 touch of medium hardness, more variable than the previous version, due to the MULTI EVA gum, which reacts differently to balls of different intensities, yet always in a medium-soft range. It features an interesting sweet spot for a diamond racket, though climbed as you would expect. In terms of power, one point above the previous version, and the stiffness increases when printing speed on the ball, consequently increasing the power. It has a medium output, tending to high in general. It is a racket with a comfortable touch without a doubt.
IN THE NET:
In the net trays and volleys come out with enough depth naturally. It is advisable to pay some attention not to reach the glass given the output. It has a reasonable handleability, not spectacular, as you would expect on a diamond racket. In the smash you will be able to print the necessary power and draw by 3, by 4 and bring the ball back, with the correct technique.
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control from the back of the court is interesting, and this gum, allows to control a little better the various intensities of the ball, after a period of habituation, however being a daily racket, remains a technical racket and never at the level of a more format Defensive. Players who are evolving to a higher level and want a definitely more aggressive racket, but still allowing some background control of the field, this can be a good option. The medium-high output will allow that extra on the most complicated balls. In the lobs, when you hit the sweet spot, you won’t have a problem.
The weight tested was 369gr.
The surface is rough (sanded) with matt finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a low sound and with a medium-low 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.
- Customizing the balance Sheet
- Variable output
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Sweet Spot Reduced
In conclusion, this remains one of the most balanced and comfortable diamond rackets on the market. It’s still a technical racket, but the comfortable touch and exit make it an easier-to-fit racket for less experienced players. It mostly serves left-wing players, however it can also serve more aggressive right-wing players.
It has a medium-soft stroke. The sweet spot is reduced but acceptable for the format. In the defensive phase the control is reasonable, being interesting the output adjustable to the different situations. When you reach the sweet spot, the depth is guaranteed. The high swing, will always be a against, in defensive phase, but it is not terrible.
The touch is comfortable and even at the sound level the decibels are always in a comfort zone for the players and the public:). In the net, it is a technical racket, but the output helps, even in the least well executed blows. Volleys and trays come out deep naturally. You can effortlessly (for seasoned players), draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is imposing, superior to the previous version in our opinion.
The tact is comfortable, and I didn’t feel a near hand in my arm, which leads me to believe that the BULLPADEL’s anti-vibration system works properly. The high swing however may weigh after some games.
A balanced racket, with some interesting developments compared to the previous version.