Racket of the “VOLCANO” line, from the renowned Spanish brand Cartri, in its 2020 version. Composed of a 6K carbon and kevlar structure. Face in 12K aluminized carbon. It has a hybrid foam core of medium density and EVA soft black. It has a hexagonal shape, tending towards the aggressive. It has a rough surface and a matte finish. The heart is partially full.
FEATURES OF THE RACKET:
When you pick it up for the first time you get the feeling of a racket clearly of superior quality, robust and with some weight on your head. The swing tends slightly towards the head, and the semi-filled heart helps to pull the swing slightly downwards, otherwise it would be more “heady”.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimize the balance towards the handle. If you are unable to place more than 1 overgrip, the option is also due to placing the included weights to lower the racket balance. On the contrary, if you want to add more power, place the included weights on the top of the racket at the location indicated on the protector. This is a very viable option when you are very fond of all the other characteristics of a racket, except the swing.
At stake is a racket with a medium touch. Some stiffness, natural taking into account the materials used, such as carbon and kevlar, however the foam helps to counteract this point and allow additional comfort. The sweet spot is quite wide, and the hexagonal shape, by chance, will be the best combination of aggressiveness / sweet spot. Maneuverability is reasonable, however the balance is felt towards the head. In terms of power, it is well served. It is not a purely aggressive, diamond-shaped cannon, however we can never complain about lack of power in our understanding. It has an average output tending towards high.
IN THE NET:
In the network, trays and volleys flow smoothly, given the exit tending towards the altar. You have to pay attention to the glass and be attentive, because the handling is not that of a round racket. In smash, you will have no problems and you will be able, with the correct technique, to serve by 3, by 4 or to bring the ball back with some ease.
BACK OF THE COURT:
The control in the defensive zone is positive, but not spectacular. On the one hand we have the exit, tending upwards, which helps a lot in the most complicated balls and a sweet spot that is also very friendly. On the other hand, we have a maneuverability, not so positive, that forces us to react a little faster. Lobs come out naturally and it is important to pay attention to the glass.
The tested weight was 375gr.
The surface is rough with a matte finish.
In terms of sound it is a racket that has a medium-low sound and a medium timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable and very comfortable.
In terms of durability, it appears to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Aggressiveness / Sweet Spot
- Good output (for those who like)
- Adjustable security lanyard
In conclusion, this is a top-of-the-range racquet, with top-of-the-line materials and quite interesting by Cartri. An aggressive option, maintaining a positive balance of control and sweet spot. It mainly serves left-wing players, but given the control characteristics it also has, it can also serve right-wing players.
Handling ends up being better than a diamond racket, but below less aggressive shapes.
It has a medium hard stroke. In the defensive phase the control is positive and the exit helps a lot and helps to counteract the slight lack of maneuverability. In the net it is a very aggressive racket. In smash you will feel a lot of help.
The visual part is quite interesting, with the golden central symbol contrasting with the black background.
Some weight is felt on the arm due to the swing tending to the head. The partially Foam core helps to minimize vibrations, however given the composition, some rigidity is felt. Good physical preparation is recommended.
A very interesting good option, for those who want an aggressive racket, with power above average, but who does not give up a generous sweet spot. The price is somewhat high, but it is a top of the range racquet with materials of unquestionable quality.