Racket of the line “LIGHT”, of the nd CORK PadEL brand, in its BASALTO version. It is the evolution of the original “LIGHT” version. As its predecessor is composed of a carbon tubular structure and Kevlar, a carbon face, fiberglass, Innegra (a highly elastic and lightweight material used by NASA, aviation companies, Formula 1, among others). The novelty is the addition of basalt as in the remaining line. It is completely covered by cork, a material that gives a comfort above average. It has a round shape. It has a smooth surface with matte varnish finish on the cork. It is also noteworthy the addition of an asymmetric drilling, with smaller diameter in the nucleus that brings benefits at the level of output and power.
Picking it up for the first time gets the feeling of a racket similar to the Pro version, but lighter and manageable. The balance is centered to drop to the handle as in its previous version.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you are unable to place more than 1 overgrip the option is also to put tungsten tapes underneath the grip. On the contrary if you still want to add more power, the tungsten tapes on the head of the racket.. 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 medium touch to tender for soft. Harder than the previous version but equally comfortable. It features a fairly wide sweet spot for the teardrop format. In terms of power, I would say a point just below the “PRO”. It has an average output to tender slightly for short, also a point just below the “PRO” version. The comfort is phenomenal, as in “PRO”, but the stiffness provided by the basalt brings you that extra power and output that make it a much more complete and competitive racket.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys come out with an equally impressive ease and depth to its heavier version. The output is Q. B, making it easy to control the game on the network. It has exceptional handling, the point at which this racket stands out a lot that allows to react with lightning speed. In the smash you will feel a slight decrease against the “PRO” version, but we are of the opinion that a player with a sharp smash and powerful technique will not feel much difference.
Back of the court:
Control from the back of the court is exceptional. The output remains more than enough, the sweet spot fairly extensive and has such lightning handling that will make a difference. These positive factors make everything easier from the back of the court. It will help you a lot to return balls you didn’t think you could return. In the lobs will not also have problems reaching the desired depth.
The tested weight was 348gr.
The surface is entirely in Cork.
In sound terms is a racket that has an average sound (superior to the original version) 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 and very robust racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Sweet spot Wide
- Excellent control/power ratio
- “Lightning” manipulability
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Slight decrease in power and output comparing to the “PRO” version
This racket could be called “CORK LIGHTning”, due to its extraordinary lightness without notice of a remarkable loss of power and output. A racket that is a clear evolution of its original version and that impressed me very much, because I did not expect to like a racket in this weight range (factor to be taken into account in the future in the choice of rackets).
As in the “PRO” version a balance and exceptional comforts, now allied to a rigidity and robustness that lacked through the addition of a basalt hood. A racket that also serves players on both sides such as the “PRO”, yet slightly more directed to the right given its slightly more defensive tendency. Easy and fit at any level, yet the price in agreement with a well-equipped, high-end racket is the only thing for players now to start. It has a medium hardness stroke tending to soft. The sweet spot is wide and enjoyable. In a defensive phase, control is exceptional. The exit helps you in the defensive phase.
The low balance and the fantastic handling given the weight will help you feel able to defend everything. The comfort remains present and is brand image. In the net is a much more assertive and poisonous racket than its predecessor such as the “PRO” version. Volleys and trays are easy to run. It can be achieved with good technique (for experienced players), draw by 3, by 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is bold as always, having also taken an upgrade with different patterns and quite attractive in our opinion in Cork itself. I didn’t feel any kind of vibration in my arm, which makes this racket a friend of those who suffer from epicondylitis or some kind of arm injury.
A “light” racket, extremely well achieved and left me with the urge to deepen the use of lighter weight rackets. Good games!