CORK PADEL, Portuguese brand racket in its PREMIUM diamond format model. The racket is entirely covered by cork, with Kevlar in the structure, innegra a highly elastic and lightweight material used by NASA, aviation companies, Formula 1, among others, and a low density laminated EVA gum core.
When you first pick it up you get the feeling of a racket finished exquisite with attention to all the details, as in the PRO version. The swing slightly falls to the head by force of its diamond shape. By placing the overgrips, you will be able to optimize the balance in the direction of the handle. You can additionally put lead or tungsten ribbons on the handle, under the overgrips if you still want to download a little bit further, or alternatively put on the top of the racket to give you an extra power, yet i do not think necessary any addition after the overgrips.
In game is a racket with a medium-soft touch and also extremely comfortable such as the PRO version. It features a more reduced sweet spot than the PRO version but rather enjoyable. In terms of power is very well served and a few points above the PRO, especially when we hit her sweet spot. It has an average output, smaller than the PRO. In this type of rackets i prefer little or no output, but it is always a personal taste. In the net because of its average output, it is important to be careful when to make the volley or tray, but in this field is in my opinion a few points above the PRO which shines more at the back of the court. It has a good commitment to control at the back of the Court, for its good handling, feeling of lightness and average output. The lobs come out perfectly with the correct technique when hitting the racket’s sweet spot.
The weight tested was that of 366gr, which proved to be an excellent weight to be racket in my opinion.
The surface is fully corked with matte varnish finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium sound and with a medium timbre to tend to the bass.
The safety cord is adjustable and very comfortable.
In terms of durability, it appears to be a solid, well-built racket, and Cork seems to be a very sturdy and durable material.
- Good power/control ratio
- Unique Comfort
- Good handling
- Sweet spot reduced (in line with diamond format)
In conclusion, this is a racket that impressed me equally enough, such as the PRO version. It serves, by virtue of its format, high level players, with good technique that want an extremely comfortable racket with good commitment to power and control. It has a stroke of medium-soft hardness and average output. In the defensive phase it will not let you down by its good handling, comfort and output. On the net has a very interesting power. You can easily draw three by four and bring the ball back. I did not feel rigorously no vibration in the arm, when finishing 3 games of 3 sets intensive, the feeling was as if it had not even played as the PRO version. Cork is a material that perfectly absorbs any existing vibration. It is an impressive and handmade quality racket in Portugal. Aesthetically I like it a lot but I will stress again that the esthetic is also something very personal. It has a protector of origin, rough and of excellent quality. It mainly serves left-winged players by its format, but can also serve more aggressive right-wing players who want an extra power. in my opinion, with this composition of material, the format that fits like a glove is the round or tear. If you would give 10/10 to Cork PRO, because format and materials are in perfect harmony, i give 9.8/10 to Cork PREMIUM because it is a very interesting choice for those who want power without any harmful effort to the tendons. It is therefore also recommended for people with elbow problems. I reaffirm what I said in the previous analysis, a fantastic project of this Portuguese brand and an initiative to praise. The price, taking into account the quality and the handmade process of manufacture, is quite inviting. A racket to have, even if it’s not your main weapon.