Racket of the line “PREMIUM”, of the CORK Padel brand, in its “BASALTO” version. It is the “upgrade” to the already prestigious “PREMIUM” version. As the original version is composed of a carbon and Kevlar tubular structure, a carbon face, fiberglass, Innegra (a highly elastic and lightweight material used by NASA, aviation companies, Formula 1, among others) and basalt, the novelty in the constitution. It is still completely covered by cork, a brand image of Cork Padel. It has a diamond shape. It has a smooth surface with cork finish. 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.
Taking it for the first time is the sensation of a very well finished racket and with the brand’s usual impressive look. The balance is directed to the head 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. Harder than the previous version, by the addition of basalt, but equally comfortable. It features an interesting sweet spot for the diamond shape. In terms of power, it’s much better than the standard version. There’s an average output. It was in these two points that I noticed an increase relative to the original version, more output and more power. Comfort is still pretty good. The stiffness provided by the basalt gives you a more controlled, powerful and precise touch than the previous version.
In the net trays and volleys come out potent and with good depth. The output is extra facilitates the game also on the net, making it more permissive, but attention to the sweet spot to achieve what you want. It has a reasonable handling, perhaps a point below the previous version, and I found it a little heavier in the head. In the smash you will feel a significant increase in power against the standard version.
Back of the court:
Control from the back of the court remains quite good, not reaching the level of the “PRO” and the “LIGHT”. The output is sufficient (superior to the original “PREMIUM” version), the sweet spot is quite good for the format, and the handling is acceptable. It’s not a “PRO” or “LIGHT” on the court’s bottom, but that’s not what it was designed for. Being a more technical racket, it is important a correct technique in order to achieve the desired depth.
The tested weight was 369gr.
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-high 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.
- Excellent power
- Output higher than previous version
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Sweet Spot Reduced
In conclusion, this is a racket that as the versions “PRO” and “LIGHT” took a leap in terms of competitiveness with the addition of basalt and asymmetric drilling. A necessary addition of power, output and stiffness that it lacked. A racket that mainly serves players on the left side in our opinion. A technical racket, in line with the most aggressive format and suitable for more experienced players.
It has an average hardness stroke. The sweet spot is good for the format, but never at the “PRO” or “LIGHT” level. In the defensive phase, control is acceptable. The average output helps you in the most complicated balls. The comfort remains present and is brand image. In the net it is a fantastic racket. With additional stiffness against the previous version volleys and trays come out deep and with an impressive power. You can effortlessly (for experienced players), draw by 3, 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. The weight on the head, given the format, can weigh after some games for players with a less trained arm.
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