Racket of the line “SUPREME”, of the CORK PADEL brand, in its diamond version. It is the top-of-the-range racket of the brand and the “weapon” chosen by the National top player and No. 68 from the WPT ranking Miguel Oliveira. like the teardrop version is composed of a carbon tubular and Kevlar structure. It Counts a face consisting of 2 carbon covers and Innegra (a highly elastic and lightweight material used by NASA, aviation companies, Formula 1, among others) and 3 fiberglass covers, totaling 5 covers on each face. It is still completely covered by cork. It has a diamond shape. In addition to the novelty in the number of covers, it also has a rough surface. It also Has asymmetric drilling, with smaller diameter in the nucleus that brings benefits at the level of output and power.
When taking it for the first time, you get the feeling of a racket executed in detail, visually imposing and with excellent workmanship. The balance is directed to the head, in line with the diamond shape.
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 play is a racket with a medium touch tending to hard. When the racket is premied, the touch is harder, but after one or two games it becomes more comfortable. Harder than the “Basalto” version but CORK’s typical comfort remains present.
It features a reduced sweet spot, but not bad for the diamond shape. In terms of power, it is an authentic cannon, clearly above the SUPREME teardrop version. It has an average output tending to short, a point below the “Basalto”. The comfort remains unchanged, it is noted, as in the tear version the extra stiffness provided by the addition of more covers. The SUPREME Line of CORK PADEL has been designed in detail for the requirement of professional players.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys come out powerful and deep with an impressive ease. The output is just one point below the “Basalto” version and is more than enough in my opinion. It has a reasonable handling, a few points below the teardrop version clearly. In the smash impresses a lot and makes it look easy to draw by 3 or bring the ball back.
Back of the court:
Controlo from the back of the court is reasonable. The output and comfort help you to counter any lack of sweet spot and handling. Lobs continue to come out with good depth whenever you hit the sweet spot.
The tested weight was 368gr.
The surface is entirely in cork.
In sound terms is a racket that has an average sound and 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 and very robust racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Fantastic Power (Cannon)
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- It may be something hard for some less experienced players
- Reduced sweet spot
- Reduced handling comparing to the teardrop version
In Conclusion we undoubtedly reinforce our congratulations to Cork Padel for having succeeded in impressing now with a “weapon”. A racket executed in detail, comfortable despite the extra hardness characteristic of the SUPREME line. A real cannon, but still comfortable. Given its format is a racket that is more directed to players on the left side, experienced and with good technique. It has a medium hardness hit tending to hard. The sweet spot is reduced, in line with the format. In a defensive phase, control is reasonable. The putput is more than enough in my opinion.
The head balance is reflected in a more reduced handling, but a significant increase in power that will leave you amazed in the net. Comfort remains always present. In the net the power you get out of it will impress you. Volleys and trays come out deep and powerful very easily. You can easily (for experienced players), draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back.
The rugged face helps in the intended effects. The visual part is fantastic, the best achieved so far in my personal opinion. It seems gold-plated in certain areas, which combined with the cork mix gives it a very interesting effect.
I didn’t feel any kind of vibration in the arm despite the extra stiffness, which means it’s still a friendly racket for those who suffer from epicondylitis or some kind of arm injury. The diamond Shape however can weigh after some games.
Another Cork Padel that, paraphrasing, almost looks like doping, especially when is time to smash. A power racket that will make the delights of powerful players.