Racket of the line “SUPREME”, of the CORK PADEL brand, in its TEARDROP version. It is the top-of-the-range racket of the brand and the “weapon” chosen by the national top player and No. 105 of the WPT ranking Vasco Pascoal. Like the standard and BASALTO versions it is composed of a carbon tubular and Kevlar structure. It counts a face consisting of 2 carbon and Innegra covers (a highly elastic and lightweight material used by NASA, aviation companies, Formula 1, among others) and 3 fiberglass covers in a total of 5 covers on each side. It is still completely covered by cork. It has a tear shape. In addition to the novelty in the number of covers, it also has a rough surface. It also has, like the versions “Basalto” asymmetric drilling, of smaller diameter in the nucleus that brings benefits at the level of output and power.
By taking it for the first time, you get the feeling of a racket carefully taken in detail in its execution, visually imposing, very well finished and balanced at weight level. The swing is centered as in the other brand teardrop model.
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 its 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 fairly wide sweet spot for the teardrop format. In terms of power, it is very well, above the “Basalto” in the same format. It has an average output tending to short, a point below the “Basalto”. The comfort remains very good, it is undoubtedly noted the extra stiffness provided by addition of more covers, but remains arm friendly. It is a racket designed in detail for the requirement of professional players. The extra power will please the most demanding in this field.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys come out potent and with good depth. The output is just one point below the “Basalto” version and is more than enough in my opinion. It has a very good handling, which allows you to react quickly. In the smash the extra power makes you feel and impresses when smashing the ball.
Back of the court:
Control from the back of the court is exceptional, such as the other versions. The output, despite a point below the “Basalto” is enough, the sweet spot remains wide and has good handling. In this field, the difference to the other version is greatly reduced. The more complicated balls become easier, and lobs continue to come out with good depth despite the slightly shorter output.
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.
- Wide sweet spot
- Excellent control
- Excellent power
- Comfort and Maneumability
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- It may be something hard for some less experienced players
In conclusion we can start by congratulating Cork Padel for having managed to climb even more one level and make a super competitive racket. A racket thought to detail, balanced and still quite comfortable despite the extra hardness. To highlight the additional power that makes it even more lethal at the time of finalizing.
Given its format is a multipurpose racket that serves players from both sides. More targeted for high-level players. It has a medium hardness tending to hard. The sweet spot is wide. In the defensive phase the control is very good for the format. The exit is more than enough in my opinion. Its balance translates into a good handling that will also help you in the defensive phase and in the net react quickly. Comfort is still present. In the net the extra power makes it more aggressive. Volleys and trays come out with good depth and powerful. It can be achieved without great effort (for experienced players), draw by 3, by 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 from those who suffer from epicondylitis or some kind of arm injury.
A racket that has risen yet an extra level against its predecessors and therefore the brand is congratulated. It won’t leave anyone indifferent. Good games!