Limited edition Graphene 360+ BELA X, of the HEAD brand. It is the racket designed for the undisputed “King” of padel, Fernando Belasteguin 2020, celebrating 10 years of partnership with the brand. Composed of a 360+ carbon and graphene structure and a Power Foam gum core.) It has a diamond shape. It has a rough surface (Extreme Spin) with glossy finish at the bottom and matte at the top of the racket. It also has an asymmetric drilling, more large in the stremities and shorter in the center.
When you first pick it up, you get the feel of an imposing racket, with attention to detail and superior quality finishes. The swing is clearly tending to the head of the racket, which is felt immediately. The first sensation in hand is a powerful racket.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you fail to place more than 1 overgrip the option also falls for putting the included weights to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you still want to add more power, put the weights included at the top of the racket at the spot indicated on the protector. 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 it is a racket with a medium touch tending to hard. Graphene and carbon provide above-average stiffness and hardness, and the foam core balances rather that, making it more soft. It features a reduced and up-sized sweet spot, normal for these aggressive diamond formats. In terms of power, there is plenty, above its predecessor in our opinion.
It has an average exit tending to high. It is a racket that ends up being comfortable at the touch level, by the use of the foam core, but where the weight of the head is also quite noticeable after some playing time. The SMART BRIDGE system embedded in the heart of the racket allows you to greatly reduce the vibration transmitted to the arm.
IN THE NET:
In the net trays and volleys come out with enough intensity and depth without great effort, however given the somewhat reduced handling, due to the balance, it is important to react quickly, quickly prepare the blow and keep the pulse firm. In the smash you will feel an extra power and it will be a blow that will bring you plenty of pleasure to perform, especially the flat smash.
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control from the back of the court is quite acceptable. It is a technical racket, given the reduced sweet spot, but with good technique, possible to control, and the medium-high output will help you in situations of greater tightening. The maneuverability is enough to hit reasonably well in the defensive phase. Lobs come out quite deep, always and when the sweet spot is reached.
The weight tested was 375gr, the only one produced for this model.
The surface is rough with gloss finish at the bottom and matte at the top of the racket.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium sound and with a medium-low timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable and simple, ideal in our opinion.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Stunning look
- Fantastic power
- Good output (for those who are a fan)
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Sweet Spot Reduced
- Limited handling
In conclusion, this is a racket designed to the liking of the “King” Fernando Belasteguin. It’s a pretty technical racket for advanced-level players. In our opinion it is a racket that primarily serves aggressive left-wing players, but like Bela, you can prove it, it also serves technically evolved and aggressive right-wing players.
It has an medium stroke tending to hard. The sweet spot is reduced and tends to the top of the racket. In the defensive phase the medium-high output will help in the balls where the subaverage handling does not allow you to make the full stroke in time.
In the net you will be equipped with an extremely powerful “weapon” with an above average finishing capacity. Volleys and trays come out with a lot of intensity and depth. You can get it effortlessly, draw for 3, 4 and bring the ball back, however, to spin that allows you to take it for 3, a strong and trained pulse is required.
The visual part looks fantastic.
The tact is not uncomfortable and did not feel great vibration in the arm, however the high swing, weighs heavily on the elbow after some playing time, so a good physical preparation is recommended.
An aggressive and impressive racket from HEAD.