Racket of the line “Valkyria”, the LX PLANET brand, in its EVOLUTION version. Consisting of a 100% carbon structure, reinforced by carbon “aramid” a bi-directional carbon network that coats the entire racket. It has a core composed of high density white EVA gum. It has a hexagonal shape, in an exclusive mould of the brand. It has a rough surface (sandy) with a glossy finish.
Picking it up for the first time you get the sensation of a light, balanced racket with an imposing look with its bright and sandy face. The swing is directed towards the handle, which conveys the feeling of lightness and comfort.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you cannot put more than 1 overgrip the option is also for placing tungsten tapes under the Overgrip (s) to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you want to add more power, place the ribbons on the top of the racket below or above the protector. This is a pretty viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a racket, less of your swing.
In play is a racket with medium hardness touch but quite comfortable. It features a sweet spot of the widest I tested, I think due to the different hexagonal format. In terms of power does not disappoint but also does not impress. It has an average output.
In the net:
In the net trays and volleys come out easy and usually deep, sometimes even too much. It has excellent maneuverability given its balance, which allows to react very well to fast balls. In the smash you feel the lack of power, but for a low swing racket is quite acceptable.
Back of the court:
Control from the back of the court is indeed exceptional. The wide sweet spot, medium output and its low swing makes this racket an excellent defensive stage. Deep lobs come out with ease, but attention to excesses to avoid the glass.
The tested weight was 369gr.
The surface is rough (sandy) with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has a medium-low sonority and with a medium-low timbre.
The safety cord is simple but of a very comfortable material.
In terms of durability, it appears to be a solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Wide sweet spot
- Lacks power
- Safety cord not adjustable
In conclusion, this is a racket that surprised me positively. The format, glossy finish, high density gum and balance left me doubting initially, but as soon as I hit a few balls with it I realized the easy and comfortable racket that is, especially from the back of the court. In my opinion it’s a racket that serves right-handed players who prefer control above all else.
It is a high-end racket with the concordant price, otherwise I would also recommend to those who were starting for its lightness and and easy stroke. It has a medium hardness. The sweet spot is very wide. In the defensive phase the control is excellent, the average output, low swing and ample sweet spot allow an exceptional ball placement.
In the net you will miss some power. Volleys and trays come out with ease and depth generally. with enough effort, you can draw by three, four, and you bring the ball back. The rough (sandy) face will help you a lot in the desired slices and effects.
The visual part is bold, with the logo of the brand occupying practically the whole face of the racket and with the glossy sandy finish in a combination of red and black, make the LX PLANET Valkyria very appealing.
The touch of medium hardness proved to be quite comfortable, I did not feel practically vibration in the arm. The low balance helps to avoid injury or overexerting tendons.
A fantastic racket of control by the LX Padel. Good games!