Racket of the already mythical line “METHEORA”, renowned Spanish brand, STARVIE, in its Warrior version of 2020. The racket of top WPT player Matías Díaz, “The Warrior”. Composed of a 100% carbon fiber structure. Carbon face in full. It has a soft EVA gum core. It has a round shape. It has a rough surface, made directly in the mold of the racket, with the star of the logo, starvie’s brand image.
When you pick it up for the first time, you get the feeling of a sturdy racket, very well finished and light. The swing is clearly directed to the wrist.
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 play is a racket with a medium-hard touch. The sweet spot is not one of the biggest we’ve ever seen in round rackets, but it’s fine.
The handling is very good. In terms of power, it’s quite interesting for a round racket. There’s a high exit.
In the net, good handling and output, make it a very easy racket. A correct technique is appropriate to avoid glass. Trays and volleys come naturally deep and are easy to run.
In the smash, with a correct technique and good physical ability, you can draw by 3, for 4 or bring the ball back. For round racket, the power is very interesting. The rough face helps in performing the desired effects.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FIELD:
Control in the defensive zone is one of the best points on this racket. The elevated exit helps in the tightest balls and makes it an authentic “wall”. The handling, is very good, and helps to react quickly. The lobs, they come out easily, but watch the glass.
The weight tested was 368gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium sound and with a medium-low timbre.
The safety cord is simple, does not allow adjustment, but the material is quite comfortable.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Sweet Spot
- Output (for those who like high output)
- Safety Cord Not adjustable
In conclusion, this is a very well achieved racket with few negative points.It is a very easy racket, which combines excellent control with a good power for the format. It serves mainly right-wing players, but can also serve more conservative left players.
The visual part, is very interesting, with the red and black and the image, incorporated, by Matías Díaz, “The Warrior”.
In terms of vibration, it feels due to the stiffness required for increased power.An already mythical model of Starvie, positive in most points. High price, but agreeing with a top of the range.