Starvie’s “ALUMINIUM” racket, recognized brand of padel, in its 2019 version. Composed of a structure entirely in carbon, a soft EVA gum core, and carbon and aluminum covers. It has a round shape. It has a rough surface with glossy finish.
When you first pick her up you get the feel of a light and very robust racket with strong look. The swing is clearly tending to the handle, in line with its round shape.
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 the hard. The sweet spot is huge on this racket, being difficult to find a dead sport to hit the ball. When it comes to power, you’ll notice it lacks a lot. It is not a racket built at all, focusing on the aggressive aspect of the game. It has a high output. Given the carbon and aluminum covers, it’s not surprising that the touch feels hard.
IN THE NET:
In the net trays and volleys come out quite easily, given the maneuverability. Attention must be paid to the high output so as not to reach the glass. The rugged face helps in the intended effects. The maneuverability is fantastic and allows you to react very quickly, and the fantastic sweet spot also helps. In the smash, you won’t feel that extra help when it comes to bringing the ball back or drawing for 3.
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control from the back of the court is very good, being at this stage of the game that will feel more comfortable with this racket without a doubt. The output is high and this helps to return the balls more complicated, however, in the lobs we have to weigh well the strength not to get out too long. Exceptional sweet spot and handling make it much easier for you to play defensively.
The weight tested was 361gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has a high sonority and with a medium timbre.
The safety cord is simple and unadjusted easy, which in our opinion is always more unfavorable.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Fantastic sweet spot
- High output (for those who enjoy)
- Lacks power
- Safety Cord Not adjustable
In conclusion, this is a racket made a defensive game, to excel at control. It is a racket that serves, in our opinion, mostly right wing players.
The sweet spot is huge. In the defensive phase control impresses a lot. Low swing, wide sweet spot and high output help a lot throughout the defensive phase. It’s not the most comfortable racket we’ve ever tested. In the net, it lacks only that extra power and the hammer effect. Volleys and trays come out easily and with plenty of depth. It is, with some effort (for experienced players), possible to draw by 3, for 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is well achieved and does not go unnoticed in the field, with the fluorescent orange on the black.
The tact is medium, tending to hard. The anti-vibrator placed in the heart of the racket helps minimize vibrations, however it is not completely exempt. The low swing helps a lot to spare the tendon.
A well-achieved racket, especially for more defensive players. Price something high, however in agreement with the quality of finishing.