Racket of the line “Metheora”, of the Starvie brand. It is the “weapon” chosen by Matías Díaz World top player WPT for the 2019 season. It’s a racket based on your predecessor also already tested by us. Composed exclusively of carbon, with 3 covers on the face. It has a SOFT EVA gum core. It has a round shape and a rough surface with glossy finish.
When you first pick it up, you get the feeling of a manageable racket and notice the top finishes. The balance is directed towards the handle. By placing the overgrips, you will be able to optimise the balance in the direction of 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 its swing.
In play is a racket with a touch of medium hardness, perhaps slightly tougher than its predecessor of 2017. The sweet spot is quite large. In terms of power it can be said that it is not in fact its best chapter, as the Metheora 2017 leaves something to be desired in this area, but it is important to say that it was designed to be a control racket. The handling is very good, which allows to react quickly in all areas of the field. It has an average output, tending to high in line with its predecessor.
In the net:
In the net it is an easy racket and something permissive given its high sweet spot and good handling. Trays will come out fluid and easy to perform by the sensation of lightness and the output it presents. In the smash you will be able to draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back, but with enough effort and correct technique.
Back of the court:
Controlo from the back of the court is very good. The sensations are that you will be able to return any ball, however attention to the glass given the high output. . Lobs and defensive strokes come out naturally deep. Weight:
The tested weight was 370gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms is a racket that has a medium-low sonority and with an equally medium-low timbre.
The safety cord is simple and does not allow easy adjustment.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid and well built and robust racket that will not break very easily. Well estimated will last a long time in my opinion.
- Excellent control
- Wide sweet spot
- Good output
- Lack power
- Safety Cord Not adjustable
In conclusion, this is a racket quite in line with its predecessor, with a slight additional hardness. It serves players of all levels. For more experienced players is a pure control racket and more suitable for those who play on the right side.
It has a medium hardness stroke, tending high and an average output tending slightly to high. It is a racket that in the defensive phase will allow it to shine to feel that can defend the hardest ball. In the net volleys and trays come out with ease and depth. In the smash, with technique you will be able to draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back, but not without first having to put enough effort into the stroke.
The visual part is quite well as its predecessor. The aspect conveys quality and robustness.
I felt some vibration in my arm but nothing troubling. Its low swing helps enough not to weigh too much on the arm. It serves, in my opinion, experienced players on the right and with defensive features, as well as players to start, the problem in this chapter, for the rookies, is that the price is very high.
High quality racket from behalf of Starvie.