Racquet of the line “BLACK MAMBA”, from vibor-a brand, already with a lot of tradition in padel, in its version Edition 2019. Composed of a dual tubular structure in kevlar and carbon, carbon and fiberglass faces and a soft EVA gum core. It has a teardrop format. It has a rough surface and glossy finish, a novelty in the face of previous matt versions.
When you first pick it up, you get the feel of a visually well-managed racket with good finishes. The swing tends ligily to the head.
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.
At stake is a racket with a medium touch, slightly harder than its predecessor. The sweet spot is quite reasonable for the format, without surprising. In terms of power, it’s pretty good for a hybrid format even though it’s not spectacular. It has a medium-high output, which helps, but it also makes it difficult to control the racket.
IN THE NET:
In the net trays and volleys come out poisonous and with plenty of depth. Given the output to tend upwards, attention must be paid not to reach the glass. The rough face helps in the lifted or cut blows. Handling is not the best point of this racket, as it becomes something headhead, which ends up being normal for an aggressive tear shape. In the smash will not have major problems, will not have much difficulty, with the correct technique, to draw for 3, for 4 or bring the ball back.
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control from the back of the court is positive, the medium-high output compensates for the slight lack of handling of the racket. Important to dose strength in the lobs, to avoid the glasses. After habituation to the characteristics of the racket, it can become very interesting defensively and in the transition to the net.
The weight tested was 367gr.
The surface is rough with glossy finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium-high sound and with a medium-high timbre.
The safety cord is adjustable, which in our opinion is always more favorable.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- High output (may be a downside for some players)
- Excellent commitment between power and control
- Adjustable Safety Cord
In conclusion, Vibor-a’s Black Mamba, one of the most coveted rackets, continues with its well-defined DNA. An extra power and output, keeping in general the same characteristics. It is a racket that serves players on both sides, technically evolved preferably.
It has an average hardness stroke. The sweet spot is reasonable, in line with a hybrid racket. In the defensive phase control is positive, making it better after a habituation phase. The swing tends to the head, consequently has a reduced maneuverability. The medium-high output helps to counter this point. In the net, the power is more than enough and the blows come naturally deep. Attention must be paid not to reach the glass. It is achieved, without great effort (for experienced players), draw by 3, for 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is in line with the remaining versions, however with glossy finish that is the novelty.
You will feel some vibration in the elbow given the stiffness of the racket and being the balance upwards, it is recommended a good physical preparation.
An already mythical edition of Vibor-a.