Racket of the line “500”, of the Portuguese brand VOLT PADEL. Composed solely of carbon and a core of EVA SOFT gum, a medium-low density gum. It has a round shape with a slight touch of tear. It has a smooth surface with matt finish.
As in the VOLT 700, when you take it for the first time you get the feeling of a racket visually striking and very well finished in all your details. The swing centered, very slightly tending to the head. By placing the overgrips, you will be able to optimize 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 of your swing.
In-game is a racket with a medium to soft touch. With no surprises, it features a large sweet spot, characteristic of this type of model. In terms of power can not compare with the VOLT 700, it lacks a few points in this chapter, but is slightly above a typical round model, by its format not 100% round and weight distribution. There’s an average exit.
On the net:
On the net is a racket very easy and that does not invent. It has an average output, which requires some attention to the glass in badly executed strokes. To achieve the desired depth and weight in the ball requires a good input from the player. Being manageable, it allows you to react quickly. In the smash, not being your ideal racket, using the body weight well it is possible to achieve good results without too much effort.
Back of the court:
The back of the court control is exceptional, the output is not excessive and allows the control of the ball at 100% of all the points of the field. The sweet spot and swing makes it an easy racket for all kind of players. The output is average to tend very slightly to short. I’m a fan of low-output rackets, even in formats like this, which makes me appreciate the output of the VOLT 500, but this is something very personal for each player. Lobs and defensive strokes come out well and smoothly.
Weight: The weight tested was 363gr.
Surface: The surface is smooth with matt finish.
Sound: In sound terms is a racket that has a medium sound and with a medium timbre (higher than the VOLT 700).
The safety cord is adjustable and quite comfortable, which should be the norm in all rackets in my opinion.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a solid racket, very well built and robust that will not break very easily. Well-esteemed will last a long time in my opinion.
- Sweet spot Wide
- Exceptional control
- Very good Visual
- Adjustable cord
- Lacks power
In conclusion, this is a racket suitable for players of all levels, who want a racket that does not complicate and helps them a lot in the defensive stage, maintaining some commitment in the attack. It has exceptional control, good manusebilidade and a generous sweet spot. It lacks some power, but for this format, it’s pretty good. It has a soft stroke of hardness and an average output to tend very slightly to short.
It is a racket that in the defensive stage will help you a lot and the network does not complicate and fulfills well with some extra effort of the player. In the smash, with a strong arm and correct body positioning technique you will be able to draw by 3, 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is one of the strengths of this racket in my opinion. It features a minimalist look and very well achieved, equal to the best even in the VOLT 700. I didn’t feel practically vibration in the arm, but it’s not totally exempt due to its totally carbon structure that gives it good stiffness. Its centered balance contributes to not overexerting the elbow and shoulder tendons.
It serves, in my opinion, players of all levels, mainly right-wing and with greater focus on defense and ball control. Very good also for beginners for being an easy racket. Another pleasant surprise of quality of a project with Portuguese signature at a very competitive price. Good games!