Racket from the “800” line, of VOLT brand, Portuguese brand of padel, which features Ana Catarina Nogueira and Diogo Rocha in its ranks. This specific version was conceived under the guidance and for Diogo Rocha. Composed of a fully carbon structure, also carbon face and a high recovery EVA gum core. It has a round shape, yet less pronounced in the lower zone, which makes it look almost teary. It has a smooth surface and finish with a mixture of matte varnish and shine.
When you first pick her up, you get the feel of a manageable and visually well-achieved racket, with a sober, minimalist look. Despite the round shape, the swing is centered, I would even say that very slightly to tend to the head, the result of the reduction in the area of the heart of the racket.
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 hard touch. Despite the hardness, it is not an uncomfortable racket and becomes easy to habituation. The sweet spot, I think, due to the need to climb the swing, it was slightly shorter compared to the typically round rackets. When it comes to the power, hardness and stiffness that carbon and gum provide you, it is very well served, especially, given the format. There’s a short exit.
ON THE NETWORK:
On the network trays and volleys come out with ease, given good handling. The short output allows the player to fully decide the intensity he intends to put on the ball. It is a technical racket, that is, requires a correctly executed blow to reach the desired depth and placement. In smash, the extra power, derived from its composition and swing will help you a lot and will not have much difficulty, with the correct technique, to draw for 3, for 4 or bring the ball back.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE COURT:
The back control of the court is one of the strengths of this racket, due to the shape, maneuverability and touch. The exit is short, which may not be to everyone’s liking and not provide that extra help in the recourse balls, but it pays that it helps to put the ball exactly where it wants and be more comfortable in the execution of lobs, without fear of , go out long and hit the glass. The sweet spot is OK and the maneuverability is very good.
The tested weight was 365gr.
The surface is smooth with a mixture of matte varnish and shine.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium-high sound and with a timbre, equally, medium-high.
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.
- Fantastic power commitment/control
- Stunning look
- Adjustable Safety Cord
- Short output (can be a positive point for some)
- Sweet spot slightly smaller and climbed
In conclusion, this is a well-achieved racket, which aims to be a commitment to power and control. In our opinion it serves players from both sides, but with higher incidence in those aggressive right-wing players, who press for control but also like to feel an extra power at their disposal.
It has a hard hit. The sweet spot is slightly smaller than expected, on a round racket, however, the demand for extra power so obliges it. In a defensive phase, control is exceptional. The swing does not compromise and the short output and dry touch help to place the ball wherever you want not a glove. It is not the most comfortable racket on the market due to its hardness, however it is also not uncomfortable.
On the network, it will be well served in all areas. Volleys and trays come out aggressive and with the desired depth desired by the player. It is achieved, without great effort (for experienced players), draw by 3, for 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is sober, minimalist and impresses, as has already been the brand’s apanágio.
The hard tact, and stiffness do not make this racket, theoretically, the most friendly of the elbow. Good physical and technical preparation is appropriate to handle it, being in our opinion, a racket directed at players from medium-high level.
Another excellent option of VOLT, which follows its path, as a reference mark in Portugal. The price is something high, however agreeing with a high-end racket.