Babolat Explosive Line is a new collection of padel rackets based on the idea that all players want to move forward and win the point. On a padel court, all players are attacking-oriented according to Babolat.
With this in mind, the brand has developed three models for three different types of attacking players.
The models are Viper Counter, Viper Air, and Viper Technical. PadelJoy has been testing them on the padel court.
Babolat Viper Counter 2021
“We all want to score points… We all are STRIKERS!
Our observation of the game and the players led us to identify different players profiles. One of them, the counter striker wants to be a wall and control the game with patience waiting for the perfect ball to smash it.
The Counter Viper has been developed to bring the tolerance needed to withstand the opponents strokes while having an explosive power to finish the point with strength.
Let’s be a COUNTER STRIKER and exhaust your opponents before strongly smashing the ball to win the point!”
We like the matte finish and the color combination, even though the other two Vipers are better looking in our opinion.
The Babolat Viper Counter targets the counter-attacking player and does its job well. It might not provide top-notch properties for defense nor attack, but it delivers good results in all parts of the game. Worth taking a closer look at for players that prefer round rackets but don’t want to lose to much power.
Babolat Viper Air 2021
“Studying the game, we’ve identified different players profiles. Among them, the air striker is super dynamic, he will seize each opportunity to go to the net and use his speediness to generate power. To express the best of his game, we’ve developed the Air Viper that provides explosive power with an extreme manoeuvrability. Let’s be an AIR STRIKER and use your speed to outperform your opponents!”
The racket has an interesting new shape and a bold design. We like the color combination and the matte finish.
It delivers what you can expect, speed. Perfect for fast volleys and bandejas. If you are looking for maximum power, there are better alternatives out there.
Babolat Viper Technical 2021
“The technical striker wants to drive the game and use both skills and strength to make the difference.
To fit perfectly this profile’s needs, we’ve developed the Technical Viper that gives both explosive power and preciseness in attacking shots.
Let’s be a TECHNICAL STRIKER and smash it out from anywhere!”
The shape of Viper Technical is similar to the regular Viper Carbon. The design is bold, we like the color combination and the matte finish.
Challenging in the defensive game, but rewards the experienced padel player with a lot of power. Overall it has been a positive experience to play with the Viper Technical and we think it’s worth checking out if it suits your playing style.
Babolat Explosive Line summary
The game of padel is developing at a fast pace and according to Babolat all players are attacking-oriented. They have developed three models for three different types of attacking players.
Viper Counter has a round shape and a high balance, targeting the counter-attacking player. Viper Air has a teardrop shape and medium balance, targeting the players looking for speed and maneuverability. Finally, the Viper Technical has a diamond shape and a high balance for players looking for explosivity and power.