Went physical shopping on Friday for the new Franklin Carbon STK..
No more thickness than the Ben Johns signature 16mm
The Carbon face is extremely textured with the carbon braids.. more than any other than I have seen.. not even sure how it's legal..
I didn't end up buying yet... but I did end up leaving the store with 2 Ben Johns signature paddles that where on clearance and then on sale more with the black Friday sales..
Could not pass up the $40 each..
My carbon destination can wait a little longer..
I like the thickness of the warrior...no other paddle seems fatter..
Like to try some day..
Another one I want to try is the new Head Radical Tour CO..
It now thicker..and Head has my favorite grip size and shape..
-i wanna try the head.radical.PRO or TOUR??!!, the heavier one
-i also want to try the babolat.PRO or TOUR, also the heavier one
-and of course i wanna also try the yonex paddle, to see if the $200 price tag is worth it (im doubting this one!)
Well.. perhaps I will try a gearbox..
I just don't care for their small grips..
I don't either - and they have super low swing weights.
But I play with Gearbox, just modded a bunch.
I take off the grip, apply 5 trimmed layers of gaffers tape to the pallet parallel to the face. I put two layers on the sides perpendicular to the face. I then use a TW leather grip, and a Volkl overgrip. They measure out at 4 3/8"
Then I add lead to the hoop and the gearbox protective tape. I am playing my CX11Es at 9.25 oz, and the CX14E at 9.2. The CX11E Power has become my paddle of choice. It does not feel as nice as the control version, and way stiffer than the 14E, but I really like the way the ball comes off. There is more power so I can have more compact strokes for my thirds which leads to more consistency. My dinks are fine, and I have developed enough touch to still be able to do resets. The 14E does not have much power, even leaded up and I find that a lot more balls come back over the net with it. Using the 11E Power I can put things away.
-like your mods on the grips!!
-would you say gearbox paddles are more for TOUCH??
-are most gearbox paddles dampened with the "tube+core" construction??
-both THIN paddles: IMO/IME(limited)
-i am thinking that gearbox=touch
-and in contrast prokennex=power
Apologies for the delay in response. We will have the full review coming shortly for the 17 and 14.5mm Franklin Carbon STK paddles.
So far, we've been really impressed with the spin and the texture is crazy for a carbon face. It's on the high end for spin, and the 17mm has a pretty nice feel all around the court with a bit more control than the 14.5mm. However, there is a noticeable change in feel and power when hitting outside the sweet-spot, and it's not a super-forgiving paddle.
We have experienced some durability issues on one paddle at the edge guard. It seems to be wearing quickly, and even had a split in one spot after one session of play.
We're still testing the texture durability, but it seems to be holding up well so far.
Overall, it's a high spin like the Selkirk Power Airs and ProKennex Spins, but at a significantly lower price that seems to mostly affect the durability.