Pickleball Playtest - Babolat MONSTER POWER PADDLE

TW Staff

Administrator
Attention Talk Tennis Members:

Playtest: Babolat Monster Power pickleball paddles for a playtest.

The application period is over.

Selected playtesters have been notified.


Your review is due by MAY 28 (or erarlier)


Posting a review by the deadline is necessary to remain in good standing for future playtests.

Please comment on the following for your review:
Power
Control
Touch/Feel
Maneuverability
Favorite shot to hit with playtest paddle/why?
Additional comments

Feel free to start discussing Babolat pickleball paddles!
 
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TW Staff

Administrator
Are there any specs for this paddle?
Hi mogo,

From Babolat

Polypropylene Honeycomb core with EVA foam layer and SWC Feel (8 cm.sq SMAC layer)
80% Carbon / 20% Fiberglass

Weight: 8.11 oz
Thickness: 0.59"
Length: 16.14"
Width: 7.8"

Thanks,
Jon
 
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mogo

Semi-Pro
Hi mogo,

From Babolat

Polypropylene Honeycomb core with EVA foam layer and SWC Feel (8 cm.sq SMAC layer)
80% Carbon / 20% Fiberglass

Weight: 8.11 oz
Thickness: 0.59"
Length: 16.14"
Width: 7.8"

Thanks,
Jon
Thanks!!! This is awesome! I am just starting to get into pickleball and new to the spec range of paddles. This info is great to have, I appreciate it.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
this is pretty cool of Babolot to do this. Help get the exposure into the PB scene even more. I've read a post on a PB Group that this paddle is getting a bunch of praise.
 

gerryh

New User
Likewise for me--first time tester but really looking forward to testing it out. I've been playing for almost 3 years (previously played a lot of racquetball & tennis). The paddle just arrived but I have already played today and it is also raining now so it will have to wait until tomorrow.
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
So received my Monster Paddle today and it is pretty cool. The color of a Pure Aero!!!!
Grip feels great and the skin has some kind of grit to it that I can feel. I just recently bought some paddletek's and in comparison the PT is smooth as the Babolat has some grab to it. So I think it will help with control. I also like the Babolat name on the side of the paddle, really cool. Hoping to get out and try this beast!!!

Some pics below.

 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
So received my Monster Paddle today and it is pretty cool. The color of a Pure Aero!!!!
Grip feels great and the skin has some kind of grit to it that I can feel. I just recently bought some paddletek's and in comparison the PT is smooth as the Babolat has some grab to it. So I think it will help with control. I also like the Babolat name on the side of the paddle, really cool. Hoping to get out and try this beast!!!

Some pics below.

o_O
 

tennytive

Professional
My Review of the Babolat Monster Power Pickleball Paddle

First impressions: The specs say this paddle weighs 8.11oz, but my scale said 8 oz even. I’m used to 9 oz and noticed the difference in weight as soon as I picked up this paddle. It has a nice balance, more head light than my other paddles and the longer flared handle and grip are excellent. I also noticed the surface is more textured when I rubbed my hand across. The rubber collar ring around the throat is an added bonus that I wish all paddle makers would include. My paddle was shipped quickly with extra padding and expert handling.

Date of playtest: April 30 2021

Power: Even though this paddle is labeled "Monster Power", I didn’t see it in my testing. I had to swing harder on overheads and put aways to get the same effect as my heavier paddles. Drive shots were more effective but I would still rate this paddle lower than mine for power. 4/5

Control: What the paddle lacks in power (for me) it makes up for in control. I had an easy time placing balls where I wanted, and spin was effortless with the rougher surface. Blocks and half volleys were easy to execute. Dinks were accurate and I even hit one ATP. I would rate this paddle above mine for control and spin. 5/5

Touch/Feel: Because of the lighter weight and head light balance, I missed several touch drop volleys I normally have no trouble with. After some adjustment they began to fall in, but the instinctive feel wasn’t there for me. With practice I think I might do better, but I would rate this paddle lower for touch and feel than mine. 4/5

Maneuverability: Outstanding. I was only caught off guard once in the 2.5 hours I played. The longer flared handle and grip made playing with this paddle a pleasure. It also allowed me to extend my reach on a couple returns in some scrambling points. I’m impressed and would rate this paddle higher than mine for maneuverability. 5/5

Favorite shot to hit with playtest paddle/why? Backhand slice serve return from deuce court. More than once our opponents dumped their third shots in the net for second serves or side outs due to the heavy spin this paddle produces.

Additional comments: I thouroughly enjoyed playtesting this paddle. I give it high marks and would recommend it for anyone from beginners to 5.0 players. My review is for doubles play, but I see no reason why singles players wouldn’t excel with it as well.
 

gerryh

New User
My Review of the Babolat Monster Power Pickleball Paddle

First impressions: The specs say this paddle weighs 8.11oz, but my scale said 8 oz even. I’m used to 9 oz and noticed the difference in weight as soon as I picked up this paddle. It has a nice balance, more head light than my other paddles and the longer flared handle and grip are excellent. I also noticed the surface is more textured when I rubbed my hand across. The rubber collar ring around the throat is an added bonus that I wish all paddle makers would include. My paddle was shipped quickly with extra padding and expert handling.

Date of playtest: April 30 2021

Power: Even though this paddle is labeled "Monster Power", I didn’t see it in my testing. I had to swing harder on overheads and put aways to get the same effect as my heavier paddles. Drive shots were more effective but I would still rate this paddle lower than mine for power. 4/5

Control: What the paddle lacks in power (for me) it makes up for in control. I had an easy time placing balls where I wanted, and spin was effortless with the rougher surface. Blocks and half volleys were easy to execute. Dinks were accurate and I even hit one ATP. I would rate this paddle above mine for control and spin. 5/5

Touch/Feel: Because of the lighter weight and head light balance, I missed several touch drop volleys I normally have no trouble with. After some adjustment they began to fall in, but the instinctive feel wasn’t there for me. With practice I think I might do better, but I would rate this paddle lower for touch and feel than mine. 4/5

Maneuverability: Outstanding. I was only caught off guard once in the 2.5 hours I played. The longer flared handle and grip made playing with this paddle a pleasure. It also allowed me to extend my reach on a couple returns in some scrambling points. I’m impressed and would rate this paddle higher than mine for maneuverability. 5/5

Favorite shot to hit with playtest paddle/why? Backhand slice serve return from deuce court. More than once our opponents dumped their third shots in the net for second serves or side outs due to the heavy spin this paddle produces.

Additional comments: I thouroughly enjoyed playtesting this paddle. I give it high marks and would recommend it for anyone from beginners to 5.0 players. My review is for doubles play, but I see no reason why singles players wouldn’t excel with it as well.
Thanks for the review. Do you mind responding as to a few things--1. what is your current paddle and did you adjust the weight via lead tape/overgrips to get to 9oz? 2. How long did you play with the paddle in your playtest 3. What level of play are you roughly/levels of the game you played with it? Thanks!
 

tennytive

Professional
Thanks for the review. Do you mind responding as to a few things--1. what is your current paddle and did you adjust the weight via lead tape/overgrips to get to 9oz? 2. How long did you play with the paddle in your playtest 3. What level of play are you roughly/levels of the game you played with it? Thanks!
1. My current paddles are the Paddletek Phoenix Pro and the Bantam EX-L. On both I added a tennis overgrip using the whole grip from front to back then back to front to increase the grip size. That was enough to bring the weight up to 9 oz. I made no changes to the Babolat paddle, played it straight out of the box. If I were to change anything, it would only be to add an overgrip like I did for my other paddles, but my inclination is to let it stay as is.
2. My test lasted 2 and a half hours. I'm between 4.0 and 4.5. We played outside in somewhat cold and windy conditions.
 

gerryh

New User
My review of the Babolat MNSTR Power

Quick background--I have been playing pickleball for almost 3 years. I came from playing a lot of racquetball but I grew up playing a lot of tennis. I am roughly a 4.5 level PB player. I have played with many different paddles (Onix Z5, Selkirk S2, Ben Johns Maverick Pro, Gearbox GX6, Onix Evoke Premier, Electrum Pro, Paddletek Tempest Reign Pro and Electrum Model E) with the last 2 listed being the most recent.

Overview
I have been playing with this paddle over the last week, starting last Sunday May 2nd up through today (6 days for about 18 to 20 hours total). I played with it in a tournament yesterday and today. Originally I was going to wait until after the tournament but on a whim pulled it out of my bag last Sunday and was only going to play a game or two with it. And to be honest, I didn't expect much from this paddle. I have a lot more expensive paddles in my bag ($180 Electrum Model E, $170 Reign Pro). However, I was kind of blown away by how well this paddle played. It just seemed lightning quick in my hands. I have attached a photo comparing the center of gravity of the various paddles I own (CG maybe is a loose term, more like center of balance, loosely calculated). The MNSTR had the lowest CG (closest to the base) of any of the paddles even though it was longer than some of the others. What resulted for me was a very quick paddle at the net so it was great for volleys and switching from forehand to backhand.

Weight: 231g or 8.15 oz
Grip: 5" L, 4.25" circumference (estimated). The grip is 8 sided with the edges softened by 45 degree bevels of about 3/8". I loved the feel of the Babalot grip and it was just the right size for me. 5/5

Power: This power exhibited great power for my game--I have a pretty hard serve and as a result get a lot of short returns which I will jump on for a 3rd shot drive and it was very good for that. I also found it to be pretty good for driving volleys. It was not as powerful as say the Electrum Pro. I would say that finishing overheads it maybe doesn't have quite the pop of a longer paddle but overall I was happy with the power. 4/5

Control: I felt that this paddle gave me great control on all of my shots--returns, volleys, 3rd shots, dinks and resets. I had a high degree of confidence that the shot I thought I would hit came off--not many surprises. Yes, I had some occasional mishits and shots off of the edge but those were probably on me. 5/5

Touch/Feel: When I first started playing with this paddle and taking dinks out of the air I was occasionally hitting a dead dink that would die at the net. I had to focus on adding a little more to make sure I got those dinks over the net or that I was hitting the ball in the correct spot. Once I got used to that I think it was fine and I didn't really notice it--it could just be the difference in coming from one of the other paddles I had been using. 4/5

Maneuverability As I stated in my overview I feel that this paddle is lightning quick and great on maneuverability. At 8.1 oz I know that some people might be surprised in that analysis but that was my take on it. 5/5

Favorite shot to hit with playtest paddle/why? I don't really have one shot in particular--this paddle was great on so many different shots there wasn't one thing in particular. For example with an Electrum Pro most people would say it is a spin shot because that paddle is so gritty. The MNSTR was solid in all areas of the game.

Durability/Construction: This paddle seemed to be very solidly built. The edge guard is thick and securely fastened to the body. Time will tell how durable this paddle is but initial impressions are that this should last.

Additional comments: I liked this paddle a lot. After only playing with it for 4 days I decided to play in 2 tournaments with it and my impressions of it didn't disappoint and I was able to medal in both events (Men's 50+ 4.5/4.0 and Men's open 4.5/40). I am interested in seeing how this paddle compares to the MNSTR Control which is coming out in conjunction with the Power paddle. At this point this paddle will be staying in my bag! This paddle should be releasing on May 18th with a retail price of $139.

 
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