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Bela Pro V2.5

Wilson Bela Pro V2.5

7.9

Based on 5 Expert Reviews

Best Suited For
Upper intermediate or advanced players seeking a medium-hard touch
Pros
  • Powerful
  • Great spin
  • Comfortable for a semi-hard touch
Cons
  • Handle could be longer
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Scorecard

Power
The amount of force imprinted on a ball from the racket
9.0
Control
The amount of precision in placement that a padel racket allows a player to exert on a ball.

8.0
Sweet spot
The zone of the racket face where the highest percent of force is applied to the ball.

8.0
Maneuverability
How easy a racket is to maneuver. Inversely correlated to racket weight and balance.

7.0
Soft
Touch refers to the hardness or softness of the racket.

Hard
Smooth
The application of a rough surface on a padel racket's face in order to assist the player in generating spin on their shots.

Rough

Specifications

Suggested Price

€340

Weight (g)
370
Shape
Teardrop
Surface
Carbon fiber
Core
Medium-Hard EVA
Released
2024

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Upper intermediate or advanced players seeking a medium-hard touch
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Overall
7.9
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9.0
Control
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Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
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Overall
8.1
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Sweet Spot
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Overall
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9.1
Control
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Power
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Control
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Sweet Spot
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Overall
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Maneuverability
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How Does the Wilson Bela Pro V2.5 perform?

Fernando Belasteguin

Many new entrants to padel have only joined the sport when Fernando Belasteguin was on his way out. He was that old partner of 19 year old Arturo Coello…the guy with the smooth movements and the flat bandejas. But Bela is padel legend.
He is a father of the sport who has lived at the top for decades with the likes of Juan Martín Díaz and Miguel Lamperti…but one firm step above.
And in 2024, after 30 years of professional play, the best padel player in the world is…retiring.
A few more stats for the curious:
- He has played in 286 finals, winning 230 of them
- He has been ranked number 1 for 16 years
- This month (May 2024), he is turning 45 and ranked number 18

Wilson x Bela

Wilson and Bela have collaborated for years on the Bela line - a line of 5 rackets:
- Bela Pro: hardest and heaviest at 370g with a hard core (this model)
- Bela Elite: 5g lighter and softer than the Bela Pro
- Bela LT (light): 15g lighter than and softer than the Bela Pro
- Bela Team (not present in 2024): slightly lighter than the Elite
- Bela Junior: small, lightweight, kids version

2024’s Bela Pro V2.5

The Bela Pro is a heavy power racket designed for players with above average strength who like a medium-hard touch and good spin.

Specifications

Let’s cover the specifications first. It is a teardrop weighing 370g (tested model weighed 363g) with a firm core and carbon fiber surface. It is designed with a balance of 26.5cm and my test model was exactly to spec. The handle is ~12cm and leads to a signature Bela double winged bridge that continues to a 3D textured surface. It is very red.

At the back of the court

While the back of the court is not where this racket shines, I expected more difficulty than I received. This teardrop does not feel like a diamond. And there is a big difference between the 26.5cm balance of this racket and the 27.5cm of my most recently tested Volt 1000.
Its sweet spot is located slightly above the center of the racket face, and is on the smaller side of medium-sized. It was larger than I expected it after reading numerous reviews complaining about its small size. That being said, after playing with the softer Wilson Bela LT V2.5, it is noticeably smaller. I expect the same would apply to the Bela Elite due to its softer core.

At the net

Volleys with this Ferrari are amazing. Clean, decent sweet spot. Weight in the head. Heavy spin.
Whether I went in with a cutting slice volley or a flat chacletazo, the pressure punished my rivals. There is clearly an extra punch when playing this after the Wilson Bela LT V2.5.
I did, however, also feel inconvenienced by low balls with it. I noticed my slowness in digging up well-placed chiquitas - often resulting in my popping the ball up and getting punished with an aggressive volley.

Aerials

This racket also shines in bandejas and viboras. Its weight and roughness make it easy to send high balls back low and deep. You’ll certainly notice, however, when you miss the sweet spot.

Smashes

Boom! The ball doesn’t sink into the racket. Its smashes are wonderful. This is not the most powerful racket on the market, but for me, there’s a law of diminishing returns when it comes to high balance rackets. I really enjoy this racket’s balance between usability and power.
And its kick smashes crawl up the wall higher than I expected - great spin. I don’t know if it’s the result of the hole pattern or the roughness, but it works more effectively than I expected after initially feeling the racket face with my hand.
I truly enjoyed this racket more than I expected.

Our test of the Wilson Bela Pro V2.5

Expert Reviews of the Wilson Bela Pro V2.5

8.3
Timo (Padel.FYI)

Pleasantly surprised by this racket - it reminded me of all the things I like about the Metalbone and Extreme Pro done with a cleaner method. This will suit many upper intermediate and advanced players looking for power and weight, but not too much.

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8.9
Padelzoom

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7.5
Padel Test by Roberto Cardi

Advanced power racket. Amazing aerial game - slightly lower balance makes this racket easier than last year's version, but still its power game is its natural strength. Amazing smashes.

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7.8
La Chiquita Padel

Wilson's Bela Pro V2.5 provides a solid combination of power and control to celebrate Bela's 30 years in the game. Due to its weight and shape, it requires strength to maneuver. Easy to control the defensive game from the back of the court at high and low speeds.

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7.3
Fabio Ferro

The 2024 V2.5 version of the Bela Pro provides a balance of playability and aggression between the V1 and the V2.

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Wilson

Bela Pro V2.5

Upper intermediate or advanced players seeking a medium-hard touch
7.9

rating based on 5 expert reviews

Hardness
Medium-Hard
Core
Medium-Hard EVA
Shape
Teardrop
Release Year
April 1, 2024
Surface
Carbon fiber
MSRP
340