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Counter Viper

Babolat Counter Viper

8.1

Based on 5 Expert Reviews

Best Suited For
An intermediate or advanced right side player seeking medium touch a large sweet spot
Pros
  • Wide sweet spot for a hard racket
  • Great control
  • Great for advanced defenders
Cons
  • The sandpaper roughness has a finite life
  • Small grip
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Scorecard

Power
The amount of force imprinted on a ball from the racket
7.8
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.

9.0
Maneuverability
How easy a racket is to maneuver. Inversely correlated to racket weight and balance.

7.6
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

€320

Weight (g)
365
Shape
Round
Surface
3K Carbon fiber
Core
Medium-Hard EVA
Released
2023

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An intermediate or advanced right side player seeking medium touch a large sweet spot
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Score
Overall
8.1
Power
7.8
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
9.0
Maneuverability
7.6
Overall
8.1
Power
7.3
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
9.0
Maneuverability
7.3
Overall
8.6
Power
8.3
Control
10.0
Sweet Spot
7.0
Maneuverability
9.5

How Does the Babolat Counter Viper perform?

2023’s Babolat Counter Viper is the French brand’s racket designed for advanced control and defense-oriented players. This year’s model is the same as last year’s with a few minor changes (the following applies to the entire Viper line):
1. The paint job
2. The handle’s bulge is slightly higher
3. The racket now has a strap interchange system
4. The vibration reduction system is a tiny bit more effective
A hybrid round-shaped racket with a hard touch and a medium-high balance, this racket is designed for advanced right-side players or players who win points with patience, intelligence, and counter-attacking.
Intermediate players seeking a racket to complement this style of play should consider the Counter Veron as well. This is still a quite technical racket, and this hardness will tire out arms that are not accustomed to playing with a hard-touch racket.
This is thanks to its hard touch from the 3K carbon fiber combined with the Multi-EVA core, AKA, X-EVA, which is a sandwich of layers of hard foam around a layer of soft foam.
Babolat uses different types of carbon fiber on each of its models in the Viper line to achieve a similar “explosive power” sensation. Due to the wide shape of the Counter Viper’s racket face, 3K carbon, the hardest widely used in padel rackets, is taken because otherwise, the racket would become too soft. It is, nevertheless, still the softest, and as a result, most tolerant of the Viper line.
But it is not a power-oriented racket. Our reviewers struggled to knock it out X3 with this racket where it would have been otherwise easy.
The wide shape amplifies the size of the sweet spot, however, it comes with a cost: maneuverability. This racket can be slow and bulky.

Our test of the Babolat Counter Viper

Expert Reviews of the Babolat Counter Viper

8.1
Hugo Cases

As the name indicates, it’s targeted for the counter attack, and it will blow your mind there, best for control-focused defensive players at the advanced or intermediate advanced level.

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8.3
Dani 13

It is a very versatile racket that fires a lot at high and low speed. You need to be a little careful with the control, especially at the net. Recommended for intermediate, intermediate-advanced player who like a very dry touch. It is easy to use and offers a lot of control.

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8.0
Fabio Ferro

Undoubtedly, the easier (of the Babolat Viper line) racket to play with. A frankenstein racket in its shape, and with it’s large sweet spot, it gives a certain tranquility of play. But above all, with a rigid surface, which gives medium hardness, this racket allows a bit of everything. It is good for right side players perhaps, for more control, or the left side player who doesn’t want to rely totally on smashes, but also wants tolerance on volleys.

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8.3
Padel Review

The most versatile of the Viper line, works for both left and right-side players

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8.0
Fabio Ferro

The most tolerant of the Viper series. Best for intermediate-advanced right-side players.

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Babolat

Counter Viper

An intermediate or advanced right side player seeking medium touch a large sweet spot
8.1

rating based on 5 expert reviews

Hardness
Medium
Core
Medium-Hard EVA
Shape
Round
Release Year
January 1, 2023
Surface
3K Carbon fiber
MSRP
320