Starvie Kenta Pro

8.1

Based on 6 Expert Reviews

Best Suited For
Advanced control players seeking a round shape
Pros
  • Very powerful
  • Great precision
  • Great sensation of the ball
Cons
  • Uncomfortable
  • Dead balls when missing the sweet spot
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Scorecard

Power
The amount of force imprinted on a ball from the racket
8.3
Control
The amount of precision in placement that a padel racket allows a player to exert on a ball.

9.0
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.

7.6
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

‚ā¨275

Weight (g)
368
Shape
Round
Surface
Double layer of 3K carbon fiber
Core
Hard EVA
Released
2024

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Advanced control players seeking a round shape
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Advanced control players
Score
Overall
8.1
Power
8.3
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
7.6
Overall
8.4
Power
8.3
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
8.0
Overall
8.4
Power
8.2
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
9.0
Maneuverability
8.6
Overall
8.1
Power
7.0
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
8.0
Overall
8.4
Power
8.3
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
8.8
Overall
8.7
Power
8.1
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
9.0
Maneuverability
8.5
Overall
8.1
Power
8.3
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
7.5

How Does the Starvie Kenta Pro perform?

Starvie in 2024

Starvie is famous for a few things: manufacturing their rackets in Spain, the durability of their rackets, and ending their sponsorship program in 2024. We can't know why they decided to do this, but at the end of 2023 beginning of 2024, Bea González, Coki Nieto, Lucas Bergamini, and other players announced that they would no longer be playing with Starvie rackets. I have to be honest - this slightly disappointed me as it sort of felt like the heavy-sponsoring, China-manufacturing brands would stomp out the Spanish-manufacturing brands. Or maybe it's just a shift toward boutique, premium, exclusive branding? How will this turn out? Only time will tell.

Starvie tip

Because Starvie weight ranges are so wide, we strongly recommend specifying the weight when you purchase your racket. A 385g Starvie will play totally different from a 350g version of the same model.

The Starvie Kenta Eternal

The Kenta Eternal is a sort of replacement for the Raptor Evolution. It fills a gap between the more power-oriented Triton and the control-oriented Metheora. Like most of its models, Starvie offers this racket in three versions, which correspond to the different hardnesses, or densities of the foam cores:
1. Kenta Pro: the hardest with the Pro 50 EVA core (this model)
2. Kenta: the intermediate model with the Soft 30 EVA core
3. Kenta Speed: the softest model with the Ultra Speed Soft EVA core
All else being equal, we only recommend the Kenta Pro to advanced players who know they appreciate a hard touch. 

The Kenta Pro on the court

For advanced control players seeking a racket that offers control and power, the Starvie Kenta Pro stands out as a top choice. It stands out for its versatile game which prioritizes control and sensation of the ball over forgiveness.

Power and precision

The Starvie Kenta Pro surprised our reviewers with its ability to deliver powerful shots while maintaining control. Despite its reputation as a control racket, its hard touch and roughness allow players to add weight to their shots with confidence and precision. It has a balance slightly above medium, at around 26.5cm, which makes it excel at delivering power when you ask it. It is particularly performance at high speeds, where it allows you to respond with power or slow the ball down for a drop shot with precision. This makes it a valuable asset for players looking to dominate the game with aggressive play.

Responsive Spin Generation

"The most powerful spin technology I've seen to date."
- Manu Martin

Starvie's Full Plane Effect, the monicker for their previous 3D roughness system for spin, was previously the strongest roughness system. And now with the Kenta, they have one-upped themselves. Players appreciate the racket's ability to generate spin effortlessly, giving them an edge in controlling the trajectory of the ball. Whether executing high or low-speed shots, its spin is generous.

Sweet Spot Sensation

The sweet spot is smaller than average - this can not be avoided for hard rackets. But our reviewers found that when they hit it, the sensation was unmatched. When the sweet spot is missed, on the other hand, it feels like the ball sits on the racket face for an additional split second.

Maneuverability and Comfort

Despite its >26cm balance, the Starvie Kenta Pro remains relatively maneuverable, particularly at the net where players can enjoy excellent control and spin. However, some players may find it less maneuverable in the backcourt.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Starvie Kenta Pro offers advanced players the precision and power they need to excel on the padel court. While it may not be suitable for everyone due to its demanding nature, its performance in delivering spin, power, and control makes it a valuable option for advanced players seeking the benefits of a hard racket. If this doesn't sound like you, check out the standard Kenta.

Our test of the Starvie Kenta Pro

Expert Reviews of the Starvie Kenta Pro

8.0
Mejora Tu Padel

I only recommend the Pro version of the Kenta to players ruly seeking a hard, demanding racket. Starvie has introduced a 1.5cm longer grip with this racket, which I think many will appreciate.

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7.8
Padel Test by Roberto Cardi

At the net, I was surprised by the wide sweet spot. When I moved to the aerial game, this racket amazed me - incredible spin and power. It expresses itself really well in the aerial game, 10 out of 10 here. In the back of the court, I really began to love the feeling you get upon impact with this racket. I didn't get as much power out of it as I expected.

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7.9
Padel Review

Best buy hard racket for advanced versatile players. It feels to me like a mix between the Metheora Dual and the Triton Pro. It has so much sensation of the ball...because it's so hard..."DURISSIMO". Test model weighs 372g and balances at 26.8cm.

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8.4
Probando Palas

I expected a 100% control racket, but the truth is that its hard touch, medium-high balance, and roughness help me deliver a lot of weigh to my shots. Medium-hard touch. Very powerful roughness. Handle is 13.5cm. Test model weighs 366g and balances at 26.6cm.

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8.9
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7.6
Padel Review

This is the new version of the Starvie Raptor. For advanced players only - it's sort of a mix of the Metheora Dual and the Triton Pro...closer to the Triton Pro. The face has a double layer of 3K carbon fiber. With the EVA Pro, this racket is extremely hard. New hexagonal roughness is very effective. Long handle. Noene handle that reduces a lot of the vibrations despite the hardness.

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Starvie

Kenta Pro

Advanced control players seeking a round shape
8.1

rating based on 6 expert reviews

Hardness
Hard
Core
Hard EVA
Shape
Round
Release Year
January 1, 2024
Surface
Double layer of 3K carbon fiber
MSRP
‚ā¨
275