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Metalbone 3.3 CTRL

Adidas Metalbone 3.3 CTRL

8.0

Based on 4 Expert Reviews

Best Suited For
Intermediate players seeking a medium touch and maneuverability
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Comfortable touch
  • Maneuverable
Cons
  • Lacks power
  • Eats fast balls
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Scorecard

Power
The amount of force imprinted on a ball from the racket
7.1
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.

8.8
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

€380

Weight (g)
359
Shape
Round
Surface
Aluminized carbon fiber
Core
Medium-Soft EVA
Released
2024

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How Does the Adidas Metalbone 3.3 CTRL perform?

Metalbone Line

The 2024 Metalbone line is composed of the 3 standard Metalbone rackets:
1. Metalbone HRD+: with a harder core 
2. Metalbone 3.3: the standard model with a soft core
3. Metalbone 3.3 CTRL: a round variant (this model)
It also includes the recent additions without the weight and balance system:
1. Metalbone Carbon 3.3: a softer variant 
2. Metalbone Carbon CTRL: a round variant of the above

The Metalbone 3.3 CTRL

The Metalbone 3.3 is the round version of the line. It suits intermediate control and maneuverability-oriented players who like a centrally-located sweet spot. It has a hard surface, yet a soft core. It is also, of course, extremely popular due to its association with the amazingly talented Alejandro Galan. 

Versatility and Comfort

Despite its round shape, the Metalbone 3.3 Control is a versatile racket that caters to intermediate and advanced players. Whether you're executing overhead shots or maneuvering at the net, this racket offers a comfortable and responsive feel that our reviewers found helped them execute their shots with confidence.

Precision Performance

With its round, medium-touch design, the Metalbone 3.3 Control excels in precision performance. The inclusion of weights adds to its stability, allowing you to execute shots with precision and control. Plus, the Spin Blade system enhances spin generation, giving you the ability to dictate the trajectory of the ball with ease. The control and stability also gave our reviewers a sense of comfort, but the racket, like all Metalbones, does tend to vibrate - prepare to use a few overgrips. 

Generous Sweet Spot

One of the standout features of the Metalbone 3.3 Control is its larger sweet spot, which provides ample room for error-free shot execution. Whether you're volleying at the net or defending in the backcourt, this racket offers consistent performance and control, even in high-pressure situations. Note that the central location of the sweet spot caused some reviewers to struggle with their smash X3 and other power shots.

Maneuverability and Reduced Vibrations

Despite its larger sweet spot, the Metalbone 3.3 Control remains maneuverable and responsive on the court. Our reviewers remarked that it moves effortlessly and offers minimal strain on the arm, thanks to its balanced design and reduced vibrations compared to previous models. This makes it a go-to choice for players looking to maintain control and precision throughout long matches.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Adidas Metalbone 3.3 Control is a top-tier choice for intermediate and advanced players seeking a racket that delivers precision, performance, and comfort in equal measure. With its versatile design, generous sweet spot, and enhanced spin generation, this racket empowers you to elevate your game and dominate the competition. So why settle for anything less? Upgrade to the Metalbone 3.3 Control today and experience the difference for yourself on the padel court!
It is a weapon of choice for experienced players seeking versatility and performance, but not at the expense of comfort and control. The only difference between this racket and the Metalbone HRD+ is that this standard model uses a less dense EVA core, which increases the size of the sweet spot and delivers more ball output at low speeds. It also delivers, on the other hand, slightly less power and control at high speeds.

Our test of the Adidas Metalbone 3.3 CTRL

Expert Reviews of the Adidas Metalbone 3.3 CTRL

8.0
Padel Test by Roberto Cardi

Larger sweet spot than the other Metalbones - easy to volley with. In overheads it doesn't help me push very much, but it helps me with spin and control. I get the most help from this racket in the defense in the back of the court. I think the vibrations are lower than the previous model. Test model has a 26.5cm balance

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7.8
Virgin Active Padel Club ZA

I'm keeping all weights in for my test - this racket shines for its stability and the weights help with that. Big, centered sweet spot and high precision.

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8.0
Padel Review

Don't be fooled by it's shape, this racket can be used for right and left-side players at the intermediate and advanced level. I liked this racket a lot, but as in previous year's models gives us arm pain from the vibrations. I also find the small handle and wrist strap annoying. Test model is 368g and balanced 25.8cm.

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8.4
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Adidas

Metalbone 3.3 CTRL

Intermediate players seeking a medium touch and maneuverability
8.0

rating based on 4 expert reviews

Hardness
Medium
Core
Medium-Soft EVA
Shape
Round
Release Year
January 1, 2024
Surface
Aluminized carbon fiber
MSRP
€
380