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Babolat Technical Viper

8.1

Based on 5 Expert Reviews

Best Suited For
Advanced players seeking maximum power and a medium-hard touch
Pros
  • Very powerful
  • Great control
  • Long handle with interchangeable strap system
Cons
  • Small, high sweet spot
  • Low spin
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Scorecard

Power
The amount of force imprinted on a ball from the racket
9.1
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.

7.0
Maneuverability
How easy a racket is to maneuver. Inversely correlated to racket weight and balance.

7.8
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

€320

Weight (g)
365
Shape
Diamond
Surface
12K Carbon fiber
Core
Medium-Hard EVA
Released
2023

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How Does the Babolat Technical Viper perform?

2023’s Babolat Technical Viper is the French brand’s racket designed for advanced power-oriented players. This year’s model is the same as last year’s with a few minor changes (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 diamond-shaped racket with a hard touch and a 26-centimeter balance, it is deserving of its monicker technical. Intermediate players seeking power should consider the Technical Veron instead.
Babolat describes its Viper line as designed for “explosive power”.
At the front of the court, this racket excels in control and power. This is thanks to its hard touch from the 12K 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, which barely absorbs the ball at all upon impact.
Note: this year’s Babolat Technical Viper Lebron has changed to a single layer of ultra-hard EVA at the request of the World’s number one player (at the time of writing: April 2023), Juan Lebron.
This hardness will tire out arms that are not accustomed to playing with a hard-touch racket.
In comparison with its brother, the Air Viper, the Technical Viper has a weight that applies more force to the ball and requires slightly less swing from your arm.
In the overhead game, it is a dream: powerful, stable, and dry. However, the roughness on the Technical Viper is less grippy than the Air Viper and Counter Viper, so our smashes X3 were slightly less potent than expected.
Its weight, hardness, and balance make it slightly less maneuverable than the Air Viper when digging out slow balls at the back of the court.
Moreover, the hard foam and diamond shape result in a sweet spot that is high and small. When you miss it, the ball basically falls off the racket face. It is in a word, “technical”.

Our test of the Babolat Technical Viper

Expert Reviews of the Babolat Technical Viper

8.0
Dani 13

3 points that I’d highlight of this racket: good racket if you’re trying to be offensive, faster in the aerial game, volleys with some weight. My favorite of the Babolat models.

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9.1
Hugo Cases

The most complete of the three Babolats, it responds with regularity in defense and attack.

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7.6
Fabio Ferro

one of the most pornographic rackets its a addictive racket, a delightful racket, really powerful, but you have no plan b with this racket.

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7.8
Padel Review

Powerful racket for advanced left-side players

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7.8
Fabio Ferro

A great technical, powerful, aggressive racket to blow holes in the ground. The new handle with strap changing is nice. Plays like last year’s version with a slightly stronger vibration reduction.

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Babolat

Technical Viper

Advanced players seeking maximum power and a medium-hard touch
8.1

rating based on 5 expert reviews

Hardness
Medium-Hard
Core
Medium-Hard EVA
Shape
Diamond
Release Year
January 1, 2023
Surface
12K Carbon fiber
MSRP
€
320