Our verdict on the Babolat Veron Air is that it is very suitable for the player who wants a fast racket with low weight. It can be particularly well suited in front of nets or at the back of corners and along the wall. Thanks to the roughened surface of the racket, you are also given the opportunity to get a lot of spin on the ball.
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Babolat Veron Air characteristics
The first impression is undoubtedly the sleek design and unique shape of the racket’s head. Matt finish, and a stylish color choice. An extremely lightweight racket made for fast, offensive players who prefer to attack in the air.
The Veron series was released shortly after Babolat’s Viper series, but what sets them apart is that the Veron models are easier to handle and aim to offer speed and power to the general public. The Veron Air is the lightest in its range and is aimed primarily at the attacking player who wants a responsive racket to accompany them in lightning-fast movements across the court.
This racket has been made with a special type of player in mind. This racket comes into its own if you like to approach the net and decide matches with volleys and explosive smashes.
It has a hitting surface that is made with Carbon Flex Technology, they have woven together both stiff carbon fiber and soft fiberglass to get a perfect combo of the two materials. The result is a racket that delivers both power and control.
The balance is medium and it has a decent-sized sweetspot that sits a little higher than the center of the hitting surface. The grip is long, so if you like to use a double-handed backhand, you’ll like that detail. It’s a relatively easy-to-handle offensive racket that also works surprisingly well defensively, and if you’re an intermediate-level player or above, it’s definitely worth a closer look.
Like previous Babolat models, the Veron Air also features HPS technology. The holes that have been drilled into the racket are thus designed to the shape and sweetspot of the racket, both in terms of placement and size. All to improve the grip and give more power in your strokes.
- Brand: Babolat
- Shape: Hybrid/Drop format
- Balance: Medium – 265 mm
- Game type: Offensive
- Game Level: Intermediate – Advanced
- Weight: 355 g (+/-10)
Easier to play compared to the Viper series
The Veron series was released shortly after Babolat’s Viper series, but what sets them apart is that the Veron models are easier to handle and aim to offer speed and power to the general public.
The Veron Air is the lightest in its range and is aimed primarily at the attacking player who wants a responsive racquet to accompany them in lightning-fast movements across the court.
This racket has been made with a special type of player in mind This racket comes into its own if you like to go to the net and decide matches with volley play and explosive smashes.
Carbon flex technology
It has a hitting surface made with Carbon Flex Technology, weaving together both stiff carbon fibre and soft fibreglass to create the perfect combo of both materials. The result is a racket that delivers both power and control.
The balance is medium and it has a decent sized sweetspot that sits a little higher than the centre of the hitting surface. The grip is long, so if you like to use a double-fisted backhand, you’ll like that detail.
It’s a relatively easy-to-handle offensive racquet that also works surprisingly well defensively, and if you’re an intermediate-level player or above, it’s definitely worth a closer look.
Like previous Babolat models, the Babolat Veron Air also features HPS Technology. The holes drilled into the racket are thus designed to the shape and sweet spot of the racket, both in terms of placement and size. All to improve the grip and give more power in your strokes.
Veron Air has a frame made of carbon fiber with the new Vibrasorb System technology integrated just above the grip. VS is something you should definitely go for if you play a lot as it impressively reduces the vibrations in each stroke which increases comfort, but most importantly this reduces the risk of common injuries such as tennis elbow.
The core of the racket is made out of Black EVA, a resource often used in the soles of running shoes as it is an extremely shock-absorbing material. Another popular feature of EVA is that it comes in different densities and can therefore be used for many different types of rackets and styles of play.
The hitting surface itself is then made using the brand new Carbon Flex Technology, which carefully weaves carbon fiber with glass fiber to create a hitting surface that is both explosive and provides good ball speed. Also included is 3D Spin, a grooved outer layer that provides maximum impact and a really good grip. A medium hitting surface like this provides more comfort in every shot, and you also get easier access to speed without having to do as much.
The Veron Air has an average balance that we have measured up to 265 mm. The center of gravity in the middle of the racket makes it easy to handle in all types of shots, but it doesn’t provide as much power in the smash and overhead game as a top-heavy racket. It gives you quick reactions in net duels and approved control even on an oblique hit.
The Veron Air is described by the manufacturer as a hybrid or drop-shaped racket. The term hybrid refers to the fact that drop-shaped rackets are actually a combination of the two other racket shapes that exist in padel tennis, i.e. round and diamond-shaped. For a player who is still building up their technique, drop-shaped rackets are easier to maneuver than the diamond-shaped ones, but not quite as easy to play as the round ones.
Hybrids are made precisely to be a blend of the other shapes’ strengths, delivering both speed and control to a wide range of playing styles. In most cases, this shape is suitable for advanced intermediate players as well as competitive players.
Hard or soft?
This is classed as a medium-hard racket. Both the core of Black EVA foam and the hitting surface which is a blend of carbon fiber and fiberglass provide good elasticity and a combination of stiff and soft which we think seems like a good bet by Babolat as it gives many more players who have not yet achieved a perfected technique the opportunity to play with carbon fiber.
Brief information about the Babolat brand
Babolat is the official sponsor of the World Padel Tour (WPT), and their most well-known promotional figure in the sport is the recent Spanish World Champion Juan “El Lobo” Lebrón.
The French brand has been manufacturing padel rackets ever since the sport became really popular in the Spanish-speaking countries around the world about 20 years ago, and since then it has always been at the forefront of helping the sport evolve through various innovative materials and designs.
Today, it works closely with clubs, schools, coaches, and players to analyze the needs of the sport on a day-to-day basis and thus determine what direction development needs to take. Characteristics such as security, quality, and status are ever-present throughout Babolat’s range of products.
Babolat is the world’s oldest racket sports brand. Pierre Babolat founded this family business back in 1875 in Lyon, France, and they have been dedicated to manufacturing strings for both badminton and tennis since the birth of tennis.
For almost 150 years, the brand has been the world stars’ favorite for stringing their rackets, but their product range has evolved considerably to make them the world leader today for all types of racket sports equipment such as shoes, balls, clothing, and accessories.
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|Babolat rackets||Shape||Balance||Game type||Player level||Weight|
|Babolat Viper Technical||Diamond||Top Heavy||Offensive||Advanced||365 g (+/- 10)|
|Babolat Viper Air||Hybrid||Neutral||Offensive||Advanced||355 g (+/- 10)|
|Babolat Viper Counter||Round||Top Heavy||Offensive||Advanced||365 g (+/- 10)|
|Babolat Veron Technical||Diamond||Top Heavy||Offensive||Intermediate - Advanced||365 g (+/- 10)|
|Babolat Veron Air||Hybrid||Neutral||Offensive||Intermediate - Advanced||355 g (+/-10)|
|Babolat Veron Counter||Round||Top Heavy||Counter||Intermediate - Advanced||365 g (+/- 10)|
|Babolat Defiance||Round||Neutral||Defensive||Beginner - Intermediate||350 g (+/-10)|
|Babolat Viper||Diamond||Top Heavy||Offensive||Beginner - Intermediate||360 g (+/-10)|
|Babolat Revenge Carbon||Hybrid/Drop Shape||Neutral||Mixed||Intermediate - Advanced||365 g (+/-10)|
|Babolat Revenge W||Drop Shape||Neutral||Mixed||Intermediate - Advanced||350 g (+/-10)|
|Babolat Contact||Round||Neutral||Mixed||Beginner - Intermediate||345 g (+/- 10)|
|Babolat Vertuo Counter||Round||Neutral||Control||Beginner - Intermediate||350 g (+/-10)|
|Babolat Vertuo Air||Hybrid/Drop Shape||Neutral||Allround||Beginner - Intermediate||345 g (+/- 10)|
|Babolat Vertuo Technical||Diamond||Top Heavy||Offensive||Intermediate||355 g (+/-10)|
|Click here to read about all Babolat padel rackets.|
PLAYER LEVEL AND TYPE
What level of player is the Babolat Veron Air good for?
This is a racket that delivers what is expected of it, which is speed. It is also easy to handle thanks to its lightweight feel and has great characteristics in all areas of the game. However, it still requires a good technique, which is why we only recommend it to skilled players and players at an advanced level.
Is the racket best suited for attacking or defensive play?
The Veron Air is primarily an offensive racket that also works really well defensively. It guarantees fast movements to cope with pressing situations. The control is good and it is fairly easy to generate momentum in the defensive game. A great touch for those who like to perform bandejas, the grooved hitting surface delivers an awesome grip with a good spin on the ball.
The margin of error is greater with the Veron compared to the Viper as all rackets have a slightly larger sweetspot. However, you should have a well-developed technique to get the most out of both the Veron and Viper series.
Advantages of the Babolat Veron Air
Have you wanted to play with a carbon-fiber racket but found them too hard? Do you find it difficult to harness the power of a carbon-fiber racket in a controlled way? What is on offer here is precisely controlled and dynamic power.
It’s easy to maneuver and with its extremely lightweight feel, fast-footed and technical players will find the Veron Air a very good option to have real fun with in the cage. A racket that shines most in the game of volleys, it is perfect for witty volley duels and provides fine precision in rapid net attacks.
Thanks to the larger sweetspot, the margin of error is quite ok, and the extra-long grip also deserves some extra points for anyone wanting to perform a double-handed backhand.
The lightweight feel means it loses some power in the strokes, especially in the smash. It may seem a bit disappointing that it has the exact same design and color scheme as the previously released Viper Air.
Our rating and review of Babolat
Our verdict and review of the Babolat Veron Air after testing the racket is that we like the racket for both the player who has just stepped up from being a beginner to that there is a lot of potential to grow with. It’s especially good for those who like to play all over the court and appreciate being able to move quickly and easily because the racket is of a lighter weight.
Thanks to the racket’s light weight and increased sweetspot, it’s relatively easy to play (maybe not for beginners) and gives you an extra edge up front at net.
Below we collect ratings, reviews and opinions from other paddle sites:
- Users of the racket have rated the racket 5.0 out of 5.0 on Padelspecialisten.com