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Paddle Weight: 370 g / 13.05 (grams/ounces)
Handle Length: Long
Paddle Core: Mid+
Paddle Surface: Grit
Paddle Length: 18 inches
Beam: 19 mm
Surface Area: 89.9 square inches
Grip Size: 4 1/4 inches
A perfect blend of both worlds, all Axe models combine the superb maneuverability of the O-Zones with the oversize head and stability of the Re-Ignites. At 88.9 sq. inches, it’s closer in the size to the 92 sq. inch Re-Ignite and it features the O-Zone models’ legendary longer handle, specifically designed to accommodate one of the most important shots in the modern game: the two-handed backhand. Featuring a massive sweetspot that is very forgiving on balls hit outside of it. Carbon fiber weave wrapped around the entire throat for stability and shock reduction.
Viking Axe Platform Tennis Paddles:
The Axe models blend the best of both worlds: the oversize head and stability of the Re-Ignites with the maneuverability and longer grip of the O-Zones. An excellent choice for all-around players of all levels.
- Weight (370g, 360g, 350g)
- Two sided Viking graphics
- Shock reduction
- Expanded sweetspot
- Core density among the three models: mid+, mid, low
- Longer grip for two handed swings
Viking Pro Models
Viking Pro Platform Tennis Paddles are the heaviest ones in each line-up and feature the hardest core (Mid +). The harder the core, the less far will the ball travel upon contact. Think of a hard core as the equivalent of a tight string tension for a tennis racquet. Many mistakenly think that a harder core offers “less power and more control” but that is not true. You don’t have “less power and more control” with a harder core paddle but rather the ball travels less upon contact because the tighter the core of the paddle, the less steep the angle at which the ball leaves the paddle is and it produces less of a slingshot effect of all our models.
Viking Lite Models
Viking Lite Platform Tennis Paddles are lighter than the Pro models, heavier than the Prodigies, and have a Mid core. Slightly better maneuverability compared than the Pro models due to the lower weight. Medium slingshot effect upon contact.
Viking Prodigy Models
Our Prodigy Platform Tennis Paddles are the lightest models within each paddle family. The best of Viking’s technologies all come together in the Prodigy models for unsurpassed maneuverability and stability. Each Prodigy model features extra holes up to the maximum allowable limit which provide more ball bite for extra spin and control while enhancing aerodynamics and reducing paddle weight for ultimate maneuverability. All come with standard vibration dampeners on the side to reduce vibration at contact. Made with a Soft core which produces the most slingshot effect of all our models.
THE CARBØN FIBER ADVANTÅGE (New in Valknut Paddles)
The most refined and elegant qualities that you would expect in an outstanding player’s paddle come together thanks to our new Carbon Fiber Stability System (CFS2) technology: optimal blend of control, power, maneuverability, and whippy feel for enhanced paddle head speed. The CFS2 softens the response at impact and stability and maneuverability coexist seamlessly. All our 2022-23 Valknut line-up paddles are made with the CFS2 technology.
Drives and Lobs
A tasteful balance of qualities: easy power, spin and control are all abundantly present, but not in excessive amounts. Whether you are looking to roll the ball in, block it back, or take an aggressive cut, the CFS2 paddle is the perfect tool for the job thanks to the easy acceleration and outstanding feel.
You can groove your drive game without fear of over-hitting, and the nice soft and fluid feel at impact will result in the most consistent lobbing experience.
Overheads For spin overheads, those who want to produce those high-end specialty shots will find that there is enough mass in the paddle head to help knife the ball and keep it low.
The CFS2 finds the sweet spot between maneuverable and stable. Our proprietary technology will offer players what is probably the most sought after volleying advantage : increased ability to diffuse pace off incoming drives due to the paddle’s near perfect stability at contact.
Effortless power controlled by spin that will bring the ball in – all thanks to the racquet’s superb feel through contact and follow-through. It will never feel heavy or sluggish through the strike zone.