Bourne Hexagon 8.8 is back in a new design and just like previous years’ model, it is probably the most affordable paddle racket for the beginner who is looking for extra power and who wants to develop their game.
The reason for this is that the racket is incredibly stable and gives you security at all times. With its medium-high balance together with its “oversized diamond shape”, you also get the opportunity to add power to the shots as you more easily get some weight behind the ball that can help you speed up.
CORE & SURFACE
What made the Bourne Hexagon 8.8 a success is that the rack feels stable, without being expensive. The frame is made of a mixture of carbon fiber and fiberglass. This way you get both stability and failure when you hit your stroke. On the surface, Bourne 8.8 then has a layer of fiberglass to give you a forgiving hit on the ball and together with the medium-soft core, you can easily handle a little snow hits and speed up the ball a little everywhere on the hit surface.
Just like all of Varlion’s rackets, the Bourne Hexagon 8.8 2022 has holes drilled in different sizes, something that Varlion calls Gradual Holes. This means that the holes are made smaller in the middle so that you can have as much hitting surface under the ball as possible and then made larger the closer they get to the frame. The reason for this is that you as a player should get a bigger sweetspot, regardless of model, and a more forgiving feeling.
Unique to Varlion’s rackets is also the way the seat belt is attached to the handle itself instead of to the knob. This means that the seat belt is more or less impossible to tear.
If you are instead looking for a racket with more focus on control, we recommend LW Hexagon 8.8 Woman or LW Hexagon 8.8.
The racket protector is shipped seperate from the racket. Super easy to attach at home.