LW Hexagon 8.8 is back in a new design and just like previous years’ model, it is probably the most affordable paddle racket for beginners, simply the ultimate beginner racket that can still be used over time and keep up with your development as a player.
LW (LEATHAL WEAPON) SHAPE
Thanks to its round shape, with medium balance, LW has a large and generous sweetspot. This makes the racket incredibly stable and always gives you security in every stroke. With its average balance, 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. What has made the LW Hexagon 8.8 a success is that the rack feels stable, without being expensive.
CORE & SURFACE
The frame is made of a mixture of carbon fiber and fiberglass and has a round shape. This way you get both stability and failure when you hit your stroke. On the surface, LW 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 some snow hits and speed up the ball a little everywhere on the hit surface.
Just like in all of Varlion’s rackets, the LW Hexagon 8.8 also has holes that are 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 looking for a slightly lighter racket, we recommend LW Hexagon 8.8 W. If you are instead looking for a racket with more focus on power, we recommend Bourne Hexagon 8.8.
The racket protector is shipped seperate from the racket. Super easy to attach at home.