Easily Became My Go-To Paddle
Having already become a fan of Ronbus for my R1.16, I was really excited to get my hands on NOVA. I was able to play test it against the R1.16 and also a VaticPro Flash 16mm.
Initial weight was really light for me and I tend to weight my paddles right away. With overgrip, .1oz on each side at 4 and 8 positions, plus electrical tape all around for edge guard, brought my testing paddle weight to 8.4.
Power: More than enough for me to keep some in reserve. By comparison the VP Flash felt muted/dead. with the VP, I had to really try to crank up the power to accomplish what I could easily get from the NOVA.
Spin: Felt at least equivalent to the R1.16. Being capable of achieving such high RPM, it is easily more than I could put to full use and it showed up easily during my game.
Pop: Happily, NOVA had more pop than the other two I was play testing with. I still would not consider it an Overly-Poppy paddle. Very balanced playability.
Control: Dinks and short game felt effortless. The NOVA feels more natural to my style than other thermaforms I have played. I was able to dial it is very quickly
Outcome: NOVA is now my paddle of choice. I do enjoy trying out different paddles, but I keep coming back around to NOVA. When I let others give it a go, you could see their eyes light up after a short time in their hands. I can't see how anyone would not be satisfied with its playability. This is a no-brainer selection that will suit so many players. Happy playing!
Reviewed by: Jay Lowy from Orange on 8/23/2023