I have been playing with the R1 Nova, Pulsar and R1.16 for over 3 months now, and just got the R3 Nova once it was released. First off, the power and pop seems noticeably more than my R1 Nova. I have both weighted similarly at 9.1 oz at the 4 & 7 position by the neck with 2 gram lead each side. The power and pop is less than the R1 Pulsar, with more control than the Pulsar. R1 Nova feels softer now than the R3 Nova, not sure if my R1 Nova has been broken in and the R3 Nova will eventually become softer after a few more games. Overall, the paddle can generate the power and spin on my serves, pops are great during firefights and resets and dinks were easy to adjust to. It could be since I have been playing with the R1 shape exclusively. With the extra squared shape on the paddle head of the R3, feels more top heavy than my R1’s, generating more power. The spin rate feels higher and sweet spot a tad bigger than my R1 Nova. I have not experienced any unfavorable aspect on the R3 Nova so far. This will be my go to paddle now. If you can’t decide between the Pulsar or the .16 series, I honestly recommend purchasing Nova series, either the R1 or the R3.
Reviewed by: Dan Layson from CHULA VISTA on 11/11/2023