This paddle is similar to our Retro 85T except it’s longer slightly lighter on average, and has its sweet spot closer to the head.
Longer paddles are great for a little extra reach when you need it. For some its when playing a lot of singles, for others its when we don’t move quite as fast on the court as we might like.
The length provides extra reach when you need it along with optimal performance and power anywhere on the court. The narrow profile and light weight gives the paddle phenomenal speed and extra agility without sacrificing power.
We made and tested a dozen different versions of size and shape. Wider paddles at 7.25″ and even 7.5″ didn’t have the same feel. Time and time again almost everyone migrated back to the narrower 7″ paddles.
The 86 differs from the 65 and 85 as the sweet spot is closer to the head of the paddle. The gives the paddle sweet spot slightly more speed at ball contact and gives the paddle more power despite its lighter weight.
This is one amazing paddle, designed and manufactured to help you play better and play more.