Which padel racket is right for me?
What should I pay attention to when choosing my padel racket?
The choice of a padel racket is very personal. Many factors that can influence the choice. What requirements and wishes can you make with a padel racket? What type of player am I? What is my budget? How often do I use the padel racket? There are so many different padel brands but also tennis brands that have entered the production of padel rackets. After all, it is the fastest growing sport and many countries in and outside Europe.
Different shapes of the padel racket.
The shape of the padel racket depends on the type of player and your level. We know 3 standard shapes in padel rackets
- Round shape padel racket
- Drop shape padel racket
- Diamond shape padel racket
Who is the diamond shaped padel racket suitable for?
This racket is most suitable for the more advanced and competition players because control and maneuverability are sacrificed for power. As with many things, it is the same with padel; control is most important in the beginning – power and speed comes later.
Who is the round padel racket suitable for?
Because the sweet spot is in the middle of the racket blade and is larger than with the drop and diamond rackets, the rackets with a round shape are ideal for players who are looking for more control. The often more defensive player chooses a round racket.
Who is the drop-shaped padel racket suitable for?
The teardrop-shaped rackets give you more power because the sweet spot is just above the middle of the racket head, but you sacrifice relatively little in terms of control. For the more experienced players this is often a good choice.
Pade lracket weight
Padel rackets generally weigh between 350 and 375 grams. There are now some brands that market lighter rackets for women and for men who are prone to injury.
Materials of the padel racket.
There are 5 factors that determine the quality, durability and use of the padel racket. This is the frame, the blade, the finish on the blade, the foam in the racket and the grip/handle.
The frame of the padel racket
The frame of the padel racket is usually made of fiberglass or carbon. The difference lies in the durability, sturdiness and thus the price of the product. The frame is sometimes protected at the top by a kevlar strip, a plastic/rubber tape or an aluminum bumper. This protects the racket extra against the impact of the glass, grass and fencing.
Tip: buy one protect strip to stick over the top of your racket. This way your racket will last longer and your racket is protected against scratches and (light) impact on the padel field.
Materials of the racket head
Fiberglass is used for the basic/cheaper rackets. The next step is a few layers of carbon with a fiberglass finish. Then we go to full carbon in the racket head. Full carbon is again subdivided into density as 3K 12K 18K carbon. The higher the K value, the stiffer the blade and the less chance of expansion at higher temperatures on highland runways, for example.
Different types of foam.
On the inside of the racket is a softer (often white) foam. This is often used in the somewhat cheaper rackets. With the more expensive/better rackets, people often opt for EVA rubber, where there are several types in a number of degrees that the rubber can compress as much as possible. For example, a range of 12-17 degrees EVA rubber is often used.
Get good advice based on your wishes, game type and budget.
It also depends on your personal preferences and your unique situation. For example, if you have problems with your elbow or shoulder, it might be better to choose a lighter racket with a softer foam in the racket. If you want more power and if you play with a lot of slice, choose a drop shape with a 3D spin finish on the blade. You can also adjust the racket with an extra grip or a Hesacore grip that reduces the grip strength and thus the risk of injuries.