Buying guide, How to choose a padel racket?
In order to enjoy the best sensations on the track, we have to be clear about the level of play we have. When buying a padel tennis racket we must bear in mind that for an initial level of play we recommend padel racket that are quickly adapted, that is, light and softer to the touch. For a more advanced level of play, we can already enjoy more complete padel racket in terms of technologies and materials.
Regarding the materials, a padel racket made with flexible materials is easier to handle, so the fiberglass padel racket are suitable for beginners and medium levels. On the other hand, carbon is a harder material, so the padel racket are more technical.
It is also important to be clear in which situations we are more comfortable on the court, that is, if we are more defensive or attacking players since our style will determine if we need a control, power or balanced racket, the best padel racket will be that one. that suits our type of game.
Padel racket types: round, teardrop and diamond
- Control padel racket , that is, with a round format and low balance to direct the ball with precision. The balance is close to the hand so it is very easy to direct the ball.
- Power rackets , diamond shaped and high balance for players who like to hit the ball hard. The sweet spot is smaller, so they are more technical padel racket.
- Multipurpose rackets , with teardrop format and centered balance to dominate any area of the court, ideal for the most versatile players we recommend. These types of padel racket are very well compensated in power and control due to their tear format and more centered balance.
Padel player level
For players who start to play or do it occasionally, we can choose padel tennis rackets from well- known brands, we recommend control rackets since they are more manageable and help us to put the ball on the rival field without difficulty. Models like the X-One by Nox or the Flash Plus 2.0 by Head are scoops for beginners with a wide sweet spot.
If you play 2-3 times a week, you will need a more complete racket at the technology level. We recommend more balanced rackets, multipurpose padel racket that help us define our style of play. The Bullpadel Wing Avant or the Nox Equation WPT are preferred by most players.
If we are already competing professionally or intensively, we need more powerful padel racket. At this level the player already has his own style of play, so in his choice he will opt for materials or technologies. These types of padel racket are more expensive but offer spectacular performance.
Choose the weight of the padel
It is quite an important factor since it influences its handling. A light padel tennis racket moves more easily and quickly, especially in shots close to the net such as shots and volleys. The higher the weight, the more power we will have when hitting but we sacrifice handling. The usual thing is that padel tennis rackets incorporate a label with the weight or have it silk-screened on the frame.
On the other hand, padel rackets for men tend to be between 360 - 380 grams and women's rackets are lighter, around 345 - 360 grams. Also keep in mind that we add overgrips, protectives and other accessories to our padel racket, so everything will add grams.
Hard or soft padel rackets?
To achieve a harder or softer touch, you usually work with 2 different rubbers in the core: Foam or EVA.
- EVA rubber is the most used and can be identified because it is white and with a smooth texture. It is a rubber that offers greater durability, since it is harder although there are versions of soft eva or ultrasoft rubber that are softer.
- Foam or Polyethylene rubber is a soft foam . It is usually of a darker color and has a porous texture. Royal Padel is characterized by using polyethylene foam in its padels and is the most recommended brand to avoid arm injuries.
The hard padel racket are more resistant and offer more power in the finishers . However, they don't offer as much bounce and have less output. On the other hand, the soft padel racket suffer greater wear but on the track they generate very good ball output as well as better absorb vibrations. These types of padels are used by beginner players but they are also perfect to avoid epicondylitis.
Padel racket materials and technologies
Currently the most used materials for the exterior structure are fiberglass and carbon, but some brands also incorporate materials such as graphene , aluminum or basalt in some of their models.
Fiberglass is a more flexible material , so it is often used in beginner or intermediate padel racket. Being a more elastic material, it favors the adaptation of the player and they are less technical. In addition, fiberglass padel racket are cheaper but also less resistant.
On the other hand, carbon is a stronger and lighter material, so 100% carbon padel racket are harder and more technical, so it is used in top-of-the-range models. We can also see it in the tubular of cheaper padel racket , to reinforce the structure. On the other hand, brands like Head use graphene, the strongest material as well as being very flexible and elastic.