WHAT KIND OF PADEL RACKET SHALL I GET?

This is one of the big questions that the amateur player has when starting to play padel. Even the experienced player should seek advice on what type of racket best fulfills his needs.

TWO FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A PADEL RACKET:



1.    SHAPE AND WEIGHT OF THE PADEL RACKET:

When choosing your padel racket it is important to note that there are 3 different shapes:


Round: a round padel racket will give you a low balance and therefore greater control as the sweet spot is wider.


Diamond: its arrow shape will give you a higher balance towards the head of the racket and will give you more power but with less control.


Tear Drop: the racket shape most commonly used in recent times. A hybrid between round and diamond shaped bats, places its balance in the middle and is notable for having a good balance between control and power.

ROUND

DIAMOND

TEAR

Once you have selected a shape, we look at the weight, which can be one of the most important factors to take into account.


If you choose a racket with a lower weight, it will have a greater sensation of lightness and therefore more control. On the other hand, with greater weight you may have less control but greater power. Ideal weight depends on your sex, height, weight and physical condition, but these would be the two most general rules:  
Between 355 and 370 grams: ideal for women dealing with a lightweight bat, easy to handle. Less power but better control.


Between 365 and 385 grams: appropriate weight for men. There are those who prefer a higher weight, but within this scale we can find good handling and power without the dreaded injuries that may appear.

Heavy:             - control    + power
Light weight:     + control    – power



 2. The core of the BAT and its MATERIAL:

The central core of the padel racket is composed of an elastic component or rubber-coating lined with other materials.


Padel rackets have a solid impact surface that is filled with holes to allow an easy swing in the air. This surface may be hard or soft and will greatly determine the performance of the racket. A softer racket will have more elasticity to rebound the ball and provide more power for your shots.


The impact surface is normally a core made of EVA or FOAM covered then with different materials depending on the manufacturer but the most commonly found are fiber glass and carbon fiber.


EVA rubber is hard, less flexible and gives less power to the ball. Its advantage then resides in its longer durability and more control. EVA is the most commonly used core by most manufacturers. FOAM, on the other hand, is soft, provides a bit less control but much more elasticity and provides more power and speed to the ball. This means FOAM has less durability.

Lately, some manufacturers have developed a third type of core (Polyethylene) which combines both EVA and FOAM. This hybrid, is a soft rubber with much longer durability made of a core FOAM surrounded by an exterior EVA rubber.

The most common coatings of the rubber core are:


Carbon fiber: a material of high cost that provides very good results in lightness, rigidity and strength. This material is high in quality and price, low in weight and maximum strength.


Fiberglass: used more than carbon at low cost. It is used frequently in many brands because it is more flexible but is heavier. It is normal to find a combination of both fibers in the manufacturing of a padel racket.


We hope this information has been helpful in choosing the best padel racket for you. We are available to answer your queries on contact@onlypadel.ie