How To Choosing Your Padel Racket?
Whether you are an advanced player or new to Padel, choosing the right racket is an important decision. There is a wide range of rackets out there on the market but not all have the same prices and performance so, which one is the right one for you?
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that, there is no such thing as “the perfect Padel racket”. However, there is certainly the Padel racket, which is best, suited for you. Leaving aside considerations like price or aesthetics, there are a few characteristics that determine how the Padel racket performs in your hand and these should be the main guiding principles while choosing your Padel racket. The most important factor when buying your racket should be your level of play and the characteristics that the racket can offer to your game.
1.Your racket should match your level of play
●Advanced or Professional
A Padel racket, like any other product, should be of a good quality. However, due to its inherent purpose of hitting a ball, it has to be a combination of certain features like low weight, elasticity and firmness. This means that its composition might involve an ideal combination of different materials of varying resistance and durability.
Basically, a Padel, might seem like a single piece but there are in fact three parts with different compositions fused together into a single shape:
●The frame or profile: the outside around the main impact area, which gives the racket its firmness and strength.
●The impact surface: is the most important part of the racket as it is the area where the ball hits and the performance depends on their composition.
●The shaft: which is usually wrapped around a rubber or grip which is where you handle the racket.
Rackets can be generally divided into lighter (less than 375 grams) or heavier ones (over 375 grams). Each of these will give the swing a different performance and it is therefore advised to choose the weight depending on the level of play.
In this regard, note that while we will be able to move a lightweight racket with greater ease and speed (ideal for volley game) you however lose power in your shots, especially as we get tired. A heavy racket will be more difficult to move, but on the other hand, it will gives more power at impact. The key to how we handle the weight of the racket depends on how this weight is distributed in the racket itself.
In a Padel racket, the balance indicates the point where most of the weight is concentrated along its vertical axis. Balance can be:
High: these rackets are called “big heads” because their weight is concentrated closer to the head of the racket (the opposite end of the handle.) Despite weighing less, placing the weight at a further distance from our hand will make us feel that they weigh more. This type of rackets gives a lot of power, but it can overload the wrist, as the weight is farther out, so the leverage produced is higher (more strength required to hold the racket). These High balance rackets usually have a diamond shape at the top.
Middle/Balanced: the weight is a little closer to the handle, which provides a better handling of the racket; thus providing more control, and lesser strain on the wrist. These rackets usually have a teardrop shape and some models can be round too.
Low: the concentration of the weight lies far below, close to the handle and this gives excellent control, as the hand is now able to move more easily. But it lacks power, which is essential for volleys and defensive shots. Experienced players with great touch generally use it and although it seems contradictory, it is also recommended for beginners due to the fact that it will allow them a better control. These rackets typically have a round shape.Our latest mold shape for your reference.
In summary, remember that not all the rackets will suit you equally well. Instead, each person will require a model that suits his or her physical condition and their level of play. As your skills develop, the performance you look for in the racket will also evolve, but the criteria explained above will remain useful when choosing your next Padel racket.