Should I buy a heavy, medium or light racket? Made of Kevlar, carbon or simple fiberglass? Diamond, round or tear shape? 38mm or 36mm? These are some of the questions a beginning padel player is asking himself.
Below there are some tips that are helpful when choosing a padel racket.
There are three basic shapes of Padel rackets
Diamond: these rackets are suitable for advanced players. The sweet spot is smaller and is located higher up in the racket. It makes it easier to hit the ball hard. They are not easy to handle for beginners.
Round: these are best for beginners. The sweet spot of the racket is rather big and it is located in the middle of it. The weight of the rackets is evenly distributed. These sorts of rackets are usually easy to handle.
The weight of a racket
Nowadays most rackets range between 365gr. to 396gr. A light racket would be between 365gr and 375gr. A heavy racket would range 385gr to 395gr.
Lighter rackets are suitable for beginners and women as they are easier to handle.
Thickness of the Padel racket
Nowadays most rackets range 36mm to 38mm. Advanced players should use thicker rackets to hit the ball harder. For beginners it is recommended thinner rackets because they are easier to use.
Materials of the Padel racket
Most of the frame of the racket is made of fiberglass or carbon. The face may contain kevlar. Carbon and kevlar are introduced to some higher end rackets to make them extra resistant to shocks and accidents. The face of a padel racket is usually made of soft materials (foam) or hard materials (eva). The advantages are arguable. It remains a personal choice.
Some of the best known brands of Padel rackets are Dunlop, Varlion, Bullpadel, Wilson, Babolat and Head. One of the best online stores to buy padel rackets is SmashInn. They offer a great variety of rackets and great service. Make use of the discount code TRADEBELB3 to receive a 3% discount.
Beginners: Use a light to medium weight racket, preferably round and thin, 36mm or 38mm.
Medium level players: Use a medium weight racket. Use a round or tear shape racket, 36mm or 38mm.
Advanced players: Use any shape or weight. Most players will make the most of their talent by utilizing diamond shaped, heavier rackets, 38mm thick.
Women: lighter rackets are best for women. Most brands usually offer rackets specially tailored for women.