Many beginning players usually ask themselves this fair question: is a padel ball the same as a tennis ball? Unfortunately, there is not an easy answer and below you can understand why. But to make things short and simple, for tennis it is best to use a tennis ball. For Padel, it is best to use a padel ball.
First of all, tennis ball are not always the same and this makes things complicated. According to the rules of tennis, tennis balls must conform to certain criteria for size, weight, deformation, and bounce to be approved for play. The International Tennis Federation defines the official diameter as 6.541 to 6.858 cm. The balls must weight between 56.0g and 59.4g.
As for padel, the padel ball should measure between 6.35 and 6.77cm. It should weight between 56.0 and 59.4grms. With regards to the bounce, it should measure between 135 and 145cm when let fall onto a hard surface from a height of 2.54m. The ball must have an internal pressure of between 4.6kg and 5.2kg per 2.54 sq cm.
This means that the weight of a padel ball is the same as a tennis ball. As for the size, some tennis balls may comply with the requirements for padel but most dont. Plus no tennis company can guarantee that the pressure and bounce of their tennis ball will be the same as a padel ball.
Thus, tennis balls and padel balls look almost the same. But in most cases, they are different and you can feel that when you play. And this is the reason why most companies sell two different categories of balls: one for padel and one for tennis.
The conclusion is that to play Padel you should buy a padel ball. If you are looking for padel balls, you can find good prices at SmashInn.
Started playing padel in Argentina in 1987. Contributor to the structural development of the sport in Holland since 2006. University lecturer in International Business, specialized in media, sports and entertainment. Senior padel coach, sports journalist, manager and pioneer. Eternal student.