Which shape of padel racket do I need? Do I play often or occasionally? Whether you are new to this Hispanic sport or not, follow our guide to find out all you need to know about the different characteristics of padel rackets so you can make the perfect selection.
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Choosing a padel racket is an important part of your sporting journey, you should choose it according to the feel when you play but also your playing ability. The racket shape is also important.
Above all, choosing a padel racket will depend on your playing ability which can be divided into three categories.
In order to make your first foray into padel successful, it is important to have a racket with the balance point at the handle which will give you more control. The right racket for occasional players would be round.
Regular padel players will need more flexibility. You should look for a more neutral racket, made of fiberglass and supple foam which will give you a good feel when striking the ball. Tear shaped rackets are well suited to regular players.
For intensive players, diamond shaped rackets will offer power to players who like it. Regular players will need to choose rigid fiberglass rackets with hard foam and a balance point at the head in order to improve their game and have more power.
You will have noticed that there are different shaped padel rackets. Here is a little more information about the racket shapes and their properties:
Round: these rackets have the lowest balance point. The weight is distributed close to the wrist, the racket is also easier to control and you don';t need to use as much energy.
Tear: this racket is a compromise between the round and diamond shapes, the balance point is in the middle.
Diamond: the balance point is at the head of the racket. This makes it harder to control but gives more power when striking the ball.