The title of this article may seem obvious and yet, how many of us try to play with a racket padel broken or cracked? Too many.

Don't choose between the economy and your health

The reasons are numerous. First of all, we don't want to change our racket because it's expensive and we try to extend its lifespan as much as possible. Unlike a tennis racket, padel, when it breaks, it's not just a string that you can change for 20€, but the whole “pala” which can cost from 80€ to 300€ in general. The budgets are not comparable. For the “nags”, the pala budget is a real headache, because at the end of the year, when it comes time to do the accounts, the threshold of a thousand euros is reached just in purchases. of snowshoes padel.

Fortunately, specialized stores et the clubs are numerous to advise you and offer you the best offers. But still, the wallet takes a hit to the point where you regret the times you simply broke a tennis string in the middle of a game, without having a backup racket.

We also tell ourselves that playing with a cracked racket is not so serious and that it can go away, at least in the short term. But it's like a tire that deflates, the autonomy to drive correctly is very limited.

Beware of the invisible…

There is what is visible and what is not, what you feel and what is harming you. This is why we always advise you that when in doubt, even if it is difficult to accept, abandon your cracked racket as soon as possible. Although this is not the main topic, and there will be arguments for and against, some feeling that it is not the same as a new racket, etc., there is a repair service for snowshoes padel which is developing in France. Laura Buteau talked about it a few months ago. This is a great alternative to try that could save you some money.

Be careful, don't be mistaken, a cracked racket will absorb blows less well. As a result, you may experience elbow and/or wrist pain the next day, which could prevent you from playing for several days or even months, not to mention possible medical costs and long wait times before playing. be able to return to the field. By the way, goodbye tournaments padel.

When in doubt, change your pala

Even if you tell yourself that this can be done to avoid new expenses, the problem is that you are gambling with your health. Even if you're a professional used to playing with broken rackets, don't be surprised if your body calls you to account.

Just one piece of advice: change your racket as soon as you notice a crack. Your wallet may not thank you, but your body will!

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.