For the heart of the racket, EVA gum or move to the FOAM? These are usually the two most used materials in the construction and development of a paddle racket and make up the interior of it.

Each material has distinct characteristics. Brands sometimes combine these materials to mitigate certain negative effects. (See: https://padelmagazine.fr/les-materiaux-utilises-pour-developp-une-raquette-de-padel/)

But concerning the core of the racket or its heart, there is not much choice. EVA gum or FOAM allow us to obtain different qualities:

  • With EVA gum: more control and typing
  • With FOAM: more non-mechanical power and bullet output.

Among the sensations in the game, the EVA rubber racquet will have a tougher touch, while with FOAM we will have a softer touch, we will have (in appearance) a stronger feeling of control (especially on the fly)

Where you can find the most difference is on flat smashes or spiked smashes.

As you know, the bullet exit is based on the elasticity and flexibility of the core: At the impact of the ball, it bounces at the heart of the frame (if you correctly frame the racket J), the The heart of the racket at the moment of impact is slightly deformed and then retracts creating effect.

With FOAM, being more flexible, we will need less force to put the effect in a ball and eventually get out during a smash. More wrists and therefore effects will have a better rendering on the trajectory of the ball

EVA is the opposite because the foam used will not be as flexible as the FOAM.

Moreover, some players sometimes criticize a racket not understanding why with it, it can not get out ... The player by tapping louder and louder will be wrong with the FOAM and he will return to a racket in EVA gum, without really knowing the reasons and properties of FOAM.

Because because of the characteristics of the material, when you run the smash with a racket FOAM, instead of hitting as hard as possible, we must seek the maximum acceleration of the stroke and movement, instead of pressing the wrist and to force.

To conclude, there are no better or less good snowshoes, we all have our own feelings. And according to these, it will be up to you knowingly to choose and validate the type of heart with which you want to padeler.

Axel Sabalete - PADEL MAGAZINE

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.