For the heart of the racquet, EVA rubber or moving towards FOAM? These are generally the two most used materials in the construction and development of a racquet. padel and which make up the interior of it.

Each material has very distinct characteristics. Brands sometimes combine these materials to mitigate certain perverse effects. (Cf: https: //padelmagazine.fr/les-materiaux-utiles-pour-developper-une-raquette-de-padel/)

But when it comes to the core of the racquet or its core, there isn't much to choose from. EVA gum or FOAM allow us to obtain different qualities:

  • With EVA rubber: more control and punch
  • With FOAM: more non-mechanical power and bale 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 ball exit is based on the degree of elasticity and flexibility of the core: On impact of the ball, it bounces at the level of the heart of the frame (if the racket J is correctly framed), the heart of the racket upon impact deforms slightly and then retracts creating spin.

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 worse rackets, we all have our own feelings. And depending on these, it will be up to you with full knowledge of the facts to choose and validate the type of heart with which you want padelst.

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.