Thanks to Padel References, we present to you the characteristics and differences between carbon fiber and fiberglass for tennis rackets. padel.

The specificities

Carbon fiber is characterized by an effective combo between great strength and surprising lightness. Carbon fiber palas are generally strong and last a long time, while maintaining a controlled weight. Their solidity will allow players to exert maximum power without fear of going too hard.

Fiberglass is a very flexible material. The flexibility of fiberglass gives the rackets superior shock absorption, which translates in particular to increased comfort for players. A striking comfort which is accompanied by a spring effect which allows increased dynamism, despite the generally slightly higher weight of fiberglass palas.


Carbon fiber rackets can be divided into several categories depending on the number of filaments they contain per thread: 3K, 12K, 18K or 24K. The higher this number, the more rigid and powerful the rendering will be, at the cost of a certain dynamism. These characteristics are in addition to the main qualities of carbon fiber palas: great longevity and optimal strike control.

Fiberglass is characterized above all by this “trampoline effect” caused by the flexibility of the materials. Fiberglass rackets therefore offer a great response to the impact of the ball. In addition, fiberglass is much cheaper than carbon fiber, which will make products more accessible to the general public.

The inconvenients

The rigidity of carbon fiber requires the player to master their weapon. The racket will only offer a minimum of tolerance depending on the location of the impact on the frame. Palas with carbon faces generally require rigor and playing experience, as they offer little comfort. The material being expensive, carbon fiber rackets are obviously the most expensive on the market.

On the fiberglass side, the trampoline effect of the material naturally impacts the lifespan of the racket. Much more stressed on each impact, the material is therefore less resistant. Next, the flexibility of fiberglass reduces the possibility of hitting the ball really hard. Finally, the lack of rigidity of the frame will reduce the precision of each shot.

Review of

As you will have understood, the characteristics of these two materials produce palas designed for very different playing styles. Carbon fiber, more resistant, is indicated for offensive and experienced players who seek to gain power and precision. For its part, fiberglass is rather recommended for those who prioritize comfort, as well as this famous trampoline effect which offers increased ball output.

Now it's up to you to find the racket with the material that best suits your way of playing!

Martin Schmuda

A competitive tennis player, Martin discovered the padel in 2015 in Alsace and appeared in a few tournaments in Paris. Today a journalist, he deals with current affairs padel while continuing its rise in the world of the little yellow ball!