Stéphane Penso has established itself as a key figure in the field of padel, earning a reputation that extends far beyond our borders. His in-depth expertise in the racket and various equipment sectors led him to join the team of French Padel Go to Shop in 2019.
The reputation of the official tester Padel Magazine extends internationally thanks to its neutrality and sense of objectivity.
Benefiting from unanimous recognition for its know-how, it has embarked on an ambitious project aimed at guiding you in the informed purchase of your next racket, as well as all the accessories that could accompany it.
This file is divided into three sections: one dedicated to the understanding phase, another intended for the explanation (in two stages), and finally a last one dedicated to the conclusion in order to provide complete guidance. Here we go for the fourth part: the conclusion.
For those who missed the first three parts:
The essential question
When buying a pala, many players of padel confront the essential question: “What a racket padel should I buy?” Indeed, no one wants to make an inappropriate purchase only to find themselves reselling their racket on social platforms at a 30% discount after a playing session.
With a plethora of alternatives available, it can be difficult to make the wise choice. Indeed, a multitude of snowshoes padel are specially designed to meet the needs of beginners, intermediate players and experts. Additionally, these rackets are suited to different playing approaches, whether emphasizing control, power, or versatility.
The round shape, only for beginners?
It is common for me to meet players of padel who use a racquet that does not suit their playing style, limiting their ability to fully exploit the racquet's characteristics. Instead of progressing, these players can stagnate or even regress!
There is a common misconception among many new players of padel. This erroneous belief is mainly based on the fact that 90% of rackets intended for beginners have a round shape because they are easier to handle. However, this does not mean that a more experienced or even professional player cannot benefit from a round racket. In fact, some of the best smashers in the world World Padel Tour use round racquets, which proves that racquet shape is not specifically linked to a level of play, but rather simply influences the characteristics of the game.
The importance of foam
Beyond the form, attention must be focused on the core (the heart). To illustrate, imagine yourself playing volleyball (or soccer) with an insufficiently inflated (soft) ball. You will avoid injuries and gain comfort, but as soon as you apply a little pressure, you will unfortunately lose precision. On the other hand, by using a properly inflated ball, your precision in effortless shots will improve significantly. However, when you have to perform more powerful strikes without having proper technique, the risk of injury will increase.
This situation will cause you to play with a certain apprehension, which will slow down your progress. However, once you gain the necessary experience and understand how to play with a stiffer rubber, understanding what actions to take and what to avoid to achieve optimal performance and required precision, I can assure you that you won't be able to go back!
Level of play : if you are a beginner, opt for a lighter and more forgiving racket. Advanced players might prefer a racquet with more stability and power.
Weight : Lighter racquets are generally more maneuverable, while heavier racquets can offer more power. Find a balance that suits your playstyle.
Form : snowshoes padel can have a teardrop, diamond or round shape. Each offers different characteristics in terms of power and control. Choose the one that best suits your game.
Core of the racket : Racquets can have a soft, medium or hard foam core. Softer foam can reduce vibration, while harder foam can provide more power.
Grip : Make sure the racket grip is right for you in terms of size and material. A good grip can improve grip and control.
Budget : options are available in all price ranges. However, keep in mind that high-end racquets can sometimes have an adverse effect on your performance if your level of play does not allow you to fully exploit them.
Try before you buy : Whenever possible, take the time to test different rackets with varying foam densities, shapes and weights before making a purchasing decision. Most specialized stores offer trial rackets to allow you to better narrow down your choice and make an informed decision.
You can also ask to try out your friends' snowshoes, or check online reviews to get an idea of which models best suit your preferences.
Xan is a fan of padel. But also rugby! And his posts are just as punchy. Physical trainer of several padel, he unearths atypical posts or deals with topical subjects. It also gives you some tips to develop your physique for the padel. Clearly, he imposes his offensive style as on the field of padel !