Before buying your paddle racket it is very important to take into account certain characteristics, such as shape, weight, balance, manufacturing materials and core. So, depending on your experience, choose the racket that suits your style of play.
Because of the investment of buying a racket, it's better to know what you're buying. We will try to advise you before setting your sights on a paddle racket.
The different forms of rackets
There are three different forms of snowshoes.
The round shape is the recommended form for all levels of play, first of all for its control of the ball, so that novice players feel very comfortable with their racket, but also for the more advanced players who are comfortable with touch.
The water drop shape is the best ratio between control and power, it is also recommended for all levels of play thanks to its great control and good power level. This is the most sold form currently.
Finally, the diamond shape is for advanced players because it increases the power of the shot. These are mostly technical rackets with a fairly low sweetspot (Typing Zone).
Most manufacturers sell the 3 models. Although some brands make the choice to bet only one or two forms. The Adidas Padel for example have the specificity to offer only diamond and round racquets,
To choose your racket, we advise you not to restrict yourself to a brand and choose the racket adapted to your type of game.
Weight influences the type of game
What to take? A racket less than 350 gr? greater than 380 gr? Over time you will learn the weight you need in general. The more experience you have, the more you know what kind of weight you like.
The weight must be connected to your type of game, however. Larger weight gives more power, lighter weight helps to be fast and accurate, but a lighter racket requires more work because in general the power of the racket decreases.
The balance of the racket
As a rule, the balance is directly related to the shape of the racket. if we take the racket in its center and put it on a scale, you will know if the racket leans more towards the handle, or towards the opposite part, that is to say towards the head of racket.
Generally, we find in diamond rackets, a balance that leans towards the head and gives power to the racket while a balance rather to the handle gives more control to the racket.
Whether it is hard or soft, the type of material used will have a huge influence on the sensations. A soft material will give more power but less control, while a hard material will bring greater control of the strikes. less power.
The materials that make up a paddle racket are: carbon fiber (or glass), goma EVA, foam, titanium, graphite, etc. Some paddle players have almost made-to-measure rackets with a special balance between these different materials. .
Types of cores used
The core is the rubber of the racket. the two most used materials for the racquet core are EVA gum and FOAM.
EVA gum is hard, less flexible, but its durability is important. This eraser allows racquets to be powerful while having control. This material is used by most manufacturers.
FOAM has properties totally opposite to the EVA gum, since it is soft, with medium control, medium power but a spectacular bullet output. Snowshoes that use FOAM do not last very long as well.
There is also a third type of nucleus that combines the two: the hybrid. It is a soft but strong gum, consisting of a foam core with eva gum on the corners / outsides. Nox is also used to this technology.
In conclusion, testing the racket before making your choice is the best way to find the right racket for your playing style.
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.