Year after year, the padel palas market offers more and more brands. More brands, therefore more choice. Shape, weight, roughness, it's hard to know what to do.

When describing the palas that we offer on Padel Mag, we talk about the roughness or not of the pala. The more than 400 brands on the market offer smooth or rough palas which makes it very difficult for us buyers to change pala.

First of all, know that the holes made on the sieve of your pala serve several purposes ; firstly to reduce the weight, then to allow the pala to be handled easily without a large air intake, then finally to impart an effect to the ball when striking. You may also notice that on some palas, the holes are made differently and of different size to look for this or that performance.

Now let's try you show the difference a smooth pala and a rough pala.

The rough surface

Rough surfaces, no matter the design, do two things. The first, you will have suspected, to “file” the ball and thus give it more effect. This will allow you either reduce rebounds during your flights, gangs or services, either increase the rebound during smashes, or brushing the ball during your viboras.

Effects but not only ... roughness also allows stiffen your pala a little more. A harder pala will bring more precision, which goes hand in hand with the increase in effects. Players who like precision in their shots like to work the point with their effects.

The smooth surface

No more secrets. The smooth surface is therefore more elastic and will allow make more violent, more dynamic strikes.

Now that you have understood the difference between the two types of surfaces and that your ideas are clear, know that brands today offer rough and powerful palas. Clubs are waiting for you to get them tested!

Julien Bondia

Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.