From the birth of this sport to the present day, “palas” have undergone a strong evolution both in terms of materials and design, or even in terms of their shape. We are trying to trace all this to you!

The first snowshoes


In the 70s, one of the first brands of rackets used to play padel was Marcraft . Palas made in the United States created to practice another sport, the Paddle tennis, a different sport from Padel, but which has retained similarities in the dimensions of the playing surface and the ball.

The evolution of materials

The racket padel was originally made of wood with holes, and a fairly small playing surface. Subsequently, over the years, the impact surface has been enlarged and the materials used in the manufacture of palas have changed.

First plywood, aluminum, rubber paint and resin were used, then evolving into fiberglass which seemed to be the end of the evolution of materials for these already performing racquets.

However, technological development has continued. Players and enthusiasts were delighted by carbon rackets and even lighter and more resistant materials.

Snowshoe shapes

For several years now, we have noticed that there are 3 different shapes for the palas padel. Firstly, there's the round shape, which overall fits any type of player, giving you maximum precision without requiring too much control effort with each strike. Then there are the “drop of water” racquets which are more recommended for players looking for versatility and who have a fairly high punch. And finally, the last, the “diamond” shape which is a more powerful racket, often recommended for experienced players.

Since the first steps of padel, snowshoes have undergone a huge evolution, with now several brands offering you the best rackets, in different shapes to allow each of you to find what you are looking for and feel as comfortable as possible!

Francois-Xavier Coninck

Belgian and Toulouse, it's possible! Passionate about NBA and Biathlon, I am also a drug addict padel. I organize tournaments, I teach. But what I like best about padel : these are the short crossed passings. What good croquettes !!