After the debate for or against the rough rackets, today we are going to talk to you about the holes. Not air holes that can grab any player, but those that puncture our palas. And you will be asked the question that “holes”: would you be ready to play with a racket with no or almost no holes?

A diameter between 9 and 13 mm

Zero holes, no racket manufacturer has dared to do so until now, due to a settlement of the International Federation of padel, which states that “the striking surface of the racket is perforated with an unlimited number of holes” with a diameter between 9 and 13 mm.

This rule being interpreted as an obligation, the most daring brands have provided at least one hole. But so far, racquets with or without holes have not met with commercial success.

Original drilling plans

However, several brands and their engineers believe that reducing the number of holes in a racket to the strict minimum padel has various advantages. A brand like Varlion, for example, offers palas with original drilling plans and even holes that are not cylindrical, which FIP allows. But other brands – and in particular Head – are planning to go in another direction, that of reducing the holes: we will tell you more about this very soon.

Today, we give you the opportunity to give us your opinion on this subject through an anonymous questionnaire, to help us distinguish the true from the false on the advantages and disadvantages of holes in the racket.

For that, it is enough to click here.

After 40 years of tennis, Jérôme falls into the pot of padel in 2018. Since then, he thinks about it every morning while shaving… but never shaves pala in hand! Journalist in Alsace, he has no other ambition than to share his passion with you, whether you speak French, Italian, Spanish or English.