3 mistakes not to make when buying a padel racket

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3 mistakes not to make when buying a padel racket

Choosing the racket with which to play many games is often a difficult exercise. Padel is a new sport in full development, and many players are present. There are hundreds of brands and for each, dozens of models, which greatly complicates the choice when you want to equip yourself. This is why we are here thanks to our blog posts in order to help you in your choice.

Here is the list of the 3 errors that we find most often among padel players wanting to equip themselves with a new racket.


1. Take a racket that is too light

It is often thought that a light padel racket improves play and lowers the risk of injury.


at. Do you really play better with a lighter racquet?

It is important to say that a light racquet gives better grip and greater maneuverability on the majority of shots. But be careful because the weight is a very important element for a padel racket. Too light a weight can lead to a severe lack of power. And you're going to tell me: "but we don't need power in padel! "And I will answer you:" Exactly! "

But the reality is that when you land a forehand, a gangja, or even a volley, you need the inertia of the racket to put what we call weight into the ball. This weight in the ball results in better ball exit from the racket and longer ball length.

A heavier weight will also increase the stability of the racket on impact which results in better tolerance of the pala.


b. Are you less likely to injure yourself with a light racket?

Having a racquet that is too light can have the opposite effect in reducing pain such as tendonitis, tennis elbow, etc.

Eh yes ! Because with a very light racquet, you tend to want to hit harder to send the ball to the same spot as with a heavier racquet. Hitting the ball harder will therefore increase the efforts of the arm as well as the vibrations in the racket and ultimately increase your potential arm pain ...

This is why it is important to find the right weight for your future racquet. The right weight but also materials adapted to your needs (link).

The average weight is between 260g and 270g. Lighter racquets may be suitable for younger players, women or beginners who are looking for better handling for rapid progression, but they will be limited by these racquets more quickly.


2. Buy the same racquet as the professionals

It is surely thanks to this type of video that you have to come and sweat on a padel court!

Professional players are very impressive and achieve extraordinary points with state-of-the-art racquets. These rackets meet specific needs that these players have year after year.

As you can imagine, these needs are not the same as those of amateur players. Some rackets used by the greatest padel players are comfortable and can be recommended for beginners or experienced players wanting to have fun. We can take as an example the Vertex 03 CTR by Fede Chingotto, the Alpha motion by Ariana Sanchez and the Vertex 03 Comfort by Juan Tello who are 3 pleasant rackets, state-of-the-art and very easy to handle.

In general, professional player rackets are not suitable for beginners because they do not offer features that allow for good sensations and pleasant feeling during the game. We can take as an example the Viper from Babolat which are intended for advanced players. That's why the French brand has developed its line of rackets in different ranges of rackets:


viper babolat powerful rackets

veron babolat padel rackets

  • The Vertuo range, more flexible and much easier to handle at Counter Vertuo / Air Vertuo / Technical Vertuo

In sum up, you can buy the same racket as your idol but pay close attention to the model you take, find out beforehand, test it if possible, because you may be disappointed in your first match with.


3. Wanting a racket too much in mind

It is true that at the padel, one of the consecrations is to know how to get the ball out of the field in smash "par 3" Lein or "par 4." To do this, it will actually be easier to put power in the ball thanks to a racket in mind. A racket is considered in the lead from a balance located at 265mm.  Diamond-shaped palas are generally the most weight-in-the-top.

Indeed, their shapes are made up in such a way that there is more material at the top of the racket. As you could see the article better understand the padel rackets to better choose it link, these palas are more powerful but harder to handle.

It is therefore natural that players of an offensive nature, who want to get the balls out of the field, turn to palas with a weight left to the racquet head. There is one thing that players are rarely told... If they can't get out of balls with a round racket or drop of water (link), they won't be able to do it with a diamond racket. It's usually a technical story. And having a racket in mind with a very rigid foam can have the opposite effect to that discount if you don't have the right gesture.

That's why in the padel, especially when you start, it's best to choose a racket that will help us progress quickly. And this is where diamond-shaped rackets are not recommended for players who want to learn by putting all the chances on their side.

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