Posted by Joffrey Gilant on Mar 02, 2021
It is the flagship object when we play padel! The padel racket is the accessory of desire par excellence for all addicts of the sport and which, for some, create long love stories between them and their owners. Stories that even cross the seasons, with a few exceptions… Indeed, we can notice a difference of sensation in our snowshoes between summer and winter. So are there any differences between padel rackets in summer and in winter? This is the topic we will be discussing today.
Yes, as you may know, the padel palas are very sensitive and fragile objects.
The temperature, the changes of seasons and the conditions in which they are maintained, will determine theirperformance and behavior on the track.
Indeed, it is important to know the characteristics of a racket when playing padel. Many players wonder when to change their racquet, and whether to play with a racquet in winter and another in summer? The obvious answer to this last question is that it is not necessarily necessary to have a winter snowshoe and a summer snowshoe but it may be a good idea to consider it if you really feel the difference when you your winter and summer parties.
It is for this reason that we are going to analyze what winter padel rackets and summer padel rackets look like, how to protect them to maintain them and finish with examples of pairs of summer / winter rackets that can be interesting to acquire.
Winter is characterized by unfavorable weather conditions. The cold, rain and humidity make the game very marked and different from other seasons, which makes the performance of the pala and the ball very special.
With low temperatures, the ball will have less rebound and / or the racket will have lower ball output. The combination of the two factors (humidity and cold) will make the game less powerful, fast and dynamic.
This reaction is due to the materials that make up the racquet, which tend to harden, compress and provide less ball output. This will make the game less explosive and with increased ball control.
It is therefore less rigid snowshoes that will be recommended in winter with softer materials, like moss FOAM or a combination of foams FOAM and EVA, which will compensate for the winter cold.
So the reverse is true for summer snowshoes. With the weather conditions, snowshoes become more flexible than in winter. Indeed, the sun, the high temperatures and the better liveliness of the balls tend to make the padel rackets more flexible during this period.
With high temperatures, the racquet tends to soften. In reality, these are the racket materials that expand give the impression that the gum is softening.
This time of year results in better ball exit, slightly faster play and longer ball bounce.
We therefore recommend stiffer snowshoes during this time of year. The palas composed of carbon and EVA foam (or hybrid fiberglass / carbon and FOAM / EVA) will be preferred if you want to get closer to your winter sensations.
It is essential to also specify that it is important to maintain your racquet well in order to keep it in good condition as long as possible.
As you can see in the article, padel rackets are very sensitive objects. That’s why it’s important to take care of it.
Here is a subjective list of good practices to adopt to keep your racquet in good condition:
After seeing the differences between padel rackets in summer and in winter, it can be interesting, as some players do, to acquire a racket to play in summer and a racket to play in winter. Obviously, these snowshoes must look very similar, and ideally, they should be the same with one difference: that there is one a little more flexible and the other a little more rigid so as not to not feel any difference in summer as in winter.
These are 2 ranges of Babolat 2021 snowshoes. These 2 ranges are made up of 3 rackets, the Counter, the Air and the Technical. The difference between these 2 ranges can be found in the materials used for the manufacture of the racket. To summarize, we find the same shapes of rackets between these 2 ranges and the Vipers are more rigid than the Veron.
It may be advisable to combine for example the Air Viper and the Air Veron in order to have similar sensations in summer and winter.
The Alpha racket range de Head is available in 3 rackets:
The Delta range is also available in 3 rackets:
At Head, it is in each range that the rackets are available in different models of the same design and shape.
For example, you can combine the Delta Motion with the Delta Hybrid. The Delta Motion is a little less rigid than its sister the Delta Hybrid. We will therefore use the Delta Motion in winter and the Delta Hybrid in summer.
Or if you prefer the Head Alpha, you could very well combine theAlpha Elite With l'Alpha motion for example. The Alpha Elite, which will be used more in winter, will go well with the Alpha Motion, which in this example will be used in summer.
The Vertex 03 and the Vertex Comfort are 2 rackets that can be complementary. Indeed, as the name suggests, the Vertex Comfort is more comfortable and more flexible on impact. It could therefore be perfect in winter if you use the Vertex 03 in summer.
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