Choosing a padel racket is not easy, especially considering the large range of rackets online, in your shop and in your club. Together we will look for the best type of racket for you!
Which racket is appropriate for me? Does the price determine how strong my racket is? Does a woman have to play with a different racket than a man? Does the shape of my racket affect how I play? Every novice padel player struggles with the same questions. Questions to which unfortunately there is no one-sided answer. Below we outline step-by-step on which basis you choose a racket and what you should take into account in the selection process.
Which racket you buy depends 100% on how often you play and what your ambition is. Did you just start with padel? Then it is very important to buy a flexible racket. Have you been playing competition in padel for years? Then it’s better to focus on the category with ‘stiff’ rackets. Sounds logical, but how do I choose a racket based on that?
Guidelines to buy a racket:
For the novice padeller comfort is especially important and so we are looking for a racket made of fiberglass or alutex in combination with a SOFT Performance mousse. Always pay attention to the shape of the racket and especially the position of the ‘Sweet Spot’ (= the centre of gravity of your racket). With our rackets the sweet spot is always shown on the racket itself. As a novice player, it is best to choose a sweet spot in the center of the racket, which will offer you the most comfort.
Rackets voor starters
2. The player who trains about 2-3 times a week should look for a racket that suits his/her playing style. Pay special attention to the difference between ‘attacking’ and ‘defensive’ rackets. This can be seen by the shape of the racket (rather round = Control, rather angular = Attack) and the location of the sweet spot. Do you already have a history in tennis and do you know have to smash? Then you will have fun with an attacking racket. An all-round player is always good with a defensive/control racket. And for ladies there is often a Light version. Which does not exclude that ladies can play with an offensive racket!
Defensive (= Control) rackets
Specific for ladies:
3. If you play in competition, you need a technical racket. Advanced players know exactly whether they prefer attacking or control rackets. What’s important here is that the rackets are made of a rigid material so that they deliver more power when hitting the ball. A novice player is mainly looking for control, while an advanced player kicks on power.
Rackets for advanced players
Regardless of the level of the player and the technical characteristics of the racket, it is extremely important that a racket feels comfortable. At every ball contact, do you feel that you are not hitting the ball well? Then you probably play with a racket that doesn’t quite meet your needs (or you’d better take some extra lessons :) ).
When buying a racket, always let someone with technical knowledge advise you. As a beginner there is no point in playing an attacking racket if you don’t know how to smash yet. So learn how to walk before you start. Throughout your (recreational) padel career you will regularly change racket because you are getting better in the sport and therefore need a different racket.
Still don’t know which racket suits you? Don’t hesitate to contact us for more info. Do you want to test rackets before you make a decision? Contact one of the adidas ambassadors and test the rackets in your own club or via a shop in your neighbourhood!