Obtaining a Padel racket can be a real challenge, as there is a wide variety of brands, types and shapes. There are over 75 different brands, including big names such as Wilson, Vision, DropShot, Slazenger, Varlion, Sane. When you buy a racket, it is very important to choose wisely, because the wrong choice will not only hurt your game but may be hurt your body.
One of the most important things to look for when buying a racket is the size of the handle. If it is too big or too small it may cause injuries, such as tenniselbow. There is a simple way to check that you have the correct grip size - when you hold the racket, there should be 1/100 difference between the thumb and index finger. In other words, you should be able to drag your free hand between the fingertips and thumb. If the handle is not the right size, you can buy an overgrip, to increase the size of the handle slightly.
Profile: The outside shape of the bat providing the strength and endurance of your racket. Usually made up of tubular laminated layers of Fibreglass, Carbon Fibre, or Graphite. Impregnated with wax or Epoxy Resin.
Core: The ‘inside’ of the bat, the core. Either Foam or EVA Rubber (a shock absorbing rubber). The core can differ, which will create a difference in stiffness and playability.
Surface or Skin: The area where you hit the ball. This is usually a 1,2 or 3 layer surface of Fibreglass, Carbon Fibre or Graphite. The materials change the strength, power and endurance of the bat. The bat will be impregnated with wax or Epoxy Resin.
Weight: There is no ideal weight for a Padel bat, yet there is an ideal weight for any individual Padel player. This weight depends on player characteristics. Is the player a quick mover (dynamic), a strong player (strength) or a technical player.
You don’t need specialist padel gear to play, but you should wear sports clothes. However, please note that if you start to compete in events then you will need to have recognised padel clothing (which still includes T-shirts) to meet with our tournament regulations. The tournament organiser should specify if there are any other restrictions on clothing.
You can start playing in ordinary trainers, but if you begin to play more seriously then you should invest in some padel shoes. Running shoes are not designed for the quick changes of direction that you need to make in padel. Also clubs will often ask that you wear padel shoes as other footwear may damage or mark the courts.