How do I choose a padel racket?

To choose a padel racket, you must establish your player level and find out what you want & need.

NB: Expensive does NOT necessarily mean better!

If you are new to the sport, it is best to choose a racket that is not too heavy. We would recommended for beginners that you choose something lightweight, with a round shape, and a large ‘sweet spot’. A lighter racket is easier to use and gives you more control of your strokes. (If you suffer from tennis elbow, a lighter racket is a good option since it is easier on the elbow.)

4 factors

The 4 important factors to consider are the shape, the balance, the weight, and the material. These are the key factors you should look for when choosing your ideal padel racket! Also, padel rackets can be round, diamond-shaped, or teardrop-shaped. To choose a padel racket’s shape that is right for you, you need to find out what game you prefer, is it power? Or control? This will establish what shape would, either diamond or round. Round padel rackets suit beginners and more experienced players looking for control. More experienced players looking for power should take a look at diamond-shaped rackets. All-round players can benefit from teardrop-shaped rackets.

Try a few rackets and ask yourself this.

  • Do you struggle with the weight of the racket?
  • Is your arm aching after playing for a while?
  • Can you get enough power?
  • Are you struggling to get control?
  • Are you miss hitting the ball a lot?

A different racket could help here. Speak to our friendly and expert coaches and get a little advice. We have a selection of rackets you can buy in our retail outlet and if we haven’t got your ideal racket in stock they can advise you where to find it.

Here are a few of their recommendations…