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OUR PADEL BAT GUIDE
Don’t make the rookie mistake of choosing what the pro’s play with. It will actually be a worse choice for your game and cost you far more!
So how do I choose the right bat for me, you ask…
It’s difficult to navigate all the different information regarding bat specifications (shape, sweetspot, weight, balance, materials, surface structure, the core, etc).
We have made it very simple and easy for you to find the right bat – for YOU.
We have taken all the information and specifications of the bat and put it into 4 categories.
When you’re selecting a bat from GripFixer, you are presented with 4 factors – “Difficulty”, “Power/Control”, “Maneuverability”, and “Spin”.
It means your level, and it says something about your ability to hit the ball in exactly the same spot on the racket every time, and your ability to generate power (your strength, and your ability to predict where to ball is coming – if you’re good at it you have more time to perform the swing). If you can, you increase your precision and power, but if you can’t, your precision and power declines rapidly – and you are more likely to get injuries in your elbow and/or shoulder.
This is actually a factor that combines a lot of different aspects (racket head shape, balance, material, etc) in one single number to make it as easy for you to pick the perfect bat for you.
- Difficulty 1 (out of 5) Beginner (Played 0-10 hours total)
- Difficulty 2 (out of 5) Experienced beginner (Played 10-30 hours)
- Difficulty 3 (out of 5) Experienced (Played 30-75 hours)
- Difficulty 4 (out of 5) Advanced player (Played 75+ hours)
- Difficulty 5 (out of 5) High level player (Played 75+ hours and playing at a high level)
Power tells how much hitting power the bat can generate. A bat with high power typically has lower control. Whereas a bat with more control is more forgiving for imperfect shots (outside the sweetspot). As a beginner we highly recommend going for a bat with more control.
We have divided our category into:
Control+ | Control | Neutral | Power | Power+
Maneuverability: Describes how easy the bat is to move around (get the bat in position) and accelerate (how much power you can generate). If the score weight of the bat is low, it is both good if you want faster reactions, have a low strength or suffer from damage. It’s easier to move around and has a faster acceleration (but with a lower top-speed).
It’s important to keep in mind that, Impact (the power generated in the ball) = Time X Acceleration X Weight. So if you don’t have the time (not so good a anticipating yet, or making fast strokes at the net), or low acceleration (due to injury, or just your overall strength), then you should go for lower weight of the bat.
We recommend “Very light” to “light” for beginners.
Very light | light | Neutral | Heavy | Very heavy
Describes how much spin the bat can generate. Regardless of the score, a bat can produce spin, but high spin means that the bat has a rough surface which contributes to more spin.
It’s important to note that, although it sounds great to be able to give the ball more spin, “Low spin” is not bad – It very much depends on what your requirements are. More spin -> less extra power from the bat. Beginners won’t really benefit from more spin. Creating spin on the stroke makes it harder to be precise, and you are currently at a level where you’re not able to apply enough spin for it to matter.
Our recommendations are for a beginner to go for “Low Spin”.
We have divided ours into Low Spin | Medium | High Spin
IN-DEPTH DETAILS / ADVANCED GUIDE
We understand that you might be interested in knowing more about the specific details/factors for a padel bat, therefore we have created this elaborate guide to help you get a better understanding of the different factors.
It’s important to keep in mind that one factor is not better than another | These factors are relevant for a bat and changes their qualities.
There are 3 shapes – round, tear-drop, and diamond. The main differences are where the sweetspot is located, and how big the sweetspot is.
Usually referred to as a control racket. An inexperienced padel player can’t go wrong with a round-shaped padel racket. These rackets have a larger sweet spot compared to the other 2 shapes. The benefit of a round padel racket is the larger sweet spot in the center. Round padel rackets also tend to have a low balance. This low balance makes round padel rackets easy to handle and kinder on the elbow.
Sometimes referred to as a hybrid, is in between the Diamond and the Round. More control and easier to play than the Diamond but still generates power in the attacking play.
A diamond-shaped padel racket has a higher balance point (head-heavy) and sweetspot, translating to more powerful shots on the court. Diamond-shaped padel rackets are ideal for more experienced players owing to their smaller sweet spots.
While the shape of a padel racket is important, you also need to consider the racket’s weight distribution.
A diamond-shaped racket will have a high balance, so they can generate more strength when striking. However, high-balance rackets are also more likely to injure their users, so be careful! Conversely, round-shaped padel rackets have a low balance. This low balance makes round-shaped padel rackets easier to swing and less injury-prone. However, round-shaped rackets give your strikes less power than a teardrop or diamond-shaped racket. The force of your shots has to come from you.
Weight plays a fundamental role in choosing the right padel racket. There is no strict rule about the exact grams that a padel racket must weigh, so it all depends on the player’s preferences.
Padel rackets are in general divided into two key categories with respect to weight: light and heavy padel rackets. A heavier padel racket will give you good power, but will reduce control, while a lighter padel racket will give you more control and less power. Light padel rackets are more suitable for beginners and amateurs, while heavy padel rackets are more suitable for advanced and experienced players. It’s worth noting that in some situations, a lighter bat might actually give you more power (it’s about the time you have to generate the power with the strength you have). Consider a very heavy hammer. If you have the time and strength to accelerate it to top-speed then you will have a higher impact, but if you don’t then a lighter hammer would have given a higher impact. So consider if you’re good at anticipating (and have more time) and/or play a lot of fast strokes at the net, and have the strength to accelerate the power fast enough.
Consider it like a trampoline effect. A very soft core gives a lot of bounce to the stroke (helps adding power to the stroke), but at the same time the stroke will be more uncontrollable/unprecise. An experienced kid might not have as much strength to generate power in the stroke, but has the skill level to be precise enough to control a softer core.
The are mainly two types of material used – foam and EVA. Foam is softer and thus gives more bounce, and reduces shock vibrations. EVA is a harder material, so enhancing the opposite qualities. But EVA has one major difference – it’s much more durable material, thus keeping it’s qualities for longer. In recent years EVA rubbers of different hardnesses have been generated, with the aim of achieving a softer touch.
Two types of materials used in padel rackets (in the frame and in the surface) – carbon (ranging from regular carbon to 18k carbon) and fiberglass. Both with different unique qualities.
Fiberglass is softer and more flexible, giving more bounce (extra power), but you lose control/precision, and as mentioned in “Core” softer material absorbs more energy. Lastly fiberglass is much less durable, loosing its unique characteristics faster, and it’s a cheaper material than carbon.
The structure of the surface is about how much spin the surface can help generate in the stroke. Although it sounds great to be able to give the ball more spin, it’s important to be aware of when you are able to apply enough spin to the ball that it actually matters. If you’re a beginner it’s more about placing the ball the right place (so they simply won’t reach the ball). But! When you reach a level (our rule of thumb is about experienced beginner to intermediate), then you’ll find out how important and invaluable spin is – creating almost unreturnable shots on the bounce from the back- or sidewall, because of massive spin.
If the surface is “rough” it allows more “grip” in the ball and thus giving more spin.