Weight is one of the factors that most influences the behavior of a paddle tennis racket on the court. An incorrect choice of weight can lead to the performance of the racket not being ideal or, in the worst case, to arm injuries.
Unlike the rest of the factors of a blade, the weight of a blade is not constant in all the blades of the same model. Padel rackets, due to the great artisanal component in their production, are manufactured following a Gaussian campaign, which results in variations in the weights of the rackets in the ranges of 355-375 grams, which means differences of 5% of the total weight of the blade.
Of this weight, approximately 20% is given by the rubber, and 80% by the rest of the components (fibers and resins).
This range of weights allows the player to choose the weight that best suits both their physical characteristics and their level and style of play.
What impact does weight have on the game?
The two most obvious differences between the behavior of the same shovel in different weights is:
- Maneuverability: A racket with a light weight (close to 355 grams) will be easier to move than the same racket at higher weights (375 grams).< /span>
- Power: Newton's second law states that force is the result of multiplying mass by acceleration. If we are able to give the same acceleration to a heavy shovel and a lighter shovel, the heavy shovel will allow us to print more force in the blows by having a greater mass.
What weight should we use?
As we mentioned before, the weight in which 95% of paddle tennis rackets are manufactured is between 355 and 375 grams.
As a standard norm, the optimal weight for a man is 360-365 grams, and for a woman 355 grams.
However, there are multiple factors that we must take into account when deciding the weight that we should use in a paddle tennis racket:
How does the balance affect the choice of weight?
The balance is an element as important, if not more, as the weight when determining the manageability of a paddle tennis racket. In blades with a higher balance (remember that the high balance is found in teardrop or diamond blades, and/or blades with dense rubber), we must opt for lighter weights to move them with guarantees. For blades with lower balances, such as round blades, we can opt for higher weights.
As a guideline, a racket with a balance of 26.5 cm and a weight of 355 grams will have the same handling as a racket with a balance of 25 cm and a weight of 370 grams.
How does physical condition affect the choice of weight?
If we are a person assiduous to the sport, with a good physical condition, we will have an easier time printing strength and speed to the racket than a person with a lower physical condition, which will allow us to opt for higher weights and, therefore, therefore, have more power in the blows.
How does our level affect the choice of weight?
If our level of play is not advanced and we do not have a refined technique, we should opt for blades with a reduced weight, seeking to maximize manageability. With this we will manage not to force the arm when moving the racket, which will allow us to improve the technique more quickly and, especially, prevent injuries.
If, on the other hand, our level of play is advanced and we have a high technique, we can opt for rackets with higher weights, seeking to maximize power.