When Should You Upgrade Your Padel Racket?

I got a phone call yesterday, from a guy asking me about rackets.

He asked me “when should you upgrade your padel racket?”, he had been playing for over a year and a half and never bothered upgrading his racket. He was a top club level player, having frequent lessons with coaches, and in the top league in his club’s league system. 

I obviously advised him to upgrade right now, you need to improve with your racket, because the standard £50 he was using was stopping him from reaching his potential. 

But where is the cut-off point? When should you upgrade your padel racket?

This guide will help.

How long have you been playing?

This guide is actually going to help you SAVE money. Because if you upgrade at the wrong times, or don’t upgrade at all, you will actually spend more in the long term. 

Let’s say you buy a £200 diamond shaped racket for your first. You soon realise this is too tricky to use for your first racket, and then have to change to a lower cost more comfortable round-shaped racket. 

Then you start to improve, get better, and then upgrade to a £300 padel racket, you will have spent so much time, money and limited your potential. 

On average, most players should upgrade there racket 6 months after they first started playing padel.

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Do you have lessons?

If you have lessons every week, and play matches on top of that as well. You will improve a lot faster than other players, and your technique will skyrocket. 

Let’s assume you started with a standard padel racket, if you are having lessons every week, matches on top of that, and improving fast, then you should upgrade your padel racket sooner, as you will have more of an idea of what you need for your game. 

If you have lessons, and weekly games, you should upgrade your racket 3-4 months after you started playing.

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What should you upgrade to?

A lot of players do not upgrade their racket because they are not sure if it makes a big difference/ do not think it is worth it.

But it does, and you should upgrade to something that gives you the attributes that YOU need. 

Ask yourself this:

  • Do you want more power?
  • Do you want more control? 
  • Do you want more spin?
  • Do you want to have more comfort? 
 
Pick the one or two that you want the MOST of. Then you can find what you need. 
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Quick upgrade guide

Want power? 

  • Diamond shape
  • Hard feel
  • Head heavy balance

 

Want control?

  • Round shape
  • Low balance
  • Centered sweet spot

 

Want spin?

  • Rough surface
  • Spin technologies

 

Want comfort?

  • Round shape
  • Soft feel
  • Low balance

 

Conclusion - When Should You Upgrade Your Padel Racket?

If you have lessons every week, and play matches on top of that as well. You should upgrade your padel racket after maybe 3-4 months of playing.

If you are more of a casual player, you can wait up to 6-8 months since when you first started.