In every sport it is very important to play with equipment suited to your level and
needs. This will not only prevent fatigue injuries but will simultaneously improve your
performance and enjoyment on the court. Our experts give you their best advice to
choose the right Osaka padel racket for your needs!
With a weight balance closer to the handle, round-shaped padel rackets are very manoeuvrable. Their round sweet-spot is quite forgiving and located in the middle of the head. These padel rackets provide excellent control, which is a great asset for not only casual but also highly skilled defensive paddle players. The downside of round padel rackets is their lack of power for smashes.
If you are unsure of what shape you prefer, you can never go wrong with a round padel racket.
Teardrop-shaped padel rackets have a center of balance between the middle
and the top of the racket, are versatile but have a focus on providing more
powerful shots into your arsenal. We have aimed to make them as
manoeuvrable as possible given the balance closer to the head.
They will suit intermediate and advanced players who prefer a more
All our padel rackets are built from Japanese carbon fiber, high grade
fiberglass or a combination of the two which we refer to as composites.
Our beginner rackets are built from fiberglass, fiberglass is not as stiff as
carbon fiber making the rackets you build out of it easier to play with, it is also less
expensive which allows us to offer high quality rackets at entry level pricepoints.
Our intermediate level rackets are built out of a carbon/fiberglass composite.
They are not quite as stiff as 100% carbon rackets but they will allow players that
are growing their technical capabilities to get more precision and power out of their
Our advanced level rackets are built out of 100% carbon fibre. They are the
lightest, and most demanding rackets we offer. The best players will need to use all
their skills to get the most out of these rackets.
EVA foam is in high demand in the sports- and especially padel-market today
because of its exceptional qualities and uses. EVA foam is produced by a co-
polymerization reaction between Ethylene and Vinyl Acetate, hence EVA. It is highly
durable and sturdy even at extremely low temperatures. More importantly for padel,
it is able to withstand repeated stress and compression without obtaining cracks and
recuperates at an incredible rate. It also maintains these properties for a long time
and is considered a very resilient foam.
On top of all that it offers these excellent properties in a lightweight package,
making it the ideal choice for padel.
All the above caused us to choose EVA foam in our padel rackets in 2 densities and blends.
Osaka Snap® foam is an excellent lightweight EVA we developed with our
supplier to specifically increase sweet-spot size and help players achieve higher ball-
speeds with less effort. The foam is designed specifically to help you get the
ball back across the net with little effort, this is achieved through the excellent
recuperation rate of the EVA foam, which in turn creates a trampoline effect in the
sweet-spot area. We use this foam in the majority of our range since it is an ideal
foam for a wide variety of players.
Osaka Touch® foam is marginally heavier than its counterpart, but offers some
very similar properties. It was also designed to increase sweet-spot size, but Touch® foam
seeks to offer more control and precision. We achieved this through developing a
slightly less bouncy foam that allows players to place the ball where they want it
from anywhere on the court. Touch® foam is used in parts of our range where we feel
players will be looking for more accuracy.
Most padel rackets for adult players weigh between 360g and 375g. This is
also a good weight range for players looking for a mix of power and control.
Below 370g, a padel racket is easier to move, better suited for reaction volleys
but less powerful. A lightweight padel racket will suit casual players, women
(340 to 370g) and kids between 5 and 10 years (280 to 340g).
Over 375g, a padel racket brings more power, but is also less maneuverable and
less control oriented. A heavy racket will be more efficient for the offensive game
but needs excellent physical skills.
In summary, the higher the weight, the higher the skill level required.
At Osaka, we believe that 90% of players out there benefit from holding as little
weight as possible in your hand. This will allow you to respond more quickly at the
net when playing volleys and give your racket a nice agile feeling. It also helps
greatly in reducing the risk of common injuries like tennis-elbows, or shoulder-joint infections.
What determines the weight in our rackets is the material that is used, Osaka Snap®
foam is lighter than Osaka Touch® foam. But more importantly, carbon weighs a lot
less than glass fibre. Consequentially, the higher the carbon content (or the price) of
the racket, the lighter its weight.
Here is an overview of the weight variations in all our ranges.
Pro Tour LTD : 340-360g
Pro Tour : 340-360g
Vision Pro: 345-365g
Vision Aero: 350-370g