How to choose an Osaka Padel Racket?

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!

Before talking about the technical aspects of a padel racket, we should
define the different levels of players and their primary requirements:

Casual players: As your technique starts to develop. You are best off with an
easy-to-play padel racket, which is relatively light, and offers enough control
to play with precision.

Intermediate players: Your playstyle is not yet fully defined. You should look for
a versatile padel buit with higher grade materials that offers you a good mix of
power and accuracy.

Advanced players: Depending on your playstyle, you should look for
a padel racket with either maximum power or great accuracy.

A Padel Racket is like a recipe, where the ingredients are:

The shape, the weight, the foam, and the materials. These are the key factors you
should observe for choosing your ideal padel racket!

The Shape (2 main shapes)

Round Shape (Control Frame Rackets)

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 for casual but also highly skilled defensive padel 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.

Forehand players (people who play on the right side of the court) play a
defensive role and set-up points by playing well placed lobs and strikes,
rather than finish those points with smashes. This means they will benefit
more from round rackets.

Teardrop Shape (Power & Tech Frame Rackets)

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
aggressive playstyle.

Backhand players (people who play on the left side of the court) play an
offensive role and will finish points with powerful smashes and volleys that apply
maximum pressure. The extra power a teardrop shaped racket provides will assist with these types of shots.

The Weight

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

Vision: 360-380g

Deshi: 370-390g

Deshi Kids : 280 – 320g

The Foam

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.

The Materials

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.

Padel Racket Buying Guide

Player Type Kids Casual Players Intermediate Players Advanced off Advanced Bal Advanced Def
Needs Agility/Stability Agility/Stability Versitality Power Power/Stability Accuracy/Stability
Shape Round Round Round/Teardrop Teardrop Teardrop Round
Weight <300g 360g 350-370g 360g 360g 360g
Foam Snap® Snap® Snap®/Touch® Snap® Snap® Snap®
Material FG FG Composite Carbon Carbon Carbon
Models Deshi Kids

Vision Aero

Vision Aero
Vision Pro
Pro Tour Power
Pro Tour LTD Power
Pro Tour Tech
Pro Tour LTD Tech
Pro Tour Control
Pro Tour LTD Control