The ball is a very important element in padel that is not always taken into account. Few people know that the ball must have a specific size, weight and composition for it to work properly.
In addition, it is also important to choose a ball that is made by a good brand that has experience in this sport.
A clear example is the Head Padel Pro balls, which comply with the official characteristics of the regulations.
However, there is a lot more you need to know about balls, what are the best brands, how do they differ from tennis balls, what should padel balls be like according to the FIP? All this and more, below.
Everything you need to know about the padel ball
What the International Padel Federation says about balls
Within the official rules of play of the International Padel Federation, the specific characteristics of a padel ball are mentioned on page 15. This is what is mentioned:
“Balls for use in official IFJ competitions shall be those approved by the IFJ. The ball shall be a rubber sphere with a uniform white or yellow outer surface. Its diameter shall be between 6.35 and 6.77 cm and its weight shall be between 56.0 and 59.4 grams.
It shall have a bounce between 135 and 145 cm when dropped on a hard surface from 2,54 m. The ball shall have an internal pressure between 4.6 kg and 5.2 kg per 2.54 square centimetres”.
Some of the most outstanding padel balls on the market
There is a huge variety of padel balls on the market, but there are some that are more recommended than others. These are some of the brands that have been the most chosen during the 2021 season:
Adidas Speed Rx. These Adidas padel balls are famous because they were created for competitive padel. The firm of the three stripes seeks a better adaptation to the current demands of padel, which include a higher intensity. Therefore, these balls are characterised by their higher bounce and speed.
Wilson Padel Comp. These Wilson balls, as the name says, were created for the competition. They comply with all the regulations of the Federation, they are faster and with more rebound for professional-level padel.
Black Crown Pro. The Black Crown Pro padel balls are suitable for all types of players, with an inner rubber composition that gives the ball more bounce.
Differences between a padel ball and a tennis ball
One of the most common questions among players is whether tennis balls and padel balls are different. This is a very understandable doubt, because, at first glance, the balls of both sports look identical. You could say that they are very similar, but they do have some small differences.
In terms of colour, shape and rubber composition they are exactly identical. However, when reviewing the rules of the game, it can be found that there are certain differences in the technical characteristics.
As for the diameter, tennis balls must be between 6.35 and 6.67 centimetres, while padel balls must be between 6.35 and 6.77, i.e. they can be slightly larger.
Regarding weight, tennis balls can weigh between 56.7 and 58.5 grams. Padel balls can weigh between 56 and 59.4 grams. This means that you can find padel balls that are lighter and heavier than tennis balls.
In addition to the diameter and weight, a very important factor that differentiates them is the pressure. Padel balls have a lower pressure, which results in a slightly slower game.
Tennis balls, due to their higher pressure, tend to offer a higher bounce and much more intense playability.