16 August, 2022

Today, the variety of padel racket types is gigantic. Every year, we see new materials, components, systems and technologies that renew the game. One of the topics that has been the subject of most debate for a long time is that of rough padel rackets.

This is an embossed finish, not a smooth one, which is applied to the surface of the faces of some padel. But does it really influence the game or is it just marketing? What are the benefits and drawbacks of rough padel?

Types of rough finishes for the padel racket

Rough finish padel can be found in any online padel shop, but it is important to understand that not all rough finishes are the same.

Since the trend of rough finishes began to take a major direction, padel brands have sought out different ways to create that roughness, these are some of the most common:

  • Sandy or sanded finish. This type of finish is what has been used in the most recent shovels. A clear example is the new Nox 2021 collection, which has created padel rackets with silica sand finishes. This type of rough finish is the one that adds the most effect to the ball, so it is the most recommended for players who are looking for a lot of effect. This type of finish is very evident and can be easily recognized because you can notice that extra layer of sand, with small points that look like sand particles.
  • Bee panel. The padel rackets with this type of finish are the most common, you can quickly identify them because the roughness pattern is formed by hexagons joined together. This type of finish is also usually identified by the name “3D Hexagon”. The padel rackets with this finish are a little more versatile, with a sufficient and not so exaggerated amount of effect.

A very remarkable effect

The main question of the players is whether they really fulfill the objective of giving more effect to the ball. The answer is that yes, you can tell the difference between a rough padel racket and a smooth finish.

For a long time, it has been believed that adding rough finishes to padel is just marketing, but experts have tested it to find out if it really influences gameplay.

As an example, Manu Martin, an expert in teaching padel, tested different types of rough padel and compared them to smooth-finished padel.

At the end of the test, he concluded that the amount of ball effect was much greater when using rough padel, especially with sanded or sandblasted finish padel.

Effects of roughness on power and ball output

Another of the most frequent doubts and of greater concern to players is whether the finish of the padel racket nfluences other factors such as control, power and ball output.

In theory it should not affect the behaviour of the padel, but many players have stated that it does, although to a lesser extent.

Generally, rough padel rackets tend to have a little less output and bounce, because the roughness increases the grip with the ball. However, it is an excellent option to favour control and effect.


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