How to choose your beach tennis paddle
Need help choosing a beach tennis paddle? iamBeachTennis is here to help! Here are some things you should consider in selecting your new racket.
Your skill level:
When picking the right beach tennis paddle, the first thing you should consider is your level and style of play.
Beach tennis paddles are made from Carbon, Fiberglass, Kevlar or a mix of the three.
Generally, beach tennis paddles used by beginner and intermediate players are made out of Fiberglass, which is a more absorbent and elastic fiber, thus offering players a softer touch and higher accuracy. Fiberglass is also cheaper than Carbon and Kevlar, making the rackets more affordable and perfect for players new to beach tennis.
Beach tennis paddles for advanced and professional players are made out of Carbon or Kevlar. These fibers are more rigid than Fiberglass, offering the players more power and control.
Racket weight and length:
Beach tennis paddles generally weigh anywhere between 300 and 350 grams.
The heavier the racket, the more stable it is and the more power a player can generate with each strike.
A lighter beach tennis paddle will give a player more hand speed, maneuverability, and control of the ball. If you are new to beach tennis, we recommend not to get a paddle that’s too heavy.
As for the length of a beach tennis paddle, most are generally 50cm long. Rackets smaller than this are only recommended for kids or players with small hands. Generally, the shorter the beach tennis paddle, the more control one has.
Beach tennis paddles with low balance distribute the weight more towards the handle of the paddle, offering players more control over the racket.
Beach tennis paddles with high balance distribute the weight more towards the head of the paddle, allowing players to generate more power with each strike but at the expense of some maneuverability.
Beach tennis paddles with medium balance distribute the weight more evenly throughout the racket, maintaining a solid balance between control and power.
Generally, we advise low to medium balance for beginner and intermediate players, and medium to high for advanced and pro players.
Racket thickness or profile:
The thickness or profile of beach tennis paddles range from 19mm to 23mm. Generally, the thinner the beach tennis paddle, the less the “ball exit” (in other words, the less the ball will bounce off the racket) and, in turn, the more control one has.
Racket surface finish:
The surface finish of a beach tennis paddle can be smooth or rough. Some beach tennis paddles already come with a rough finish. Others come smooth with a gloss finish. On these beach tennis rackets, most players – especially the advanced or pros players – like to apply grit to get extra spin on their shots. Note that adding grit will increase the weight of the beach tennis racket and may change the natural balance of the racket.
Spiderundergrip® is a rubber grip that goes on the handle of the beach tennis racket underneath your regular grip. Spiderundergrip® is designed to improve your game by giving you a better grip, more control, and more comfort in your hands. The extra cushion you get with a Spiderundergrip® reduces vibrations and lessens the tension the muscles of the hands, wrists and forearm must withstand with each shot.
At iambeachtennis we filter our beach tennis paddles by level, weight, balance, finish and other features. We also include descriptions and specifications for all of our beach tennis paddles to help you pick the right one for your game.
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Pictured athlete: Jony Baños @jonysk8