What's the sweet spot?
This term comes up in the world of racket sports constantly, but it is a term that we do not always know what it refers to. That is why we at M1 Padel have decided to put an end to this doubt. Whether you are an experienced player or a novice, we encourage you to take a look at this article.
The theoretical part says that the sweet spot is the point of impact where the ball takes on the greatest possible control and strength. This sounds like Chinese to us, but the best translation is that it is the perfect point to hit the ball with the paddle or racket for greater hitting efficiency. We are going to explain this term in detail, depending on the type of padel racket it is placed in one place or another.
In padel, the best area to hit is the one that resists the impacts the best and with the least force we need to hit the ball. This area is usually the one that is the least close to the edges, that is, the center of the padel racket. The sweet spot is not always in the center of the blade but it is usually something common. The alignment of the wrist to the center of the blade requires less force to achieve high performance. The sweet spot depends on the weight of the blade, the balance and the shape of the blade. With a heavy weight on the head, less effort is needed to return the balls if we hit the top of the padel racket.
There are three types of padel rackets: round, diamond and teardrop shaped. Round blades have a lower balance, that is, a larger surface to hit on. This translates into a higher sweet spot. It is usually located in the center of the blade.
Diamond-shaped blades have the most sweet spot at the end of the blade. The biggest distance between a side edge and the center line is located more at the end of the head. These mallets have very little sweet spot surface so it is more difficult to get a grip on this type of blade. The high balance of the blade makes the weight reside on the head. This, combined with the high sweet spot, makes the ball fly off with a lot of force.
Finally, teardrop-shaped padel racket have a medium balance. That is, the weight of the padel raccket is distributed between the head and the fist. This model is a hybrid between the above mentioned. The greater distance we get between the lateral edge and the central dividing line means that the sweet spot is between the end of the blade head and the centre of the blade. This is where we have the largest surface area possible and therefore the sweet spot in this type of blade.
Of course, this is just the theory. Put into practice, there are variables that we cannot control and that sometimes make this change. The materials that the blade is made of, for example. Sometimes you'll find diamond shaped shovels with a sweet spot oriented a little more to the center. The best option is to try out each blade and see which one suits your playing style best.
We encourage you to try out as many padel rackets as you like in our in-store test service! Or find the shovel you need at M1Padel.com. If in doubt, don't hesitate to call our specialists!