Padel racket test with Babolat and Dunlop in Münster

A new padel location opens almost every month (there are now over 100 Padel locations in Germany), existing padel locations are building more courts and the number of padel players is steadily increasing - which raises the question for many new padel players"Which padel racket is right for me?".

Padel racket test with Babolat and Dunlop

Padel racket test with Babolat and Dunlop

To answer this question, I met with Florian Schlücker of Babolat (left in the photo) and Jan-Christoph Boldt (right) from Dunlop for a test match. Fourth in the group was Richard Ströhl (centre), who runs a padel facility in Cologne together with Patrick Pihan(Padel Walls).

Florian and Jan-Christoph made their current padel lines available.

As I had been playing the Dunlop Inferno for the last few years, I started the padel racket test with a racket from this brand:

Dunlop Blast - this is also the official racket of Padel Pro Tour player Juan Mieres.

Fortunately, the change was not very difficult, as Dunlop has a very homogeneous range of racquets.

Dunlop Padel Rackets

Dunlop Padel Rackets

It's relatively easy to switch from one racquet to the next - depending on whether you want more control or speed.

The 2017 Inferno model combines both characteristics, but is also less forgiving than the entry-level models. The force required to hit the ball is relatively low, which can be a significant advantage, especially in defence.

Definitely a racquet for ambitious players.

DUNLOP Aero-Star
  • Raue Oberfläche, die den Effekt bei jedem Schlag maximiert.
  • Konstruktion aus 100% Carbon für Festigkeit und Haltbarkeit
  • Diamantform, die Powerplayer bevorzugt
  • EVA-Gummikern für schnellere Ballfreigabe

 

 

Facts about the Dunlop Blast:

  • Shape: Oversize Híbrid
  • Profile: 38mm
  • Weight: 365-375gr
  • Players: Advanced and Profile

After that, two rackets from the Babolat range came up for testing. As I had never played with a Babolat padel racket before, I was curious to see what I could expect. It was clear right from the first 2-3 strokes - this is a completely different world.

Dunlop Blast Padel Racket


Dunlop Blast Padel Racket

By that I mean neither worse nor better, but simply a completely different feeling of play.

First I played the Babolat Star, which is quite light at only 355 grams, which is also noticeable during play. This racket is characterised by very good power transmission and high precision. I found my way into the game with this racket very quickly. Especially when volleying and serving, I had a very high control over the ball.

Facts about the Babolat Star:

  • Shape: round
  • Profile: 38mm
  • Weight: 355 gr
  • Players: Advanced

After that I switched to the Babolat Storm.

With Babolat, too, you quickly notice that the racket family is homogeneous and you can try out a different racket without having to make a big change. The precision is very good, as with the Star model, and you can make a little more power at the same time. Advantages especially for volleying.

Nevertheless, I had a few problems with the Storm model because you need more power with this racquet - this was particularly noticeable in my game with the groundstrokes from behind and with the serves. Maybe I just need to do more strength training again!

Facts about the Babolat Storm:

Babolat Storm

Babolat Storm

  • Shape: Drop
  • Profile: 38mm
  • Weight: 365 gr
  • Players: Advanced

Padel racket test conclusion:

Both Padel supplier have great rackets. Their models cover the whole range from beginners to advanced and professional players. Since I have been playing Dunlop for 4 years, I get along very well with these rackets. Here I will also take a closer look at the Turbo SF, which I had played for a few minutes a few days before. And at Babolat, I will borrow the Babolat Star again. I really had a lot of fun with that one!

A complete presentation of the two 2017 product lines will follow individually in the next few days. There will also be a brief overview of bags and shoes.

My thanks go to:

Florian and Jan-Christoph for the presentation of the rackets and to Richy, who came all the way from Cologne and won the most sets on this day! And of course to Arnd Schade from Trend Sport Rummenige in Münsterwho not only provided us with a great padel location with a panoramic court, but also with hot and cold drinks.

Here you can find more information about padel tennis rackets

Buy Padel Rackets

Here you can easily buy padel tennis rackets (e.g. Adidas padel rackets or Wilson padel rackets):

Tip:

DUNLOP Aero-Star
  • Raue Oberfläche, die den Effekt bei jedem Schlag maximiert.
  • Konstruktion aus 100% Carbon für Festigkeit und Haltbarkeit
  • Diamantform, die Powerplayer bevorzugt
  • EVA-Gummikern für schnellere Ballfreigabe
Dunlop Aero-Star Pro
  • Power Holes-Technologie für mehr Leistung und ein EVA-Gummikern für eine schnelle Erholung.
  • Verstellbarer Riemen für mehr Komfort und ergonomisches Handling auf der Rennstrecke.
  • Tri-Clamp-Technologie, die die Stabilität der Klinge erhöht und die Schwunggeschwindigkeit optimiert.
  • Ein transparenter Dunlop-Schutz, der die Klinge vor Abnutzung und Abnutzung schützt. ---

Ask your padel coach if he can give you a few padel rackets to test.

Then you know what you're buying beforehand!

 

What are padel balls?

Here you can read about Padel Tennis Balls inform.

 

Sale
Dunlop Sports Pro Padel Ball, Yellow, Pack of 3
  • Product highlights:
  • Optimised for frequent use: Ideal for regular players who value quality and durability.
  • Improved visibility: Bright yellow colour that ensures optimum ball tracking.
  • High performance for professionals: Developed for players with advanced technique who are looking for power and speed in their strokes.

 

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Test report by David Ernsting

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