Imagine that it is match time and that you have a brand new shovel. The first blows begin to take place and the ball moves. You realize that, without meaning to, you have become more cautious, more conservative in your game and risk little. You don’t want your new shovel hitting the wall or scraping on the ground. You are not the only one!
In these situations, the padel racket protectors have the very clear and defined mission: Protect your shovel and give you security in the game so that you can take maximum risks when necessary. It may seem that these protectors have only an aesthetic functionality, but nothing is further from reality, since they take a large part of the blows during the match.
Benefits of padel racket protectors
Apart from allowing you to give your racket a personal touch, padel protectors provide other benefits, both for the racket and for your game. We list them below:
- They lengthen the life of your shovel. This is the main reason why a padel racket protector is usually purchased. It makes your racket more resistant to bumps and scratches, which, at the same time, allows you to concentrate solely on the game.
- They are light. Padel protectors do not usually weigh more than 10 grams, so they will not affect your game.
- You can modify the balance of your padel. If you decide to use heavier protectors, these can be useful to modify the balance of your racket.
You can give your shovel more power. Sometimes, if you have bought a padel racket that is too light, you can use the padel racket protectors together with the overgrips to give it more weight and, therefore, more power.
In this sense, you must be careful and understand the following: By adding overgrips to your racket you are increasing its weight in the fist part, the sweet spot of the racket decreases and, consequently, you gain control although you lose power.
On the contrary, if you add padel protectors to give more weight to the racket head, you will gain power, but you will lose some control.
How to place a padel racket protector?
Placing the protector on your padel racket is not a complicated process, however, it is necessary to do it with the utmost attention, following all the steps in the correct order so that said protector is adhered correctly and in the optimal position to absorb most of the blows:
- Use cotton and alcohol to clean the surface of the padel racket frame.
- Remove the silicone paper that protects the protector’s glue.
- Put the padel racket protector in place, starting with its central part.
- With the help of a dryer, apply heat along the protector while you stick its ends, avoiding wrinkles or bubbles to appear.
- Let it dry for a few hours to make sure it’s well bonded before you hit the court ready to give it your all.
In the video that we show you below, you can see the process detailed above.
Place a padel racket protector