What kind of blade paddle for me? How do their characteristics: weight, shape, hardness … my game? Learn about factors you should consider in choosing the most appropriate for you paddle blade.
Choosing the right blade paddle
There are so many paddle blades on the market that people who practice this sport often wonder what is the best, or what is the most suitable for your physical condition and your level of play.
The most expensive blade is not necessarily the best, and if you are thinking about buying one for the first time or renew the one you have, in this article we explain the factors to keep in mind when choosing the most appropriate for you.
Before explaining what are the factors that determine what type paddle blade must choose depending on your type of game are, it is advisable that you know the parts of which comprises a shovel and materials with which they made each and they can help you in choosing one or the other.
Basically, and as shown in the picture, a paddle blade has two main parts, which are divided in turn into other areas, which are: the -mango or Grip- handle and the body of the blade.
Handle or grip
It is the area in which the player holds the shovel, and we could say that ranges from the cord until it starts the body of the blade. Unlike tennis rackets , the grip usually one-size in terms of its thickness, and is the player that fits your hand putting on her roughly overgrips.
Depending on the blade, the area for the handle is longer or shorter, even having blades, as AEROX NB, which have a slightly longer handle for easy game to players who come from sports such as tennis. The grip is the point where the blade will hold it, so it is necessary to invest more and change the overgrip when it is beginning to lose its grip.
The blade body
The body of the blade is the entire surface of the same, ranging from just the handle to the frame above it, or the plastic if any. This area is subdivided into different areas that are detailed below:
Heart or neck of the blade
It is the central part of the blade. Is triangular in shape and usually has a hole in the center, but not always, as some manufacturers start making the heart of the blade without central hole, with a design goal that real utility. In this part of the player’s free hand between blows he stands and is important, because it is going to help change grips in the case of experienced players who do.
They are columns that connect the handle to the body and often serve to provide flexibility and strength to the blade and, in some cases, reduce vibration thereof. Some are also of different shapes and thicknesses depending on the design of the blade paddle.
Or frame profile
The profile is the outer part of the blade that covers the surface of scrimmage. It may vary in thickness, and in some cases is more than 38 mm which usually striking surface for a blade is regulatory.
Shovel head or striking surface
The head of the blade or striking surface is any area where the ball is hit. For either regulatory blade must have a maximum thickness of 38mm. Usually it consists of rubber of different hardness and rubber coated fibers (carbon fiber and other components).
It is called sweet spot to hit optimum point, ie the point where hitting the ball at a speed X this would bounce farther than if you hit any other part of the head. This will be an important factor when choosing shovel depending on the type of player you are and if you want to achieve is an orientation towards controlling the ball or to the power factor.
Materials that the paddle blades are made
The paddle blades are made up of different elements, the composition explained in detail:
Usually a twisted wire rope attached to the bottom of the blade.
There are brands that are committed to a type of flat cord with noose, best fits the player’s wrist.
Usually it consists of plastic coated with an overgrip that adds grip and support for the player.
Frame or blade profile
Usually it composed of materials resistant to shocks and the light time: usually carbon, graphite and fiberglass.
For the striking surface of the blade of the paddle-like frame materials they are used, even this portion may be formed of the same material as the frame. The most common materials are carbon fiber, glass, Kevlar, basalt fiber and aluminum fiber.
This part of the blade is usually made up of different hardness EVA. It can also be formed by foam, which is a softer material for extra power to shock.
I must say that usually the paddle blades with excessively soft tires make the player get a better sense of touch, but often break before the great suffering stress fibers face of the blade.
Some blades carry a plastic bonded with adhesive or with holes or embedded metal screws to the blade. This protection gives extra protection to the blade in the beatings against the walls.