How to choose a padel racket for children
The characteristics of children's padel rackets is that they weigh much less than that of adults, depending on their age, the weight is usually around 280 and 340 grams , it must therefore be light to avoid damaging the wrist and play freely. They are initiation and improvement rackets .
The thickness of the paddle has to measure between 33 and 38 millimeters .
The shape of the junior paddle racket must be round to favor control or diamond-shaped if we want to promote a more offensive game.
The sweet spot is wide and the balance is low , because in this way, the weight of the racket will be located towards the fist and will facilitate its handling and the grip must be adequate to facilitate the grip.
Benefits of padel rackets for children
Physical activity is very beneficial for people, but specifically for children, it is very positive. The problem of being overweight and the tendency to suffer diseases derived from it, is more likely if you do not maintain an adequate diet or practice sports from a very young age.
The benefits for the smallest of the house can be from physical, motor, educational and social, since it generates good relationships with other children of their age and they learn to share, play as a team and be motivated to participate.
Paddle tennis is a great sport to instill healthy lifestyle habits in the little ones.
How should my child's racket be?
Depending on the age of your child, there is a specific racket for him.
- For children under 6 years of age , it must weigh less than 280 grams . Its thickness cannot be too great since it must facilitate the hitting of the ball in those exercises or games that require it. It also has to be resistant since at that age, it is most likely that they will hit it against the glass or even have to throw it to the ground in an exercise that requires it.
- Between 7 and 10 years , the thickness of the racket is 36 mm , they are in the growing season, so it is important that it is appropriate for their age. The weight will be intermediate to give them manageability with a touch of power. The shape of it is better to be rounded because the handling and the hits will be more balanced. Keep in mind that at these ages the child grows and has a greater motor development.
- From 10 to 12 years , the rackets resemble those of an adult, although the thickness is also 38 millimeters, the weight should not exceed 330 grams to avoid injuries . The materials that are included in these rackets are specific such as EVA rubber that will give them better sensations of impact of the ball.
- From the age of 12 we can start to buy adult rackets as long as they meet the physical requirements of the adolescent to handle rackets of these characteristics.
The most convenient thing is to start with very light rackets, with little weight, and gradually introduce rackets with the balance changed to improve their performance.