Recent sponsorship with adidas – offered choice of the Adipower padel rackets. So in this video I explain the differences and why I chose the one I did.
I have always liked the adidas range of rackets, they’re a brand that don’t take shortcuts when it comes to the quality of the materials.
Before I chose the racket to use I spent about a week playing with the 3 Adipower range. I checked the balance and the weights of the rackets (using a sample of 10 rackets each model) and here are my thoughts:
Starting with Adipower 2.0 (– Seba Nerone racket)
This has a tear drop shape, meaning it is slightly more head heavy and the distribution of materials also aligns with that. The racket is hard and the heaviest of the 3 – weighing at an average of 376-378g. This is definitely the most powerful of the range, with the balance towards the head and the hard impact. It is only my opinion, but I would probably recommend this for tennis players or more advanced players (not necessarily someone starting out).
Next the Adipower Control 2.0 (– Alex Ruiz racket)
This has a rounded shape and the materials are same as adipower 2.0, so again quite firm, but the weight is more evenly distributed. This racket on average weighed about 371-373g, but as the balanced was more neutral it feels a lot lighter. This racket had a great feel between power and control, it’s lighter but still produces good power (given the hard composition). I would recommend this for players of all levels, a good racket for someone starting out, but also for more experienced players.
Finally the Adipower Soft 2.0 (– Ale Galan racket)
This has a tear drop shape and weighs on average 373-375g, which falls nicely between the other 2 rackets. The balance I also find between the 2 rackets, slightly more head heavy than the Control 2.0 but not as much as the 2.0. The main difference for this racket is the composition – the material used is a high quality memory foam which makes it softer than the other 2. It is not super soft (I have played with much softer), but I feel that softer material gives more control with the relevant shots. Personally, I prefer this soft feeling, and really like the control the racket gives me, but not compromising on the power.
The Adipower range of padel rackets are high quality, the carbon frames make them robust rackets. I like the rough surface even if it might not make a huge difference and I generally like the feel of all of these padel rackets.
If you play with one of the adipower range, let us know!