Best Padel Rackets for Intermediate Players 2021

The best padel racket for players at intermediate level 2021 targets those who have previous padel experience and play regularly. Here we present some of our personal favorites. We have selected models that are not too difficult to play but still offer top-class characteristics. These rackets also work great for advanced-level players. Are you ready to up your game?

Best padel racket for intermediate level selection


StarVie Aquila Space Pro 2021

Shape: Teardrop
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Review of StarVie Aquila Space Pro

StarVie Aquila Space 2021
StarVie Aquila Space Pro 2021
PADELJOY REVIEW
SUMMARY
An affordable quality racket from Spanish brand StarVie. Good for both control and power. The Pro-version is harder than the regular Aquila Space.
OVERALL SCORE
8
PROS
Consistent results in all parts of the game
Good for power
Excellent price-quality ratio
CONS
Hard to maneuver in some defensive situations
8

SCORE


Nox ML10 Pro Cup Arena 2021

Shape: Round
Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Review of Nox ML10 Pro Cup Arena

Nox ML10 Pro Cup Arena 2021
Nox ML10 Pro Cup Arena 2021
PADELJOY REVIEW
SUMMARY
The ML10 Pro Cup Arena is suitable for many types of players. Its forgiving properties will help new players, and it’s equally suitable for advanced players.
OVERALL SCORE
8.5
PROS
Improved design
Comfortable
Suits many types of players
CONS
Doesn’t shine in any specific part of the game
8.5

SCORE


Vidar of Båstad CC Pro 2021

Shape: Teardrop
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Review of Vidar of Båstad CC Pro

Vidar of Båstad CC Pro 2021
Vidar of Båstad CC Pro 2021
PADELJOY REVIEW
SUMMARY
A well-balanced and comfortable padel racket. The most versatile model of Vidar of Båstad’s padel rackets. Suitable for many different types of players at intermediate level and better.
OVERALL SCORE
7.5
PROS
Great design
Quality feel, manufactured in Spain
Well-balanced and good for control
CONS
No structure on the impact surface
7.5

SCORE


Why is it important to choose the right racket?

As a beginner, 90% of your focus is getting the ball over the net. When you start playing at a higher level, it is not enough to just keep the ball in play. You need to do better shots that make it harder for opponents to win points. At this point, it’s time to leave the beginner rackets behind.

A quality padel racket will help you to take your game to the next level. With better materials and characteristics, it’s easier to control the ball and generate power.


What shape should the padel racket have?

When you have a better technique, you have more options when it comes to the shape of the racket. The choice should depend on your preferences and your style of play. If you prioritize control and manageability, our recommendation is a round racket with low balance.

If you want more power, a drop-shaped racket is a good option. We recommend that you stay away from the most difficult-to-play diamond-shaped rackets.


How much is a racket for intermediate level players?

The range of padel rackets for intermediate-level players is large and prices vary. A good racket for the average player starts from about 150 Euros and can cost up to several hundred Euros. Like with most other products, sometimes you pay for the brand and not the quality of materials and characteristics.


Tips for choosing the right padel racket

Playability above all

When you start to feel comfortable on the padel court, it is easy to become overconfident and buy a super-advanced padel racket. Keep in mind that you are still in a learning phase and that a racket that is too difficult to play can interfere with your continued development. We recommend that you continue to stick to an easy-to-play racket with better playing properties and materials than beginner rackets. Let your choice of racket reflect the player you are and not the player you want to be.

Experiment

If you are an intermediate-level player, you are probably in a fun and exciting phase. You’re past the beginner phase and often develop at a fairly fast pace. This is a perfect opportunity to experiment with testing rackets of different shapes, weights, and playing characteristics. This way, you can begin to identify what works best for you.

Be honest with yourself

Be aware when playing and try to identify how different rackets affect your game. Is it too difficult to play with, would you benefit from a more easy-to-play racket? Do you play better with softer rackets? Which balance do you prefer?

Once you have bought a new and often expensive racket, it’s easy to try to like it no matter what. Instead, try to keep an open mind. It should feel 100%.


Best padel rackets for intermediate level players 2021 summary

Once you made it through beginner level, it’s important to upgrade to a racket with better materials and characteristics. It’s no longer about just getting the ball over the net, but about winning points against better opponents.

If you are primarily looking for control and manageability, you should choose a round racket. For more power in the attack, you should consider a teardrop-shaped racket. Stay away from diamond-shaped rackets until you are at a more advanced level.

The price for a quality racket range from about 150 Euros to several hundred Euros. Prioritize playability and experiment with different types of rackets to find the one that suits you best. Don’t be afraid to change the racket if your performance doesn’t benefit from your current racket.

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