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This mega-racquet sports conglomerate has a serious commitment to platform tennis. With multiple models with multiple variations, players would do well to check out their offerings in this sport too. If you play the Wilson brand in tennis, you already know of their attention to players of all abilities. If you play another brand, maybe it's time to investigate them in paddle tennis.
The Paddle - containing two different shapes of holes, Wilson designs their paddles to slice through air resistance. The holes are cut on an angle to grip the ball on contact and thereby impart more spin. Their paddles have several densities of foam appealing to different player needs and abilities. Some models even have different densities in the same paddle to enhance play.
The Surface - their proprietary triple grit process is designed to increase the amount of grit in the hitting area. This will increase the spin as the ball strikes and leaves the surface. Uniquely, at the base of the surface and just above the grip, no grit is usually applied reducing wear and tear on hands or gloves that happen to migrate above the handle area.
The Grip - as is the standard for the sport, the 4 ¼ size is for most adults. The grip will need to be replaced as it is used. Also, overgrips can be applied for those whose hands are more comfortable with a larger grip.
The Base - as this very social game is usually a doubles game with post-game beverages a common activity, the built-in bottle opener is a welcome addition to some models. It does not affect the balance or playability of the paddle in any material way. Excessive use prior to play may affect quality of the play, however.
Players new to the game should stick with lighter density foam paddles. These will be on the lower end of the overall weight scale and be easier to swing and generate power.
Changing temperatures will ultimately impact the foam in a paddle. Going from car to a court or from court to a locker room means significant temperature changes, especially in winter. Frequent play will also degrade a paddle creating dead spots and/or inconsistent results. The surface grit also will wear down, decreasing its ability to generate spin and maintain control. Finally, new innovations come along all the time. As a result, replacement should be considered annually.
Platform tennis fans will find a full range of products at TennisRacquets.com. Look to us for paddles, shoes and all sorts of apparel for women and men to enhance your experience and fun. Contact us if you have any questions.