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What are the differences between tennis and padel balls? We will tell you here!

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When we start in the world of pádel we realize that there are differences with the tennis. First we get into a court much smaller than a tennis court and we see that we are surrounded by a wall or glass. We take the shovel and see that instead of having strings it has holes, in addition to its size it is smaller and the material is different. But once we see the balls we don't see any difference at first glance. In fact, when we've been playing pádel we come to think that the fact that they balls of pádel it is a marketing ploy to get more money. However, there are differences between tennis balls and tennis balls. pádel. Do you know what is different about them? Keep reading!

Differences between tennis and tennis balls pádel


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With the rules of tennis and pádel in hand we appreciate that the measurements may be different. With respect to the diameter of a tennis ball, this should be greater than 6,35 cm and less than 6,67 cm while the ball of pádel must be greater than 6,35 cm and less than 6,77 cm. In short, the balls of pádel they may be 1 millimeter more.

The weight

The same as in the previous section happens with weight. The tennis ball must weigh between 56,7 and 58,5 grams and of pádel between 56 and 59,5 grams.

The pressure

The pressure on the balls of pádel is lower, which causes the game to be somewhat slower and less pot. Specifically, the ball of pádel it must have an internal pressure between 4,6 and 5,2 Kg for every 2,54 cm2. In tennis, the balls have to be subjected to a load of 8,165 Kg per 2,54 cm2.

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The rebound

The tennis ball must have a bounce between 135 and 145 cm when dropped on a hard surface from a specified height of 2,54 meters while in pádel the rebound must be between 135 and 147 cm. However, we must bear in mind the peculiarity that tennis, when played all over the world, can vary in pressure depending on the altitude of the place where it is going to be played.

The ball of pádel has more rebound than tennis

En pádel sometimes we see brightly colored balls

En pádel we can find balls of more striking colors such as oranges or roses. Despite this, in tournaments they may prohibit the use of this type of balls since the regulations indicate that only yellow and white balls should be used, as is the case with tennis.

Comparison chart

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To summarize everything we have talked about so far, we show you a table where you can see all the differences at a glance:

FeaturesBalls pádelTennis balls
Sizes:> 6,35 cm and <6,77 cm> 6,35 cm and <6,67 cm
Weight56 and 59,5 gr56,7 and 58,5 gr
Pressure4,6 and 5,2 Kg for each 2,54 cm28,165 Kg for each 2,54 cm2
ReboundAmong 135 and 147 cmAmong 135 and 145 cm
ColorYellow and whiteYellow and white

Once you know the differences, do you think it is necessary to have different types of balls to practice both sports? What's more, those of you who have played pádel and tennis, do you notice the differences?

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Our recommendation is that although the differences are not so noticeable, it is advisable to use balls that are approved by the different federations.

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Antonio José Palacios Álvarezhttps://padeladdict.com
Regional Monitor of Pádel by the Andalusian Federation of Pádel. Bachelor of Business Administration and Online Marketing professional. Responsible for the web Padel Addict.


  1. There is an error in the diameter paragraph. According to the measurements you provide the ball of pádel it could be up to 1 millimeter more in diameter. Not 10 centimeters as it says. Greetings.

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