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Another kind of fridge at the World Padel Tour Marbella Open

Some players surprised the audience at the Cervezas Victoria Marbella Masters by putting their rackets in coolers.

The Fridge isn’t anything new to those in the world of padel. Players avoid hitting the ball to the better of their opponents so that they are only able to play a minor role in the match. Players are using a “chilling” strategy on the court, just not in the way everyone expected.

During the last World Padel Tour Marbella Master, many players stored their padel rackets in a camping cooler during the match. A choice that puzzled many a tournament attendee.

Of course, the city of Malaga always encourages cooling off, but why would the players do such a thing? The answer has to do with heat. Something so simple and yet so complex.

Heat, a racket’s worst enemy

Anyone who has ever played padel has been told that heat is one of a padel racket’s worst enemies. This is because the materials wear out and the rubber softens, affecting the delivery and control of the ball.

Not to mention that a racket subjected to high temperatures for a long period of time can easily break. After all, heat makes some materials expand. In this case, it’s mainly the EVA rubber that the core of the racket is made of.

Excessive heat will cause the rubber to soften, making the racket less accurate and less powerful. Especially if the racket gets hotter than 40 or 50ºC, temperatures that could destroy it in the blink of an eye.

And that’s why some participants in the finals lineup of the Marbella Masters pulled fresh rackets out of their coolers in the middle of the match. But this isn’t something that can be done any which way.

Cooling a racket to improve ball delivery

Much like heat, cold also influences a racket’s materials. Instead, the rubber will harden, as cold makes certain materials contract.

Your striking power will be better than if you were to allow the racket to overheat. However, this can also pose certain risks, especially to the durability of the racket, which can also break easily if subjected to excessive cold.

Some effects can worsen if we add in humidity, which is, undoubtedly, another of the padel racket’s biggest enemies.

While this happens with almost any material, it is worth remembering that humidity can cause certain parts of a racket to mould and rot. Not to mention how difficult it makes it to put a good spin on the ball.

Therefore, apart from keeping the racket cool, it’s also important to keep it dry. So if you decide to try this trick, avoid burying your racket in buckets of ice, however tempting it may be.

If not, there’s no point in protecting the racket from the heat to expose it to other equally dangerous conditions.

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