Padel balls are an essential part of the game and can significantly impact your performance. A frequently asked question is: how long do padel balls last? In this blog, we'll provide a comprehensive answer and share useful tips to determine when it's time for a new can of padel balls.

How long do padel balls last?

The lifespan of a padel ball varies and depends on factors such as the player's skill level, the type of court, and environmental conditions. On average, a padel ball lasts about 2 to 4 matches. After that, the ball may still be usable but expect less bounce and predictability.

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Different brands and quality

Not all padel balls are the same. Different brands and types of balls vary in quality and longevity. 

Impact of playing style

The lifespan of padel balls also varies based on your playing style. An aggressive player with powerful shots will wear out the balls faster than someone with a more conservative playing style.

Environmental factors

Temperature and altitude can significantly affect the lifespan of padel balls. Balls wear out faster in warm environments, while playing at high altitudes can influence the ball's pressure and bounce. Rainy weather can also shorten the lifespan of balls.

Checklist: How to know if a padel ball is still good?

Follow this simple checklist to check if your padel balls are still in good shape:

  1. Pressure test: Squeeze the ball. A good padel ball feels firm and offers resistance. A soft, easily compressible ball has lost its pressure.

  2. Bounce test: Drop the ball from shoulder height onto a padel court. A good padel ball will bounce back to hip height. If it bounces lower, it's time for a replacement.

  3. Surface and color: A good padel ball has a bright yellow color and a light amount of fuzz. Balls that are too fuzzy or worn perform less well. Also, if the brand logo is no longer visible, it's time for new balls.

  4. Consistency in play: Hit a few shots with the ball. If it flies or bounces irregularly, it's a sign of wear.

  5. Sound: Listen to the sound the ball makes when it contacts the racket. A clear and solid tone indicates a good ball. A dull or soft tone suggests wear.

Good way to extend the lifespan of padel balls

Some players use a pressure regulator for their padel balls. This can be an option to extend the lifespan of the balls. Read more about a pressure regulator in this blogpost or click here for the pressure regulator products.

Training vs. match balls

There's a difference between the balls you use for regular training and those for matches. Training balls don't need to be in perfect condition, while you always want fresh balls for matches.

Tips to make your padel balls last longer

  • Only open a new can of padel balls when you're ready to use them to keep the pressure optimal.
  • Avoid playing in the rain as this can significantly shorten the lifespan of the balls.
  • Store unopened cans of padel balls in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
May 03, 2024 — Jorn van t Klooster