The shape of a Padel racket is usually divided into three different shapes: Diamond, Teardrop, Round. There is no shape that is better than another it depends on play style and strengths, all three shapes are represented at elite level of Padel.
The diamond-shaped Padel racket has the hit spot (sweet spot, which gives clean hits) higher up in the racket. This makes diamond-shaped rackets more difficult to play as the risk of mistakes is greater. But once you hit right, the ball gets a very high speed. Many players who are known for their powerful hits play with the diamond shape. Suitable for the more attack-oriented player who likes to go offensive. Its more difficult to play with and do not offer the same control, but in exchange you get significantly more speed and power, especially in volleyball and smashes.
A very important note is that the disadvantage of a smaller sweet spot is that unclean hits will give vibrations in the racket which may increase the risk of injury.
The teardrop shaped rack is a combination of the round and the diamond shaped racket. These have a balance close to the center, are versatile and offer a perfect combination of power and control. Sweet Spot sits a little higher up but still has a relatively large hitting surface. Several stars in Padel use this shape. In general, the teardrop Padel racket is suitable for those who are at the beginning of their Padel development and still has a relatively clean hit as they are relatively easy-swinging and forgiving, but are also provide a little bit more power in the shots.
A very important note is that the larger surface that provides clean hits reduces the vibrations in the racket which also reduces the risk of injury.
The round Padel racket is generally the easiest shape to play with. The optimal hitting surface (Sweet Spot) is larger and sits more centrally on the racket. Round rackets often provide increased control and precision. Often suitable for slightly more defensive players, this does not mean that its only for beginners, many "hard hitting" elite players uses a round Padel. In general, the round Padel racket is suitable for those who are at the beginning of their Padel development as they are more easy-swinging and forgiving. They are also suitable for more advanced players who primarily seek control and precision in their game.
A very important note is that the larger surface that provides clean hits reduces the vibrations in the racket which also reduces the risk of injury