What You Need to Know About Padel’s New Gold Point
The World Padel Tour revealed the Gold Point with groovy music and dazzling video editing. The adjustment is the most significant change to the rules of professional padel since the introduction of out-of-court play. Here’s what we know:
The new regulation, according to the World Padel Tour, was intended to improve the game. According to WPT, the deciding Gold Point will be played anytime the score of the game hits 40-40. The receiving pair then choose which side they will return the service to. The winner of the Gold Point wins the game.
“… World Padel Tour is a competition that is constantly evolving. In previous seasons we decided to modify the official court or the type of grass this year. We introduced the Gold Point with the same objective: to energize the game and make it more attractive for fans who enjoy it live and for those who follow it through television or streaming.”World Padel Tour’s General Director Mario Hernandez,
How does this work?
If both couples have three points, the score of “deuce” will be announced, and the crucial Gold Point will be played. The receiving couple will have the option of receiving the service from the right or left side of the court. The receiving couple cannot shift positions to receive this crucial point. The game will be won by the pair who wins the crucial point.
Increasing padel game ferocity
A measure added to those previously used to make the evolution of duels more dynamic and agile throughout the World Padel Tour’s significant events (Master Final, Master, Open, and Challenger).
Will the Golden Point shorten padel matches?
You would think this was the reason why the rule was introduced, but there’s more to it.
You can’t help but think about those games that go deuce/advantage for what seems like an eternity. However, it turns out that such never-ending games occur in just a tiny percentage of tournament matchups.
Rewatching the final of the 2019 Marbella Masters with a stopwatch in hand revealed that the golden point would have saved just two minutes from the match.
So it’s actually the opposite!
Is there a limit to the number of golden points that may be scored in a match?
Although it may seem odd at first, the amount of golden points that may occur during a padel match has a maximum limit.
If all three sets of the padel match go to a tiebreak, with a score of 6-6, there will be a maximum of 12 games each set and therefore 12 possible golden points per set. During a three-set match, this equates to an absolute maximum of 36 golden points.
Who Stands to Gain From The Golden Point?
The receiving team will gain the most from the golden point. You will not only have what amounts to a breakpoint, but you will also have the option of forcing the serving team to play from their weaker side of the court.