Acting All Acute in the Padel Court? A Complete Serving Angle Guide to a Great Match Start
Often find yourself in a dilemma just as the padel starts? Picture this: you don’t get your first serve in,and now you’re on your second serve desperately trying to get the ball in and kick off the game with an advantage. But that’s not as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of technicalities in serving and we’re here to help you get started:
Here’s how you serve with the best angle:
If the ball reaches the top of the net and lands in your opponent’s service square, you will get a let, much as in tennis. However, it is not as simple as tennis since the second bounce is important.
The second bounce, such as rebounding inside the playing surface or against the glass wall, must also be present. The serve is ruled a fault if the second bounce goes over the side fence, and the server is unable to repeat the serve.
It’s critical to have a strong serve since it allows you to obtain a favorable court position and build up to an attacking match-winning stroke. It’s better to strike the sidewall (glass area) right beyond the side fence with your serve. After the ball has rebounded off the wall, your opponent will have very little time to change their shot.
Remember to keep your enemies on their toes. Variation in the serve, will keep your opponent guessing.
It’s critical to take your time with the service and put the ball where you believe it will have the most impact. This is the only shot in the game that is entirely dependent on you and is not influenced by the preceding shot, so make use of it.
In padel, you must serve diagonally, much like in tennis, but from behind the service line rather than the baseline.
To get ready to serve, align your feet side by side, with your front foot facing in the direction you want the ball to travel. Hold the ball in front of you at shoulder height, with your bat lifted over your shoulder and a slightly bent knee.
Drop the ball (do not bounce it) and hit it with your body coming through the ball in a forward motion after allowing it to bounce once (the pressure of the ball should create a bounce to waist height).
After making contact with the ball, pull your rear foot forward to complete the shot in front of you and your bat over the opposite shoulder with the forward body movement. Continue ahead with this forward movement into the net to take your second shot as a volley.
Get to the net quickly after serving and join your partner at the net
You’ll just need three or four steps to get there. Don’t simply sprint up to the net and hope to catch the ball on the way. You must keep an eye on the returner as you approach the net.
Slow down your movement as soon as he makes touch with the ball and prepare to volley utilizing the split-step. This approach makes changing directions easy, particularly if the returner instead hits a lob.
Low, deep along the service line, and down the center with the volley. You might also attempt volleying deep directly at the returner’s feet to bind him.
Volleying wide may be dangerous since you risk hitting the side mesh, and if you make the shot, you may give your opponents more opportunities to attack you.
It’s crucial not to attempt to win the point with your initial volley; instead, keep the pressure on. Focus on the depth and bounce after the volley. The second bounce is the most essential. Keep an eye on your volley’s second bounce and make sure it’s low.
If you don’t go up to the net while serving, your opponents will, and they will have the point advantage. They’ll be able to volley between you and your partner in the area between you and them.
Where should you direct your serve?
If you want to keep your opponent guessing, try shifting the direction and pace of your serve.
- Serve to the backhand side of the court.
- Serving to the forehand
- Serve to the center.
- A high looping serve is a good option.
- Make an attempt at a backhand serve (especially effective to the add court).
Note which serve is providing you the best outcomes against each opponent in each situation so you may employ it when you need the point. Serving into the sidewall may be successful, but serving down the center reduces the angle of the return.
Make the return as low as possible. Above everything, make certain you GET-IT-IN. Return to the server, since he is normally more away from the internet as he travels. Attempt to get him to volley lower than the net.