Perfecting Back Glass Shots Timing
Playing padel is all about getting your racket in front of your center of balance to hit the ball. As a result, racquet sports instructors often speak about “falling behind.”
This makes it more impossible to play with any kind of force or control as the ball moves away from you.
This is where the unique back glass feature of the padel comes in handy. It is common for the ball to contact the glass and bounce back to a position where you may once again be behind the ball and play your return.
In certain cases, it will be hard to get behind the ball after it has hit the ground. If the ball bounces too close to the glass, there is no room for you to get behind it, or you are too far away to get back before the second bounce.
Check out this video to see how you should hit off the back glass:
As a general rule, you should only attempt to strike way past the net as the last option due to the lack of force and precision.
Play a more conventional padel shot if at all feasible by getting behind the ball
If you don’t feel that confident you can always play it safe especially if you’re afraid you can’t move quickly enough. If you’re the type of player that often misses out on volleys on lobs you may find yourself squaring up against the back wall much more often than is necessary.
At the end of the day, practicing the most important volleys in padel will be a worthwhile investment of time. Watch this video to see if you’re committing any of these volley mistakes:
One of the most typical forms of backglass shots is taken via the rear window. Initially and foremost, we prefer to learn this kind of technique because it’s the most basic. I’m referring to the high lob from the back glass.
Because of this stroke, you’ll need a lot of force and aggressiveness to smash the ball up and over your opponents’ heads with your forehand or backhand, so that it lands beyond their service lines.
The difficulty of hitting the fence over the glass, however, is not a concern for many players, particularly those who are just beginning. The most typical issue is when players aim too low on the glass, which results in a volley that is easier for your opponents to handle.
Another problem I often see is when a player hits the ball high enough, but too softly, resulting in a lob that doesn’t go far enough.