The Science Of Winning Padel Matches
In padel, volleys are significant since they account for 30% of all strokes. Aside from that, the net is where the overwhelming bulk of the points are generated. As a result, the disparities between men and women in the way they utilize volleys may be linked to offensive tactics that use spin to alter the shot’s depth, angle, height, pace, and bounce. Let’s dive in deeper:
When you talk about gender differences in aces, there’s not a big gap between male and female professional players. However, the greater incidence of first service faults recorded by women than males might be construed in favor of an increased propensity to force an ace.
Female players are more likely to aim for a comfortable opponent’s stroke reaction by serving along the side wall within their service box, favoring the ball’s contact on the court-side wall that results in an unforced error on their serve.
Studies have shown that in professional padel matches, the second service (performed after the first service error) is done far less often than the first (i.e., 9.56 percent of all completed strokes).
Yes, there’s definitely a method to this madness! Don’t let all the numbers scare you.
If you serve an ace instead, the primary goal in padel might be considered to be the “serve and volley” strategy (i.e., players approach the net from where most points are scored and take advantage of potential opponents’ mistakes like a short lob), but this should be noted nevertheless.
Significant disparities have been found between male and female professional padel players in both technical and tactical abilities. This has led to the identification of two distinct game profiles, each attributed to various player behaviors of coaching approaches.
For example, men outscored women in smashes that determined ball out, leading researchers to speculate that male padel players are more likely than female padel players to employ this game strategy due to differences in strength or more excellent training in over-headed strokes.
This is critical in light of the high rate of injuries to the upper body during padel. Padel’s injury prevention and physical conditioning effectiveness must be studied thoroughly, especially regarding gender differences.
Check out this match analysis to see how professional players use technique and timing fantastically in game:
The outcome of a match is determined mainly by the different playing styles used. Also, a padel game has a clear structure. The players’ spatial location is defined by specific patterns and influences the type of stroke used in the game. Combinations such as baseline stroke plus net volley, baseline lob plus smash should be considered to achieve offensive and defensive goals.
There are apparent differences between women’s and men’s performance, and understanding these differences may help to enhance training programs.
Longer rallies should be included in women’s training sessions, limiting first serve errors and maintaining excellent efficiency of backhand strokes, particularly from the midfield zone.
On the other hand, men’s training programs should emphasize smashes that determine ball exit and backhand volleys played near to the net. Even if no specific technical or tactical elements of match-winning have been emphasized, practical training may be organized by considering the game circumstances that most frequently decide the scoring of points, such as smashes and strokes done from the middle zone.