The Turning Point in Padel
Padel is unique in that the ball seldom goes out of bounds since the court is totally enclosed. One thing about padel is you have to be accurate when it comes to turning and switching positions. Here’s how:
First off, let’s take a look at this detailed video on when to turn or to step away when trying to return a ball or on offensive:
Another unique thing about padel is the walls. This could be both your enemy or your friend.
You may even deflect the ball using your barriers. This opens up a whole new kind of play in padel because of it. Keep in mind, too, that you may only hit the ball against a glass or concrete wall and not straight against the fence while playing this sport.
A point is forfeited if you strike your opponent’s wall or fence before the ball has rebounded on their ground at least thrice.
When an opponent’s player makes a strong smash, the ball often bounces off the floor and over the walls, ending up on the other side of the court. You still have a chance to rescue the ball if you get out of the cage as fast as possible.
To bring the ball back into play, you may either go through the door frames on the side or go over the barrier directly. Rallies based on this guideline are usually exciting to see.
I mean the pro-players literally go above and beyond just to save the ball!
Another great thing in padel is the variety in technique. To force your opponent off the court, it’s common sense to use topspin strokes. In the padel cage, on the other hand, this is impossible due to the ball bouncing against the wall.
Playing the ball in such a manner that it bounces on the opposite side of the court several times is the goal. Topspin isn’t as effective here as the slice. It may be used on either the forehand or backhand side of the court.
As a result of this, the backswing is much shortened. For the vast majority of strokes, it’s best to use what’s known as a continental grip. For tennis players, it takes some time to get accustomed to this grip position since our forehand grip is different.
In general, padel rallies last very long therefore the shorter backswing saves more energy.
Playing padel tennis is a lot of fun, particularly if you want to work on your reflexes. You’ll also be able to work on your racket-ball coordination in a different approach.