Padel in brief - read and enjoy!
What is Padel, why it’s so much fun and how to play it?
Are you planning to try out Padel? Or are you already hooked to Padel?
Padel is a social game, good cardio training, and a fun racket sport played in a box by doubles. Padel is easy to learn and hard to master. Padel is a rather new game for a larger audience, and it is coming from Acapulco since 1969. In Padel community, you can meet a lot of new interesting friends and people to do business with. We encourage you to play Padel. It is a great way to have a lot of fun and a good way for exercising.
How to play Padel?
Let’s start by introducing first the most important terms you need to know.
- Match = the whole play from the beginning until the end when the winner is found.
- Set = Two sets need to be won to win the match. A set is won by the team that first wins six games with a two-game difference.
- Game = Six games are needed to win a set. The game is won based on scores.
- Score = Scoring starts at zero (can be called love) and go up to 15 and then 30 and then to 40.
- The Golden point = is a term for the moment of the truth. It is played when the score is 40-40, deuce. The team winning the last serve wins the golden point and wins the game.
- Point = As the scores in Padel are counted from 0 to 15, from 15 to 30, and from 30 to 40. When you earn your first point you get a score of 15 and the second point takes you to score 30 and the third point takes you to score 40.
How to play Padel in brief?
- Racket – slide your left or right hand through the racket strap and hold the racket with both hands, one around the grip and another supporting it.
- Serve – in serving you need to hit the ball to the diagonal service area. Before the white service line in line with the glass wall.
- Play – in playing you can use the entire competitors’ side of the court. The ball can only bounce once on the turf and another on the glass.
- Mental hack – you need to be patient and keep your performance consistent to create a moment to make the opponents fail.
Warm-up is an important part of the preparation to not lose the first set
When stepping on the court, slide your hand through the racket strap, hold the racket with a hammer grip and tighten the strap. Always remember to warm up properly your legs and upper body before you start to play. This will make you perform better straight from the beginning and helps you to avoid injuries. The probability of injury in Padel is generally low, but when it happens you might hurt your knees or ankle. In Padel, you always do mutual warm-up on the court by just balling with your opponent on the same side of the court. Another purpose in warm-up is also to get comfortable with your racket and have time to practice your shots before the match starts. By warm up you build consistency to your shots so you are ready to perform in the first set. When you have done warm-up properly you have warmed up your body and your shots. You are now ready to play!
When all players are ready to play, the right to serve first is decided by a toss. The team who wins the toss may either choose to serve or receive. We recommend choosing serving when you win a toss.
The play begins with an underhand serve from the right service court to the opponent’s diagonal service court. You drop the ball behind the service line and after it has bounced you hit it to the diagonal service box on the competitor’s side. Remember that your racket must be at or below your waist level. If the first service is not valid, you have a second chance to serve without losing a point.
The most important thing in Padel is to get the ball always to the opponent’s side after the service and during the play. It is important that the first bounce must hit the service box so that it does not bounce to the mesh. While after bouncing to the turf of the service box, the ball can bounce to the side glass.
When you play Padel both in serving and in playing the ball must always hit the ground before hitting the side or back walls. If the ball fails to cross the net or hits straight to the glass or mesh on the competitor’s side the pair who hit the ball gives the point to the opponent.
How are points calculated?
After winning the fourth point, you win a serve and the first game.
But if the score is tied 40-40, a team must win the golden point to win a game.
To win a set you need to win six games with a two-game difference.
When the score is 6-6 a tiebreak defines the winner of the set.
To win a tiebreak, you need to get seven points with a two-point difference.
The team that first wins two sets wins the match.
Summary of your success recipe in Padel
Let us share a reminder and the most important tip. Padel is a strategy game more than any other racket game. Patience pays off in Padel you more often succeed by hitting smartly instead of hitting hard. Keep yourself calm and during the game keep on going dialogue with your teammate about the next steps in your game tactics. This will pay off and make you shine on the court.
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The final tip to be a master in Padel
Let us share immediately one more tip. Consistency is the key. A team that is making more errors is most of the team who loses. This means you want to focus on consistency in your performance. In practice, this means that you do not need to rush to the net. Instead, take your time and be more selective. At the beginning of the match, it is important to build your confidence and on the other hand, you can identify what your opponents are struggling with. In this type of tactic, you simply start to control the game and might even succeed to make your opponents become nervous.
While doing like this, you create a very strong game plan in the beginning of the game. At the same time, it is physically smart, because you save a lot of energy and make you reserve energy until the end of the match. This helps you manage yourself also mentally as you do not get involved too much in stressful situations that will create adrenaline. To sum up, these are our key pieces of advice to maintain consistency in your performance and more likely to master the game to win.
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