Eight Padel Pointers for Newbies!

There is a lot to take in and learn when you first enter the world of padel. Playing your first few matches and winning is an exhilarating feeling, to say the least. So, to help you improve your chances of winning more matches, we have 8 useful padel tips for beginners.

Tip 1: Play Against Stronger Opponents

 

 

Playing against stronger opponents is one of the first pieces of advice for padel beginners. It might not be obvious, but playing against players who are more skilled than you tends to help your talents. On the other hand, playing against opponents with less experience can actually stop you from improving. Your game will automatically improve as you encounter a more difficult task when you find yourself in a high-intensity game with more seasoned players. Additionally, you can pick up a lot by seeing and analysing the techniques and moves of these more experienced players. It’s a fantastic approach to enhance your abilities.

Tip 2: Get Coaching

 

Working with a coach can improve your padel game greatly since they can assist you in perfecting your technique and offer an abundance of useful guidance and strategies. Going with one-on-one sessions rather than group courses with a coach for two to four pupils is a smart choice.

 

 

Do not misunderstand; group sessions can also be helpful. One-on-one sessions, however, provide a more customised experience. In a one-on-one session, the coach has more time to concentrate on your unique requirements.

Tip 3: Master wall play

 

It might be difficult to get the feel of playing off the walls, especially if you come from a tennis background. When the ball gets close to the wall, your natural impulse may tell you to back away rather than maintaining your position or even going forward.

 

But here’s the thing: understanding how to make the most of those walls is absolutely crucial.
Believe it or not, the wall can become your best friend on the padel court, helping you score a ton of points, especially as you advance in skill.


Here are a few tips for using the wall to help you:
● Stay relaxed
● Prepare your racket early
● Gauge the ball’s speed and depth: Remember, a harder and deeper shot will produce a bigger bounce
● Watch for spin: Keep an eye on whether the ball has topspin, which makes it rise off the wall, or slice, which causes it to dip after hitting the wall

 

If you’re struggling with wall play, don’t stress about making fancy moves. Just focus on getting the ball back over the net at a moderate pace.

Tip 4: Master the Basics of Court Positioning


For those new to the game, positioning on the padel court can be a bit perplexing.


Regardless of your prior sports background, without some guidance, you’re likely to end up in the wrong places at the wrong times.


Here are two key things to remember about positioning in padel:
– Steer Clear of No Man’s Land: Avoid lingering in the no man’s land area because it’s quite challenging to effectively volley and defend from there.
– Strategic Net Play: Realise that the net is where you can really shine, as about 90% of your successful shots will happen from there. 

Being at the net opens up a world of options compared to staying at the back of the court.

 

Make a dash for the net in these situations:
● Right after serving
● When you or your partner lobs the opponents
● Whenever you manage to hit the ball past the white line on the opponent’s side

Tip 5: Get Comfortable with the Continental Grip

 

This one’s a bit more technical, so if you’re not already using the continental grip, be prepared to spend a few weeks getting used to it.


The continental grip makes executing technical padel shots much easier. Now, as a beginner, you don’t need to worry about advanced shots like the bandeja, vibora, or kick smash just yet.


So, why bother with the continental grip now? 

Well, because eventually, you’ll need it for those shots. Developing this grip early on is excellent practice for the future.


Here’s why it matters:
● More spin on the ball
● Increased acceleration
● Improved technique for all shots
● Better dexterity and manoeuvrability


Don’t be discouraged if you struggle initially or feel awkward with this grip. It may take a couple of weeks to adapt, but it’ll become more natural with time.

Tip 6: Stick to a Steady Game

 

Playing consistently helps you establish a good rhythm and maintain momentum. It keeps you in practice and more prepared than your  opponents. Consistency is the key to winning more matches. If you focus on getting every ball back with minimal mistakes, you’ll come out on top against opponents of similar or even higher skill levels. 

 

You can beat someone who is technically better just by returning more balls consistently.

Tip 7: Ease Up on Your Shots

 

You can actually play an entire game using just 50% of your shot power and still win.


The situations where you should really give it your all are quite rare: Kick smash, Flat smash, Aggressive vibora/bandeja/volley. 

But as a beginner, you don’t need to focus on these just yet. Instead, concentrate on: Positioning, consistency, improving your net game and building your technique.


So, if you’re wondering how hard to hit the ball, think about your maximum power and then cut it in half. That’s the level you should aim for.

Tip 8: Gear Up for Success

 The final piece of advice for beginner padel players is to make sure you’re properly equipped.

 

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