Play at paddle is not like playing a game of tennis. Since runway background can we really earn a point ? Let us try to answer this question.
We often compare padel to tennis because these two sports have great similarities. The balls first, then the calculation of the score, and finally the organization of the field with its net which separates the two camps.
In tennis, most of the points are achieved and organized from the back of the court. Modern tennis makes very little use of climbing the net, except to complete a well-run construction.
In padel, whoever takes the net gains the upper hand over the opposing team, and therefore has a greater chance of winning the point. So can we really earn a point from the back of the track?
The answer is necessarily yes. But one thing needs to be clarified is that a point can be won from the back of the track, without necessarily using a fast ball. If you understand this logic, your game will grow.
When can a point be won with a fastball?
This is the basis. Any balls that you are going to be able to impact above the level of the belt can be fast balls with which you can win the point. We are necessarily talking about the exits of the attack window (the bajadas) of forehand or backhand, but also the forehand or backhand attack without exit of the window. These balls will be hit very hard with a cut effect which will avoid a high rebound, or a brushed effect which will make recovery more difficult.
Can we win a point with a slow pitch?
Of course, but it's rarer. Slow balls are more used to put pressure on our opponents by following at the net. They must be well placed, with adequate speed, and especially in an area difficult to play for the opponents. Lobs are also one of those slow balls.
However, when the defense is well organized and the gap has been created in the opponents at the net, a well placed slow ball can get you the point, but certainly not on the first shot.
So for or against winning a point from the back of the track?
It all depends on the type of player you are. If you are a lumberjack and your vision of padel is to shoot anything that moves at any time in any position, then you are unlikely to score a winning point.
On the other hand, if you are the chess player type, patient and disciplined, you will have a lot more chances to earn points. Put on power when the ball can be played over the belt, and take the time to build, playing with precision, when the balls are low.
So, what kind of player are you more?
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very popular with clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.