Racket grip has a direct influence on your paddle career. At Padel, unlike other racket sports, you can allow yourself to have several racket grips depending on the type of balls to be played.
This article about snowshoeing is very important because it will allow you to acquire the right bases. How to correctly grasp the racket?
Talk about taking from the beginning
Some players are not more interested in snowshoeing. But without a good grip, you can never progress. Sometimes you have to go backwards to go further. We see some players settle for their immediate level, because the padel allows to have fun quickly. If that's enough for you, fine.
Snowshoeing is one of the most important things to fix in your first days on the track. It is better for a professional to correct you immediately to avoid bad habits that will be harder to erase later.
What should I take?
Several rackets are available in both tennis and paddle tennis. Depending on the shots you have to make you will grab the racket one way or another. For beginners, we recommend the continental take or "hammer" which consists of grabbing the racket with your second hand by the edge, then put your "good" hand on the handle. With this jack there you can start playing all types of shots.
Once you've mastered the continental hold, you'll be able to slide your hand to one side of the neck to play backhands or the other side of the neck to play forehands, defensive shots or Vibora ( brush stroke at the height of the face).
Tighten the racket and develop your muscles
When you hit the ball, you realize that the paddle is moving in your hand and that the grip has changed. This is due to not squeezing the handle hard enough.
If you take a look at the forearms of most tennis or paddle players, it is disproportionate compared to the second. Strengthening your arm to better hold your racket is important. Simple exercises like squeezing a ball several times will do the trick. Warning: do not spend the whole game tightening your racket at 100%, do it only when you hit the ball. Between each shot, take the racket with your second hand to relieve tension.
The use of grips and overgrips
Problems of bad grip also come with bad grip.
First, adapt the size of your sleeve to be as comfortable as possible. There are now several styles and sizes of grips that will allow this operation.
Then change your grip regularly. A worn grip is necessarily less effective than a new grip. Finally, you can use products that help reduce sweat in the hand and increase adhesion: talc, sawdust, magnesia, glue spray or resin used by handballers.
Once all these factors are taken into consideration you will have a solid base to focus on the other phases of the game. And there are many ...
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.