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Javier Concepción , professional player Adidas Padel tackles the following subject: how to play with a southpaw from the point of view of his partner as that of his opponents.

I played this end of the season with García Diestro and the Madrid Challenger with my other fellow adidas Alex Ruiz lefty also.

So I thought it was an opportunity to talk about these famous "left-handed".

At the amateur level, we often fear playing against a southpaw because we do not know how to play them. But this is actually a lack of habit, because in the end, it remains a player like the others!

I will tell you about my experience as a professional player. I hope this will help you in your future matches.

Some tracks to play a left-handed

First observation and this is certainly the main: A pair of left-handed and right-handed is often more aggressive than a pair of two right-handed for example. Both players can assume the function of playing forward and especially smasher. The strong blow of the two partners is therefore in the middle. And that point can be a fault. Because if the partners do not speak to each other or not enough, it can become complicated. The mixed pair must have validated before playing the famous "who takes what".

Here are the points that can complicate things when playing a southpaw:

  • flightThe characteristic of a southpaw is its parallel flight when the ball touches the side wall in its diagonal and then the back wall. For the opponent, everything is reversed. It often takes time to adapt.
  • Lhit: Beware of PAR 3 left-handed!
  • The vibora : the effect that the ball gets when a left-hander makes a vibora is different from the right-hander complicating the opponent's defense.

That's why playing with a southpaw can have benefits. But the mixed pair has an interest in communicating well. So much so that the opposing pair can try to take advantage of a possible failure in this respect.

The lob and its fly

When you play a left-handed player, you have to focus on two main things beforehand: the lob and its volley.

The lob because you have to change its direction obviously avoiding the center. It will be along the line or the crusader. But no lob in the middle.

Same for the volley, against a southpaw, you have to try to play more in the parallel and therefore look for the volley of flips. However, this is not the general norm when playing a southpaw because it will also adapt according to the qualities of each player.

To conclude, we can say that playing padel with a left-handed player opens more possibilities, more angles also. It is a series of advantages that a right-handed player can not give if this left-handed player knows how to take advantage of this condition of course.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.