When you practice team sport, the importance of getting along well with your teammate (s) is of paramount importance so that the game can be as smooth as possible, without a hitch.
In paired racket games, understanding is obviously an essential criterion.
Do not be shy in the center
We can never say it enough, but as soon as we start to padel in competition, we realize that we cannot win without good communication. The courts of padel being more restricted than those of tennis, the space is less there and the tactic of sending the ball to the middle of the field to sow discord or doubt in the opposing team is more than tempting.
It can often pay off. Indeed, if the opponents are not used to playing together and they have a little trouble communicating, then they will not know who should take which ball. Things will get more complicated for them, with an atmosphere that could quickly fester over the game between the two players.
Players who have trained together for a long time, who have been able to train to anticipate this kind of situation, will have been able to create automatic mechanisms and strong links to avoid this kind of inconvenience, by not giving opponents any roughness so that they cling to it.
The higher the level, the more the play in the center is important in the padel, and it is therefore necessary to be able as a pair to know in advance who should play which ball!
Placement on the court
Another important aspect: the placement in the field.
It is certain that here too, time spent with your buddy can only be beneficial in order to get to know you better on the court. If the two players are not able to cover each other and know when to switch positions on the track, the game will quickly get complicated.... Indeed, if they both go to the same place when they have passed, the opponents will often have advantageous situations!
While conversely, partners who know each other inside out will almost always be able to anticipate each other's reactions, be synchronized to form a compact block, and instinctively turn when they have passed.
Get back to basics and communicate!
You will have understood it: nothing will replace common sense, the intelligence of the game and the automatisms created during training so as not to interfere with the padel.
A solid “monolith” will be able to communicate verbally and bodily, as naturally as possible, will be able to alternate the attack and defense phases while remaining united to undermine the opponent's game!
Good luck !
Sylvain Barnet, French Swiss Army Knife and sports enthusiast. Geek with a sharp quill, loves when a plan goes off without a hitch. And always up for a game.