Ramiro Choya is one of the most recognized coaches on the professional padel circuit. His advice is always welcome to help players play better. How do you build a point today?
To play padel is above all to understand the rules, to adopt a minimum of technique to be able to take pleasure on the track, then finally it is to add tactics to jeopardize your opponents and take advantage on the point.
Ramiro Choya offers to share the construction of a point in 3 phases:
- The beginning of the point
- the exchange
- The end of the point
The beginning of the point
A point begins with a throw-in followed by a volley, a smash or a bandja. The objective for this player will be to maintain absolute control over the point. Some players do not feel “solid” or ready to hold a long trade and prefer to shorten the trade by trying to gain the point quickly. It is possible when the return of your opponents is poor, but it is rather recommended not to try everything for the time being.
This phase of the game could be likened to a game of chess. Both teams try to overhang the opponents to gain the advantage on the point. The idea is not to take unwise risks. Having bosses, game patterns, prepared sequences will create a danger to your opponents that you can take advantage of to gain the point. The important thing is to find a weak point.
The end of the point
If you have done a good preparation of your point, the end of the point is the time when you end the trading. It is important to know how to detect these moments, too short lobs, opponents who have stayed too far at the bottom of the field or even opponents who are out of comfort position to finish the point and take the ascendancy.
The advantages of Choya
Here are 3 important infos that Ramiro Choya reminds us
- All points do not include the 3 phases
- You will find yourself facing very offensive players who skip the trading phase
- Try to use your head during a padel match. Do not try to hit harder than a better player than you in this area, and do not try to bring a ball more than a hyper-defensive player
The quote from the end
“Padel is one of the only sports where your opponent's mistakes make you increase the score”.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.