How to take maximum pleasure in padel regardless of his level of play? The key is above all in the mental approach and the state of mind that we bring to the court. The team Twenty by Ten through its internship offer Padel Experience shares with you some keys to feel better on the court and go beyond the usual frustrations.
LE PADEL IT'S ALL KIFF, FINALLY ALMOST ...
When we talk about padel, we think of relaxation, at that privileged moment of the day when we meet with friends to hit the little yellow ball between four walls. It is well known, the padel This is happiness! Well yes, and no.
Yes because the padel is a sport at the same time fun, playful and accessible while being intense and technical for those which take it seriously. But like all sports, the padel can quickly become a “headache” sport if you don't have the right mindset on the court ...
Whatever your level of play, the important thing is to progress while having fun on the court! It sounds very simplistic, but it is rarely the case. Think about it. Do you moan at the slightest bandeja in the net? Or are you the type of “continuous coaching” with your partner when he hasn't asked you for anything? Or maybe you're going to take a quarter-turn on a contentious ball in a no-stake game. In short, so many disruptive elements that spoil your life (and that of other players) on a field of padel, and for which it is possible to find simple, accessible and effective solutions.
THE 5 KEYS TO SUCCEEDING YOUR PART OF PADEL
Through our internships Padel Experience by Twenty by Ten we meet all types of player profiles. Our team of experienced coaches sees it all, but we reassure you they love it! By dint of seeing players flog themselves all day long, they have designed a small roadmap, with some very simple rules of conduct to adopt so that the player avoids the usual pitfalls and can make the most of their internship.
Arrive on court with the right mindset
It is well known that victory among the great champions often emerges before the match has started, and it is the same at our level. You can't control everything in life, but you can try to arrive with the right frame of mind on a court. Ask yourself the following questions, and be honest with yourself:
- Do I arrive a little before my match so that I can warm up well and arrive relaxed on the court?
- How is my state of mind before arriving at the club?
- Do I manage to put aside my daily worries / my work to concentrate fully and only on my part?
- Did I put my smartphone in silent mode in my bag and can I keep it in the bag for the entire game?
- Have I thought about the game patterns to adopt, the objectives that I would like to set up without worrying too much about the result?
(Very) basic questions that are most often overlooked. Most players arrive at the last minute, do not take the time to warm up before the game, flock to the smartphone as soon as it rings in the bag… Think about it, these little habits can greatly influence your game.
Be fully in the present moment
“Realize fully that the present moment is all you have and nothing else.” such are the wise words of Ekchart Tolle, mastermind of the Power of the present moment, which take on their full meaning on a short padel. You can quickly get distracted by the outside elements: by parasitic noises, by the attitude of your opponent, by the band of the net, not to mention the quality of the carpet (vast subject!) Or the rising wind ...
Control what is within our reach by being in the present moment. Embrace the ceaseless train of thought by leaving the most negative ones out of your mind, not forgetting to breathe well and not to erupt at every mistake. In other words, do you manage to let go, and not be guided by your ego all the time by calling more on your intuition ...
Become the observer of your match to have more fun by asking yourself the following questions:
- What state of mind are your opponents in? Do they look tired? Are they focused? In symbiosis with each other?
- How does your partner feel around you? Are you there to support it?
- Or, on the contrary, are you focused solely on yourself, on the changing wind, or are you giggling because of the bandeja that you just typed directly into the glass?
Kindness towards oneself and one's partner
Le padel is a complex sport in terms of emotional management because not only do you have to manage your own emotions, but also those of your partner.
- How to support your partner by being efficient yourself, but also by having the right word at the right time to get him back into the game?
- And vice versa, how can you listen to the right advice when you yourself have a little slack?
- How to do coaching without doing coaching in the field?
- Do you support your partner by setting an example by being solid in the game?
No matter your level of play, it is the state of mind that must come first. Don't be too hard on yourself and your partner. We often talk about relaxation in the gesture, try to do the same in your head. Give yourself the right to miss, it happens even to the best… let the elements that you cannot control “you go through”. See the match as a journey, or even a discovery, not an end.
Before you vilify your partner for missing a ball, first set an example by being irreproachable with your own game. The simple act of "holding the boat" will reassure him, and all you need is to 'a simple glance at him or her to create a synergy between you.
Sometimes you have to “put on” a little more of your own to show your support for your partner. Support him with kindness by adapting to him. Does he need frequent encouragement, or is a few words enough? It's up to you to find the right balance. On the other hand, do not be the apprentice coach who does not stop giving out tactical and technical advice between the points, which most of the time does not work because the partner can quickly get tangled up in the brushes, or even strain under the extra pressure, and make more mistakes, which will annoy you even more.
To take another step forward with your partner, adopt the approach advocated by Jean Michel Pequry (former Top 200 ATP and among the best players of padel French, mental trainer of the French team of padel) which suggests that players padel to spend time with his partner off the court: warm up with him a little before, discuss, share a coffee after the match in order to better understand his personality, his game objectives, analyze his strengths and weaknesses and talk. in with him (better to coach off the court). You will be surprised how much you can learn about him or her, and how beneficial it will be for you once on the court.
Work the “Mental” at its level
Most of the WPT players follow a specific mental preparation in order to set precise objectives, to better prepare their matches and to know how to manage the “hot moments” during the important points. Their brain is thus “pre-wired” to cope with the stress of matches.
Without necessarily doing extensive mental preparation, you can, at your level, also “muscle your brain” by observing moments of bewilderment at home, and avoiding as much as possible to return to your faults and frustrations at the slightest mistake.
Take responsibility as well and admit the mistakes you make on the court. It is too easy to blame the luck of his opponent or the external elements (which we cannot control) which are only an outlet ...
You won't change your bad habits overnight, but the more you prepare for your matches, visualize your playing patterns and adopt the right mindset when you arrive on the court, the stronger you will be. One thing is for sure, if you don't make the effort and change nothing, you won't be able to progress.
The post-match debrief
Too often after a game, we immediately move on. We take the smartphone out of the bag and hop we get lost on Instagram or Whatsapp. Or we have a good beer and a Marlboro to forget the poor performance of the day. Take at least a good five minutes, if possible with your partner, after each game (or at worst in the car on the way home or in the evening when you go to bed) to analyze what you did well today and especially congratulate- you for having done it well! And yes encourage yourself! Then try to re-visualize your mistakes by modifying them in your mind so that misses turn into successful ones.
By repeating these mental patterns in your head they will eventually come in, you will have a better chance of successfully executing the new moves because they will already be pre-recorded in your brain. This is when we talk about brain plasticity. If you never take stock of your matches in a corner of your mind, you will not progress as quickly, because you will always repeat the same mistakes and you will not visualize your shots in order to “muscle” your brain for the next matches without forget about new game goals to be set regularly.
AN INTERNSHIP THAT WANTS YOU GOOD
We are aware that in four days of training we will not be able to change everything in the trainee, but with our formula which combines training padel & physical, P100 tournament, continuous coaching throughout the course (matches and training), a mental coaching intervention with Jean-Michel Pequery, our teams can already make you aware of a lot of things on and off the pitch. Thanks to our experience and our approved method, prepare to take a step forward in your game but also in your head!
STAGE Padel Experience by Twenty by Ten from September 23 to 26 in Beausoleil (Monaco): Padel Intensive + P100 tournament with continuous coaching. Register now on www.twentybyten.com. For more info: email@example.com / 06 19 44 26 04
A new approach to an internship padel
Interactive and varied workshops
We offer you an elaborate method including varied and interactive workshops on each court so that the player can work on all aspects of his game in a fun and interactive way. Each workshop lasts an average of 30 to 45 minutes which leaves no time for the players to get bored.
Training and matches (with continuous coaching)
Our training sessions are always accompanied by matches at the end of the session in order to assimilate the achievements of the workshops with each time continuous coaching to guide the player throughout the session. The idea is to give the little technical or tactical advice that will make the difference, without forgetting to work on the state of mind and on the work objectives (other than winning at all costs).
Each of our interns is filmed in order to make a complete video assessment that highlights their strengths and weaknesses as well as the points to be worked on throughout the four days of the internship.
There is no point in training if you don't play matches afterwards. The player cannot progress if he does not put into practice what he has just learned during a stressful situation linked to competition. You will learn in training, but you will only really improve by applying these skills in a match situation.
Continuous coaching for more fun
The priority for us is that our trainees have fun on and off the court during the course. Winning does not matter to us if it is not coupled with pleasure and progress. Above all, we want the player to progress at his own pace, not to be too hard on himself (and his partners!), To set goals in training and during the tournament other than just winning matches or the tournament. More coaching for more fun!
Mental coaching session with Jean-Michel Pequery
In order to delve more into the fascinating subject of the mind but too little approached, come and learn from one of the best mental specialist in the field. padel : Jean-Michel Pequery, mental trainer for top athletes (among others Johan Bergeron, Jérémy Scatena, Léa Godallier ...) who will give an intervention during our next internship at Beausoleil from September 23 to 26, 2021.
STAGE Padel Experience by Twenty by Ten from September 23 to 26 in Beausoleil (Monaco): Padel Intensive + P100 tournament with continuous coaching. Register now at www.twentybyten.com. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org / 06 19 44 26 04
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.