In the padel, the types of smashes are very numerous. No, not all smashes are overpowering and the intentions are not always the same.

The smash is a shot that normally takes place near the net, but the more confirmed the player is, the more likely he will be able to smash away from the net and even a few times at the baseline. The importance is to be well placed and to make a decisive blow.

We will try to make an overview on the different achievable shots.

I. The powerful parallel smash

Attention, dangerous shot, because this smash must be absolutely decisive and if possible pass the net. In the opposite case, the counter of the opposing pair can be devastating.

Squash players will have no trouble understanding the term "parallel". The ball is supposed to be smashed at the parallel of one of the side walls. It has no interest in touching the side wall because the smashed ball would be not only slowed by the rebound of the wall but in addition, the ball would move towards the center of the field allowing the opposing pair to end up in a offensive position, even decisive.

Obviously, if the ball is too worn, wet or too deflated, do not realize this shot, it would be much too risky.

II. The short smash (parallel or cross)

The famous court crossed, or the feint of smash with finally a smash that comes to die near the wall of the bottom ... All the players confront it, and they come out rarely winners when the blow is well executed. This is the obsession of the player who anticipates most often a strong crossed smash ...

III. The defensive smash

The defensive smash is a very important smash that you have to know how to use to be able to evolve at the padel. This is a smash rather slow and crossed. The object is to tap one of the side screens and thus surprise the opposing pair.

This smash is used especially when one is stuck to the net and one faces a beautiful lobe of the opposing team. To avoid going back and let the opposing pair take the net, this defensive smash can be a good alternative.

IV. The smash Plateau (Bandeja)

It's a cut smash. This smash is usually called the Bandeja which means "plateau" in French. The goal is to hurt the opponent by forcing him to bend his legs. Because the ball is supposed to bounce very little and therefore has an opposite effect to the lift. It is a smash used by professional players. Some believe it's the "constructive" smash. This makes it possible to build the point allowing to put in a position to finish the point.

The strip is a smash that is usually hit in front of the baseline line, that is to say halfway through the court. The ball is hit more or less at the level of the head. The objective is to play the opponent and make him "life complicated" by the quality of the ball very low. So it's not a winning move.

V. The Vibora

This is the smash that does not exist anywhere else. The goal is to give a side effect to the ball. Assessment: Players facing this type of ball are forced to redouble their attention to avoid being surprised by the rebound. For example, a vibora with a cross-ball touching the wall twice will be either accented and will come out very crossed or the ball will stick to the side wall.

V. The lifted smash

Lifted smash 2This is the smash we all dream of having but which is so complicated to achieve especially in all positions.

The goal is therefore most often to get the ball out of the field with a powerful smash but especially sufficiently raised to allow the ball to pass over the 4 meters of height of the side wall.

The problem is twofold:

  • Either it is not sufficiently well done, it can cost very much to the author of this smash
  • If the pair has anticipated the smash, it is also possible.

Today, if this move is one of the most spectacular in this game, professionals have been tending in recent years to use less unless the position of the smasher is safe (ie, close enough to the net). The defenders have become so effective in the world's top, that it took Silingo (n ° 10 world) for example to play more relaxed. However, he is obviously one of the best attackers in the world.

Franck Binisti - Padel magazine

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.