These two sports seemingly have nothing to do with it at first glance because one is more physical, and the other is played sitting down. But when it comes to strategy, failures and padel have things in common.

Au padel and in chess, from the start of a game, we start with the same chances as our rivals, then we have to put in place a tactic to confuse our opponent. This tactic must be followed to the letter as long as it works, but if your opponent blocks it, you will have to adapt to different situations. It remains to be enduring to gain the upper hand over time.

Mental preparation and psychological training are therefore important in both sports. Failures are complementary to padel to learn to stay calm, concentrate and set up your game in the short term with a point, or in the long term with a set or a match.

Finally we can say that these 2 sports are not that different from each other from a mental point of view. The big difference is that at padel you also need a good physical strength, as well as a lot of technique.

Being mentally and technically good doesn't necessarily make you a good football player. padel. It is a whole. Your physical ability to tackle each strike in the best conditions and “hold” the stamina of a match in 3 sets will make you a Bela, Paquito, Sanyo, Marta, Alejandra or so many other greats who are the beauty of our sport.


Julien Bondia

Julien Bondia is a teacher of padel in Tenerife. He is the founder of, a software very popular with clubs and players of padel. Columnist and advisor, he helps you to play better through his many tutorials padel.