These two sports have apparently nothing to do at first sight because one is rather physical, and the other is played seated. But when it comes to strategy, chess and padel have some things in common.

In padel and chess, from the start of a game, we start with the same chances as our rivals, it remains then to put in place a tactic to divert our opponent. This tactic must be followed to the letter as long as it works, but if your opponent counteracts 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 these two sports. Chess is complementary to padel to learn how to keep calm, focus 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 in padel you also need good physical strength, as well as a lot of technique.

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

Julien Bondia

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