This is the end of the live tutorials. Saturday, Julien Bondia proposed a last live in which he tackled the volley on padel.
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Saturday, the theme was the padel volley. One of the most used strokes in our sport because it allows us to take the psychological edge over our opponents. Whether it is an attack or a preparation, it is a stroke which is very different depending on the time, the height and the place of impact.
“In padel, it is forbidden to make the mistake in the service, on the return, and during the first end!”
This exclamation will allow you to build your match and your points. What does the first end mean? This can be immediately after the service, or during the point. You make a Bandeja or a smash, the next flight is considered as the first end. It must always enter the field, if you apply this rule, your game will be more efficient.
- The waiting position will be higher than that at the bottom of the track. Pala in front of us, at chest height.
- As always, as soon as the ball is touched by our opponents, we will make a recovery of support, this little jump which allows us to have the same reaction time to the right or to the left.
- During the preparation, the elbow will pass close to our body.
- The preparation will be short, the pala slightly in front of us, the sieve facing towards our adversaries.
- The top of our pala should always be above our wrist.
- The non-dominant hand will be used for the balance of the body, and during the preparation, for the orientation of our ball.
- Leg work is important. We will have to end up on tiptoes and bent legs to increase control over the ball.
- The front foot will come to rest on the ground at the moment of impact with the ball for volley placed.
- The end of the gesture will be on the plateau, if possible above the level of the net.
This technique is the one we use for forehand and backhand volley, precisely.
Fast, attacking volley.
The moment comes during a point, where you gain the upper hand over your opponents. You manage to get them out of their comfort zone and you can finally give your ball more rhythm. What to do ?
- The preparation will be greater.
- The ball will be given more effect with a pronation of the wrist at the time of impact.
- We will impact the ball before putting the front foot on the ground.
The advantage of varying speeds?
Varying typing speeds allows you to access all stages of play and point preparation.
A slow ball with a quasi-neutral effect will allow you to place the ball with precision and above all will give you time to replace yourself correctly in the net between two shots.
A medium speed ball will be done with the basic volley technique but adding effect at the moment of striking. This will allow you to continue the preparation, to be always precise, but to vary the rebound of your balls as well as the depth. Here it will be necessary to accelerate the footwork to regain position more quickly.
Finally, the fastball will be used when the hole is created. This flight must be followed by getting a little closer to the net.
Getting the ball right is important for the rest of the point. How to choose the best direction? It depends on a large number of factors and above all it depends on each one. But, depending on where you hit the ball, it is safer to play towards such or such zone:
- A flight impacted in front of you will be easier in the cross direction.
- An impacted volley at body height will be effective in the center.
- A volley impacted slightly behind the body will be ensured if it is played in parallel.
The preparation of your points involves organizing your flights. Do not rush. Take the time to move your opponents forwards, backwards, to the sides, have them play in front of them or behind them, with the windows etc ... you will become much more precise in your game and the result will not be long in coming . Give your volley curves, do not play them all in a straight line, be cuddly with the ball, do not try to hurt it each time you touch it, and above all learn to let your pala work.
Last advice: Find the correct net waiting position. A good comfort zone allows you to volley properly, cover angles and avoid lobs.
Live padel tutorial with Julien Bondia - the fly
Published by Padel Magazine on Saturday May 16, 2020
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.